I appreciate your valiant efforts to keep the boycott thread on the front page.
I'm not sure that makes a difference though, unfortunately.
It seems that from GOG's point of view, their strategy has "succeeded," their strategy to say and and do absolutely nothing in regards to the Devotion scandal, after having published their initial "many messages from gamers" lie.
As GOG had hoped, for the most part, the scandal has "blown over" and other than in this thread, and maybe an occasional post once in a blue moon in other random threads, no one ever talks about it any more.
And the support for the boycott in this thread probably isn't strong enough for it to be a meaningful boycott in GOG's eyes.
Plus, this scandal never gets any more media coverage.
The majority of GOG customers and the public don't seem to care any more.
Most people seem to have completely forgotten about the scandal by now.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not saying it's a good thing that GOG's refusal to apologize and be transparent and make things right (i.e. unbanning Devotion from GOG) has "succeeded", but I'm just stating what is the unfortunate reality.
This also sets a disturbing precedent for all future scandals that GOG will be involved with, since their bosses have now learned
that the strategy to say and do nothing until the scandal blows over is a successful one that will allow them to "win" and never need to worry about being held accountable for any future nefarious actions or inactions on their parts.
I value your comments, but I don't agree with the negative viewpoint. I think it's difficult to impossible to know what impact the boycott is having on GOG's sales figures or decision-making. Regarding sales, even if there is evidence that sales haven't dipped, the past year and a half have been heavily skewed by COVID and so can't really be considered 'typical'.
In terms of their decision-making, again it's very hard to know. I think it's likely that some people working at GOG would have seen the boycott thread and/or be aware of it by now (especially those in PR/customer customer service). It's very unlikely in any event that GOG would directly respond to or acknowledge the boycott, as it's not in their interest to empower their customer base to protest. Even if they made some changes to address the boycott requests, I'm sure they would spin it in such a way as to save face.
However, it seems that at the very least, things haven't gotten any worse since the start of year. There have even been some positive signs of games that had DRM being fixed and the situation with offline installers improving. It's possible the boycott may have influenced their actions on those to some extent (of course, there is no way we will know either way). Part of the goal is to send a message and if that message is helping to influence even some small decisions in a positive way, I would call that worthwhile.
I totally agree with your last paragraph. If the community sits on their hands and lets this stuff slide, then it sets a bad precedent and sends a message to GOG that their strategy of 'do nothing, say nothing' is valid and effective. In which case, we can only expect more of the same in future. There are examples of GOG backtracking on decisions in the past, because of user backlash; however it seems these days a majority of users may be more apathetic/defeatist. Unfortunately, that mindset is effectively asking to be taken for granted and exploited. They will clearly do that, if the users let them.