Dead_Elvis - 5:41 pm on Mar 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
Hi skweb, I definitely hear what you are saying here, but I can only judge based on my own site, and after digging through the most badly damaged pages it is clear to me that for my site anyway, the so-called "thinnest" pages were the ones that were hit.
Yes, I lost some longer pages as well (shall I call them thicker?) but since the algo can apparently cause an entire site to be demoted (see the quote above,) that doesn't seem that crazy.
I've only removed the "thin" pages, not the thick ones that also lost rank, and as I said, I don't have much to lose by removing them. I can easily add them back in, and they were very clearly NOT my money makers anyway.
This seems like a very minor change to my site when looked at from the bigger picture, and honestly, the changes DO make my site stronger IMHO. I don't see any downside to it.
I didn't throw out the baby with the bathwater, as the old saying says ;)