why would the leak be a problem rather than a solution? leaking this type of discussion is exactly what needs to happen in order to ensure responsible and mature leaders in this forum and future game. It allows transparency and inspires accountability among the team members. All leaders should be accountable for their actions, regardless of whether it occurs in public or in private, and mature in what they do and how they act. Censorship only leads to a lack of accountability and a lack of professionalism.
Because 100% professionalism isn't as helpful as you'd think. If everything was business on projects like these and everything was transparent, we couldn't cultivate any kind of relationships with each other because that requires private time. Also, it'd become a job. Regardless of if working on any
project actually is
a job, it's still a choice of if if feels
like one. The most productive work gets done when it's fun and staff are having a good time. Just look at big, successful companies like Facebook, Valve, and NASA. They have all kinds of videos and webpages talking about the renovations they do to their offices and work areas to make their employees more at ease and feel like they're at home when they're actually at work.
Does that mean that those employees will end up sometimes saying or doing stupid things? Yes, it absolutely does, and that's necessary for a cohesive work environment. Am I saying that nothing can get out of what happens there and it needs to turn into some secret cultist society? No.
The other point is that if any of your friends told someone what you said about so-and-such when you told them that in privacy, what do you call that? You call that gossip, and that is exactly
what happened here. It is absolutely no different. Could that gossip have been avoided if it was never said in the first place? Absolutely, but that doesn't mean the person who gossiped in the first place has no blame in what happened either.
All in all, what happened ...happened. Mistakes were made and we proved to you guys, once and for all, that we are, in fact, human and screw up sometimes. I'm sorry it had to be revealed this way, however, the truth is that we're people just like you guys who have exactly the same needs. The only difference is that we have fancy name badges.
In regards to transparency between leaders and members: Any of the staff who've been around long enough weren't surprised by any of this. It was just that in this instance things got blown out of proportion by people who weren't on staff.