JS_Harris - 5:09 am on Aug 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
A+ Google, when you take manual actions against a site they really should know about it... even if you don't tell them what it is. Some webmasters earn a living online and a secret neutering isn't a good thing for them. Heck even getting gray hair wondering about it detracts from their production time, and more.
I clap my hands at this change, long overdue!
I disagree, algorithmic functions are not penalties and I equate the algorithm to the playing field. If everyone is on the same field then I am OK with that. I wasn't OK with everyone thinking they were on the same field when some were manually acted upon and had no idea they could no longer rank for specific words or phrases.
It seems unfair to me that people with a manual penalty would get a message explaining why the penalty was imposed, so that they have guidance on how to correct the problem, but people whose sites have an algorithmic penalty don't get a similar message.