tedster - 1:17 pm on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
So when they mark a site as spam this is ignored by the spam team? Yeah, right
After a 30 minute (somewhat heated) conversation with Matt Cutts at Pubcon, I have a lot better understanding. Google doesn't like extensive manual processes. These quality rater decisions are being used to evaluate the algo - not to generate manual spam penalties.
In many cases (according to Matt) they only see aggregate data and not the specific sites that were rated. So what the team is getting is more like "the algo let such a percentage of spam in for this kind of search".
Not only that, but this particular leaked document is NOT the training document for the spam team. It's the more general training document for overall SERP quality assessment. Matt says the spam team's training documents have never been leaked.