So, Google has claimed that the current Panda update is a "softening" of the general algorithm and is more "finely targeted".
Is this a concession that aspects of Panda were not really working as they should and there was a lot of collateral damage? Or, is it a genuine effort to just do a little better?
I have worked with many site owners that have lost ground fairly innocently due to website redesigns that have generated lots of duplicate content. Now, whilst this is not ideal (and technical SEO is our bread and butter) surely the algorithm should do a better of job of correctly allocating value to the correct page and dropping the duplicates rather than effectively penalising a site due to technical issues.
The reality of this update though seems to be lots of sites running the same stories so I really don't see an improvement in search quality this time around but would welcome the thoughts of others.