about a year ago, we definitely had a penalty. it took us while to find out what was wrong. we submit 2 reconsiderations and nothing. then we found the smoking gun. 2 days after that reconsideration was processed we came storming back.
we did great up until panda. In the past a reconsideration request would be processed in 2 weeks tops. I'm almost 4 weeks in waiting for the current on to be processed. I filed it after panda and removing boatloads of worthless user generated content. 2 hours after I processed it Matt came out with the algorithm shifts won't be helped by reconsiderations, I guess we'll see.