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Comment: Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (Score -1, Troll) 686

by Kunedog (#48863361) Attached to: Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

The central allegation no-one made?

"They claim it was for a review but there's no review!" is the oldest of the cover-up's lies.

A strangely specific denial, isn't it? It's eerily like all those damage control statements the NSA spewed out in Snowden's wake.

Comment: You Been Misinformed on Purpose (Score 3, Insightful) 686

by Kunedog (#48862499) Attached to: Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

If you want people to not associate Gamergate with harassment, you're shooting yourself in the foot by bringing up Gamergate whenever someone talks about harassment.

Try this: link to the /. article that covers the Gamergate scandal without screaming about misogyny and harassment. You can't. And that's because overall, the Slashdot readership doesn't buy the "misogyny and harassment" narrative for one second. The editors quickly discovered that the discussion thread for any article that straightforwardly mentions Gamergate--even if it's one-sided--couldn't be trusted to go the way the editors demand.

For a while, they found limited success by posting articles with the template "misogyny, harassment, threats, misogyny, harassment, threats . . . oh btw Gamergate" (i.e. a br But even that's not working anymore, and the editors' credibility on this issue is shot. Permanently.

Slashdot wants desperately to cover Gamergate, but doesn't want to be honest and up front that it's doing so, and especially that it's taking the pro-corruption side. In the early weeks, they even tried to participate in the blackout, which led to almost every article about gaming at all becoming a Gamergate thread. The editors/ownership knew damn well what they were doing, and it's silly to blame anyone else for the consequences of refusing to cover Gamergate, except with propaganda.

Comment: It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (Score 4, Insightful) 686

by Kunedog (#48862399) Attached to: Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"
The cover-up didn't work.
The week-long gaming press news blackout and user comment/forum censorship didn't work.
The coordinated, ongoing smear campaign that began with the "Gamers are over" articles hasn't worked.
The doxxing and harassment of pro-GG folks hasn't worked.
The endless train of embarrassingly desperate counter-hashtags hasn't worked.
The Wikipedia and Nightline hit pieces only destroy those outlets' credibility for short-term effect.

Last week PC Gamer became the latest games journalism site to update its ethics policy in the wake of Gamergate, joining IGN, the Escapist, and of course Kotaku/Gawker (though in Gawker's case, they put up more of a fight and the Gamergate pressure to be ethical had to be routed through the FTC). And there are probably more I'm forgetting.

Gamergate also got Brad Wardell (CEO of Stardock) some long-overdue apologies for hit pieces run against him:
https://twitter.com/iamDavidWi... [twitter.com]
http://www.gamepolitics.com/20... [gamepolitics.com]
http://www.zenofdesign.com/in-... [zenofdesign.com]

Ask yourself how much of this you've seen reported in the corrupt media (which at this point, sadly, clearly includes Slashdot). The anti-GG side thrives only in an environment of propaganda and censorship, and evaporates when faced with integrity and transparency. They prove the need for Gamergate every time they write an article based on the assumption that terrorism and child porn^W^W^W^W misogyny and harassment have become the root passwords to the Constitution^W^W journalistic ethics.

Comment: Better Late Than Never (Score 4, Interesting) 686

by Kunedog (#48861647) Attached to: Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"
Gamergate's Harassment Patrol has been decrying, detecting, and reporting such behavior for months, no matter which side it came from. Glad to see someone from the anti-GG side finally express willingness to follow their lead (this is an anti-harassment operation and not just a partisan anti-Gamergate PR stunt, right?).

Comment: Re:Love the Wording (Score -1, Troll) 189

by Kunedog (#48778955) Attached to: EFF Takes On Online Harassment

I'd buy that if the anti-freedom anti-gamer crowd wasn't crowing about how they "got the EFF on their side."

Yeah, they also crow about Gamergate being dead, but despite all the funerals there's no body. Never mind what the anti-gamers say; they've been known to lie. EFF doesn't take sides on Gamergate, they only mention it as a "magnet for harassment", which I think is undeniable -- people on both sides have been doxxed, swatted, and mailed undesirable stuff.

I really wish you were right, but every single link about Gamergate in TFA is a one-sided propaganda hit piece that buys hook, line, and sinker in the "misogyny and harassment" narrative. I wonder if you could find a single reference to any of the pro-Gamergate people who've been harassed in any of it.

