MarieHaynes - 8:11 pm on Apr 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
They check the links manually? Are you sure about this?
Here are two videos that may help:
[youtube.com...] - Matt Cutts explains that a real person does look at your reconsideration request.
[youtube.com...] - at about the 4 minute mark they talk about what kind of steps the webspam team will take when they look at your site.
I remember hearing either Matt Cutts or John Mueller talk about how the Webspam team looks at a subset of your links that they have marked as unnatural and sees how many have been removed but I can't find the source right now. I'll post back if I find it.
Google does not show any backlinks in the webmaster tool since the unnatural links warning came several months ago.
Something doesn't make sense here. An unnatural links warning would not remove your links from WMT.
On the disavow list, do you have to include only the top level domain or every link coming from the particular domain?
You can do either:
domain:example.com - this disavows every single link from that domain.
http://www.example.com/page1.html - this disavows just links from this single page.
Comments aren't necessary. The disavow file is only read by a computer, not a human. The comments are just to help you if you want to modify it somewhere down the road.