danny - 9:55 am on Jun 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
steerpikegg: IMHO it won't make a blind bit of difference if you redesign the look of the site. People on the google forum don't have the first clue what they are talking about.
It does seem highly unlikely to me that Google's algorithm cares much about style, or that they could want all the web sites in the world to look the same. (Wordpress the World?)
In any event, my site looks the way it does because a) I like it that way and b) it seems to work for my users. (I get much more feedback praising the simple design than I do asking for discussion forums or other features.) I could add those forums, or do the whole Twitter/Facebook social promotion angle more aggressively, but surely there's still room for Web 0.5 (as I like to put it - Web 1.0 without the cruft).