I have occasionally defended Zak by pointing out that an abrasive demeanor doesn’t necessarily make someone a bad person or mean they’re arguing in bad faith. But being smart and creative doesn’t preclude someone from being cruel and dishonest, or even abusive, and a growing number of people who know Zak better than I do — people who have worked with him or known him offline — now disavow him.
So, while I don’t know first-hand what went down between Mandy and Zak, I know that people like Evlyn left the community because of Zak. That’s clearly bad. I should have paid more heed to warnings like Patrick’s. I believe Mandy.
Please treat each other with kindness. Make this an inclusive and welcoming hobby.