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  • ComedyShortsGamer briefly disabled his YouTube comments section (and only approved certain comments for a while) in June 2017 after many of his fans started to attack him for his content (it got to the point people linked viruses disguised as Deji's account). It has since died down.
  • Diva Dirt temporarily disabled the comment feature on its articles after a news report about a shooting outside the WWE Performance Center was met with a lot of tasteless comments from trolls - and the editor warned the site's users that such things were not to be joked about.
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  • IMDB shut down its message boards in 2017 due to too much abuse from trolls on them.
  • Ricky Gervais expressly pointed out that the reason they stopped giving The Ricky Gervais Show away for a period before charging for it and just charged upfront for it was because they were getting annoyed at fans whining that they had missed out on the brief free period.
  • Super Mario Bros. Z creator Alvin Earthworm was constantly being asked on his social media when the next episode of the series was coming out. The show was something he does as a hobby and he, by his own admission, didn't expect it to take off like it did.
  • The entire reason for 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.
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  • Matt Wilson, the creator of Bonus Stage, ended the series and dropped off the Internet in part due to the fans, who were either screamingly negative or creepily obsessed.
  • PokéTuber TamashiiHiroka was forced to disable comments on her videos for nearly two years due to the intense controversy that her feminist views (particularly her video criticizing Lopunny's design) and criticisms of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl amassed. The massive amount of online harassment she received both on and off her channel was so severe that it wasn't until December 10, 2015 that she re-opened the comments sections (and even then, it was only because she wasn't able to keep disabling them). However, until late into 2016, all videos released before December of 2015 then still have comments disabled, even if they didn't address any controversial topics.
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  • LittleKuriboh had mentioned his bisexuality on his LiveJournal, and someone who knew him personally took that information to his parents, who didn't take it very well. Kuriboh has since stated that he will be much, much more cautious about posting personal information in the future.
  • This is the primary reason why uploaders disable 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 taken down due to copyright infringement, 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 all of their videos.invoked
  • Retsupurae:
    • The comments section for traditional Retsupurae videos were removed after viewers wouldn't stop bickering amongst themselves or posting links to videos to be riffed on, even after it became apparent that such links were always ignored. After much clamoring, the comments were eventually reinstated, only for the same bickering and link-posting to keep happening. The comments were removed again, and this time, they were gone for good. Not helping matters was the person who 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. Both of these things ended up intensely creeping out the Retsupurae creators, which factored into the decision to turn comments off permanently.
    • In 2013, the creators started editing out the names of Let's Players due to fans thinking that having a Restupurae made about someone meant that it was okay to bully the Let's Player off of YouTube. In spite of the names being removed, fans continued to track the people down and harass them, which eventually spelled the death of "traditional Retsupurae" in favor of riffing longplays of games, where the hosts mock the content of the game itself and not the person who's playing it.
  • As an April Fools' Day prank, Maddox changed The Best Page in the Universe into One of the Better Pages in the Universe. Most of the fans didn't get the joke and thought that it was either a serious new direction, a change imposed by a girlfriend, or a hack. After reviewing the emails he received reacting to the prank, Maddox declared "I seriously contemplated taking down my site and just posting links to animal porn for you retards. You're all idiots, and I've lost what little respect I had for you."
  • Channel Awesome:
    • A lot of contributors used to have FAQ threads on the forums where they would answer any question. Not only are those threads gone because of questions that got too personal, but most of the people on the forums have fled the place altogether because of the culminating mess of trolling and general obnoxious behavior.
    • There was a site-wide Running Gag that everyone wanted Allison Pregler and treated her like a sex symbol. It had a lot of funny moments, there was no sexist behavior involved, and it produced loads of Fanfic Fuel. Unfortunately, too many fans took it as permission to just consider Allison as a hot chick and not a reviewer, so the jokes had to die down.
    • Another Allison-related one. Her relationship with her boyfriend Phelous produced lots of videos and a shared fanbase, but due to some people hitting her with accusations of ruining Phelous' work, she says she's become hesitant to make videos with Phelous.
