I think it is back. It's been back for several weeks but I've not been around the boards except for the occasional Lurk.

Google has been very erratic of late, I agree, and looking around today, as I try to catch up on everything I've missed recently, I see the net rife with rumor and speculation about the next dance. (I never saw the point of getting into this recurring debate as it is basically the same every month.)

I think Goo might be having problems both with the new interface with ODP, which didn't work at all for months preventing directory updates, and it's own algo.

I can't think of any other reason for the strange happenings of the last few weeks. I don't, however, subscribe to the view that the lateness of the dance is indicative of very much except Google being Google.

The only thing about all of this that anyone, outside of Google, knows for sure is that we will never know for sure.