To be approved as a Red Room Author and to participate in our community, we require what would be required in any authors’ real life community: That people use their real names, have real published books they wrote, that they include real photos of themselves, that the work they contribute as original content is in fact their own, and that they are who they claim to be. Some exceptions are made sometimes in some of those categories if there’s a good reason (for example, a screenwriter or distinguished journalist with no book, a truly remarkable self-published author, a real author who writes under a few different names, or a political writer who prefers not to show a picture but we know they’re legitimate).
We are going to be extending the “real name, real photo, really their work” requirement to members, soon, too, not just authors. We’re proud to be building an authentic community based on who people really are. We want to support you in every way we can to build authentic relationships, express yourself, and achieve your dreams in real life.
By contrast, there are many communities online where individuals are supported in creating a pretend persona and relating to others through that persona, but Red Room isn’t one of them. Anyone who prefers to establish relationships and express themselves through a pretend name, pretend photo, pretend books, a pretend personal life, and so on, can find that very easily elsewhere on the internet, and they are free to do so.
Recently, a member had to be banned for misrepresenting every aspect of her identity and application, not to mention misrepresenting numerous irrelevant details of her identity and of her communications with Red Room. She realized she’d been caught, and as she has done in other online communities, she then went on the offense and attempted to gather support. I appreciate that this is the kind of community where everyone rushes to support a person who expresses unhappiness, however, please don’t assume that any representation made by any member about themselves or their communications with Red Room is necessarily factual.
When something or someone comes up like this, we handle it with integrity, following the well-researched facts, the applicable law, and common decency toward the offender. We don't let it derail our priorities any more than maybe one blog entry like this, which is focused mostly on the positive aspects of what we strive toward as a community, and not on any one particular incident.
Everyone on the Red Room team works here because we believe we can build a valuable community and an enduring cultural institution, and so, it’s not constructive to spend our time responding to every rumor about what Red Room did or didn’t do. If we do, our energy will be focused in the wrong direction. Our philosophy is that it’s best to spend our time and energy building new features and improvements that you’ve requested, and supporting the community members who are contributing valuable ideas and building real relationships. The quality of our authors and members, in general, is outstanding.
Thanks. Ivory Madison
Founder and CEO, redroom.com