Related to Dear Negative Reader and writer revolt, 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 fans become so thick and heavy (and ugly) that their previously fun activity has become a burden and is no longer enjoyable.
The fans complain to and about the creator, hassle them to an unbearable level, constantly asking questions that the creator has already stated they will not be answering, and constantly doing unspeakable things. Because a small handful are ruining it for everyone else, the creator stops whatever fun interaction with the fans they were doing. This tends to give people the impression that said creator is a Nice Character, Mean Actor (or just a nice work, mean creator in general), even though it wasn't the fault of the creator at all.
Even worse, the fans in question tend to somehow feel they have aright to run completely roughshod over the creator, and that any complaints from him are not only unjustified but deserve to be punished by further bad acts.
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 and not putting up with Fan Dumb / Hate Dumb, 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 bastards. 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 up from Schedule Slip. 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.
A Sub-Trope to Why We Can't Have Nice Things. Common tropes that result in this include Unpleasable Fanbase, Internet Backdraft, Fan Dumb, Hate Dumb, and GIFT. Be Careful What You Wish For is often invoked. Can sometimes result to an Internet Counterattack and Complaining about Complaining, making things worse. Very often a case of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero on the part of the fanbase. In some cases, this tends to induce into a creator breakdown, in some cases ending in a take thatfrom the author to the fanbase within the work, sometimes in the presence of a Straw Fan. If it proceeds beyond that, it can ultimately end in the author simply quitting the whole work, and sometimes retiring from writing altogether.
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Akira Ishida (who voiced Xeloss in Slayers Next, Kaworu Nagisa in Neon Genesis Evangelion, and many other roles) stopped recording character image songs, or publicly singing in general, after one too many fan complaints about his singing voice.
Suehiro Maruo once let slip he avoids unpaid appearances for expecting this result.
Naoko Takeuchi took Sailor Moon away from Italy for 10 years simply because a local "psychologist" there claimed that "Sailor Moon makes little boys gay", and it all went downhill from there. Small wonder, if any, if Italian Sailor Moon fans have an intense hatred for Vera Slepoy (the aforementioned "psychologist").
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.
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.
The unsolved terror threats against Kuroko's Basketball have not only caused the cancellations of many events related to the series, they even went so far as to sabotage DVD and manga sales.
This story from Mark Waid (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 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.
Alan Moore 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 DC Universe was the direct result of a flame war about who was faster: Superman or The Flash.
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".
www.jimshooter.com, Jim Shooter's personal blog, has not had any actual activity since May 2012. Some theorize that the comments sections had become raucous and ugly and that Shooter finally pulled the plug.
Fanfiction authors have sometimes been known to remove fanfics due to flame wars and Ship-to-Ship Combat happening in their reviews, or being sent offensive emails about ships the mailer does not like.
"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."
Brian Lee O'Malley, creator of Scott Pilgrim, was constantly harassed on deviantART by people who criticized his art style and movie deal causing him to close his account after only a few months.
Following the successful hacking of AACS (the content protection system for Blu-ray) in 2007, Fox and MGM lay dormant with Blu-ray for several months after releasing Night at the Museum, skipping some titles completely and going straight to Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and The Day After Tomorrow when they resumed Blu-ray releases. Most of the skipped titles have yet to see a high definition release (though Pathfinder was quickly released in an unrated version more than a month after the hiatus ended). And all because some hackers managed to crack the AACS code.
George Lucas has supposedly said that the end of the Star Wars franchise was due to his highly vitriolic fanbase.
Now that he's sold both Star Wars and Indiana Jones to Disney, it's an easy way to keep both of them going on without anyone blaming him for whatever problems they might have.
Jake Lloyd was bullied throughout middle school and high school for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, 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.
The third movie in The Gamers 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 exploiting an overpowered and story-breaking deck build to dominate the competitive game and drive out everybody who enjoys it for more than pure mechanics.
