Atomic - 10:47 pm on Sep 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
...maybe the internet needs those short, thin content sites.
Perhaps, but recently I was with someone looking up information on the web and the first page they visited was an eHow article. Once they had finished with the article, I asked them what they thought of it. "Kind of crappy," they responded. After I took a moment to explain what sort of site eHow is, how they get their content, and they're raison d'etre, my friend said that explains a lot and that they would never visit eHow again.
I told them to tell their friends. That may never be enough to dent eHow's traffic, but if Google is going to keep waving eHow through, it's up to the rest of us to spread the word. In the meantime, the "User Guidelines" will remind me of Animal Farm where "all animals are equal but some are more equal than others."