    • While Doug Walker never liked The Dark Knight Rises, his first review of it was him 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. However, a wave of He Panned It, Now He Sucks! hit Walker, including a Facebook post having to be deleted because over 100 people were calling him names for asking why the review got hated.
  • The Spoony Experiment:
    • After Spoony won the Mashable Open Web Award for 2009's Funniest Person to Follow, he posted a video thanking his fans for their support. Unfortunately, more than a few viewers posted comments insulting his then-girlfriend Scarlett, who made a rare appearance in the video, prompting Noah to replace it with a new video titled "An Appeal For Manners".
    • Spoony has publicly called out the fans who made the other TGWTG contributors hesitant about doing crossovers with him because said fans would inevitably cause trouble, usually by endlessly talking trash about the other reviewer and claiming that they were taking Spoony's attention away from his own work.
    • There's been at least one occasion where fans have shown up unannounced and uninvited in cosplay outside of Spoony's house. One fan even did the same thing to his parents, having looked up Spoony's address before he moved out. These "fans" refused to leave until the police were called. Considering that Spoony's brother is a police officer who has had people try to kill him, Spoony was not amused. He would later post on Twitter that anyone who tried this is not welcome, and that he'll be calling the police instantly if anyone tries it again.
    • His vlog on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 where he and April rip into it received backlash that was so negative that he disabled comments on the video. Spoony even made a response video to the backlash where he stated that while the negative reaction was expected, he was surprised at the sheer quantity of childish and borderline incomprehensible vitriol for his opinion on the film. This was one of the incidences that led him to disable all comments on his videos, a decision he's stood by to this day.
  • Lewis Lovhaug of Atop the Fourth Wall gets a good deal of this from 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. Eventually he did set a fixed schedule, but of course Real Life sometimes gets in the way.
    • The other part comes from fans who dislike Lewis' stance towards Super Sentai; namely, he has no interest in watching itnote  because it wasn't a part of his childhood like Power Rangers was and therefore it holds no nostalgia for him. He only brings it up in HOPR when it serves to explain factual information about the show he's reviewing (like the sillier aspects of Power Rangers Turbo stemming from its source material being an Affectionate Parody). He's also said that he specifically wants to avoid drawing needless comparisons between a Rangers show and its Sentai source to keep from falling into the conflict that exists between more vocal fans of the two franchises; needless to say, this doesn't sit well with the Sentai purists.
    • Later, an AT4W episode had Linkara (Lewis's character) insulting people who use ad-blockers to browse his site, which caused a backlash from people who didn't understand the concept of 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 continue blocking the ads purely out of spite.
  • Furry image board site Fchan had played an April Fools prank on its viewers by making every link always direct to a specific category of images instead of the section people intended to click on. People complained loudly about this, causing the admin to revolt by shutting the site down for a day because, in his own words, "People don't know how to take a joke."
  • Rule 34 (the site) pulled toddlercon images off of their servers thanks to pressure from their hosting company Dreamhost. The following April, after they had completed a move to Dutch servers, the site put up a fake FBI warning for April Fools' Day, and claimed Lolicon and Shotacon were about to go. This was helped along by the website E-Hentai actually having to do this at the same time. The response when the veil was lifted was a hacker taking over Rule 34 and replacing everything with pictures of tigers (both tanks and animals), then his penis, and finally three straight weeks of DDoS, which obliterated a server and made the site run like crap for years. Interestingly, the second April Fools' joke went completely unnoticed due to the furor over the first, with a total of three comments over the following week about it. The second 2010 April Fools' joke? Aliasing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Big_Green_Talking_Turtles, Baxter's infamous line in the first season. Was lampshaded later when the site ran a vote for what missing features from the move were to return. This being the internet, the joke option won, and so everything was turned into Atari Jaguars instead, continuing the big cat theme the troll had started.note 
  • An artist named Sitrophe had an OC named Equilibrium. So many people stole the OC through tracing, ripping, etc. that Sitrophe was forced to sell the character.
  • 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.
  • 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 fans.
  • The Tropes Mirror Wiki originally was open for anyone who wanted to sign on and edit. But then a handful of jokers from This Very 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.
  • 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 .
