Punchboard Media: Statement on Plagiarism regarding Katie's Game Corner

Katie Aidley and their blog, Katie's Game Corner, has been with Punchboard Media since its inception. Finding out Katie had plagiarized many of their articles — and that some of those articles had been posted to the Punchboard Media site — came as a shock to all of us.

After these allegations surfaced, Katie reached out to Punchboard Media, admitted them to be true, and apologized. The Punchboard Media board decided, after discussing the matter with Katie, that it would be best if they step away from network. As such, Katie's Game Corner will no longer be a member of Punchboard Media going forward.

No matter what decision the Punchboard Media board had reached, we knew there would be people unhappy with it. We hope to make clear that the sole reason for this decision is due to the plagiarism — the uncredited copying of others work, the profiting off of that work through their Patreon, and the harm it caused others in the hobby — and in no way reflects any wavering of Punchboard Media's mission statement of "advocating for openness, fairness, and inclusion in the community." In fact, the fairness clause in the mission statement is what necessitates it.

This was a difficult post to write, and one we never envisioned would need to be written when we started Punchboard Media. As evidence of that, while our Code of Conduct is very clear on harassment and hate speech, it does not address plagiarism at all. That will, of course, be amended shortly.

Finally, we implore you not to use the discovery of this plagiarism to attack Katie further.

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