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DeepFreeze strives, whenever possible, for maximum objectivity — supplying factual information so that readers can form an opinion on their own.
For the time being, DeepFreeze is focused mostly on online game journalism, although mainstream press might be more carefully examined in the future.
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The most important factor to decide if a specific entry should be included or not is always: is this factual information that a reader would want to know, before deciding if he can trust this source?
GamerGate is an unprecedented consumer revolt pitting gamers against the long-controversial gaming press. It is, as of April 2015, still ongoing into its ninth month, and — especially in its earlier phases — the press it criticized has targeted it with some very strong but very sparsely sourced accusations.
Interested readers are encouraged to get information from multiple sources, and form their own opinion. DeepFreeze has been created and is maintained by people supporting the GamerGate revolt, and uses several resources created by others for GamerGate reference — however, it is not an opinion site. It is meant to gather and present information, not necessarily push a certain point of view.
DeepFreeze marks outlets as “supported”, “neutral” or “boycotted” based on the best evaluation of the GamerGate stance, rather than on personal opinion.
Opposition to GamerGate is not grounds for an entry in DeepFreeze by itself. Dishonest or sensationalist articles on GamerGate, however, might get their writer a Dishonesty or Sensationalism emblem as with any other subject.
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