tedster - 2:30 pm on Jul 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
In cases of very egregious spam, Google is willing to hand edit. For example, Google will hand edit to remove something like adult content showing up on a Disney search. So they don't always wait until they can close the hole in the algorithm. But hand editing is more used for removing a really bad URL from the SERP, and not for boosting a result.