JD_Toims - 6:22 pm on Sep 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
I mentioned comments before but now that I've looked at the stats with an eye on the structural data, it appears that the best performing pages (in terms of Google traffic) are NOT the ones with a lot of new comments being added.
I've been having an e-mail conversation about the topic of this thread and it triggered a thought.
The algo is no longer keyword based for topicality, but rather co-occurring phrase based and above or below a "threshold" set by other pages on the same topic can be seen as "unnatural" or spam.
Is it possible the comments being included on the page for SEs are "skewing" the phrases present on the page(s) so the page(s) are no longer "as topical" as the original thread or are even allowing too many co-occurring phrases in relation to a natural writing style and making the page(s) look spammy to an algo?