A manual action may sound scary, and in my understanding, sites that violate the most are manually penalized (Perhaps someone can validate this statement). But, compared to algorithmic penalty, isn't manual penalty easier to deal with?
1. You are sure your site is penalized, because you're told so.
2. You have a recourse to filing Reconsideration Request.
3. You are told if the penalty is lifted or not.
4. You have better control to expedite the process.
With algorithmic penalty, you are groping in the dark and with no option of Reconsideration Request, you are in for an indefinite wait. Or is there a way to expedite the process just as we can do in case of Manual Penalty?