Originally, this critique was posted in the DuskClan page comments days after the incident in question took place.
It was deleted without recognition. This tells me two things: (1) DuskClan knows and understands that they were in the wrong, (2) DuskClan does not want anyone to find out about this.
I will repost it here, in the public forum. It is an informative and professional critique. DuskClan: If you do not wish to be thrusted out into the public eye, then you should reconsider your stance and treatment of this situation. It is only fair to meet and make peace with your actions.
So, here, for the second time, I present to all who read:
A List Illustrating the Great Crimes of DuskClan
created and cleaned by Rue
But first, I’ll offer a short explanation.
Before anything went down terribly, a group of friends joined DuskClan. One of these friends was immediately spotted by a member of DuskClan as their former partner. This member asked a moderator to ban their former partner will little reasoning behind it.
When Elfrid, a leading comrade of the group of friends, found out about this she attempted to hold a vote on whether or not her friend should be banned/blacklisted solely on the word of their wild ex-partner.
The events during and after the vote in chronological order:
(1) Elfrid, in an attempt to defend her friend, pings everyone after an announcement. This was in hopes to draw votes so that her friend could stay in the server.
(2) Twig (a member) says not to ping everyone and Kait (a member) asks not to be pinged.
(3) Elfrid apologizes for pinging Kate, and re-pings everyone without her included.
(4) Twig becomes annoyed that he was pinged, and so he lashes out at Elfrid. “Excuse me? Did I NOT just tell you?” are his exact words after being pinged a second time.
(5) Elfrid explains that she didn’t know he didn’t want to be pinged, as he never referred directly to himself. He only said not to ping in general.
(6) Two near-adults (Kait and Twig) begin ganging up on Elfrid. Kait calls her names and Twig passive aggressively refers to her as “sweetie”.
(7) Rue and Rain enter the scene and call Kait and Twig out for ganging up up a minor. Keep in mind that Kait and Twig have years on Elfrid. Rue and Rain are met with the same backlash and the same hostility.
Now, I’d like to note something before I get on with my list of Great Crimes. Not once during this does Elfrid lose her temper. The whole thing is blown out of proportion. After the events took place, Pandrutr, the leader of DuskClan, had some words with me. I told them everything I just clarified above. They seemingly agreed with me, but also stated they were too tired to resolve the misunderstanding that night.
Had the misunderstanding been resolved differently, the next day (or in this case the very day that we speak now), I would have no cause to list the following claims. But it seems that instead, Pandrutr has played me a fool. Pandrutr is not only playing favorites, but spreading harmful untruths. The following will be my best undoing of this, to preserve the sanity and justness of this case and all cases going forward. Heed my word with your best in return.
The Great Crimes of DuskClan and the way in which Pandrutr failed
(a sister to the long-beloved “Crimes of DipperClan and the way in which Wirt failed)
(I) The rules and their lack of clarity
If one were to look at the DuskClan rules (and one might, go on and have a spy), there is nothing about how one should act in the server. In fact, the server is an open server. There is no verification channel and there is little moderation. Because there is no law or even a server suggestion that pinging everyone is forbidden, how could it be known? If it truly were forbidden, then wouldn’t the ability to do so be hidden or barred from being used by general members? To me, it is extremely foolish to punish on account of this, especially when the offending party did it in a useful way. A server poll is a fine way to exercise the use of this command. The poll in question was relevant to the current times of the server and was widely accepted by most active participants. Out of the twelve or so people pinged, only two had a problem with it. The whole situation is ludicrous to be upset about.
(II) The rules and their lack of enforcement
Out of the rules that are stated on the DuskClan page, the one that stands out to me the most is Rule One, or the cry to leave drama outside the server. This was broken the moment Twig overreacted and leapt at Elfrid over a small thing. The fact that Twig is still standing in the server at this moment and Elfrid has been banished proves that the written rules have no real pull in DuskClan. The only thing DuskClan has to keep it standing is feeling. Elfrid was banned over feeling, not factual, written down creed. What was broken was the stated piece upon this very page, but the enforcement that followed ignored this cause and went for someone without relation.
(III) Harassment of Minors
Though harassment isn’t listed anywhere within the written creed that I so seem to love, it should be a given. It comes hand in hand with drama, so I’d, if given the power, add it as a footnote there. When Elfrid was ganged up on by Twig and Kait, she was talked down to, called names, and passively aggressively told off. Kait and Twig are older than Elfrid by at least two years each, Twig considerably older than that. Their inability to let the situation go and continue to hound her over something so minuscule as accidental pinging is questionable. Especially since Elfrid did not continue to ping Kait after Kait asked not to be. Elfrid apologized to Kait right after Kait mentioned disliking being pinned personally. This tells me that Elfrid would have been more than happy to apologize to Twig if she had known that he didn’t want to be pinged sooner. Unfortunately, there was no time to apologize after he was pinged a second time, as he had begun a tangent of poison. The harassment had already ensued and it went on for half an hour after.
