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Locking. At no point is it acceptable to make a thread with the full intention of making personally abusive posts about any community member, let alone an employee who is simply doing their job. You may disagree with the decisions or policies laid out by my team or by other moderators (and bring that feedback to our attention through the Website Feedback forum or our firstname.lastname@example.org address), but understand that the decisions we make for our community are in its best interest, not personal soapboxes made by our employees. This is exactly the kind of activity we don't need.
EDIT: I've adjusted the thread title to be slightly less baiting so we can avoid further drama.
Just dropping in to address the issue of the PRD: my team is working as quickly as is possible to get the last two books (Unchained and Occult Adventures) available. With some unforeseeable out of office staff and other internal complications, it's been quite a logistical struggle to progress this as quickly as I'd have liked. Obviously this doesn't resolve the issues some folks are having, but we're well aware that it needs to be available ASAP and are doing what we can.
Removed a large swath of posts/replies and locking (sorry, there are some of these that were too egregious to leave up, if there were any posts you wanted for reference, contact email@example.com).
Historically, we've been very forgiving and open to folks who post long rants in the Off-Topic subforum. Our staff is revisiting our decision to allow long (particularly those that are politically charged) rants on our site (this is on the whole, not just those that break our Community Guidelines). We aim to be a fun and friendly community of gamers, and there are plenty of other spaces on the internet for these posts.
Additionally, we've also historically not expounded upon suspensions or actions taken against any account. However, I feel due to the severity of the actions taken in this thread, and that there may be folks who may feel that they are not safe on our site, it is appropriate to disclose that this account has been permanently suspended from our community. To shed light on our decision, we do not tolerate these behaviors: demands for personal information from other users, repeated direct baiting of other users, intentional escalation of conversations, disparaging comments based on religion (or any other disposition), or extreme negative assumptions about other community members (including accusations of sock-puppetry or deliberately lying in the conversation).
Did anyone else get their free copy? I think I got lost in the shuffle somewhere. I didn't see it in my downloads at least. I've checked a couple of times a week and haven't seen it yet. No biggie, just curious.
You should have just gotten an email notification that this has been added to your My Downloads page. :)
When we have scheduled downtime, we post a warning as much in advance as possible with the time window and estimate for how long we'll be offline in red text at the top of every page on paizo.com. We also post notifications to our official Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages (unscheduled downtime notices also go up here, since we can't really post it on our own site when it's not online).
Heya, just a quick update! We're pretty sure we've isolated the issue letting this latest barrage of spammers through. Our tech team will be arming some upgraded lasers, though it's unlikely to occur until they've narrowed down our current downtime issues. Thanks again for sticking with us to get these spammers out of here, folks :)
Heya, I can provide an update: our team believes they've isolated the issue and it's getting worked on. The timing has aligned poorly, but they're endeavoring to keep the site up and running as normal as much as is possible. This is *not* related to any spam activity, but rather is server software related as Lissa mentioned above. We're just as frustrated by these problems as you all are, and appreciate the patience our users have had while we work through them.
Hey Garrett, those should actually be completely removed. I'm not sure why our directory changes haven't properly reflected our own changes, but I will investigate. Thank you for bringing to our attention!
All other folks: we're getting the next PRD update ready to go up in the next week or two. We'll get the issues mentioned since our last straightened out then :)
Lissa Guillet wrote:
Yeah, about that, Aberzombie. =) It would be really nice when you see those things that you NOT reply to them. It makes our job quite a bit harder. I know it's hard not to respond some times, but please flag it and move on. =) Feel free to quip all you like in this thread or one like it though!
Echoing this. Our policy is to remove responses to spam threads and spam posts, and since that's gotta be done by human hands, it takes our time away from bigger issues or cool projects we need to work on.
I've also done some tinkering to laser these guys out of our system.
As much as we'd probably accomplish by becoming a hybrid gninja-megazord, Liz and I are still two people. Alas.
The Golux wrote:
How are winners (For the signed books) determined? I assume the winners of the vote between each pair will either be revealed early or be in the running to be revealed early after another round or two.
D'oh. We realized after seeing this comment how vague it is. Liz is currently editing the blog to reflect this, but after some discussion, we've actually revised our prize structure to expand to more than one winner. At the end of the fourth round, a winner will be selected to win the signed copy of Bestiary 5. In addition, we will be selecting four voters to receive a PDF copy of Bestiary 5 at that time.
Winners are determined randomly, though if you vote in multiple/all rounds, you have more chances of being selected.