rstidx - 6:08 pm on Apr 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
My traffic is fine for now, the issue is whether this anomaly will affect future traffic. Six months from now, I don't want to discover that I have a drop in traffic and it was because of a mystery I blew-off in April.
Consider my point of view: The number of Sitemap Entries should be a simple count of the entries in all the sitemaps. They've had over a week to get the right answer and they haven't. I understand system latencies and limitations of sampling, but I don't think that they are an issue for something so simple. There's nothing that should be hard or complex about it - there's just one correct answer. If they can't get the right answer for something so simple, then why should we believe that they get the right answer for anything more complex - like Analytics or Adsense earnings?
Understand that I'm not throwing stones or just being critical. I really want to believe that there's a problem about how I've done things and that the problem is not with Google. If this anomaly is of my own making, then it's something I should be able to fix - once I understand it.
As I said, I really don't want to discover down the road that it's something that I should have fixed today. I don't understand what I'm seeing and I'm hoping somebody can shed some light on it.