RichTC - 3:03 pm on May 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
So it is my belief that Google gave up rating content and pages and added something to rely mostly on site stats. So a 'good site' even if it has pages that relatively suck they will more than outrank one with very good content. User metrics cannot be better than the sites that crashed in April and May, if you calculate them per page.
You have it about right - this is why you have sites with VERY poor content pages with a single link to another page on the same site that contains adwords, ranking really well. In other words, the visitor lands on the page but has to click from that page to find what they want only, to find adwords (doorway pages)
The user has a poor site experience however, from googles metric it would seam that a vistor is on that site longer hence it must be better!
All the panda update has done is smash some great sites and let some real dross rank better than ever - The baby is well and truely out with the bathwater how long before G realise this is anyones guess.