Oh, for sure! I appreciate your thoughtful response, and I think you make several good points. Ultimately, I’m not convinced, but my ability to remain unconvinced is probably meaningless, as Episode clearly has already made their decisions, and it’s pretty far from what I suggest.
I suppose for me I have trouble seeing why the degree of trust Episode has for its community by allowing us to access assets through the portal would not be extended to a section of the forum with limited public accessibility which they themselves moderate.
My example of the edit pulled from DMs was meant to show that these scenarios would still lead to the to the public sharing of Episode assets… less meant to comment on violations of editor trust, though those editors would of course be within their rights to be annoyed by this kind of dishonesty.
If Episode is giving users access to assets (via the portal) to produce their own content, they are already opening themselves up to the possibility of dishonest people exploiting that. I suppose I see the designation between “we trust people who pull our backgrounds from the portal” and “we don’t trust people who pull our backgrounds from our moderated forums” as somewhat flimsy. The only solution that really insulates them against exploitation of assets would be flat-out doing away with the ability of users to create their own content, which would be a terrible move. As it stands, they open themselves to certain risks already, so I guess that’s why I don’t see the forum scenario as particularly more risky.