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Howdy all. Today, I came across an article written about a guide on GameFAQs. In this article, it was mentioned that the author of the guide has had a change of heart about the guide he wrote due to religious reasons. It also stated that the guide remained on the site due to it having being written as a part of our FAQ Bounty program, in which we pay authors to write guides for games in return for us being allowed to host the guide in perpetuity.
We have in the past removed a small handful of bounty guides for various reasons, most often due to a reasonable request by the author. In this particular case, the author never actually asked us to remove the guide. He originally asked us to remove his name from the guide, which we did. He then asked to be able to edit the guide, which we facilitated. Then, he made the now famous edit to the guide.
These exchanges happened starting in April and if at any point in time, the author had simply explained this situation to us, we would have been more than happy to remove the guide. Since he did not, we simply complied with his requests as we would any other normal author request.
Now that we're aware of the issue, we've removed the guide. In the future, we would encourage authors to simply contact us and let us know that they want a guide removed rather than go through the extreme of altering a live guide in this manner. We'd also encourage article writers to contact us if they want to publish an article about us of this nature so we can offer up a response (and in this case, could have just gone ahead and removed the guide).
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Works out for everyone. Hopefully it was in earnest but the fact that they contacted you prior is weird. Worst case scenario, they were doing some weird trolling and now they don't get any more notoriety... though if they chose to remove their name then I guess that presumably wasn't the goal anyway. I dunno, weird situation is weird.
This user is awesome!: http://boards.gamefaqs.com/gfaqs/user.php?board=804141&topic=12351915135
I can understand where this confusion probably started. There is nothing written on the FAQ Bounty page about the possibility of guides being removed after the fact. It all seems to be written in stone, as legal matters usually are. The author in question probably just was humble enough not to ask for something that was explicitly stated to be prohibited.
The moral of the story: there needs to be an amendment to the FAQ Bounty page explaining that these changes are possible in such special circumstances.
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