Post by Colin Arascain on Aug 31, 2015 14:29:10 GMT -5
There was a time when Site Discussion was a place for members to air their complaints about staff without fear of reprisal, provided it was done constructively. I feel like this has gradually slipped away, as this predates many on staff today and the attitude of the site in general has shifted. I am not intending to hold the site to policies that no longer apply, but nevertheless, I am posting this topic in that spirit. It is tagged with Tova's name because that is how we used to do things, and in the past it guaranteed a prompt response.
This is a formal complaint regarding Tokiyo Fujikagi, addressed to the owner of Bleach Gotei.
We all know why I'm doing this, but I'll restate it as clearly as I can. In a topic admitting staff's faults regarding how toxic the community here has become, and ushering in new policies to change this, Tokiyo response was to threaten and attack members of the site, both general and specific. In my case, I was accused of 'persistently bullying' Brianna until she quit the site.
Tokiyo's clarification contained things that are true, but toothless. Tokiyo summarized here and Robert here describe the situation in a way that I feel is entirely accurate and fair, and Robert's specific quote at the end of his post ("Did you actively and maliciously force her off the site? No. If you had, you wouldn't be here right now because that conduct is not tolerated here.") belies Tokiyo's original statement. This tactic is referred to as a motte-and-bailey doctrine, where a bold, controversial statement is made and then, when confronted, the person retreats to a more defensible position and claims that's all they meant by it. No, Colin, I was just saying that you unknowingly made her uncomfortable, not any of these other things that any reasonable person would read 'persistent bullying' and think, but I'm going to continue to justify that what you did could be accurately described as 'bullying', and continue to use this word to make people think you did things that were quite a bit more harmful.
The only defense I have received for this is that 'it's accurate.' Even if I weren't disputing that, how would that matter? There are a whole lot of things that anyone could say that, while accurate, would get them quite severely punished, especially under the new approach that staff is trying to implement. In fact, Tokiyo doesn't accuse me of lying anywhere here. Accuracy is not a defense that works against harassing or bullying someone.
Even if I had done exactly what he's saying, something I find absolutely despicable, it would still be wrong for a prominent member of staff to single out and attack a member in this way.
Because this is me, because this is about a person you care deeply about and against someone I know you consider a close friend, because of our own antagonistic relationship, it's a pipe dream to expect this to get anywhere. I'm not holding this against you or complaining about favoritism here, it's just the way things are. You're not a robot and I don't expect you to be. Our bridges are thoroughly burned.
This is my last avenue to try, though. The buck stops with you. I'm hoping against hope that this will somehow be dealt with, that I can continue to enjoy this site without worrying about being attacked by the person who's at the top of the food chain when you're not around. At the very least, in the spirit of the old times, I ask that nothing negative happen to me from posting this. That's how it used to work and I hope it still is.
Thank you for your time, Tova.
I would also like to request that Tokiyo does not respond to this topic. I do not want to deal with any more of his hostility towards me.