I think its important to note that the community are always going to be free to suggest and discuss topics/issues which are important to them no matter how precievably big or small.
As GCT part of our role is to look at what the community is saying and feeling and collect that feedback in and consider it as part of our processes to help guide and form Glimesh as we grow and into the future.
This particular topic has had a lot of community engagement and opinion on both sides and we would be remice to ignore that. It isn’t about being totalitarian in censorship, merely about listening to what the community has to say, how important they feel it is and what the consensus may be. Its every bit as important that the community are given a voice, but that doesn’t always mean the community decide. But what it does is allow the GCT to help make better informed decisions for our community. It doesn’t take time away from core divisions of the site because this is precisely what the GCT is here for to Bridge and consider the community point of view.
It may seem we (the GCT) are marketers, devs, designers etc but this sites firmly outside the role of GCT, discussions such as the above are actually far more why we exist and what we are here to facilitate, and are important aspects of building Glimesh. (If you wish to discuss this further however I suggest a new thread or reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via discord whatever you prefer as this is less related to the topic at hand)
So to bring it back to topic:
For what it’s worth with this emote, I see both sides of the argument. I can understand why people find pepe offensive and why others dont. But I always see that for some people they were unaware of the past of pepe and have now learned more through that, which I do feel education is important. Whatever the outcome regarding this may be, it’s been an interesting read listening to everyone’s opinions. Pepe I feel will always been seen as a pretty love/hate character, it’s definitely possible in the near term future that the wide spread use leads to people basically forgetting what he was used for.(I think this is actually already happening in reality), that doesn’t meant we should forget that past its had though and I think this discussion has helped to educate people more in that respect, which in turn may help people be more informed when given the choice over use of such emotes in the future, whether here, or anywhere else.