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Have confirmed with two Google employees that these new guidelines were put up by mistake and were not meant to go public yet. I just happened to notice them and I naturally wrote about them.
I have removed this post because I was writing about something that was not supposed to go live yet. I guess all I can tell you for sure is that there will be new guidelines at some point.
Can anyone confirm we are getting new guidelines from Google?
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Any other comments on this? I have a fair amount of single-sentence content on various pages which is automatically generated, but not keyword-stuffed.
Do customer reviews count as automatically generated content?
This is the kind of stuff that even a newbie search engine developer knows is important and should be able to handle. Google's mess is Google's mess but it seems to want the web to fix it.
I'd rather see a mix of one e-commerce site plus 9 informational sites than that kind of duplication.