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As an example, here's a blog by one of the owners of one of the deleted communities, Pornish-Pixies.
Yes, it had questionable content, but it was fictional content, and I have never heard the slightest indication that there was any illegal activity associated with the community. Moreover, it was a safe place for such content -- it was friendslocked, meaning only members could view the content, and this kept unsupervised children from reading it. Additionally, it was by invitation only, which reduced the likelihood of a kiddy claiming to be older than they really were gaining access to the material.
There are accusations in fandom that the group behind the complaint that resulted in Pornish-Pixies' deletion is Warriors for Innocence. Take this with a grain of salt; I haven't seen any proof. However, Liz Marcs on Livejournal has an excellent analysis of the group here.
My readers should make their own decisions on this one after reading her entry because I'm honestly not sure what to think. I do agree that they sound like a vigilante group.
On the subject of questionable content in fanfic I will be the first to admit that I am squicked by certain themes. For example, I rarely read Fullmetal Alchemist fanfic without a recommendation from a friend because of Roy/young!Edward stories, and I'm not real fond of Smallville stories with Lex/young!Clark, either. MacLeod/Richie stories for Highlander strike me as all sorts of wrong and don't get me started on Wincest (Supernatural slash with incest themes).
I will defend, heartily and with enthusiasm, the right of fanfic writers to write these stories, and readers to read them even if I personally think they're gross. We are not talking about actual crimes -- by definition, fiction is fiction. I may object, sometimes strongly, to some people's fantasies as presented in their stories, but I am not going to tell anyone that they can't write about them, post them in appropriate locations, or enjoy reading them.
A friends-locked invitation only Livejournal that can only be viewed by the adult members? This is an appropriate and responsible place to post smut.
And, also, while a good bit of fanfiction gives me the creepy crawlies -- particularly stories with underage characters or fic with incest themes -- there are also stories on the same themes which have substantial literary and artistic merit.
(I should mention at this point, were this a normal blog, I'd start linking to stories as examples to back my points up but I honestly do not want to provide the Purity Police with any assistance in finding stories. Linking to my examples in this blog would be like waving a red flag before a bull and I'm not going to do it.)
It would be nice if someone could make the really icky stories go away, and let us keep the good stories, but who makes that distinction? I sure don't want that job and I for damn-sure don't want the Purity Police deciding what's got artistic merit. I suspect their opinions and my opinions do not agree and that, additionally, the Purity Police's opinions would conflict with the opinions of the majority of fans out there.