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* {{Internet}} portals like Prodigy, [=CompuServe=], iMagination, etc. They were called portals because that's how you usually entered the Internet -- they had a lot of links to useful sites, news and a content listing. When the Internet was fledgling during the '90s, they were extremely popular. However, the more efficient, less resource-intensive, and free World Wide Web put them on a steady decline. Now, they're remembered as a symbol of all that was wrong with the mainstream internet in the '90s, seen as restrictive "walled gardens" that went against the open, freedom-minded ethos of the emerging tech culture. America Online, historically the largest and most successful of these services, is the only one that still remains, and even that's pretty much [[WereStillRelevantDammit on its last legs]].
* Website/GeoCities, which allowed many early denizens of the 'Net to make their own Web pages without needing to know how to use HTML. However, SturgeonsLaw was in full force, as seen in [[http://www.techradar.com/us/news/internet/web/geocities-closes-fond-memories-of-free-sites-and-terrible-web-design-644763/2#articleContent this]] article: "It didn't take long before this simple change altered the face of the internet. [=GeoCities=] gave everyone a place to call home, and then proved that most of us don't really have a lot to say. It didn't take long before [=GeoCities=] became home to the bottom of the Internet. Crackpot theories. Inane ramblings. Worm distribution." and "I think that most people set up a GC page as a novelty and then abandoned it leaving a whole lot of cyber-trash behind. That kind of ruined the overall [=GeoCities=] vibe; it wasn't long before you had to muck through a few dozen one-offs to find a page that was regularly maintained and had good, interesting content." [=GeoCities=] was often seen as a haven of garishly colored pages full of blink tags and animated [=GIFs=]. Also, the rise of blogging, as well as social media like Facebook and Youtube[[note]]itself now seen as home to the bottom of the internet[[/note]], rendered the concept of a free personal homepage obsolete, while those who still wanted to build their own Websites moved on to more advanced tools.

* ''Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}'' is this to the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom in general, not necessarily because of the fic itself, but its impact. For many at the time, the concept of anything dark in Equestria was the entire twist, causing it to become [[TheDreaded legendary for just how gruesome it was.]] However, its status has since been eclipsed by either better-written (''Fanfic/RainbowFactory'', ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'') or [[{{Gorn}} more sadistic]] (''Fanfic/CheerileesGarden'', ''Sweet Apple Massacre'') fics, not helped by the [[FollowTheLeader countless alternate endings, imitators and fan art]], [[SturgeonsLaw many of which were amateurish and mediocre]]. Further denting its reputation were the likes of ''[[WebAnimation/PonyDotMOV PONY.MOV]]'' and ''Smile HD'', [[BloodyHilarious which played]] [[BlackComedy similar graphic violence]] [[RefugeInAudacity on par with]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice or even surpassing it]] [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]]. These days, [[OldShame it's often shown as the prime example of the naivety of the younger days of the fandom]], [[DiscreditedMeme being especially embarrassing among the other early memes and fanon]].
* ''Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'' by Thanfiction was once one of the best-regarded stories in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fandom. It provided an intriguing PerspectiveFlip to one of the premiere [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome offscreen moments of awesome]] in the series, namely the resistance to the Death Eaters by the students of Hogwarts in the final book, and the author gained praise for researching actual ChildSoldiers to better be able to describe the students' plight. The hype, however, was not to last, and criticisms mounted over time, including, but not limited to: the CharacterShilling of Neville as the leader of the resistance to the expense of Luna and Ginny (in the book, Neville himself says they shared leadership duties equally); the treatment of women, particularly the arc involving Lavender being raped and the boys, not Lavender herself, punishing the rapists; the seeming disdain for the canon main characters Harry, Ron, and Hermione, whom various characters insult for not weathering the storm with them; the fact that the story kills off several characters confirmed to survive in canon despite claiming to be canon-compliant; and the [[RonTheDeathEater treatment]] given to Snape, who is shown as an unrepentant Death Eater and the true BigBad of the story -- Thanfiction even stated on his blog that he hated how Snape was redeemed in the books and chose to [[FixFic write him as the sociopath he "really" is]].\\
Any fandom the story had was largely finished off when it came out that "Thanfiction" was actually Andrew Blake, a notorious ConMan who had, under his previous screen name "Victoria Bitter," swindled many ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' fans out of money, and who is also known for seducing and abandoning women in real life. The story still has a following, but they are mostly looked at with disdain as being willfully blind to the story's flaws.
