heisje - 3:44 pm on Mar 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
The idea of punishing spammers was not part of the original picture at Google and it's still not their main focus.
Beg to differ, on the part "and it's still not their main focus". They have gone at "punishing spammers" like crazy. And who is to define what a "spammer" is? They have stuck a "spammer" label on anything they do not fancy, legitimate or illegitimate, including direct or indirect business competitors (ex. affiliates) and have persecuted them with an unprecedented ferocity and vengeance. Commercially useful sites have been obliterated, by the vicious monopoly, and thus crap has floated to the surface. Good overall for selling Google advertising of all sorts. Regrettably, their SE competition is beyond pathetic. No contest, really, so they have got a "license to kill".
(Talk of the blind leading the blind, how true, back to lurking).