Would it be worthwhile to think from the point of view of the big G. They are trying to hit content farms. What are content farms? Some characteristics:
- large site
- authoritative site
- high PR
- established, maybe old site (e.g. ezinearticles)
- huge link profile for domain (high variety)
- a lot of syndication (ezine and all the other sites encourage this)
When i think about it, my site has the same profile as these so-called content farms, EXCEPT I DO NOT explicitly allow syndication. I have a copyright on my site, but scrapers scrape away anyway. It's possible that over a thousand of my pages have been copied 90% or more by scrapers.
And yes, that would be my bad, for having an RSS feed that allowed for full page view.
Could G think of me as a content farm? By these standards, yes. I got caught in their net. The question is, how do I distinguish myself from ezine, ehow, etc? A lot of "expert" content may be respun precisely because this is top quality content. But somehow you are mistaken to be a content farm.
Recourse here is to settle on other factors to see if you are a quality site vs content site, as Caribguy suggests. OR complain to G about getting reinstated.
Should we wait for all of this to blow over? I wonder how long they'll figure out which is the content farm vs the quality established authority site that is innocent!