---- Spamming Penalty Message - Matt Cutts explains what it means
Robert_Charlton - 2:05 am on Jun 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
Or does "manual" really only mean "you've been promoted to the Fancy Computer"?
I assume that "manual" is saved for sites where they actually took a quick look to confirm the suspicions triggered by the "Fancy Computer". Chances are that after they look, they then "manually" push a button, rather than take time to individually type out a message. There could of course be intermediate steps.
They're calling it "manual", though, in contrast to algorithmic, where no one looks. Penguin is algorithmic.
"Manual" is probably a higher level of transgression (or lower, depending on how you think about it) than an algorithmic failing. That's my guess, Lucy, but I leave wilder interpretations to you.