In a general way, I am with you. Google's: [google.com...]
In a general way, I am with you.
in a way sounds like a "zero-tolerance" towards mistakes, with life-long possible penalties.
In reality Google can be quite forgiving, but how to know, with such answers from Google, other than by visiting WebmasterWorld?
If a search engine such as Google has upto a 80-90% SE referral score (inlcuding Yahoo/Aol) for well established larger sites (and Google knows it has such a dominance), then public relations wise, it should go a bit further in its communication with webmasters on how long penalties will take and what to do about it, once they are installed, other than posting a few tips on this board (however well intended).
God forbid the day one of my staff - in an over ambitious mood - would publish something Google dislikes, without my knowledge.