tedster - 4:04 am on Jul 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
Especially in light of Matt Cutts recent comments about local pizza pages only needing 2-3 sentences to rank, I don't think that many of these issues are a fruitful way to understand Panda and shallow content.
I don't think word count defines shallow content. If there's not a lot of information available on a topic, that's just the way it is. As long as those words are useful and not just a re-hash of any other page about the topic, it should be fine. And if a topic is not a widely researched topic, then not many visitors would be expected.
I agree that there seem to be a lot of pages ranking these days that are lower in quality, and I don't have any real answer for what's going on.