New Restrictions for Members
Last month, due to the current political situation in Ukraine, we had to make some changes to our platform and terms. Members in Russia and Belarus are no longer allowed to participate in paid work on our platform.
I'm seeing some backlash now for not having made bigger/wider announcements of these changes and I'm sorry.
What kind of message can one write to say that because of all the injustice in the world, that you may not even be directly a part off, you are no longer able to come to Topcoder.
I wrote one and sent it to many of our most active members, it nearly broke my heart to be honest. 😢 Some wrote back hateful things, but most completely understood and were sad.
Should I have contacted everyone? Maybe? If you were not able to log in because of your country of residence, I am very sorry for that. It was my fault if you were not communicated to. It was an unavoidable action we had to take to protect our customers that was required by legal.
The message may have said they couldn’t log in until we made some changes or they were in a different country with different laws but it also said that once part of our community, always part of our community.
I’ve been actively working with the team to reinstate accounts for members who are no longer in Russia/Belarus as well as members who have no history of customer work. I appreciate your patience and understanding.
I've always been proud of our diverse community here - we rise above politics, religion, race, ethnicity, and gender. All are welcome at Topcoder even if you all can't participate fully at the moment. I do hope this is temporary and we are here to support you all.