Late in the writing process, and with Auroni’s permission, I’d recruited Eric (he couldn’t volunteer fast enough) to help out with CO. Since we were at 65% completion with a week left to go, it was an all-hands-on-deck situation; Auroni also brought Eliza more fully on board at this point. Eliza made it a condition of her working on the set that Eric not be involved, and thus removed him from the set; unaware of what what was happening (thought it was a technical error), I re-added him. In the resulting conversation, she declared that, were Eric to stay on, she would not only stop work on the set (absolutely her right to choose who she works with!) but also publicly share her existing half-packet’s worth of questions, making them unusable.
Before getting to the actual questions I want to discuss, some disclaimers: I am in no way starting this thread to "denounce" Eliza—as you saw from the thanks-and-praise posts in the discussion thread, she basically single-handedly rescued this set. And I’m definitely not writing it to vindicate Eric or make him a "martyr": I was dismayed by what he did with his residual access to the set. My concerns about practicality aside, Eliza had Auroni’s go-ahead to remove Eric from the set, and, again, it’s 100% her right to choose who she works with, and who her work is associated with. In other words, I’m not trying to escalate any kind of personal vendetta or drama to the forums, because there is none. (I’ve discussed this thread with both parties.)
So then, why am I bringing this up publicly? I guess I personally want some clarity on when questions "belong" to a set.
- If I'd decided that, for whatever reason, I couldn’t morally condone the set, and had chosen to post the existing questions publicly, I suspect that the general sentiment would be that I had no "right" to do that with everyone else’s work.
- But moreover, my intuition is that I would get a similar reaction if I only posted my own questions. At least, I suspect that I would have thought "he had no right to do that!" if, I dunno, Stephen Liu, had posted all of his questions before ACF Nationals.