I am not going to bore with the details, others have had more to say on it. But I do want to talk about the fallout.
Over the weekend and into this week I have seen some exceptionally bad and unprofessional behavior coming from all sides of this issue. All sides. And from people I expected better from, and sadly from people that played the part I totally expected them to play.
The result of this is now OneBookShelf will have a system of some sort for people to "report" on suspected
Personally I can't change any of that. But here is what I will do. Again this is a social contract thing, I expect to do X, Y and Z in return for certain expected behaviors A, B, and C.
1. Under no circumstances will I ever use this system of reporting material to DriveThruRPG. Never. If I have a problem with your product I will email you.
2. I will not blast a product I have not read on social media or this blog. If I talk about a product here it is usually because a. I like it or b. have read it or plan too. If I hate something and I talk about it here then be assured I have read it and reread it to make sure my impressions of it are sound. I then invite debate. You are free to use your social media or my blog here to tell me why I am wrong.
3. I will not go to social media and rally support to blast/flag a product. I have seen this from a number of industry professionals and frankly they should be ashamed. Again, if I have an issue with your product enough to do something about it, expect an email.
This is what I see as being the biggest issue with the new system. It is far too easy for a publisher to leverage their social media weight to get fans to tag or report a product that either they personally don't like OR because it is competition.
These are my expectations. Granted I am under no illusions that people will abide by them, but at least I am putting these up here for those that might.
1. If something of mine is offensive you will email me first. simple right? No anonymous slack-tivism, no clicking on a button. If you don't like something I have done then please have the courage of your convictions to tell me. Don't want to confront me for some reason? Fine. Have a friend email me on your behalf.
Simple right? I promise to do three things, you promise to do one.
There is no reason why we can not act like professionals and adults here.