the implication for me is that a majority of google search staff are not supporting, explicitly or implicitly, or even in favour of, webmasters' interests.
Why would they be ?
Imagine G is like a singles night club..single people only want to go there if there are a lot of other single people there..
So ..in the early part of the evening the guys on the door let singles who can't afford to pay, in for free,and maybe lets them have a few free drinks ( some places let girls in for free, while guys pay - some dating sites work the same way - )..so it gets busy looking , and the latecomers pay to be a part of the partying crowd..
The bosses show up at around 02.00 am, sees the place has a lot of what look to some of them to be freeloaders, who didn't pay to get in, and aren't buying drinks..
Some of the bosses know it had to begin that way, to get a reputation to be the "in place", and the paying crowd might go somewhere else if some didn't get in for free early, so they are cool..
Some of the bosses say "we have the reputation now, both the girls and the guys should pay to get in every time, no matter what the time, and no free drinks"..
Whether you get in, depends on which bosses are near the door, and telling the guys on the door what to do..
Until there is another "in place to be" nightclub, things will stay as they are, some nights you are in ( for free ) and near the front, some nights, being near the front means you got to pay, those who don't get to stand at the back..unless they look really really really special, or are friends of the bosses..