Note: Throughout the throttle and sea of name-calling and crude language, Elfrid remained cool and collected. She kept up a sturdy defense of herself, but made no effort to lash out as those ganging up on her did.
(IV) The continuation of misgendering and the poor apology that followed
While the harassment and deep barrage of fire went on, Elfrid was referred to with he/him pronouns by Twig. When correcting him, she was met with hostility. After it was made explicitly clear that she used she/her pronouns, he continued to use he/him in an attempt to further slight and harass her. Nothing was done about this by the leadership team (who I should note, Twig was a member of). Later on, when more people stood up for Elfrid, Twig tried his best attempt an apology: “I’m sorry I misgendered you, happy?” It’s obvious that this isn’t much of an apology, but what struck me more is the fact that Pandrutr gave no care about it. Which leads me to my next claim.
(V) Unprofessional leadership
During all of this, Pandrutr was called upon many times. They stated within and outside of the server that they had many DMs regarding the situation and were without motivation to answer them. When DMing them myself, I found that their response time was uselessly long, so by the time that they got back to me, the situation was diffused. Even if they were active at the time of a struggle, the struggle would be over by the time they decided to pay it any mind. I found the various situations were best resolved when I took matters into my own hands. If they were to get involved they would respond crudely, often using foul language and speaking on how much little time or motivation they had to deal with anything. One example that I recall is when Elfrid was speaking out about the situation regarding the potential banning of her friend. Pandrutr responded then, in all caps, something along the lines of “What the [f-word] is going on?” It is my belief that those in leadership positions should maintain a professional dialogue. However a stressful situation is to them, they should keep this stress to themselves and work toward a feasible solution for everyone. They should do this without putting in their own biases forward or letting said biases cloud their ability to judge the situation.
(VI) Unprofessional staff
Now that the issue of unprofessional leadership has been touched upon, I’d like to talk about the staff. I will begin by noting that the server was extremely understaffed. There were only two active staff members at the time of my joining and leaving. Both of these individuals did not try out for staff; they were instead given a staff role from the moment they enter the server based upon the previous friendships with Pandrutr. They had, as far as I know, the ability to delete channels, delete messages, and temporarily ban members. Because they did not try out for these powers, they did not actively use them. Instead, they held them as privileges and tokens of friendship. Before ending this topic, I’d like to remind everyone that one of these people happens to be Twig. Take with this what you will.
(VII) Favoritism and unfairness
Here’s what I took from it: The staff members were Pandrutr’s favorites. From the moment they entered the server, they were given a special role and special privileges. In the eyes of Pandrutr, they could do no wrong. This is most apparent when we reflect on Twig. Even after all of the harm that Twig caused, Pandrutr refused to do anything to shut him down. Now, after the heat of the moment, nearly everyone has been kicked from the server except Twig and some other choice favorites. I also found that, during the rare moment when Pandrutr actually engaged in discussion and acted somewhat as a leader should, it was the side of his friends he chose. If Pandrutr had any intent to treat everyone equally without the weight of bias, he would have kicked Twig and other offenders alongside the visitors. I understand that friendship has a heavy pull on the outcome of decisions. But when harm is clearly being done to others by those close to one, it is their duty as a leader to put aside their personal biases and punish accordingly.
(VIII) Overall poor environment
When I first joined DuskClan, I was surprised to see the closeness between members. In older clans, members often form tight-knit bonds. A couple of prominent cliques make sense, but even they are kept at a minimum for the sake of group discussion. Newer groups are not usually like this. It was strange for DuskClan, a newer group, to be so tight-knit and clique based. Now I understand. This clan is an indeed accumulation of new-comers, but at its base it is a standing of original friends. These people had relations before, and therefore had little need to make new ones and indulge visitors. The other half of them, the onslaught of newcomers, are overlooked and unwelcome. It’s therefore obvious (now, upon further reflection) why they all took each-other’s sides, however painful it was during the moment.
(IX) A disappointing resolution
Above all else, the most disappointing thing about this mess is Pandrutr’s message below. We’ve already gone over their leadership, but this situation should stand as proof of those claims. In no world is word going to trump action. Before barring visitors, Pandrutr’s first solution was the shut down all main channels in the server. This did not serve as a good resolution. Everyone still had questions about what would happen next. Pandrutr even said that closing down half the server made their DMs more overflowed than ever. I would guess that was result of people’s belief that their was still unfinished business and more to be said. It was not a resolution because Pandrutr’s ongoing claims of being too busy to deal with the situation suggested that we were still waiting for a real one. It did not freeze the situation, it maximized it to a point where the only solution Pandrutr could see was to bar all visitors.
(X) Future cause and forewarning
Given the following, I make one final claim. Beware. Beware this group and the bad intentions of those within it. Visitation is already closed, so it is clear they want nothing to do with new people. I do not recommend joining for all stated above.
A final thought: This is, in every way, an attack on DuskClan. This is, in no way, an invitation for dramatics. I want no argument here. If you are apart of DuskClan and wish to respond to this, it is far too late. Leave this thread be.