TheMadScientist - 9:09 am on Nov 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
Silly me ... I thought this might be a serious thread and not just another 'poke fun at the wording and things I don't understand' bunch of nonsense.
It's so annoying to read how people who cannot comprehend why search engines do things the way they do (including wording of guidelines) and why they have to do it that way criticize absolutely everything about search engines... Try writing one sometime if you think the things they do are so simple and the way they word things isn't necessary or the way they go about things is wrong... Really, show us all, including them, how it should be done... You'd probably have way more respect for them and what they do if you ever tried to do it yourself, or even seriously thought about how, especially when you try to answer questions like: 'How do I keep people from gaming my system so I show a majority of my visitors what they want to see rather than what webmasters try to put in front of people any way they can?'
The people picking apart the wording do understand search engines use heuristics, not algorithms, so ambiguity is necessary to actually give correct advice, right? IOW: They use 'fuzzy logic' so not everything applies in all situations or even the same way in every situation where it does apply, which means if they said, 'Do exactly [blah]', not only would that open them up to being gamed in some situations, it would not be correct in other situations, because things do not always apply exactly the same way in each and every situation due to the nature of the logic they use to produce their results...