walkman - 6:49 am on Jun 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
This is a rush(?) transcript from Dany Sullivan's blog so probably not everything is 100% correct. The italics and bolding are mine.
DS: Talking about Panda, says that heís getting a ton of emails from people who say that scraper sites are now outranking them after Panda.
MC: A guy on my team working on that issue. A change has been approved that should help with that issue. Weíre continuing to iterate on Panda. The algorithm change originated in search quality, not the web spam team.
DS: Has it changed enough that some people have recovered? Or is it too soon?
MC: The general rule is to push stuff out and then find additional signals to help differentiate on the spectrum. We havenít done any pushes that would directly pull things back. We have recomputed data that might have impacted some sites. Thereís one change that might affect sites and pull things back.
DS: You guys made this post with 22 questions, but it sounds like youíre saying even if youíve done that, it wouldnít have helped yet?
MC: It could help as we recompute data. Matt goes on to say that Panda 2.2 has been approved but hasnít rolled out yet.
DS: Reads an audience question Ė is site usability being considered as more of a factor?
MC: Panda isnít directly targeted at usability, but itís a key part of making a site that people like. Pay attention to it because itís a good practice, not because Google says so.
Matt mentions 'pull back' but that's nonsense and very disingenuous of him. Pull back to me means letting a previously labeled bad content rank. We're talking about improved sites and content, no need to pull back, just reanalyze it.
So it's clear to me that this is a penalty. Maybe if you got links from every newspaper in the Northern Hemisphere you might escape but for the rest it looks like it depends on Google engineers. It took them 3+ months to admit it.