mihomes - 3:50 pm on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
The algorithm takes a look at other signals to judge quality before determining whether or not to knock it down. Like tedster said, not all EMDs were targeted, only low-quality ones.
I think everyone in this topic is aware what Matt said by now and that other factors determine a ranking... why most people are here is because they are questioning it... why are people seeing anything BUT low quality EMD's being hit...not all of course, but some.
I feel like I keep reiterating myself in this topic, but I believe there is something more at play... perhaps a system which judges domain words to determine brand vs non-brand or non-generic vs generic. If majority of ones backlinks are anchor text with a 'brand' (Macys and Macys.com) is that seen as un-natural? What if those backlinks are generic (widgets1widgets2 and widgets1widgets2.com)? Mind you for both cases it is natural for links to be your name which is also the domain name.
The topic should focus on opinions and thoughts about what is actually going on. If it were as simple as low-quality EMD's were hit then there would not be much discussion - I think most of us can safely determine a low vs good fairly well these days and have a good grasp on it.
At this point in time we have reports of good-quality EMD's hit as well as low-quality EMD's still ranking or even going higher. Let's discuss...