1script - 4:39 pm on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
@goodroi Thanks for chiming in!
I hope you can relate to my feelings: increased workload is what you get when you become the world's largest monopoly in an entire industry. Somehow I cannot bring myself to feel sorry for the poor overworked reviewers. In fact, I'm incurring six digit losses because of a (half-assedly admitted in an email) mistake one of them made two years ago. In other words, it's not a "free service" - it would have been an absolutely required service if FTC hasn't been asleep at the wheel and reined G in as a monopoly that they are.
I can understand how it's possible to reject someone's RR without looking at a site, and I can understand how I could not catch a visit from Mountain View simply because a reviewer could have worked from home and came in on their home connection. Besides, who knows what types of VPNs the reviewers (most of whom are supposedly overseas or so we hear) are using and where those VPNs terminate. I did catch the reviewers in the past but there is no bullet-proof way of doing it, so it's possible that I've simply missed it for technical reasons.
My concern is mostly with the way such RR would go down. Since the reviewer cannot browse the actual site - they would be redirected to the new domain instead - few possibilities exist:
#1 they actually review the *new* site, the one that they land on, and therefore if my RR got rejected, I have some serious problems
#2 they actually review a cached copy (with an unknown to me cache date) and then no matter what changes and fixes I've done on the *new* site, they will still keep rejecting RR for the old one. This possibility sounds like I should simply forget about trying to restore the standing of the old site.
#3 - the problems were external to the site and required no visit. Inorganic links and bad WMT account owner's standing with Google come to mind. Since the last RR rejection I got is for a site that I never actively solicited or did anything to attract any links to, I am afraid that my own name is still marred by some record in some dark corner of Google data storage. This is the most frightening possibility - the one that made me start sending RRs for old (moved, no longer existing) sites in the first place.
Did I miss another possible scenario?
Which one do you think is more likely?