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An Apology to Our Readers

Georgina Young / November 25, 2014 at 10:16 PM / Gaming, News

I am human. Sometimes when I write articles I make small factual or grammatical errors. My readers are often quick to point these out to me, and I try my best to edit the articles straight away.

For example, when I wrote this article I accidently missed out @FartToContinue from the blacklist. When a reader informed me of this error, I went back and corrected it. I also made a disclaimer on the bottom noting my error.

Three edits have been made to my recent articles and I wanted to clear the air on why I did so.

Firstly, in the article noted above I alluded to Randi Harper’s criminal past. This is the only edit I have ever made, that wasn’t for factual or grammatical errors. There is also no disclaimers in the article about this edit, as I didn’t wish to exacerbate the situation further. When I wrote this article, I did a lot of research into IGDA and Harper, and it did not take me long to stumble upon her arrest. I did not know whether I wanted to include this information in the article, as it wasn’t particularly relevant, but at the same time, I wanted to alert people to her dubious character. Even after publishing, many readers were unhappy with the allusion, and questioned its relevance. I questioned its place in the article further.  Randi reached out to TechRaptor and explained her displeasure. I feel that ex-cons should be given a chance to rebuild without their past being constantly dragged up, and as such I agreed to have the line removed. I apologise to Harper. If I caused you any harassment by including this in my article, I am deeply sorry.

The second 2 edits were made to this article. Dabitch reached out to me, at night with this tip about the trouble the blocklist has caused her company. As I like to make sure the news is reported immediately, I stayed up to write a quick news piece. In my haste I made a few minor errors. As they were pointed out, they were deleted until a time TechRaptor could rethink and rewrite the statements factually.

My first incorrect statement:

“They were originally added to the block list for following @Nero, a journalist at BreitBart and @CHSommers a feminist scholar.”

I wrote this because Dabitch had told me she believed this to be true. However, after some investigating, it turns out that @CHSommers was only of the alpha list before it was used to block people. Adland must have also been following someone else on the blacklist.

While there was an uproar caused over my labeling @CHSommers a feminist scholar, I still personally believe this to be true, and is not the reason the statement was deleted. However, to prevent further uproar we have chosen to refer to her by her YouTube name the factual feminist. For those of you who are confused, my calling Sommers a feminist does not make me a men’s rights activist.

My second statement:

“There are also worries about privacy, as  Randi Harper,  creator of the list, released the name and email of someone who tried to appeal on Twitter.”

Randi Harper in fact doxxed and then quickly deleted information of someone who wrote to FreeBSD, and not someone who appealed. She also pointed out to us that by appealing, you are publically releasing your information.

This article now comes with a disclaimer at the bottom correcting these errors. I apologise whole-heartedly to my audience for making these errors and the drama they have caused, particularly to Scott who was manning the TechRaptor Twitter at the time.

I would like to make it clear that as ever, all opinions are my own, and not that of TechRaptor.

All my love to beyond the stars,

George


Georgina Young

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British girl, currently in Japan. Surviving on a diet of retro games. Worshiping the god that is the Sega Megadrive. I like Nintendo.