walkman - 2:36 am on Oct 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
A ray of hope among despair and unfounded conspiracy theories that question Google's motives.
What really needs to happen is that they run it every day because that way everything would be assessed rapidly and they'd deal with new rubbish in a timely manner. After several thousand iterations, they'd probably get a good handle on what was good and what not so good. As it happens we've only seen a total of 7 iterations.
This also goes with the "Panda is a baby" or a beta algo theory, and that it needs to learn live. So if they need several thousand runs and run it every day in just a few years (roughly 3-9 years) they might get it right and we could get some of our traffic back--maybe. If they run it every 3-7 weeks, we'll just have to wait longer (decades).
Patience is key, I guess. Meanwhile we could always consult with the guidelines [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com...] that are key to escaping Panda as shown by CultOfmac, AndroidPolice, Daniweb and some others.