Hooya - 9:52 pm on Jan 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
No tedster. Only noticed it today to be honest. I don't look at my stats more than once a week now.
My site has a lot of lists with downloadable files but it also has 100% original handwritten content and I think the balance between the two is key. I know a lot of the static pages are very similar in content but that is how I want it as I want continuity between pages.
I think it is also something to do with amount of new content vs current static content.
When I recovered last time, I changed content on my pages to lower the 'similarity' but they will always be 70% similar (unless I choose to re-write each page individually). I also added new content to some older pages which didn't need new content but obviously according to google hadn't been updated in a couple of years.
I do feel these updates force you to do something to improve your site but I do also feel that you should be able to have pages that provide the information you wish them to provide but without having to do things just to please Google.
There is no right answer I guess. You wouldn't want old sites/content taking up the top slots for the sake of it either. After all it would hard for newer sites to compete.
I reckon site rankings (for most of us) will get more volatile with positions changing daily or even intraday.