UPDATE 4 - Now a statement from Tyler Malka (Evilore) see below
UPDATE 3 - Site now officially running
UPDATE 2 - Site is now down again, showing 502 gateway error.
UPDATE - Site appears to be working now, however, it's completely empty. We may still get a statement but will update when a post is made.
An allegation of sexual misconduct has been made against me by an ex. It's not true, the individual making the accusation isn't credible, the story doesn't reconcile logically with the facts, and there's plenty of evidence and witnesses to corroborate that. It'll be a process.
All allegations of this nature are serious, of course. I first got word of it on Wednesday when a screenshot of a Facebook post was handed to Voat. I immediately talked with my mod team about the contents of the screenshot and clarified that it was baseless and explained some of the details concerning my former associations with her, and tried to ensure any concerns from the team were addressed fully and transparently to everyone's satisfaction. On Thursday I heard that she had deleted the accusation from Facebook, and wasn't entirely sure how to proceed from there or how this would all play out in the public space at that point. Then, Friday morning, the screenshot made its way to NeoGAF and chaos ensued.
I was in the process of writing a statement that entire day to address formally address the allegation, but the community had erupted in a flash that morning. While the moderation team was trying to restore the peace, accusations and threats concerning the screenshot started shifting to them as well by association with me, and I was asked by my team to do something to fix things and get the heat off of all of them at least. I was beyond exhausted by that point, though, stretched too thin in the time since the post had first appeared and seeing unprecedented events unfold on NeoGAF. I was slow and weak. I failed to handle it quickly enough and let the team down. Before I could finish a statement and get it out there, understandably some mods hit their emotional limit, expressed concerns about the community coming after them, and decided to leave. A few people resigned, and many more quickly followed for similar reasons, citing stress and harassment. The site started breaking under load spikes leading up to the first resignations, too, and then flatlined altogether, so issuing a statement at that time on NeoGAF itself became impossible for the time being, and my attention shifted toward the moderation team's future.
Since that whole mess, lasting from Friday morning through Saturday, before we formally went offline for maintenance and repair and restructure, we've just been trying to figure out the best course of action for NeoGAF going forward. And as stories began being published by various outlets, I issued some comments to the press, since everything coming out was proving to be sensationalized, opportunist, and unprofessional.
We've all become increasingly stressed and weary this year in ways even I'm not accustomed to by now, and discussions on heated news, political issues, and social issues on the off-topic side of the site have become areas no one has wanted to moderate in the open for fear of backlash or just general exposure to the inevitable toxicity. I've gone in there myself to take the heat, since it's very much my responsibility to do so before anyone else's, but there's been little headway, mostly just more anger and resentment and a lot of bans. I don't think this necessarily reflects on our community; more so the tone of the entire internet this year with regards to heated issues.
That's all going to inform the way forward for NeoGAF as we refocus on what the main goals are supposed to be for the site. The mod team will talk about more specifics on what that will entail below.
One last thing. The NeoGAF mod team is here for this community; all of you. You have no obligations to respect me or believe anything I say about my personal life one way or another, but if you're going to be here and participate on NeoGAF, respect the mod team by following the rules and behaving. The team is diminished at the moment and the folks who stuck around care very much about this community and its future. Be considerate of them. That's non-negotiable.
It has been announced that Owner of NeoGaf, that goes by the Alias "Evilore" has been accused of sexual abuse to female game developers. When they started to post the threads about him, a ModBot has started to lockdown the threads as well as ban the women who are speaking out about their abuse from Evilore. NeoGAF will soon put up a statement to address the allegations
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NeoGAF on lockdown (multiple threads deleted) as woman comes forth about site owner Evilore being a sexual abuser. "statement coming soon"
— GamesNosh (@GamesNosh) October 21, 2017More info on what's going on with NeoGAF
NeoGAF's Evilore accused of sexual assault. A NeoGAF thread and Facebook post revealed this. https://t.co/5sh9efQ9KLSite on lockdown. pic.twitter.com/YjDLkXXV4r
— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) October 21, 2017I did a 5 part series going over the controversies of NeoGAF. Including the moderators, and Tyler Malka himself. https://t.co/2KP2Uon92q
— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) October 21, 2017Moderators like Besada are fleeing the sinking ship pic.twitter.com/4b7DfjqT8z
— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) October 21, 2017