It's no secret that a friend of mine was the subject of a beware (a couple, actually). Contrary to belief, I don't have a problem with that (I think they were somewhat deserved actually). What I have a problem with was the community's behavior. I've seen it several times (and not just with people I know), where someone posts a beware, the community seems to jump on the 'they're a terrible person' bandwagon; or make assumptions; or there are inconsistent expectations; or worse still the moderators pick a side. Even worse is when it's revealed that things weren't as they first seemed, things get resolved, and not an apology for some of the almost (or sometimes completely) blatant insults and accusations.
Does the community really think this is okay?
I'll admit, some artists (and commissioners) have a known history, or some of the evidence provided is pretty damning. If their behavior patterns continue to support this, sure; give them an 'oh they're at it again.' But I don't think it's okay to make assumptions about someone if they're not known to engage in something, and we don't have the full story.
Is there a bias here? Why is it okay to post 'beware well warranted' when the artist hasn't even had a chance to post their side of the story? Why does nobody try seeing things from the artist's side, even if only to play Devil's Advocate?
Why are there any artists afraid to come here to try and defend themselves?