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There's a lot of understandably hurt feelings going around, as well as a lot of confusion as I shake things up.

So, let me be clear about a few things:

  • I don't hate you guys or your work here. I really appreciate it. "You guys" meaning the GTX0 community in general, not just the staff. But the staff in particular deserves a lot of credit for all the shit they've had to deal with and try to make sense of over the years. Anyone who's been on staff since 2009-2010 especially deserves a lot better.

  • I don't like what the site has become. Again, this isn't something leveled at the staff, there are deep problems that go back to how I've been running things since 2009. If I say the rules suck, I mean that I suck. You guys have done the best you can with what I've given you to work with, but what I've given you to work with is garbage. There's buggy duct-taped tools, nebulous policies, various conflicting principles (free speech vs the good of the site for example), a lack of advertising presence, and the list just goes on and on.

  • If you feel the site is going in the wrong direction and you hate me for it, good. I feel the same way. I'm not going to try to smooth things over, to tell you guys it'll all be okay, things will get better or that there are easy solutions without fallout. Those are all lies. The way you feel is justified.

    It's going to be a long road ahead. There's going to be fallout, a lot of it. I'd like to encourage anyone who feels the need to leave the site to do so. It might be the best thing for your mental health.

    I'm not changing my tone and I'm not changing my actions here. I'm going to continue to fix and build onto the foundation. But if you see a post of mine that's particularly antagonistic, just know that it isn't leveled at you. It's the core of the site that's fucked up.

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    I'm not gonna get into it too much right now because I'm technically at work. But to my recollection, you built your various teams so that you'd stop your habit of making sudden, drastic changes on your own. You set up proposal system in order to foster a more democratic (and levelheaded) mode of decision-making. Now you're suddenly breaking protocol, re-seizing power, and barely communicating your intentions to the people you once put your faith in (until confusion has already set in and we explicitly ask).

    Posted September 26th by Cetasaurus
    Cetasaurus
    Formerly KM8

    You are so serious Xhin. What exactly has the problem been lately? Am I so out of the loop? I don’t really post on the Politics forum but I’m guessing the issues are stemming from there? Maybe we could have an “anything goes” forum where if you get your feelings hurt too bad. Although that would go against my general belief of the less number of forums = the better.

    Posted September 27th by MarvaIo
    MarvaIo
     

    #85 has been making tons of discriminatory posts that the mods over in Politics tolerated, even though discrimination is a site rule, for the sake of "freedom of speech." Things have finally calmed down now that he's banned, but people still seem wishy-washy about enforcing the site rules in World. As in, no more White Nationalist and idiotic posts in World. It's not OK.

    Posted September 27th by mariomguy

    Gonna point out that things have been better with 85 gone. Not that you care but now you know.

    Posted September 28th by S.o.h.
    S.o.h.
     

    Yeah. GT actually feels freer, too. People don't feel uncomfortable posting anymore. We already have rules to stop discrimination, they just need to be enforced.

    Posted September 28th by mariomguy

    Not that you care


    What, you think he was pretending to care about the things he was complaining about that #85 embodies with most posts? Seems unlikely. But the absence of #85 hasn't made all problems go away, it's just that no topic has come up to bring out the hostilities and the most problematic random names I mentioned before haven't been causing trouble recently. But that doesn't mean there won't be problems later on. I mean #85 not being here helps and we probably can't have perfection but I don't think it's a good idea to pretend like all problems will go away when there have been plenty of problems without him or problems unrelated to hate speech or whatever umbrella term doesn't offend anyone.

    Edited September 28th by KnokkelMillennium

    I was actually referencing a morning radio hosts catch phrase with that line lol.but cool insight

    Posted September 28th by S.o.h
    S.o.h
     

    Well that's a reference I'd never get. And a lot of people probably wouldn't but that's fine.

    Posted September 28th by KnokkelMillennium

    Use the report button, guys. It works well. I'm also adding something useful to the mod toolkit this weekend. (Probably tomorrow since it's almost done already).

    Posted September 28th by Xhin
    Xhin
    The planets are aligned
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