OK, about the PPC: I've decided not to leave. I wrote a revised Article One for the Constitution that everyone seems to like (*blushes and wonders how the hell that happened*) and after a few chats on the IRC, I realised that I like the place and the people too much to go.
And honestly... leaving feels like a cop-out. See, when the fight was going on, I said nothing. I justified it to myself by saying, 'Look, self, you don't have the full details, you don't know everyone involved, and with all this stuff about the Constitution going on, it's probably best for you to shut up and stay out of the way'.
Here's the thing, though: I was wrong.
OK, I didn't have the full details, I didn't know everyone involved- for the longest time, I thought the bigot in question was just another random newbie (I didn't know until that thread hit that she'd actually been in the PPC longer than I had)- and I wasn't equipped to say anything about the Constitution. But I should have said something. I should have stood up and said 'Regardless of what the Constitution says, [bigot] is harassing and abusing Tray, and I personally will not stand for it' or some variant thereof. I didn't. I'm not going to go on a self-hating binge and be all 'If I'd said something, maybe Tray wouldn't have left!' because I know damn well that there's probably nothing I could have done that would have stopped him- and for all we know, leaving was actually good in his case. I don't know. But either way, I should have said something.
That's why I volunteered those rewrites. I did make a couple of posts on the Board where I stated that I'd have to leave if the situation wasn't rectified. But with the Constitution rewrites suggested and debated, that's where their part ended. Everyone was in favour of reworking the Constitution. Sure, I could have sat back on my smug, privileged arse and thought 'I don't need to do anything, I'm part of the injured party' when the reality is... no, I'm not. I mean, sure, the bigot was bitching about LGBT people, and given that Tray was my friend, I'm technically part of the injured party, but the truth is, I need to do something about it too. I have no right to sit back and be smug- I didn't get involved in the fight. Sitting back would just make me an arsehole. It'd make me someone trying to reap the benefits of something I was barely involved in. I have a responsibility, just like any other PPCer, to make sure that this shit doesn't happen again. I did some of it by rewriting it- it's not perfect, but it flat out states 'We won't tolerate bigotry and abuse'. In the future, I'll do my best to not sit out of fights where I really could do something.
So, yeah. Mission rewrites may not be any time soon, but I'll get back to MSTing the Three-Ring Binder stories for the lulz. Should be fun.