Just when you thought it was over, VFXTalk owner Jah sends an email to all his members. I thought the trend of sending these kind of fyi letters would end after my last post. Guess not:
To our community,
As you may or may not know, we have recently experienced a rift between the management of VFXtalk and some of the high profile members that have grown to become self-labeled leaders of the VFXtalk community over the past 2 years.
What started as a job posting geared towards putting some extra cash in peoples pockets in time for the Christmas grew into a explosive debate that exposed a lot of the negativity these members had been seeding within our community and which represented values we are morally opposed to.
During this rift, a number of these members were banned from the site. Of the 30,000 members in the community we banned in total approximately 20 users.
This was because of their condescending attitudes towards newcomers and job posters in our marketplace, and because of their racist attitudes towards the visual effects artists in India who they see as taking their jobs.
We are very disappointed in the attitudes and actions of these users, and would like to say that they do not speak on our behalf, or on behalf of our community.
We would also like to apologize for anything that was said by our staff that may be taken out of context as a result the heated debates we had to engage in with these users as we tried to find the underlying root of the problem.
After the banning of these users, we can only say that the quality of the user experience on the site has increased significantly. New users are no longer ‘afraid’ of asking questions and job posters aren’t ‘afraid’ to ask for help in low cost jobs or independent productions.
We know it will take some time to build back the knowledge we have lost, but we can already see that knowledge rising up from within as new users from around the globe work together to help each other.
To make up for this and in a effort to open up our knowledge base to newcomers on the site we have now removed the restrictions from accessing our professional forums.
We have also opened our VIP program up to artists in India and china free of cost to show solidarity and to help support them as they strive to excel within this industry.
While these are just a few small steps, we believe that they have already removed the general feeling of negativity that is out there towards the vfx industry in our little part of the world.
As more digital artists and newcomers join VFXtalk to learn, seek help and collaborate we know that we can help the industry to move ahead and prosper in the hard times and transitions that it is facing.