My apologies for taking so long to get back to this. Yesterday was a shit day for a variety of reasons.
Before I turn to @ashestoashes018’s questions, I want to point out that there isn’t an “unofficial official” COG Discord. When they opened that server, I asked them to change the name to ChoiceScript Games, to get our name off of there. (In the same way that I asked @dashingdon to change his server.) I very much appreciate the enthusiasm of our community to make that and other Discords–and Dashingdon for his server!–but we cannot take responsibility for what transpires on those platforms. Just as we cannot take responsibility for what happens on CYS or Tumblr.
Which turns me to Ashes’ questions. Ashes, I’m not sure that I’m going to be able to answer your questions–it’s unclear to if there’s anything I could do to change your mind–but I’m going to try.
- What are you going to do to prevent harassment of authors?
1a. On-forum: if an author is harassed on forum, users should flag the harassing posts. We’ll do our level best to sort through the issue. More specifically, the only thing I can do to stop “hating en masse” is to suspend folks, and unfortunately that requires them to do something that results in suspension. Which, I hope you can see, creates a problem: I can’t proactively stop harassment. I can only retroactively suspend or ban individuals.
1b. Off-forum: basically, nothing. As I said above, I can’t take responsibility for what happens off-forum. There are some small things that I can do–where a forum member might be doing something that is encouraging off-forum harassment–but I don’t have magical powers over users or other platforms. There are some exceptions here–and I certainly do reserve the right to respond on the forum to non-forum activity–but largely nothing.
- Will there be “protections put in place against things just being deleted”? The problem with this question is that there is context and nuances here that you’re not allowing space for. (Which is, unfortunately, mostly a matter of trust. From the tenor of your posts, I think you just don’t trust me, which is why I don’t think I’m going to be able to change your mind. But that’s not answering your question.)
2a. Broadly, no. Which is to say, I don’t see the current norms changing. The current norms are not to “just delete” things from regular, established users that are in good standing. If you’re a new user and you post your WIP and it or its description is grossly offensive, I don’t see much of a reason to give you a warning. To go back to the coffeeshop metaphor, that’s like walking in an taking a dump on the floor and being expected to be given a warning that that’s inappropriate. Now, it may very well be a part of that user’s culture to take a dump on the floor of coffeeshops–or they could just be trolling–but this isn’t a place where that’s acceptable; it’s on the user to observe and learn the norms of this forum.
2b. Similarly, someone who has received warnings or is otherwise on “thin ice” will probably not be given the opportunity to revise posts. If someone is a regular user, and they’re posting things that they should reasonably know are inappropriate, then no.
- As for Broken Lenses, no one has complained about it to us. In fact, in response to this thread, the author reached out and made a case for what they’re doing with the project. That said, I haven’t played it. I’m likely to never play it. I’m certainly not going to take the time to go play it right now. As has been said elsewhere, we don’t have the resources to play every WIP that’s posted on the forums. If you find Broken Lenses to be offensive, then send us an email with specifics.
- What steps will be taken to ensure that rumors are nipped in the bud? As Havenstone pointed out, I wrote a series of posts about negative conjecture, and a lot of people freaked the fuck out. But negative conjecture is exactly the sort of thing that leads to rumors. That said, I don’t have any ideas about how to “nip rumors in the bud” other than, frankly, to close down the forums. So, if you have ideas about how to stop them, I’m open to hearing them.
- What steps will be taken so information is freely available? What information? You need to be much more specific here.
- You also reference “email chains,” and unfortunately, I have no idea what you’re talking about.
Does that about cover your questions?