->''"The people on the Internet who complain about the show were going to hate it no matter what I did, so I don't really care about their opinions."''
-->-- '''Seiji Mizushima''', director of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''.

Related to DearNegativeReader and WriterRevolt, this is when someone who is involved in the production of a work and is known for interacting with the fans by, for example, writing a production blog or answering fandom's questions, or regularly appearing at conventions, stops doing so because, at least in their opinion, some {{fan|Dumb}}s become so [[UnpleasableFanbase thick and heavy]] (and ''[[FlameWar ugly]]'') that their previously fun activity has become a burden and is no longer enjoyable.

The fans complain to and about the creator(s), hassle them to an unbearable level, constantly asking questions that the creator(s) has already stated they will not be answering, and constantly doing obnoxious things. Because a [[VocalMinority small handful]] are ruining it for everyone else, the creator(s) stops whatever fun interaction with the fans they were having. This may give people the impression that said creator is a NiceCharacterMeanActor (or just a nice work, mean creator(s) in general), even though it wasn't the fault of the creator(s) at all. In many cases, this may result in a no-win situation.

This is ''especially'' bad towards things that people actually do as a hobby, or out of personal enjoyment. Many a rant has been made by harassed creators/producers/personalities/celebrities who state that they actually could be off doing better things or that their life is already stressful enough with their other job(s) that they really don't need to come home from a long day's work just to be hassled by {{entitled bastard}}s. And many a rant towards pirates have been made saying that they actually need to make money or else they won't be able to produce further installments.

Complaints often arise from ScheduleSlip. It's been pointed out that very few people who do webcomics (for example) actually make ''money'' off of them, with most of them doing it as a hobby. When things in real life pop up, such as health issues, it's always the webcomic that has to go first. Sometimes nothing was done to the creator; instead, the fans did something ''for'' the creator that caused even more headaches. Maybe the creator had a copyright dispute and the fans responded by [=DDoS-ing=] the other party. Maybe the creator got into a feud with the creator of a rival work or a big name critic and the fans responded with harassment towards that party. Maybe the creator actually was screwed by someone else and the fans responded with threats and the posting of the offending party's personal information. It doesn't matter what their intentions were; if the actions of the fans result in the creator deciding to wash their hands of them because their actions caused an even bigger headache, this is in effect.

Related to WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings. Common scenarios that can lead to this includes UnpleasableFanbase, InternetBackdraft, FanDumb, and HateDumb. BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor is often invoked. Making matters worse, this can sometimes result in an InternetCounterattack and ComplainingAboutComplaining. Very often a case of NiceJobBreakingItHero on the part of the fanbase. In some cases, this tends to induce a CreatorBreakdown, ending in a [[TakeThat take that]] [[TakeThatAudience from the author to the fanbase]] within the work, sometimes in the presence of a StrawFan. If it proceeds beyond ''that'', it can ultimately end in the author [[OrphanedSeries simply quitting the whole work, and sometimes retiring from writing altogether]].

One of the many results of {{GIFT}}
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!!Examples:
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Creator/AkiraIshida (who voiced Xeloss in ''[[Anime/{{Slayers}} Slayers Next]]'', Kaworu Nagisa in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', and many other roles) stopped recording character image songs, and publicly singing in general, after one too many fan complaints about his singing voice.
* Creator/TiteKubo ran a really funny Website/{{Twitter}} account whereupon he confirmed the image the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fandom has of [[TrollingCreator his real life self]]. [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil Then someone had the bright idea to blithely congratulate him on chapter 400 before it was even released in Japan]]. Ultimately, in September 2015, Kubo suddenly left Twitter, his final message proclaiming, "[Notice] Tomorrow night, after about 24 hours I will delete my Twitter account. Until that time, please direct message me." It turns out that someone on Twitter had been passing photos across the Internet proclaiming to be that of Kubo with ''Weekly Shounen Jump'' proclaiming that these were fake and that they would pursue legal actions if this was being done maliciously.
* Takami Akai, one of the founders of Creator/StudioGainax, ended up leaving the company after having addressed so many complaints about the OffModel animation in episode four of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. In his own words, reading these comments was "[[{{Squick}} like putting [his] face]] [[BrainBleach next to an anus]] [[ImageBoards and breathing deeply.]]"
* Creator/SuehiroMaruo once let slip he avoids unpaid appearances in fear of expecting this result.
* Creator/NaokoTakeuchi took ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' away from Italy for 10 years simply because a local "psychologist" there claimed that "Sailor Moon makes little boys gay", and, [[ExecutiveMeddling to make a long story short]], it all went downhill from there. Small wonder, if any, that Italian ''Sailor Moon'' fans have an intense hatred for Vera Slepoy (the aforementioned "psychologist"). Since then, the drama from this experience completely died down. In fact, Italy was at the forefront of the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' revival in the 2010s; the entire first anime was rerun on TV and Italy was showered in new ''Sailor Moon'' toys, clothes, and other merchandise. Additionally, the artist in charge of all of the new ''Sailor Moon'' artwork, Marco Albiero, is Italian.
* Voice actor Creator/VicMignogna does his best to be friendly and open with the fans. Despite this, he has stated that he won't be doing [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Edward Elric]] "short rants" or saying "[[MemeticMutation Roy Mustang looks dead sexy in a miniskirt!]]" on request any more because it was getting old.
* Manga has gotten a reputation with American bookstores for being frequent targets for theft. Some of the major ones responded by putting sticky metal security bars, the ones usually reserved for electronics, inside the back cover. Anyone who buys these then faces the tough decision of keeping them in with the annoying added thickness, or try and remove them and risk ripping the page. Then you get the loiterers who treat said manga section as a library and throw the books on the floor after they're done damaging the merchandise for actual customers. Fortunately, for a certain large bookstore chain at least, they use a different form of security tag specifically designed to go inside books, which has a minimal risk of damaging the book itself. However, at any given time you can go into that section and find the tags (or, baffling enough, the UPC codes) strewn all over the floor.
* Following the disruption of a ''Anime/HyperdimensionNeptuniaTheAnimation'' screening by a psycho with a knife attacking Creator/RieTanaka, the creator issued this statement:
-->Regarding the Neptunia incident. My staff and I have been talking, and there seems to be a need to rethink how events will be held. This of course includes having security guards and having more of a feeling of distance between the talent and their fans. It's really a shame.
* A series of terror threats against ''[[Manga/KurokoNoBasuke Kuroko's Basketball]]'', which were allegedly caused by jealousy that the author was more successful at art than was the perp, not only caused the cancellations of many events related to the series, they even went so far as to ''[[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-10-28/kuroko-basketball-dvds-manga-removed-from-tsutaya-rental-chain sabotage DVD and manga sales.]]''
* Creator/HikaruMidorikawa put his blog on indefinite hiatus after people spotted a female fan with an accessory that Midorikawa himself had, making them think that he was cheating on his wife and attacked her. Turns out the accessory was something ''he'' introduced on his blog.
* Mika Yamamori, the creator of ''Manga/HirunakaNoRyuusei'', used to respond to fans on Twitter. Similar to Tite Kubo, she discovered that the reason why she had so many overseas fans respond to her was because of scanlations when a fan commented on chapter 69 before ''Margaret'' went on sale in Japan. In addition, the massive ShipToShipCombat as the series was concluding put a load of stress on her, to the point where she had to put her Twitter on private until the final chapter. Today, she rarely responds to her fans unless they ask a question she feels is relevant to her readers.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=21852 This story]] from Creator/MarkWaid (it begins about halfway down the page). He did a phone interview with a Vermont radio station and, after the interview was done, was invited by one of the interviewers to visit their comic shop in Vermont for a signing and meet-and-greet with the fans. Waid agreed, only to discover they did not actually have a comic shop and just wanted him to visit them. He likens it to the movie ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' and explains that he has warned all his fellow authors to be wary and make sure they are not deceived by the same fans. He does not say anything about never meeting fans again, but you can bet he is a lot more reticent about it.
* Creator/AlanMoore is said to have stopped attending comics conventions because some fans at a United Kingdom Comic Art Convention followed him into the washroom to seek his autograph.
* The early 2011 comments shutdown at the blog The Source at [[Franchise/TheDCU DCUniverse]] was the direct result of a flame war about who was faster: Franchise/{{Superman}} or Franchise/TheFlash.
* Fred Perry went on a short hiatus after a rabid fan pushed an old lady and her grandson out of the way and threw down some cheesecake when he tried to deny he "took commissions for that sort of thing".
* ''Comicbook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has a rare in-universe example. Spider Jerusalem, famous gonzo journalist, states that his nutty fans (one of whom attempted to steal his ''gizzard'') were a major part of the reason he went into hermitage in a mountain cabin for five years.
--> "Five years of taking pot shots at fans and paparazzi, eating what I kill and bombing the unwary."
* Creator/GrantMorrison mentions in his memoir/history of superheroes ''Supergods'' that he had to give up trying to interact with fans online due to various death threats made against him, his collaborators and their respective families by people who didn't like ''Batman RIP''.
* ShipToShipCombat, along with ExecutiveMeddling (in several areas), is what convinced ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic writer Ian Flynn to completely and permanently end any ideas of Sonic and Sally being a couple when the comic was rebooted following Ken Penders's court case with Archie. Flynn just couldn't take the shipper comments anymore. Penders becoming the anti-Christ in the fandom's eyes led to them throwing multiple insults his way, which also didn't go over well with Flynn since he felt it made everyone look bad; he banned any mention of the man on threats of being kicked off Flynn's forum if you abuse it. This also killed a thread on his board talking about the ''Lara-Su Chronicles'' after people went into a panic over a number of tweets over the man leading them to think he was trying to outright kill the ''Sonic'' comic. [[Creator/KenPenders Penders' page on TV Tropes]] is locked because of this.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In August 2015, Creator/{{Konami}} filed a copyright claim against some ''Franchise/MetalGear'' fan art because Creator/HideoKojima had retweeted it. As a result, the art was removed.
* The creator ([[http://www.youtube.com/user/bunchoflemons Haley]]) of ''The Reid Oliver Cartoon Saga'', based on the [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular]] ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' character Reid Oliver, stopped making the cartoons shortly after the show ended because she found out someone else was profiting from her work and claiming it as their own. Pretty sad considering [[ApprovalOfGod the actor playing Reid admitted that he had liked the cartoons he had seen.]]
* ''Webcomic/BeTheSeadwellerLowblood'': ckret2 posted a poll to determine which character would be shown next. Options were tied for quite a while, then one choice suddenly took over. ckret2 decided foul play was involved, [[TakeAThirdOption took neither popular option]], and stopped with the polls:
-->"There is no way that many people have voted, MUCH LESS that it stayed that perfectly tied for so long, MUCH LESS that the votes suddenly jumped up for one side that much. I KNOW there were some people who voted specifically to make it balance out, rather than vote for what they actually WANTED. Some of y'all in here admitted that. Clearly, someone else is spamming Vriska now. Fuck this shit. You're not getting Vriska or Kanaya. You're ''especially'' not getting Vriska, since it's at least confirmable that there is somebody cheating in her favor, if not that there are folks cheating in both's favor...Way to go! We're never having a vote again."
* Durandall once deleted ''FanFic/KyonBigDamnHero'' from Website/FanFictionDotNet, and even left that site altogether, because of criticism (not of his work, but of himself) that he received from some users of the site. He later realized that this was DisproportionateRetribution, apologized, and [[HesBack reuploaded the fic]].
* Fanfiction writer Worldmaker famously has a section on his fanfiction.net profile entitled "Things I Hate to Read in Harry Potter Fan Fiction", that includes such things as an explanation why hate for the Weasley family is idiotic and why the DracoInLeatherPants trope is a bad thing. A few months after he added that section, he added a section entitled "Fun With Morons", in which he publicly responded to the hate mail he received because of the "Things I Hate to Read" list. His response to one young woman, who had said in her hate mail, "No wonder your wife or whatever left you", is [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoment particularly epic]]:
-->''"I have the right to criticize other people's things and beliefs because I have a right to criticize other people's things and beliefs. Just as other people, including the hypocritical moron who calls herself '[=LadyLilyMalfoy=]', have the right to criticize my things and beliefs. That's the great thing about Freedom of Expression: it cuts both ways.''

-->''As I say elsewhere in this screed, your right to hold a silly-ass opinion in no way prevents the opinion from being silly. Nor does it protect you from having someone else come up and point out how silly-assed your opinion is.''

-->''So... to everyone who thinks... or rather doesn't think... just like this LLM person, kiss my wide white ass.''

-->''And for the record, my wife didn't leave me. She died after a prolonged and extremely painful fight against cancer. But hey, thanks for taking an interest, you insensitive bitch."''
* A variant of this happened with the ''[[http://www.simegen.com/fandom/startrek/kraith/ Kraith]]'' stories based on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Jacqueline Lichtenberg intended for readers to join in and contribute, and provided guidelines for it. Things stayed on track until Lichtenberg brought in [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Sondra_Marshak Sondra Marshak]] as a ''Kraith'' Creator. Marshak's kinks soon came to dominate the project, and Lichtenberg, in awe of Marshak's "incredible mind", abandoned most of the plot plans for the second half of ''Kraith''. It was never completed.
* In 2015, CBS and Paramount gave a lawsuit towards the creators of ''WebVideo/PreludeToAxanar'' when it was revealed that the creators were actually ''profiting'' from the ''Star Trek'' name in the process of making the follow-up movie ''Star Trek: Axanar''. Because of this, CBS and Paramount set up specific guidelines for making fan movies, effectively and permanently killing fan continuations and feature-length movies. For example, creators, actors and all other participants must genuinely and deliberately consist only of amateurs, and can neither be compensated for their services, nor be currently nor previously employed on any ''Star Trek'' series, films, production of DVD(s) nor with any of CBS nor Paramount Pictures’ licensees. They must also be intentionally 15 minutes long or in two parts that combined, cannot go beyond half an hour, with no follow-ups whatsoever, not even remakes. One known casualty is ''WebVideo/StarTrekRenegades'', which ended up stripping itself of all of its ''Star Trek'' connections and going fully original.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Brian Lee O'Malley, creator of ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim'', was constantly harassed on Website/DeviantArt by people who criticized his art style and movie deal causing him to close his account after only a few months.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Creator/GeorgeLucas supposedly said that the end of the ''Star Wars'' franchise was due to his highly vitriolic fanbase. He later [[TakeAThirdOption sold both]] ''Star Wars'' and ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' to Creator/{{Disney}}, an easy way to keep both of them going on without anyone blaming him for whatever problems they might have. Ironically, Lucas criticized Disney's handling of ''Star Wars'' before he quickly apologized.
** Jake Lloyd [[DisproportionateRetribution was bullied throughout middle school and high school]] for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', which, at least according to an apocryphal account, drove him to burn all of his ''Star Wars'' memorabilia and vow to never watch a single ''Star Wars'' film again. Most versions of the story even single it out as the reason why he hasn't appeared on the big screen (except for a 3D re-release of the same film) for a very long time since.
* Website/RottenTomatoes shut down user comments for ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' after critics gave negative reviews and people [[HePannedItNowHeSucks responded by posting]] [[SeriousBusiness death threats]]. RT would later completely remove the option to comment on reviews altogether.
* Due to a violation of an embargo on reviews of ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo]]'' being published that was in effect before an established date, [[NotScreenedForCritics David Fincher has stated that none of his future films will be screened for critics]].
* The third movie in ''Film/TheGamers'' series, which focuses on geek culture, has a group trying to do this on purpose. The plot focuses on a CCG where each faction has varying mechanics and win conditions and the tournament champions get to decide the outcomes of each season's story events. The villains are a group of StopHavingFunGuys exploiting an overpowered and story-breaking deck build to dominate the competitive game and drive out everybody who enjoys it for more than [[{{Munchkin}} pure mechanics]].
* For a very long time, Creator/TimCurry was uncomfortable talking about ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' due to some fans creeping him out, even claiming he intentionally gained weight as a way of distancing himself from the film. In later years, however, he became more open about talking about being in ''Rocky Horror'' and somewhat embraces the impact it has on teenagers, calling it a "rite of passage".
* Zelda Williams, daughter of the late Creator/RobinWilliams, was driven off social media after trolls descended onto her Facebook page and Twitter account and attacked her over her father's death. Specifically, they [[DudeNotFunny posted a picture originating from Liveleak of a suicide-by-hanging victim that resembled Robin.]]
* After the success of ''Film/{{Thor}}'', and even moreso with ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Creator/TomHiddleston used to have a very good relationship with his fans. He would personally update his Twitter multiple times daily with songs that he liked, poetry, interesting/funny things from fans, and so on; not to mention the fact he'd spend quite a bit of time with them when in person, taking time out to sign every autograph and take every picture requested of him. However, one too many transgressions from "fans" such as: Camping en masse outside his hotel when shooting on location, constantly linking him to RuleThirtyFour fanart of himself, tricking him into meeting with them by posing as someone he worked with (similar to the Creator/MarkWaid example above), ''posting his home address online'', and immediately flooding any woman that has ''the audacity'' to simply be photographed with him (whether in a romantic context or not) with death threats caused Hiddleston to suddenly become notably distant. His Twitter is now updated perhaps once every other month (if that) with very generic things, and it's been a while since anybody's managed to get a picture with him.
* As revealed [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/08/21/film-life-goonies-house-says-off-limits/ here]], the house used to represent Mike and Bran Walsh's house in ''Film/TheGoonies'' is off-limits due to the fact that the owners just can't get privacy anymore. The owners note that things were fine until the 30th anniversary celebration of the movie when things just collapsed. No one would leave, trash would litter their yard and having thousands of fans hike up to the house just for photos and the like was all too much.
* Del Rey had to shut down their Facebook page because of an InternetCounterattack by angry fans of ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' wanting the old Expanded Universe reinstalled as canon by ''spoiling Film/TheForceAwakens''.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|2016}}'':
** Following the racist and sexist remarks included among a torrent of hate against the film before it was even released, director Paul Feig and a number of others in charge of the film responded by impartially censoring ''any'' criticism of the film, even legitimate critiques, as bigoted. [[OvershadowedByControversy Needless to say, it did not end well.]]
** Leslie Jones, who portrayed Patti, was driven off Twitter when [[http://thevine.com.au/society/racism/ghostbusters-star-leslie-jones-calls-disgusting-racist-abuse-shes-received-since-film/ she was intentionally bombarded with terribly racist tweets]] for just appearing in the movie.
* Creator/EmmaWatson was apparently conscious of this phenomenon during her school days and practiced for a scenario like this by threatening to report her schoolmates and have them in detention if they asked for her autograph.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/HarlanEllison's essay "Xenogenesis" is a catalog of harassment, mistreatment, larcenous behavior, and in some cases downright assault inflicted upon science fiction writers by their fans. It is a bit of a horror story that culminates in writer Creator/AlanDeanFoster's story about how, at one convention, a disgruntled "fan" threw a cup of warm vomit in Foster's face.
-->"And you wonder why Stephen King never shows up at science fiction conventions anymore..."
