walkman - 9:49 pm on Apr 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
You will see that they're all running pretty much the exact same ads. In fact if you view source, you can tell that some of them are even using the EXACT SAME ad providers.
So how can so many continue to sit here screaming "it's all ads!" when the affected sites aren't using ads any differently than the non-affected sites?
Who said it's all ads? Maybe ads were the deciding factor on a borderline case while not matering on another? For many people it's worth removing adsense so the site recovers (or at least try to see if that's it). Don't take my word for it, just ask Google search why they asked to rate sites by the amount and positioning of ads sites had. Why are we off base?
There was an engineer who came up with a rigorous set of questions, everything from. "Do you consider this site to be authoritative? Would it be okay if this was in a magazine? Does this site have excessive ads?"