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  • Fandom Rivalry: With Archive of Our Own. Though many writers do cross-post on both sites, there's a strong rivalry between the two because they're the two most popular fanfiction archives and have differing aims (FFN is dependent on ad revenue and has more content restrictions, while AO3 is a nonprofit organization with much looser content guidelines). Some fandoms also seem to lean towards one site over the other (for example, AO3 has a bigger Yuri!!! on Ice section while FF.N has a bigger Naruto section).
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "There are no FF.N Mods". This is because the Mods are almost non-existent, and there's no real way to contact a specific one directly. Even if somebody does contact one, they rarely respond to what the other person's contacting them about. Naturally, most of FF.N rules (such as no Alternate Reality Games, MSTs, Lemon Fics, or fics with real people in them) are pretty much never enforced, and the rule-breaking fics can stay up for years.
    • Korean adbots. For some bizarre reason, FF.N Forums tend to get flooded with the adbots, with the worst cases resulting in the front pages of Forums reading like a Korean website. It's so infamous that the site admins had to remove links from Forums... and the adbots still keep flooding the Forums.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • As of June 2015, links outside the site no longer show up in forum posts, and any outside links that were on a profile page and didn't link to Fictionpress (FF.N's sister site) link back to the original profile page. To say site-goers weren't pleased would be an understatement.
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    • The site uses the robots exclusion standard (robots.txt) in its programming, which prevented archival sites such as the Wayback Machine from working with the site for a long time.note  As a result, this rendered a lot of forums, fanfics, and RPs Missing Episodes. This is especially infamous because the higher ups like to periodically purge forums, threads, and fics that haven't been touched after a certain point to save on space, even if said threads were unable to be reactivated or the fan fiction was already completed. Naturally, bringing up robots.txt is a good way to ignite a bonfire that can be seen from space.


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