As I recall, in your rigid world, they don't penalize a particular page either, they penalize an entire site, which isn't what some of us are dealing with. So you haven't seen as much as you profess.
I know for a fact that editorials are handed out for whole domains. What you (or others) were experiencing could've been something different that I've never seen before.
I would also be remiss not to mention our co-poster Kanetrain who has spent quality time with customer service from Positiontech and Ink, neither of whom could fix the mystery of his missing pages. Strange how no human can seem to return his site to it's original non-penalized status. I guess (in your world) that is exactly how it should be. After all, Ink knows best.
I'm not sure why it hasn't been restored, but I'm guessing there's a good reason for it. And you're right... Inktomi knows best, especially when it comes to content.
Actually, I quite enjoy calling them other things besides Lycos.