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While they might have once had noble goals of trying to avoid bullying behaviors, they have since adopted a narcissistic view that conflicts with their constitution. They banned someone on false pretenses and will not listen to reason. The person in question was autistic and not given fair protection under their constitution.
Back when the world was new, FF.net was down on its luck, and everywhere gigantic brats called "Suethors" ran amok. In stepped the Protectors of the Plot Continuum: a close-knit community in ome publicly accessible far-flung corner of the internet, where the pen name and fandom of the "Suethor", alongside the numerous details of their awful writing, were discussed, denigrated, and eviscerated with commendable gusto.
No sin was overlooked - bad grammar, bad spelling, canon "rape" (a classy way to trivialize what rape victims endure), out of character moments, self-inserted modern 15 year old girls who fell into the setting through their television - all were subject to what was essentially revenge fiction. The unfortunate "Suethor" had written something that hurt the feelings of these noble internet superheroes, and they responded with a thorough verbal trashing of the offending material. Eye for an eye.
This trashing was uploaded to their publicly accessible corner of the internet, and there it stayed, waiting for Google to take note of its existence. And then inform people searching for the author by their penname, story and fandom, that such a thing was in existence. Mission accomplished. Top marks all around.
The PPC made sure to be very thorough about keeping their own reputations safe with the use of disclaimers on their also publicly accessible wiki where they collate their completed hitlists. These disclaimers explained in no uncertain terms that their actions could not in any way be cyberbullying because 1) it's not cyberbullying if they say it isn't and 2) they don't actually interact with the writer, just put out a smear piece sharing their pen name and story which makes it reasonably simple for any enterprising troll to find their way to a new victim. And also 3) the PPC doesn't condone or acknowledge the misbehavior of any such enterprising trolls. We Didn't Do It.
Is most fanfiction going to be trash since the genre has little gatekeeping? Unfortunately, yes. Is forming communities to write fanfics where their own OCs heroically bust in to brutally murder the perpetrators of the bad writing the right answer? Umm...
It's the same pattern in every PPC story. A real person wrote a bad story on the internet. The PPC characters wade in to tear that story apart, perhaps brutally slaying the offending original characters (if any), or killing a strawman representation of the author themselves. But they do it wackily with any number of monkeycheese random implements and with Good English, so they're better.
Humanity has had some pretty terrible ideas that seemed reasonable in their day and age. Phrenology, Lamarckian evolution, vibrating fitness belts. As our understanding of reality and society advances, we have rightly discarded them and made a note of why they shouldn't come back. One day, we will be ready to consign the Protectors of the Plot Continuum to this same trash heap. That day cannot come soon enough.
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