Real quick, a word.
I'm not involved in TF2 production. I'm not involved in community events and third-party organisations that bring us events, leagues and streams. I can't speak for any of these people, and all I know about these topics is what these threads show us. I do not know Dashner, Samiface, etc. but I do know Console a bit. He was a good friend when we played together and our season ended abruptly. Due to this and the (lacking) way I handled our team as a leader, I felt a moral obligation to follow this thread, and god damn am I happy I did.
To those who, instead of:
- Commenting on the events and the people related to them
- Sympathizing with the victims of abuse, harassment and blackmail
- Discuss the future of this community and how it will handle such cases from now on
choose to directly talk about the way the victims handle their specific cases and give their two cents on what a victim should have done...
Kindly shut the fuck up.
Unless you've been a victim of abuse or known someone who was/involved in legal proceedings related to cases of abuse and the like, you have no right to tell them what to do. These people have to muster every little bit of courage they can find within themselves to speak up against abusers who could very well destroy their reputations and dreams. And they did. And you want to tell them they should've spoken up earlier, or should've gone to the authorities, or whatever else. I don't give a shit.
As people who are currently involved in the community by reading and commenting on this thread, your role is to give these victims your support and discuss the events themselves, the people involved and how the community will move on from this and improve itself. Anyone who wants to give suggestions on how to handle the abusers, or anyone who engages in victim-blaming, or anyone posting memes or being general trolls in serious threads like these should stop immediately. Doesn't matter if the intent is to help, be annoying or be a dick. When legal action is a possible solution to a problem like this, you should let the victims reach out to actual professionals and work out a solution on their own at their own pace and to their preference. Internet lawyers and life coaches are not a thing and you are certainly not one of them.
Stay strong, Console and everyone involved.