rlange - 2:53 pm on Jun 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
(because letís face it, scraping is harder on a site that is built by hand manually page by page rather than by a database)
Let's consider that. What is it about manually coding each page on a site that would make it more difficult to scrape? I obviously don't know the specific sites you're referring to, but I'd say it could likely be a lack of consistent structure across the site.
That may be one way Google's determining overall "quality" of a site. That's something that would be independent of the actual content, though, so... *shrug*