karlh_1 - 11:45 pm on May 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
We have had exactly the same problem. After working really hard for the past ten years or so optimising our site to Googles so called 'guidelines' to now have them slap a de-index on our site.
Since this time we have done everything possible to remove the links which they now say are against their policy, and have used their 'disovow tool' to let them know to ignore the other links which they now deem to be 'against their webmaster guidelines'. But to no avail. Just an automated response after each re-submit stating we are 'still in violation' and have not been re-indexed.
This has been going on for around 4 months and has become quite detrimental to our business, and for what reason? Because Google wants website owners they think have made some money from their search over the last few years to pay it back via adwords maybe (just a thought).
As per the post above I completely agree that Google need to remember why they became number 1 in the first place and should stop monopolising the internet by moving their goalposts and upsetting their loyal supporters in previous years !
Being from the UK I would now like to see our Government slap them with a penalty and block their IP's since they are paying very little tax into our economy, making billions, and in doing so ruining many small business's in the process with their new mentality (which seems a lot worse than building a few links to help with optimisation).
DuckDuckGo please change your name and do some marketing !