claaarky - 9:22 am on Jul 15, 2012 (gmt 0)
This discussion perfectly illustrates the difficulty in defining thin, shallow, low quality content. It's not one thing and it doesn't standstill. The threshold is whatever tips your site from being generally well liked to being a bit annoying.
Over the past 3 weeks I've been looking at my site in a different way, looking at how people react to my site and how google reacts in corresponding fashion. Google likes the pages people like. What people like today may not be the same tomorrow.
I'm thinking of my site like a real world thing such as a hotel, restaurant, nightclub, tv show, smartphone, etc.. These can be popular one minute because they offer something new or better, then be gone because others arrived on the scene doing the same thing better. Their offering (content) was high quality until others came along and with a better offering.
How we all decide which hotel or restaurant to visit or which tv show to watch changes all the time. We can even get bored if the things we like don't innovate and move forward with the times. Even google knows they need to keep innovating to keep competitors at bay.
I think google is now has a democratic ranking system based on what most people like and that is constantly changing. Panda is all about weeding out the website equivalents of old hotels trading on past success, tv shows that people are now bored with and so on.