For a very long time, Tim Curry was uncomfortable talking about The Rocky Horror Picture Show 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".
Harlan Ellison's essay "Xenogenesis" is a catalog of harassment, mistreatment, larcenous behavior, and in some cases downright assault on science fiction writers by their fans. It is a bit of a horror story that culminates in writer Alan Dean Foster'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..."
J. D. Salinger supposedly went Reclusive Artist, 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 'misreading' of The Catcher in the Rye (Holden Caulfield was evidently intended as a much different character than how many people see him).
Spider Robinson 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.
Stephenie Meyer had been planning a book called Midnight Sun, which was a re-telling of 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 her (then-)current state of mind, she has said, the evil vampirewould 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.
Marion Zimmer Bradley 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 Darkover setting. There's a bit of confusion over 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.
Karen Traviss of Star Wars Expanded Universe 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, which is reasonable, but they almost exclusively blamed her, whichisn't. The result was a massive multi-board Flame War that included both sides insulting each other, hate sites, Dear Negative Reader 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... 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 Attack of the Clones 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, isn't supposed to have the authority to make the changes they wanted.
I Carly: Before Season 3 had started airing, Dan posted a 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 LiveJournal. After heavy criticism about Dan ruining the fandom and the LJ communities with his interaction he quit and deleted his LiveJournal, 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, but his first post was about being pissed off with responses to his script.
Whiny fans who never stop complaining about "imperfections" is why Steve Roberts of the Doctor Who restoration team stopped writing articles about the Doctor Who DVD restorations.
Back in the late '90s, before 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 squeeingfangirls. 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 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.
Dave Chappelle became disillusioned with Chappelle's Show both because he felt that it had turned into a minstrel show and because he had begun to realize that a good deal 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 outnote there was even a case where someone walked up to him while he was with his family and recited the phrase at him, something that 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.
CBS limits Audience Participation on the American version of Big Brother after the earlier attempts at Audience Participation wound up with the Boring, but Practical 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 Game Breaker 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 favour and then posted instructions on how to bot the site for Ronnie's sake. People took this and made counterbots 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 Sock Puppet accounts and voting in Brendon to compete against Lawon in a totally balanced and fair competition to return to the house, though.
The Price Is Right. 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 fan site 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 this blog entry he stuck it to the fans by calling them "telephone pole screamers".
Miley Cyrus deleted her first 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 sticks up for herself more tersely. (She also asks her fans not to flame those who criticize her.)
Alton Brown of Good Eats 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 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 Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski 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.
Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman left Twitter after one too many insulting tweets by angry fans.
When Jenna-Louise Coleman first got the part of Clara on Doctor Who, one of the very first pieces of advice she was given was "Stay off the internet."
When spoilers for the entire second season of Bomb Girls 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 Global TV 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.
When Ioan Gruffudd first got famous with Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. in the late Nineties and early Naughties, 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 Celebrity Crush is supposed to be for fun. They started sending hateful messages directed at his fiancée. No wonder Mr Gruffudd refused to pay for that.
Trent Reznor declared he would stop most of his Twitter usage due to various unpleasant posted comments. He still posts plenty of updates, but most of them tend to be news-related rather than personal now.
Yoshiki of X Japan was pretty much chased off the internet for much of 2009 and half of 2010 in a massive flare of Fan Dumb, Hate Dumb, GIFT, Internet Counterattack, and Internet Backdraft that originally started when he canceled 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, The Beatles stopped touring in 1966. The complexity of some post-Revolver tracks exceeding what could be performed live 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 hatedom that emerged after John Lennon's "we're Bigger Than Jesus" comments, complete with record burnings, boycotts and picketing of Beatles concerts, convinced the band that touring the US wasn't worth it, as they'd just have the Moral Guardians 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.
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.
As of 2011, David is tweeting and still getting stupid/rude questions. One of the more common ones is "Will Dan/Mike/John get a Twitter?". His response is "They've expressed a strong interest... not to."