Comment: Coverage Took Neutral Stand on Harassment (Score 1) 189

by Kunedog (#48778871) Attached to: EFF Takes On Online Harassment

And there was also harassment that was described as harassment.

And that would have been fair enough if they hadn't also

a) pretended the tiny minority (and third parties) carrying out harassment accounted for the entire movement, in a transparent attempt to distract from and cover-up for the corrupt journalists, and
b) completely ignored all the harassment coming from the anti-GG "direction."

Therefore the coverage was intentionally biased, and decidedly anti-Gamergate rather than anti-harassment.

Comment: Sure, Let's Investigate (Score 1, Insightful) 189

by Kunedog (#48778795) Attached to: EFF Takes On Online Harassment
It is /. and the EFF who are too, uh, "lazy" (yeah that's the ticket) to investigate the actual harassment. Once again, a Slashdot article makes reference to Gamergate in the context of harassment, but all the victims mentioned just happen to be on the anti-GG side. I'm beginning to have doubts that this is an honest mistake.

Pro-GG people have been doxxed:
http://imgur.com/BNlLKcn

So was the creator of #notyourshield, and his workplace was harassed until he was fired:
https://twitter.com/Moldybars/...
http://i.imgur.com/9ieHMu9.png

A prominent anti-GGer called for the doxxing of all Gamergate supporters:
http://i.gyazo.com/5db582013ac...

An article that claims to know all about Gamergate appears completely ignorant of the majority of relevant harassment, not to mention the Harassment Patrol. At least the pro-GG side makes an effort to detect, condemn, and report this shitty behavior, no matter which side it comes from.

Comment: Love the Wording (Score -1, Troll) 189

by Kunedog (#48778641) Attached to: EFF Takes On Online Harassment
Since last year we've seen the legitimate criticism from a customer revolt misrepresented (on an incredbile scale) as "harrassment."

from TFA:

When a magnet for harassment like Gamergate takes place on a social platform, will that platform's operators seek to uncover who the wrongdoers are—or will they simply prohibit all from speaking out and documenting their experience?

Gamergate supporters did indeed "attract" a great deal of harassment (and censorship and libel), all for the crime of exposing journalistic corruption and collusion. And the best way for a platform to "tackle" that harassment is by not ignoring it (a difficult task for websites allied on the side of corruption, as we've repeatedly seen).

Comment: Produce More Qualified Workers to Not Hire (Score 1) 341

by Kunedog (#48753781) Attached to: Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

For instance, Intel's workforce is currently 4 percent black; if the company were to adjust its numbers to reflect the number of qualified workers in the tech industry, that number would increase to about six percent.

So what stopped them from hiring these qualified workers in the first place? Maybe there's more to the story?

Comment: Sleazy Slashdot Coverage of Gamergate (Score 1, Offtopic) 171

by Kunedog (#48725149) Attached to: Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015
/. wants to cover Gamergate, but doesn't want to be honest and upfront that it's doing so (and taking a side). That's because users are in charge of the discussion, and we (or at least most of us) don't buy the "misogyny and harassment" narrative no matter how many times they repeat it without evidence. So this is at least the dozenth article to follow the template "misogyny, harassment, threats, misogyny, harassment, threats . . . oh BTW Gamergate."

The tactic is sad and (by now) easily recognizable for what it is: a thinly-veiled smear. It's why I said this summary was the most unbiased GG summary on /., because even though it is hopelessly anti-GG, it's at least upfront that the GG scandal is the topic of discussion.

Comment: Gamergate Doxxing (Score 4, Informative) 171

by Kunedog (#48724253) Attached to: Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015
TFA mentions Gamergate in the context of the doxxing but all the victims mentioned just happen to be on the anti-GG side (innocent mistake, I'm sure).

Pro-GG people have been doxxed:
http://imgur.com/BNlLKcn

So was the creator of #notyourshield, and his workplace was harassed until he was fired:
https://twitter.com/Moldybars/...
http://i.imgur.com/9ieHMu9.png

A prominent anti-GGer called for the doxxing of all Gamergate supporters: http://i.gyazo.com/5db582013ac...

At least the pro-GG makes an effort to detect, condemn, and report this shitty behavior, no matter which side it comes from.

