I personally think, at least in Japan, there was a huge 'tacit understanding' between those who ganging up for aiming notability.
Like, 'I promote you so you follow me and never oppose. Then both of us will get better influence around. Win-Win relationship'. And after they made this back-scratching alliance, they justified their every action by some kind of 'majority decision'. And seized control of the whole of the community, and modified it as they want.
Most of the cases, the atmosphere got broken and corrupted just after it happened. And they abandoned the community after they harvested what they want. Most of the cases it was somewhat financial benefits or more influence on the other platforms. Then the offenders left, and the damaged community and project founder got left behind. Of course, the community died just after that. Many platforms, projects, and communities got killed by those vultures. I saw this phenomenon again and again in Japanese furry's communities.
The worst thing is, they justified their action by financial benefits or influence they won. Japanese general people tend to overrate the money or influence, especially the follower number on Twitter or Facebook. And people blindly believe that big name's saying is right. For the majority of Japanese people, the money they made or the follower number they got is the parameter of one's reliability. Most people are addicted to getting those. And if someone opposes that, they'll get attacked. And even someone makes something great work but if they couldn't make enough financial benefit or number, they rather get rated low, or rather get attacked as well. Maybe because someone wants to spoil the seed of new talents, to secure their influence.
Well, to be fair enough. I mention I don't know the current situation at all. It happened about 15 years ago. Once, Japanese online communities were like that.
I hope the situation got changed after I left. And... I'm really sad if the same phenomenon is happening in US, especially around therian or otherkin's communities.
Maybe, someone thinks it is the chance to get famous in something new genre if it is not developed enough yet.
To be honest, I thought the same way when I joined the internet. It was about 20 years ago. Most of home use lines were ISDN. The mainstream was relying on much more primitive CGI based platforms that build for old type cellphones. It was before SNS rose up.
Therefore. I felt there is a huge frontier that awaits us to reclaim. I thought I can do something in the huge blank space which awaits me to build up to something. Yeah, that was my youthful days.
But I was just a young kid who barely knew anything. I didn't know how the world's current state, how the culture and nation went through, and what happened before I was born.
Just... I wanted to prove myself, because I couldn't get enough score on the school. I just wanted to say that even if I couldn't get enough results on the exams but still I have something I'm good at. About my writing or art. Even no one around me rated me enough, but there are someone who can find my true worth in somewhere around the world. I just wished so. I felt infinity opportunities on the internet.
Well, but I did something really childish bad mistakes just after I joined the internet, though. And I messed up my own effort by myself. It was my own fault XD
Perhaps, it is a really common event anyone goes through at least one time.
Maybe, those who couldn't correct and improve themselves from that event is still causing some issues. Still, the actual age is a certain measure to estimate one's mental state. But also we all can stay at the childish level regardless of the physical body's age.
In an idealistic talk, we all should desire to be capable adults. Train well, learn well, and play well, to make our respective lifetime worthwhile. It is what all of us should work on, regardless of species, gender, nation, culture, religion, or whatever any of tiny differences. And being an adult is just expanding one's ability. Then naturally we can understand the others well, and it'll be a big chance to accept the others, regardless of those tiny differences.
When I was young, I refused to be the same with those dirty adults who didn't hesitate to do something bad but excusing with 'everyone is doing this, so what's wrong with I'm doing the same'.
Now I got enough old, but I really wish I could be enough capable adult who can refuse to do something bad. I really want to be a good, capable, and well-experienced adult wolfdog. To take care of the others enough.
I noticed that being an adult doesn't mean we have to be human. I want to be an adult, but wolfdog adult.