I give you this to think about. Not too long ago, there were multiple articles written that cried the end of "gamers" and the end of our identity as a "gamer". Those article were enough to cause a slew of gamers to get angry. Angry at the websites who published it and angry at the writers who wrote it.
Suddenly, information started to spread. This information went beyond 4Chan. Twitter, Reddit and even Tumblr got involved. We learned many of these writers are bullies. Many of them don't like the audience they write for. They lash out, they threaten devs and they give their friends preference over others. Indie devs spoke out and were blacklisted. Freelance writers spoke out and were blacklisted. There was a huge call out for large gaming websites to make a change or face a boycott from the supporters. Included in that website list are Kotaku, Destructoid, Gamasutra and Polygon. The Escapist is still on the "boycott" list for many but after today's change in policy and editorial, many of us feel that they got the point.
This all happened after gamers were declared "dead". And the gamers showed the website that we were not dead. We are your consumers and we will speak with our wallets.
The #GamerGate hashtag is a place for us to discuss, talk and share information on Twitter. That hastag can go away tomorrow. We can never use it again. That will not change anything. Because we have enough people to bring in 4.5K tweets in the past two hours. And over 440K tweets in the last 30 days. That is a very loud voice. And that's a voice that's not going away just because a hashtag dies.