I started this thread to show a success story, not as a failure. I was not wanting to bash Google, I think there is nothing out there at the moment that I could ever make as much money from than Google.
What I was trying to put accross was, it is not the end when you get a penality. If your site was good enough to rank at the top of Google it most likely ranked at the top of Bing, (perhaps not everyone) so yes 90% less visitors but that did not mean an end to a very successful company, as Bing and now Yahoo still give them top place. If you start fiddling with your site after a Google penality there is no guarantee that Google will have you back, but it is possible that in your tinkering Bing may also drop you. That is the reason why I say forget about Google after a penality. I would take a slice of pie rather than no pie at all. Perhaps I am too cautious.
It would have been good to hear similiar stories, and I think we have comming to know that for most Bing converts better on a pro rata scale. If Bing can act as substitute and a good source of income I will take it.
So I'm "trigger happy" because I smell guilt
Of course their motivations on selectively enforcing the 'rules' are suspect since they are competing with many site owners and benefiting from many others
I was reluctant to make this thread talking about why my penality was given, but this is perhaps closer to my personal thoughts.
My site was top of the results for a very competitive set of search terms, and as was pointed out I have been getting manual checks for years. The reason I have come up with for this, is to advertise on G for the keywords I was top in are the most expensive in my industry, so Google would have to make sure of quality control in the natural results.
I accept my penality, I have had to deal with worse things in life, but I still think you should be told why and given the chance to do something about it before you are dropped.