soapystar - 3:49 pm on Oct 13, 2006 (gmt 0)
the point is not how did the penalty affect your site but what other sites dont appear because of it. Only google knows the balance of this. And yes these days if you want to rank high in google and you dont have trust/authority score, you have design the site with google in mind. Thats been the big change. You can also overcome penalities with inbound one way links to your important pages. This gives you some trust to your urls.