I'm currently fighting that annoying battle with 21.5 (ghost). I've begun to notice a pattern (even with smaller, but old sites). I need to know if this is somewhat founded or not:
If you are 8 yrs or older (have never engaged in black hat obviously) can you answer this: How has your traffic been changing over the last 8 months?
Are we, those with sites 8 yrs or older getting punished for having picking up so many random links throughout the years? (old closed sites, sites that have been replaced by 'spammy' new businesses, stuff that has simply become crap over time)
BTW: After 10 years I've realised how much I appreciate WebmasterWorld, you've been a valuable source for so long - cheers.