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Locking. This thread has gone far enough down a road of really negative commentary that it doesn't appear that it can be turned around. Folks, if a comment or thread is making you "see red" or makes you feel like resorting to tearing into each other, that might be a great moment to step away from the keyboard for a while (and possibly flag the post and move on, if it warrants moderation), or hide the thread. Some of these posts are totally unacceptable.
Apologies, what I was referring to is that some browsers allow you to store login credentials. If you're experiencing this issue in a specific browser that has stored those credentials, it may be just referencing a bad version of those. If this is something you experience just on paizo.com, in multiple browsers, and do not have stored credentials, then it'll require some digging to suss out.
Definitely unrelated. We only generate PDFs via InDesign's export functions.
Removed a handful of comments that crossed over into hyperbole, personal attacks, and derailment of the original topic. Using phrases like "special snowflake" and "political correctness" as a means to demean others does not further conversations, it does not keep them productive, and it tends to stoke arguments. Additionally, to clarify a previous moderator post: discussions surrounding Milo Yiannopoulos do not have a place on our website.
Removed some hyperbolic/elevated posts and their responses. Additionally, we'll be going ahead and locking this thread.
After a number of unsuccessful threads, we do not host debates or discussions surrounding any figure who has involved themselves in Gamergate. The commentary and messaging from those figures in those threads has been shown to be so negatively charged and actively harmful to the community we try to foster here (including threats and endorsements of violence or suffering based on gender identity/sexuality). This specific thread seems primed for a circular and toxic debate, likely to end up the same.
Hey folks, our Community Guidelines are pretty clear on the point of provocative thread titles, so we're going to be closing this. If you'd like to start a new thread discussing aspects of the outcome related to the latest US election, it will likely go better if there's a specific topic for folks to discuss (for example: if you'd like to discuss environmental issues, a specific thread re: DAPL or NPS). We know folks are heated, we understand the climate of the country at the moment, and the flurry of Facebook/Twitter feeds and so on—to help our moderation staff, some focus is going to go a long way in keeping political threads civil and productive.
EDIT: Went back and removed some "flouncing" posts and the responses to them. We don't advocate this behavior on paizo.com.
I'd like to extend my gratitude for your patience as this thread has gone without proper response this week. My tasks related to the Starfinder preorder launch (including responding to all of the social media queries about the announcement), ACG retail incentive launch, as well as getting paizo.com back in working order (while working relatively in the dark) have kept me away from being able to focus on community-related needs.
I would like to clarify that our temporary pause on political threads has been limited to the Off Topic subforum. We recognize that there are topics covered in our products which may lead to political discussion and debate, and those are discussions that have a definite place on our website. Should we decide in the future to impose a permanent restriction on political threads in Off-Topic, it would not effect the status of threads related to in-game content, but rather threads solely focused on real-world issues.
We do not consider "The LGBT Gamer Community Thread" to be political, and if there were a ban on political threads in the future, it would be allowed to continue. There are a wide variety of backgrounds that make up our pool of employees, freelance authors and artists, third-party publishers, as well as gamers within the paizo.com community, and it is important to us to acknowledge and respect their identities. We understand the decision(s) of community members who wish to hide these topics, omit content from their games, or for whom this stance on identity issues brings them to an impasse. However, within the context of threads on our website, it is not appropriate to disparage any individual on the basis of their gender identity or sexuality, and that guideline is not up for debate (you can find our full Community Guidelines here).
We have made the tentative decision to suspend our pause on political threads (and will be unlocking a couple). If discussing politics on paizo.com is of interest to you, there is a sticky thread of guidelines for these topics available. If you have feedback on these guidelines, feel free to start a new thread in Website Feedback.
Whether Paizo should continue to host political discussions within the Off-Topic forum has been debated amongst our community, as well as internally. The responsibility of moderation on paizo.com is a task that is additional to regular job duties by certain Paizo staff. If the volume of posts in need of moderation begins to eclipse the time that's needed to be spent on other community needs, customer service, making our games and all of our other cool projects, it may be necessary to put certain topics on pause, or to limit certain topics altogether.
We are tentatively taking political threads off pause. If these are threads that you participate in, enjoy reading, or find to be of value, we need your help to keep them in check and keep them around. What does this mean?
There are a few topics our team has identified which often become politically charged and are too volatile/unsuccessful at remaining civil. We will lock new threads that concern the following (this list is not comprehensive and is for illustrative purposes):
If you have questions about any of the above, post to Website Feedback or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't want to see political threads in your view of the forums? You can hide threads on paizo.com by clicking the "∅" symbol on the right-hand side of any thread. Please refrain from posting simply to voice dislike that a thread exists, as this derails conversations and causes unnecessary friction.
Figuring out a better way to highlight the pocket editions is certainly on our radar (and we do have plans to highlight their announcement on our docket). New code for this kind of feature runs fairly far behind some other things right now. In my mind it would make sense to take an overall look at how we structure product pages, rather than tacking a new thing onto the existing structure :)
Please revisit Sara's post for any delays on responses to flags. Understand that our very big announcements yesterday, as well as site downtime, have had an impact on our ability to respond.
Removed a series of posts for various levels of personal abuse/offensiveness (as well as their responses) and reopening for now. Folks, this is not an appropriate venue to debate the acceptability of the term "oriental" (for clarity: we're not cool with it's usage to refer to individuals or groups of people on paizo.com), so please drop it.
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