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.
John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats 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 Lamb Of Godexplains why he had to deactivate his Twitter account. It came down heavily in part to this trope.
In the late '90s, while Nas was working on his album I Am...The Autobiography, a bunch of tracks were leaked to 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 for it.
Subverted with the Guns N' Roses cover of "Look At Your Game, Girl", an Easter Egg track on "The Spaghetti Incident?". Axl Rose stated seven years after the album's release that he'd remove the song from future pressings of the album because the public kept misunderstanding his interest in its author, Charles Manson (yes, that one). To this day, the song is still on the album and even has its own track number.
In April 2013, a disgruntled Protest The Hero 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. Cue the band posting their side of the story, which turned everything upside down: not only was the dude in question notorious for hunting down bands for autographs so he could turn around and sell them for a LARGE profit on eBay, but he had apparently done it to them before and they weren't about to be fooled again, and while they were totally fine with giving autographs, they were most certainly NOT fine with people getting autographs just so they could make money off them. While they did not change their stance on giving autographs, they did imply that the possibility of their refusing to give them increased whenever someone did what he tried to do.
Ringo Starr 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). 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 One Direction, temporarily deactivated his Twitter account due to the hateful comments he received, in extreme cases being called a "terrorist".
It ain't just the English-speaking world that pulls this kind of stunt: In Chile, after an unexpectedly large Los Jaivas 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 The Beatles example above, The Tigers had all videotapes of a 1968 concert for NHK destroyed after fangirls went wild and caused several injuries and damage to the arena.
Bill Watterson of Calvin And Hobbes would occasionally sneak signed copies of comic collections into his local bookshop. He stopped when they started showing up on 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? Yeah... 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. Nice going, folks.
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.
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 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 claiming that he had gotten fed up with the increasingly aggressive and negative behavior from his fellow Jets fans.
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.
Minor example but it still counts: BIONICLE's Big Bad had No Name Given, instead known by his title of "Makuta". When an entire group of Makuta were introduced, head of story (and fandom's resident Word Of God) 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 No Name Given 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 BZ Power'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.
Transformers designer 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 Beast Machines 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.
A lot of developers have cited high piracy rates as a reason for including draconian DRM or flat-out not porting their games to PC at all.
Demigod had faith in its fans and released the game sans Copy Protection. 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 Copy Protection 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 "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.
The big problem is the standard Ubi/EA-driven style of DRM is usually just so badly-designed that it treats every user like a pirate, and as such hurts legitimate buyers far more than actual pirates, who completely rip that nonsense out. Smarter devs have begun making the checks game-internalised however, instead of dropping the barrier at installation or startup, such as the infamous Batcape not working in Batman: Arkham Asylum or the invincible pink Arachnoid in Serious Sam 3. Samurai Deeper Kyo on the Game Boy Advance had an excellent trick as well, a hidden check on the rom would flip a switch making all bosses invulnerable, which had the unintended result of people nabbing the pirated version just to show how long they could last for bragging rights.
Crysis, due to its high 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 (which turned out to be correct).
CliffyB of Epic Games announced that the sequels to the original Gears of War would not be released on PC, as the PC version of the first game had been so thoroughly pirated.
City of Heroes 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.
This trope is often cited, though not by name, in the official World of Warcraft 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 virtrolic fanbase. There have been highly publicized outbursts by certain controversial mods in response to particularly egregious instances of Fan Dumb 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. Case in point, With a jar of ashes.
Blizzard developer and forum "bad cop" Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street deals with the community exclusively through blogs now, partly for this reason.
In the game itself, originally the 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.
Part of the reason that Half-Life 2 got delayed for so long (aside from Valve Software's usual punctuality) was that after it was debuted in several trailers, some bright light 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 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.
Valve used to be pretty prompt with replying to people on the Steam forums for Left 4 Dead 2, but after the Fan Dumb 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 PAYDAY: The Heist. After the players 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 people crying censorship.
