I think Google search results have been getting worse and worse over the months. Some days I'll see results for certain search terms filled with (as others are saying) those "answer type" sites. Other times it will be completely off-topic and irrelevant, yielding no results for things I'm looking for.
I don't think Panda really made anything easier to find and indeed, there are far too many scrapers still ranking and pulling in so much traffic.
>> i think panda has made the web a smaller place. or, at least, thats what it seems like because it doesnt seem to dig as deep into the wilds like it used to.
I completely agree. Most of my searching involves refined queries and today, more than ever this decade, it has become so much harder to find specific information. I don't find Bing that useful, but I think they are on the right track: trying to be what Google used to be.
If you are searching for something general, then Google may have improved the way they rank that information. If you're looking for something exact, good luck!