Petitioning FanFiction.Net and 3 others

Stop Censorship of FanFiction.Net Authors

351
Supporters

Dear Possible FanFiction.Net Member,

I am sure your aware that there is a decent amount of deletions of entire stories and even accounts each day. I am  also aware that sometimes this simply must be done, but a lot of these occur unreasonably so. This is occurring in  the communities, forums, stories, and even member profiles. True this policy has been in effect since 2002, but never  truly enforced until now. It was never fully unleashed until after clarification was made as an update notice on June 4th,  2012.

""Please note we would like to clarify the content policy we have in place since 2002. FanFiction.Net follows the Fiction Rating system ranging from Fiction K to Fiction M. Although Fiction Ratings goes up to Fiction MA, FanFiction.Net since 2002 has not allowed Fiction MA rated content which can contain adult/explicit content on the site. FanFiction.Net only accepts content in the Fiction K through Fiction M range. Fiction M can contain adult language, themes and suggestions. Detailed descriptions of physical interaction of sexual or violent nature is considered Fiction MA and has not been allowed on the site since 2002." ~FanFictionNet on 06/04/12

The main reason why this is occurring is due to website content being too "literately graphic". What if being too  "literately graphic" is in the context as some would have it in terms of it being 'illicit actions'? Of coarse then,  FanFiction.Net 's reasons are understandable. However, if not allowing FICTION MA rated content on FanFiction.Net is  merely for being "literately graphic" in the context as the term would suggest: "people reading on FanFiction.Net seek this rating merely to fuel a form of mindless lust'. Then the reasons are rather asinine.

In this day's age if people are so hellbent on viewing the graphic content of sexual and violent natures solely for lustful  satisfaction, then there are more visually appealing means than reading a book or hearing a story. If this is all there is  to FanFiction.Net, then it is safe to assume people will look to visual stimuli (i.e. video games or pornography) instead  of words to accomplish such, and not bother to read about it when they can view it instead.

The maintainers and users of this site make up this community. This is a community of a proud and virtual family at  that. I would think maintainers and users alike would hold enough respect for both side to know that we are better than  to think of others under such a degrading assumption. Let alone do so to enforce a pointless regulation to avoid free  falls that just aren't there. Mr. Bogyman isn't going to jump out of some closet of politically legalistic doom. I understand the admins and mods have their reasons, but members and users have reasonable intentions too.

The existence of FanFiction.Net is thanks to the administrators, but its merit is thanks to the members. I beg you, do  what is honorable to correct this madness before FanFiction.Net is lost and our beloved website becomes as wanted  as an empty gas tank. Please help stop the censorship of FanFiction.net Authors, and help make Fictional MA rated  content allowed to be featured on the website. Please sign this petition, amd thank you very much!

Sincerely, 
A Fellow FF.Net Member

P.S. Please spread the word in regards to this petitions existence to help us obtain victory for the sake of all FF.net  members!

The petition can be found here:
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-censorship-of-fanfiction-net-authors

Letter to
FanFiction.Net
FictionPress.Com
Xing Li
and 1 other
Xing Li
Dear owner and administration of FanFiction.Net (Xing Li),

I am aware that there is a decent amount of deletions of entire stories and even accounts each day. I am also aware that sometimes this simply must be done, but a lot of these occur unreasonably so. This is occurring in the
communities, forums, stories, and even member profiles. True this policy has been in effect since 2002, but never truly enforced until now. It was never fully unleashed until after clarification was made as an update notice on June 4th, 2012.

""Please note we would like to clarify the content policy we have in place since 2002. FanFiction.Net follows the Fiction Rating system ranging from Fiction K to Fiction M. Although Fiction Ratings goes up to Fiction MA, FanFiction.Net since 2002 has not allowed Fiction MA rated content which can contain adult/explicit content on the site. FanFiction.Net only accepts content in the Fiction K through Fiction M range. Fiction M can contain adult language, themes and suggestions. Detailed descriptions of physical interaction of sexual or violent nature is considered Fiction MA and has not been allowed on the site since 2002." ~FanFictionNet on 06/04/12

I do understand if you either support this matter or are indifferent toward it, but I do encourage you to think it over. I believe that the majority of the authors of this site are more than just writers of simple smut or meaningless violence with either being fueled by merely some form of mindless lust. On the contrary, this wonderful community is full of aspiring writers that create tasteful stories, and caring readers that provide authors with much needed feedback. FanFiction.Net is the den of our unleashed imagination and freed souls.

It is sad that this is befalling such a great site that has been apart of our lives ever since we first found it on the web. The profiles are being deleted due to either content violations or inactivity, including the stories in connection with the profiles. Most of profile and story deletions are because of depicted content about adult or violent themes being detailed beyond its 'suggestion' even in the slightest manner.

