it sure seems like the folks left commenting are just looking for any negative take they can find in what I've written.
I know it can be tempting to try to tie up these threads with a neat narrative ("Welp, that's it! Nothing more can be said! Guess we're done here!"), but that's one of the remarkable things about this community. It doesn't resolve into pithy values or opinions very easily. Threads wrap up naturally, usually when they do in fact spiral to just one or two people talking in circles. But we're not there yet.
We're not picking on you. You chose to post here. And you're the editor of a major gaming site. Are you surprised we would analyze your words so closely? Especially in light of what this thread and whole issue is about: journalistic integrity.
And I don't think many here would say that you don't have integrity. You clearly do. But don't you think it's strange that you and most of your peers at other outlets are treating this the way that they are? Dismissing people like us as "cartoonish" crackpots. Rolling your eyes at the same "tired" complaints. Refusing to acknowledge that there's a problem with the industry as a whole and that this is a great opportunity to start the long, hard work of chipping away at it. You're a journalist. That work should be public. You have a responsibility and an obligation to your readers. Those aren't things I think you take lightly. At least, I hope not.