iamlost - 5:15 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)
While one can generally trust Google comments and data one has to be careful not to read too much into them or expect that what one receives is the whole.
For example Webmaster Tools may show but n-bucket of data from a bucket sort of available data. [cre8asiteforums.com ]
Remember the myth of the sandbox? Circumstances can create the appearance of existence. Investigating Google behaviours, comments, and data is frequently fraught by the logical fallacy that correlation proves causation.
Does Google deliberately filter/throttle query traffic or ad delivery by quality or quantity, by time or earnings threshold? Or is it simply another case of unknown circumstances à la the sandbox?
I don't know.
I do know that if it is ever shown that they are the manure will hit the fan with consequences such that doing so would be next to financial suicide - the 'black box' torn open and exposed, goodwill obliterated, law suites and investigations forever, etc.
I do not dismiss your [coachm] findings nor that of others who report strange behaviours. Neither do I ignore your suggestions of causation. However, as my results (and apparently that of many others here) do not replicate yours as reported all I can do is sympathise and try to keep an open mind.
Not helpful, I'm afraid.