What happened with flipnote hatena?
so, let me give context first before diving into the history of what happened.
flipnote hatena was a FREE animation software given by nintendo that also had a FREE official online hosting platform for people to share their creations. most of the users were ages ten to fourteen. there was lots of wolves, pokemon, and sonic, as to be expected.
it also had a popularity ranking, the ability to freely give “stars” or points to stuff you liked, and follower counts. there was a subsection to see the most popular animations of all time, of the last week, and of the day.
as you can expect, some users got super popular. off the top of my head i can think of EpicGuitar, NeonWolf, and Chirin, all of whom were also kids. i also managed to get a pretty decent following.
but, since this is the internet, and it was a public free service, loads of questionable bad things got uploaded, like furry p@rn, or copyrighted music, or racist propaganda. nintendo couldn’t allow this, but also didn’t have the resources to filter every last animation posted. comments were also difficult to screen since users could hand write and draw messages. there were lots of dicks.
so, nintendo told the hatena office that they needed to clean up the place. and thus user flagging was created. you could remove animations AND comments by flagging them and selecting a reason for the flag, and users would be rewarded for flagging bad vids. users who had enough videos flagged would eventually be banned.
this led to a heckton of actual good animations by popular kid artists being flagged wrongly. because the system relies on people noticing what you post anyways and even rewarded people for flagging, only popular creators were targeted over and over, leaving the actual bad content on the service untouched for the most part.
the end result was a lot of petty infighting after giving kids the ability to harass eachother even further. popularity fights got out of control, jealousy was rampant, kids were screaming to doxx eachother. it was ridiculous and should never be repeated yet here we are.