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Removed responses and locking. Before starting a new topic, we suggest taking a look over our Community Guidelines. Putting emphasis on "ROLEplaying" in this context can suggest to other participants that this is a dig at other methods of play. Additionally, we prefer to separate real-world issues (such as politics) from discussions concerning gameplay. If you have any questions about posting, please ping firstname.lastname@example.org.
Removed a handful of personally pointed posts and the posts quoting/responding to them, as well as "popcorn"-style posts. Folks, if you'd like to continue to have a space to discuss politics on the paizo.com forums, please revisit the sticky thread in this subforum before posting. Sniping at each other like we've seen in the past couple pages is the kind of stuff that leads to more escalated interactions that require more moderation involvement, and will make us reconsider hosting these topics.
Temp locking as we review this thread.
EDIT: Removed a number of posts and their responses, and leaving this one locked. Explicitly suggesting or alluding to diversity in itself being a detriment to fiction isn't a message that is congruent with the goals of our community. There is a notable difference between being dissatisfied with the quality of writing in a given piece of fiction (such as poor exposition or dialog) and critique of the gender, race, ethnicity, age, or sexuality of an individual character—the latter likely resulting in comments that are probably going to be unsuitable for paizo.com. Additionally, when the discussion being had surrounds the fictional world of comic books (and the perceived issues within the genre), it is derailing and inappropriate to respond with "well these things in the real world are worse" as a means to undermine a view you do not agree with.
Here's the rub about the current state of the PRD (which has been posted in the reporting thread also): we've undergone some staffing changes since the last update that significantly impacted our ability to focus on this project (as well as had a need to shift our attention to other high-priority items). We want to see it updated and given some love just as much (quite likely more) as y'all do.
The good news: we're nearly out of the stage of shifting tasks to different plates and assessing the state of our projects, including the PRD. The not-so-good news: we don't have an ETA to provide folks with just yet. The neutral-but-good-plan: we do plan to make it widely known once updates start to hit (via the blog, our social media, et cetera).
While the conversation was civil, we had a discussion here in the office and don't feel that our moderation resources are properly equipped to handle potential fallout from this given thread, particularly given the nuance of the topic. We have also had less-than-great experiences with hosting lengthy articles where they have gone sideways because of a snippet or single sentence lifted out of context and completely derailing the conversation, which also contributed to this decision. I hope this helps, and apologize if any confusion or offense was taken by the lock notification.
Removed a series of heated posts. Personal insults don't help any conversation. Additionally, we don't have any issues with older threads being revived necessarily, so excessive snark about "necro-ing" a thread is somewhat baiting. Consider that folks new to our community may not be aware of clarifications or FAQs provided over the years. You may also want to take a look over our Community Guidelines prior to posting.
Moved this to Website Feedback.
Folks, let's pump the breaks on the negativity here. There's a lot of moving parts behind the scenes to get a new branch of organized play plugged into our website, and this is actually something that should be hooked back up for folks soon. If anything's been jostled out of place while we wrap up these changes that you think we've missed, just let us know.
Removed a series of back and forth posts. Folks, intent and tone can and do get lost in translation when it comes to communicating online. I've gone ahead and cleared these comments out because they don't involve a discussion of the book (which is what product discussion threads are for), and are likely to encourage more dog piling and derailment.
Locking temporarily so we can sort through this.
EDIT: Unlocking. Folks, this thread is a casual and friendly space for folks to ask James questions, which he spends quite a significant amount of time doing (let me emphasize that given the volume of this thread, it is an incredibly gracious thing for him to be responding as frequently as he does). It is so, so completely uncool to abuse this channel for personal gain or to stir up drama from other online communities, as well as to somehow defame/harass any individual.
Removed a handful of posts. Folks, please understand that phrasing information about our products as if you are an authority can be misleading to our customers, and makes the job of our employees to present/clarify information about those products more difficult. It's also somewhat out of place in this particular thread.
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