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Spam Policy for AllTheWeb.com [alltheweb.com] dated 2002-01-07 enlightens us on the subject of spam and how Fast intends to adress this issue.
They threaten err promise to either reduce ranking or exclude spammers from the index.
Oh ya, of course we are invited to report it (=spam) by sending an e-mail entitled "Spam Report" to email@example.com
Really interesting in this document anyhow is the phrase: computing static rank. Not page rank, but close...
I don't expect any SE is going to talk about that openly -- it would just be giving aid to the enemy. So the proof will be in the relevance of the SERP. I've got my Opera "Super Search" set for AllTheWeb side-by-side with Google. To my view, Google is winning.
Either English is a second language or ambiguity was what they were shooting for! If ambiguity was the intent. They accomplished what they set out to do.
A career in politics would not be out of the question!:)
Although on reading it, i almost wonder...
While that may be true I don't think it's the point here. Fast got offices in the US and a subsidaryin the UK, WmW member Stephen Baker as well as Alltheweb's Press staff are native English speakers.
The explanation given here are not aimed at SEO pros. This policy is something that tries to accomplish two goals: Give the press some fodder, cover the bases and try to scare the amateur web marketeers.
It's not by accident that Fast put this document up at a time where Google adresses this issue publicly.