Most of this information I already posted in the other thread, but that was back on page six and I suspect most people won't see it. If there's a productive discussion to be had, it's probably best to get the "facts" (such as they are) straight, first.Q: Why would EMC implement a tax, anyway?A: Short answer, a combination of rupee sink and automated event funding.Longer answer, in the past contests Staff have had a rupee pool for donations. The concept is (was?) that this would simply be an automated way to handle that. Yes, Aikar can just magically wave his code-wand at will and create rupees, but the desire is to redistribute existing rupees within the existing economy, not compound the inflation already taking place.Q: So I'd have to file taxes with EMC / pay a percent of my rupees?A: The most likely implementation would be per shop-sign transaction, and the percentage of funds siphoned off was still very much up for debate. 8% was ballpark guesswork, and little else. And yes: this is easily circumvented with /pay (user), so it would mainly only affect shop owners / customers. I sincerely doubt any staff would seriously consider dipping into player's rupees without their consent.Q: Why wasn't this openly discussed with the community before now?A: Staff have a lot of ideas. Most of them will never see the light of day, and the ones that do are properly thought out and presented for discussion. They're not required to share every random thought with us just to see if we'll approve.Q: I'm staff / contrib / other team member. Why haven't I heard about this?A: Couldn't say. Considering the fallout, maybe it's better that way? See below.Q: Is this why you, Shell, and FDNY were demoted?A: Part of it. If they wish to share more details, that's up to them, but it should be done privately. A public forum isn't the place for discussion of staff disciplinary actions. Beyond that... well I don't have access to the Team forums now, but they state pretty clearly that information is confidential and not to be shared until made public. Maybe someone from Contrib can find that one for me.Q: This is just some stupid April Fool's joke, right?A: Players outside the US might not be aware of this, but April 15th is the deadline for filing income tax here in the US. I know a lot of folks are thinking this is an early prank, and I don't fault you for finding the timing suspect, but taxes are actually pretty topical for this time of year, all jokes aside. Obviously I can't stop you from drawing your own conclusions.Hope this clears things up some. /Discuss.