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  • Saturday
    S5E4 - Bloom and Gloom

    192 comments · 2,814 views
  • Friday
    Site Downtime

    334 comments · 6,413 views
  • 6d, 17h
    PSA: Potential Story Thefts

    Hi guys. Quick announcement here that it's been discovered that an ebook website called Ebooks Tree has been caught selling peoples' fanfics without their knowledge or permission. This in the midst of a rash of other scandals involving fanfiction-stealing, which you can read more about here. Basically, the site's sent out some bots that harvested a bunch of stuff from popular Fanfiction venues, and they make money off of it via ad support and charging for access.

    Which is obviously not okay.

    Reddit's got a noncomprehensive pastebin up of known works that have been taken. You may want to check that, but it's not a complete list, so your stories might still have been stolen even if they aren't on there. It looks like the main victims are mostly stories posted up on the old Pony Fiction Vault site... but again, even if you didn't have stories in the Vault, you may want to do a quick check-around just to make sure. Better safe than sorry.

    Easy directions for filing a DMCA complaint so that you can get your stories pulled can be found here.

    Quick links to Ebooks Tree's DMCA page and Contact Page here.

    So, uh, probably best to just do a quick scan for any stories you might have written that are near and dear to your heart (or checking around for your author name). If you find anything, make sure to file the proper complaints, and that'll hopefully contribute to ending this withering storm.

    Have a nice day.

    145 comments · 4,372 views
  • 1w, 2d
    S5E3 - Castle Sweet Castle

    171 comments · 3,780 views
  • 1w, 4d
    Groups Post - April 2015

    9 comments · 714 views
  • 2w, 2d
    Pick the Community Choice Award for the EFNW 2015 Pre-Con Contest

    EDIT: Contest voting is now closed! Thank you all for participating, and remember, if you haven't already, go leave comments and feedback for the stories you read. Authors love that sort of thing! We'll have an announcement of winners later this week.

    Good day folks,

    As many of you know we here on the Everfree Northwest Writing Track recently held a little writing contest. Well, we’ve completed the first round and vetted all the entries. But now that we know which fics can win, we need the Fan Fiction community to vote on their favorites for the Community Choice Award. Below you will find a semi-randomized list of the 73 accepted entries. If you are so inclined please select some at random to read (Please use random.org to randomly select a fic, just set the range on the right from 1 - 73). If you read something you like, post the number of the entry below. If you find multiple fics that you like, feel free to edit your post with the additional numbers. At the end of April 20th we will tabulate all the results and declare the winner of the Community Choice Award. Unless the judges agree with the community, in which case they will receive one of our 1st-3rd place awards and the runner up for the Community Choice Award will win instead.

    All fics are related to the topic of “Making New Friends” in some way (which seems apt considering the Season 5 Premiere).  All fics are between 1,000 and 3,000 words according to Google docs so they won’t take up much of your time either. All fics are either on FIMFiction or in Google Docs format.

    Lastly please be kind to the entrants. They are all brave for putting themselves forward like this. So if you liked a story, let them know and/or give them a thumbs up and remember to be friendly in the spirit of Season 5.

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    As always, keep up-to-date on the latest Everfree Northwest news by visiting our website, viewing our FIMFiction account and group, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter and Tumblr.

    141 comments · 2,835 views
  • 2w, 2d
    S5E1-2 - Cutie Markless

    398 comments · 5,092 views
  • 2w, 4d
    Riptiders Comic

    75 comments · 2,328 views
  • 2w, 4d
    Featured Box Update FAQ (April Fools' Joke)

    227 comments · 3,852 views
  • 2w, 5d
    Reviews! Round Eleventy-Six

    44 comments · 1,669 views
  • 2w, 5d
    LoHAV Ban (April Fools' Joke)

    I have just now heard that there's a genre of stories being published on Fimfiction.net called "LoHAV" or something. Which supposedly stands for "League of Humans Acting Villainously." Apparently these stories about humans in cosplay going to Equestria and becoming the character they're cosplaying as. Which is okay, I guess, but after reading a few of these stories I have to agree with the criticisms that these stories aren't about My Little Pony. It's been a consistent problem with the story approvers that people are publishing stories about becoming their cosplay of Optimus Prime or Darth Vader or whatever, and honestly that's just really stupid. This shouldn't be an issue, and I would've said something about it earlier if I'd been made aware of it.

