[Nyphur] mistakenly believed that he could debate a topic with a real-life lawyer in a live format.That one is Shawn Schuster from Massively, commenting on Nyphur's EVE Evolved column on that website.
As I mentioned the last couple of blog posts, Nyphur was a participant in the EVE Radio interview with the other CSM members about the Alliance Panel debacle.
Overall, I'm extremely pleased at how this was covered by EVE Radio. Unlike their previous show regarding the CSM, the so-called "debate" between riverini and Mittens, this one was handled very professionally, courteously, and with a minimum of hurf-blurf. DJ FunkyBacon, who did most of the honors, should feel very proud of his handling of it: he laid out the situation and gave his own opinion, and then he stepped out of the way. He brought in the participants, let them speak for themselves, asked a lot of really good questions, and generally let the drama stand on its own without a lot of silly posturing or pandering. Well done!
It really kind of made me wish I had a pod-cast of my own, honestly. ;-)
Nyphur, however, should feel rather ridiculous at his performance.
Now I'm not going to jump on the band-wagon of beating up on this guy, as tempting as that might be. That's definitely not my intent. But there really were two sides to this coin during the proceedings. That deserves to be explored, hopefully in a fact-based dispassionate way. Mittens made it very clear that he screwed up, took responsibility for his actions, and while he's clearly annoyed at the consequences, objectively, he appears to accept them. When viewed objectively, Nyphur appeared to spend most of his time trying to side-step the real issue and avoid blame.
The real issue is this: he linked a person's real name to a real-life hot-button political issue, then tried to avoid responsibility when called on it.
Take a look at this:
That's a Google search of The Mittani's real name during the EVE Radio coverage, from a U.S.-based client. The first link is Mittens's Facebook page.
The second link is Nyphur's article, identifying Mittens as an apologizing cyber-bully. The second link.
Nyphur spent an inordinate amount of time trying to minimize, marginalize, or avoid this issue. But from my perspective, nothing he said during the EVE Radio segment to try to justify himself makes a damn bit of difference once you look at that graphic. He does the very same thing in the article this week, trying desperately to explain away responsibility for his actions.
Again, it's not my intent to beat up on the guy. He's now been working hard to do the right thing here, outside of this week's EVE Evolved column. The "cyber-bully" reference has since been removed and visiting the page on my little graphic above now goes to an empty website. But it remains the second link shown when Mittens's real name is entered into Google. Listening to Nyphur claim that Massively isn't all that an important site in the MMO world was just frankly disingenuous. For the record, according to Alexa, Massively is a top 1000 website in the U.S. and a top 2500 website world-wide, far more high-profile than any other site that picked up the story, including Eurogamer.
Schuster points out that Mittens's real name was public knowledge after his CSM6 victory. Fair enough. But as Schuster correctly points out, a journalistic code of conduct should have been followed to prevent such a loaded political issue from being used with regard to someone's real name at such a high profile website. Schuster recognizes that, and that's a very good thing. That said, I also completely agree with his annoyance at the Goons and their allies for their open, apparently directed attacks on the site itself. Many of those attacks are over the line.
How this issue has been handled by a lot of people has been almost legendarily bad. Hell, CCP themselves has to examine their own conduct in this matter. Reputable gaming websites and blogs -- including myself -- went to great pains to try to avoid publishing the victim's name in this incident, for instance. But right in the EVE log-in screen, the in-game news reporters ignored the bulk of the story in their rush to publish the victim's name and virtually nothing else!
So yeah, there's plenty of blame to go around, and plenty for a lot of people to learn.