1script - 4:50 pm on Sep 27, 2011 (gmt 0)
The rules of that forum require me to review two sites by others and I don't feel qualified. Having enough confusion about my own. I can PM the URL to you if you like, just to remove the suspense. Additionally, I have an experience in submitting a site to the Google Help forum for review and that turned out to be just a beating that got me nowhere in terms of constructive changes I could make. I learned that I have no Web design skills (as if I didn't know that) and I have too many ads (fair) but as far as why the ban - that's still an open question.
I want to see the site!
Review My Site
Still, I started this thread to talk about the Google review process itself, at least those technical parts of it that could possibly be quantified, such as non-bot visits from Google networks. However, this thread constantly detours into reviews of my own sites. I don't exactly know what to make of it but it looks like many people think that the review is a piece of cake - anyone can do it, even though the exact parameters are not known. In other words, the expectation is: if you land on a junk site that has no business of being in Google's index, you'll know instantly that it's a junk site.
I guess, yet another way of putting it is: there is no review per se - it's purely a visceral response to certain attributes of a limited amount of pages (just one page is also a possibility) that has a potential to kill the entire site.
I'm not trying to argue with this point of view even though I myself hang around a lot of 90-s era hobby sites and have no qualms about the looks as long as the information is there. But I am very interested in how this review process goes and what I can do in the future to prevent a possibility of having my other sites (some of which do not exist yet) banned by a rushed reviewer. So, I'm trying to learn what those damning attributes are. I just thought that knowing what pages they look at can give me a clue.
Can I just reiterate that for the purpose of this thread there is no question whether the ban was justified in the first place? Just assume that my banned sites are trash. If you are still interested in the topic after that, I'll be ecstatic to see your comments here!