backdraft7 - 1:17 pm on May 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
My God! - You all think I'm hallucinating this? we've been experiencing throttling or traffic shaping since May Day hit in 2010. It' been discussed and observed between many other members. Not to sound even more "insane" but just because you can't prove UFO's exist, (while they are observed regularly), doesn't mean they don't exist. I'd love to share my data that shows the natural variation we used to experience vs. the tight, limited data that has evolved since May Day.
Google has been collecting data on our site for 10+ years and it remains a small 78 page site with tracking code on each page. I just don't set goal pages, but I'm sure Googles algo can figure this out. It may also be that the years my feedback between GAW and their help forums perhaps they have set me up as a test case, a sort of "landmark" in their data set. This also works in with the Zombie traffic issue, another well observed, (but due to Google's lack of transparency), poorly understood shaping topic.
At fifty years old and semi retired, my experience as a former systems engineer on everything from early image processing mainframes to modern industrial automation controls systems, I guess I'd have s slight understanding of what 'is' and what 'is not' within the capabilities of a computing system. Your assumption that Google is incapable of this type of data manipulation is what's implausible.
Nobody, but NOBODY can lay claim that they know exactly how Google operates. It's nothing but a big black box with a poorly written manual. That's the way they want it. All we can do is observe it's output and try to dissect hints from that data.
So, since you're new RC, I'll let your comment slide, but you need to read up on this subject before suggesting I need "mental" help. And, yes, you should have a more open mind.
Thanks for having my back (on the initial reply at least) on this one tedster!