I wanted to wait a bit before posting this to allow those involved a chance to get to a point of more calm reflection and to have some temporal distance for the events.
Like many of you I have read the blog "Your Dungeon is Suck" and like many of you (don't lie) I have laughed at a good skewering.
And like you I was disappointed when Christian took down his blog after a particularly scathing attack by YDIS. I felt the attack was a little too personal, and a little too overboard.
I am glad that his blog is back now, I liked it and his point of view.
But here is something most of you did not say.
We need Your Dungeon is Suck.
Many compared the anonymous author to a troll. This is not really true since the author does not go to blogs to post his (and I am reasonably sure I can say "he") point of view. He has a blog of his own, where his opinions can be posts and ignored if you want.
Satire (and this might not be the best choice of words in this case, but bare with me) is an important part of a community. It helps keep our egos in check. And believe me there are a lot of people in the OSR that need an occasional ego check.
I don't care who the author of YDIS is. I have no need to know. I also don't like purely personal attacks. Attack people's points of view, their products, criticize their games if you must.
But it needs to keep on doing what the community needs; be the checks and balances and make sure we don't go off the deep end and think we are more than what we are.