A Growing Trend of Trolls on FanFiction
If you’ve been the victim of the internet bullies known as “Critics United” on FanFiction – you’ve come to the right place.
Here is a chance to expose them for what they are – They’re glorified tattle tales. They’re immature. They must be stopped.
One of the things they complain about is badly spelled and punctuated stories – alright, I can get behind that. There are thousands of badly spelled stories on FanFiction but the one question I keep asking myself is who do they hurt?
The answer: No one.
People on FanFiction come from all walks of life. There are young children on the site as well as older, more established authors. Each one of them have the right on that site to post what they want without fear of repercussions from a group of drama queens who apparently have no life.
Honestly I think Critics United care about FanFiction and are deleting the stories they deem “unworthy” of being on FanFiction. But when they’re reporting us, they never stop to think how many people love this story and how much time and effort the author put into the story.
Yes, I am a victim of their cyber bullying myself. I have several stories on my FanFiction account but two are the subject of their unmerciful attacks. I have over 800 reviews on one story with close to 300 followers. The reason they attacked my story was because they deemed it against the rules for being in “chat” format when it’s clearly not.
What they call constructive criticism I call being a bully. They see it as upholding the laws of the land.
First and foremost, they are not moderators. They are a group of toolboxes who think that the site would collapse without their strict guideline enforcement.
They’re a bunch of pathetic self-righteous bastards who go around bullying people online.
Maybe they got bullied in real life and they’re just trying to act though by scolding those they consider weaker than them online.
Secondly and I’m repeating myself here is the fact that NO ONE is harmed by any of the stories on FanFiction. No one dies because of a misspelled word. No one gets cancer because of a story in chat format. No one loses an earring in a sink because some kid posted a train wreck of a story on the site.
I hope one day we all can once again enjoy the stories that were once on this site.
To do that we must fight back. Being rude and venting about it isn’t going to help our problem. We must have dignity and be calm and collected. We must mass email FanFiction’s administrators like they do.
We must unite other authors who fill this way and explain to the FanFiction Admins that we are not violating the rules but we are doing what we do best! Writing. Pass this message on to other writers who feel the way we do. Post it on your profile and add your name. Tell your friends or family on FanFiction. If you are against Critics United we need to work together to fight back!
The members (as of the date of this blog) are as follows:
I urge all FanFiction members to add these members to your block list immediately! When they start to leave anonymous reviews, use your powers of review moderation to delete them!
So what else can we do?
FanFiction’s email is support@fanFICTION.net Send an email with [abuse] in the subject line and report both the group and the Forum known as “Critics United.”
If you Google the group, you’ll find similar blogs as well as stories, petitions to stop them and sample form letters you can use.
This is the one I use:
Fanfiction.net has been a place in which authors could express themselves through their writing. Not only has it fostered imagination, but it has allowed individuals to practice their grammar and creative writing while also receiving feedback from readers. This feedback has been an important part of the website as it lets the authors know what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong and how they can potentially fix it.
CU has no right to police the site, no right to judge our stories and demand we change them, and no right to get their buddies to mass-spam-review and mass-report stories. Especially since most of their own stories actually break the rules they claim to want to uphold. And they also stalk, going off on author’s the minute they update any of their stories without heeding to CU’s demands first.
CU does nothing but bully. The leave those insulting reviews demanding author’s change their stories, threatening to report them if they don’t. They get their other members to leave reviews like this too. They stalk the author, and if the author does anything without having followed their orders, they mass-report them. I’ve spoken with them on the forum and in private. They are arrogant and take no responsibility for their actions, and over PM, they are even worse. They go out of their way to put on an act now, deleting all good arguments against them to make it seem like it’s all just trolling and rumors.
I have heard of a disturbing trend of bullying that is growing on the site. Some authors appear to be abusing their reviewing privileges. They have taken it upon themselves to verbally berate, abuse, and pressure other authors into removing their works. And this is sad as it can cause impressionable young authors to abandon their works.
Making an author aware of a perceived infringement is one thing… but the methods used by this group of self appointed vigilantes are harsh and cruel.
Unfortunately, a group of cyberbullies known as Critics United on fanfiction.net has taken it upon themselves to harass, verbally abuse, and bully authors. Critics United claims that they only exist because they believe in removing stories that are violating the rules of fanfiction,net, but their whole forum page is filled with abuse, insults, and snide remarks about how awful almost every writer on fanfiction.net is.
The writers who have been harassed by Critics United have, for the most part, stopped writing. Individuals who are no more than 14 or 15 are being bullied into leaving the website. Some members of Critics United have left feedback on stories in which they tell the author, “This is so terrible, you should just kill yourself.”
The writers on fanfiction.net want to stop Critics United from being able to deliver this verbal abuse. They also want to ensure that cyberbullying is banned. As of now (June 7th, 2012), fanfiction.net has a rule that says all users must be tolerant of each other. Critics United is anything but tolerant and yet there is nothing being done about them or their bullying.
Please sign this petition and help stop the bullying. Critics United mainly attacks young authors (children who are preteens/teens) and greatly discourages them from ever trying to write again. Please encourage fanfiction.net to take a stance against cyberbullying. Every year many kids fall victim to suicide after being relentlessly bullied. Please do not let Critics United bully anyone into that kind of despair.
The users are as follows:
Your FanFiction name here
Until next time -Stay strong. Keep Writing.