* Creator/JDSalinger supposedly went ReclusiveArtist, and supposedly kept writing but refused to let anyone see his work, partially because he was so peeved over the way popular culture took to a '[[MisaimedFandom misreading]]' of ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''.[[note]]Holden Caulfield was evidently intended as a much different character than how many people see him.[[/note]]
* Creator/SpiderRobinson pre-empted this in the case of the alt.callahans Usenet group, an early virtual community based on his ''Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon'' series. While he gave it his full blessing early on, mentioned (and hence promoted) it in a ''Callahan’s'' story, and made the odd official contribution from time to time, this was always done offline and/or through third parties -– if he has ever posted to the group, it was never under any alias that could have been penetrated. This careful policy probably owes something to the aftermath of ''Pyotr’s Story'' (published 1981), which was set on Callahan’s weekly riddle night, and ended with an invitation for readers to write in with answers to the unsolved riddles. Result: sackloads of mail, and while the flow did tail off, it never ceased entirely. He's also publicly said that he's seriously worried that if he got involved with the alt.callahans, he'd spend too much time there when he ''should'' be writing more stories.
* Creator/StephenieMeyer had been planning a book called ''Literature/MidnightSun'', which was a re-telling of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' from Edward's perspective. She even posted the first chapter on her website, to whet fans' appetites. Then a half-finished manuscript appeared on the Internet, posted by someone she'd trusted enough to give a copy to. Meyer was so upset that the book is now "on hold indefinitely," because if she wrote it in [[CreatorBreakdown her (then-)current state of mind]], she has said, [[TheBadGuyWins the evil vampire]] [[TemporalParadox would succeed]].[[note]]This was in 2008. Meyer is either taking a ''really'' long time to get over that leak, or has just lost interest in the idea.[[/note]]
* Creator/MarionZimmerBradley was one of the first writers to run into this in regards to fanfiction. She used to edit occasional anthologies of what she thought were the best fanfics for her ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' setting. [[http://jimhines.livejournal.com/507999.html There's a bit of confusion]] over [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Marion_Zimmer_Bradley_Fanfiction_Controversy what precisely happened]], but at some point her reading those fanfics resulted in the cancellation of a novel set at the same time as one such fanfic. This has become a precedent for many authors to not even read fanfic.
* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/DianaTregarde'' books weren't selling, plus she was getting a lot of flack from certain pagan/Wiccan groups, so she stopped writing them. Cue the ConspiracyTheory people with bizarre speculations, including that ''the Guardians were real''. [[http://archive.today/a1Tus It gets worse.]]
* Karen Traviss of ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' fame/infamy had been involved with the fandom, but contention arose over her supposed establishment of the Grand Army of the Republic consisting at a mere three million clones for a galactic scale conflict. Some people took issue with it, [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale which is reasonable]], but they almost exclusively blamed her, [[MisBlamed which]] [[ScapegoatCreator isn't]]. The result was a massive multi-board FlameWar that included both sides insulting each other, hate sites, DearNegativeReader posts, coining of derogatory nicknames for their detractors, accusations of favoritism/nepotism/sexual bribery, and ultimately culminated when one nutjob made a machinima video of himself brutally murdering a mock Traviss and her fans over his concern for the numbers (and disingenuously called it "satire", which made the [=StarWars.com=] board moderators nuke everything associated with the... [[FlameWar discussion]], but it didn't completely end, as some people tried to collect all of her posts in an archive in an attempt to showcase ''her'' "irrationality" over this). What's most sad about this is that if either side bothered reading the ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' movie novelization, at least some of this could have been avoided since at least her detractors wouldn't have put so much time and energy going after someone who by their own inadvertent admission, [[ScapegoatCreator isn't supposed to have the authority to make the changes they wanted]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Before Season 3 of ''Series/ICarly'' had started airing, Dan Schneider posted a [[http://icarly.wikia.com/wiki/File:40991089.jpg script fragment from a future episode]]. He took it down quickly, but it was reposted on various sites. Naturally, shippers from both sides went nuts, especially on Website/LiveJournal. After receiving heavy criticism for ruining the fandom, Schneider deleted his [=LiveJournal=] account, without warning or notice (meaning the fandom lost a lot of interesting interaction with him), and eventually set up his own blog site, which he claimed was for better control. Schneider's first post, however, was about how pissed off he was about the reception of his script.
* One speculated reason for why ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' wasn't renewed for a third season was that fans of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' books were ''so'' vocal about [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks the changes that were made]] that the networks were afraid to advertise the show.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' :
** Whiny fans who never stop complaining about "imperfections" is why Steve Roberts of the restoration team stopped writing articles about the Doctor Who DVD restorations.
** When it was announced Christopher Eccleston would be leaving the revived series, fans took to the then-active Outpost Gallifrey forum in their droves. One well-known superfan then compared Eccleston to a "cockroach" and in doing so, had the entire forum pulled down by its admin for several days.
** In 2011, archivist Phil Morris found ten [[MissingEpisode missing episodes]] of Doctor Who in a TV station in Nigeria, completing Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld and Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear. By the time the film prints made it to the BBC in 2013, The Web Of Fear: Episode Three was missing. Morris suspects that, after rumors of the recovery leaked, a fan arranged to buy the rare film print from the station. The DVD/VOD releases include a reconstruction using previously-discovered stills and audio, and two years after the recovery's announcement, episode three's discovery and loss was made public. Morris hopes that whoever owns the print will return it, and highlights this as an example of why he needs to keep his finds secret until his search is over. The worst part? Those film print were in very bad condition, so much so that they might fall apart if played without careful physical restoration first, so the episode may end up gone for good.
* Back in the late '90s, before ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' developed a fan base that was rabid when it came to Michael [=McManus=], who portrayed Kai on the show, he was known to dote on the fans, even the {{squee}}ing {{fangirl}}s. There is an especially cute story of him leaving an autograph session, announcing that he wanted a beer and inviting a nearby group of fans to join him. After a few years of non-stop stalking and harassment at the hands of fangirls with no respect for boundaries, [=McManus=] eventually stopped interacting with fans all together, becoming almost reclusive.
* Joseph Mallozzi, a writer and producer of the ''[[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate]]'' series in general, has had a blog on and off over the last decade. Each time he comes back, the blog is more and more regulated toward the fan hate and complaints that had eventually flooded his last blog. He is, however, an avid poster on the ''Stargate'' subreddit.
* TV mega forum Website/TelevisionWithoutPity: Creator/AaronSorkin's experiences on the site during ''Series/TheWestWing's'' heyday led him to [[TakeThat roundly mock it]] on an episode. Rob Thomas, the creator of ''Series/VeronicaMars'', also avoided the show's fandom after run-ins on TWOP.
* Creator/DaveChappelle became disillusioned with ''Series/ChappellesShow'' both because he felt that it had turned into a [[UncleTomFoolery minstrel show]] and because he had begun to realize that some of his fans were idiotic whites who took the humor at face value and thought that hearing a black dude saying "nigger" repeatedly was hilarious; in addition to that, he was also getting extremely tired of people shouting "I'M RICK JAMES, BITCH!" at live standup appearances to the point where he was drowned out.[[note]]There was even a case where someone walked up to him ''while he was with his family'' and recited the phrase at him.[[/note]] It eventually resulted in him blowing up at the audience and telling them that he gave them too much credit and that they really were every bit as stupid as the network execs said they were. In another appearance when someone did the same thing, he claimed that he [[CreatorBacklash wished he had never done that particular sketch]]. According to Chappelle, he also walked off because the schedule was becoming far too demanding for him, he basically had to work 20 hours a day, and it soon got to a point where he no longer enjoyed working on the show. Additionally, a newspaper reported that Chappelle accepted Comedy Central's 35 million dollar contract. This angered him as that was something he wanted to be kept under wraps. Lastly, Chappelle had already begun to wonder whether he hadn't turned into what he had originally been making fun of when filming a "racial pixie" skit; the pixies in question were caricatures who egged on individuals of various races to act out the stereotypes of their races, and Chappelle played the black pixie, which was an extraordinarily offensive darky archetype that was straight out of a minstrel show. Chappelle was already unsure of whether the skit crossed into bad taste or not, and when a white crew member laughed in a way that Chappelle felt was at him rather than with him, he became extremely uncomfortable and was more or less convinced that the show was not headed anywhere good.
* Bradley James of ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' temporarily abandoned his Twitter account after certain portions of the {{Fandom}} began to leave unpleasant comments about his [[RomanceOnTheSet girlfriend Georgia King]] and co-star Creator/AngelCoulby. As a result, he didn't find his "fans" hassling two women he cares about particularly endearing, and despite an attempt to [[http://oi46.tinypic.com/s5za83.jpg calm things down]], King [[http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/2012/01/01/actress-georgia-king-closes-twitter-account-after-being-targeted-by-jealous-fans-86908-23670909/ shut down her Twitter account]] and James cut down considerably on the use of his own. When it was announced that James and Coulby would be be starring in a photoshoot together, Brolin (Colin/Bradley) fans flooded the organizer's Twitter account with [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6nzrgKFdF1rwbpu4o1_1280.png rude comments about how they'd rather have Colin than Angel]]. The organizer's [[http://oi45.tinypic.com/r0pbeo.jpg disgust in her reply]] destroyed any chance they might have had of convincing her to do their desired Bradley/Colin shoot.
* CBS limits AudienceParticipation on the American version of ''Series/BigBrother'' after the earlier attempts at audience participation wound up with the BoringButPractical players left and people from the players' hometown repeatedly calling in to save their person. In 11, they held an audience vote to decide who would receive the power of ''coup d'état'', which would be a GameBreaker to whoever got it. During this vote, texting would cost $1 a text but you could vote on the site for free. Ronnie's wife ''botted the site'' in Ronnie's favor and then posted instructions on how to bot the site for Ronnie's sake. People took this and made ''counter''bots to the site so that Jeff or Jordan would win the power. CBS then made it so that you could only vote a maximum of five times, and then, on consecutive votes, randomize the houseguests positions on the map so you couldn't just mindlessly click on the same spot and then vote a hundred plus times. And for America's vote, they put in efforts to limit bots. You had to have an account and could only vote ten times total. This didn't stop a bunch of people from making SockPuppet accounts and voting in [[CreatorsPet Brendon]] to compete against Lawon in a competition to return to the house, though.
* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. Drew Carey opened his own personal blog on the show's website and within days, not weeks as was expected, ruthless fans (most of them from Golden Road.net, a hugely popular fansite to which many staffers of the show have contributed) began attacking him. One took his commentary too far and pushed Carey into disabling comments temporarily. Since July 3, 2008, a lot of users over at that website had been hurling all sorts of invective at Carey and Fremantle Media over the firing of Roger Dobkowitz and various other things. When Carey disabled comments, he made a blog entry announcing that he had disabled them, and in [[http://drewfromtv.blogspot.com/2009/06/comments-turned-off.html this blog entry,]] he stuck it to the fans by calling them "telephone pole screamers". Though contestant Terry Kneiss was awarded his prizes anyway, suspicions about him cheating his way into a perfect [[BonusRound Showcase bid]] in a 2008 broadcast (which may bring back memories of Michael Larson's two-episode reign of terror on ''Series/PressYourLuck'') led to certain products not appearing in future episodes.
* Music/MileyCyrus deleted her first Website/{{Twitter}} account, not only as she reportedly lost her privacy and was addicted to Twitter, but due to death threats she received for posting pro-homosexual rights statements on her account. At the time, her account had over 1,300,000 followers. She's returned, of course, but posts less frequently and more discreetly, and certainly [[https://twitter.com/#!/MileyCyrus/status/97126072910479360 sticks up for herself]] more tersely. She also asks her fans not to flame those who criticize her.
* Alton Brown of ''Series/GoodEats'' had this problem, no less than twice. First when he decided to open up an email portal on his website and was promptly rushed with [[{{GIFT}} all sorts of unsavory things.]] The portal was closed down. Years later, he finally relented and opened up a Twitter account with similar results. He seems to have returned to Twitter, however.
* Before and during the run of ''Series/BabylonFive'', Creator/JMichaelStraczynski was very active on Usenet, Compuserve & [=GEnie=] forums dedicated to the show, with well over 10,000 posts from 1992 through 1998. Constant harassment by a few fans led him into several ill-advised flamewars. Claudia Christian's departure from the show led to middle-of-the-night phone calls and death threats. He's never been as active online since, though he does have a Facebook fan page now.
* [=DirecTV=] and Viacom wound up having a heated debate over [[BuffySpeak some fee thing]], and Viacom attempted to rally its viewers to support them and call [=DirecTV=]. However, [[ApatheticCitizens there was a generally lackluster response]] since most Viacom shows can be watched online legally.[[note]]Viacom puts episodes online and just throws in some ads where a commercial break is supposed to be.[[/note]] As a result, Viacom started removing official episodes from the Internet, [[HonorBeforeReason even though this would do nothing but LOSE money and piss off fans who don't even have DirecTV.]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' writer Bryan Cogman left Twitter after one too many insulting tweets by angry fans.
* When Creator/JennaLouiseColeman first got the part of Clara on ''Series/DoctorWho'', one of the very first pieces of advice she was given was "Stay off the internet."
* When spoilers for the ''entire'' second season of ''Series/BombGirls'' leaked and were spread around (against the production company's wishes, mind you), fandom reacted extremely negatively, mostly Shippers whose only concern was Betty/Kate becoming canon. Soon after the series was moved from a Wednesday to Monday time slot and there was a long mid-season hiatus, leading to a drop in viewership. Then GlobalTV announced there would be no third season with only the possibility of a TV movie in winter of 2014 to wrap up all the cliffhangers. Cue more negative reactions. And then ''after'' the movie aired there was even ''more'' outrage over [[spoiler:Betty/Kate being torpedoed as a ship]].
* When Creator/IoanGruffudd first got famous with ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' in the late '90s and early 2000s, he really seemed to be enjoying interaction with fans on-line. He was even paying a considerable sum of money to run a web-page where fans could send him greetings and kudos and he would often reply. Fans were also collecting and preserving rare stuff like videos from his child actor days or various interviews. When he got engaged, supposedly many a fan-girl could not deal, forgetting that CelebrityCrush is supposed to be for fun. They started sending hateful messages directed at his fiance. No wonder Mr Gruffudd refused to pay for that.
* Creator/MasiOka used to play ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', but eventually stopped once several ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' fans figured out his name and wouldn't leave him alone (he's also hinted that the game is somewhat addictive for him and that with his schedule, it's just not possible to play the way he wants to - i.e. scheduling raids with friends and guildmembers). He also describes himself as being good at avoiding the Internet, but [[http://m.imdb.com/name/nm1199811/quotes was amused when he found out a fan wanted to keep Hiro as her "pet"]]. He also has a Twitter account, but tends to treat it more as a broadcast than a dialogue, only answering questions during specific "Ask Masi" events.
* This is mentioned in-universe during ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' episode ''Brush With Madness''. Alan Miller (yes, the name is a reference to both Alan Moore ''and'' Frank Miller) is portrayed as a paranoid comic book writer and artist after being stalked by a homicidal fan eight years prior to the episode's plot. He then gets set off when the episode's protagonist, Corey, tries to overstay his welcome while at a convention signing and comments that he follows Miller on Twitter (though ''why'' a ReclusiveArtist would be on Twitter in the first place is a question the episode never answers). Miller rushes out in a hurry, leaving Corey with his old set of paint brushes... and it just gets [[MindScrew stranger]] from there...
* Sue Perkins of ''Series/TheGreatBritishBakeoff'' closed down her twitter account for several months after being harassed by fans of [[Series/TopGear another BBC show]] over (false) rumours that she was going to be its new presenter.
* Adam Savage, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' were active on the Discovery-run fan forum, but stopped for various reasons: Grant became fed up with Monday-morning quarterbacks second guessing everything, Kari left in disgust at fanboys making lewd comments (it even resulted in a number of otherwise innocuous words being added to the list to redflag posts for moderator approval) and Adam left after he received death threats over test results, specifically their first ScopeSnipe experiment. Also, when Discovery Communications started leaking out the details for the reboot, fans were quick to jump the gun and criticize the changes made to the series on the official Facebook page, even if some of them were only temporary or inevitable. [[https://www.facebook.com/MythBusters/posts/10154048045118224 Observe]].
* Ginnifer Goodwin was driven off Twitter by rabid ''Series/OnceUponATime'' fans attacking her over her appearance, namely her weight gain in Season 4 - which she filmed after she ''had just given birth''. Sean Maguire also admitted he nearly left Twitter due to constant harassment from co-star (and on-screen girlfriend) Lana Parrilla's EstrogenBrigade.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** An older example: the above mentioned Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fans who gained access to the actors, producers and legal department through BNF convention organizer Joan Winston. They interviewed people for books about the show, and published fanfic anthologies. According to [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Open_Letter_to_K/S_Fandom_by_David_Gerrold David Gerrold]], Marshak and Culbreath were also deeply into the SlashFic premise (their own novels reflect this). In [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Shatner:_Where_No_Man#Gene_Roddenberry_on_Shatner.2C_.26_Kirk interviews for a book on Shatner]], they tried to get Creator/GeneRoddenberry to promote slash to AscendedFanon. They apparently demanded that K/S should be included in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and "managed to alienate — and offend — 3 publishers, several members of the STAR TREK cast & production crew, & Paramount Pictures legal department. These individuals are very probably the main reason why K/S fandom has generated such a tarnished reputation in TREK fandom."
** For several decades the owners of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' IP (Creator/{{Paramount}} in its various incarnations) practiced a policy of benign neglect towards fan works, even as WebVideo series like ''WebVideo/StarTrekNewVoyages'' and ''WebVideo/StarTrekContinues'' started to really push the envelope on production values. That all changed in TheNewTens when it became clear that Alec Peters, the lead producer of the ostensible fan film ''[[WebVideo/PreludeToAxanar Star Trek: Axanar]]'', had used money donated through Website/{{Kickstarter}} for the project to line his own pockets and set up a for-profit studio, and Creator/{{CBS}} and Paramount filed suit for copyright infringement in December 2015. At time of writing the case is still in pretrial motions, but in June 2016 C/P issued [[http://www.startrek.com/fan-films a set of highly stringent new rules for fan films]] that are essentially the death knell of the higher-quality web series.
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[[folder:Music]]
* [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] declared he would stop most of his Website/{{Twitter}} usage due to various unpleasant posted comments [[YokoOhNo regarding his wife]] [[Music/HowToDestroyAngels and how their collaborative new project]] was getting in the way of new Nine Inch Nails' projects. He still posts plenty of updates, but most of them tend to be news-related rather than personal now.
* [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]] of Music/XJapan was chased off the Internet for much of 2009 and half of 2010 in a massive flare of {{GIFT}}, InternetCounterattack, and InternetBackdraft that originally started when he cancelled a planned concert in Paris. He came back to the Internet in 2010 on Facebook and Twitter, and is currently back but is still occasionally bothered by trolls.
* In a related phenomenon, Music/TheBeatles stopped touring in 1966. The complexity of some post-''Revolver'' tracks exceeding what could be performed live and a simultaneous boredom with repeatedly playing their (by that point) years-old set was part of it, but another factor was that their fans went so crazy whenever they showed up that they couldn't hear themselves play over the sound of the hysterical shrieking, were trapped in their hotel rooms by mobbing fans whenever they went anywhere and had to be ferried around in armored cars to prevent being torn apart in the near-rioting that surrounded them.
