Derek Smart · @dsmart

21st Feb 2014 from TwitLonger

To be human means that, among other things, you get to make mistakes, learn from them etc. Important, mutually beneficial and meaningful bridges, I preserve, build-up and retain. That is key to anyone's success. Especially in our business - which I have to say is the primary reason that I am still around and doing what I love the most. Just because you have a few enemies, doesn't make you an enemy of everyone. We all have and make enemies and friends. Day in and day out. As passionate and strong-willed as I am, while I may not be the poster child for what passes these days for meek online discourse, what I do know is that I am a decent and fair person. With that, I don't abuse, harass, stalk, defame or bully anyone. Not online or in real life. All I want to do is make and play games. It is OK to disagree, argue, fuss etc. Heck even troll (religion, politics and anything to do with gaming media are fair game) each other if there is humor apparent. So if I tell you to STOP abusing, harassing, stalking, bullying or defaming me, I expect you to do just that: STOP. I don't even give out warnings anymore. I tend NOT to turn the other cheek. Not because I can't, but because I simply won't. It really is that simple. It is never OK to do these things to someone and expect to get away with it. While you may get away it with with some people, one day you're going to run into that one person who has the potential and resources to turn your entire life inside out and upside down; especially since the legal system is fast catching up with laws governing online behavior as it pertains to defamatory and illegal conduct. So please govern yourselves accordingly. And remember, "Game developers are just human beings who happen to make games for a living. If you want to hold us up to higher standards of conduct, then go ahead...but don't be surprised if we don't uphold them." For a primer on online conduct, please read EFF's excellent primer on the subject. https://www.eff.org/issues/bloggers/legal/liability/defamation

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