Did Google ease off Panda and then tighten the thin content manual penalty?

Earlier this week there was a confirmation from Google about a recent Panda update. As part of the news on this it seems it was ‘lightened’ in the sense that most of the reports coming out were about people recovering and that Google had eased off the algorithm to some degree.

Then, last night, I was wandering about the Google webmaster help forums and noticed a webmaster talking about a new manual penalty action notification I hadn’t seen before, it went like this;

Google has