** There was also another factor. The crazy anti-Beatles people that emerged after Music/JohnLennon's "we're BiggerThanJesus" comments, complete with [[BookBurning record burnings]], boycotts and picketing of Beatles concerts, convinced the band that touring the U.S. wasn't worth it, as they'd just have the MoralGuardians dogging them at nearly every leg of the tour. The last straw was probably an incident at the August 19 concert in Memphis where an audience member threw a firecracker on stage. No one was harmed, but for a split second everyone thought the loud noise was a gunshot. They gave just five more concerts after that.
* Music/{{Disturbed}}, for a time, used to answer fan questions on message boards, spending the most of their time being badgered to prove who they are. The sad thing is, this was started by David Draiman with the other band members saying it wasn't worth trying till they eventually warmed up to the idea at David's urging. With the relationship soured, they'll probably never do this again.
* This is, quite likely, the reason why most music-formatted radio stations no longer freely play song requests. Of course, this doesn't stop the frequent complaints of "you never play this song" coming from the listeners -- but it is now easier for the radio programmers and disc jockeys to ignore them, and just program what ''they'' want to play. Much contemporary radio runs on station branding (e.g., "Jack FM") -- a prepackaged format that is often automated and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice-tracking voice-tracked]] to sound local, yet another example of this.
* John Darnielle of Music/TheMountainGoats now destroys all his outtakes, the result of an (especially embarrassing) unreleased album being leaked. He also destroyed an entire planned EP due to repeated requests for illegal mp3s ''on his own forum''.
* Randy Blythe of Music/LambOfGod [[http://loudwire.com/lamb-of-god-randy-blythe-explains-why-he-deactivated-his-twitter-account/ explains]] why he had to deactivate his Twitter account. It came down heavily in part to this.
* In the late '90s, while Music/{{Nas}} was working on his album ''I Am...The Autobiography'', a bunch of the tracks were leaked on the Internet. In response, he rewrote a great deal of the album in just a month. The fanbase generally believes that the finished album suffered because of this.
* In April 2013, a disgruntled Music/ProtestTheHero fan posted an angry rant about how he waited in line at their bus after a show for an autograph, only to have his paper returned before being told to go away. It seemed like typical out-of-touch rockstar behavior... that is, until they posted the part of the story that he neglected to tell. Essentially, the dude was a known autograph hunter whose modus operandi involved going up to bands, acting like he was a fan who just wanted a keepsake, getting autographs, and then turning around and selling them on [=eBay=] to reap huge profits. That, and they had been burned by him before and were not about to fall for his bullshit again. They also clarified that they had no problem giving autographs to people who genuinely just wanted keepsakes, but that they were not okay with autograph hunters and that if they got burned enough, they would consider just not giving them altogether.
* Music/RingoStarr publicly refuses to sign autographs anymore because a lot of people have sold his autographs on eBay for huge prices (several others have the same policy, but Ringo is the only one who has made a video about it). [[Music/PinkFloyd Roger Waters]] has also publicly lashed out at these "autograph collectors," though he still signs from time to time.
* Zayn Malik, member of UK band Music/OneDirection, temporarily deactivated his Website/{{Twitter}} account due to the hateful comments he received, in extreme cases being called a "[[UnfortunateImplications terrorist]]".
* It ain't just the English-speaking world that pulls this kind of stunt: In Chile, after an unexpectedly large Music/LosJaivas concert wrecked the Parque Forestal park it was hosted in, complete with 70 tons of garbage needing to be collected the next day, garbage cans set on fire, and ''an art theft in a nearby museum'', it's safe to say there won't be ''anything'' else hosted there in quite a while.
* In a related example to Music/TheBeatles example above, Music/TheTigers had all videotapes of a 1968 concert for NHK destroyed after fangirls went wild and caused several injuries and damage to the arena.
* Music/GodspeedYouBlackEmperor's demo tape ''All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling'' is perhaps the holy grail of indie fans. It is an OldShame, so it will never be reissued, and it was limited to 33 copies so the chances of a copy surfacing are naturally highly unlikely. And yet, in 2013, one did surface. The person who had it surfaced on {{Reddit}} and was ready to rip it and distribute it. Two songs were posted and confirmed to be genuine. And then people drove him off by being assholes, to the point where he deleted his account. The remaining songs have yet to surface.
* Music/SteamPoweredGiraffe started reaching this point with their fans, growing more and more detached from them both in person and online. For a charming group of robot mimes who just wanted to entertain, and now get flak over anything from a gender change for a trans woman's comfort to a moustache intended as a joke, it's more than a little sad for longtime fans. Nothing like hearing a once-loving and optimistic band be entirely unsurprised at hearing about their fans sexually abusing each other. To quote Rabbit, "I lost faith long before you told me that."
* Mike Portnoy, from Music/DreamTheater, wrote the song "Never Enough" from the 2004 album ''Octavarium'' in response to the more rabid parts of the fanbase who kept criticizing and complaining and asking for more and more without realizing that the band's members are humans with lives. Other than that, even though the albums tend to divide the fan base, this hasn't had any real ill effects on their relationship with the fans, though one could assume the "demanding and never happy" type of fan isn't liked much by them.
* [[Music/TheBlackDahliaMurder Trevor Strnad]] posted a rant on Facebook around the release of ''Everblack'' that decried the illegal downloading of their albums, stating that the fans weren't sticking it to the man by downloading their music but were instead hurting them, as they were in that spot where they were big enough to live off of their music without having to consider day jobs but were nowhere near big enough to be anything even resembling rich and that they needed physical sales to prove that they were still relevant and retain strong label sales; if album sales fell below expectations, the likelihood that the label would start to consider them "old news" would rise significantly and could jeopardize their chances of continuing to receive support from the label. The responses were predictable; plenty of people (many of them musicians) agreed with both the statement and the sentiment behind it, while others took it upon themselves to shower them with abuse and accuse them of being whiny, entitled rockstars who saw the fans as piggy banks and were just getting mad that they weren't yielding enough.
* Music/{{Area 11}}, while still fairly involved with their fandoms, used to be even more involved through the official Facebook fangroup, being members of it (for admin purposes) and joining in with the general fun, posting memes and so on. This changed when a fan somehow worked out the email address of Sparkles*, spammed him and then did something which resulted in the hashtag "Kill Colin" being spread [[note]]fans in the group are not keen to elaborate on ''what'' precisely that was supposed to mean[[/note]]. The band are no longer members of the group, but do still lurk there, so it's not as total a loss as it could have been.
* The primary reason Music/NeutralMilkHotel stopped playing in the 1990s. Their fandom after On Avery Island grew rapidly. Given their primary tour circuit was house shows and small venues, the band was often exposed to a lot of creepy art types that unnerved the members, especially frontman Jeff Mangum. So rabid was this fanbase that when the band toured for In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, the audience was already singing along to the lyrics. Given this was 1997 and the Internet was still very young (meaning there were very few if any lyric databases back then), the fact that dozens if not hundreds of people were already singing the lyrics loudly only a few weeks after the album's release greatly unsettled Mangum. It was enough that he quit playing after that tour. He got better, eventually, but still.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Bill Watterson would occasionally sneak signed copies of comic collections into his local bookshop. He stopped when they started showing up on Website/{{eBay}}.
** Rumor has it that one of the reasons Watterson stopped doing ''Calvin and Hobbes'' was because his "fans" effectively stole the trademark for Calvin away from him. You know all of those cutesy "Calvin is praying" or "Calvin is Peeing on Something" stickers you see on the back windows of all those trucks and cars? They weren't authorized by Watterson (who licensed a very small amount of merchandise, and nothing like those stickers). By the time the cartoonist found out about them and moved to stop their production, they'd become so ubiquitous and widespread that a judge told him he'd effectively lost his own trademark because he didn't act fast enough. [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] states that people selling such things were forced to change the caricature to avoid infringement. Not that it would have changed his anti-consumerism stance on ''Calvin and Hobbes'' goods and general strong intent to have the "brand" fade away as much as possible.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* Athletes will occasionally take potshots at their fanbase or former fanbase once they leave. Willis [=McGahee=] infamously antagonized the city of Buffalo by claiming the team should move to Toronto because Buffalo was boring and poor, and that the women were ugly.
* By the same token, some athletes refuse to sign autographs since a lot of memorabilia dealers use children to solicit them from athletes and then run home and put the item on [=eBay=].
* Likewise, some athletes refuse to talk with fans after certain fans trash stadiums or engage in [[FootballHooligans hooliganism]].
* Sports statistics web pages sometimes have these. One semi-popular page has had its sole webmaster consider shutting it down because of some fans who regularly harass him when he doesn't update on time, especially due to real life issues. One time, his wife (and even his ''son''!) felt like responding to some of these emails saying "Sorry we've not updated - the funeral's on Friday if you want to pay your respects."
* Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace ace, has taken to snapping at people on Twitter (and plans to leave the site altogether) after losing his temper with a group of abusive, unpleasable fans.
* Fireman Ed, the New York Jets' unofficial mascot, was the team's most famous fan for 32 years but retired his persona in 2012 (before returning in 2015) claiming that he had gotten fed up with the increasingly aggressive and negative behavior from his fellow Jets fans.
* Cited as one of the reasons why UsefulNotes/FormulaOne killed off the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International after 1980. The "fans" who attended in the later years tended to be rowdy and drunken, with a particular enthusiasm for setting things ablaze in the infield section known as "The Bog", located inside the track section called "The Boot" (turns 6-9).[[note]]the largest item they managed was a Greyhound bus in 1974[[/note]] This activity basically made it untenable for Watkins Glen and [=F1=] to fix the primary problem with the track, which was the safety issues that killed several drivers in the late '70s.
* [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Seattle Seahawks]] punter John Ryan, despite not being all that famous on account of being, well, a [[ButtMonkey punter]], was once considered one of the more entertaining professional athletes to follow on social media. However, in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016, he was harassed by a number of homophobic Twitter users who chose to defend the shooter. Ryan was so disgusted by this that he withdrew from social media completely.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* When the TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 4th edition Player's Handbook 2 was released, a digital copy was bought and distributed literally within minutes. This was the last straw for WizardsOfTheCoast, who [[http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/14693.html responded by discontinuing any and all .pdf format sales of their books]]. They also [[http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/14690.html sued]] eight people involved in the distribution.
** Ironically, every single D&D book release is still scanned and pirated. There's just a small delay now. The company does not share their sales figures, so it's impossible to say whether or not this move has done WOTC any good.
* Creator/GamesWorkshop has reduced its interaction with fans online for years, culminating in the closure of several Facebook pages such as the one of the much-acclaimed "'eavy Metal" team. This was ''after'' GW closed their own forum which happened '''after''' said forum became loaded to the hilt with inane complaints and death threats. The fallout from the incident is still in the heads of the company's workers and will be for a while. On the other hand, this has hurt them in their sales ever since which means the the entire hobby they offer may disappear at some point sooner rather than later.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Minor example but it still counts: ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'''s BigBad had NoNameGiven, instead known by his title of "Makuta". When an entire group of Makuta were introduced, head of story (and fandom's resident WordOfGod) Greg Farshtey went ahead and revealed that his name is "Teridax". The fans weren't exactly thrilled with this name, and said so in no uncertain terms. As a result, Farshtey canceled plans to reveal the name of the ''other'' big NoNameGiven character, the Shadowed One, rather than deal with backlash again.
** A less minor example, similar to the ''Transformers'' one below: ''Bionicle'' set designers did intend at times to join BZPower's forums (where Farshtey himself posts), but decided against it, not wanting to expose themselves to the immense fan hate whenever a new line of sets is revealed. But this is more of a "Why ''certain fansites'' can't have nice things", because set/piece designers do visit other boards where they don't have to worry about being attacked.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' designer [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Aaron_Archer Aaron Archer]] used to be a regular poster on a message board, with his own section where he would answer questions. Then ''someone'' had to go moan at Hasbro, allegedly because Archer was unprofessional and rude, almost certainly ''actually'' because the complainer was jealous that another board had such a major draw. Hasbro promptly declared that it was over.
** Bob Skir of ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' also had a closer relationship with the fans than most official entities, but the on-line community was so harsh towards the series he co-wrote, that he decided to break up. He didn't attend the fan conference he and his partner Marty Isenberg were invited to either (nor did Marty). Thus, they are both still among them.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* A lot of developers have cited high piracy rates as a reason for including draconian DRM, flat-out not porting their games to PC at all, or [[NoExportForYou refusing to export their games to other regions]]. For example:
** ''VideoGame/{{Demigod}}'' had faith in its fans and released the game sans CopyProtection. The result? An estimated 93% piracy rate that choked the servers to death and caused review scores to plummet thanks to untold amounts of lag and connection issues. For that matter; a lot of CopyProtection and DRM in general, as you can see from several other examples on this page. It used to not be as intrusive as it was; yet because of people who decided to pirate the game anyways, and then the [[NiceJobBreakingItHero "heroes" sticking it to the man who pirated it out of spite]] pirated it anyways to "justify" their piracy, thus further "justifying" DRM. So thanks a lot, guys, nice to let developers know they can trust us.
** ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'', due to its [[TechDemoGame high system requirements]], was widely pirated, often just to use as a benchmark. When the sequel was announced to be not only on the PC, but the Xbox 360 and [=PS3=] as well (in part because pirating is a lot harder on consoles), the series' PC fans cried bloody murder, worried that the lower capabilities of consoles would result in a lower-quality PC version - [[JerkassHasAPoint which for a time turned out to be correct]], until [=CryTek=] released a [=DirectX 11=] patch that added a lot of nice features that consoles couldn't do.
** Cliff Bleszinski of Creator/EpicGames announced that the sequels to the original ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' would not be released on PC, as the PC version of the first game had been so thoroughly pirated. He also hates the nickname [=CliffyB=] now since people used it so often as a form of insult.[[note]]Ironically, he was the one who first said "call me [=CliffyB=]."[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' developers have been known to take sabbaticals from the forums due to particularly intense fans. The original powers designer was permanently driven from the forums due to extremely rabid fans.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** This is often cited, though not by name, in the official forums, as reasons why Blizzard refuses to reveal specific details of upcoming plans for the game, up to and especially including release dates for new content. It's an open and possibly unanswerable question whether fans of the game are driven crazier by lack of information or by being given information.
** Moderator burnout is apparently a very real problem due to the game's vast vitriolic fanbase. There have been highly publicized outbursts by certain controversial mods in response to particularly {{egregious}} instances of ridiculous fans that reportedly got them taken off the staff. Many serious players refuse to read the official forums entirely, preferring to read the official Blizzard posts through third-party aggregators. [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Tseric Case in point]], [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Jar_of_ashes with a jar of ashes.]]
** Blizzard developer and forum "bad cop" Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street dealt with the community almost exclusively through blogs (up until he left Blizzard), partly for this reason.
** In a less drastic example, the forum mods often deliberately avoid posting in threads where they feel a worthwhile discussion is occurring because the mere presence of a moderator post tends to derail such conversations into players exclusively responding to the moderator instead of continuing the discussion with each other, at best.
** In the game itself, originally the [[TheUndead Forsaken]] could speak common (the same language as Alliance races) but this was removed because they used it for verbal griefing, causing them to switch to a new language with no justifying lore.
** The Dance Studio was never made because the very first thing beta testers did with it was make the characters [[VideoGamePerversityPotential look like they were having sex.]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Mike Pollock, the current English voice actor of [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman]], once used his Eggman voice in a fan interview to say [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog "Snooping as usual, I see" and "I hate that hedgehog!"]] by request. [[{{Mondegreen}} Once he figured out the significance of the former]], he declared that he wouldn't do vocal requests again.[[note]]In the ''Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog'' episode "Boogey-Mania", Dr. Robotnik puts unusual emphasis on "Snoo''ping as'' usual, I see", causing it to sound like he's saying "Penis". This became very popular among the WebAnimation/YouTubePoop crowd.[[/note]] While Pollock would later ease up on this sentiment, he did add some rules for future vocal requests.[[note]]5 lines; 50 words; Eggman voice can't be used for fan projects; it costs a $5 Starbucks Gift Card.[[/note]]
** Stephen Frost had made an effort to stay close to the fanbase throughout the creation of ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'', but when the vitriol got too thick (up to and including death threats and wishes for the brand and/or company to go under), he stated his intent to back away from the Sega forums for the time being.
* Creator/ValveSoftware:
** Part of the reason that ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' got delayed for so long (aside from Valve's usual [[http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Valve_Time punctuality]]) was that after it was debuted in several trailers, someone decided to ''steal the source code''.
** Valve has had much better dealings in face to face encounters; when Gabe Newell encountered a couple of protestors sitting in front of the Valve offices bearing plaintive placards asking where the hell ''Half-Life 2: Episode 3'' (or just ''Half-Life 3'') was, he just explained he couldn't tell them and it was cool, though someone else did have the cops escort the folks off on loitering charges.
** Valve was beta-testing ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'', and used to send people more than one invite so they can give it to their friends. However, after these invites started popping up for sale on eBay, Valve stopped giving more than one invite.[[note]]This used to be the case; now a ton of people are receiving upwards of five extra invites per day. It may help that Valve added the Steam Marketplace for those invites to be sold on, where they gets a little bit from each sale and what money the seller does get is in Steam Wallet funds.[[/note]]
** Valve used to be pretty prompt with replying to people on the Steam forums for ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'', but after some fans kept flaming Valve for everything that went wrong or how Valve never fulfilled its promises, it's no surprise that Valve doesn't bother to reply to people on the forums anymore unless it is something important.
*** Almost happened with Overkill Software, makers of ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist''. After the player base discovered how to unlock the secret in extreme and borderline ridiculous requirements, a good chunk of the players trashed Overkill for not making the secret easier to access and claimed Overkill made the clues to the secret too obscure. Overkill had second thoughts of doing more secret hunts and also had second thoughts with interacting with the community after the fallout, but both parties eventually cooled down and things returned to normal.
*** ''PAYDAY 2'' during its playable beta phase had people cheating (infinite supplies for example), so Overkill had to update the beta to patch out the exploit and reset everyone's progress in the process. A developer made a statement saying that due to having only four programmers on their team, the rampant cheating going around, and people demanding for something to be done about cheating, Overkill decided to dedicate their resources to stepping up security instead of creating free DLC and also decided to clamp down on people making hysteric topics regarding cheating. Cue the [[EntitledBastard people crying censorship]].
** In February 2013, the "/me" chat command, which colored a user's text for action messages, is no longer available to anyone, because there were a few users who believed that the colored text meant the person talking to them was clearly a Valve employee and promptly got their accounts stolen.
** There's also the Tux incident with ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. Originally, Tux, a cosmetic item exclusive to Linux users who played the game within a certain timeframe, was stated as being tradeable after a certain amount of time after its distribution, similar to the Earbuds from the Mac release of the game. However, the greedier portions of the fanbase saw this as another rare item, and devised ways of obtaining Tuxes illegitimately, such as using a Linux virtual box and creating multiple accounts for the sole purpose of having another Tux. Thus, Tuxes are still untradeable to everyone, including those who obtained the items legitimately.
