First, you're right, your opinion has value whether you're old or new. This doesn't have anything to do with that, and it's not really about writing quality.
The problem here is that you don't have the background knowledge we're working from.
The Makes-Things thing: it wasn't just ignored by everybody. Like July said, we seriously were unable to say anything at the time because we were all operating under "Permission means you can do anything." That's just how it was back then. Makes-Things was effectively dead—no appearances in spin-offs or anything if they weren't set before Spring 2008—for roughly three years, until I wrote him back in. People had been muttering behind their hands about it the whole time, mind you, but nobody did anything until I did.
"It shouldn't matter if it's hS": it shouldn't, but it does. hS is what you might call a Big Name Fan, and has been for a long time. See, first he wrote the original DOGA spin-off, which is pretty widely regarded as awesome. Then he wrote stuff like The Reorganisation and the other history stories, which were also heralded as masterworks and accepted into everyone's headcanon with open arms, despite that hS very much made it clear that it wasn't expected.
After that it just never stopped. You see up there where July is saying about how hS doesn't want to be the Glorious Leader of the PPC? It's true. There was a time when many people took hS's prolific writing and general acceptance to mean that he was trying to take over everything, and I believe I was actually the one to finally stand up and tell them to stop it because they were being jerks.
So like... it's real easy to say it doesn't matter, but we're living with all this history. hS is somebody whose stuff is pretty much all accepted by everyone, so it's not much of a stretch to wonder if this is meant to be accepted.
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Unrelated to issues of context: I disagree that killing off Flowers necessarily opens up spaces for new ones. This would be true if we were talking about big, active departments that need Heads, like the DMS and Floaters, but a) nobody's going to kill them off because they are established canon characters like Makes-Things, and b) we're not talking about them; the Hydrangea and the Waterlily Commander are Heads of departments that nobody has used in years. This doesn't open the way for new stuff so much as put the last nail in the coffin of those departments, IMO.
"It was for writing something that shook the PPC up a great deal, did not actually inform people about- when this first came up she expressed concerns about Drama and so on. She was assured it would... more
Lemme provide some context. Neshomeh,Fri May 11 4:09pm