As of mid-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.
Some sources claim that the real reason CN has 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 (which almost caused the death of the SaGa 2 translation.)
Jagex stopped holding holiday events in 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.
They also bound event items to one's account after the party hat accidents.
League of Legends 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 fan dumb. For example.
Surprisingly averted with Minecraft. After Fan Dumb DDoSed the multiplayer servers (because they wanted Notch to release a Minecraft update, no less), they're pretty damn lucky Notch didn't just give them the middle finger and took them down permanently. He was also surprisingly okay with update 1.8 being leaked early, as it gave the fans a chance to find bugs so that they could be fixed before the official release. In fact, ever since that leak, Mojang themselves have been regularly leaking the updates early.
Zig-zagged with emerald ore. Endless complaining from the fandom with regards to its rarity eventually made Jeb remove it from the game. Then after that, endless complaints about its removal forced him to put it back in.
Many gaming channels on YouTube won't do Minecraft videos because of the monomania demonstrated by Minecraft Fan Dumb, who keep downvoting non-Minecraft videos while endlessly shouting that they want Minecraft videos.
Devil May Cry creator Hideki Kamiya will not answer Twitter questions regarding games in that series past the first title, 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. He will either respond with a terse "whatever," pretending he doesn't know what the asker is talking about, or (in the case of persistent questioners) 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 to Bayonetta for the Wii U and didn't want many details leaking out, although the deluge of fan rage concerning that title has devolved into Kamiya harboring a loathing of foreign Twitterers. He once wanted to create a Star Fox sequel for the Wii U as well, but he changed his mind after being pestered about it by the fans.
Battlefront, makers of beloved wargame Combat Missions, simply want no more to do with WW 2 as it gets so many armchair commanders dropping into the site to tell people whom 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 wargames, but the flame wars were the final catalyst.
For that matter, the exploitation of a Good Bad Bug in a multiplayer game could be considered this because people would report it, causing it to get fixed in an Obvious Rule Patch 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 StarCraft II, Defense Of The Ancients, and League of Legends
Similarly, people who do a Let's Play of a game or stream games live can get harassed by trolls and Fan Dumb alike until they disable comments entirely or worse, not do their Let's Play ever again. This can get upsetting for the rest of the fan base who legitimately like the content.
After the "Hot Coffee" scandal with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the "Second Edition" rerelease removed mod support entirely. Of course, gamers already found a way around version 2.0, so when that happened, Rockstar released a 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 people would go into the store and take the CDs or codes out of the magazines so they get it all for free, when these perks were to reward people buying the magazine.
Dynasty Warriors Online 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.
Subverted with Mass Effect 3. After the incredible backlash Bioware had received from the original endings to the game, they 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. Later played straight when the two Co-Founders of Bioware retired from their positions in October 2012, saying that they had planned to since April and gave EA six months' notice. They vehemently deny that the Internet Backlash had anything to do with it, but the fact that they announced retirement a month after the game came out makes some fans suspect otherwise. 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 homosexual content in Dragon Age II. This was based in part on an interview she'd given six years before where she expressed a desire to skip combat. A flame war eventually broke out on Twitter and Hepler ended up deleting her account after someone sent death threats about her childrennote Hepler denies that her leaving Bioware in 2013 was the result of his harassment, despite some initial reports stating so. Bioware has now taken a very careful approach to releasing information about Dragon Age Inquisition, similar to the tactic used by World of Warcraft, and you can't help but wonder if this played into it.
CBJ, one of the devs of X: Rebirth, calls fans out on the 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 Fez ended up supposedly cancellingFez 2 as well as ports of Fez to other platforms and proclaimed he was getting out of the video game business after being insulted by Marcus Beer (a.k.a. The Annoyed Gamer) and going on a angry Twitter tirade.