** The ''Team Fortress 2'' Halloween events, from 2010 to 2013, had special gift boxes that would randomly appear on maps, and would grant Halloween cosmetic items when obtained. This led to the practice of making "gift servers" where players would idle as the game shuffled them around the map in the spots where boxes would spawn. Valve apparently had enough of this practice, as the 2014 Halloween event did not have these gift boxes spawn on the year's event map, meaning the only way to obtain that year's items without paying was to open the two free gift items. Valve cited gift farming for this change, and the players [[InternetBackdraft took it as well as expected]]. [[note]]Previous gift boxes can still be obtained on the old event maps, though they do not have that year's event cosmetics. It's just the 2014 map that doesn't spawn gifts.[[/note]]
* Sadly, we won't get an English translation to ''VideoGame/{{SaGa 3}}'' or a ''VideoGame/SummonNight'' game. [[http://crimson-nocturnal.com/ Crimson Nocturnal]] shut down due to people complaining about slow updates and requests. Some sources claim that the real reason CN disbanded is because of their leader's large ego combined with internal drama over translation styles, and this isn't the first time he has broken up the group.[[note]]Which almost caused the death of the ''VideoGame/SaGa2'' translation.[[/note]]
* Jagex stopped holding holiday events in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' for years because people constantly complained about not getting what they expected. They also tend to no longer state release dates because of the same reasons other companies do, miss one day and the forums flood with complaints. Finally, they have bounded event items to one's account after the party hat accidents.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' doesn't often hold IP boosts to get a special skin and only really holds skin & champion sales because their already bitchy fanbase kept whining about it. Also, it's not entirely uncommon for the devs to be driven from the forums due to rabid fans. [[http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?p=11025490#post11025490 For example.]]
* Despite the large amount of people who annoy him on Twitter, Creator/HidekiKamiya averts this as he still uses it to interact with his fans. He has even visited his fans on 4chan. He's gone on to state that he actually ''enjoys'' blocking people who he thinks are "idiots". Kamiya often blocks and complains about people who do the following:
** Being asked questions that he has already answered.
** Kamiya will not answer Twitter questions regarding games in the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series past the first title.[[note]]Due to Capcom's burning bridges with him and most of staff of Clover Studios, as well as the fact that ''DMC'' questions would oversaturate his Twitter feed.[[/note]] He will respond with a terse "whatever," pretending he doesn't know what the asker is talking about. In the case of persistent questioners, Kamiya will curse the asker out and block them, often with a scathing comment in Japanese.
** Late in 2012, it was rationalized that he would intentionally dodge some questions because he had inked a deal with Nintendo behind the scenes to create a sequel of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Wii U}} and didn't want many details leaking out, although the deluge of fan rage concerning that title has devolved into Kamiya harboring, for the most part, a loathing of foreign Twitterers.
** Kamiya decided that he wasn't going to develop a ''VideoGame/StarFox'' game after being pestered by many fans when he expressed an interest in doing so. However, he relented in June 2015 when he announced that Creator/PlatinumGames was co-developing ''VideoGame/StarFoxZero''.
** Anyone who badmouths Capcom. Despite what's happened between them and Kamiya, he still holds respect for Capcom, a.k.a. his "old home".
* Battlefront, makers of beloved war game ''Combat Missions'', simply want no more to do with WW2 as it gets so many armchair commanders dropping into the site to tell people who actually served (either then, or any war since then) how terrible their tactics are despite how problematic logistics were or any number of other factors (a mild subversion as this has nothing to do with fan vs. creator but the disrespect amongst the fans to each other). They had been planning to drop it for their other lines for some time and make more modern war games, but the flame wars were the final catalyst.
* The exploitation of a GoodBadBug in a multiplayer game could be considered this because people would report it, causing it to get fixed in an ObviousRulePatch the following week. Sometimes even ''hours'' or ''days''. However, for every person who stormed on the boards complaining about an exploit being fixed, there were about one or two others thanking people for fixing it.
* People who stream their multiplayer games live have been known to stop doing so because someone they were playing against came into their stream and used it to spy on them. This is ''especially'' prevalent in games like ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft II}}'', ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'', and ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''. Similarly, people who do a LetsPlay of a game or stream games live can get harassed by trolls and certain fans alike until they disable comments entirely or worse, not do their LetsPlay ever again. This can get upsetting for the rest of the fan base who legitimately like the content.
* After the "Hot Coffee" scandal with ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'',[[note]]The game contained a sex scene that was disabled from accessing but not entirely deleted; then a {{Game Mod}}der found it and enabled it by literally changing a single bit. Rockstar Games naturally MisBlamed the modder in question until said modder proved in a press conference that he didn't do anything but enable it causing massive controversy and Rockstar's reputation took a massive hit.[[/note]] the "Second Edition" re-release removed mod support entirely. Of course, gamers already found a way around version 2.0, so when that happened, Rockstar released version 3.0, making it even harder to mod.
* Video game magazines who release trial [=CDs=] of games or special promotional codes often have to either give people codes or release it in a plastic bag because some would go into stores and take the [=CDs=] or codes out of the magazines so they get it all for free, when these perks were to reward people who bought the magazine.
* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' series has the same problem as ''Mario Kart DS'' - it allows players to create custom decals attached to their player card and emblazoned on their weapons in-game. So, again naturally, everybody uses it to make [[http://kotaku.com/5972276/call-of-dutys-biggest-problem-penis-swastikas?popular=true swastikas made out of penises]].
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsOnline'' used to have an arena mode, which was basically a smaller, faster confront mode. The only thing it was used for was gem farming, so item drops were reduced. This still didn't fix the problem, so the staff decided the only way to fix the problem was to remove the Arena all together.
* Has occurred several times with Creator/BioWare:
** In 2012, a number of fans took to harassing [=BioWare=] writer Jennifer Hepler, screaming that she was "the cancer that was killing [=BioWare=]" and blaming her for the [[GayOption homosexual content]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. This was based in part on an interview she'd given ''six years before'' where she expressed a desire for an option to skip combat in favor of story. A flame war eventually broke out on Twitter and Hepler ended up deleting her account after someone ''sent death threats directed at her children''. She denies that her leaving [=BioWare=] in 2013 was the direct result of this harassment, despite some initial reports stating so, but it's not hard to imagine it had something to do with it.
** This was subverted concerning ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. After the incredible backlash they received over the original endings, [=BioWare=] responded by announcing the ''Extended Cut''. Though they expected it wouldn't change every fan's minds about it, and it didn't, it was certainly better received and managed to tone down the rage. This was later played straight when the co-founders of [=BioWare=] retired from their positions in October 2012, saying that they had planned to since April of that year and gave EA six months' notice. They vehemently denied that the backlash had anything to do with it.
** [=BioWare=] took a very careful approach to releasing information about ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', similar to the tactic Creator/BlizzardEntertainment used concerning ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
* CBJ, one of the devs of ''VideoGame/XRebirth'', [[http://forum.egosoft.com/viewtopic.php?p=4027277#4027277 calls fans out]] on the [[BrokenRecord endless whining]] about there being very little news from Egosoft about ''X Rebirth'' for about a year and a half. When they were posting a screenshot a week, people started demanding more info and videos, at which point ES basically said "screw this."
* Phil Fish, creator of ''VideoGame/{{Fez}}'' ended up supposedly [[VaporWare cancelling]] ''Fez 2'' as well as ports of ''Fez'' to other platforms and proclaimed he was getting out of the video game business after getting into a beef with Marcus Beer (a.k.a. The Annoyed Gamer) and going on a angry Twitter tirade.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMeatBoy'' programmer Tommy Refenes spent half a year after the game was done making a portal for uploading and downloading fan made maps. Several fans found an exploit, told Refenes about it (who told them that he couldn't fix it right then because he was on vacation and so was everyone at Valve), spread information about it on the net and hacked the servers. This, combined with the emotional distress from the TroubledProduction of the last few months of the game, caused Refenes to not only lock that feature of the game out as soon as he could, but never look at the Super Meat Boy code again.
* ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'', during its beta stage, allowed people to submit their names to be used for the randomly-generated immigrants. Well, it was ''supposed'' to be their names. Many submissions had to be removed because some wise guys tried to abuse it to sneak in names of celebrities, names of characters in other media, or obscene puns. And in one case, this was particularly unfortunate - one of the submitted names was Anita Sarkeesian, the host of ''WebVideo/FeministFrequency''...and the creator unknowingly used it for a prostitute.
* For {{Humble Indie Bundle}}s, UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} keys were originally given for any amount donated. However, one bundle was running concurrent to a Steam promotion. Some people abused the system and bought many bundles for a penny each, and used the keys to legitimize accounts to gain an unfair advantage in the promotion. [[http://blog.humblebundle.com/post/14549340777/1-min-price-for-getting-steam-keys As a result]], every bundle onward would require a minimum donation of $1 to get the Steam keys.
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/the-great-escape-of-30-000-steam-keys/1100-4780/ On Halloween 2013]], Wadjet Eye Games ran a promotion where people could get a Steam key of ''[[VideoGame/TheBlackwellSeries Blackwell Deception]]'' for free. However, it was horribly abused to gain multiple keys, and despite numerous attempts by the company to try to restrict the offer to one key per person, people worked their way around every one and made off with ''30,000 keys''. They eventually had to invalidate the keys and stated that another promotion like that was unlikely.
* After one bastard groped and stripped his drunk wife on camera while playing ''The Playroom'' for the [=PS4=], Sony has blocked total support for the game when it comes to streaming with the built-in Twitch function of the console. Worse, if you try to broadcast via the capture card, the broadcast will be taken down and the video will be removed, resulting in the player being banned on {{PlayStation Network}}.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'':
** For over a year on the ''Star Trek Online'' forums, there was a highly popular topic called "What's your beef with the Galaxy Cryptic?" in which players complained about the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Galaxy-class]] series of ships for the Federation. When Cryptic revealed a "reboot", fans were ecstatic over it... until they found out that they just modified the class to be able to perform a certain skill while moving and most of the modifications went into the Galaxy-X ship and even ''that'' wasn't much. Players were livid and the topic quickly turned sour, especially when Cryptic began performing moves that certain players absolutely hated. When threats against Cryptic, PWE and its workers were made, the topic was locked and deleted, but a new one was put up by mods and told the players under no uncertain terms that if they pulled that bullshit again, discussions like that might be banned along with them.
** A few months later, Community Manager [=CaptainSmirk=] began limited-time codes for certain items for the viewers of the livestreams for the expansion ''Delta Rising''. The first code, dealing with Section 31 costumes, went quite well. The second code the following week, dealing with the highly vaunted Red Matter Capacitor (which was a bonus item for players who bought the special edition game way back in the beginning) spread like wildfire on the Message Boards, the Twitter accounts and on the Reddit r/sto subforms and players were angry when not only was the code very limited in number, but also Bound-To-Character (both of which wasn't broadcasted when they were posted elsewhere). Smirk later said that codes like that would be held a lot more closer next time.
* This is a common issue in the Franchise/TalesSeries. The American fanbase had a bad issue of NoExportForYou for a while and a lot of fans complained enough about it. When the games did come out though, a good portion of fans actually complained that the localization was "[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks not like the Japanese one]]". This caused sales to decrease and less games to be localized because from Namco's perspective, why bother when people complain that you release it?
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', players can join with several other players in a quest or raid through the use of the duty finder. Players can either start a quest from the start or join another group that's already making progress so that they can continue without dealing with the loss of another member that had previously left. When the party is completely formed, a window pops up to confirm if everyone is ready. However, due to how certain awards/loot/etc are distributed at the end of a quest, many people would fish for in progress duties and quickly withdrew from the duty if it wasn't an in progress one, which meant the rest of the party now had to sit through the queue again as the system looked for another player. For highly populated raids, it was very common to sit in the queue for 10 minutes or more with the system constantly spamming the "A player has withdrawn from the duty finder. Finding new member" message every single time people backed out. A patch tweaked the duty finder by giving a player a 30 minute lockout from the duty finder if they withdraw more than 3 times in a day and the penalty applies again if the player withdraws yet again. While it greatly deters people from trolling others in the duty finder, other players who withdraw for legitimate reasons also suffer if they withdraw too much.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'':
** Tactical Insertions in online multiplayer. Originally debuting in ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Modern Warfare 2]]'', they were intended to allow players to choose where they would respawn after their next death. However, some of the community used Tac Inserts as a way to boost for easy XP, unlockable equipment and camos, and easy killstreaks. As a result, Tac Inserts were banished to the Infected game mode in both ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' and ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare'', though this has not discouraged boosting.
** Many people working on the games had to leave their home and even the industry due to the intense FanDumb over gameplay decisions. In one nasty instance, many Treyarch employees working on ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' had to resign and leave their homes after [[DisproportionateRetribution getting death and rape threats for nerfing the fire rate of several weapons]].
* ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4'':
** When the game was first teased, Scott Cawthon's website was initially "glitched out", with 8s and 7s appearing in the tab name. By sheer coincidence, they led to a real pizzeria, which fans promptly started harassing with calls. As a result, Cawthon removed the numbers and [[http://www.reddit.com/r/fivenightsatfreddys/comments/34749h/the_pizzeria_is_not_affiliated_with_fnaf_stop/ commented on the issue on Reddit]]. [[http://www.reddit.com/r/fivenightsatfreddys/comments/34g2n1/the_real_freddysjk/ But the pizzeria didn't hold any grudge against the fanbase]].
** Coinciding with the teaser, Sable Lynn, the main developer of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFuckboys'', started getting requests to make a fourth installment, despite her explicit statement of ''Five Nights at Fuckboy's 3'' being the last in the series. The fans got insistent and unbearably demanding, to the point of harassing Sable endlessly on her Tumblr. Ultimately, when Sable couldn't take it anymore, she closed her Tumblr account and abandoned development of ''3''[='=]s final act, leaving the other developer, Joshua Shaw, to finish all the work on it. Sable eventually returned, knowing Shaw wouldn't have been able to complete ''3'' by its planned release date in mid July.
* This heavily damaged the Tony Hawk fandom. Back in the days of ''Tony Hawk's Underground 2'', a bug was found where, by connecting a USB keyboard into the [=PS2=], a player could exceed the online chat's mail restrictions on symbols. Said bug, when the player received an email filled with the | symbol, would ''[[GameBreakingBug instantly freeze the console]]'' even if the email wasn't read, just received. After trolls logged onto lobbies, quit then mass-PM'ed the people they were just online with, [=GameSpy=] responded by shutting down the online servers for the games and disabling the online game feature.
* Most fans of ''Anime/KillLaKill'' agree that if there's ever a game made of the series, Creator/PlatinumGames should be the ones to do it. Unfortunately, due to ''so many fans'' nagging Platinum about this, they got sick of it and many in the company have said that they will never develop the game. The only member who has still expressed interest is Kenji Saito, the director of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', which is [[SpiritualAdaptation often regarded]] as being a ''Kill la Kill'' game anyway.
* It's been [[http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/31/8694629/cock-blocking-costs-are-a-big-drawback-to-kid-mmo-success-says-lego reported]] that the shutting down of ''VideoGame/LEGOUniverse'' was because it was becoming just too expensive to moderate every single user creation, to stop people crafting obscene items in a game that was meant to be child-friendly.
* The indie dev title ''Bear Simulator'' had all of its work stopped and its creator calling it quits after a LetsPlay/PewDiePie video featuring it ends with [=PewDiePie=] trying to uninstall the game, getting a refund from Steam, then not-so-subtly ''giving him the middle finger''. To PDP's credit, he did realize he went way too far in his actions, took down the video and apologized.
* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' is a work-in-progress game that its lone developer allows fans to play "debug build" versions. However, [=YandereDev=] has had to repeatedly go out of his way to tell the fanbase, whether in videos or on the blog, not to send him useless emails. In particular, he's complained about pointless suggestions, people volunteering for the game when it's clear they don't have a high-quality portfolio to show him, or giving him vague bug-reports. The reason why it irritates him so much is because it wastes his time when he could be working on the next update. He's even admitted in one video that it's caused him to lash out at people. As a general rule: [=YandereDev=] is only okay with emails if you're a volunteer with a great portfolio and experience, someone with a business inquiry, have a detailed bug report, or want to send him fanwork you've made (since he likes seeing it). Eventually he made a character, [[TheDitz Midori Gurin]], who he uses to satirize fans who waste his time and delay the game for everyone else.
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* Creator/{{Nintendo}} has had multiple instances of punishing unruly fans:
** On October 31, 2013, Nintendo disabled the online features of the [=3DS=]'s ''VideoGame/{{Swapnote}}'' app (including ceasing official communications done through that service) because they found out several users -- including minors -- were using it to exchange offensive material. Most disturbingly, at least one pedophile had used it to track down children in Japan.
** The incident was also responsible for a software update for ''[[UsefulNotes/FlipnoteStudio Flipnote Studio 3D]]'' released the following day that removed the ''Flipnote Hatena: Friends'' online service (which allowed users to share Flipnotes with people on their 3DS's Friends list). As a further consequence, this also resulted in the Western release for the application -which already missed its intended August 2013 release date- to be indefinitely delayed, with Nintendo going completely quiet about discussion of the Western release afterwards. Most people assumed it had been quietly cancelled in the wake of the controversy...until an NA version exclusive to Club Nintendo members was announced and released in ''early 2015'' (with an European version slated for release later in the year). And even then, that version saw release [[NoExportForYou without the remaining online service]] ''Flipnote Gallery: World'' (a general online community for sharing and viewing Flipnotes), with Flipnote animation sharing restricted to local wireless connections and importation of previously-uploaded animations from the [=DSi=] version.
** Just one day after release on July 17, 2014, ''Comic Workshop'' had its [[http://www.gonintendo.com/s/233399-comic-workshop-has-miiverse-comic-sharing-disabled Miiverse features restricted]] in that people could no longer attach screenshots from the application when it was found people were taking personal pictures within the app and sharing them on Miiverse. Sharing on Miiverse wasn't meant to be allowed in the first place - the game's website indicated that it wasn't possible during the period in which it was, indicating that it was only allowed by mistake. Still, the immediate abuse probably hastened Nintendo and the creators in removing the unintended capability.
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' had the screenshot ability for its Miiverse community disabled after a bug in the original version of the game [[http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/09/mario_and_luigi_dream_team_bug_allows_miiverse_image_posting_shenanigans was exploited]] to let people post [[VideoGamePerversityPotential any saved image from the Nintendo 3DS Camera or the Internet Browser]] to the ''Mario & Luigi: Dream Team'' community. The screenshot ability for the Miiverse community was disabled on September 15, 2014. It would be reenabled later for users with a certain update.
** ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' had its screenshot ability disabled in retaliation to users who exploited a bug where they could post real life pictures from the AR viewer. This prompted a user to [[VideoGamePerversityPotential post inappropriate images using this glitch]]. There has been no updates or fixes regarding this issue.
** Similarly, ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' disable Miiverse screenshots thanks to a feature in the Player Search System where you can take a picture of yourself (or anything the inner camera can see).
** ''VideoGame/MarioKart DS'' had decals players could show off on their kart and could be drawn to be anything they desired. [[VideoGamePerversityPotential Naturally]], [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=173 everyone made crudely drawn breasts and penises.]] Nintendo removed the custom decal feature in all ''Mario Kart'' games after that and has the karts use the character decals instead.
