I regret to inform you that today that Horizon has had his account set to Dishonorable Discharge with no chance for appeal or return in the foreseeable future. On November 10th, 2014 he took control over some of our online social media accounts by removing all current administrators or changing passwords and recovery addresses.
With the assistance of Facebook staff, I have regained control of the Facebook page. We will continue to pursue recovering our other accounts and at this time advise members to trust only the content posted on http://warriornation.net
and the Facebook Page at https://facebook.com/warriornationnetwork
(when it is back online) until this issue is resolved.
Horizon was a former administrator of Warrior Nation, we placed our trust in his judgement and ability to act towards the betterment of our community and trusted him to treat access with a sense of responsibility and maturity – but alas not the case, his actions have done nothing but waste time, money, and energy that would have better been spent elsewhere.
Like all member feedback (yes, all) I always carefully read and considered what he had to say while making decisions about the future of Warrior Nation. I speak constantly with the MC and Kira about the things our members are talking about, and we talk very carefully about integrating the heart and feel of our community thoughts into our decisions.
In the end what has happened will not change anything except perhaps slow us down even more. Now we have to carefully consider access and re-evaluate trust on every level and audit permissions which is a lengthy and time consuming process on our already constrained tech staff.
Every time our trust is betrayed, every time we’re lied to as a community, every time someone exploits a loophole in access, it puts a barrier between what we’re able to trust our own community to assist with because we have to begin second guessing who we allow in our family of trusted leaders, staff, and ultimately, our members. Our mistake of leaving Horizon’s access after he had stepped down in his administrator role is on us, but what he utilized that access for is squarely on him.
When this happened, I brought it up with him directly and he said, in direct connection with being asked about still having access:
“I don't have access and I don't know what's going on with the page to be honest - haven't touched it for months. If I had access I'd probably have got fed up and posted something in the last couple of months cos it's so inactive.”
however, later that day he decided to post on Facebook attempting to stir some kind of response about our member count.
You can view that here if you want:
EDIT: I have removed this image because he requested his Real Name not be displayed on WN.
Finally, when confronted:
“Was wondering how long that would take you to find out.
I'm afraid WN doesn't need more useless propaganda going out."
I honestly believe that despite the actions of a few, we have some of the most mature gamers I’ve ever had the opportunity to game with; and that in my opinion quality has always been above quantity – this is part of the reason that I decided that Roll Call had served its purpose. If we continued to run roll call, we would continue to get members who just signed in on the first of the month when the e-mail reminder went out to get their “+1” in for the total; those members of our community were not contributing towards our content or our feeling but just went through the necessary motions. Our “drop” in member count is expected, we’re no longer counting the people who just showed up to be a number in a column of a report. We understand that.
I do promise to you that there is change coming and that it WILL take a long time because we’re truly innovating on the idea of our community, not just iterating to an upgraded website that provides much the same experience with no change other than look.
I understand that this is frustrating, that you can’t see what we have coming, so I promise you this: We will continue to improve our current site during that time, removing content and updating other content to more accurately reflect our current state of affairs.
None of that has changed by this, nor will I accept pressure to release something that isn’t WN to WN and force it upon us. If that wait is too long, I apologize – but I feel this is still the correct course of action for the best Warrior Nation you’ve ever seen.
Chief Technical Officer