crobb305 - 2:46 pm on Apr 29, 2011 (gmt 0)
Why not just employ quality raters and manually downgrade domains that are mass content farms
The main problem I see is that this could be abused or applied unfairly when subjective critiques allow a site to be penalized or banned. Each reviewer will have a different level of tolerance, they could be in a bad mood and ban your site if they think it's ugly (despite the content), or they may simply not understand what they are looking for.
I remember the old Inktomi blacklist that carried over to Yahoo. Reviewers were banning "affiliate sites" from the search results. I was on that blacklist for 5 years. Review after review, they kept seeing the same affiliate link. In my traffic logs, I could see the reviewer go straight to a page with an affiliate link -- nevermind the 120 pages of unmonetized content. Unfortunately, the reviewers weren't looking at the content. They would find an affiliate link and hit the ban button, making the judgment in under 5 seconds before leaving. So, I think it's good to have an objective measure. At least we have hope of recovery since it is algorithmically determined.