I have been watching a Google Webmaster Help thread for about a week now. The thread was started by a 3rd party individual who volunteers a lot of his time helping webmasters in the Google Webmaster Help forum. He was even promoted (no pay of course) to the position of "Webmaster Help Bionic Poster" as a top contributor.
Autocrat, the name this person goes by, questioned Google's search quality team, to give them more insight in how to help Google. He said:
It would be nice to know; * What sort of "activities" we should be reporting * What hte chances are of seeing any form of action on a report * What sort of "crimes" could we expect to see action on * Whether you have to make multiple reports - or have multiple reports made against you before action is taken * how is it that some of the most blatant stuff gets to stay on line and escape the "algorythm"
I hate to ask - but I'm tired of seeing some of the * in the SERPs - and I now fail t osee why I should bother reporting some of hte cheating * * when I know that I have a less than 1 in 20 chance of seeing them get punished!
So please - would the Spam Team please step forward and have a chat with us?
We all waited, and waited for a response from an official Google representative. But a week later we have yet to see a response.
It is tough when your top volunteers ask tough questions, but it is even tougher when your top volunteers have to ask some of these questions.
Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.