TheMadScientist - 10:23 am on Mar 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
John said he "set a flag" so that any time the algo picked out his site for that issue in the future, it would let him pass, but trigger a human review instead.
I would think that statement could be a bit unnerving for some people who might think being on an 'exception list' would be a 'good thing' ... A manual review of your site may get triggered every time you trip the same filter you tripped in the 1st place?
Do you really want to be on that list?
Really, stop and think about it for a minute...
I hope your server is up and running all the time, you don't have many (if any) broken links, any 3rd party sites you rely on for information are super fast and responsive, you have high quality content with great presentation of information, and you don't do anything at all shady, because they say they only add a list when they feel it 'will significantly improve search quality', and my guess is to be on that list your site has to be really close to their definition of quality, so I personally wouldn't want to give them any hesitation in keeping the site listed.
That's not a 'white list' that's a list for additional, repetitive scrutinization...
A 'white list' is when you 'blindly include' a site without a thought or a glance at it, you don't go manually review sites on a 'white list' to make sure they're really the quality you want to include, you include them regardless of what they do, and what's unfortunate is another SEO myth is likely born, even though an 'exception list' is likely a list many webmasters probably don't really want to be on.