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For the reverse, I've also seen communities end up basically destroyed because someone with a variety of marginalised identities was harassing and abusing people under the guise of doing it for social justice and the mods were unwilling to step in because they felt it was "out of their lane". So it's also worth considering how much leeway your willing to give someone who's saying they're speaking from a place of oppression when they're engaging in tactics you wouldn't tolerate in someone who's not.
And I have sadly met people in fandom who seek out criticism of things they like so they can abuse the people criticising it and these sites are unfortunately not immune to that. It may have been out of line for me to say that those people were always white cis straight dudes, but there have definitely been incidents in past reviews where people were not at all acting in good faith.
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Something that's really struck me throughout this debacle is that while Pratchett isn't generally super great with minority representation, this book, in particular, a lot of wlw, women and trans people find really important and meaningful. And well, you're none of those things. So I think that at some points you've (understandably) approached this through the lens of some of Pratchett's previous work, and some of the wlw, women and cis people here have found that a bit uncomfortable.
I'm white, cis and not wlw (tho not straight) so I don't feel super qualified to comment on a lot of this mess but, well, I'm not that surprised that this has been brewing given that a lot of the time the people defending Pratchett are well, white straight cis dudes, but here a lot of wlw, trans people and women have found this book meaningful to them for various reasons and might be inclined to defend parts of it.
So while I don't really blame you for reacting to this through the lens of some of the previous arguments that have happen over Pratchett's books (because I've been here for most of them and I remember how many privileged people reacted badly to Pratchett being criticised for his treatment of marginalized people) I do think before engaging in an argument it's worth taking a step back and making sure that what you think is happening really is happening before you put yourself in the conversation - especially if it involves an axis of marginalisation you don't experience if that makes sense?