phranque - 9:38 am on Nov 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
looking around uneasily for approaching Moderator with scissors and box of stick-on labels
actually i started out thinking "there she goes!"
but you immediately got into a better explanation than i ever could of the hubris and ethnocentrism evident in google's stance with language specification in html code.
i think google should respect the webmaster's specification until there is a "strong enough" signal to consider ignoring it.
google could easily do this at the document and/or hostname level.
to put this in scale and context, do you have any numbers of native language speakers in some of the languages affected by this?