  • 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 games, they made it so that only donators who contributed at least fifty dollars could participate in the chat, which pissed off some long time fans who couldn't spare the money.
  • TotalBiscuit, a YouTuber known for his highly professional video game commentary and being very opinionated, came under scrutiny multiple times for getting mad at fanboys for being too rabid or too bossy. One of the biggest controversies involving TotalBiscuit was when he got mad at a user because, after telling someone that he didn't take requests in a completely passive manner, they told TotalBiscuit that he should have taken requests because he "owed it" to his fans.
    TotalBiscuit: All fanboys must die.
  • Vinesauce had two notable instances within a relatively short interval of each other:
    • During the six days that Joel had his channel hijacked by a script kiddie, Vinny was forced to call out fans for their incredibly volatile responses to the incident, which included attacking both himself and Joel for giving little vocal response to the incident. Vinny specifically called this Vocal Minority "the worst kind of Vinesauce fans" and heavily reiterated that they were doing exactly what the hacker wanted them to do.
    • A few months later, Joel went on a rant condemning viewers who try to derail the chat by announcing that another streamer has gone live before antagonizing Joel for forcing them to pick between two channels. This behavior was so bad in Joel's eyes that he made a new rule for his streams that explicitly condemned this kind of behavior.
  • Twitch streamer Bwana had enough of the BrainSlug emoticon being synonymous with racist comments. Not only did he make Twitch change the emoticon to an actual brain slug, he made the old emoticon for subscribers only.
  • One result of the Seigenthaler incident was The Other Wiki barred unregistered users (i.e., those with IP addresses only) from starting articles (although they are still free to edit those started by registered users).
  • The fact that he doesn't want to be remembered for it is the reason why MoBrosStudios will no longer do any SpongeBob countdown videos.
  • There was a fun little web game called Space Email, where people could send random, anonymous letters to people, ranging from funny (or spammy), sad, or heartwarming. 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.
  • On Dragon Cave, 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. However, on May 21, 2016 Frilled Dragons returned, complete with their original descriptions and with a sprite for the males. The creator regretted having them retired in the first place, admitting that they were less mature at thte time, and they really could have handled it better.
  • Even when JoshScorcher begged people not to harass the target of his response videos (such as Lily Orchard, with whom Josh has a long-standing feud), it still happened anyway. As a result of some of the more extreme members of his fanbase, Josh decided to stop doing response videos altogether.
  • A fair number of fanfiction sites (like Fanfiction.net) used to allow Mystery Science Theater 3000 fanfic and even outright MSTing on other categories. However, thanks to how many jerkasses used them to attack authors and/or insult their work, these types of fics got banned altogether.
  • The website Know Your Meme ended up shutting down its "Cringeworthy" image gallery after a series of pictures depicting a drawing of an inflated Hercules kept getting posted and upvoted by fans, as well as the fact that the image gallery as a whole was becoming a haven for Flame Wars thanks to people uploading things they themselves found cringeworthy but others did not.note  The galleries for "Childhood Enhanced" and "Ruined Childhood" followed suit, mostly because "Childhood Enhanced" would mostly be pictures of female characters in more sexual scenes.
  • Because of generally good behavior and quality in their sporkings, Das Mervin, mod of Das Sporking, announced that new sporkers no longer had to be approved and could post whenever they wanted. Three months later, a series of major rule-breaking cases caused Mervin to temporarily shut down the comm and announce that sporkers could only post after being approved.
  • Mark Does Stuff used to allow people to do one-off commissions of movies and episodes of TV shows, which would let you see Mark react to it for the first time and get a short write-up about it. This was stopped, partially because it was too time-consuming and hosting was overly expensive, but also because fans of a show would become hugely demanding if Mark didn't watch the entire show or write enough about it. Similarly, enough bronies kept sending Mark rude, sexist and racist messages demanding him to start watching My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic immediately that the show's permanently off his watch list, since he doesn't want to deal with the dark parts of the fandom.
