lizardx - 8:57 pm on Jul 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
Shaddows: Improving the ranking of good sites is their bread-and-butter. That's the main algo.
The negative scoring* parts target the people who "fake" quality.
the same light has gone on for me, though this was what seemed intuitively obvious. Some recent tests I ran which nobody here or elsewhere has mentioned and which I am going to keep to myself so the google guys can keep laughing, as they surely are while reading these threads, anyway, those tests totally have confirmed what you note to me. In my opinion, Panda is far more simple than I thought, but that fits the general notion of occam's razor when it comes to massive page analysis and ranking, and subsequent low quality flags being added. Google has been saying this all along, re quality of content and low quality content but I suspect their words misdirected people to much more complicated scenarios than the simple stuff google is actually probably doing, and thus the amused snickers behind google's doors.