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Hey guys! Robo-PAX update here! I did 12 miles on friday and will be tapering the next couple weeks. There have been some great community panels this weekend that I've attended and I'm so excited about the ideas and information gathered here! Thinking of you guys and what cool stuff I can bring back from this. :)
Tonight is robohusband's birthday dinner and I suspect cheesecake will happen. Woooot!!
I've wracked up about 20 more miles in running since my last post, had Texas Sized Nachos with friends (discounted, yay happy hours!), saw Expendables 3, and today was surprise birthday lunch and I had a volcano burrito! I have a 12 mile run Friday morning before PAX, and I think I might actually be able to make it through my Half, guys! :D
Going back and trying to formulate the new Community Guidelines was a pretty involved process (especially pilfering through the number of Website Feedback threads that cropped up over the last year or so). "Don't be a jerk" worked pretty OK when our community was smaller, but it's also subjective and has caused some issues with our ability to moderate posts. The new guidelines serve to give more transparency behind these decisions, and as our community continues to welcome more and more new people, we need to be able to adjust accordingly. Moderation is an imperfect "science" and this line may come back if we need it to.
After reading through every post in this thread, this one is going to remain locked. No posts have been removed because we would like it very clear as to why.
Dragging in drama from previous threads, making pointed statements about other community members, and accusing others of being trolls adds nothing to the conversation. Additionally, suggesting/alluding to physical violence, even in jest, towards any of our staff members (past or present), or anyone on paizo.com is unacceptable.
We take removing people from the community very seriously, and I'm not sure that assuming that we'll need to in any future playtests (regardless of what they are playtests for), is all that productive. Each one will be different and there are definitely some things we took away from the last one in how to handle various kinds of posts; don't assume it will be the same.
As I said in my previous post, edition wars just aren't something we're interested in hosting on paizo.com, and perhaps the result here is having that more clearly spelled out in our Community Guidelines soon. Hostility towards other publishers and games is not good for our hobby, and it can make other gamers who might have different preferences feel unwelcome. This includes passive references like "the Voldemort edition", purposefully obfuscating what game or company you're referring to, and disparaging comments about others who prefer those games.
I'd also like to nip this one in the bud: referring to others as the "Paizo Defense Force" has to stop. This is divisive, isolates others in the community, and is unproductive. If you're finding that specific people are causing problems, or you're noticing a trend that is making you feel unwelcome, please send us an email at email@example.com with the details. We can't read minds (or every single messageboard thread/post) so if there is a problem, please let us know so that we can investigate further.
Just recently, we revised our messageboard rules, and you can find them on the Community Guidelines page. Take a moment to read over it, step away from the situation, and remember that those you're interacting with on paizo.com are still people on the other side of the screen. Please be civil to each other, and flag and move on.
Removed some off-topic and edition war baiting posts. We totally understand that some products are going to result in some charged responses, and that what we make isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. The comments about the Advanced Class Guide are likely better off in a different thread, as it's not the most intuitive to find comments about a product intermingled with another one. Let's try to dial back the grar and be cool to each other please.
Just a quick moderator note: we have a zero tolerance policy on the misuse of the word "rape" on our messageboards. Because it seems like there's been some valid discussion to it and we do not edit posts, we're letting the original post stay, but consider using alternative wording in the future when posting to paizo.com.
Removed some posts and the replies to them/quoting them and so on. Derogatory labels for other gamers/gaming styles doesn't add to the conversation and can isolate others in our community. Let's also not derail a Rules Question thread with a discussion of the FAQ process and content from other books unrelated to the question or a martial/caster debate, please.
So you may have noticed by the blog and the Facebook and everything, but yes! The PRD is updated! Bestiary 4 and Technology Guide content are up. There are still pages of items in this thread that need addressing, and I'm hoping to roll that in with our scheduled update for the Advanced Class Guide next month. If you run into any problems, please post here :)
Locking this one up. There's a lot of vitriol and hostility in the last few pages here. Personal insults don't help make a discussion productive, and these kinds of comments only facilitate more bad feeling and isolate others in our community. We know people have very strong opinions about in this topic, but let's dial back the grar please.
Check out the press release here!
Removed a few more posts.
Guys, accusations of trolling and similar comments can very much isolate others in our community. I will say that we do strive to be as consistent as we're able in terms of moderation, and the best way to let us know that we've made a mistake (if you think we've made one), is to utilize our Website Feedback forum or shoot us an email. Also, let's try to keep this from derailing into discussions which already have threads available in other forums. Thanks!