Super Meat Boy 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 Troubled Production 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.
Papers, Please, 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 Feminist Frequency...and the creator unknowingly used it for a prostitute.
For Humble Indie Bundles, 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. As a result, every bundle onward would require a minimum donation of $1 to get the Steam keys.
On Halloween 2013, Wadjet Eye Games ran a promotion where people could get a Steam key of 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 using 'The Playroom' on PS 4, Sony has started 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 capture card the broadcast will be taken down and the video removed, if not resulting in the player being banned on Play Station Network.
Brooke McEldowney had Comics.com turn off the commenting feature for his 9 Chickweed Lane comic after a few Trolls 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 Furry Fandom; 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 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 Internet Backdraft 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 Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name, 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 is no more forum for the VG Cats webcomic.
Tom Siddell, author of Gunnerkrigg Court, used to occasionally make GC-themed desktop wallpaper for the fans—sometimes a larger version of a panel from the latest page, and sometimes completely new art. When some fans complained that he wasn't also making widescreen versions of these pictures, he decided to stop altogether.
Tom 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—Tom deleted his formspring account. Fortunately, some months later Tom decided to give it another shot and reopened his formspring account.
While he permits it to be written, the author of Tales of the Questor 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...
Ratfist: When political discussions in the Shout Box started turning into flame wars with every new page, Doug TenNapel disabled comments below the pages. However, this led to the creation of an off-site Ratfist forum.
It's been rumoured the Flind arc of Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic 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.
When RPG World began to lay fallow, the artist was content to leave the site running until it became a haven for an exceptionally rabid collective of trolls. When the trolls retaliated at the author's later input to the site, he took down the archive entirely.
This was also the reason why the comic never got an ending as Ian was tired of said complaints. Compounded with his being busy with his animation career and dwindling interest to draw the comic, he ultimately abandoned it and never looked back.
Andrew Hussie has been known for taking potshots at the sides of the Homestuck fandom he doesn't like, as well as deconstructing Fan Dumb or using different caricatures of internet culture as the base for some of his characters note for example, both Nepeta and Meulin are cat-themed Shipping fangirls, however, Meulin represents the more loudmouthed of the two whereas Nepeta has had enough Character Development to gain more shades to her character or making fan-favorite relationships canon only to then break them up almost immediately by pointing out exactly how they wouldn't worknote For example, Dirk and Jake were only revealed to have been dating when they were about to break up This reached a climax when Jane engages "trickster mode", a hitherto Easter Egg turned into a power-up like that gives Her, and subsequently the other Alpha cast candy-themed outfits and hyper-sugary personalities note (based on Fan DumbFlanderizations of their character)... 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 note Homestuck characters are represented as literal white sprites, with the exception of the gray-skinned trolls, which didn't appease the 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 Jane turns Jake into a trickster, she says that she feels "So very... CAUCASIAN!" followed by an exaggerated Big "NO!" from the latter. Cue the fandom going up in flames with people gleefully taking the joke as a  towards everyone who had non-white headcanons for the kids and using it as a means to harass those fansnote 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.. 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 a response from Hussie's tumblr explaining the situation. Cue the fandom going up in flames over the response, which prompted yet anotherpost 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 deviantART page and tumblr.
Ricky Gervais expressly pointed out that they were no longer going to give The Ricky Gervais Show 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.
Super Mario Bros. Z creator Alvin Earthworm was constantly being asked on Newgrounds and on his deviantART account (among others) when the next episode of the series was coming out. The show was something he does as a hobby and (to his own admittance) didn't expect it to take off like it did.
A similar fate befell 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 Bonus Stage, ended the series and pretty much dropped off the Internet in part due to the fans, who were by turns screamingly negative or creepily obsessed.
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 in posting personal information in the future.
This is often the motivation for uploaders disabling comments on YouTube, far more so than Orwellian Editor reasons. Case in point, 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 Ring of Honor, TNA, Chris Benoit, 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.
