Yeah it's good to see them being more communicative.
In fact a different recent thread showed someone received a message about unnatural links being detected. Ironically, Google suggest the webmaster file a reconsideration request once they have cleared up the links... something which I was trying to do - and perhaps the message didn't exist in November when 24,000 links suddenly appeared in my backlink profile.
It was your response to a thread in fact which shifted me from on-page to looking at links - you said you had seen competitors ruining other's rankings before. Have you any experience in helping people overcome this? If you have a service please PM me with details! I'm pretty desperate after a lot of on-page and soul searching (and 6 requests)...!
Thankfully, Bing still ranks me where it has since day one or I'd be looking at more drastic life changes.