The Super Smash Bros Code of Conduct Panel was formed a few years back after giving a set of recommended instructions to TO's. In their official statement, the mostly anonymous group of Smash community members cited the hardships Nintendo shutting down tournaments, and the many allegations this past summer. While it is possible that COVID-19 and the lack of tournaments played a role in this, it is not confirmed. Even before the hardships faced this year, the team cited being small with not enough resources. They also cited that, to even get through the number of allegations in the summer, it could have taken years.
While this is an unfortunate moment, the team had this following bit of hope to share,
"The spark of hope still remains, however. One of the best sentiments I heard regarding this summer was that the thing that made our community different from other communities was not that we had these issues of exploitation or predation within our subculture. But rather, it's that we were the community who looked at it straight in the mouth when we found out, and as a collective agreed that that's not what we want to be. We feel a little better about stepping down from our role knowing that all of you have the passion it takes to be the warm light of your local communities."
As of December 14th, 2020, The Code of Conduct Panel has officially been disbanded, but the Code of Conduct document will be available for anyone who wants a guideline for future situations.
Note: Smashboards was a signatory to the panel. Despite the disbandment, we intend to continue enforcing its rulings, alongside banning people who have demonstrated that they pose a threat to Smashboards users.