the marketing team (and other GNOME developers) are always around on LWN to clear out misconceptions. we get the usual amount of flak as well, because we like it when people call us "insane", "stupid", or plain "crazy". comes with the territory of being in open source, I guess.
we don't have time to follow every single discussion ever, though, because a) we have jobs; b) we have a life; c) we have to actually write GNOME.
personally, I leave conquering the LWN readership to others: LWN readers know how to install or remove GNOME. I'm much more interested in getting other users.