MikeNoLastName - 3:19 am on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
Netmeg: why would Google want to give equal or near-equal weight to multiple copies of the same information?
OK, say you wanted to know about what is happening THIS coming weekend (OR in the next 2 months, or last week) in town A, where you are going to visit from out of town, OR in the nearby area thereof? Of course you GO there and pick up a free rag from the street racks that lists everything. But what would YOU search for on G? What if you wanted to keep up with what was happening in town A, where you visit frequently (or are originally from), while you are not there?
So you might type "townA event" or "TownA News" of course you probably have to include "November 22" "November 23", etc in separate searches, then of course you would have to do separate searches for "townA party", "townA concert", etc. oh and don't forget TownB, TownC, etc a couple miles away. Of course 75% of these entertainment businesses are not SEOs and don't have the time or money to hire one, yet don't they deserve to get the word out of their offerings, and don't you think people on the net want to know about them. But If no one compiles all the upcoming events for the coming week(s), how would anyone know to search to find that Joe'sChickenHut (who may or may not even have a website - only an online press release at an obscure PR company site or an ad in the local newspaper website) is having a 5th anniversary free shindig, or a starting out local indie band is performing free at the MetroStadium, or WellKnownGroup is having a concert after-party at LilMomsBar.
A site page which collects all these submitted press releases on a weekly basis, for townA, adds comments and minor info missing from the original press releases, adding photos, etc. and which comes up under a simple search for "TownA Current Events" or "TownA News" would be extremely useful, No? Keeping an archive of them allows people to catch up with past events (when/where was the last time TheBandBand played in townA, how much were tickets last time, Wish I had a photo of them, Uh-oh, Old Joe died, I wonder if there is a picture/story about him when he was alive, oh no HIS own website has been shut down...) Many newspapers in fact do just that as well online. But does G recognize EVERY online newspaper or media outlet, or e-zine? Maybe they need a registry?
That is just one so-so example, I can think of many others, where the collected and ARRANGED SUM is worth FAR more than the otherwise hard to find parts.
Remember, Not many AVERAGE SEARCH ENGINE USERS out there are a "search whiz" like you and I, or WANT to spend the time doing 50 searches. I'm not sure G realizes this either. Most over 40yo's haven't a clue how to search properly. If someone IS willing to collect and compile to make life simpler for them, why shouldn't they be found. There MAY even be a valid argument that collections of like information should be MORE IMPORTANT than the pieces. I agree, If someone searches on "Joe'sChickenHut 5th anniversary free shindig" by all means Joe's original press release should definitely come up #1, it may even have more/newer details too long for the compilation site.
How about weekly approved patent title/summaries in a particular niche? Who has time to search through every new patent online to categorize them or know all the new terms they may need to search under?
How about the weekly submitted bills from the congressional register dealing specifically with animal control? (well that might be searchable at the congress site... if you knew how or all the various terms to look for).
I know I personally find sites with collections of copies of old user manuals extremely valuable, since frequently the original manufacturers remove them from their own sites, or go out of business. If you don't collect them and save them they'll be gone before you know it.
Anyway, I think there are quite a few examples, and I'm not sure the Google Alg is really qualified to tell which are useful and which are not, and thus should not penalize for authorized copy of fragments creating a useful whole.