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Locking and removed a handful of posts. Our staff does not have the bandwidth to sort out continued personal attacks and offensive posts in light of PaizoCon (which is this week). If folks want to continue to be able to have conversations surrounding politics on the paizo.com forums, please refer to the sticky post in Off-Topic.
Locking for review when we return to the office.
After review, I've gone ahead and removed the responses in this thread and keeping it locked. Paizo.com is not a platform for filing complaints about other companies in our industry, and we will not facilitate drama surrounding other roleplaying game companies. It is completely inappropriate to bring private correspondence, especially between parties that do not involve Paizo, to our website. It is also very uncool to call for the termination of any industry employee and issue demands of our community in this way.
Removed a number of posts and their responses. Folks, our product discussion threads are intended to be solely focused on the product they're attached to. If you have comments related to how certain contents interact with Starfinder or how options interact in a specific corner case for a class, that line of conversation is best suited to a new thread.
I've also removed comments debating racial slurs/our stance on their usage on paizo.com (don't). Additionally, comments like "Fighter Lives Matter" are not funny or appropriate on our website.
Removed some posts and locking. Sarcastic remarks regarding rape and other similarly insensitive comments have no place on our forums. We recognize that our community is comprised of folks from a variety of backgrounds (and that that may include folks who've experienced real life trauma), and do not feel that this line of discussion does anything to contribute to the welcoming space we attempt to foster here.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Removed a couple of posts and locking this discussion. It isn't particularly productive to host this continued back-and-forth. Our volunteers are an important base of resourceful and helpful people who put in many hours to help make our organized play programs successful. Negative speculation about how this group communicates or sets policy amongst themselves, or jumping to conclusions isn't helpful, and is only worsened by text being an imperfect means of communication. Just as we do not codify every possible infraction for our online community, it is near-impossible to do so for a worldwide campaign. If you have concerns regarding the possible overreach of an individual volunteer, the best course of action is to report it to next tier of volunteer up, or to Tonya directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) depending on the scope.
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.
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