  • In-universe example: At the end of the fifth season of The Guild, main character Sydney (who often goes by her MMO game's character name Codex) gets a job at the company that makes the MMO she and her guildmates are obsessed with. In the sixth season, she finds that the creator is a neurotic recluse who has scrapped the nearly-finished expansion multiple times for fear of provoking the ire of his game's haters. Making matters worse, her game's guild leader Vork storms into her boss's office and demands to have retribution for thousands of petty complaints. When Vork later organizes a loud and angry mob against the MMO, Codex goes out to tell the crowd that complaining about something too much to the point where the original creators want nothing to do with the thing they used to love anymore. In other words, "This is why fandom can't have nice things" is the main theme of the season. Indeed, this very issue may have been the reason why Felicia Day stopped making episodes of The Guild after this season, since Seasons 5 and 6 had not been well-received by some in fandom.
  • YouTube Poop creator cs188 took down two of his poops, "No one needs foundation repair" and "Escape from HoH SiS", because both used an advertisement from a foundation repair company in Texas who filed a complaint against him on YouTube. After taking them down, he put up a video explaining why they were taken down, and asked that anyone else using that company's ads for a source do likewise. But three years later, after receiving a call from one of the employees saying that someone had prank-called the company, he put up another video asking people not to do that.
  • Nerd³ "rebooted" his YouTube channel and started ignoring almost everything his fans said in December 2013. He wrote a detailed explanation of exactly why he did this, saying that it helped turn video making back into a paid hobby instead of an extremely stressful career.
    "The community is toxic because they think you're their friend. When they don't like something they won't just dislike and move on, they'll take it as an attack on our 'friendship' and respond in kind."
  • Bald Dumbo Rat, head of producing Doctor Whooves and Assistant, has a side-blog called Lovestruck Derpy. However, when he uploaded voiced-over dubs of the pictures on YouTube, they became one of his channel's most popular videos. Unfortunately, since delays are long between updates of the dub, rabid fans attacked him and even gave his boyfriend death threats when they responded calmly. He is on the verge of taking down the blog, and posted a response video saying that, surprise surprise, these insults aren't helping at all:
    Want (Lovestruck Derpy) to be up to date? Want more Doctor Whooves and Assistant? Now leave me alone.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wiki, "TurtlePedia", has had to shut down discussion pages on occasion due to rampant bullying from a small handful of members toward the majority. Some articles also have had to have long-term admin-only blocks due to one or two people continuously adding false information (including, but not limited to, obvious fan characters into articles on official works), and then complaining about them being the victims of bullying when they're asked to quit vandalizing.
  • Two Yogscast channels, specifically Rythian and Simon Lane and Lewis Brindley's joint channel, turned comments off for a few months in 2013. The former did it because he felt it was just getting annoying, the latter did it in part because of that (you can see examples of just what was written here) but the main reason was because of fraudsters, who pretended that Simon had died and that extra funding was needed to complete Shadow of Israphel. They did eventually turn them back on in both cases, however.
  • Captain Sparklez is mostly positive about fan feedback, but on occasion he gets fed up with "Stop Having Fun" Guys and very nearly cancelled one of his modded Minecraft shows because they were being unreasonable. For context, that series had over one hundred mods installed, and fans expected him to know how every single one worked.
  • Kim Richards, a member of the Yogscast, has mentioned that due to irrational fan hatred, to the point of harassment, racism, and "fans" calling for her to be fired because they don't like her, she does not read the comments section for her videos anywhere near as much as she used to. She's also turned off the "ask" function on her Tumblr due to constant abuse.
  • Sips used to read the comments on his videos fairly regularly, occasionally joining in with bashing against both him and Sjin. However, due to the comments section now being a total mess, he now prefers to use Reddit instead due it being more organized and fans being considerably more rational there.
  • PewDiePie has disabled his comments section at least once. This is because things tend to degenerate very quickly into flame wars, making it hard for him to get any genuine fan feedback. He's also had trolls accuse him falsely of beating his girlfriend, which he did not like.
  • On May 2014, Manu Larcenet closed his blog where he published exclusive cartoons after they were reused without prior authorization.
