But the flooding of the Notepad++ project's GitHub repository with pro-Chinese propaganda messages quickly drew in all the anti-Chinese activists.
Today, discussions on the Notepad++ issues tracker had shifted to all Chinese topics, such as Taiwan's sovereignty, the Hong Kong protests, and the failure of the "western democracy" model -- and especially the "brainwashed western people living under evil capitalism regime [sic]."
With most of the discussions taking a "China vs. the world" theme, other users have also stepped in, and are calling out the hypocrisy of some pro-Chinese commenters who are mocking western democracies while living under a "social credit" system.
Notepad++ developers have been trying to keep pace with all the spam and closing discussions, but new GitHub issues with propaganda messages are being opened every few minutes.
Furthermore, the Notepad++ website also came under a prolonged DDoS attack today. The site recovered after hours of downtime only after being moved behind Cloudflare proxies.
The Notepad++ 7.8.1 release, the one codenamed "Free Uyghur," has not been pulled, and is still available for download. The app's developer explained his motives in naming the release "Free Uyghur" in a blog post published earlier this week. In 2015, the same developer also released a version of the app named after the Tiananmen Square protests.
You can read the hundreds of pro- and anti-Chinese messages in the Notepad++ GitHub issue tracker's closed section.
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