I couldn't give a crap about the technicalities of the case because it is not clear cut. I care that it led to a punishment instead of being understood as the misunderstanding that it is. The rules have changed that much that the interpretation of what is cool isn't easy to pick up, nobody completely understands any more.
I'll tell ya this much, if this was back in 2017/2018 and Dusty was the one who just blasted someone in that situation, he'd have been hit with a ban in the name of promoting RP. He's been in multiple situations like this where that has happened.... so I find it ironic, hypocritical and persecuting that now when he's in the opposite side of the report after putting in great effort to make changes to avoid bans and the like, improve his and others RP and prioritise the story over a kill counter, something he learned through his own errors and made an effort to change, that he'd be hit with this.
I am far from biased. I watch and pay attention to crap like this and I will always give credit where it is due. RP standards are universal regardless of who you hang out with. Like I said, I've never been considered a friend of Dusty and have been on the opposing side of debates many a time, but in this case it's very easy for people to see this as blatant bias, a personal attack and victimising. Dusty did NOT deserve to get permed for reporting this. In fact I'd go as far as saying it sends a very bad message reverberating throughout the community that you can no longer trust the staff to be fair. Lets keep in mind that there's been a lot of back and forth, a lot of griefing and OOC E-peens thrown about prior to this even happening between these groups. There's clearly an OOC dislike due to some major bullshit that's already went down prior... so no I don't blame him for not wanting to drop the report and talk it out either.
Why would he? Why would anyone? Multiple times feedback and constructive criticism has been given and multiple times it's disregarded as just another suggestion that gets in the way of memeing in game with the ladz. Will it change anything? No, so the report was held open because as it is folk are fed up. Change isn't achieved by suggestions... it's forced. People are not happy with the current status quo and banning them for it isn't going to change that.
This won't be the last case. Folk have reached their wits end with it. This is me just having returned, had a look around and even I can see it.