Like the world of art, you don't truly know what good art is until you see it and everybody's opinion is different. Like pornography, you couldn't describe what it is, but you will know it when you see it.
That's part of the problem. Everyone has an opinion as to how things "should be" which may not be relevant to how things actually need to work to provide the service. Some of them are very opinionated and have created a platform that they can use to to get even with their competitors and push them out of the way. They do it by publicly embarrassing Google until Google has to decide to change their position or create a brand new rule no one ever knew about or that there are many different interpretations about. Of course, these people are looking to change rules to hurt their competitors and not to be fair.
That's the danger, that the system can be used against others. Not unlike wealthy businesses going to Washington DC and lobbying government to get their way, almost always to the detriment of their competitors and small businesses.
The only way to stop it is to have rules that are fair, probably are vetted with internet businesses, and businesses and others that disagree with Google's shot gun tactics agree are fair.
That is all that the "Google guidelines" they are NOT hard and fast "rules".......
You see, the "Devil Is In The Details", always. Someone must take charge to prevent that.
We are a long way from the Open Internet that Sergey and Larry dreamed of which would allow access and fairness for everybody. What happened, Sergey?
Good analysis, though @chrishirst you bring up relevant points. Thank you for your thoughtful insight. I'm just providing another view.
Edited by ChuckFinley, 24 April 2012 - 04:50 PM.