  • Big Name Fan Rebornica, previous owner of a popular Five Nights at Freddy's AU, decided to leave the fandom and stop working on the AU due to death threats, complaints about their work, being forced to apologize for things they had done years ago, and extremely uncomfortable but popular mischaracterizations of their versions of the original characters. They ended up leaving the AU to a friend that would do the AU justice, and now they're free to work on their new project, but it's still horrible to see. On March 10, 2015, Rebornica and Cam, who they left the AU to, announced that they were going to "bury" the AU after a fair deal of abuse from the Five Nights at Freddy's fandom. Also, due to people that refuse to let the past remain in the past, they have, as of August 31st, shut down their Tumblr account until further notice. It is currently unknown if they'll ever return to the site.
  • Most of, if not all of, Achievement Hunter have been a little cynical towards their fandom. This can be due to many things including the YouTube comments complaining about Let's Plays being uploaded late, hateful comments towards any hunter not in the "main six" (most notably Lindsay has been the subject of sexist comments), being shown sexual fan art of them kissing or even having sex with their friends/coworkers, and more. However, the biggest annoyance they face is constantly having their "catchphrases" or even just things they've said once being constantly tweeted or messaged to them in some way. This specifically happened to Ray, which led to him from being one of the loudest and most talkative to being the quietest, out of fear of creating a new phrase to be constantly hounded with on Twitter. Also at RTX 2014, the Achievement Hunter panel was full of uncomfortable questions and people just requesting shoutouts. It got so annoying that when one fan was up to ask a question, he first said "I have a real question," which led to the hunters and eventually the audience cheering.
    • The toxicity reached a point in 2020 that they had to close off their livestream chat to the premium members because over a course of several streams, the chat and comment sections became increasing negative towards their gaming style as well as being racist and sexist towards Fiona and Lindsay.
  • Many ROM Hack LPers have quit playing ROM Hacks because they were sick and tired of getting nothing but poorly made "Kaizo Clones" specifically made to piss them off on camera for the lulz. Some examples include ProtonJon, who's at least indifferent to people asking him about it, even though he constantly makes it clear that he won't do ROM Hack LPs again, and Azureblade49, which it's not a particularly wise thing to ask him about.
  • Oddity Archive host Ben Minotte used to Skype with Archive viewers, but stopped due to two separate incidents with a stalker and a troll.
  • In the beginning of 2015, the Creepypasta Wiki's chat room was taken down for multiple reasons (mainly, drama). Before that, it was taken down a few times as well, but restored after a short while. After the 2015 removal, it's gone for good.
  • The Game Grumps had to take down an episode of their Sonic Adventure playthrough because they were making fun of the less-than-helpful FAQ they'd been using and made the mistake of mentioning the author's name, which led to a few fans tracking the author down and harassing him, some even going so far as to hunt down his personal phone number. The episode was reposted later with the author's name censored, and Arin and Dan sent him a personal apology; thankfully, the author was cool about the whole thingnote , and noted that the vast majority of Grumps fans in the original video were defending him or calling out the Vocal Minority who suggested harassing him.
  • Death Battle made it very clear that there would no more be match ups between characters from Dragon Ball Z and Superman after the very divisive Goku vs. Superman battles ended with Superman the flat-out winner, both times. That doesn't mean they won't use those franchises again - indeed, Lex Luthor battled Iron Man and Hercule battled Dan Hibiki afterwards. You just won't see something like Gohan vs. Superboy.
  • Internet analyst Lily Orchard hates the Vocal Minorities of fans for various Western-animated cartoons, especially bronies. Most of the problems she has with them wind up in her opinion series Glass of Water. She usually deletes comments on her videos that don't provide some kind of maturely-worded criticism because she "can't trust fans to do that on their own", and she almost always disables ratings. Orchard also posted a video where she admitted that she was having a Creator Breakdown from people asking the same questions over and over on her videos. Orchard also called out one fan for doxxing her address so they could send her a Nintendo Switch and a copy of Pokémon Sword and Shield because they wanted her to bash the game, which Orchard had previously said that she was not interested in doing.
  • At Tumblr, there are a number of "theme makers", users who make blog layouts for the site. Unfortunately, some users tend to make a habit out of constantly flooding their ask box with messages of repeated questions about the themes and their perceived slowness of updating the codes, as well as stealing them as their own, removing the themes' credits and reposting them on their own blog, resulting in many of them to quit making blog themes, deleting the codes/making them private or leaving the site altogether because of this.
