walkman - 10:36 am on Jul 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
Sometimes the most authoritative books /papers are almost never read, relatively speaking.
I wonder if google is somehow using these usage stats to regulate the value of outbound links. Seems to me like a great signal to use. So if you're getting links from sites with no traffic, they're not worth anything.
I think we're on phase 16 of guessing :)
Another possibility is that Panda is screwed up, plain and simple, so there's no logic to it when applied across the web. That it was rushed we know, and Goog for obvious reasons would never admit that they failed. Search is their main bread and butter so admitting that they failed is not a small thing.