Comment: Re:Gamergate is Worthier, and the Editors Know It (Score 2) 299

by Kunedog (#48701889) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

Who'd have thought. The gamepolitics.com link is Slashdotted.

It isn't; I had trouble with it even before I posted it (but I thought it was just me).

http://www.gamepolitics.com/20...

On September 16, 2012 GamePolitics published a story about Brad Wardell and Stardock Systems entitled " Report: Stardock Sued Former Marketing Manager After She Sued CEO for Sexual Harassment ." In that report we echoed a false narrative that Stardocks lawsuit against former marketing manager Alexandra Miseta was filed in retaliation for her filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against Stardock CEO Brad Wardell and his company in late 2010.

After reaching out to Wardell, I have come to the conclusion that I fell short in my reporting on this story and felt compelled to set the record straight. I have also seen proof from Wardell that legal actions were in motion long before Stardock filed its lawsuit against Miseta in the Summer of 2012. It should be noted at this point that Wardell could not have shown me this proof in September of 2012 because of ongoing litigation.

According to that new evidence (an invoice I have seen from the American Arbitration Association dated June 29, 2011 - Case #54-160-00009-11 02 CHFL-C) Stardock founder and CEO Brad Wardell, his attorney Paul P. Asker, former Stardock Marketing Manger Alexandra Miseta and/or her legal representative, were involved in ongoing arbitration. While we do not know the exact start or end date of those arbitration proceedings, two things become pretty clear: the lawsuit filed by Stardock (alleging that Miseta "deleted, destroyed, and/or stole promotional materials, analytics data, and trade show information" vital to the launch of Elemental: War of Magic) after the court denied the companys motion to dismiss Misetas sexual harassment case on July 13, 2012 was a change in venue of sorts - going from arbitration to a full blown court case.

Ultimately both lawsuits were settled out of court, culminating in a letter of apology written by Miseta.

The other thing I want to emphasize here is that, because Wardell was in litigation with Miseta on two different fronts, there was no way he would have made a public comment to the media... but he was never given a fair chance to do so by us or the many other news outlets reporting on the story.

Whether someone is willing to comment on litigation while it is active is irrelevant; it is our job to give those that are the subject of tough stories like this one a reasonable amount of time to respond.

As President Harry S. Truman was fond of saying, "the buck stops here." I take full responsibility for the articles that continued this narrative (whether I wrote them or not) because as the managing editor I encouraged our writers to write them and approved them for publication. And while I did reach out to Wardell prior to publishing our story, he deserved more than a few hours to respond to those accusations.

At the end of the day I let our readers down and did a disservice to all involved. For that I offer my sincerest apologies. On a personal note, I want to publicly thank Brad Wardell for taking the time to show me proof and to accept my apology. I only wish I had been able to see that proof sooner.

As an aside, I was compelled to revisit this topic after the Zen of Design blog wrote a lengthy story about it and apologized. If you have not read it, you should take the time to do so; it offers some additional perspective on the Stardock legal battles with Miseta.

- James Fudge, Managing Editor - GamePolitics.com.

Comment: Gamergate is Worthier, and the Editors Know It (Score 4, Informative) 299

by Kunedog (#48700779) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

Nah, Sarkeesian was a hack before the whole gamer gate thing even started.

Gamergate itself has clearly done more good than Sarkeesian ever hoped to.

It exposed nepotism and collusion in games journalism.

It got Brad Wardell (CEO of Stardock) some long-overdue apologies for hit pieces run against him.

https://twitter.com/iamDavidWi...

http://www.gamepolitics.com/20...

http://www.zenofdesign.com/in-...

Oh, you didn't hear about that? Well, I guess the same corrupt media (and the mainstream media, in turn) didn't report it, so, like whoever's in charge of Slashdot, we should pretend it never happened. You know, the same way we pretend that Snowden did no good because the corrupt NSA (and the Executive and Congress in turn) never acknowledged it.

And it's forcing Gawker to revise its policies to comply with updated FTC guidelines, which the FTC acknowledges came about because of Gamergate's OperationUV.

Damn, look at all these journalists, forced to be ethical against their will. If the media ever covers it, they'll probably invent some new term for the headlines, like "Ethics Rape."

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