In the most recent hangout with Google's spokesman to webmaster's and site owners, John Mueller mentions that Google is going to upgrade WMT panel and some of it's messaging. The issue surrounds confusion.
It got picked up, and summarised here : [seroundtable.com
I know Google is guarded about it's algorithm ( and we shouldn't ask questions that cannot be answered, and do sometimes ) , but some of Google's guidelines could do to be more black and white, and avoid ambiguity, which leads to multiple interpretations. In another thread [webmasterworld.com
...] I've raised the issue over confusing messages, that give rise to some SEO's providing reconsideration requests for partial manual actions. It doesn't seem at all logical to request a reconsideration for a partial penalty on a link/s outside of your control. I mean what are you asking to be reconsidered for.
Another, issue I have is over the administration of the disavow files for removing paid links to a site. If the file removes those links from any association, and the penalty is algorithmic ( not a manual penalty ), why would you be busy sending ( in some cases ) 1,000's of takedown notices, with approximately a 10-15% acknowledgement rate, and ask for reconsideration. We're not talking site-wide manual penalties here, we're talking algorithmic penalties. Then on the other hand, in another video from Google we hear that it's not even 100% essential to disavow [ of course it's desirable ].
This information confusion is stimulating lot's of site owners to potentially be overcharged for unnecessary work. That's not ethically cool of the SEO industry, but maybe they are confused. Many siteowner's are without budget and are likely spooked about the resources required to recover, with extensive costs - some simply cannot.
Are you confused? List yours, and let's hope Google can listen to your concerns.
btw - No flaming rants please , we are trying to engage Google's help and understanding here to the extent they are able and willing to. Let's keep it professional.