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It's not even logical, they mix past tense, present tense and future tense in just three sentences.
The specific and detailed type of reply patc received would have been more helpful to you , if the circumstances had been applicable to your case, it does sound like they may have actually looked at patc's site whereas you appear to have received a "canned" (albeit grammatically and logically presented and structured ) response.
This article has a list of other potential reasons your site may not be doing well in search.
site may not rank well if your server stops serving pages to Googlebot, or if you've changed the URLs for a large portion of your site's pages.
For example, a site may not rank well if your server stops serving pages to Googlebot
Of course, we could now ask - why did it take a whole month to generate this response? Presumably such responses could be autogenerated instantly (and scalably) by checking for a manual-penalty flag in processing incoming reconsideration requests.
Thank you, Pierre. Can you say that affected sites that make changes to meet Google's standards for quality will regain their positions, or will they improve their current positions, or will nothing happen?
In fact a different recent thread showed someone received a message about unnatural links being detected.
I missed that. Are you saying that a site was penalized for having too many unnatural links from outside the site?
The single best sentence to read in that response if you believed you were penalized. Changes the way you approach improving the website, at least in the short term, considerably.
For example, if you send a reconsideration request and after 5 days have not got a 'non-manual' response, you can safely assume it's a filter and expect to get some hint about what is tripping the filter.