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If you don't control the links pointing to your site, no action is required on your part. From Google's perspective, the links already won't count in ranking. However, if possible, you may wish to remove any artificial links to your site and, if you're able to get the artificial links removed, submit a reconsideration request. If we determine that the links to your site are no longer in violation of our guidelines, we’ll revoke the manual action. [support.google.com...]
Sure, that's logical. But then.....
In this hypothetical example, there isn’t a site-wide match, but there is a “partial match." A partial match means the action applies only to a specific section of a site. In this case, the webmaster has a problem with other people leaving spam on mattcutts.com/forum/. By fixing this common issue, the webmaster can not only help restore his forum's rankings on Google, but also improve the experience for his users. Clicking the "Learn more" link will offer new resources for troubleshooting.
Once you’ve corrected any violations of Google’s quality guidelines, the next step is to request reconsideration. With this new feature, you'll find a simpler and more streamlined reconsideration request process. Now, when you visit the reconsideration request page, you’ll be able to check your site for manual actions, and then request reconsideration only if there’s a manual action applied to your site. If you do have a webspam issue to address, you can do so directly from the Manual Actions page by clicking "Request a review." [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com.au...]
So why show the reconsideration request button in Webmastertools?
I just don’t get it. Do you see my point? The manual action is against the link. You can’t change the link. What are you considered a request for? The more I think about it makes no sense.
Is Google saying that you need to do a manual reconsideration request because someone pointed a bad link to you ? The warning specifically says it may be beyond the webmasters control. You don’t want that link reinstated – it *is* a bad link. So what would the reconsideration request achieve, especially if you have submitted a disavow file?
What exactly does Google require on a partial match issues, outside of your control, with links that cause targeted action only?
[edited by: phranque at 10:52 pm (utc) on Aug 29, 2013]