This was a pleasant surprise, I submitted a reconsideration request for one of my clients with Google Webmaster Tools and received a short list of suspect links that Google still believe are outside of their quality guidelines.
I have to say post Google Panda has weeded out a lot of so called SEO practitioners who were really only link-builders; hey ho.
So back to the reconsideration request, yes a disavow was also submitted at the same time and boy I thought I'd covered every base, but obviously not - they'd found links that Majestic SEO hadn't picked up or Google Webmaster Tools hadn't picked up - new link tool required... how many do I need?
Here's the full message from Google:
We received a reconsideration request from a site owner for http://www.xxxxxxxx.xxx/.
We've reviewed the links to your site and we still believe that some of them are outside our quality guidelines .
This information was invaluable because it allowed me to firstly find the suspect articles (providing their invaluable links;-(), then to discover that there wasn't only one account generating these articles but numerous, and naturally the same article was spread across many accounts; on one day alone the same article was spun to umpteen different site's all under different pseudonyms.
So thanks Google, without this information I wouldn't have been able to track or pinpoint another swathe of culprits, but... why don't Google just disavow these links themselves - well they actually do and that's why so many sites went into free-fall, it would save a lot of speculation and presumed hypothesis amongst the optimisation community.