Well, well. It looks as if Patrick Brown needs Carroll Bryant’s help in tracking down role-play groups that involve minors (see Carroll’s new post, Goodreads: The Aftermath of Shame). He just recently sent an email to Carroll asking for help:
Now, before we show you Carroll’s response, we’d like to show you the email Patrick sent to Carroll on July 22, 2012, informing him that he was banned from GR:
You see that? Patrick told Carroll he was banned because he “repeatedly attacked fellow members in violation of their terms of service.” This is what the bullies reported to GR after they attacked him and this is why he was banned. Which we know is absolute bullshit given the evidence we’ve shown proving that it was Carroll who was repeatedly attacked, not the bullies. Carroll was bullied, threatened, and libeled. And to add insult to injury, he was kicked off of Goodreads for it. If you don’t believe this, take a look at these three posts:
The injustice of this makes me shaking mad. Add this to all the Bully Attacks that have happened to other authors on Goodreads and it literally makes a person sick to see this shit happen over and over again. And guess who is responsible. Guess who is not only letting it happen, but protecting those who should be disciplined for bullying others. That’s right. Patrick Brown, the GR community manager. If you’re wondering where the root of corruption on the site comes from, all you have to do is look toward him and there it is.
And if you think this is bad, keep reading. We’ll show you how Patrick flat out lied to GR members on a Goodreads feedback thread. But before we do, we want to show you Patrick’s response to Carroll when he tried to tell Patrick that it was the GR bullies who attacked him and not the other way around:
Out of office. Nice, huh? He completely blew him off.
Now, when I read Carroll’s response to Patrick’s plea for help, I almost choked up a lung laughing. You all have to check this out:
Touché, Carroll! Touché!
Now, we want to show you some screenshots we took from this GR feedback thread. The first few shots are of GR members complaining about the botch job GR did in deleting the sexual role-play groups:
Then, Patrick leaves this comment in response to their concerns:
We know he’s full of shit because GR was told about this very same problem years ago by their members and they (they being Patrick and the other moderators) basically did the same thing to those members as Patrick did to Carroll – totally blew them off:
So, this our message to Patrick:
Patrick, you blew off people when they tried to warn you. Then, when these problems were exposed publicly, you tried to cover them up as quickly as you could. And then, you lied about not ever having known about it. AND you have the audacity to ask Carroll for help after you treated him so badly? Seriously?!
First of all, you have no business trying to contact Carroll after you unjustly banned him. Secondly, you are the Goodreads community manager and you have to ask someone who isn’t even a part of GR anymore for help to find these groups?
What? You don’t know how to find them yourself? What does that tell us about Goodreads’ management? Lastly, you should have been on top of this from the beginning, from the time when other GR members told you about it. You should have responded then. You shouldn’t have let it happen at all and if you had been monitoring your website the way you should’ve been, this would have never happened.
This is exactly the point we made last July when you continued to let authors be attacked on the site without making any effort to stop it. The only time you ever made an effort was when it blew up in your face and GR received all the negative media attention. As one our site visitors said, you don’t care what happens on your site until it hits your bottom line. That’s the only time you act.
Shame on you, Patrick Brown! Shame on you for turning a blind eye to the abuse that not just authors, but other readers have suffered at the hands of the GR bullies! Shame on you for ignoring your members when they tried to tell you about minors being exposed to inappropriate material! And finally, shame on you for turning around and lying about it!
You need help? Here’s a helpful hint. Don’t bother trying to ask Carroll for help, because he won’t do it and he shouldn’t have to. It’s enough that he brought the problem to your attention. The rest is your responsibility.