  • Littlenommer was known not only for being the girlfriend of Trott of Hat Films, but also being quite involved with the fandom on Tumblr. This changed in 2015 when fans began harassing her when she asked them to tone down the shipping and sexualizing her boyfriend, causing her to temporarily turn off anonymous asks. The last straw, however, was harassment during a stream by the Sirs, followed by a mind-blowingly stupid post that accused her of being insecure in her relationship due to harassment, basically blaming her for the abuse. Littlenommer vowed to never moderate for the trio again and temporarily deactivated her Tumblr.
  • The Dreamwidth Journal Roleplay-related site Wankgate had a major upheaval in early January 2016 when anonymous posters (the vast majority of those on the site due to its nature) were discovered trying to attack the RP meme community Bakerstreet in an attempt to drive players they didn't like out and stir up needed "wank" to talk about. This led to the site's mod to temp-stop anonymous posts before restoring it with a set of new rules that essentially ended the idea of baseless wank on the site. While some got the hint, others just moved to another site RPAnons and opted to set fire to that, leading to another migration.
  • Meatsleep (a creepy ARG that spanned several years and amassed quite a community) shut down in January of 2016 once it became clear that the fanbase was accusing people of being "Meat" (the central figure of the videos) and harassing them. The final video explains the purpose of the project and calls out the people who unwittingly ended it.
  • Go Animate was retooled in 2014 as a pay-only business website and later removed the option for casual GoPlus accounts presumably due to this trope. Even though it was made with anybody's usage in mind, you tend to be viewed as the laughingstock of the internet when your video-making website is used to make videos where characters from shows like Caillou get grounded and sometimes assaulted. However, people still found ways to make those videos, so in late 2015 the company announced that, starting in 2016, they would move from Flash to HTML5 and remove any non-business-related themes in order to both save money and exterminate the misuse of the platform. However, the Comedy World themes were still accessible through a hidden menu in the main video maker. Once people abused this to make Alvin Hung (the creator of GoAnimate) the new grounded video target, the themes were pulled for good. Unfortunately, they then proceeded to latch on another holdout, GoAnimate for Schools, which was the last GoAnimate service that still used the Comedy World themes; said users used fake school e-mails to sign up, which led to that removing all the Comedy World themes from the website. The site continued to remove features left as artifacts on other websites, such as Wix, but users found out that using the extension Requestly lets you use the (archived) Comedy World themes. Eventually, the abuse got so bad that the company had no choice but to remove GoAnimate for Schools completely in 2019. As the school version was made to be used by kids, any doubt left that the Grounded videos and fandom didn't have at least something to do with the removal of the non-business themes evaporated. Because of all this, it's likely that this means the use of the program for Grounded videos will likely come to an end entirely.
  • Monty Oum used to be very active in Facebook, often chatting with and exchanging ideas with fans. This changed when he started getting bombarded with comments and messages demanding he finish Dead Fantasy. A photo of him and his family at his mother's wake getting these comments was the last straw, so he turned his Facebook page into a like page and rarely visited it anymore. Twitter was the only social media outlet that he updated regularly until his death in 2015.
  • Given the controversial reception to Ghostbusters (2016), Screen Junkies preemptively turned off comments for the Honest Trailer for the movie.
  • Undertale was a commonly requested game for many Let's Players to play. Unfortunately, fans of the game became notorious for spoiling and ruining the game for most YouTubers who did not do the true Pacifist Run on their first playthrough. Between the level of vitriol such YouTubers received, and the fact that it's a game best experienced blind, this frequently caused many Let's Players to end their runs of the game prematurely, and/or otherwise ruined the experience for them. Some of the more infamous cases include:
    • One of the biggest cases regarding a Let's Player clashing with the Undertale fandom is apparently Mangaminx. She got pretty much the whole game spoiled in the comments on her first video despite her explaining extensively in the video and description that she wanted to play blind. She then proceeded to kill every character she could out of pure spite, only to now amuse herself with videos where she ridicules the comments she gets on both her Undertale videos and her ridicule videos. Her placing it on the top of her "TOP5 most disappointing games 2015" more or less made her a proclaimed enemy of the entire Undertale fandom.
