A WebmasterWorld forum member is a bit disturbed by a #1 Google ranking on one of his own websites -- that is BROKEN. It's an old site with many pages indexed and strong inbound links, but every single time he's checked the site for the last 4 months, he gets a "cannot connect to database" error. Still, the site has stayed in the #1 position. Why is it that Google prefers this irrelevant site over better content?
He puts the concerns simply:
Anyone landing on my site in the last 4 months would be greatly dissappointed. In google as much as me.
The site has no meta tags, but it lost its sitelinks. Still, the fact that it has a #1 ranking (with Wikipedia being #2) is substantial to him and others. He's not complaining about his #1 ranking but he can imagine the frustration others feel for not being able to rank when they're probably optimizing very well to get that #1.
The question really comes out to be -- if Google once considers your site and authority, is it always an authority?
Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld.