It seems that Google have sneakily changed the way you can ask for a reconsideration request, if you go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/reconsideration?hl=en you will see that Google make you check if you have any manual actions :
and if you don’t have any manual actions against your website you get this screen ;
which you may notice that there is no link to submit a reconsideration request, unlike this site which has the most common Manual Action against it, the “Partial matches Some manual actions apply to specific pages, sections, or links”
Notice the Request a Review link, so this opens up the discussion into a few areas, do we think that Google is 100% correct in it’s Manual Actions section of Webmastertools, because if it isn’t then how the hell do you do a reconsideration request ?
Also are we going to see Google starting to share things like :
Personally I feel it’s a step in the right direction, but Google could do so much more like why when I add a robots.txt file blocking potential dupe content you do this :
but you give no clue as to what you have just added to the index, if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, I’m guessing in this case it’s bad 🙁