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I tend to agree. I think the mods made a mistake closing that pre-update thread. A whole lot more interesting than the update thread, because as you say it is just people posting of joy, grief, or the fact things stayed about the same for them. It really isn't until the update is finished that any interesting threads about it start coming. Such as analysis about if possible tweaks that have been made in the algo in the latest update, emphasizing certain things more, and other things less, etc.
It used to be that you just watched for the WW "Recent Posts" page to go crazy with "Is it started?", "Yes it's started", "No it isn't started", "Oh my gawd - it has started!" threads. When they comprised of 25% of the page, it was pretty likely the update had started... ;)
The latter wouldn't work long. We'd quickly spot it was the same. However, this board *would* explode if just the backlinks for link:www.yahoo.com changed. "What do you mean the dance hasn't started? Check the backlinks, fool." ;)
Definitely not. And, there is no apparent sense to how Googlebot crawls sometimes. My other site, which of is of 2 pages at the moment, had both pages crawled by Googlebot *four* times in the last 24 hours! It is things like that that tend to make me paranoid Googlebot somehow just doesn't trust me. However, since neither page has changed in over a month, I've just gotta figure Googlebot was a little bit drunk today. ;)
The update isn't late. Check the update chart on this site. The update has happened on the 24th and 25th day of the month a number of times this year. The update is merely due, not overdue.
Seriously, I have sites that should be gaining many links this update. Is their any reason to watch the big sites like yahoo, etc backlinks rather than those of my sites.
Yes, there is. We know that the amount of links for Yahoo and Google will change in each update, as with your website you said that people should be linking to you.