This is a very sensitive topic, please help us keep things civil and don't reply till you've read this entire post and the 6 rules below (don't reply to people's posts, don't post here if you feel people haven't been silenced, stay on topic, whisper me questions, and so on)
. Don't just react to the subject.
Someone I respect, but will remain anonymous (I won't name names, please don't ask), recently wrote, "SG has a pretty good history of silencing people of color or women."
I've always taken Story Games as a place that's friendly towards people of color and women. But I'm not a woman or a person of color (by American standards). Given my perspective and biases, I'm probably not seeing something. Help me understand.
Story Games sometimes has a reputation for being anti-traditional games, pro-liberal, and a little passive aggressive (thread derailments, nitpicking, dueling thread topics). That said, Story Games has over 3,000 members… but it unfortunately only takes the action of a small number of people to paint a reputation for an entire community. Recently a person who is relatively new to Story Games with a small number posts made an anti-traditional game comment that was in my opinion, unfairly taken as representative of the community at large. But you can't control how people perceive you. And sometimes there is a seed of truth driving those opinions. Or sometimes it is completely true but we are too close to see it. I want to know if there is truth to Story Games being a place that has silenced people of color or women.
Before replying to this post, please READ THE FOLLOWING RULES. Failure to follow these rules when posting may lead to your post being edited or deleted. Let me stress... we don't want to have to edit or delete anyone's post... so please follow these 6 simple rules. 1. If you do feel that Story Games has a pretty good history of silencing people of color or women
, please let us know. Either post here or if you want to remain anonymous, whisper me or email me at jenskot @ gmail DOT com so I can post your thoughts for you while keeping your identity and specific names hidden.
Feel free to post as little or as much as you want. It's cool to just say, "I've seen Story Games silence people of color or women" or "I've felt silenced here." Feel free to explain why you feel this way and include links to specific threads if you want. Whatever you're comfortable with. 2. If you're not sure but suspect that Story Games might have a history of silencing people of color or women
, see #1
above.3. Don't respond to other people's posts.
Consider this more a poll than a discussion thread. If you want to say something that may not be appropriate in this thread, please send a whisper or start a new thread.4. If you DO NOT feel that Story Games silences people of color or women
, that's totally cool but please don't post to this thread. This is mainly a poll of people who DO feel Story Games silences people of color or women.5. Stay on topic
. 6. If you have questions about this thread or comments about the rules
, whisper me.
I realize that asking Story Games about Story Games is problematic. But at the moment, it's all I have.