It is said that the Greek sculptor Polykleitos was making a statue once, and people constantly instructed him about how it should look (in some variations, it was an official committee). He made such a statue, while in secret, making another the way he wanted. In the end, he showed the people both statues, and explained the difference between his creation and theirs.
The Statue of Freedom on the Capitol Dome was originally designed wearing a Phrygian cap, but the man overseeing the project, Jefferson Davis (future president of the Confederacy), rejected that part of the design.
Dinosaur Revolution would have been a purely animal-centric animated Edutainment Show, consisting of six episodes in which highly anthropomorphic prehistoric animals goofed off, with no obtrusive Narrator or any Talking Heads. Then, to explain the science behind these comedic and often far-fetched stories, there would have been a companion show where real life paleontologists would have, well, explained stuff. This was deemed too "risky", so the two series got combined, and only four episodes were made. Many segments, some of which had been storyboarded and had their CGI models ready, were abandoned. They added "sparse" (yet at times still obnoxious and unneeded) narration, and cheesy holograms of talking scientists and various Stock Footage clips now interrupted the stories. Worse, despite the stories clearly having been animated as very dark comedies, the final show was presented to the viewers as a legit documentary. The Discovery Channel realized these faults, and at a later date, a cinematic version titled Dinotasia was released, which attempted to present the concept as it was originally intended, with no narration. However, since it could only work with whichever scenes had already been done, the movie turned out to be an inconsistent mess, and without the originally planned companion series, the educational value was all but lost. Even most of the special effects looked hokey, due to the rushed production.
Nobel-prize winner Leon Ledermann, writing a book about the Higgs boson, wanted to call it "the goddamn particle" because of all the trouble it was causing within particle physics. His publisher, knowing what sort of controversy was more likely to stir up journalists' interest, insisted on kicking off trouble between science and theologians instead; hence, the Higgs is now popularly known as "the God particle".
Beta readers in general. The idea behind a beta reader (or simply beta) is that you hand out your story to someone else and have them fix the grammar, spelling and possibly plot, but that also means you take responsibility for anything your beta does.
Fanfiction.net has their own requirements for beta readers because of this reason.
This is what killed Cracked. Tabloid owner Dick Kulpa bought the mag, and as a cost-cutting measure, turned most artists' and writers' pays to flat-rate instead of by page. As a result, many veteran writers/artists left, such as Walter Brogan and John Severin. Kulpa was running the mag from his kitchen table, plastering it with tabloid-like covers, constantly delaying releases, and overall ruining the mag through his lack of experience. After that, an anthrax attack briefly stopped things. Finally, the mag was re-tooled as a "men's magazine" like Maxim for three issues before dying and coming back to life as a highly popular humor website.
When Bill Watterson wanted a new half-page Sunday format for Calvin and Hobbes that would give him more control over the layout and arrangement of the panels, this caused considerable consternation in executives from the syndicate and the newspapers carrying the strip, as it would require drastic change in the layout of many of the papers' comics pages. In this particular case, negotiation between these executives resulted in a split decision: his half-page format would indeed be adopted, but so would a greatly shrunken quarter-page version to accommodate papers that couldn't spare the extra space. As Watterson noted in his anthology, this meant his strip actually lost space in some newspapers (reducing the royalties he received). On the whole, however, he counted this as a victory.
The creator of Luann anticipated this so he made alternate strips concerning one story arc.
Lynn Johnston wanted to end For Better or for Worse in 2008, however she was forced to write more strips because the syndicate(s) didn't want to lose their slots in the papers.
For the most part, though, they gave up and went to straight reprints.
Similar to the above example, Johnson's friend Charles Schulz had plans to end Peanuts in 1980. He knew that he was running out of ideas for the strip, and wanted to end it before it became stale. When he approached United Features Syndicate (who owned the strip) about doing so, they said that would be fine... but if he did, they'd turn Peanuts into a legacy strip and get someone else to write it. Not wanting to see the franchise in the hands of someone else, Schulz grudgingly took back his plans to end it and continued to do the strip for twenty more years.