* When it was first written, ''FanFic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy'' was universally acclaimed. But its fans have matured since then, and they've become more aware of the fan fic's glaring flaws, feeling that the cannibalism, dark elements, and boob jokes to be out of place in a fan series for a show aimed at little girls. [[OldShame Even the author herself admits, and agrees, that the fan series hasn't aged well]] and plans to rewrite it completely.
* In late 2009 and early 2010, ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' was the most popular ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' fanfic on the Net, getting more than 1000 reviews in a fandom where most fics were lucky to get a few dozen or so, and with a humorous style that proved that a CrackFic could be more than just "lolrandom" nonsense, much like the official production ''Anime/HaruhiChan'', released shortly earlier. At one point in time, the ''Haruhi'' section of Fanfiction.net was filled with crackfics that [[FollowTheLeader copied its style]], with the fic's deliberately exaggerated portrayals of several characters becoming almost {{Fanon}}. When the work received a TV Tropes page in late 2010, WikiMagic increased its entries from three tropes to more than seventy literally overnight. Unfortunately, after the story's first anniversary, the author, superstarultra, went into a ScheduleSlip, which was only briefly and temporarily held off by the spinoff fic written at that time. Since the story stopped updating, it no longer appeared on the first page of Fanfiction.net's ''Haruhi Suzumiya'' section. When one adds the fact that the source material was also declining in popularity and entering permanent hiatus, there were fewer people willing to read fanfiction of the series anyway. The death knell came when superstarultra, having run out of new ideas several months before and was only in contact with a handful of the story's original fans who were [[PanderingToTheBase pushing their own ideas into the fic]] (and who made up only a fraction of the readership) on AIM, disappeared from the Internet after AIM too went under. This was in 2012; until Feb 21, ''2016'', nobody heard from superstarultra, and the fic's TV Tropes page has received only minor edits and most of its entries are still {{Zero Context Example}}s which have only not been purged because the work is just so obscure even to ''Haruhi'' fans nowadays. Even the people who remember it think that [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny some of the jokes aren't funny anymore]], and you'll be hard-pressed to see a ''Haruhi'' fanfic these days that doesn't at least try to be canon-compliant.
* It used to be quite common for fanfic writers of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' to outright bash the character of Shizuki Hitomi, which could range from anything from disparaging her in an Author's Note to writing a RevengeFic in which a magical girl (often [[CuteAndPsycho Kyoko]]) [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats her senseless]] while giving her a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. After a while though, people just got sick of this portrayal, both because the justification involves taking her actions out of context to seem worse than they canonically are, and also because ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' demonstrates that Sayaka gets over the event that fans blame Hitomi for, so continuing to do so comes off as rather petty. Nowadays one will only find explicit Hitomi-bashing [[DiscreditedTrope in fics that satirize bad writing, rather than in actual bad fanfiction]].
* Most ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' Fanon, as it came about when the internet was young. As such many fanfic writers never even read or saw the ''canon stories'', and compensated with other fanfics. An example of this is [[RonTheDeathEater ignoring Akane's virtuous aspects]], [[PhysicalGod claiming Saffron was a god]] (and that Ranma killed him), and ''[[MarySue that]]'' ThirdOptionLoveInterest who solves everything. Expect to see them in [[StylisticSuck parodies]].

* The dot-com boom in the late '90s produced a great many websites and companies that were built seemingly entirely on hype in business journals and kitschy adverts, among them Pets.com, Lycos, and Freeinternet.com. After the bubble burst in 2000-01 and dragged down many e-businesses with it, they went from being the subject of public admiration for their founders' ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit to mockery for their folly virtually overnight. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONZFkqzuMjI This]] E-Trade [[SuperBowlSpecial Super Bowl ad]] from 2001 demonstrates the fall from grace that many such companies were undergoing at the time. It's a parody of the CryingIndian ad in which a chimpanzee on horseback wanders past the empty, derelict headquarters of many fallen e-businesses devoted to ridiculous things, plus the abandoned sports car of someone who got rich in the dot-com boom and presumably lost it all when the bubble burst. The chimp sheds a SingleTear upon discovering Pets.com's sock puppet mascot (which had featured in a Super Bowl ad by that company just a year before) lying in the ruins.