So the other day I got pretty heated about a certain BZP contest.
First, let me say up front: from the evidence I’ve seen now, I’m not convinced what happened was entirely a misunderstanding. I understand I might be wrong on that, but there’s no decisive proof here either way, and what I’ve seen makes me feel that way. So parts of the sentiment I expressed in that post stand.
But - I posted that before hearing anything from the other side involved, and working off of evidence that seemed more complete than it was. On top of that, I let my knee-jerk reaction get the better of me. In other words, in a post I intended to call out negativity in the fandom (with a few allusions to other issues like poor fact-checking) - I was being pretty damn negative, and I didn’t check things through as much as I thought.
I’m sorry for any role that post played in fanning the flames. I made it because I was angry that it looked like a positive way of having the fandom interact was being twisted and made negative - and in doing so I only made that negativity worse.
At this point, it’s kind of pointless to remove (it’s been reblogged elsewhere, and as I said above, I still in part feel the way I did when I wrote that post), but I’ve added a link to Kahi’s take on things.
Moral of the story: if you see me reaching to make an indignant post, spray me with one of those cat bottles and tell me to wait fifteen minutes.