ANNOUNCEMENT: In the recent actions of the FFNet Administration, it has come to my attention that I cannot stand by this idly, and while I will retain my account here to read/review, I implore all authors that I do so read this message and join the cause.
As of 6/8/12, there has been a massive digital book burning performed here at FFNet of at least 350,000 stories and counting. A rule was placed in 2002 to not allow MA content, and was unenforced for 10 years. Due to the lack of enforcement, authors treated the rule as something that was archaic and unenforced for a reason, and began writing stories contrary to this rule. Without warning, on 6/6/12, began a massive Purge of content, much to the ire of many readers and authors alike, especially those who did not have a local backup. It is of my opinion that this action is totally inexcusable, regardless of what the TOS has claimed, on the basis of the non-enforcement of that rule.
I urge all authors to take a stand in protest. Leave stories as they are. Do not update them any longer. Add a simple author's note to the beginning and end, stating that as long as the MA rating is continued to be banned, that any and all updates will no longer occur here at FFNet. In your announcement to disband from posting work at FFNet, announce where your work will be continuing. It is a growing stand that authors are moving all of their work in progress and finished work to yourfanfiction(dot)net. This is a website that is fair to the users, will not delete stories without a warning, and will always submit a copy back to the author if it is to be deleted. Their rules in place are also much more open-minded, catering to EVERY author's interests.
Please show your support for the many authors whose work has been destroyed overnight due to an unenforced, archaic expectation, regardless of your beliefs on what is or is not an acceptable material. The freedom of expression should be respected for all, regardless of what your personal feelings on matters are.
I'm simply a reader and occasional reviewer. I'd be amazed if I ever found the inspiration to actually submit a piece of work. I have done writing before, but the extent of it has been limited to fic types that get frowned upon here: I have participated in a few of the Eternity (formerly Survivor) competitive writing tournament fics over the years. If you're wanting to see those works, PM me a request and I can send zips of the tournament pages which would include my part as well as everyone else involved, or pop into #ri over on the PSIGenix servers.