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Poniverse has an official response to Silver Eagle's open letter from earlier, claiming a "Breach of Professionalism" on his part. Now, we're not a part of PVL, nor are we Poniverts, so we don't know what the hell is going on over there, but OF ALL THE WORDS TO USE, they chose "Professionalism".
Let's take a look!
"Poniverse prides itself on its sense of community, both on our services and within our staff. As an entirely volunteer-run organization, Poniverse is extraordinarily grateful to the individuals who give up some of their free time to run the various parts of Poniverse, including Ponyville Live!. As every member of Poniverse staff up to and including its leadership are part of the same community, all of us want to preserve the bonds that tie our staff together, so that we can provide the best possible experience to the pony fandom with each and every one of our projects.
Unfortunately, we've been put into a rare situation where it is necessary for us to make a statement of this nature, both to explain recent events regarding Ponyville Live! and to inform the community of our actions in the aftermath.
As you may know, Ponyville Live! was run by Silver Eagle from 2013 to 2015. In late December 2015, Poniverse was informed that Silver Eagle would be stepping down from his position as head of Ponyville Live!. As part of this transition, he turned over the leadership of Ponyville Live! to Dusk and ownership of the organization (including financial concerns) to Poniverse. Silver Eagle remained as a staff member of Poniverse after the transition within the development team to continue working on the technical side of Ponyville Live!, but was no longer was involved in the administration or leadership aspects of the site.
In February of this year, Silver Eagle requested a position within the administration of Ponyville Live!. While everyone at Poniverse is extraordinarily grateful and appreciative of everything Silver Eagle has done to build and run Ponyville Live!, PVL's current leadership ultimately reached the decision that it was in the best interest of Ponyville Live! to continue under its current leadership structure for the time being. Silver Eagle resigned from his technical position with Poniverse and Ponyville Live! after this decision was made.
Before Silver Eagle’s privileged access to Ponyville Live! was revoked, he used this access to take Ponyville Live!'s website, radios, and a wide array of other resources offline, causing a significant outage of Ponyville Live’s services and the radio stations which depend on them. While we absolutely understand his frustration with the decision, such abuse of privileged access is a serious breach of the professionalism and integrity our staff are expected to exhibit.
It is worth mentioning that in regards to this first request for an administrative position, no appeal was made by Silver Eagle to Poniverse Council (Poniverse’s executive leadership) regarding Ponyville Live!’s decision, and thus this decision was not reviewed beyond the level of Ponyville Live!’s administration prior to Silver Eagle taking Ponyville Live!’s site and social media offline. We welcome all of our staff to take their unresolved disputes with project leadership to Council for mediation.
Not long after these events, Silver Eagle once again requested an administrative position with Ponyville Live!. Dusk deferred to Poniverse Council on this second request, and Council concluded that Silver Eagle’s abuse of privileged access and causing an intentional outage of Ponyville Live! were severe enough that we could not, in good faith, allow him to return to Poniverse or PVL staff.
We'd like to assure you, as the community, that the decisions made by the leadership of both Poniverse and Ponyville Live! were made with the ultimate goal of preserving Ponyville Live! for the fandom.
Furthermore, Poniverse does not exist for anyone's financial gain. PVL itself does not run ads or lock content behind paywalls; its only revenue comes from a few Patreon contributors. Most of its costs are subsidized by other Poniverse projects. While Poniverse as a whole is financially sustainable, none of our staff - up to and including Poniverse's owner, Feld0 - receive any financial benefit for their time on staff. 100% of Poniverse's revenue is spent or saved for the benefit of the network's projects.
It is extremely unfortunate that these events have occurred. We are doing everything possible to safeguard the future of Ponyville Live! and to continue providing this valuable resource to the pony fandom.
~Feld0 - Poniverse Founder, Council Member
~Simon - Head of Public Relations, Council Member
~Dusk - Director of Ponyville Live!"