supercyberbob - 1:15 am on Jun 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
In the interview that the first post in this thread links to, MC acknowledges the scraper issue that is apparently being worked on.
That sounds like it wasn't deliberate, or machine learning, or testing, but a giant bug with the algo.
Also, "But there’s this mass perception outside the search industry that there’s too much low quality stuff polluting the search results. Panda was designed to address that."
Here's how I put it all together, feel free to do so with your own spin.
"We've launched a super algo update called Panda to stop the bad press we've been getting about search quality, but scrapers will outrank you in the serps."
I don't really see anything in the interview that explains why sites haven't come back from Panda after making changes either.
It seems like it took a while for the big G to admit there is an issue with the scrapers in the serps.
Reality check: Google is in it to make money, not feed the world. Does that make them good or evil?
Only YOU can decide.