1script - 5:39 pm on Nov 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
superclown2: +1! This would have been such a boneheaded waste of resources, even Google awash in money would not do it. In fact, I think that in any normal business the smaller spam team would feed right off of the output of the much larger general raters' team. Plus of course they'd look at the high profile cases and anything they come across on their own. But the bulk of their input has to come from the raters.
So when they mark a site as spam this is ignored by the spam team? Yeah, right.
MC's response is a typical corporate smokescreen. If he admitted that their job is delivered to his team in an easy actionable way, he may lose some funding, headcount or both. Besides, if he said that they are simply taking the output of the rater sweatshops, his team would lose the aura of "knights in shining armor" guarding the Google castle from the existential threat of hordes of spammers, which aura MC is personally very fond of as far as I can tell.
So, he has every reason, personal and corporate, to keep telling that they fight this battle on their own. And we have every reason not to trust him on this one.