proboscis - 9:56 pm on Jan 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
Yes, it's an old directory. I haven't done any link building for at least a year, and never any shady link building or buying - in the early days I did link exchanges but that practice was dumped many years ago.
There are bad links pointing to my site, but I didn't cause them. For example up to 26,000 sites show up on a search for my meta tag description and none of them look good.
I also checked every outgoing link by hand, only one was really bad but all are good now and up to date. I've already sent a reconsideration request as well. I received the standard response with no information good or bad.
The only thing that seems suspicious is the copied text and the penalty did happen right after I started changing it.
I started sending some DMCAs - should I continue?
Also, the one bad outgoing link that I found was a site selling software designed to create fake content and links to fool google...could that one link cause a penalty?