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.
A lot of That Guy with the Glasses 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 Running Gag that everyone wanted Obscurus Lupa and treated her like a Memetic Sex God. It had a lot of funny moments, there was no sexist behavior involved and it produced loads of Fanfic Fuel, 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 Phelous produced lots of videos and a shared fanbase, but due to some people hitting Lupa with accusations of ruining Phelous' work, she says she's become hesitant to make videos with Phelous as a result.
While Doug Walker never liked The Dark Knight Rises, 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 Fan Hater about it. But a wave of He Panned It, Now He Sucks, 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.
The Spoony Experiment once spent months campaigning for votes to win "Funniest Person to Follow" at the Mashable Open Web Awards. After some rather nasty comments about his "Thank You" video, he pulled it and replaced it with "An Appeal For Manners". Spoony also publicly called out his fans for making his (now former) fellow TGWTG contributors hesitant in doing crossovers with him since said fans would inevitably cause a ruckus.
There's also been at least one occasion where fans have shown up unannounced and uninvited in cosplay outside of Spoony's house (and apparently have done the same thing to his parents), and refused to leave until the police showed up. Considering that his brother is a police officer who has had people try murder him Noah was very unamused.
Lewis Lovhaug of Atop the Fourth Wall gets a good deal of this from his his History of Power Rangers 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. The other part comes from the Super SentaiFan Dumb who complain about the show without watching partly because they hate Power Rangers and partly because Lewis actively avoids comparing each season to its Sentai counterpart, unless information about the Sentai would be relevant to the discussion , such as Power Rangers Turbo being goofy because Gekisou Sentai Carranger was a parody season. 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 Alter Ego Acting and thought it was serious rather than a joke. This was followed by Lewis posting an 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 screw him over by continuing to not watch his ads.
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."
Artists have been known to remove their galleries from art sites due to harassment from fan dumb 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 favouring the thieves.
Het is Ew mentalities. Extreme fans have been known to send hate-mail to creators (even JK Rowling!) because they made a heterosexual pair canon, or drew pictures of hetereosexual couples. This has happened numerous times on 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 begun to make misogynistic comments without taking into account that the artist was female in real life.
There's also one comic that shows the inverse cause, but same result of this trope. An artist in the Furry Fandom (complete with Furry Avatar) posts a picture, asking for comments. One of the comments heaped on the praise, but gave 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 "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 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 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, 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 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 Fire Emblem 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 Fan Dumb.
The Tropes Mirror Wiki originally was open for anyone who wanted to sign on and edit. But then a handful of jokers from This Wiki 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.
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.
RubberFruit was one of the most prolific GModders on 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 usednote which did lead to a few comments sections of these videos being blocked, notably those being used for Painis Cupcake's background music.
Video Games Awesome! 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.
Totalbiscuit, a person on 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."
Stewart Slade, author of The Salvation War, was planning a third book in the series - a series he'd hoped to publish eventually, once completed. However, one of the fans decided to take the story, put it into a PDF, and add it to a torrent, despite this being clearly against the author's wishes. The end result was that the project became toxic to any potential publishers, and the third book will now never be written.
This (and the fact that he doesn't want to be remembered for it, as seen here) is the reason why Mo Bros Studios 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 Dragon Cave is known for being overly prone to Fan Dumb, 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. No nobody, even the many players who love them, can get more.
Because most of JoshScorcher's fanbase has a tendency to harass the people he made response videos to, he decided to (maybe) stop doing response videos altogether.
Todd Kauffman, character designer/director for Total Drama and creator of Sidekick, had a chatbox on his blog which he used to answer questions for his fanbase. Then, despite—or perhaps 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.
The Ren & Stimpy Show creator John Kricfalusi 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.
