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Would you have applied such detail with manual actions on " Partial matches " not requiring a reconsideration request?
Of course less than a month later we got nailed by Penguin ...
What makes you think that Partial manual penalties do not require a RR? We have always done so and have found it the only way to get the penalty actually revoked.
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...]
If the links are outside of your control, what are you being reconsidered for? It doesn't make sense.
Paraphrased : If you remove the link Google is already ignoring, Google will stop ignoring the now non-existent link.
I think what Google means is... they'll remove it from the WMT console.
Therefore, I don't believe it's necessary to file a reconsideration request to get out of a Penguin penalty, but am happy to hear any contrary logic or reference points.
fyi - I have seen the manual action notifications removed from the WMT console without a reconsideration request being sent, following link removals not reported in a disavow file.
Thanks for the information about removal of a message without a RR.
Any serp movement to accompany this occurrence?