(Please, I hope this is in the right category. If not, I’m sorry, this is my first post.)
I’m sure at some time we’ve all been a little bit confused about the guidelines. I know I have. Which is partly why I quit writing - too much confusion.
I was recently looking through the forums - I don’t even know why - and found a post about Noob Loop. Anybody who’s been in the community for a while has probably heard of her. If you haven’t, one of her stories (“Sore Loser”) had rape, castration, drugs, and probably more, but rather than respectfully representing it, the story glorified all of those bad things. Also, she has another story in which the main character gets pregnant from her teacher. There’s even a little bit of “69” in her stories.
People reported Sore Loser and soon enough Episode found out and supposedly “worked with her” to make the story fit the guidelines. I never read the story but people are saying barely anything changed.
What about Toni Simone? If I remember correctly didn’t she have something to do with porn? (If I’m wrong please notify me.) I remember when the initial drama started up in the Instagram community and we had to comment on Episode’s posts to make them realize what was going on.
Now let’s look at somebody who I’m pretty sure never broke the guidelines. I’m talking about Amelia Nelson. She was one of my favorite authors. Episode say they’ll give second chances but did Amelia get one? Nope. Why did she even get banned in the first place? Her stories didn’t glorify rape, they didn’t send out a message saying it was okay, so why?
Aside from stories about rape… Episode claims that they promote diversity. This is starting to appear in their featured stories, but does anybody remember January’s racist comments on Instagram? When amazing people from our community were being told to kill themselves, go back to the plantations, and that nobody likes them? Do you remember how Episode ignored the shit going on in their community? And when they posted their initial response (which, FYI, was a impermanent 24-hour story post) it was this: “block the haters!1!!1!!!1!1!”. Yes, blocking them will stop you getting messages but their account still exists, they can still message others. Remember how Episode’s comments section had to be spammed (again) to make them do something? And finally we got a post. After almost 2000 comments had been posted. Well, none of that should’ve happened. As soon as they were notified, Episode should’ve stepped in and stopped it. I know, it’s Instagram and out of their control but they’re the leaders of this community and do they really want it to fall apart?
Episode’s guidelines aren’t clear at all and they keep going against them themselves. I think we need another revisit of the guidelines, plus what Episode will do in the future if there’s issues in the community.