A positive example of executive meddling is with the creation of Thunderbirds. The production company exec, Lew Grade, liked the show so much that he demanded that the half-hour show have hour-long episodes. As a result, Gerry Anderson's company had to, at least initially, pad the time with additional plot twists and character development, which gave the series a sophistication that made the show a cult classic.
Further executive decisions resulted in the cancellation of Thunderbirds after The Film of the Series failed to perform. This did, however, allow Anderson to develop his next show, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, which gathered a significant cult following of its own, if not as big as that of Thunderbirds. Grade made a less positive decision concerning Anderson's final Supermarionation show The Secret Service. Each episode featured Father Unwin, voiced by Stanley Unwin, bamboozling people with Unwin's trademark "Unwinese" doubletalk. Unfortunately, when Grade first heard this, he cancelled the show with only 13 episodes in the can, on the grounds that viewers wouldn't understand Unwinese — despite the fact that they weren't meant to.
The Howard Stern Show: Executives were trying to change Stern's vision of his show since his first day on the air. It's generally agreed upon by critics and fans that him fighting and being able to do his show the way he wanted completely changed the way morning radio shows were presented. However, whether or not Stern going through the actual process of fighting these battles was entertaining leads to a case of Broken Base.
While discussing the constant format battles in his Private Parts biography, he brings up several interesting anecdotes. For a Crowning Moment of Funny, when airing on WNBC, the station required a quick station identification before every commercial, which Howard dutifully agreed to do. But later, his program supervisor came to him and told him that the station wanted him to say "WNBC" with a quasi-Southern drawl, emphasizing the "N", specifically (Something like "W-Ee~ee~en-B-C!"). Naturally, the next day, Stern featured a skit with himself and another cast member playing the role of gay men auditioning for a WNBC program, debating over which of their ridiculously overexaggerated drawls was most suitable.
Later on, he had a female program manager who was willing to go along with any idea he wanted, as long as it was planned out in advance, something he himself admitted was a perfectly reasonable request. If he wanted to have such-and-such skit, great; just pencil it in at X time on Y day, so listeners know to expect it on a regular basis. But at that point, Stern was still in that strange embryo phase between Small Name, Big Ego and Protection from Editors, which led to him arguing that he should be allowed to air skits and segments whenever he felt like it; in this case, he got away with it, but one wonders how many other supervisors there were willing to work with his ideas and get them into a structured format, as opposed to the majority he talks about in the book who were simply looking to hammer the censorship button and make his life hell.
On The Stan Freberg Show, CBS ordered the ending of the nearly episode-length sketch "Incident at Los Voraces" changed to replace the hydrogen bomb with an earthquake. The sketch returned to its original version on LP and CD.
The creators of the Planescape and Al-Qadim settings for Dungeons & Dragons have both commented that they were fortunate TSR bosses expected a different setting to be the Next Big Thing, and so were breathing down those developers' necks, and leaving them to do whatever they wanted.
Ever wonder why Dungeons & Dragons is now owned by Wizards of the Coast and not still by TSR? This trope is directly responsible for TSR's downfall and subsequent buyout by WOTC. To go into more detail, the controller of TSR, Lorraine Williams, managed to do almost everything wrong - shunting resources away from bestselling D&D and into a Buck Rogers RPG that nobody particularly wanted (but which would send profits to the heiress controlling the franchise - namely Lorraine Williams), appointing incompetents to positions of authority, mandating new D&D settings with incompatible rules so that resources for one would be useless to any other setting, licensing video game adaptations with people who couldn't really do justice to the material, forbidding playtesting on company time, and suing people on messageboards for discussing TSR products. Really, if you're after a how-to guide for running a gaming company into the ground, that's pretty much it.
Disney Theme Parks went through a period of this in the Eisner-Era. Among the results are shutting down the Subs for the first time, the entire fiasco surrounding Journey into Imagination, the infamous cost-cutting that went into California Adventure, the Paris Studios park and Hong Kong Disneyland, and other problems.
