AlyssaS - 1:01 pm on Feb 6, 2012 (gmt 0)
Sgt_Kickaxe - the same eHow's are on the top of Bing too, along with several "answers" type sites. The problem with that query is that most publishers don't want to spend their time writing a detailed article on the subject (it's not often searched for and not easily monetised, so why bother), so all the search engines have to go on is what bored people on the "answers" type sites have written, plus eHow.
On the quality of the search results - they have definitely improved compared to this time last year, but are no where near how good they were in G's heyday. But the other search engines are suffering from teh same problem - it's because the nature of the web has changed. The days of teh enthusiastic amateur writing pages of quality stuff on their particular hobby or interest even if no one searched for it are gone. All that's left is professional webmasters, and they tend to focus their efforts on topics that earn them a profit. As those old hobby sites disappear because their owners have not renewed the domains, I guess the gap will have to be plugged by indexing Google+/social discussions by hobbyists.