The main reason why this is occurring is due to website content being too "literately graphic". What if being too "literately graphic" is in the context as some would have it in terms of it being 'illicit actions'? Of coarse then,
FanFiction.Net 's reasons are understandable. However, if not allowing FICTION MA rated content on FanFiction.Net is merely for being "literately graphic" in the context as the term would suggest: "people reading on FanFiction.Net seek this rating merely to fuel a form of mindless lust'. Then the reasons are rather asinine.

In this day's age if people are so hellbent on viewing the graphic content of sexual and violent natures solely for lustful satisfaction, then there are more visually appealing means than reading a book or hearing a story. If this is all there is to FanFiction.Net, then it is safe to assume people will look to visual stimuli (i.e. video games or pornography) instead of words to accomplish such, and not bother to read about it when they can view it instead.

If the policy is conflicting with the people, then perhaps the policy is what is in need of change or even removal. It sure wasn't there before 2002. The Prohibition Act that happened in America wasn't so useful, and was later removed after a time. Perhaps the time has come for a change to happen and allow Fiction MA rated content to be featured on FanFiction.Net within reason of certain age restrictions. Otherwise, this poor excuse is unreasonable, and in fact highly insulting.

The maintainers and users of this site make up this community. This is a community of a proud and virtual family at that. I would think maintainers and users alike would hold enough respect for both side to know that we are better than to think of others under such a degrading assumption. Let alone do so to enforce a pointless regulation to avoid free falls that just aren't there. Mr. Bogyman isn't going to jump out of some closet of politically legalistic doom. I understand the admins and mods have their reasons, but members and users have reasonable intentions too.

Please don't let our amazing community be paved over to become a dead zone where only overbearing regulation remains. The existence of FanFiction.Net is thanks to the administrators, but its merit is thanks to the members. I beg you, do what is honorable to correct this madness before Fan Fiction Net is lost and our beloved website becomes as wanted as an empty gas tank.

Xing Li, Please realize just how important you, your associates, and equally most of all your website has become to the members and visitors of FanFiction.Net. This website has become more or less a tight nit community of online family members that have come to appreciate their online comrades. You: Xing Li and friends are a vast part of that. In fact you are responsible for its birth. Don't let our community end up a ghost town on the world wide web.

Please, use the hearts that you have. I beg you to revise the rule about content to allow Fiction MA rating, and apply several age restrictions. Please restore any deleted accounts and stories that haven't been permanently lost because of these tantrums brought about by forum groups like Critics United. I want to help the site many have come to love, and prevent a heavy loss on all sides. I down want to see the motto: "Unleash Your Imagination and Free Your Soul" to become a thought of the past, and be placed on a digital tombstone added specially for FanFiction.Net . We all stand to suffer the end of our online home's golden era on FanFiction.Net if you remain Idle.

This picture doesn't look like a good one because of FanFiction.Net's end result of such behavior:

Here Lies The Great, Now Late
Our Dearly Beloved
Unleash Your Imagination
Firstly A Cherished Home
Secondly A Fanfiction Website
RIP
1998-2014

FanFiction.Net Owner, Webmaster, Administrators, and other associates, this can only spell one thing for you if you allow that to happen. Disaster! If you ignore the pains and groans of the ones that love to acquaint FanFiction.Net so much, it will only bring our FanFiction.Net's ruin. Not to mention your website admires' emotional breakdowns.

Why all of the sudden, is the FanFiction.Net Admin. acting in such a manner over this matter after such a time?! We respect this website's workers, but please give its' users more credit than this! This is the best website for fan-fiction, and we all know full well that FanFiction.Nett has the capable qualifications to make this request.

Terms of Service Section 11. (Indemnity) states the following, "You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless (1) FanFiction.Net..." We users intend full will to protect the integrity of FanFiction.Net. Even if it means we have to
protect FanFiction.Net from itself. The possibility of opting for its temporary Boycott by its members is fairly high. It is the best and only coarse of action we can make if needed. Something that we FanFiction.Net members would rather not do.

I humbly beg you, FanFiction.Net, to allow Fictional MA content with age restriction! Please comply before all of FanFiction.Net's Golden Era stands for is lost forever. Its not just any money that is at stake, but the memories too. Sentimental value will be gone, and all will grow despairingly quite before long unless FanFiction.Net rectifies this situation soon. Now I speak for all of FanFiction.Net's community, especially senior members, when I say:

"WE DON'T WANNA LOSE YOU, OUR ONLINE HOME! WE DON'T WANNA SAY GOODBYE, OUR SWEET
FANFICTION.NET!"

Please stop censoring authors, and please allow fictional MA rated content to be featured on the website. Please at least consider it, and make a way for it to be possible. Thank you very much.