This made me laugh - in a good way, not at you :).
When Phoronix does a distro-comparison the crowd calls out that the tests are only really testing gcc differences, and should have less variables changing. When Phoronix does a fixed comparison varying only one part of the system, the crowd calls out that it isn't a good basis since people don't run it that way.
Phoronix runs tests in different ways to explore the performance landscape. For some it precisely gives the information that they need, for other it's completely irrelevant. In this particular case, I'm glad that the data gave you enough to have some open questions about 2.6.32 vs 2.6.37. If people walk away with those sorts of first order interpretation, the article served it's purpose.
Of course the next step would be how do we take a tighter look at the delta between 2.6.32 and 2.6.37 - any thoughts?
Regarding meaningful vs meaningless tests. The tests Phoronix runs are a collection of tests to explore. The tests were run, and for some of them, the results yielded nothing interesting but were still reported. You don't know until you run the tests, and if the tests are run, you report on them. Some tests may be stable now, but may have sensitivity to other parts of the systems. Even CPU bound tests will yield different results in different cases (scheduler, etc).