Originally Posted by Jack Belvedere
They did attempt to downplay it big time, they actually termed it "Silly":
Two weeks ago, amid an atmosphere of pride and boasting about Emerald traffic, a silly idea was hatched. This idea was to target a blog owned by a creator of a malicious viewer, and boast of the traffic Emerald has captured. The method for doing this was to add links to the Emerald log in page linked to said blog. Each time anyone logged in, our page loaded up and also the other page loaded up – simply to show off our volume of traffic. This was not a DDoS. This was a poor attempt at boasting that failed miserably. Once we discovered this, these links were deleted and the dev concerned was disciplined. The entire Emerald Team offers it’s sincere apologies for concern, panic, worry, mistrust and disappointment felt by our users because of this. I can most strongly assure you that this will not happen again.
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It's because of that ^ to which I have the rule.. if we screw up.. we own up. No downplaying or twisting the facts.. we own it, period. Incentive to not screw up.
Btw.. I absolutely didn't approve of that post by Arabella, and at that time I was in the process of trying to take over the project.