I'd at least expect people to read the few previous pages
Unfortunately due to the nature of posting behavior on this site, one becomes conditioned to not bother reading back several pages. If, for example, you spend any reasonable amount of time in the "Next DLC" speculation thread, you know that there will be one little nugget of information, followed by 5 pages of random bullsh*t and banter. God KNOWS where the conversation began, could be 1 page back, could be 10, so sifting through a 148 thread page to pick up where the tangent began is typically not something I'm going to waste my time doing.
Mis-information can ruin a situation like this,so we'd just prefer to be clearing what's happening both here and in the media.
Yeah, I suppose that's true, however it goes both ways. I feel like there was a LOT of misinformation that led to the review bombing of GTA V. I mean, I understand the modding community was in outright panic mode, justifiably, but at the same time.. is it not true that OpenIV was discovered to have been manipulated into affecting GTAO, or at the very least, discovered that it was POSSIBLE that it could be manipulated into affecting GTAO, and therefore TakeTwo's action was at least SOMEWHAT justified, regardless of how badly they mishandled the situation from a PR perspective?
I consider GooD-NTS' original post and his accusations leveled at Rockstar to be very short sighted and intended to incite backlash at T2 and Rockstar. I think a more reasonable approach from his standpoint would've been extreme diplomacy and professionalism, so he'd come away from this situation "smelling like roses", as they say. Instead, he's got a little bit of egg on his face (even though most people don't realize it), and what he said about Rockstar could have quite easily tarnished any future working relationship with Rockstar and doomed OpenIV for eternity.
Thankfully, and I sincerely hope people realize this, Rockstar was not only forgiving, but they were understanding and willing to look past how GooD called them liars in order to do what was right for the GTAV community as a whole.
But unfortunately due to the wording of GooD's post, the community was set on a war path seeking revenge. The damage has been done and the community have no intention of reversing it - Steam reviews still sit at Overwhelmingly Negative. They felt oppressed by T2's actions, and GooD's words, specifically the following statements:
"We feared that this day would come... And now it's here.
The day, when GTA modding was declared illegal."
"Yes, this letter is illiterate both technically and grammatically (really, they don't even bothered with proof-reading the text)."
"So long, and thanks for all the fish."
"The statement "Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody", is just wrong and they know it. OpenIV does not allows or supports any kind of GTA Online mods. We always supported Rockstar in their right to protect GTA Online from hacks and cheats."
He starts off by establishing that the community has been oppressed.
Then, he takes a dig at the grammatical clarity of the letter, adding that they didn't even bother to proof read. My guess as to why he did even bothered to say this is that he was trying to dehumanize T2 by suggesting that they care so little about US that they couldn't even be assed to proof read, like it was scrawled on the napkin of the CEO while he chowed down on $100 sirloin on the top floor of his ivory tower.
Then, "so long and thanks for all the fish". Establishing himself as a sympathetic figure, an oppressed individual that we should rally behind because he represents we, the oppressed.
Then he makes a potentially factually incorrect statement, suggesting that Rockstar's statement that OpenIV ENABLES recent malicious mods is flat out false.. but later states that it's possible, so he wasn't being entirely truthful here. He could have said "yes it's possible but there's no evidence that it actually happened" and that would be not only been more honest, but far more diplomatic.
Considering that he does pay lip service to the fact that
the modding always was a "gray zone" -- a battlefield between lawyers and PR...
...he seems clearly aware that OpenIV was always in danger of this action being taken, yet the rest of his post signals that he was completely taken off guard, and that this was an unexpected and unjustified move by TakeTwo/Rockstar.
So in other words, his post was not diplomatic at all, it was written in such a way to incite retaliation by the community, and therefore I have no trouble believing that somebody - someone at Rockstar, someone on the OpenIV team, or even just a casual friend, told him that he should probably stop saying things off the cuff so he doesn't accidentally damage his relationship with Rockstar and doom OpenIV forever.
But yes, you could say it's guess work. I would call it a hypothesis.
Either way, I wasn't trying to be destructive with it. It was the logical conclusion that I drew out of the situation.
And I accept your apology, and I apologize as well.