Too many rumours, speculations, hearsays, assumption. Due to gog (and/or linko's) choice to keep things foggy. Causalites out of reach. Still, comments.
1) Linko was a good moderator, and these forums needed/need that. No tweeter activity can cancel this. What is the current narrative ? That he is a terrible internet alt-right troll who was detested on the gog forums by the alt-right trolls that he was moderating and banning ?
2) The tweet was blown out of proportion. Being outraged by tweets, jokes or smelly marketing is perfectly okay (the clunky, deliberate or accidental, gamergate support half-hidden in the Postal screenshot deserved a reaction), but it has to be legitimate and proportional. This recycling of a serious hashtag in a nonserious tweet is no big deal, and is not univocally politically oriented (it is not anti-LGBT per se). I've given the opposite exemple : if a gog tweet had jokingly used a maga hashtag to promote a game (either keeping the acronym or changing its meaning), would it have been interpreted as derisive of Trump's campaign or supportive of it ? The is no logic behind it. The taboo on merely winking at serious matters in off-beat light contexts is based on the same principle as blasphemy : blasphemy punishes the mere association of the Sacred with the secular mundane ("not take the name of God in vain"), with the idea that this mere association is an inacceptable attack on its sacrality. And blasphemy is a very unhealthy notion, always, anywhere - be it about gods, flags, identities, norms, or righteous combats. It's an extremist perversion of the notion of respect, even where respect is genuinely due.
3) Doxing and harassing (if it happened) a human for that sort of "sin" is unforgivably disproportionate, and is illustrative of the toxic volatility of the internet. It is also a reminder that awful people seeking for a cause to justify their sadism will find such causes anywhere, they may instrumentalise good ones or bad ones alike (and sometimes even hop from one to the other). What matters to them is the legitimacy of physical and symbolic violences. Such people should be denounced on all sides. All sides should denounce such people within their own ranks. Partisan complacency is, on all sides, a disgusting phenomenon. That being said, *if* gog has added, to this unfair disproportion, the unfair disproportion of Linko's dismissal, it has made a problem even worse.
4) While basically supportive of Linko here, for these reasons, I wish not to associate with people who support him on very different grounds (even if they hypocritically refer to similar reasons). What I mean here is that if Linko's tweet had been, in my eyes, a direct attack on pro-trans movements in the USA, my stance would be partially different (I would be against Linko, and even if not accepting the doxing and harassment, I would be more accepting of his removal). Many people who support Linko here would have no issue with that, and are actually supporting him *because* his tweet is being interpreted as anti-trans. One reason why I respect Linko, is because I believe that (whatever his supposed personal stances) he was or would have been doing a good job at moderating transphobic posts in this forum. Which would mean going against some of his current supporters.
So, count this as default support, on my side, for Linko in the current situation. And wishes that he's okay.
And I also hope Fables is too. Her departure sure didn't shock as many people (I wish she had benefitted from such a thread), but she was also doing a great job. And it's distressing to see how short the stay of decent gog moderators tends to be.
Post edited October 27, 2018 by Telika