The following are the rules as it concerns submissions of all types regarding GamerGate, SJW, Racism, Sexism, and similar social issues (all hereto referred to as Social Issue):
- Submissions of this type will be allowed on N4G if it is a submission directly involving a developer, publisher, or similar individuals who are not journalists.
- Submissions of the Social Issue type must be about how the Social Issue is or has impacted their job directly and is not just a personal opinion on Social Issues.
- Submissions of the Social Issue type about organizations or people associated with an organization who are focused on one or more of the Social Issues are not allowed, even if the individual is a developer or publisher. This is an extension of the rule that we do not report on news about sites or communities that are not official game, development, or publisher sites or communities.
- Opinion pieces about the quality and efficacy of gaming sites as it relates to how they review games or present recent content is still allowed as long as it is not about a Social Issue.
- When in doubt, always contact a moderator (ticket submissions are best since we all see them) to ask for clarification or a ruling on the submission in question.
How did we come to that decision?
I created a poll for the moderators to vote on as well as discuss titled "What type of GamerGate content should be allowed on N4G?". The poll had four options:
#1. All types of content about GamerGate
#2. Content that directly involves a developer, publisher, or similar individual who isn't a journalist
#3. Only content that is specifically about video games directly
#4. We shouldn't allow any of it.
The results from votes (and discussion) from 9 moderators were 7 for #2 and 2 for #3.
Discussions on the poll talked mostly about the gray areas that have plagued this topic for a while. There was discussion on how much to let through and the subtleties of being able to voice an opinion as it relates to the poor reporting by another site. But, everyone agreed that not all GamerGate content is right for N4G and that some of it definitely is. Overall, many were happy with the new goal of restricting certain GamerGate content as it had begun to not only drag the site in a direction that was away from video games, but that some found the heat gained from said submissions most often were due to responses relating to not wanting to see the content or questioning how it was gaming related.
Regarldess of this decision regarding submissions, users are welcome to discuss anything about GamerGate on the forums (link in the header from the home page).
We thank you for openly discussing your thoughts on this change. As usual, feel free to comment below or PM me if you wish to discuss this decision.
UPDATED ON 12/21/2015
Archive of previous version: https://goo.gl/YQ3lM5