A webmaster at WebmasterWorld claimed that while some reconsideration requests he submit take five or more times, with tons of details sent to Google - one he sent just recently went through with a one-line request.
The request read:
We managed to clean up all our backlinks and we have updated the disavow list. Please remove our manual penalty. Many thanks!
Google approved it and responded the reconsideration request was accepted and the penalty was removed.
What is even more amazing is that they didn't even contact any webmaster to remove a link. They just uploaded a disavow file.
We know Google said they want to see you manually removing links or may not approve your disavow and reconsideration request.
The thing is, it depends on which Google representative and what time and what mood they are in, is reviewing you reconsideration request.
Do lazy reconsideration requests work for you?
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.