I can feel your pain; though not necessarily agreeing with you. In the last 7 months I've attacked my debt, paying down the balances on my accounts to the sum of 5 digits yet my score has dropped 25 points instead of rising. It seems someone is practicing Voodoo on my scores. FICO scoring is nonsensical, now I couldn't care less about their scores and will pay cash for everything but my next home.
I'd be really curious to know what our AAoA and UTI was when you started attacking your debt, and if there are any baddies that came up on your report aftewards.
I'm tracking my own debt-attacking FICO score results in another thread, if you'd like to compare notes...