stgeorge - 3:13 am on May 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
@Tedster yes it's a bleak outlook but it is shared by very many web masters. In fact, the vast majority.
I am not aware of any proper proof of recovery. I have seen a couple of well respected blogs publish articles dealing with supposed recovery examples but even in those the details are sketchy.
Until proven wrong I remain of the opinion that google is leading all of us around by the nose and the concept of recovery is this Utopia which they themselves have largely avoided . At a recent conference I asked a high ranking Google Webspam team member if we can expect recovery in the next update and his answer was very non-commital.
Anyway we are planning our business on no recovery. We have done a TON of work to try to recover good sites, removing links, changing link profile, disavow etc.
If any of them come back it's a bonus. I don't think anyone can plan their business on the hope of Google flashing them a green light. They really don't care which is fine. They don't have to.