DeeCee - 3:03 pm on Feb 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
understanding how to serve the average user
That I agree with.. Throw out the scum (since its costs Google money by driving away users), and then the rest of the algorithm to assure the basic relevancy to the user to further assure they come back.
But I still believe that chasing the latest Google fad is from a long-term point of view a waste. If Google's main idea is how to "serve the average user", then we are back to the basics again. Making sure that a web-site's pages really serve that average user. If that is the case, then by your own notion, Google will figure it out and pages will do well. Playing games with the latest theory of what might be in certain version of the Google algorithm might give a short-term boost, but could also be costly long-term. (Not talking about the SEO fees here.)