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The issue of how to address Zak S, his contributions to the OSR scene and his behavior has already surfaced in our community. First of all we acknowledge this is an extremely sensitive topic and that any decision we might take is going to be a problem for somebody. We really hope that this is going not going to be a big enough problem to drive you away from this community.
The charges against Zak S are extremely serious and we aim for the Pit to be an inclusive, safe space were to discuss OSR RPG content. This means that we cannot, in good faith, take the risk of allowing somebody with his history of online and offline harassment in this space. To spell it clear: we are not aware of Zak S having an account on this forum, but he is banned anyway . Please note that what lead to this decision (a long history of online harassment, multiple accusation of rape…) will be cause enough for a ban for everyone here. If we become aware of the same kind of behavior from any of our present or future users, we will ban them.
Now, regarding Zak S material. The OSR scene is a long conversation between thousands of people, in hundreds of different places. Ideas are exchanged, copied, changed and discussed all the time. In this conversation, for years, Zak S played a major role. He worked with a lot of good people (who don’t deserve to be branded guilty by association) and many of us worked on his work to produce our own. Many of us also got inspired by somebody who was inspired by Zak S and so on. This means that we cannot remove Zak’s works from our collective memory. As it already happened, new people will stumble upon and be fascinated by it without knowing who he is. We have all been there. We can, and will, reduce his influence on our future conversation. This means that you can discuss Zak’s work up until the day of Mandy’s accusations (11th February 2019) . We acknowledge this is an arbitrary date, but that post has been a wake up call for most of the community and the day when he started to fade out of the conversation.
Any other discussion about the person of Zak S (like news on his trials) is off-topic . We are here to discuss gameable content (and sometimes food) and exchange ideas about OSR games. Some off-topic is inevitable, but off-topic which is going to hurt people in the community or even, simply, is guaranteed to degenerate in flames is not welcome .
: damnatio memoriae is a though task, which humanity has been failing at since (at least) the Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut (14th century BC). It would be better to orient our efforts on a more effective way to handle the issue.
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