The My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode "The Last Roundup" was originally broadcast with a full-fledged appearance by fan-favourite 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 changednote which was done at the request of the voice actress, Tabitha St. Germaine, 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, and her trademark crossed eyes were corrected. Some bronieswere not happy. In later episodes Derpy still appears with eyes crossed without incident. Her new voice will likely be the one used as a favor to Tabitha. It doesn't help that said edited episode is on the DVDs as well, save for The Friendship Express, where it's the only place where the unedited episode is found. Fans were also not happy about this development. Furthermore, any merchandise featuring Derpy that's been released since the incident has gone out of its way not to mention her name, making it highly unlikely that Fan Nicknames of the sort will ever get that sort of recognition again.
John de Lancie had to shut down production on bonus features for his Bronycon documentary due to rampant piracy.
Greg Weisman, creator of Gargoyles and The Spectacular Spider Man, ran a blog called "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 Young Justice, 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 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, so only time will tell how long Ask Greg will remain open.
As of April 2012, Greg has openly stated he is on the verge of shutting the blog down completely.
As of July 2013, the website stopped accepting new questions, suggesting that this trope may finally be in play. Fortunately, all indications point to there simply being a massive backlog of submissions (especially from the build-up and wake of the Young Justice finale).
The production crew for The Simpsons now ignore (often justified) complaints of Seasonal Rot because of the picky fans that used to frequent alt.tv.simpsons and nitpick perfectly good episodes.
Tress MacNeille once had to cancel several convention appearances because of a creepy stalker obsessed with Babs Bunny who sent her several disturbing letters that gave the impression he planned to rape her. This was later parodied in an actual episode where Babs is screaming and running away from a creepy Tiny Toons fan.
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.
Ultimate Spider-Man's critical reception eventually resulted in the fanbase attacking the creators and Jeph Loeb. After a certain amount of time, Jeph or Marvel ended up taking down Jeph's Facebook pagenote Later on, there was speculation that wasn't really Jeph's Facebook page, just something an Ultimate Spidey hater made so other people could have a place to vent, and no one's entirely sure what the real story is
For a short time at the beginning of season 3, Frederator made weekly Adventure Time 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 of Fan Dumb (from Shipping Wars to general homophobia to shippers calling one of the shows writers a homophobe because he didn't like the recap), 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.
With the revival of Toonami, the crew created a Tumblr to interact and answer fan questions. However, as of April 2013, they disabled the Q&A option due to endless nonsense and people asking the same questions over and over.
They do, however, open it up again from time to time for Q&A days.
The Family Guy 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. That Fox responded by pulling the episode from pretty much everywhere it could legally be viewed from in the US was already basically inevitable - that someone else responded by editing the clips together to make it look like Peter bombed the marathon made it a sure deal. To put it in perspective, the show's notoriously irreverent creator, Seth Mac Farlane, was utterly disgusted by that video remix.
Microsoft blogger 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 Keep Circulating the Tapes on sites such as YouTube may delete their channels to encourage people to buy the DVD set. Occasionally, they wind up chased off of the site by Fan Dumb who doesn'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 Daria series to their channel and mirror channels, and deleted them when the DVD release finally came around; but then they deleted their accounts after rabid Fan Dumb begun to yell at him for asking them to buy the DVD release and telling others where to find torrents of the series. When s/he 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 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.
Inverted with another Furry convention - the independent security company had actually been caught harassing con-goers and non con-goers.
The city of Pasadena, California has now refused to allow the 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 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.
The same thing 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.
In Las Vegas, taxi drivers hate some sports fans because of their tendencies to immediately dash out of the taxi cab.
At least one hotel has considered banning Homestuck cosplayers altogether 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.
This is pretty much gun control in a nutshell, particularly in America. Someone goes out and shoots a bunch of people, leading government officials to conclude that restricting the purchase of certain weapons will aid in reducing the number of these incidents. Furthermore, you can replace "guns" with any media seen as Acceptable Targets (video games, rap music, heavy metal, violent movies, comic books, role-playing games...) and it works as well, even if the shooter wasn't even a fan of the work being targeted.
