MikeNoLastName - 12:45 am on Jun 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
I feel there is a valid place for "re-structured", "borrowed" content. Just because you piece together freely shared parts, does not mean you are not creating a bigger, better, whole. Google of ALL people should know that... It's what THEY do. Oh, I forgot, G thinks they are all things to all people and dislike anyone who competes with them.
Does that mean lego constructed objects are bad because you are using blocks created by someone else? Does that mean art is scraped because you used paint made by the same company as another? Is syndication in order to bring a writer, who WANTS to be more wide-read, to a larger audience, bad?
As one example, when was the last time you, searched G for a list of ALL the things happening in your town THIS weekend and got any decently arranged results? Then how long does it take you to slog though the content of each different site to find out what it is actually about? So what is wrong with a website where a part of it hand conglomerates description paragraphs, often word for word for accuracy, of press releases sent to them, or collected from the event operator's website intended for media, and arranges them (sometimes dozens or even hundreds per page/date/subject since there is not really time each week to rewrite them all) in such a manner (chronological, regional, subject category) that a site visitor can quickly access, search and reference them without spending all day waiting for dozens of individual sites to load? The promoters don't mind that you copied their description, they WANT to get the word out at any cost (chances are they copied it themselves from the performer's bio) and it benefits the reader, he doesn't have to search all over.
I am sure there are many other good examples.
I think G needs to realize that they are NOT always the best source of info in all cases, especially these days, and that without the aid of other hand edited "conglomeration" sites, they can not possibly be the most accurate and convenient supplier of all info.