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Tell your friends, relatives, anybody who uses Google to speak up next time they get irrelevant search results. Perhaps if we use some other channels and cry out with enough voices we might be heard.
It is clear that Google is going through a period of trial and error. IMHO at the moment its mostly error and unless they get feedback how are they supposed to learn by their mistakes? So I have to agree with those sentiments quoted above.
It seems pretty clear to me that the algo designers at Google have a habit of putting in some subjective variables into the calculations. These are put there in order to allow them to vary results based on trial and error and the reason that the calculation that creates the results has to be varied is because the web is not homogenous. In the academic world papers that are refered to by virtually all other papers become an authority and even competeing research groups frequently refer to their competitors work if only to disprove a theory. In the commercial area of the web direct linking to competitors in this way is done only very rarely. So how do you square that one with the same algo? The answer is you don't. Unless you aim for the lowest common denominator which means that all searchers get poor results you have to intervene to tweak the algorithm.
We need to encourage people to give Google feedback because whatever they have started to do seems to be producing excellent results in academic and governmental fields but really bad results in SOME commercial fields. I'd personally like them to turn those predetermined numbers off in my own market so that we go back to providing potential customers with the service that they really want.
Good luck everyone
Hissingsid, i agree that it's only good for Google to get specific feedback - and as far as they use that feedback to improve things it's also good for the rest of us.
If you have constructive feedback (negative of positive), I encourage you to write to firstname.lastname@example.org with the keyword filey in the subject field according to GGs remarks.
GG wrote "Hey, I've been looking over the filey feedback. Most of the comments are about results in both normal data centers and www-in. Please use filey only to refer to results that are different between www-in.google.com and other data centers when giving feedback. The keyword floridaupdate is good for all other feedback."
The Google team is pretty good on responding back to constructive feedback.