The successful modbombing of this account shows both the strength and futility of astroturfing. The troll community has dedicated dozens of accounts and several people's worth of full time effort to harass, smear and downmod me. When they got their way, they created a 76 comment, troll investigation style parade to celebrate. That's quite a show of force, but it's ultimately an expensive waste. The effect is temporary and my opinions continue to be received favorably when published under different accounts. Far from showing a problem with the moderation system, this shows how well it works.
It's amazing how one person can so easily tie up the resources of one of the world's wealthiest and most powerful companies. The stories I write in my spare time are frequently published. While Twitter might be down, I'm not. Even if they could discover all of my accounts by asking my ISP, I could always create new ones and continue saying what I think. It's obvious someone does not like the things I think and the way I express myself, but they are powerless to do anything about it. People who offer to "clean" the web are selling snake oil.
The real answer is to quit doing things that are wrong, that make people angry and need to be covered up with massive lie campaigns. "Get the Facts" and similar are huge failures that have done more harm than good. The non free software development model never worked very well and is now obviously defeated.
Mega troll, the bungi is bold enough to tell me why he's mod bombing me. Others celebrate, intimidate and threaten anonymously. This is the first account to mention the Vista failure log as a reason, and then goes on to defend other outrageous M$ behavior.
Suck it up Bungi and tell your boss that Vista's failure is not something that can be hidden. M$'s billion dollar a month advertising budget can't hide Vista's flaws or convince people Vista has something they need. As I noted above, astroturfing does not work.
Here's good evidence of astroturfing failure if not backfire. Ha ha, trolls, suck it up.