EditorialGuy - 1:51 am on Jul 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
I'm dying for Google to start talking with us. Tell us what you want. Tell us directly where we are going wrong and why you are penalizing us.
Secrecy is inevitable (and understandable) in matters that involve penalties for bad behavior.
For matters of quality (what Panda is supposed to address), there's a better case to be made for openness, transparency, or whatever you choose to call it. Trouble is, Google can't be too specific for a few simple reasons: Google's definition of quality is likely to be a work in progress, its scoring and ranking formulas are bound to change as a result of testing and real-life experience, and--just as important--something that might hurt one site's rankings might not hurt another's because a quality score--and the effect of that quality score--are likely to be based on multiple factors.