Does the Episode Team take things personally?
I’m actually a bit hesitant and afraid to share this with the community mainly because I personally believe this to be a real thing. Hopefully me sharing this with you guys doesn’t upset the Episode Team.
I would just like share a Disclaimer:
This isn’t an attack on the Episode Team or me trying to trash talk them, this is merely a concern that’s been sitting at the back of my mind for a while and I’ve decided to push my fears aside and share it. This is merely a concern that I hope the team addresses or clarifies. I understand this might be a misunderstanding on my part and I have wholesome respect for the hard-working staff of Episode.
My concern amongst many others,
I’ve had a chat with my friends who’s also agreed with me that this might or appears to be an issue.
Here’s my concerns:
I’ve had a friend of mine who has two stories published and many custom backgrounds uploaded. She had quite a few reads and worked extremely hard on her stories!
However, out of the blue her story was taken down for violating the Episode Guidelines.
All while that happened, whoever took down her story must have made the assumption that this author was “trouble” and they sniffed through her account.
They took down both of her stories, removed multiple of her backgrounds, and emailed her.
This is Discrimination!
They don’t exercise this type of behavior with other authors, so why on earth would they single this girl out? Even if she did break the guidelines, they’re singling her out and instead of communicating with her; they just went and ranshacked her account.
By literal terms, this is Discrimination and Harassment!
Another friend of mine uploaded an art piece that she drew completely from scratch, it took her forever to do and it was a MASTERPIECE!
However, the episode team rejected her art claiming it was stolen from literary works etc.
I witnessed this girl draw her art and I know for a fact it wasn’t taken considering it was in HER style.
I don’t know what was going through their head but it seemed like they assumed “Wow, this doesn’t look like it was drawn by a two year old so it must mean it was stolen/copyrighted.”
That’s not how this works!
How do they even check backgrounds is my question? Do they reverse search them? Because if they did they’d know her background/art isn’t copyrighted.
Another occurrence happened with me:
I saw this background a girl used on her story and when looking for backgrounds through websites, I found the the EXACT same one as hers. I thought it was cute and uploaded it.
It was rejected.
I know for a fact that the girl who used it didn’t copyright it and it was from a different source online. So why was hers approved but mine not?
I understand the Episode Review team can be bombarded with reviews especially during holidays and contests. Like us, they’re people! However, when it comes to something as serious as copy-right and fairness, they should be more thorough, even if it means taking longer. I’d rather wait longer and be treated fairy then get a quick review and be traited unfairly.
- The Guidelines
I hate to be that person but the featured story “In My Bed” was one of the most sex-oriented and lewd stories I’ve seen on episode.
The amount of stories that are taken down for “violating the guidelines” when they do something as simple as making a little joke or when their character is using the sensor bar for too long. Let’s not forget that In My Bed was completely revolved around sex and broke every sex based guideline EVER!
How they’re still getting away with that still shocks me.
I believe the episode team should either refine their rules, share a public apology, or nudge their age requirements on the App Store to 15-16+
At times you can definitely tell different people are doing reviews and such. Sometimes things are unapproved and when reuploaded they’re once again approved.
I think episode should practice fair treatment and have their team work on the same terms. We shouldn’t have different results from different reviewers. They should remain even.
I think the episode team should also refrain from paying attention to account names and singling out others.
As stated in the disclaimer,
This isn’t an attack on the episode team but merely a concern from a fellow episodian who’s speaking on the behalf of others in the community too scared to speak on these issues.
If anybody has anything they’d like to point out about the conducts of the episode team in a respectful manner please share them. Hopefully the team will see this and understand where we’re coming from.
Please refrain from insulting the team, attacking them, or trash taking them. They’re people like use and we’re just trying to reach out. Without the team we’re not the writers we are today! Show them some love but at the same time express your concerns.