Don't be shy, name the site. We post suggestions/speculation/what if posts like this all the time (e.g. Concept Series, and the like) . It's all about generating forum discussion, not click baiting front page traffic (where the article isn't even posted). There was nothing malevolent in our intentions.
This seemed like a clear case of click baiting. Sorry, gotta call it like I see it. It seemed like an attempt to capitalize on traffic generated by someone else's content without adding any new information to the discussion.
I saw the post as well over the weekend. Maybe I'm just more used to the custom content that Yak puts out, but it didn't even occur to me that this was authentic. The comment right above the picture
uses the words "rumor
" and "image mockup
." These are pretty good indicators if you take a few seconds to read. I think It's kind of disingenuous to skip the words then accuse someone else of shady behavior caused by your misinterpretation of the photo. The post in question had like 75 likes - did anyone else comment about the image being deceitful? Furthermore, it didn't prompt me to click on anything. I read the title, looked at the picture, read a few comments, and moved on. I see plenty of sites hint at news then force you to their page to get the scoop. THAT is click baiting.
What I find far more annoying is the supposed "ownership" of collectible news and information these days. If I told you there was a new 6" Bounty Hunter on the way, wouldn't your first thought be to start guessing which character? Are you not allowed to wonder or discuss the topic if you're not affiliated with the site that first posted the news? Looks pretty clear to me that there was a rumor about an upcoming set, so Yak put out a custom visual representation in the spirit of driving discussion and speculation. Not sure how or why you find that so annoying, but it might be time for some honest self reflection, Nick.