We call it the "rah rah rahs". The chapter was denied because it featured a violent sexual assault. A lot of the commentors on that post were trying to "comfort" the OP for how they were "wrongly denied". I noped out of that conversation fast.
The biggest thing that gets me is that a lot of people are still thinking "books", like physical books or even Kindle books instead of webfiction. I've read great writing advice here, Tumblr, Wattpad (pre 2020 exodus) that's helped me become a stronger writer. It feels like the mindset is that if it works for traditional book sales, it'll work for serials.
A couple of threads yesterday were talking about "reader magnets". I'd honestly never heard of that term before. Instead of the cute graphics I've seen people share as a thank you when people subscribe or creating bonus content for your Patreon or Kofi accounts - these people are spending months writing free content to give away for signing up for a newsletter that you'll eventually filter away.
One writer spent months searching antique shops for a vintage typewriter so he could write personal notes to send to his readers.
A lady had a 9k word short story that she wanted to give away for free
Another lady spent a month and a half working on a short story to give away because it helped boost her sales that month. She had no clue if people actually read her free content but that didn't stop her from giving it away.
To each their own, I guess, but it sure is craziness