And that's not even mentioning the whole Horizons incident, which evidently caused a ban on even mentioning that Horizons ever existed until quite recently.
Parodied in the series Revisioned: Activision, which has an executive trying to force two writers to remake the Atari game Kaboom for modern audiences. At one point, he even flips through a guide of "Screenwriting for Meddlers".
Caused a literal Creator Breakdown in the production of the series finale of There Will Be Brawl: Matthew Mercer had planned to release it on Christmas Day, but The Escapist (the host site) suddenly announced that it would be released a week early, causing Mercer to scramble so much to finish filming and editing that he ended up on bed rest with a pinched nerve. It ended up having to be released on New Year's Day.
Despite the rather open nature of wiki sites, many are often subject to the rule of editors, admins, or whoever happens to be running the site. Countless wiki pages (including those on TV Tropes and The Other Wiki) have been moved, altered, or deleted by editor mandate for a variety of reasons.
Mozilla Firefox is known for a variety of options to allow users to customize Firefox as they see fit. Mozilla Add-ons is an official Mozilla website for users looking for new add-ons to Firefox (and other Mozilla developed products). They have been trying to remove full themes that let you change every inch of Firefox and other Mozilla products for the last three years much to the annoyance of customization aficionados by doings things like trying to replace full themes with themesnote formally known as Personas, which only let you change the background of the main window of a Mozilla product and trying to obscure where full themes can be found at to drive download numbers lower to give themselves the excuse to cut full themes in future versions of Firefox.
Even Cracked can get in on the action, as is seen by thisarticle on Bogleech about how the author's article was so thoroughly changed (Most notably by adding a "kill all spiders" slant when, if you read the author's other work, you'll see he holds the exact opposite position) that he ultimately disowned it.
Early in World War II, Messerschmitt had a workable design for a jet-propelled interceptor that would theoretically wreak havoc on the Allies' air forces. They called it the Me 262. Fortunately for the free world, Hitler decided that what the Luftwaffe really needed wasn't an interceptor, but a tactical fighter-bomber. This arguably resulted in the Me 262's entry into the war being delayed until 1944, at which point it was too late.
Another example from Nazi Germany was the StG 44. It was a revolutionary design, what we today would call an assault rifle. During development, Hitler put it to a halt. Due to infighting amongst Nazi officials over what weapons took more priority, he wanted new submachine gun designs, not new rifle designs. Armorers made it anyway, giving it the designation MP43, the MP a designation normally given to submachine guns, which was what Hitler wanted. Hitler did eventually find out, had the production halted again, but put the weapon through a performance trial first before giving it his approval after the results proved favorable.
Hitler and Stalin were pretty much the epitome of this on the Eastern Front. Not only would they override their top generals' decisions, but they would make absolutely unreasonable demands and then punish the generals for not following through. It came to the point where each of them was pretty much personally controlling the front, and none of their generals willing to dissuade them otherwise. Stalin only narrowly won out in the end because he was slightly more willing to listen to his general staff's advice (on top of more of his generals having the courage to actually disobey his orders and generate actual results).
When France introduced its Lebel rifle in 1886, it was revolutionary for being the first smokeless powder rifle in the world, rendering all previous military rifles obsolete. But in every other way, it was barely an advancement over existing rifles, due to War Minister insisting that the rifle be developed within less than a year, and that it use a cartridge that the existing Gras rifles could be converted to fire in an emergency. As a result, the Lebel with its slow-to-reload tube magazine was hopelessly outclassed by German rifles within a mere 2 years, and by the 1890s nearly every major power had superior rifle to the Lebel that was loaded by either stripper clips or en bloc clips. On top of that, the requirements imposed for the 8mm Lebel cartridge resulted in a heavily tapered case that was very ill-suited to automatic and semi-automatic weapons, plaguing French design efforts for the next 40 years.