Barbara either does not understand exactly how important the issue is, or she does not care. I've let it sit for a few days to see if my opinion on the matter changed or if she would do the right thing. Neither has happened.
On 21JAN, a user named Delta1689 was featured on the main RT page, both as FU and with his own entry. Delta1689 made a rather fantastic claim to be a combat veteran whose RT hat was actually shot off by a sniper, and provided evidence in the form of a hat with hole in it. Anyone who has been shot at will tell you that the story was immediately suspicious, both because the background story was questionable and because there is no mistaking the sound of a 7.62 round passing within an inch of your head for a gust of wind.
If you lie about your service, Lightfighter, SOCnet, Terminal Lance, ProfessionalSoldiers, ArmyRanger, or someone else will out you. Someone will find your chain of command. Someone will burn you to the ground and laugh gleefully. And you deserve it. Just ask PFC Andrew Santee, Building 6116, Det. 1, 341st TAC PSYOP, aka delta1689. San Antonio, Tx, US Army Reserves
terminallance.com/forum/index.php?topic=4682.1375 I do not condone what was said to Barbara, though the sentiment was understandable. The offending member was crushed in public because he was wrong. He manned up, issued his own retraction, and apologized because his actions represented a group of people very poorly. Keep this in mind, because it's important.
Military members and veterans are a very diverse population, but if there is one thing we nearly universally agree upon, it is that we HATE posers. Most of us have friends who have been killed in the line of duty, and to see their sacrifices basically made light of by a never-has-been for the purpose of personal gain is insulting to an extent that's difficult to convey. Posers who claim fake stories and honors from combat they never experienced are lower than the gunk I scrape off my boots on the curb. Take this post as evidence, because I stopped posting in the forums years ago. I have better things to do than argue with people on the internet. However, for this, I'll take the time to make an exception.
Barbara, a new member of RT staff working as the Community Manager, posted this story to RT. Now, I don't expect Barbara to do background checks on users or necessarily understand that this story was a complete fabrication. She, and RT by extension, was a victim of a liar.
Here's what I have a problem with. When the evidence of this falsehood was brought to her attention, Barbara initially blew the Veteran community off with a reply that was (most likely unintentionally) dismissive, condescending, and deeply insulting.
While it may or may not be a fabrication.. what difference does it make? It's not affecting anyone, no one lost money or gave money to him, and all it is doing is making people proud to be in the presence of someone serving their country.
I recommend you spend your time in a more productive way, and for something that actually matters.
I understand people, and friends, have lost their lives and body parts and they didn't get anything in return. Andrew didn't get anything from this story except some attention (that, frankly, he deserves- if not for this story, just for being a decent guy serving in armed forces).
I understand why you think this is "unfair". But in the end, he had his moment in the sun. That was then, it's over now. Please move on.
Thank you for your concern. Take care.
As you can imagine, these provoked some extremely harsh responses. As noted above, we take posers very seriously. This is absolutely the wrong answer. This person is a liar and thief, who sought to better himself by stealing from his brothers for personal gain. That is unforgivable. That is despicable. It shames the valor of our comrades and their service and demonstrates that he has no honor.
Eventually, under pressure and probably dozens of messages and emails, Barbara pulled the story from the RT page. However, that was it. Essentially, she swept the issue under the rug without actually addressing it.
Barbara, by effectively telling us it's no big deal, you do two things as a representative of Roosterteeth:
1. You tell us Roosterteeth does not value the opinions of Veterans, of whom many are present on this site.
2. You demonstrate a startling lack of maturity because you refuse to accept responsibility for the public image of Roostereeth, which is an important part of your job.
Barbara, this is a simple request. Do the responsible thing as a representative of this community. Post a retraction. You were not at fault for the original story, but your extremely poor response is completely one of your own doing. I submit the following as a suggested example.
"Roosterteeth was misled about a story and now know that the details were not true. We apologize to our Veterans and hope this can be seen as a learning opportunity for everyone involved. Be proud of who you are and better yourself through your own endeavors rather than taking credit for someone else's."