    • Markiplier had a series of videos set up of him playing the the game. However, after two videos, he stopped releasing them after the fandom got angry at his given voices for the characters and he didn't play the way they wanted to play, dropping spoilers along the way. Mark didn't touch the game for a long while before he opted to return to it via Twitch. And just to be sure he didn't get spoiled or harassed again, Mark made it a point to completely ignore the Twitch chat the entire time.
  • Cow Chop, a comedy group under Rooster Teeth, ended up getting evicted out of the home they used for filming when someone contacted their landlord and doxxed them about the damage done to the house.
  • Roahm Mythril ended up cutting his Let's Play of the first Make A Good Mega Man Level Contest short due to the hostility of the comments in his videos personally attacking the judges of the contest, especially against Blackmore Darkwing. Not only did it greatly upset Roahm, but it also greatly upset SnoruntPyro, the contest's leader, so much that she asked him not to specifically cover the second game due to this. Fortunately subverted in the end, as Roahm eventually recovered from this ordeal and announced that he will be finishing the playthrough; as well as going to do a playthrough of the second game after all.
  • It's highly unlikely that PBG Hardcore will do a Hardcore series on a public server again after McJones was killed by a player during MineZ #2. ACrispyWaluigi was a fan that had been actively stalking the group, trying to give them items they would need for their quest and wouldn't leave them alone despite them asking several times. McJones thought that killing his character would finally make him stop and instead got killed and derailed the mission. And there were also fans checking the servers to see who was logged on (ie, who was still alive) and spoiling the series.
  • redhotsonic, a YouTuber who covers various Sonic the Hedgehog games, fan games, and Game Mods, ended up going on a hiatus from YouTube for several months after harassment from an aggressive troll, who had made several threats towards him and his family (including his, at the time, unborn child), as well as doxxing several other people as well. Fortunately subverted, as he has since recovered from this and returned to uploading videos.
  • If NintendoCapriSun is playing blind through a plot-heavy game on Twitch, he'll disable alerts, place the chat in followers only mode, and have the mods on full alert to immediately time out anyone who hints at a spoiler. This is due to his blind run of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc where a troll subscribed to the channel with a username that spoiled the name of the Big Bad for all to see.
  • In January 2018, Gavin Free, a well-known member of Rooster Teeth and creator of The Slow Mo Guys, and his girlfriend, former Rooster Teeth member Meg Turney, had a crazed fan break into their house with a shotgun with the intention of killing Gavin as he had an obsession with Meg and hated Gavin for being with her. While Gavin has seemingly mostly recovered from the incident, he stopped doing meet and greets with fans at live events, had his RTX schedule privatized, and significantly scaled back his online presence and social media output. Meg didn't recover as well since her YouTube channel went silent for six months before she put up a video letting her fans know of what's going on, that she had been nervous to return to her videos in fear of a copycat.
  • YouTube itself has severely limited opportunities to make it on the platform, much to the chagrin of many creators, in response to bad actors:
    • In 2018, YouTube severely tightened its monetization rules so that eligibility is only possible for those with at least 4,000 hours of overall watch time and at least 1,000 subscribers. Though advertising on inappropriate content was not a new problem, there are indications everywhere that the controversies involving Logan Paul had everything to do with it.
    • Elsagate ended up causing this for YouTube, although this has more to do with bringing the site into compliance with existing laws forbidding ads targeted at young children than it does with the fandom of the site. Essentially, channels were making inappropriate videos targeted at kids that featured characters from children's media (most prominently Elsa from Frozen, hence the name). YouTube largely ignored it until news outlets reported what was happening, at which point YouTube had to do something to salvage their reputation. However, the removal of "Elsagate" started a chain reaction that caused YouTube to implement a rating system, which consists of "kid-friendly" and "not kid-friendly". And only not-kid-friendly content is eligible for monetization. In essence, YouTube operates on the concept of Rated M for Money taken to its logical extreme thanks to what was once a series of prank videos snowballing into changes across the entire website.
