SmallP - 8:18 am on Jul 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
I would like Adsense to go the way of every other digital ad agency, and manually approve and sign up publishers and/or websites that want to show their ads.
It seems to me that, by allowing anyone and everyone to show Adsense ads, Google itself has created the nightmare of useless MFA sites that is the web today - that same web that they are now trying to "fix" with Panda.
Surely, rather than sticking by the mantra of algorithm, a manual review process would immediately sort the wheat from the chaff and those webmasters who have polluted the web would either have to find another source of income or more likely would just stop supporting their sites, which could then be caught by the algorithm (not updated recently, not serving a useful purpose, etc) and be pushed down the ranks.
How many millions of Adsense publishers are there today? Surely the number isn't entirely unmanageable for a manual review? Once approved, a snippet of code could be added to the site to show that it is legit, and any violations in that regard would result in instant exclusion from the program.
Perhaps there could even be a minimum number of page views required for inclusion in the program - again, like other digital ad agencies. That way you would have to spend some effort to get your site good enough and popular enough before qualifying.