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There's a massive purge going on in fanfic.net...

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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If you have stories posted on fanfic.net or if you have favorites there, you might want to back them up, because there is a massive purge going on in all fandoms.  There are several groups responsible for this purge, and one has made the blogosphere:

IMPORTANT: Mass deletion of stories on fanfiction.net

My attention was directed to this post. It looks like a pretty good explanation of what’s going on over at Fanfiction.net. OP posted her FF.net account at the bottom if anyone has any questions, or send them to her Tumblr.

whatsernamelambert:

Hello. As most of you avid FF readers may have figured out by now, fanfiction.net has been doing a mass purge of the site and getting rid of a lot of stories that break the rules. When one of my own stories was deleted and my account was suspended for three days, I figured it was just the site moderators going through and doing some kind of routine check. However, when I found out that more and more people were having their work deleted - in some cases, just because the summary was “inappropriate” - something told me I had to look into this. The facts about what’s really going on may surprise you.

The people in charge of this mass deletion of stories are not site moderators. They are normal users of the site like anyone else. If you go to their profiles, you’ll see that they even have work of their own. They call themselves Critics United and they basically have nothing better to do except sit around and comb through the site for any story that has some kind of minor infraction. They then post it on their forum (most seem to be on either this thread or this thread, also here) so that other members of the group can go en masse to the story and not only report it for violating the guidelines, but also bully the author via review.

It’s one thing to quietly report a story that you think has broken the rules without saying a word to the author about it. However, what these people are doing is bullying. Earlier today I screenshotted some of the reviews that they’ve been leaving on the stories they go after, and some of what they say is truly sickening.







These are only a few examples. If you browse through their forum you’ll be able to see just how intense they get. As you can see from the reviews I posted above, these people aren’t just “critics” - they are bullies. The “constructive criticism” they supposedly dole out is anything but - something tells me that true constructive critics would not use words like “shitfic” or “toxic crap.” And by posting the links to these stories in their forums, it enables everyone else in the group to go and bully these authors as well.

(Funny thing is, they complain when the authors respond to them with less-than-pleasant words. I wonder why.)

Anyway, I think something needs to be done. Critics United prides itself on being strict followers of the rules and site guidelines; however, they fail to notice that they themselves are also breaking an important rule - no bullying or harassment. Unfortunately I don’t think there’s an easy solution to this problem, seeing as there’s no way to report specific users - only block them. However, I dothink it is important for everyone to know exactly what is going on. I know a lot of people were upset by what’s been happening, and they deserve to know the truth.

If you have any questions please feel free to message me on here or on my fanfiction.net account. That’s all.

This reblog of the original post has more comments that you may or may not find useful.

by on Jun. 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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whitleypittman
by House Prefect on Jun. 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

 Thanks! I'll keep an eye out for them! I've got one story that actually has song lyrics, but other than that, I try to follow the guidlines.

tambrathegreat
by on Jun. 4, 2012 at 8:22 PM


Quoting whitleypittman:

 Thanks! I'll keep an eye out for them! I've got one story that actually has song lyrics, but other than that, I try to follow the guidlines.

The thing is, most people do.  The children on the CU site don't really care if you do or not.  They have been reporting stories regardless.  I really did study their posts before I attempted to reason with them. Believe me, there is NO REASONING with these people.

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whitleypittman
by House Prefect on Jun. 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

 then they would hate half of mine! sex, sex, and more sex! :P

Quoting tambrathegreat:


Quoting whitleypittman:

 Thanks! I'll keep an eye out for them! I've got one story that actually has song lyrics, but other than that, I try to follow the guidlines.

The thing is, most people do.  The children on the CU site don't really care if you do or not.  They have been reporting stories regardless.  I really did study their posts before I attempted to reason with them. Believe me, there is NO REASONING with these people.

 

tambrathegreat
by on Jun. 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Well, my stories are full of gay sex, het sex and violence.  I think I will be moving my fics soon, even the G rated ones.  I just don't want to post on a site that applies rules arbitrarily.

monkeymama19
by on Jul. 24, 2012 at 9:15 PM

That makes so much sense.... I actually wrote to the FF moderators about the messages that I got. They basically criticized me about my M-rated Harmony fic.

tambrathegreat
by on Jul. 25, 2012 at 10:33 PM

How did you get the mods to actually answer you?  I have never gotten a reply from them on anything.  

BTW, we are starting a new forum on there to help combat some of the negativity on that site. Even tho I've pulled my stories, there's still hope for the site.  

The forum is called 'The Order of the Jabberwocky'and it has great essays on writing, threads for help with site problems (aka being reported),  a reviews thread, a con-crit request thread, and help in finding a beta.  Come check it out.  We're a nice bunch there.

Quoting monkeymama19:

That makes so much sense.... I actually wrote to the FF moderators about the messages that I got. They basically criticized me about my M-rated Harmony fic.


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