I've got hundreds of sites so updates generally don't make a lot of difference to me. However; what really irks me is to see so many sites getting to the top of the SERPs for very important search terms as a result of blog spam and obvious weblink rings. If there was someone we could actually talk to about these things it would ease a lot of the frustrations that people feel and help Y! get more relevant results. Webmasters could be vital allies to SE engineers but only if we know that we're being listened to. I agree that trying to write an algo that produces relevant results despite the tidal wave of spam sites is a pretty horrendous task but leaving aside self-interest some of us have been around a long time and we could contribute a lot of good ideas if only someone would communicate.