To see people try and burn it down because they see it as exclusionary is a real shame.
I really appreciate you chiming in and agree with 99% of what you're saying, but I don't think the above describes most the criticism I've seen. I can't speak for everyone, but any issues I've raised comes from wanting the site to grow and get even better. I know it can't be easy for you guys to be on the receiving end of it, but I hope you're able to take the constructive stuff to heart.
What kind of stuff are you most concerned about, maybe I can be more specific?
I'm mostly concerned about the general lack of diversity amongst the staff and the guest roster at large. In particular, I think only having dudes writing pieces and appearing on camera is ultimately limiting, and doesn't reflect how broad and inclusive games are in 2014. I should point out that I'm not suggesting that anybody at GB — new or old — is undeserving of their position or that there was a conscious decision to only have dudes on staff. I also recognise that, intentional or not, there's been a lot of fresh, interesting and diverse voices on the site lately, which is terrific to see and makes me really optimistic for the future.
Of course we want more diversity. That being said, diversity also comes from a lot of different places. We can't hire based on religion, sex, or race. It's just not going to happen. I'm not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure for CBSi (and Title VII) it's not possible. It's discrimination. I would never want to do it anyway. Can you imagine if someone told you that you got your job because of something other than pure merit? We choose candidates to work with us that are the most qualified. I know for the production hire, Drew and I looked over plenty of resumes, had phone interviews, and made our choice based on the best match for the skills we required. We have always had an open door for anyone who wants to contribute content. By that same token, we try to have as many people on our shows and live forums as possible. There are many interesting contributors in this industry and I don't think any of them should be replaced with someone else because they don't fit a profile.
As we grow we get to bring on more people. We'll be able to appeal to more people. Hopefully, we'll attract the best and brightest out there and they will want to come work for us. I don't think it's fair to say our track record is poor when we've only taken two steps. We're just getting started.