Kendo - 2:49 pm on Jul 15, 2012 (gmt 0)
if you don't believe algorithms can decide what sites are good, then do you actually ever use any search engines?
I don't say that algorithms don't work. In this thread I am saying that using an algorithm to judge good/bad design is a ridiculous concept, especially when they have so much trouble providing good results based on matches to a simple search string.
Let them fix that part first before pontificating about the definition of art.
if a Chrome user comes along and sees 20% of the screen taken up with ads, Google might downgrade the site
And just how would they decide what percentage is taken up by ads? Would it be the percentage of window area used by images in proportion to the average user's widescreen or the percentage of image area that is hyperlinked? Would you count internal links as advertising links? What about when they use a redirection script that may just resolve to another internal link?
Say I have a software site and load the pages with all sorts of ads that instead of pointing to outside links, point to the top selling software lines which might yield 20-70% of their sale price?
Let's face it, the only way a search engine like Google is going to know if an image points to an ad is if the hyperlink points to Google or another known affiliate marketeer!