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Ciel
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Now that I have given this time to stew I have decided how to feel about this.

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how staff operates or how it chooses to make decisions. That is their prerogative. So how they choose to behave out of view of the rest of the board is also their choice.

But bias and closed-mindedness should have no effect on how the game works. Because at the end of the day, we are trusting staff. We, the regular members, are told to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. We aren't told how staff make decisions, we just know that the decision is made. So all we can do is trust that they do so in a timely manner and that they handle it in a professional manner.

So when staff makes a mistake? If they make a wrong judgement call or jump the gun? It is staff's fault. Not the regular member.

I shouldn't have to explain myself. I could go on and on about the circumstances that have lead to my inactivity, grounds for an appeal that I feel are more than sufficient to successfully appeal the terminal activity notice.

The burden falls squarely on staff. THEY should have to explain the real reason why they revoked my successful appeal. They have been giving both me and Toben wishy-washy answers that are either purposefully vague, do not hold up under scrutiny or both. I still have absolutely no idea why staff have not budge on their decision, and if anyone deserves an explanation, it should be the person that has been impacted my said decision.

Here is what happened:

1. Soft_Help sent me the inactive notice at 8:41 AM.
2. I sent my appeal at 8:51 AM.
3. I pop into a skype chat group at 8:52 AM asking if any staff members around.
3. I approach a staff member on skype at 8:54 AM asking to check Sotf_Help.
4. The staff member responded at 8:57 AM.
5. Sotf_Help sent me the approval of my appeal at 9:07 AM.
6. I posted at 9:25 AM.

In any other circumstance under the sun, this would be it. An open and shut case. The appeal went through and I posted soon after. According to the rules of the site my character is considered active. The opposite of inactive.

But apparently I am wrong. My character is still considered terminally inactive for reasons that have yet to be fully explained. Something tells me it is never going to be explained.

Again, I really do not care how many people were involved in granting my appeal, and I don't care about whether it is put through the right channels or not. Because it does not matter. It happened. I didn't manipulate anyone, I didn't hold a gun to anyone's head, I did everything that I was supposed to do. If the staff member I spoke to told me to wait (and they sure as hell did) I would have done just that.

I would actually more understanding if they revoked the appeal right after I posted. It would not make the revoking right, sure, but people make mistakes. I'd be bitter about it, sure. It isn't unreasonable to feel bitter about something like this. But I would deal with it. Why would I ever get petty over a stupid game? Life goes on.

It took staff nearly seven hours though. Seven hours to correct a mistake they knew full well that they had made. A mistake that I played no part in.

Staff has yet to post an official response on the matter. And I am afraid that is not going to change.

So yeah. To say that I'm feeling indignant would be putting it mildly.
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