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Probably part of the same update that dropped it down earlier in the week.
Sounds like a classic case of Coke Classic.
[edited by: goodoldweb at 1:53 am (utc) on May 13, 2014]
What the hell are these people doing?
Its called “testing” in a “live environment” rather than getting it right then releasing it, all programming companies do this... on no wait, its the other one, none of them do! ;)
Its called “testing” in a “live environment” rather than getting it right then releasing it
It stinks of an attitude that says shortcuts are fine and the side effects such a philosophy cause are of no concern, especially if the side effects affect others rather than G. It's wrong, very, very wrong.
To be fair, the scope of search results is so massive that there isn't any great way to test their performance without large scale human interaction. It isn't a simple quality control system -- they have to measure how people are interacting with the results and make adjustments based on that.
Google told me there is nothing going on there, no updates.