You miss the point. This is DRM-free and curated site. If a game or developer doesn't meet these qualities then they aren't welcome on this platform. They either fix the issues or don't come here at all. Anyone who wants to buy their manure can go to Steam.
If you think that it's harmful for Gog then you are wrong. Only reason Gog is still alive is because of their principles. Once they lose those there is nothing distinguishing them from Steam and if that happens, that's when their remaining customers will move away. Because there's no point buying Steam keys from third party sites if you have to activate them on Steam anyway. + Steam most probably gives better discounts as well.
The solution is not just to do things differently but better than the competition. Doing things DRM free and respecting user privacy deffinitely is better.
Precisely. It has never (as far as I am aware) been GOG's mission to get as many games on their store as possible. Their stated mission has been to get as many games as possible that are DRM-free and meet certain quality criteria. They have built their reputation based on opposing and pushing back against nefarious industry standards. If they had just gone with the flow and done what everybody else did, they never would have been successful in the first place.
The way I see it, these negative reviews are very useful, because they inform consumers and allow them to make an informed purchase. Potential buyers deserve to be made aware if a game they are interested in contains telemetry and there is nothing on the GOG store page that is open and transparent about that. It is obvious from the reviews and from the difference between the 'overall' and 'verified owner' ratings that the reason is people warning about telemetry. If those buyers don't care about the telemetry, then they can go ahead and buy it anyway (based on the VO reviews). For those that wouldn't buy the game if they know it contains telemetry, the 'review bombs' are providing a very helpful service.
Okay dude, you go fight that revolution by angrily posting 1-star reviews of games you've never played.
I see a fundamental inconsistency in your position: either the negative reviews are inconsequential or they are not. You seem to simultaneously be claiming that these 1-star reviews are inconsequential and won't achieve anything, but you have also voiced concerns that they will damage the sales of the game and hurt a small, upcoming developer.
Sorry, but you can't have it both ways. If the reviews are inconsequential, then they are nothing to worry about and you can safely ignore them in the knowledge that they won't have any effect. If they are not inconsequential and may affect the games' sales, then I would argue they are a valid form of protest and may achieve their goal of influencing the developer and pushing for positive change. If they might negatively affect the sales, then surely the developer would be wise to take the concerns on-board and make changes?
In other words, I think your arguments fail either way.
And if hosting DRM-free games that collect telemetry data would signal the doom of GOG... buddy they've got hundreds of games already that do just that, and they've been hosting them for years.
I agree that we need to figure out what is going on with those other games and whether they are surreptitiously sending telemetry or not. By the way, this protest is not isolated, there was similar review bombing for Kerbal Space Program
(which I believe is another Unity game).