johnhh - 11:55 pm on Sep 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
Way back, in the mists of time, this request was quite common, so merely by requesting indicates a problem in at least one area. I anticipate a roll-back , promoted as " a great improvement building on Panda " i.e a PR spin.
and the fact that they are looking for webmaster input about high ranking scrapers seems to say they have at least that area in their sights.
I don't go on all these conspiracy theories , all corporations exist to make money, however they do it. I do know that there are special relationships with corporations that spend $millions with Google. It's always interesting what ex-employees of "brands" will tell you !
I am not saying they get special preference, just that they get indications on what to do to maintain natural SERP positions which normal webmasters don't get.
As we have been heavily hit .. I don't feel inclined to help Google out by making scraper submissions .. sorry .. your Phd's will have to work it out for themselves. I'm off to Bing