falsepositive - 10:49 pm on Jul 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
Tedster, I like your assessment. And it is INDEED unfortunate. The best we can do, as webmasters, is help make it easier for this awfully crude algorithm to make the right interpretations about our site. What Panda has taught me is to use a much more discerning eye towards sites. The thing is that I can almost see why I was hit by Panda, but it becomes totally confusing when I see scrapers with the exact same content rank with much uglier formats and designs. I see spam sites, scrapers, malware and terribly useless pages outranking others, so if you look at it from that point of view, the algorithm has failed. But if I focus on my own site and think about Google's general guidelines, I know where I can improve and understand what they are looking for.
This is the reason why a lot of people are upset. I am not upset because I was hit -- I see where I could deserve it. But many of us are upset because we see worse results and truly undeserving sites take our place.
No doubt, the new algorithm has good intentions -- it's just not quite there yet.