Planet13 - 8:53 pm on Jul 20, 2013 (gmt 0)
The disavow tool is, as I understand it, processed by a machine and goes into the algorithim. I believe all it does is tell the algo that those links SHOULD have a nofollow tag on them.
there is (I am guessing) a different algo that looks at the links in your disavow file and tries to guess whether you REALLY want to no follow those links or not.
I don't believe that a person looks at those links in terms of using them as a starting point in determining whether they should audit your site. But then again, who knows?
However, Matt Cutts has said that the biggest problem that people have with the disavow tool is that they either aren't formatting it correctly (as a simple text file), or that webmasters are disavowing single URLs when instead they should disavow the entire domain (because there are actually several links on the site and the webmaster is not getting them all).
Which would pretty strongly infer that SOMEONE is looking at SOME of the disavow files with their eyeballs.
maybe google is only taking a manual link at the disavow tool when it is filed in conjunction with a reconsideration request?