No, that's not the problem.
The problem is that you made weekly updates contingent on people following the forum rules, as if the promises you made to your customers could be rescinded because following through on them became unpleasant.
Cutting playtesters to curb the leaks was, not to put too fine a point on it, daft.
When I first heard about it it didn't seem so unreasonable, but having thought about it some...your desire for secrecy turned into something really unhealthy.
It lowered my opinion of everyone involved, including you guys.
I guess I missed that. This is probably another one of those "the way Holden posts" problems.
Funny thing is, I've gotten along fine with him on the rare occasions that we've talked. But watching the way he treats other people is not pleasant.
Named names. It's ridiculous that, after a breach of trust like that, you covered for the perpetrator(s).
Not just you.
But yeah, I know. I only brought it up because you asked specifically.
I may have been wrong, but it absolutely wasn't a lie. This is something I take pretty seriously.
I'd rather you get them to behave better without firing them. If that's not possible...I dunno. Maybe I am blaming OP for not firing them. Or maybe not. Depends on what your other options are like.
Regardless, seeing that stuff made me think less of your company. Fairly or not, it had that effect on me.