** The preceding incidents led to Nintendo's refusal to allow voice chat in random online modes in games such as ''VideoGame/MarioKart 8'' and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', despite many games with online multiplayer allowing it anyway. WordOfGod has confirmed it in the case of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', as the Director cited [[{{GIFT}} negative personal experiences with voice chat in other shooters as the reason not to include it in his game]].
** Masahiro Sakurai, director of the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series, has stated he [[http://gengame.net/2012/12/masahiro-sakurai-says-not-to-expect-any-smash-bros-news-anytime-soon/ will be tweeting less]]. His reasoning is that whenever he talks about a video game he enjoys, overspeculative fans take it as a cue for the game's representative being in the next ''Super Smash Bros.'' Also, because of people uploading the Subspace Emissary cutscenes from ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'' onto the Internet, [[http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=208299 there are no story cutscenes]] in ''Super Smash Bros.'' for Wii U and 3DS.
** Players of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' found a way to ensure an egg hatched shiny. If the egg and the game copy have the same shiny value, or SV, you'll hatch a shiny. Computer software was made to view egg contents for this reason. Some did complain that it devalued shinies, but it was rather harmless. However, the cheaters found a way to use the same exploit to create software to view their opponents' teams, moves, abilities, etc. in battle. [[NoFairCheating Game Freak and Nintendo did not take kindly to this]] and patched the whole exploit, killing both softwares.
** Nintendo originally wanted the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]] to have a presence in the online gaming world, as all of their competition had plans for online play of their own. To do this, they released a network adapter that plugged into the machine in lieu of building network functionality in. Unfortunately, hackers were able to use the network adapter, as well as the [=GameCube=] version of ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'', to achieve hacking, going as far as to make [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil ROM dumps]]. Initially, Nintendo and Sega responded by releasing an UpdatedRerelease of the game, but Nintendo later decided to sweep the [=GameCube=]'s online features under the rug (them also partially thinking ItWillNeverCatchOn) to the point that most fans forgot or weren't aware that it even had online capabilities in the first place.
** This is the reason why the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS has an automatic word filter. Back in the DS games, people were naming their anything they ''could'' name [[UnfortunateNames profane insults]] [[{{GIFT}} directed at other players online]]. This affected ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing: Wild World'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' very badly. This new 3DS censor [[ScunthorpeProblem has some flaws]], but it seems to be working. [[HereWeGoAgain Then people started intentionally misspelling profanity...]]
** In ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'', this was why Blanca's event was changed off. Beginning with ''Wild World'' which introduced Internet connectivity to the franchise, the game has a random event where a faceless cat named Blanca would visit random visitors' towns and asked for a face to be drawn on, or it would have a face that the game would download a face from Nintendo's server whenever the game was connected to the Internet. The game does not check to see what if the item drawn onto Blanca's face was really a face, and if the DS has Internet connectivity and the game went online for whatever reason, the face would be uploaded to Nintendo's servers. Nintendo also didn't have anyone doing random sampling checks of the uploads, or anyway to flag a complaint in the game. To say that many parents were horrified at how Blanca almost always has a penis drawn onto his face when he visits is an understatement. In ''New Leaf'', the face-drawing event has been scrapped and Blanca is now the center of the ''April Fools'' event instead.
** Whenever a homebrew exploit is found in a 3DS game and made available online, Nintendo will pull the game from the eShop within hours of the exploit going public to stop people from taking advantage of the exploit for either an indefinite amount of time or until the exploit is defeated. This has ended up being the fate of certain games such as ''Cubic Ninja'', ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'' and ''[[VideoGame/FreakyformsYourCreationsAlive Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!]]'', with physical copies of some of these games skyrocketing in price on online retailers (though some exploited games still remain available on the eShop).
** ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'': The game had a tracking feature that would show players hints pointing to nearby Pokémon, without revealing the species. Unfortunately, people developed cheating third party apps to read the tracking data and display the specific locations and species of all nearby Pokémon, forcing the developers to remove the tracking feature.
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* Brooke [=McEldowney=] had Comics.com turn off the commenting feature for his ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane'' comic after a few {{Troll}}s made persistent homophobic and misogynistic remarks while another posted links to ''9CL'' strips with pornographic dialogue substituted for the original.
* This is a major problem for artists in the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom; one of the biggest sources of furry drama will invariably be about an artist being driven out due to their art being stolen and reposted elsewhere, usually because [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil they're too lazy to buy the artwork from the artist, themselves]]. Sometimes, however, they actually have people taking ''credit'' for the artwork. Some of the places where the artwork is being reloaded will help the artist out by putting them on a DNP (Do Not Post) list and punishing those who break it...but that's small comfort when most of these cases are followed up by InternetBackdraft over the artist leaving, making a bad situation worse. Other times, artists have to shut down their messages or commissions due to obsessive trolls and drama that breaks out whenever they open commission slots and are immediately filled by people who apparently wait ''all day'' for journals like that and then snipe the journal. Or, some people were just remarkably bad customers. Furries have been harassed at conventions and have said they would not be attending future events.
* Tessa Stone, the mind behind ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'', revealed a spoiler on the true nature of Ples Tibenoch to a select few fans, confident that they wouldn't go and spread it around the fandom. Three guesses what happened there.
* This is the reason why there are no more forums for ''Webcomic/VGCats''.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'':
** Tom Siddell used to occasionally make ''GC''-themed desktop wallpaper for the fans.[[note]]Sometimes a larger version of a panel from the latest page, and sometimes completely new art.[[/note]] When some fans complained that he wasn't also making widescreen versions of these pictures, he decided to stop altogether.
** Siddell also used to respond to reader's queries on a "Questions for Tom" thread on the ''Gunnerkrigg Court'' forum. He stopped, not so much because people asked the same questions, but rather because other readers would jump in and answer the questions themselves, making it a "Questions for Whoever Feels Like Answering" thread. He took his question-answering to a formspring account. However, when fans began repeatedly asking questions on topics he had stated he wasn't going to answer, and then getting combative over his not answering, Siddell deleted his formspring account. Fortunately, some months later, Siddell decided to give it another shot and reopened his formspring account.
* While he permits it to be written, the author of ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' makes it a deliberate policy to never, ever read fanfics of his comics, because he knows he would go mad from the desire to dive in and re-edit...
* ''Webcomic/{{Ratfist}}'': When political discussions in the ShoutBox started turning into flame wars with every new page, Creator/DougTenNapel disabled comments below the pages. However, this led to the creation of an off-site ''Ratfist'' forum.
* It's been rumored the Flind arc of ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' was designed to introduce furry characters, then brutally murder them at the end of the plotline, as a result of constant questions about the strange lack of furry presence in a D&D comic. Outside of the minotaur and the sphynx there's really nobody else who'd count as furry and it seems like it's going to stay that way.
* Moon Over June is possibly an example of this, with Woc having disabled commenting on her newest strips. This change came quietly, but after a short story arc which was met with much criticism by the readers.
* This was the reason why ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' [[NoEnding never got an ending]] as Ian Jones-Quartey was tired of fans complaining about the comic. Compounded with him being busy with his animation career and dwindling interest to draw the comic, Jones-Quartey [[OrphanedSeries abandoned it]] and never looked back. Despite this, he was content to leave the site running until it became a haven for an exceptionally rabid collective of trolls. When the trolls retaliated at Jones-Quartey's later input to the site, he took down the archive entirely.
* Creator/AndrewHussie has been known for taking potshots at the sides of the ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fandom he doesn't like, as well as deconstructing some types of fans or using different caricatures of Internet culture as the base for some of his characters [[labelnote:note]] for example, both Nepeta and Meulin are cat-themed Shipping fangirls. Meulin, however represents the more loudmouthed of the two whereas Nepeta has had enough CharacterDevelopment to gain more shades to her character[[/labelnote]] or making fan-favorite relationships canon only to then break them up almost immediately by pointing out exactly how they wouldn't work[[labelnote:note]] [[spoiler:For example, Dirk and Jake were only revealed to have been dating when they were about to break up]][[/labelnote]] This reached a climax when [[spoiler:Jane]] engages "trickster mode", a hitherto EasterEgg turned into a power-up like that gives [[spoiler:Her, and subsequently the other Alpha cast]] candy-themed outfits and hyper-sugary personalities [[labelnote:note]] (based on certain fans' {{Flanderization}}s of their character)[[/labelnote]]... As well as Caucasian skin tone. Beforehand, Hussie had explained that the characters were simply "Aracial", so there was no canon race or skin colors for any of them [[labelnote:note]]Homestuck characters are represented as literal white sprites, with the exception of the gray-skinned trolls[[/labelnote]], which didn't appease the [[FlameWar heated arguments]] between fans either calling each other out (''and Hussie himself'') as racist for refusing to accept characters as anything other than white, or people poking fun at them. At this point, when [[spoiler:Jane]] turns [[spoiler:Jake]] into a trickster, she says that she feels "So very... ''CAUCASIAN!''" followed by an exaggerated BigNo from the latter. [[OhCrap Cue the fandom going up in flames]] with people gleefully taking the joke as a TakeThat towards everyone who had non-white headcanons for the kids and using it as a means to harass those fans[[labelnote:note]]While many people thought that the problem were fans complaining about the joke being racist, The Huss himself stated that this was NOT the case. Instead, the fans who disliked the joke apparently behaved pretty civil about it, while their point was proved for them by those who harassed them.[[/labelnote]]. So much so, in fact, that Hussie edited and redacted the joke for the first time he's ever done so. Cue the fandom going up in flames over either Hussie being "thin-skinned" or the complaining side of the fandom having annoyed Hussie to the point of submission, finally culminating with [[http://mspandrew.tumblr.com/post/40461873904/more-so-i-just-dialed-down-the-joke-on-page a response from Hussie's tumblr explaining the situation]]. [[UpToEleven Cue the fandom going up in flames over the response]], which prompted ''yet another'' [[http://mspandrew.tumblr.com/post/40486423180/lets-take-a-look-at-a-few-responses-more post]] in which Hussie responds to some of the controversy regarding the previous post, calling out the people attacking other members of the fandom. These were some of his reactions.
--> ''These are just a few, picked out semi-randomly, ranging from “mild, but missing the point” to “unspeakably terrible”''.
--> ''[...] if you truly dislike censorship, and do not wish to see more self-censorship in the future, then you would be doing your part to behave in a way that doesn’t make creators feel embarrassed to be defended by you.''
* The author of the {{Yaoi}} Webcomic ''House of Dyer'' apparently received hate mail that was so vile that she not only cancelled the comic but closed the website and removed ''all artwork'' related to the comic from her Website/{{deviantART}} page and Website/{{tumblr}}.
* A webcomic called ''Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club'' was cancelled after, despite the creators trying to reassure that they weren't trying to invoke stereotypes with the story and were using their studies and time in Japan to help with creation of the comic, Website/{{tumblr}} writers accused them of doing just that, claiming that they were doing it because "it was trendy".
* The creator of ''Webcomic/AvasDemon'' was driven off of tumblr after claiming that there were no asexual characters in the comic and refused demands that she put any in.
* An in-universe example from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Susan opted to [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=234 disable comments]] on the video review show that she makes with Elliot after repeated comments mocking her for being "lanky", to the point where some people even told her to [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=231 eat a sandwich.]]
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* Creator/RickyGervais expressly pointed out that they were no longer going to give ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow'' away for a period before charging for it, because they were getting annoyed at fans whining that they had missed out. So they just started charging upfront.
* ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'' creator Alvin Earthworm was constantly being asked on Website/{{Newgrounds}} and on his Website/DeviantArt account (among others) when the next episode of the series was coming out. The show was something he does as a hobby and, by his own admittance, didn't expect it to take off like it did.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Arfenhouse}} Teh Movie 3''. The creator, Misteroo, released two prank films instead of the promised third film because fans ''would not stop'' asking him when it would come out. The second of these was released because none of them got the hint.
* Matt Wilson, the creator of ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'', ended the series and dropped off the Internet in part due to the fans, who were by turns screamingly negative or creepily obsessed.
* [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Poké]][[Website/YouTube Tuber]] [=TamashiiHiroka=] was forced to disable comments on her videos for a year or two due to the intense controversy that her feminist views (particularly her video criticizing Lopunny's [[PlayboyBunny design]]) and [[HePannedItNowHeSucks criticisms]] of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' amassed. The massive amount of online harassment she received both on and off her channel was so severe that it wasn't until December 10, 2015 that she re-opened the comments sections (and even then, only because she wasn't able to continue disabling them). However, all videos released before then still have comments disabled, even if they didn't address any controversial topics.
* Creator/LittleKuriboh had mentioned his bisexuality on his livejournal, and someone who knew him personally took that information to his parents. LK has since stated that he will be much, much more cautious about posting personal information in the future.
* This is often the motivation for uploaders disabling comments on Website/YouTube, far more so than OrwellianEditor reasons. Case in point, Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s official [=YouTube=] Channel. However, knowing the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community), one would only be able to guess how many comments they would receive about Wrestling/RingOfHonor, Wrestling/{{TNA}}, Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, or the myriad of other "We Do Not Speak of Such Things" topics that they would undoubtedly be inundated with.
* Sometimes, when a group of videos on [=YouTube=] gets DMCA'd, fans of the videos will quite unfairly and needlessly harp on the uploader. In at least one case, this has resulted in the uploader personally taking down the rest of his/her videos.
* WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} used to have a comments section on their channel but removed it after their viewers wouldn't stop either bickering amongst themselves or posting links to videos for the guys to riff on, even after it became apparent that Retsupurae ignored said links. After much clamouring in the videos the comments were reinstated only for the same thing to happen again and this time it seems they're gone for good. The suggestions may have also been partly responsible for the removal of their Formspring, although it may have been a temporary thing in the first place. It did not help that someone posted a fandom secret of pairing the guys up, or the person who uploaded a video consisting of nothing but Slowbeef's laughter strung together for ten minutes, intensely creeping them out. Another one happened in 2013, due to the massive amount of fans taking "Riff" to mean "Bully the uploader off of [=YouTube=]", They've started editing out the names of authors in their traditional [=RPs=]. Fans continued to track the people down and harass them, so now only the absolute worst of the worst (in their eyes) get riffed on.
* As an AprilFoolsDay prank, Maddox changed ''Website/TheBestPageInTheUniverse'' into ''[[http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=april_fools04 One of the Better Pages in the Universe]]''. Most of the fans didn't get the joke and thought either it was a serious new direction, he had a girlfriend imposing the changes, or he was hacked. After [[http://thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=april_fools_you_morons reviewing the emails he received reacting to the prank]], he declared, "I seriously contemplated taking down my site and just posting links to [[{{Rule34}} animal porn]] for you retards. You're all idiots, and I've lost what little respect I had for you."
* A lot of Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses contributors used to have FAQ threads on the forums where they would answer any question. Not only have those gone because of questions that got too personal, rude or creepy, but most of the people have even fled the place altogether because of the culminating mess of white-knights, stalkers, trolls, sexist homophobes and death threats.
** There was a site-wide RunningGag that everyone wanted Creator/AllisonPregler and treated her like a sex symbol. It had a lot of funny moments, there was no sexist behavior involved and it produced loads of FanficFuel, but because too many fans took it as permission to just consider her as a hot chick and not a reviewer, it had to die down.
** Another Lupa-related one. Her relationship with her boyfriend {{WebVideo/Phelous}} produced lots of videos and [[FriendlyFandoms a shared fanbase]], but due to some people hitting Lupa with [[YokoOhNo accusations]] of ruining Phelous' work, she [[http://obscuruslupa.tumblr.com/post/42994299935/you-know-for-a-year-and-a-half-now-ive-been says]] she's become hesitant to make videos with Phelous as a result.
** While Creator/DougWalker never liked ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', his first review of it was trying his best to be nice and constantly interrupting his own opinions to assure people he was probably just overreacting and would never be a FanHater about it. But a wave of HePannedItNowHeSucks, including a facebook post having to be deleted because over 100 people were calling him names for asking why the review got hated so much, made him lose his patience and his "like what you like" mantra was essentially dropped.
** Whenever Walker even tries to make a point about something sexist (to say nothing of the venom any mention of WebVideo/DemoReel receives), he gets a load of hate [[https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=666189910114140&id=127127037353766&stream_ref=10 from guys saying]] [[https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=666826873383777&id=127127037353766&stream_ref=10 he's betrayed them]]. No wonder he makes more money upsetting women by ripping into ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
*** He has since introduced a stand-in group of loser StrawMisogynist characters called "meninists" whose entire claim to being "manly" is that they post angry messages online to represent this group. Just so his other characters can yell at and insult them.
* After [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] won the Mashable Open Web Award for 2009's Funniest Person to Follow, he posted a video thanking his fans for their support; unfortunately, more than a few viewers posted comments insulting his then-girlfriend Scarlett (who made a rare appearance in the video), prompting Noah to replace it with a new video titled "An Appeal For Manners".
** Spoony has also publicly called out the fans who made the other TGWTG contributors hesitant about doing crossovers with him because said fans would inevitably cause trouble, usually by endlessly talking trash about the other reviewer and claiming that they were taking Spoony's attention away from his own work.
** There's also been at least one occasion where fans have shown up unannounced and uninvited in {{cosplay}} outside of Spoony's house (and did the same thing to his parents, having looked up his address before he moved out), and refused to leave until the police were called. Considering that his brother is a police officer who has had people try murder him, Noah was ''very'' unamused.
* Lewis Lovhaug of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' gets a good deal of this from his ''WebVideo/HistoryOfPowerRangers'' series, mostly in two different forms.
** The most prominent is people who harass him about when the next episode will be posted, which has prompted Lewis to comment on multiple videos (with varying levels of annoyance and frustration) that there's no set release schedule and that he has less time to work on the series than he would like thanks to real life and work on the normal ''[=AT4W=]'' episodes. Eventually he ''did'' set a fixed schedule, but of course RealLife sometimes gets in the way.
** The other part comes from fans who dislike Lewis' stance towards Franchise/SuperSentai; namely, he has no interest in watching it[[note]]though he did review a few episodes of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' as part of a Patreon incentive[[/note]] because it wasn't a part of his childhood like Power Rangers was and therefore it holds no nostalgia for him. He only brings it up in ''HOPR'' when it serves to explain factual information about the show he's reviewing (like the sillier aspects of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' stemming from [[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger its source material]] being an AffectionateParody). He's also said that he specifically wants to avoid drawing needless comparisons between a Rangers show and its Sentai source to keep from falling into the conflict that exists between more vocal fans of the two franchises; needless to say, this doesn't sit well with the Sentai purists.
** Later, an ''[=AT4W=]'' episode had Linkara (Lewis's character) insulting people who use ad-blockers to browse his site, which caused a backlash from people who didn't understand the concept of AlterEgoActing and thought it was serious rather than a joke. This was followed by Lewis posting an [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness out-of-character]] video to explain that the show is his primary source of income and asking politely for fans to disable ad-blockers because this is quite literally the money he uses to pay rent, buy food, etc., and a couple of thirty-second advertisements shouldn't be that big a problem. Although he later noted a massive increase in ad revenue following this video, there were more than a few commenters who acted like Lewis's request was unreasonable and openly stated their intent to continue blocking the ads purely out of spite.
* Furry image board site Fchan had played an April Fools prank on its viewers by making every link always direct to a specific category of images instead of the section people intended to click on. People complained ''loudly'' about this, causing the admin to revolt by shutting the site down for a day because, in his own words, "People don't know how to take a joke."
