Just wading through this thread, agree with some, disagree with others, but I think that technological issues aside, there's a fairly simple solution available to google, if it's not already doing it.
My understanding is that google isn't so much ranking individual pages as it is ranking some strange combo that are influenced on a DOMAIN basis. I might have that wrong, but it seems to me that's grossly stupid to everyone. It doesn't help searchers, it doesn't help webowners, and it doesn't mean a better experience for anyone.
Apart from load issues, it would seem if a site has 10 really good pages, and 100 thin crappy pages, the 10 should be evaluated according to their individual "value", and be ranked accordingly, while the thin pages should plunge out to the ends of the earth.
As a search user i WANT to see those 10 good pages.
I have no problem if google decides some of my pages are junk, I mean nobody can be consistently good at creating pages in any volume. Then at least, please give me decent rankings (if otherwise deserved) for my pages that have original articles, ideas, whatever.
Isn't that how it used to work?
It would also help me figure out what works and doesn't work, by looking at what google tanked, and what google liked, without really giving me any hidden googlesauce secrets.
What I find depressing is that, yes, I have good pages, average pages, and I'll even go along with the idea that some of my pages, which are built for the convenience of my users and customers, don't quite have enough information to satisfy google. But to have the really good stuff turfed because its on the same domain seems insane.
Am I missing something here? Wouldn't this be a reasonable solution, provided the server loads and processing power could accomodate this?