I would like to know everyone’s opinion on the 2019 Episode strike.
Here is my opinion - While agreeing with the strike, I also disagree with it. I’m not saying you guys shouldn’t stand up for what you believe in, but to truly make a huge difference every author would have to stop writing on their platform, including popular authors and everyone who has the app would have to delete it. While I agree that Ink authors are getting reported, so are Limelight authors. The only difference in this whole things is that it happened years ago and classic was getting reported a lot. THey’re not getting it too bad now because Ink is the problem. While I wholeheartedly agree, the crossover thing is ridiculous I’ve seen many ink and limelight authors putting someone in their story. Whether they consent or not, whether it is a celebrity or not. In the past (I mean years ago) they have a voice that you cannot do this, they are realizing they’ve been a little lenient with these rules and are trying to get back on track. The only thing I truly agree with in this strike is that featured stories break their own guidelines, and when I read featured stories (the first version of the app) they didn’t have this problem. I read stories like Campus Crush in Classic (there were no ink guys!) and Annabelle (my favorite). I’m not saying it’s right, I’m saying it’s not new, and we should proceed as we did before. In America, you can say the “f-ck” once in a PG-13 movie but can allude to it many times (I’m only saying this because I have a feeling they’ll start attacking stories that curse excessively.) The five punch rule does not make sense to me because movies from Marvel and DC don’t adhere to this rule mainly because they are superhero franchises. I have seen people in the Episode community refuse to call episode a “company” but I disagree with this. They say that a company would listen to the worker and user needs and that isn’t so. Not all companies do this, so I think that calling them a company is more of an insult, and not calling them a company is a kind act. Another thing that bothers me is when others of us in the community were preaching for diversity and we had proposed a strike no one even wanted to join. Now that this may or may not impact more people the community is striking. For instance, when we wanted more representation in different religions and races we didn’t get that much feedback. It bothers me so I figured I’d point that out.
Everything in this post is my own opinion and I would like yours so I can see others feel about the strike and whether they support it or not.