* RuleThirtyFour (the site) learned this the hard way, after Dreamhost (their old host) forced them to pull Toddlerkon. The following April, after they had completed the move to DUTCH servers, they put up one of those stock FBI warnings (which had anyone paid attention to where they moved would have been bloody obviously fake) and claimed {{lolicon}} was about to go, which was further helped along by e-hentai REALLY having to do this at coincidentally the same time due to their own hosts, and also the guilty verdicts of the Whorley and Handley cases in real life. The response when the veil was lifted? [[DisproportionateRetribution A hacker taking over the site and replacing everything with pictures of tigers (both tanks and animals), then his penis, and finally 20ish straight days of DDoS]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero which obliterated a server and is partly responsible for why the site runs like crap today.]] [[SeriousBusiness Porn on the internet. Srsbsns.]] Interestingly, the second April Fool's joke went ''completely unnoticed'' due to the furor over the first, with a total of three comments over the following week about it. The second 2010 April Fool's joke? Aliasing Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles to [[MemeticMutation Big_Green_Talking_Turtles]], Baxter's infamous line in the first season. Was lampshaded later when the site ran a vote for what missing features from the move were to return. This being the internet, the joke option won, and so everything was turned into Atari Jaguars instead, continuing the big cat theme the troll had started.[[note]]In reality, their code was on that dead server, and their coder was chased off during the first April so there was no one to repair them anyway.[[/note]]
* Artists have been known to remove their galleries from art sites due to harassment from certain fans and other such stuff. Due to some of the troublesome nature, many prefer to remain anonymous or only speak through their friends nowadays. Some examples include:
** Someone opening requests and winding up with people obsessively asking when their requests were done, or winding up with so much they can't do it anymore. Other times, artists have only opened up certain commission slots depending on the comments posted due to "snipers" only to get constantly complained at. Artists have been known to limit commission slots or put restrictions on the content because people would post within ten minutes and buy off most of the slots, etc.
** Seeing their work posted on other sites without their permission, traced, ripped, etc. Sometimes even worse when ''they'' got accused of it and got banned by the art thieves because of bribery, nepotism, and corruption on art sites favoring the thieves.
** HetIsEw mentalities. Extreme fans have been known to send hate mail to creators because they made a heterosexual pair canon, or drew pictures of heterosexual couples. This has happened numerous times on Website/{{deviantART}}, Sheezyart, and even [=FurAffinity=]. An anime artist known for drawing Yaoi once decided to draw a picture of her OC making out with an OC of her real life boyfriend. Her fanbase proceeded to flood the comments section saying how disgusting it was and saying she was skimping on them. She proceeded to delete her account because people began to make misogynistic comments without taking into account that ''the artist was female in real life''.
** There's one comic that shows the inverse cause, but same result of this. An artist in the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom (complete with Furry Avatar) posts a picture, asking for comments. One of the comments heaped on the praise, but gave [[{{Squick}} too much information]]. This shifts the artist out of the furry avatar state, cue a couple of {{beat}} panels, and he's trying to get to sleep with "[[BrainBleach Sweaty from arousal]]" running in a loop in his head.
** Some artists have been known to close commissions down after people harassed them. Either stuff happened in real life and commissioners harassed them about when their pic would be done, terrible customers would ask them to constantly redo the pic because they messed stuff up, people stiffing payment, etc. A real life professional artist (read: Someone who draws art for a living) had to put stiff requirements on commissions because she had to spend up to $100 in supplies for a troublesome customer only for him to stiff her and cancel the job when it was already done. She put it in her portfolio anyways, but proceeded to see that pic put up ''in that customers' gallery'' and treated as a "Request". Another artist reported a troublesome customer asking him to redo the pic numerous times and found every rejected sketch uploaded to that customer's gallery.
** In almost any art web site, artists who grow popular tend to be cautious in revealing their contact and messenger information due to people either trying to mooch off of them for free art or harass them over anything.
** Fan artists have closed their galleries or stopped posting altogether due to offensive comments that fanfiction or fan art is not art and accusations of plagiarism and tracing.
** It is quite common on erotic/hentai galleries for any artist who attempts to create a story sequence with any sort of extended buildup to be bombarded with comments demanding that they "get to the sex already", "stop messing about" or even "stop doing it wrong". Unsurprisingly, some artists just lose their mojo, their groove or their temper, and stop posting instead.
** Many artists, particularly on Pixiv, are staunchly against the posting of their art on other sites; pages like the Japan-based [[http://ofp.yu.to/ Online Fanarts Protection]] exist to inform people about such policies. Although artists are generally fine with people linking to the pages for their art on sites like Twitter and Facebook, they draw the line at their art being uploaded onto sites such as Website/{{Tumblr}}, and will often have a quip on their Pixiv profile warning users against the unauthorized posting of their art on other sites, or at the least telling fans to ask them before reposting. Some artists will go as far as to make their works private or delete them altogether if this problem is bad enough. Reactions to this sort of policy have been mixed; fellow artists generally agree with them, citing that they prefer to control where on the web their works show up (especially considering some users don't bother to give credit to the original artist when posting their images, or worse, [[UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} claim the art as their own]]) while many non-artists, especially Westerners, feel that there's no point complaining about it by virtue of content on the Internet being easily reposted elsewhere and that asking artists for permission to post art on other sites is too much of a hassle, especially when [[LanguageBarrier most artists on Pixiv do not understand English and most Westerners don't know Japanese]].
* Many IRC-channels have been removed due to harassment and flame wars. The same applies to websites as well; before Serenes Forest became the new go-to place for ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' information, other sites had served the purpose and were later shut down because the moderators and administrators got too tired of dealing with the raging fans.
* The Tropes Mirror Wiki originally was open for anyone who wanted to sign on and edit. But then a handful of jokers from ThisVeryWiki decided the folks over on the Mirror needed to be "punished" for daring to actually exist as a website and started spam-bombing the Mirror by creating new pages that were titled from the old wiki (using actual trope titles of pages that hadn't been imported yet), but filled with porn spam, or ads for erectile dysfunction drugs, or cheap cigarettes, and the like. As a result, new editors have to now be approved by the admins before they can do anything on the wiki. When one of the spammers was tracked down and confronted, he admitted to doing it as a "fuck you" to the Mirror on behalf of Fast Eddie and TV Tropes, despite the Mirror's existence not violating any law, rule, regulation, or standard of behavior. A different Tropes Mirror Wiki, founded by a different user, exists today, but it can only contain material from this wiki that originated before July 2012.
* [[http://www.postsecret.com/ PostSecret]] opened an [=iPhone=] app at the end of 2011 so people could take photographs and edit them quickly to make their own secrets and send them to a separate secret section that other app users could see. While mostly secrets similar to those found on the website people started to send in generally hurtful secrets, often about other secrets sent through the app. [=PostSecret=] is known for sending in the most personal secrets people have so rude comments aren't looked upon kindly. This started a huge fight between those being rude, trolls and those trying to defend those being attacked. Actual secrets got pilled under all of these. The creators tried to set up a system where they would screen every secret sent in, which was at an average of 30,000 per day. This quickly proved impossible and the app was closed on the first day of 2012, lasting a total of four months. A lot of the secrets near the end of the app commented that the app and the "secrets" involved were proof that people really can't govern themselves.
* WebAnimation/RubberFruit was one of the most prolific [[VideoGame/GarrysMod GModders]] on Website/YouTube, but stopped making videos between December 2011 to July 2012 to show his displeasure towards his subscribers, particularly for constant demands for new videos as well as the habit for fans to spam lines of his works on videos for music he used[[note]]which did lead to a few comments sections of these videos being blocked, notably those being used for PainisCupcake's [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong64 background music]][[/note]].
* ''WebVideo/VideoGamesAwesome'' used to have it where anyone could communicate with them in their chat room during their playthroughs, but after one too many instances of trolls spoiling the game for them, they made it so that only donators who contributed at least $50 could participate in the chat, which pissed off some long time fans who couldn't spare the money.
* [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit Totalbiscuit]], a person on Website/YouTube known for highly professional video game commentary and being very opinionated, has come under scrutiny multiple times for getting mad at fanboys for being too rabid or too bossy. One of the biggest controversies involving him was when he got mad at a user because they, after telling someone that he doesn't take requests in a completely passive manner (and not rude at all), had told him that he should take requests because he owes it to his fans.
--> ''"All fanboys must die."''
* ''WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}}'' had two notable instances within a relatively short interval of each other:
** During the six days that Joel had his channel hijacked by a [[{{Troll}} script]] [[InternetToughGuy kiddie]], Vinny was forced to call out fans for their incredibly volatile responses to the incident, which included attacking both himself and Joel for giving little vocal response to the incident. Vinny specifically called this VocalMinority "the worst kind of Vinesauce fans" and heavily reiterated that they were doing exactly what the hijacker wanted them to do.
** A few months later, Joel went on a rant condemning viewers who try to derail the chat by announcing that another streamer has gone live before antagonizing Joel for forcing them to pick between two channels. This behavior was so bad in Joel's eyes that he made a new rule for his streams that explicitly condemned this kind of behavior.
* Twitch streamer Bwana had enough of the BrainSlug emoticon [[http://www.twitch.tv/bwana/c/2151897 being synonymous with racist comments]][[labelnote:*]]i.e. BrainSlug = [=BigNig=][[/labelnote]]. Not only did he make Twitch change the emoticon to an actual brain slug, he made the old emoticon for subscribers only.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Seigenthaler_Sr._Wikipedia_biography_controversy#Wikimedia_Foundation_reaction One result]] of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Seigenthaler_Sr._Wikipedia_biography_controversy Seigenthaler incident]] was [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] barred unregistered users (i.e., those with IP addresses only) from starting articles (although they are still free to edit those started by registered users).
* This (and the fact that he doesn't want to be remembered for it, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptYPz-_6sLI here]]) is the reason why Creator/MoBrosStudios will no longer do any [=SpongeBob=] countdown videos.
* There was a fun little web game called ''Space Email'', where people could send random, anonymous letters to people, ranging from funny (or spammy), sad, or heartwarming. But less than ''two days'' after it was made, the program was shut down, because many people also used it as a way to be racist, post other people's personal information, and other unpleasant things. In order to protect others from getting hurt, the program was pulled, ruining the chance for anyone else to make a letter.
* The fandom of ''Website/DragonCave'' is known for being overly prone to some types of fans, but only once has it really become this. The Frilled dragon was a very nice, but exceptionally common breed. The combination of this and its description being the same as other, more valuable breeds caused a massive backlash, to the point of outright insulting its sprite and artist. At first, the creator tried to brainstorm ways to make it more appealing, but eventually she got so sick of the thing that she straight out discontinued the breed. Now ''nobody'', even the many players who love them, can get more.\\
Exactly four years after their initial retirement on May 4, 2010 however, the creator posted in a suggestion thread where someone suggested Frilled Dragons to return stating that she actually ''wants'' to bring them back (and mentioned something along the lines of "being immature at the time they retired"), and on May 21, 2016 they finally returned (along with the other retired breed), complete with their original descriptions and with a sprite for the males. In other words, the creator [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regretted having them retired in the first place]], and now everyone can get Frilled Dragons once more.
* Because most of ''{{Creator/JoshScorcher}}'s'' fanbase has a tendency to harass the people he made response videos to, he decided to (maybe) stop doing response videos altogether.
* Fanfiction.net used to allow Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 fanfic and even outright {{MST}}ing on other categories back in the early days of the site. But since too many {{jerkass}}es (ab)used the category to attack authors and/or insult their work, [=MSTs=] are no longer allowed on the site.
* Similarly, a fair number of fanfiction sites ban {{MST}}s because of {{jerkass}}es who use {{MST}}s to attack authors and/or insult their work.
* The website Website/KnowYourMeme ended up shutting down its "Cringeworthy" image gallery after a series of pictures depicting a drawing of an inflated Disney/{{Hercules}} kept getting posted and upvoted by fans, as well as the fact that the image gallery as a whole was becoming a cesspool for Flame Wars thanks to people uploading things they themselves found cringeworthy but others did not.[[note]]Especially political subject matter.[[/note]] The galleries for "Childhood Enhanced" and "Ruined Childhood" followed suit, mostly because "Childhood Enhanced" would mostly be pictures of female characters in more sexual scenes.
* Because of generally good behavior and quality in sporkings presented, Das Mervin, mod of the sporking community Blog/DasSporking, announced that new sporkers no longer had to apply or be approved of and could post whenever they wanted to. Three months later, a series of major cases of rule-breaking caused Mervin to temporarily shut down the comm and announce that sporkers once again could only post after being approved.
* Blog/MarkDoesStuff used to allow people to do one off commissions of movies and episodes of random TV shows, which would let you see Mark react to it for the first time and get a short write-up about it. It was eventually stopped, in part because it was too time-consuming and hosting was overly expensive, but also because fans of the show would become hugely demanding if Mark didn't watch the ''entire'' show or write enough about it. Similarly, enough bronies kept sending Mark demanding, rude, sexist and racist stuff demanding to just go and start watching ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic immediately'' that its now permanently off his watch list, since he does not want to deal with the dark parts of its fandom.
* In-universe example: At the end of the fifth season of ''WebVideo/TheGuild'', main character Sydney (who often goes by her MMO game's character name Codex) gets a job at the company that makes the MMO she and her guildmates are obsessed with. In the sixth season, she finds that the creator is a neurotic recluse who has [[ScheduleSlip scrapped the nearly-finished expansion]] multiple times for fear of provoking the ire of his game's massive HateDumb. Making matters worse, her game's guild leader Vork storms into her boss's office and demands to have retribution for thousands of petty complaints. When Vork later organizes a loud and angry mob against the MMO, Codex goes out to tell the crowd that complaining about something too much to the point where the original creators want nothing to do with the thing they used to love anymore. In other words, "This is why fandom can't have nice things" is the main theme of the season. Indeed, this very issue may have been the reason why Felicia Day stopped making episodes of ''The Guild'' after this season, since Seasons 5 and 6 had not been well-received by some in fandom.
* WebAnimation/YouTubePoop creator Creator/{{cs188}} took down two of his poops, "No one needs foundation repair" and "Escape from [=HoH SiS=]", because both used an advertisement from a foundation repair company in Texas who filed a complaint against him on Website/YouTube. After taking them down, he put up [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSmcJO9sTrw a video explaining]] why they were taken down, and asked that anyone else using that company's ads for a source do likewise. But ''three years'' later, after receiving a call from one of the employees saying that someone had prank-called the company, he put up ''another'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R33nPI1VK5g video]] asking people not to do that.
* LetsPlay/NerdCubed "rebooted" his [=YouTube=] channel and started ignoring almost everything his fans said in December 2013. He wrote [[http://www.reddit.com/r/nerdcubed/comments/1xsou7/totalbiscuit_situation_lets_do_our_best_to_be/cfeag4k a detailed explanation]] of exactly why he did this, saying that it helped turn video making back into a paid hobby instead of an extremely stressful career.
--> ''"The community is toxic because they think you're their friend. When they don't like something they won't just dislike and move on, they'll take it as an attack on our 'friendship' and respond in kind."''
* Bald Dumbo Rat, head of producing ''AudioPlay/DoctorWhoovesAndAssistant'', has a side-blog called ''Lovestruck Derpy''. However, when he uploaded voiced-over dubs of the pictures on Website/YouTube, they became one of his channel's most popular videos. Unfortunately, since delays are long between updates of the dub, rabid fans attacked him and even gave his boyfriend death threats when they responded calmly. He is on the verge of taking down the blog, and posted a [[DearNegativeReader response video]] saying that, surprise surprise, these insults aren't helping at all.
-->''Want (Lovestruck Derpy) to be up to date? Want more Doctor Whooves and Assistant? Now leave me alone.''
* The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wiki, "[=TurtlePedia=]", has had to shut down discussion pages on occasion due to rampant bullying from a small handful of members toward the majority. Some articles also have had to have long-term admin-only blocks due to one or two people continuously adding false information (including, but not limited to, obvious fan characters into articles on official works), and then complaining about them being the victims of bullying when they're asked to quit vandalizing.
* Two LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} channels, specifically LetsPlay/{{Rythian}} and LetsPlay/SimonLane and LetsPlay/LewisBrindley's joint channel, turned comments off for a few months in 2013. The former did it because he felt it was just getting annoying, the latter did it in part because of that (you can see examples of just what was written [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMYxImN6EBo here]]) but the main reason was because of fraudsters, who pretended that Simon had died and that extra funding was needed to complete ''[[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries Shadow of Israphel]]''. They did eventually turn them back on in both cases, however.
* LetsPlay/CaptainSparklez is mostly positive about fan feedback, but on occasion he gets fed up with StopHavingFunGuys and very nearly cancelled one of his modded ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' shows because they were being unreasonable. For context, that series had ''over one hundred mods installed'', and fans ''expected him to know how every single one worked''.
* LetsPlay/KimRichards, a member of the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}}, has mentioned that due to irrational fan hatred, to the point of harassment, racism, and "fans" ''[[DisproportionateRetribution calling for her to be fired]]'' [[ItsAllAboutMe because they don't like her]], she does not read the comments section for her videos anywhere near as much as she used to. [[http://lomadia.tumblr.com/post/126333226873/i-just-saw-a-post-about-you-getting-a-pc-with She's also turned off the "ask" function on her Tumblr due to constant abuse]].
* LetsPlay/{{Sips}} used to read the comments on his videos fairly regularly, occasionally [[SelfDeprecation joining in with bashing against both him and]] LetsPlay/{{Sjin}}. However, due to the comments section now being a total mess, he now prefers to use Reddit instead due it being more organised and fans being considerably more rational there.
* LetsPlay/PewDiePie has disabled his comments section at least once. This is because things tend to degenerate very quickly into flame wars, making it hard for him to get any genuine fan feedback. He's also had trolls accuse him falsely of beating his girlfriend, which he did not like.
* On May 2014, Manu Larcenet closed his blog where he published exclusive cartoons after they were reused without prior authorization.
* BigNameFan Rebornica, previous owner of a popular ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' AU, decided to leave the fandom and stop working on the AU due to death threats, complaints about their work, [[NeverLiveItDown being forced to apologize for things they had done]] ''[[NeverLiveItDown years]]'' [[NeverLiveItDown ago]], and extremely uncomfortable but popular [[DracoInLeatherPants mis]] [[MentorShip characterizations]] of their versions of the original characters. They ended up leaving the AU to a friend that would do the AU justice, and now they're free to work on their new project, but it's still horrible to see. On March 10, 2015, Rebornica and Cam, who they left the AU to, announced that they were going to "bury" the AU after a fair deal of abuse from the ''Five Nights at Freddy's'' fandom.
** Also, due to people that refuse to [[NeverLiveItDown let the past]] [[{{Hatedom}} remain in the past]], they have, as of August 31st, shut down their Tumblr account until further notice. It is currently unknown if they'll ever return to the site.
