martinibuster - 5:43 pm on Nov 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
In a perfect search, I get the answer I want just by reading the snippet under the result.
Those days are over. Even the name of the department Matt Cutts works for has been renamed from Search Quality Team to the Knowledge Team (announced at SES SF 2012 keynote speech). From NYTimes article [query.nytimes.com]:
After Larry Page became chief executive of Google last year, he changed its mission from search to knowledge because he said he thought finding a Web page was too narrow.
It's to your benefit to begin thinking in terms of knowledge and how that intersects with what Google is showing. This is reality. This is what we have to work with. This is the state of search at this moment.