So does the industry have a threshold on when it takes action? Is 1 allegation sufficient? 5? 20? Because I doubt very many people were surprised by this recent news. Definitely sadenned. But unfortunately not surprised. How many other professionals have met this threshold but are simply flying under the radar until the next lot of bad press swings their way? Because bad press seems to be the only thing to galvanise WotC and OneBookshelf into action thus far.
I don’t thibk there are hard and fast rules for this stuff. Times are changing and people are more connected, so this kind of news spreads farther and wider and much more quickly. Again, this is one of the reasons that this instance seems to have resulted in stronger consequences s for Zak S. Even over the last 5 years, there’s been a significant shift in how these situations are handled.
And over the last several years there seems to have been a strong push for improvement inside the industry, at concentions and at publishers. Hopefully, that continues.