* Most of, if not all of, ''Creator/AchievementHunter'' have been a little cynical towards their fandom. This can be due to many things including the [=YouTube=] comments complaining about Let's Plays being uploaded late, hateful comments towards any achievement hunter not in the "main six" (most notably Lindsay has been the subject of sexist comments), being shown sexual fan art of them kissing or even having sex with their friends/coworkers and more. However, the biggest annoyance they face is constantly having their "catchphrases" or even just things they've said once being constantly tweeted to or messaged to them in some way. This specifically happened to Ray which led to him from being one of the loudest and most talkative to being the quietest out of being afraid of creating a new phrase to be constantly hounded by on Twitter. Also at RTX 2014, the Achievement Hunter panel was full of uncomfortable questions and people just requesting shoutouts. It got so annoying that when one fan was up to ask a question he first said "I have a real question," which led to the hunters and eventually the audience cheering.
* Many [[GameMod ROM Hack]] [=LPers=] have quit playing ROM Hacks because they were sick and tired of getting nothing but [[SturgeonsLaw poorly made]] "[[VideoGame/KaizoMarioWorld Kaizo]] [[FollowTheLeader Clones]]" specifically made to piss them off on camera for the lulz. Some examples include ''LetsPlay/{{Protonjon}}'', who's at least indifferent to people asking him about it, even though he constantly makes it clear that he won't do ROM Hack [=LPs=] again, and ''LetsPlay/{{Azureblade49}}'', which it's [[CreatorBacklash not a particularly wise thing to ask him about.]]
* WebVideo/OddityArchive host Ben Minotte used to Skype with Archive viewers, but stopped due to two separate incidents with a stalker and a troll.
* In the beginning of 2015, the Creepypasta Wiki's chat room was taken down for multiple reasons (mainly, drama). Before that, it was taken down a few times as well, but restored after a short while. Now, it's gone for good.
* The WebVideo/GameGrumps had to take down an episode of their ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' playthrough because they were making fun of the less-than-helpful FAQ they'd been using and made the mistake of mentioning the author's name, which led to a few fans tracking the author down and harassing him, some even going so far as to hunt down his personal phone number. The episode was reposted later with the author's name censored, and Arin and Dan sent him a personal apology; thankfully, the author was cool about the whole thing[[note]]especially since he admitted that he wrote the FAQ when he was in middle school, so naturally it wasn't as well-written as it could have been[[/note]], and noted that the vast majority of Grumps fans in the original video were defending him or calling out the VocalMinority who suggested harassing him.
* ''WebVideo/DeathBattle'' made it ''very'' clear that there will be no more match ups between characters from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' after the ''very'' divisive Goku vs. Superman battles ended [[spoiler:with Superman the flat-out winner, both times]]. That doesn't mean they won't use those franchises again - indeed, ComicBook/LexLuthor battled ComicBook/IronMan and Hercule battled [[Franchise/StreetFighter Dan Hibiki]] afterwards. You just won't see something like Gohan vs. Superboy.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Internet analyst Creator/LilyPeet hates the fanbase despite having no intention of leaving it, and a ton of the problems she has with them wind up in her opinion series ''Glass of Water''. She always deletes a massive percentage of [=YouTube=] comments on her videos that don't provide some kind of legit, maturely-worded criticism because she "can't trust fans to do that on their own".
* At Website/{{Tumblr}}, there are a number of "theme makers", users who make blog layouts for the site. Unfortunately, some users tend to make a habit out of constantly flooding their ask box with messages of repeated questions about the themes and their perceived slowness of updating the codes, as well as stealing them as their own, removing the themes' credits and reposting them on their own blog, resulting in many of them to quit making blog themes, deleting the codes/making them private or leaving the site altogether because of this.
* Littlenommer, a.k.a. Katie, was known not only for being the girlfriend of Trott of LetsPlay/HatFilms, but also being quite involved with the fandom on Tumblr. This eventually changed in 2015 when fans began harassing her when she asked them to tone down the shipping and stop sexualising her boyfriend, causing her to temporarily turn off anonymous asks. The last straw, however, was harassment during a stream by the Sirs, followed by a mind-blowingly stupid post [[http://midnight-spyro14.tumblr.com/post/133054814756/what-is-your-response-to-littlenommer-having-to that accused her of being insecure in her relationship due to harassment]], basically blaming her for the abuse. Katie vowed to never again moderate for the trio and deactivated her Tumblr for some time, though she has since returned.
* The Dreamwidth JournalRoleplay-related site Wankgate had a major upheaval in early January 2016 when anonymous posters (the vast majority of those on the site due to its nature) were discovered trying to attack the RP meme community Bakerstreet in an attempt to drive players they didn't like out and stir up needed "wank" to talk about. This lead to the site's mod to temp-stop anonymous posts before restoring it with a set of new rules that essentially ended the idea of baseless wank on the site. While some got the hint, others just moved to another site [=RPAnons=] and opted to set fire to that, leading to another migration.
* WebVideo/{{Meatsleep}} (a creepy ARG that spanned several years and amassed quite a community) shut down in January of 2016 once it became clear that the fanbase was accusing people of being "Meat" (the central figure of the videos) and harassing them. The final video explains the purpose of the project and calls out the people who unwittingly ended it.
* Website/GoAnimate was retooled in 2014 as a pay-only business website and later removed the option for casual [=GoPlus=] accounts. However, this didn't stop kids from continuing to make accounts to produce "X Gets Grounded" videos. As a result, the company announced in late 2015 that starting January 2016, they would move to [=HTML5=] instead of Flash and remove any non-business-related themes, to both save money and exterminate incorrect usage of the platform. The fandom [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks exploded with rage and]] [[DisproportionateRetribution Alvin Hung quickly became a giant pariah]]. However, the Comedy World themes were still accessible through a hidden menu in the main video maker. Once people abused this to make Alvin Hung the new grounded video target, the themes were pulled for good. Unfortunately, they then proceeded to latch on ''another'' holdout, [=GoAnimate=] for Schools, which was the last [=GoAnimate=] membership still using the Comedy World themes; said users abused fake school e-mails to sign up, which led to ''that'' service also switching to [=HTML5=] also, and thus finally removing all the Comedy World themes from the website. As that version was made to be used by kids, any doubt left that the Grounded videos and fandom didn't have at least something to do with the removal of the non-business themes was evaporated. Because of all this, it's likely that this means the use of the program for Grounded videos [[GenreKiller will likely not be as common, if it doesn't outright come to an end]].
* Creator/MontyOum used to be very active in Facebook, often chatting with and exchanging ideas with fans. This changed when he started getting bombarded with comments and messages demanding he finish ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy''. A photo of him and his family at his mother's wake getting these comments was the last straw, so he turned his Facebook page into a like page and rarely visited it anymore. Twitter was the only social media outlet that he updated regularly until his death.
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* Todd Kauffman, character designer/director for ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' and creator of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'', had a chatbox on his blog which he used to answer questions for his fanbase. Then, despite--or perhaps [[TemptingFate because of]]--his warnings not to imitate him or else he would delete the chatbox, a huge ginormous number of impostors went on all at once one day in May 2011. The chatbox was deleted soon after, but he started a new one in early June.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' creator Creator/JohnKricfalusi used to host regular AIM chats with the fandom, and post Q&A sessions on certain ''Ren and Stimpy'' message boards. Some chats and question sessions went well, at least at first. However, after a large amount of "heckling" and being drowned out with constant clamoring requests of "Do you like this show? What do you think of this show? What's your opinion on anime?", etc. (Mostly done for the purpose of troll-baiting his opinionated statements against animated shows he doesn't like) and even moderation not helping matters of people getting somewhat out of hand, he dropped this method of communication altogether. However, he later would created his own self-moderated blog to talk about various subjects and drawing and animated character theories, and does participate in comment discussions there. But he has lessened considerably himself from making as many overt statements about cartoons he does not like, quite as much, focusing more of his attention on simply praising the inspirations he does admire.
* Creator/GregWeisman, creator of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', ran a blog called "[[http://s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/ Ask Greg]]" for years with little to no incident. Fan could ask questions about the kinds of details that never make it into shows (like "What are Gargoyle marriage customs like?"). When he began work on ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', the blog was positively deluged by questions blatantly asking for spoilers from upcoming stories, questioners being incredibly rude or demanding, masking criticisms or flames as questions, duplicate questions, etc. This led to a temporary closing of the question form and new rules on what could be asked. Things calmed down, but [[ShortRunInPeru the March 2012 airing of episodes in Turkey before the U.S.]] has led to an influx of questions basically asking for summaries of the dialogue in those episodes. In April 2012, Weisman openly stated he was [[http://s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?rid=946 on the verge]] of shutting the blog down completely. In July 2013, the website temporarily stopped accepting new questions until the following year.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup The Last Roundup]]" was originally broadcast with a full-fledged appearance by fan favorite background pony Derpy Hooves, complete with her being referred to by name. Unfortunately, to some people it looked like a mockery of the mentally handicapped (the name "Derpy" is often used to mock mentally handicapped people), so the episode was taken off of [=iTunes=] and replaced with a new version, in which Derpy's name is not mentioned, her voice is changed,[[note]]which was done at the request of the voice actress, Tabitha St. Germain, since she had gotten Derpy's gender wrong and voiced her as a male character but allowed the original cut to still be broadcast and put on the DVD as she found it entertaining[[/note]] and her trademark crossed eyes were corrected. [[BrokenBase Some bronies were not happy]]. Furthermore, any merchandise featuring Derpy that's been released since the incident has gone out of its way [[TheScottishTrope not to mention her name]]. However, this has not stopped other, less controversial fan nicknames from making it into official merchandise. She appears in later episodes, but as a voiceless, nameless, background character. After all the drama it had caused, fans are fairly grateful for this. Of course, this has now been completely and totally averted as Derpy not only got her voice back (using sort of a mix between both the old AND new from "Last Roundup"), and an official name (Muffin), but even got her own starring episode in "Slice of Life". And there was much rejoicing.
** Creator/JohnDeLancie had to shut down production on bonus features for his Bronycon documentary due to rampant piracy.
** After the disaster that was ''Las Pegasus Unicon'', both Tara Strong and Nicole Oliver opted out of attending conventions for at least a year. Voice actors now only try to attend the larger cons due to other commitments. In Strong's case, this sentiment has since changed. She has been seen at a couple smaller cons again possibly due to several fans openly offering to serve as protectors, but she works on a strict cash-only basis for autographs.
** Ashleigh Ball and Lee Tockar have both averted this. They're willing to interact with fans. The only request they have is pretty simple; "Use judgement on the right time."[[note]]In other words, running into them at the market and asking for an autograph is okay. Drawing a whole bunch of attention when they're trying to get simple errands done is not okay.[[/note]]
* The production crew for ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ignore complaints of SeasonalRot because of the picky fans that used to frequent alt.tv.simpsons and nitpick perfectly good episodes. This is also believed to be the reason they've become rather intense {{Fan Hater}}s.
* Creator/TressMacNeille once had to cancel several convention appearances because of a creepy stalker who was obsessed with [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Babs Bunny]]; the man sent her several disturbing letters that gave the impression that he planned to rape her. This was later referenced in an actual episode where Babs is screaming and running away from a creepy ''Tiny Toons'' fan.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' created a skit called "The Please Please [[StylisticSuck [=PLEESE=]]] Get a Life Foundation" based on the same fan, as well as a Usenet group that pointed out errors in the show. The show's producers ended up flying the posters of that group out to have the sketch pre-screened for them; they were met with horror and incredulity when one of the posters corrected a quote used in the sketch ''from memory''.
* [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirBender Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko]] make as few con appearances as possible because their fans have been stalking them and harassing the voice actors about fan shipping. They reject any invitation to a convention other than the San Diego Comic Con due to its high security.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'''s critical reception eventually resulted in the fanbase attacking the creators and Creator/JephLoeb. After a certain amount of time, Loeb or Marvel ended up taking down Loeb's Facebook page.[[note]]Later on, there was speculation that wasn't really Loeb's Facebook page, just something a ''Ultimate Spidey'' hater made so other people could have a place to vent, and no one's entirely sure what the real story is.[[/note]]
* For a short time at the beginning of season 3, Frederator made weekly ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' recaps called "Mathematical" for each episode that would also include themed caller segments. Then, the recap for the episode "What Was Missing" referenced the Marceline/Bubblegum pairing and asked for feedback, causing an explosion from some fans (from [[ShipToShipCombat Shipping Wars]], to general homophobia, to shippers calling one of the shows writers a homophobe because he didn't like the recap, etc.), to the point where the Mathematical channel was deleted from [=YouTube=], along with all the recaps, and Fred Seibert himself posted an apology for all the crazinesss.
** However, the controversy has died down in later seasons, with just the Stakes mini-series alone being filled with hints of PB and Marcy having had a relationship in the past and possibly getting back together in the future.
* With the revival of ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'', the crew created a Tumblr account to interact and answer fan questions. By April 2013, they disabled the Q&A option due to endless nonsense and people asking the same questions over and over. They occasionally open it up again for Q&A days.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Turban Cowboy" features one scene where Peter drunkenly runs over runners of the Boston Marathon, and another where Peter unknowingly sets off a bomb when he attempts to use a cell phone. The episode aired just a month before the April 2013 bombing at the real Boston Marathon. Creator/{{Fox}} responded by pulling the episode from everywhere it could legally be viewed from in the U.S. A fan then responded by ''editing the clips together'' to make it look like Peter bombed the marathon. To put this in perspective, the show's notoriously irreverent creator, Creator/{{Seth MacFarlane}}, was ''[[EveryoneHasStandards utterly disgusted]]'' [[EveryoneHasStandards by the video remix.]]
* Ciro Nieli, the man behind the 2012 ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' reboot, signed up on a high-profile message board on the subject. After only a few posts, he announced that he was leaving and never coming back, due to being outright bullied over tiny perceived foibles over and over, including one user that posted many times, complaining about the same exact thing in each post leading to dozens of messages in-between his visits about the same thing, from the same person.
* Derrick J. Wyatt no longer accepts questions about his work on ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' or any questions on his take of his ''Ben 10'' universe, due to a mix of redudant questions, angry hate mail from fans of ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'', [[TroubledProduction and the stressful forced rushing of production towards the end of]] ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]''. [[CreatorBacklash All of which has made him swear off]] ''Ben 10'' forever, to the point that he temporarily closed all questions, though were later reopened on his request that they have nothing to do with ''Ben 10''. He also swore off the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' questions, and promised never to watch it, as he was '''heavily''' {{Misblamed}} for ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', despite only drawing a few designs and having nothing to do with the writing or producing of the show.
* The ''WesternAnimaion/SouthPark'' episode "Not Without My Anus" received so many angry replies from people incensed that it debuted between [[MultiPartEpisode Parts 1 and 2]] of "Cartman's Mom Is a Dirty Slut" and wanted to see its conclusion that "Not Without My Anus" is now one of the [[MissingEpisode rarely rerun episodes]] on Comedy Central.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' writer and storyboarder Lauren Zuke had to delete her Twitter account following an episode that showed two characters, Lapis and Peridot, living together. Fans said that Zuke was favoring a relationship between the the two, as opposed to another that was hinted at in a previous episode. Eventually, it escalated to people accusing her of "queer baiting", despite the fact that Zuke herself is gay, and the relationship as it appeared in the show was between two female characters anyway. Zuke then deleted her Twitter, saying "I decided I don't want to be accessible to thousands of people who think because I work on a TV show that I owe them myself all the time."
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* Microsoft blogger [[http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing Raymond Chen]] deleted an entire backlog of stories about one coworker after people ignored his request not to try to guess his identity.
* Some people who upload series to KeepCirculatingTheTapes on sites such as Website/YouTube may delete their channels to encourage people to buy the DVD set. Occasionally, they wind up chased off of the site by certain fans who don't want to pay for official DVD sets. In particular, one user, whose identity shall remain anonymous, dedicated a lot of time to keeping the tapes circulated for old shows that had not been given a DVD release. In particular, they uploaded the entire ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' series to their channel and mirror channels, and deleted them when the DVD release finally came around. They eventually ended up deleted their accounts after rabid fans begun to yell at them for asking them to buy the DVD release and telling others where to find torrents of the series. When they shut down the channel, a dozen series that never had a DVD release disappeared with it.
* Hotels that are commonly booked for business meetings or conventions have sometimes even turned away congoers/attenders because in the previous year, they trashed rooms, stole things, harassed hotel staff/other guests, or raised ruckuses:
** The YMCA in one state refused to host a Jr. High camping weekend because a group of kids ''lit a fire in the cabins''. Other [=YMCAs=] have reported similar damages - one in Colorado banned a Jr. High camping weekend from ever being hosted there after a grill went missing from an adjacent campsite and was later discovered inside their swimming pool.
** New Jersey [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom FurBQ]] was completely canceled after 2012 when a few people did very ''lewd'' things in public, causing the town to not only threaten the people hosting the event with legal action, but ''cut the budget'' of their emergency services, which the event was used as a charity to raise money for them.
** The city of Pasadena, California has now refused to allow the [[Franchise/PowerRangers the Power Morphicon]] to be held in their city due to a ''pie throwing panel'' held by Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy, better known as [[ThoseTwoGuys Bulk and Skull]], netting a whopping 9000 dollars in damages.
** Allegedly, a convention in Las Vegas was banned from Mandalay Bay because hotel staff reported seeing bathroom doors ripped off, shattered mirrors, and ''entire sets of clothing stuffed down the toilets''.
** This frequently happens with music venues. While bands will sometimes get blacklisted from certain venues for things like theft, vandalism, or general bad behavior, fans are frequently the ones who ruin things. Someone gets assaulted/groped in the pit? Moshing gets banned. Underage kids coming into all-ages/18+ shows and getting adults to buy them booze? Age restriction gets changed to a blanket 21+. Fights repeatedly breaking out or people stealing/vandalizing property on a consistent basis at shows of a certain genre? ''The venue blacklists that entire genre''. It goes like this: if a venue that used to be known for shows stops booking bands of a certain genre or stops having them altogether, chances are very good that it's because a select group of assholes ruined it for everyone.
*** Music/GunsNRoses is an infamous example. The reason why they're PersonaNonGrata in St. Louis? The concertgoers at their show at the Riverport Amphitheater responded to Axl Rose stopping the show in response to a bootlegging attempt ''by rioting and causing damage to the venue in the process''. That's right, Axl Rose was MisBlamed for once. [[ForWantOfANail And because of that one dumbass would-be pirate, Guns N Roses has been blacklisted by every major venue in the city, and to this day, their music, while still allowed in the city, leaves a bad taste in the mouths of a bunch of people in St. Louis, particularly those who have some connection to Riverport.]]
** In Las Vegas, taxi drivers ''hate'' some sports fans because of their tendencies to immediately dash out of the taxi cab.
** At least [[http://flyingcatnall.tumblr.com/post/49946580563/please-dont-make-fandom-look-bad one hotel]] has considered banning ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' cosplayers from renting rooms because of the messes that the grey bodypaint on those cosplaying as Trolls causes, including damage to the plumbing and pools and hot tubs that have had to be drained because cosplayers thought that would be a quicker way to get it off. A few smaller cons have outright banned ''Homestuck'' cosplay altogether for similar reasons and the fact that troll bodypaint has an unfortunate tendency to rub off on other people who might bump into the cosplayers when it's not sealed properly, not to mention that some of said cosplayers get way too into character and create a public nuisance.
** According to Pete Townshend, Music/TheWho were banned from all Holiday Inn hotels after drummer Keith Moon helped trash a hotel in Flint, Michigan.