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.
Twilight fans actually found a way of inverting this trope. After the stars of the film broke up due to Kristen Stewart cheating on Robert Pattinson 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 (this may include costumes worn by, among others, Batman, Catwoman, and Bane—in all fairness, a Bane costume would definitely make a fellow moviegoer feel uneasy) in the wake of James Holmes's homicidal rampage at a Cinemark theatre in Colorado. It may not help that Holmes referred to himself asThe Joker.
Female bloggers in the atheist/skeptical community have been subject to horrifying amounts of misogyny (including lots and lots and lots of rape threats) over the last couple of years, because of a mistaken impression by some male skeptics that feminists don't want men to have sex or that feminists promote pseudoscience because they see science and/or critical thinking as exclusively male ideas. A couple have temporarily or permanently quit blogging, leading to gloating and further abuse from said male skeptics. Which then shows that those male skeptics are Not So Different from some of the groups they criticize.
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 trope 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 Fan Dumb or Entitled Bastard within the community, you can expect them to blame the administrators and/or moderators for revoking specific privileges, even if the members are at fault. This is part of the reason why many mainstream blogs are switching from 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 US military bases overseas, this can be a problematic issue when some military member commits a serious crime against locals (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.
On 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 Internet Backdraft. Suck backdrafts are much more frequent when the topic of social justice is brought up; let's just leave it at that.
GameFAQs brings us the infamous "Life, the Universe, and Everything" board (aka LUE), which has 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. Then-admin CJayC 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 Wham Episode in Novemeber 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, 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 can never come to LUE ever (again).
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 Twilight ending with a member of the Hate Dumb assaulting several people in line coupled with a massive mess in the theatre.
A midnight release of a Call of Duty 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.
On October 31st 2013, Nintendo disabled the online features of the 3DS's Swapnote app because they found out several users — including minors — were using it to exchange offensive material. Also, at least one pedophile had used it to track down children in Japan — meaning that shutting down the Spotpass Swap Note was actually the least they could do, given what kinds of backlash they could receive.
TV Tropes has a Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment meant to prevent any Flame Wars in This Wiki (read that page for more). Unfortunately in some situations, some tropers completely ignore this rule, leading to the mods locking the page most likely for good, which means nobody gets to add and edit future tropes. 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 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 Permanent Red Link Club, 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. Forever.
Previously, the only pages that were cut and locked were Permanent Red Link Club members such as I Am Not Making This Up and So Yeah. However, as tropers were continuously attempting to revive redundant and unnecessary tropes placed on the Cut List, nowadays pretty much anything that was cut is now auto-locked. However, unless it's on the Permanent Red Link Club, 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 would 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 pre-emptively to pawn off the actual elaboration of said example to other tropers.
And in less extreme but still unfortunate cases, Real Life examples can be cut and prohibited from a page if things get controversial enough. On that note, there's also the Example Sectionectomy, for which examples are either cut entirely or relegated to a separate area such as Darth Wiki or the Discussion tab if things get nasty.
TV Tropes used to have a "strikethrough markup", but it was eventually disabled as people were using it simply to sneak in Take Thats and such. Texts that were previously striked are now hidden texts. The strike format is still usable in the forums, though.
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.
The Archive of Bellicose Lexicon Entities 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 plurging the site and its articles led to a recreation of the login/handle creation system in spring, replacing the standard sign up theme with a CAPTCHA approval addon.
For similar reasons, troper pages can now only be edited by the tropers themselves 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.
Zero Context Examples used to be a free pass back when many trope names were self explanatory until people started throwing in tropes on list of works without giving any examples at all, not realizing that people won't always get why a character is or is not a Knight Templar or that readers may not want to look up every single trope if no examples are present. Nowadays, tropes listed in works that have no examples are usually edited to be hidden until someone can find actual examples that fit the listed trope.