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Thursday, November 3, 2016

ZNN updates and apologies- a letter from Andy Lagopus

Art that captures my feelings of guilt perfectly by Sendrax
I owe you all an apology.

First off, I want to apologize to the people on the Zootopia discord server.  In my initial post about reaching 1.5 million pageviews, I insinuated the City of Zootopia server was "better" than it.  This was entirely my fault, not the fault of any other members of the ZNN staff.  I was in a rush to announce something along with the milestone, and in my haste I did not think about the impact of my words.  I acted without consulting the rest of my team, who are there specifically to help keep me from making drastic, impulsive decisions like this.  Because of this, there has been some backlash against other members of the ZNN team, and I am genuinely sorry that I brought this on them.  It was never my intention to antagonize anyone- I simply had been enjoying a new zootopia server and wanted to give them a moment in the spotlight.

We have now fixed the "Join the Community" section of the sidebar to reflect both of these servers.  They're great places that I have genuinely enjoyed and had wonderful experiences in, as have many of you.  Let's not let my stupid mistake drive a wedge in the community.  We're all here to enjoy a brilliant movie with a message of inclusiveness and seeing past generalizations.

Secondly, a lot of people have been asking about the status of the Ultimate Thank-You Card Project.  I sincerely apologize for the lack of communication and for how long it has taken.  It is still moving forward, and we have not forgotten about your cards.  We will let you know when the project is completed.

On that note, I would like to end the speculation that Disney rejected us and that ZNN is trying to cover that up.  That is absolutely not the case.  The blame for it taking so long lies squarely on my shoulders, not anyone else's.  Especially not the incredible directors, cast, and crew of Zootopia.

Thank you for your patience, both with the thank-you card project and with my personal flaws and mistakes.  I may have an incredible team backing me up, but at the end of the day, I still screw up.  I believe I have learned from these errors, and will try my best to ensure they do not happen again.

As the song goes, "nobody learns without getting it wrong."

Please forgive me for my mistakes.

-Andy Lagopus

7 comments:

  1. Don´t to worry. we, the legion will forgive, You mean no harm, and we can se that, we belive,we shall forget. Be in peace, be on track, the legion is counting on you and all those that stay around you for this task that is ZNN.

    The internet protects.

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    1. Isn't that literally the opposite of the motto? "We are legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget, expect us."?

      Still, thanks a lot. I'm trying everything here, you know?

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  3. This is my first comment because I traditionally am an inward person but i'd like to say as someone who comes to this page atleast once a day that I see no error in what you did. Really you worded something wrong but regardless sometimes people take things to seriously, zootopia is a movie that brought this community together and following that has sprouted things like the ZNN, Zootopians facebook page and many other sub communities. When it comes to determining one discord server being better than another or whatever case may be it genuinely shouldn't matter because afterall we're all part of this community why fight over it. As a final note to this I'd genuinely like to thank each and every member of the ZNN for the incredible content you all show on the page and continue to share the love for the great movie. I know when I have a bad day at work or get a bad grade on an assignment I can come here and read a new fanfiction for hours or check out some of the comics and videos. Not to discredit the merch evaluator, it's just not my taste as I have my judy,nick, and finnick pops and that's enough for me. Again thank you all and Andy I know you'll get it right, just don't let it get to you brother.

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  4. I didn't even know that all this was going on. I'm still a top loyal follower of this site, since it did help me become apart of the Zistopia Dub. Thank you for sharing, and you still got a friend in me.

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  6. "We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what kind of person you are, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you." -Judy Hopps. Andy, what you do here is great. Don't beat yourself up about it, because even here in ZNN, we're human. continue striving to make the world a better place buddy, and we'll all be there to help you achieve it.

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