* Civil servants and government officials frequently feel this way about newspaper columnists and the public. More than one former treasury official has secretly admitted to deeply hating the media and public, generally because they expect more of the government than it can reasonably provide or because they demand the government direct its money in a certain way without thinking through the consequences.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fans actually found a way of ''inverting'' this. After the stars of the film broke up due to Creator/KristenStewart cheating on Creator/RobertPattinson with a married director, Twi-hards flocked to their nearest outlet store in order to ''hide magazines'' that detailed the story. Some of them even took pictures of themselves doing it, making this a bizarre case of Why Non-Obsessed People Can't Have Normal Things.
* AMC Theatres has banned people from wearing certain costumes it feels may make others feel uneasy in the wake of James Holmes's homicidal rampage at a Cinemark theatre in Colorado. It doesn't help that [[ItMakesSenseInContext Holmes referred to himself as]] SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* Stonehenge can no longer be directly accessed by tourists, except under special circumstances, because of the danger that people will chip off pieces as souvenirs.
* Any online forum or message board is bound to fall into this when there's a surge of trolling or other nonsense. Used to be able talk about specific topics freely or say certain words without harm? Thanks to a few people going too far, now no one can have that freedom. Used to be able to post files and links to share with members? Now you can't do it anymore thanks to a few members abusing the system. If there's a lot of {{entitled bastard}}s within the community, you can expect them to blame the administrators and/or moderators for revoking specific privileges, even if certain members are at fault. This is part of the reason why many mainstream sites and blogs have switched from using their own commenting system to Facebook commenting - it (supposedly) cuts down on the flame wars when people have to use their real Facebook account, and troll accounts are deleted by Facebook which frees up the moderators to do other tasks.
* For troops and families stationed in U.S. military bases overseas, this can be a problematic issue when some military member commits a serious crime against locals ([[http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/usfj-commander-says-curfew-may-be-permanent-1.231133 at least in Japan]]). This angers the host country's government and citizens that a base curfew lockdown is enforced in response, until things eventually return to normal. You won't be able to enter the base after hanging around at clubs late at night and you will be questioned by armed guards.
* Creator/NeilGaiman [[http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/60930512390/what-is-your-opinion-on-the-doctor-being-asexual no longer gives his own opinions and speculations]] about ''Series/DoctorWho'' due to getting hate mail and being quoted out of context by news outlets after he gave his opinion on the Twelfth Doctor's casting and the [[TheNthDoctor 13-regeneration limit rumor]].
* On Website/{{Tumblr}}, it is not uncommon for bloggers to wipe their blogs or make unannounced changes to their usernames if a post they write happens to instigate a massive InternetBackdraft. Suck backdrafts are much more frequent when the topic of social justice is brought up; [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement let's just leave it at that]].
* Website/{{GameFAQs}} brings us the infamous [[http://wikifaqs.net/index.php?title=Life,_the_Universe,_and_Everything "Life, the Universe, and Everything"]] board (a.k.a. LUE), which has [[http://www.angelfire.com/oh5/madgamer01/gamefaqs/history/luehistory/luehistory.html a rather interesting backstory]].
** When a LUE regular posted on another social board and subsequently drew its ire, other LUE regulars flocked to that same board for a mass posting invasion. [=CJayC=], the founder and then head admin of the site, gave LUE three choices: shut down LUE, raise the level requirement for posting, or split the board. Regulars agreed on the level requirement increase.
-->"LUE gets FOUR times the moderated messages of any other board, more account bannings than any other board, and definitely causes more than its fair share of trouble than any other board on the entire site. This can't go on. The problem is not with the moderators or the TOS; the same moderators and the same rules apply on every other board on the site, yet no other board needs the kind of attention that LUE appears to require."
** LUE got its WhamEpisode in November 2003, when someone on the board instigated the invasion of a successful suicide attemptee's memorial blog. [=CJayC=], after some legal threats that he was able to deal with, imposed a user ID cap on the board, [[GrandfatherClause disallowing anyone whose account was created after a particular date from ever viewing or posting on LUE]].
** Then there's the "[=ExcLUEsion=]", in which [=CJayC=] turned LUE into an opt-in board with an 11-day opt-in window, on top of the other restrictions already in place; anyone who missed their opportunity [[LostForever can never come to LUE ever (again)]], so that the board dies of lack of posters. Nowadays, since the members became older and wiser, and are now lawyers, doctors, teachers or any other profession, the board is now one of the least disruptive of [=GameFAQs=].
* Midnight showings/Releases. All it takes is for one group of idiots to make management decide not to do them anymore. Examples taken from some blogs include:
** A midnight showing of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' ending with a member that disliked ''Twilight'' assaulting several people in line coupled with a ''massive'' mess in the theatre.
** A midnight release of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' ending with someone stealing copies.
** A midnight release of a ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' ending with someone shouting "Call of Duty sucks!", tagging the store, and spray-painting several people in attendance in the face.
** A fistfight breaking out over the last [=PlayStation=] 3 in 2006.
* Artists on Website/DeviantArt and such who take commissions or do side things (like "adoptables") eventually either severely restrict requests or stop doing certain things because some people would run them down to no end with either criticisms or asinine requests.
* At Mines View Park in Baguio City, UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}, there used to be [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/raydere/11992475325/in/set-72157639857261954 local children who would climb onto the wishing well and catch coins thrown by tourists]], in a showcase of their balancing abilities and to attract tourism. However, over time, some of the more {{Jerkass}} tourists would hurl coins at the children with the intent to {{Troll}} and/or injure them. Unsurprisingly, the act of children catching coins thrown at the well is not practiced anymore.
* Many blogs, especially on Website/{{Tumblr}}, may disable anonymous comments or asks entirely if certain people abuse the {{GIFT}} as an excuse to harass people. While disabling anon usually cuts down on the vitriol, it also means that those who might not have an account or are too shy to come forward with their name attached can no longer do so even if their intent is completely benign.
* A lot of organizations allow fans of a particular hobby to carry out their business on organization property as long as everyone follows the rules and no one is getting hurt. Everyone has a jolly good time until ''someone'' abuses this privilege or breaks the rules or otherwise acts like an asshat, so the privilege is revoked from ''everyone''. For instance, during the 90's, it was common for primary schools in the U.S. to allow any manner of trading card games to take place during recess. Then one group of kids starts stealing cards or getting into fights over who won what game, leading to PTA or teachers just banning the things to avoid anymore trouble.
* Several anime conventions used to be lenient with their cosplay weapon policies, such as permitting fake weapon props as long as they were inspected and marked with an orange tape (as well as other common sense rules like no threatening people). Then a series of incidents led to a blanket ban of anything resembling a weapon thanks to a few people who decided to bring ''real'' weapons or start fights (real or fake) in front of innocent bystanders (who may summon the police). Many cosplays suffer because in several cases, the weapon ''makes'' the character.
* New York Comic Con, the second largest comic con in the U.S., has by 2015 only allowed cosplay weapons to be "made of cardboard or styrofoam". Other types will always be confiscated for however long the attendee is on the premises. [[http://www.straitstimes.com/sites/default/files/styles/xx_large/public/articles/2015/10/12/347.jpg?itok=o0sSwF8b And apparently, left in garbage cans out in the open for absolutely anyone take pictures.]]
* There was a certain extinct tree in Madagascar that turned out not to be extinct: one last living sample was found in somebody's back yard. People began sneaking up and taking little pieces of the tree as souvenirs. The Madagascar government put up a fence. People climbed the fence. The government put up ''another,'' higher fence. People climbed over two fences. Eventually the whole area had to be upgraded to 'restricted', which meant a 24-hour guard just to protect a critically endangered tree that had been ''safer'' before it was classified "critically endangered." Creator/DouglasAdams, who recorded the incident in his non-fiction work ''Last Chance To See,'' observed that even ''he'' couldn't make up something like this.
* The Pinside Forums is the largest gathering online for discussion of {{pinball}}, to where a lot of well-respected creators will post their commentary, answer questions, and even provide news of projects in development there before anyone else. As of late, however, it has become so overrun with vitriol, death threats, and an overall UnpleasableFanbase. A few makers have skin thick enough to actually read the negative comments and gain feedback from it, like [[Creator/JerseyJackPinball Jack Guarnieri]] and [[Creator/HeighwayPinball Andrew Heighway]]. However, most are now making far fewer announcements on Pinside than they used to because they realized that more often than not, if someone asks a question on Pinside, they expect an immediate reply regardless of when it was asked. Some, such as Creator/SteveRitchie, now only answer questions on completed projects, and a few, such as Stern Pinball's PR manager Jared Guynes and Jersey Jack's programmer Creator/KeithJohnson, have stopped using Pinside altogether to avoid unnecessarily high blood pressure.
** Pinside was ''definitely'' at its worst when two boutique pinball manufacturers -- Skit-B Pinball and Zidware — were revealed to have been [[TroubledProduction beset by problems]] that put the future of their games in jeopardy. This left several customers -- some of which unfortunate having pre-ordered games for ''both'' manufacturers — out of thousands of dollars and were unlikely of getting it back. The two threads that documented the progress of each company (which are some of Pinside's largest) [[InternetBackdraft exploded into outrage and back-and-forth]] among customers, skeptics and die-hard supporters of said pinball manufacturers. The creators from both companies (Kevin Kulek and John Popaduik), needless to say, immediately left Pinside and the "pre-pay" model for pinball machines has been avoided by most pinball manufacturers.
** On a different note, Pinside’s founder, Robin -- in response to the infamy and distaste surrounding Pinside -- has actually attempted making the forums “family-friendly”, especially since so many well-known people from the pinball community were leaving the site. Namely, he added a restricted section called “The Basement”, where users could take the more heated discussions without bothering others. There were also suggestions of “Pinsider deathmatches”, which would essentially pit users against one another and ''encourage'' bad behavior. In the end, Robin's efforts seem to have either enhanced or done nothing to improve the animosity running amok in Pinside, and most significant figures in the pinball industry still distance themselves from all mention of the site altogether.
* Adult model Justine Joli had a side gig as a dominatrix, but after only a couple of months she announced that she would no longer discuss her D&S activities on her social media or accept her followers as clients after fans booked appointments in order to meet her. While she gave no details about these encounters, the inference was that said fans had [[MistakenForProstitute expected "services" that Joli was not offering]].
** Averted by Joli's friend and colleague Joanna Angel, who continues to invite her fans and social media followers to see her in person during her strip club tours despite an incident where a wealthy fan offered her a million dollars for sex (which she politely declined).
* The person known on Website/{{Tumblr}} as "xkit Guy" used to offer popular xkit extensions for Tumblr users to revert unpopular site design changes. That is, until bloggers frustrated at his perceived slowness at updating deluged him with abuse and hatemail—culminating in a [[KnightTemplar dubious accusation of harassment]]—and ultimately drove him off the site.
* Over the course of the years, many airlines in the United States have stopped letting families board with their kids before the other passengers. While some carriers, like United Airlines, claimed that it was to streamline the boarding process, a lot of people believe that what actually is going on is that the airlines did this to crack down on those families that abused preboarding privileges to hog overhead bin space from frequent flyers who often could end up being forced to gate-check their bags because their overhead bin space was taken up by the family in the back of the aircraft.
* This may be the reason why Website/GoAnimate shifted their focus towards more business-oriented ventures with their animation program and eventually dropped all non-business-oriented features entirely: while the website had been made with anyone's usage in mind, when many of the videos made were of "baby show" characters like WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}} [[YouAreGrounded getting grounded]] and sometimes assaulted, you tend to be looked at as the laughingstock of the Internet community.
* Ride/DisneyThemeParks have their examples:
** Costumed characters used to fairly freely roam the parks to greet visitors, sign autographs, and pose for pictures, but by the end of TheNineties this practice was scrapped in favor of organized, scheduled meet-and-greets in specific locations and a huge expansion in the number of character meals offered at park and hotel restaurants. This is because the old system was effectively abused by "character hogs" -- families and tour groups who insisted on taking up huge chunks of a character's limited time, leaving other guests neglected. In addition, there were pranksters who would "hilariously" physically abuse the characters given an opportunity. The current system is far more regimented (and expensive in the case of meals) but allows more people to get the pictures with Mickey, Cinderella, etc. they crave -- though the character hogs are still out there -- and far safer for the costumed performers, who now have "attendants" (re: effectively bodyguards)/professional photographers as well.
** School trips to [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] tend to have the park issue blanket bans to a school if one kid on a trip is caught doing something wrong. This typically involves complaints of kids harassing the staff/mascots, starting fights, or stealing things from the gift shops. In many cases, these bans are still in effect long after the offending kid would have graduated.
** After a toddler was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World Resort, the Jungle Cruise skippers can no longer safely say the meme-tastic line "Watch your children, or the crocodiles will!", and Disney may also introduce other sweeping changes to certain attractions and introduce new signs warning visitors of alligators.
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* Wiki/TVTropes has a RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment meant to prevent any {{Flame War}}s in ThisWiki (read that page for more). Unfortunately, in some situations, some tropers completely ignore this rule, leading to the mods [[Administrivia/LockedPages locking the page]] most likely for good, which means nobody other than the mods themselves gets to add and/or edit the page. A few pages have also been locked to stop persistent vandals who are too savvy to be simply blocked. On a related note, the [[YMMV/HomePage YMMV tropes and pages]] were created to keep the more controversial tropes off of the main pages, but even that has led to YMMV pages ending up getting locked or even deleted.
* In extreme cases, there's the Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub, in which the tropes are so misused, become a magnet for racial slurs and personal attacks, and the like that not only the page is locked, the page (and in some occasions, the entire trope) gets deleted, never to be used again. Previously, the only pages that were cut and locked were Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub members such as IAmNotMakingThisUp and SoYeah. However, as tropers were continuously attempting to revive redundant and unnecessary tropes placed on the CutList, nowadays anything that was cut is now auto-locked. However, unless it's on the Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub, it can be unlocked if the page can be proven to be useful on {{YKTTW}} and the like.
* The trope Please Elaborate was meant to be a handy tool for tropers. If one found a poor example, but didn't know the source material well enough to expand it themselves, they could add that example to Please Elaborate, and a troper with actual knowledge of said example could fix it. It joined the Permanent Red Link Club when lazy tropers started adding Please Elaborate to their examples preemptively to pawn off the actual elaboration of said example to other tropers.
* In less extreme but still undesirable cases, RealLife examples can be cut and [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease prohibited from a page]] if things get sufficiently controversial. On that note, there's also the ExampleSectionectomy, for which examples are either cut entirely or relegated to a separate area such as DarthWiki or the Discussion tab if things get nasty.
* This is the reason why FetishFuel and TroperTales no longer exist. Some people couldn’t resist putting controversial and creepy content in FetishFuel and TroperTales, which led to these sections being [[http://tropertales.wikkii.com/wiki/Main_Page sent off to separate off-site wikis.]] The newly-separated wikis tend to die out, but that doesn't matter when the original problem is solved.
* TV Tropes used to have a "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strikethrough strikethrough markup]]", but it was eventually disabled as people were using it simply to sneak in {{Take That}}s and such. Texts that were previously striked are now hidden texts. The strike format is still usable in the forums, though. And while the [=TvTropes=] 2.0 update brought it back, one can imagine this'll be what happens again if it gets misused.
* Colored text was removed due to negative use and abuse of hard-to-read colors. Now even the easy-to-read colors like red and blue are forever gone from the site. It was eventually restored for the forums.
* {{Headscratchers}} used to be called "It Just Bugs Me". It was [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes renamed]] because people kept using it to [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike complain about something they didn't like about a work]].
* JustForFun/TheArchiveOfBellicoseLexiconEntities was a series of articles listing tropers accordingly to their visions on trope naming, images, example lists and the like. However, since it was determined that these articles, rather than serving their purpose as fun places for like-minded tropers to associate, were inspiring antagonism and factionalism among our user base, they have been discontinued and all of them eventually redirect back to that index. Tropers are no longer listed, as they can simply add themselves through their userpages anyway.
* Trolls, vandals, and sockpuppeteers attacking the site and its articles led to a recreation of the login/handle creation system, replacing the standard sign up theme with a CAPTCHA approval addon.
* Troper pages can now only be edited by the tropers who created them. The days when a good faith user could sign or leave a fun commentary in another troper's page (which was known as "fun vandalism"), or even simply fix a spelling mistake, are unfortunately over because of this.
* Many threads in the forums that contained intelligent discussions get locked when people start and keep trolling, flaming each other, or derailing the topic after being told more than once by the moderators to knock it off, ruining it for everyone else who wished to continue the discussion in a civil manner. While some threads get temporarily locked to let everyone cool off, other threads can get locked forever, never to be reopened unless a mod says otherwise.
* Administrivia/{{Zero Context Example}}s used to get a free pass back when many trope names were self-explanatory. This changed when people started placing tropes in a page without giving any examples at all. Understandably, not everybody will get why a character is or isn't a KnightTemplar or that readers may not want to look up every single trope if no examples are present. Nowadays, tropes that have no examples are usually hidden until someone can elaborate on the subject.
* {{Character Alignment}}s are no longer allowed on main or even ''[[YMMV/HomePage YMMV]]'' pages because of the edit wars they caused. You'd be hard-pressed to try to fit anything other than the flattest, most one-dimensional character into one of the nine Character Alignment boxes.
* In at least one case, continued violations of the Administrivia/SpoilerPolicy on a single page have caused a total page-wide prohibition on the spoiler markup.
* UnfortunateImplications is one of the few pages on the entire site that requires citations. Any entry posted without one will immediately be zapped. Before this policy was in place, the page was overrun with edit wars over whether something was actually offensive or not. The citations became mandatory because they showed that it wasn't just one person who was thinking that way.
* The Pantheon/TropePantheons used to be open in terms of adding new gods. However, due to the section's unexpected explosion in popularity, as well as people shoehorning characters into godhoods with little or no justification, there are stricter regulations for adding new gods. This includes a waiting list and a rule that their profile sheet needs to more or less entirely filled out with at least three freeform examples. A more drastic example happened with the Disgraces, they were originally a house for gods who represented a ScrappyIndex, which itself was fine, but people started taking the abuse and mockery too far, [[EveryoneHasStandards even for characters who are universally hated]]. This eventually got to the point where the disgraces were too vitriolic and had to be closed, and eventually the entire house was demolished, the least controversial gods were reworked and placed into actual houses, the most controversial gods made PersonaNonGrata, and massive sweeping retcons to portfolios all over the pantheon so that [[{{Unperson}} the disgraces may as well have never existed]].
* The Wall Bangers page on the Darth Wiki wound up being completely discontinued due to it being seen as a giant FlameWar magnet and being rather redundant to DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck.
* Originally, ''WebVideo/DeathBattle'', like all other media, had its own [[DethroningMoment/DeathBattle Dethroning Moment of Suck page]] relating to the outcome of the battles. Eventually, the entries became very contested, with edit wars on the moments being erased and re-added to the point that the mods were forced to lock the page. The debates, however, continued in both in their discussion pages and the locked pages forums with fans requesting their own moments to be added. Ultimately, the mods and tropers decided to completely blacklist the page from ever having a moment again by stripping all of the examples ''in addition'' to locking the page. This is the first, and so far, only series to ever have its dethroning moments truly stripped and blacklisted.
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