  • In a Reddit AMA, RWBY co-writer and co-director Miles Luna stated that he cannot write scenes involving his character Jaune Arc due to the fact that he's lost interest in doing so due to fans accusing Miles of making Jaune his self-insert.
  • After Chadtronic showcased him in the (now deleted) "DEEP INTO YOUTUBE 1" video, Obscure (and surreal) 3D animator Nicolas Fedorov had his videos explode in popularity. However, this is one of the few instances where the Colbert Bump turned into a bad thing, as he became increasingly impatient with the influx of fans coming in from Chadtronic's channel, lashed out against them, and eventually purged all of his media accounts and went off the internet permanently. The only way to watch his videos now (or the first "DEEP INTO YOUTUBE" for that matter) was to Keep Circulating the Tapes.
  • For a short period after retiring from updating his review site, Mark Prindle would use his Facebook account to briefly post about albums he listened to recently. This changed in part because of fans constantly asking him to just un-retire his site since he's still reviewing things: Instead he started simply posting a list of music he listened to, with factual information included in parentheses (primarily year of release, genre, and where the artist is from), inviting his followers to discuss their opinions in comments. However if someone asks his opinion about a particular album he'll give an answer.
  • The Mysterious Mr. Enter deleted his Twitter account in early 2020 following heavy backlash, criticism, and general hostility towards him and his Nick-O-Rama series.
  • YouTube video game cover artist "Little V" Mills did two covers of songs from Persona 5: one of "Life Will Change", and one of "Rivers in the Desert". In the latter video, Mills commented that he was planning to cover more songs from the Persona series, but changed his mind due to comments from Persona 5 fans that either spoiled the game or nitpicked the lyrics. As such, a small EP of Persona songs was also cancelled.
  • PIEGUYRULZ admitted that harassment from fans over him not making his "Every Episode Of SpongeBob Reviewed" series and Bottom of the Bakery series in favor of other content played a significant factor in why Pie Guy lost his passion for making said videos and put them on indefinite hold. Not helping was backlash over his to-date final Every Episode of SpongeBob: Pie Guy gave Season 10 (a season that the SpongeBob fanbase largely saw as a return to form for the show) a "Meh" rating for using too many ideas and concepts from earlier seasons for it to merit a total pass from him, resulting in backlash from fans who disagreed.
  • hololive Generation 5's Mano Aloe accidentally leaked footage of her character via test stream before her official debut, which resulted in a two-week suspension. However, "anti-fans" then uncovered her personal information and used it to send her harassing phonecalls and DMs on social media, as well as tracking down her family members and even her then-boyfriend (with their relationship ending specifically because of the harassment he was getting) and harassed them as well. After the suspension was up, COVER Corporation (who runs hololive) announced that Aloe had decided to permanently retire from the role because she was "not physically or mentally prepared to continue with her activities".
  • Voice actress Wubcake was quite prominent in the fandom for My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, including being widely thought of as the fan voice for the character Sunset Shimmer. In 2020, Wubcake moved away from both fandoms, announcing that she would no longer be making MLP or Equestria Girls-related content. In a livestream, Wubcake cited general burnout with being asked to do the same kinds of lines over and over, as well as meeting very toxic people in the communities. She cited a specific incident in which someone raised tens of thousand of dollars on GoFundMe, ostensibly for cancer treatment, only to delete all of their social media accounts the moment that the money was raised. When Wubcake posted on Twitter that she hoped it wasn't a scam, Peter New — a voice actor from Friendship is MagicQuote Mined Wubcake and sent his followers after her, leading to a ton of harassment. All of this contributed to Wubcake's decision to bolt from MLP content and never look back.
  • Liana K originally hosted Zoom parties for her Patrons as a chance for people to have fun and talk. After one incident in 2020 where an argument broke out, she opted out of doing them again, saying it was impossible to have fun and be a moderator at the same time.
  • Bobby Calloway made Aaron unlisted for a long time, due to getting sick of comments attacking him for the sound quality, or else pervy fans sending inappropriate messages shipping him with his co-star.
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