It is pretty safe to say that Novell and its partners have a growing habit of going around the Web and patrolling blogs, maybe even using ‘commenting brigade’. Novell is working on its public image. It’s the nature of protecting one’s own job and ecosystem. In some cases, E-mails are sent directly to the writers rather than address writers in the comments.
One new thing that I was able to find just moments ago is that sockpuppet techniques might be used as well. It is a situation where one person uses multiple identities. We have already caught such incidents before, but here is a recent example.
It might be a frequent occurrence, but we rarely look at IP addresses and other such details, unless a particular activity becomes too suspicious.