I want to take a moment to apologize to those in the community who were offended, frustrated, or confused about us facilitating a 9/9 Gold group for WoW community influencer Pansershock, otherwise known as TradeChat.
The idea behind this arrangement was that we would have some our OpenRaid members (please note: willing participants, nobody was forced) run with Panser to get her 9/9 Gold in a four hour window, live streamed and then turned into Videos on her YouTube channel.
This definitely hit a wrong note with many of you. This was not our intention. Sometimes, business is just business: we saw an opportunity to reach a new corner of the WoW community and offered what we can offer: a solid, professional group of players who wanted to be participants in this event.
Unfortunately how it came across was that we were breaking our own rules, or at the very least, the spirit of our own rules. This was never our intention.
A lot of you became very vocal. We had to moderate the news thread. I personally stand behind that moderation and make no apologies for that: you can't troll, insult, or otherwise abuse the special guest. I encouraged people to email me instead, and I've responded to all those emails. Further people have become vocal in a Reddit thread, including two ex-moderators who have chosen to add their two copper. That's totally their prerogative. We continue to wish them well in their adventures outside of OpenRaid.
The advertising for this group has ceased. The group will carry on as there were indeed people willing to participate in this group and help her out, and the group in itself breaks no rules. Four people are willing to run her, that is totally up to them. Nobody, at all, is giving or receiving any sort of compensation for joining this run.
Live and Learn. And then raid some more.
Thank you all for your continued support of OpenRaid.
Signing off, with kind regards as always.