Kudos to Michael for prompting Matt Cutts to agree that it is time to remove the requirement that one must admit to guilt, even if one believes he is innocent, before one is able to request reconsideration for dropping a Google penalty. Matt says:
Michael VanDeMar, just to give you a quick update, I dropped an email to someone at Google to request that we remove the text I believe this site has violated Googles quality guidelines in the past.??? from the checkbox in the reconsideration request form, and I requested some other modifications to the language of the form as well. It may take a while for the changes to be pushed in English, and then a while longer for the modifications to be done in all the different languages we offer, but I do think the changes will go through.
Thats been on my meaning-to-do list for a while, so thanks for pinging me about that form. While I was at it, I asked the person to modify our SEO tips and advice page to remove the you should insist on a full and unconditional money-back guarantee??? sentence as well. I know that was another point that people sometimes objected to.
It has long been a bone of contention that someone couldn't request reinclusion without admitting to guilt, even if that someone thought it was a mistake on Google's part, and not a result of wrongdoing on his part. It is good to see that is going to be eliminated...finally.
Also nice to see that the whole guarantee thing is going away as well. Past time for that too. I know lots of people have complained about these issues, but gotta give props to Michael for being the catalyst that finally caused Matt to act upon them. Thanks, Michael, and thanks, Matt. Two thumbs up!