I'd like to add my own words to this and elaborate a little to clear a few things up.
What we faced, over the weekend, was a number of smaller issues that came to a head and presented us, the staff, with having to take immediate action in dealing with them at once.
Some of the issues were related and some weren't, some of them were indeed malicious and one may have been inadvertent.
The thing is, in a situation like that, where we are still gaining intel by the minute and unsure of what, exactly, might be going on or yet to be uncovered, the staff and myself are going to always take a position of defense and it may be shocking to some if any of this occurs outside the realm of private messaging. It may even be a little frightening but rest assured, we mean no harm, we take no action in malice and we would never seek to impose ourselves or our own personal ideology upon any of our members.
Any and all action that we take is in the interest of preserving Therian Guide as a reputable community, who takes our identities seriously and in maintaining this place as a safe haven from drama and other nonsense.
Using myself as an example, most TG members know me as a kind, loveable, friendly canine who's content in snuggling up and enjoying everyone's company.
And while this is true of me, most of the time, I also have the capacity, the duty and the responsibility to stand ground and bear my fangs if I must. If I do show aggression or if I am forced to attack, it is to protect my home and/or those I care about.
While I may seem scary in this frame of mind
I'm nothing to be scared of, unless one is posing an active threat somehow.
The rest of the staff is not unlike me in this mentality. We all care about this place and it's members very much, painfully so in some instances, to the point where we often disadvantage our own personal lives to keep this operation running smooth.
We all care and we're all understanding, we're all compassionate but we all have the capacity to be very dangerous if we have to be, if we have no other option left.
While some of the issues we face may be very clear to everyone why we are taking a defensive attitude, other situations may not be so clear and we may not always be able to disclose the "who, what, when, where, why" for the sake of confidentiality or, in this past instance, if we are still gathering information as to who may be involved.
We do not heed the call of duty as a past time or hobby, we do not answer it in an authoritarian sense. We are simply caretakers of this place because each and every one of us has made a choice. A choice to maintain integrity, uphold security and give back, to and in respect of those who have given us so much.
If you've read this far, I thank you and wish everyone a great day.