turbocharged - 3:33 am on Sep 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
I'm sympathetic to the adverse effects that Google changes have had on many members, myself included, but the practice of using just about any topic in this forum to editorialize and take opportunistic pot shots at Google has got to stop.
Instead of generalizing dissent as "pot shots," I prefer instead to understand the relationship between all the publicly available variables to answer the question of "why." Just as Google's algorithm is made to identify many signals, we as webmasters should expect Google to use its wide reach to achieve their specific goals and should not be limited to a set of criteria that provides only one piece of the puzzle. For example, just as Google manually penalizes websites, one could also logically assume that Google also whitelists websites.
As webmasters we need to be honest with ourselves and others. With so few recoveries reported from Penguin, despite many efforts on the part of webmasters, it only makes sense to expand the discussion beyond an algorithm that does not judge equally. Once again, we are looking at the reason "why" some were penalized by penguin and how to employ forward strategies to "recover." When recoveries are next to nil, even after following Google's guidance to the letter, it is clear that to achieve recovery we must look beyond the surface for answers instead of spinning our wheels in the same rut.
So to answer the OPs original question, I have no strategy for recovering from penguin. You can look at the many people who have tried to remove and disavow links without any success. Altering the anchor text of existing links has also been largely a failure. Of those that have achieved the highest degree of successful recoveries, from what I have witnessed, they have entirely abandoned their domain name and started anew. Starting new can be a painful process if you invested a significant amount of money and time to build a brand, but may be necessary if your business model is dependent on search traffic originating from Google.