tedster - 1:31 am on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'm with you on that. A penalty will usually be lifted after some period of time out - Matt's recent video made that quite clear. This is a re-ranking. If the algo gets tweaked you may recover some rankings, but there is not going to be an escape from the penalty box - because you're not in the penalty box to begin with.
That said, I'm sure there will be changes for this newborn component, Quality Score. It's just a baby and it hasn't learned to walk that well yet. It's older siblings, Relevance Score, Trust Score and Authority Score have over a decade under their belt.