commit: 6b2ca8a - #414 (2014-03-05 12:54:44 -0500)
It really is a pretty simple process - I've seen many a webmaster get in a right mess with it though!
An analogy I like with the reconsideration request is that you're guilty until proven innocent. As such, you have the burden to prove your innocence. That means Google wants to see what you've done to recover, even if it means you're the victim of spammed porn links.