    If you guys want to publish stories like that, the upcoming expansion to Fimfiction to allow general stories will allow you to post those. Until  that happens, though, I'm going to have to say that these stories are categorically banned, and no further stories in this genre will be allowed to be published.

    Please direct any questions on this ban to the moderators. I'm very busy right now and will not be able to respond.

    312 comments · 4,322 views
  • 2w, 6d
    Featured Box Updates (April Fools' Joke)

    Hi guys! In the wake of Xaquseg's recent fix to a critical bug with incomplete registrations, the staff has been working on various fixes and touch-ups around the site. You may notice that the site loads a bit faster and 502s less now than it used to. Thanks, knighty! In recognition of April Fools' Day being around the corner, there's even a special easter egg that'll happen if you put the Konami Code in on the front page. Limited-time only, so check it out while you can!

    One of the major changes that we wanted to talk to you about, though, has been to the algorithm powering the Featured Box. What goes into whether a story is Featured or isn't Featured has been the subject of many heated debates in the staff chat recently. It is, after all, of great importance that the front page Featured Box continues to show readers high-quality stories. Recently dug-up statistics on our end of things have shown that stories written by users with higher follower counts tend to do vastly better in rating, viewcount, bookshelf count, and general subjective approval. This was honestly quite a shock to us, since beforehand it'd been assumed that follower count had no real bearing on the quality of Featured stories.

    Thus, after a long talk and a very close staff vote, a change to the algorithm was implemented that provides authors with a higher follower count with a scaling heat multiplier. Authors with larger follower counts (up to a maximum at around two-thousand followers) will receive heat multipliers that make their stories a bit more likely to land in the Featured Box, which should hopefully improve the quality of stories in the box overall. Stronger authors like Regidar and Alexstrazsa, who aren't featured that often, should be the main beneficiaries of this change. Moreover, it'll be more likely now that featured stories by authors with lower follower counts will be real don't-miss gems. A big plus for readers.  

    The change in question has actually been in place for a little while now, and after some observation, the staff finds the results to be a marked improvement in the positive attention readers give to stories in the Featured Box. You should be able to notice how stories' heats adjust to the authors' follower counts in the next few days, as the site' rankings continue to adjust to the algorithm change.

    If you guys have any questions about things, feel free to ask. As always, we are open to suggestions on how we can tune the site to be a better place for readers and authors alike.

    Have a nice day!

    334 comments · 5,563 views
  • 3w, 3d
    Issues related to incomplete registrations

    Early December, we accidentally broke the job that cleans up user account registrations that didn't have their email validated within 24 hours. This caused a number of issues related to usernames not freeing up when an incorrect email was used, forcing some users to select a username other than the one they originally wanted, or to use a secondary email address.

    Today, due to a related bug report, I noticed the job was broken, and deployed a fix. All accounts that should've been cleaned up before have been cleaned up as part of this fix. This won't impact users who verified their account, and it was never possible for anyone to login under these accounts as they were never activated, so this should do nothing more than free about 2500 usernames and email addresses.

    If you were affected by this issue, we apologize for the inconvenience. If you registered with a secondary email, or picked another username, you can change both from your account settings page, if you wish to.

    27 comments · 1,681 views
  • 5w, 6h
    Reviews! Round 64

    27 comments · 1,252 views
  • 5w, 3d
    Aquaman's "I Am Demon" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    11 comments · 1,202 views
Apr
6th
2013

And here we go! Time to explore!


The group, Crack Ship's Inc, has initiated it's first prompt contest!

At Crack Ships Inc, we believe that anyone and anything can fall in love. After all, Friendship is Magic is all about making friends, and it's not a huge leap from friendship to romance.

And if anyone can become friends, then anyone can fall in love.

For the prompt contest, six arbitrarily chosen ponies are presented, and contestants must write a ship fic about two or more of those ponies.

Closing date is the 23rd of April, after which a community vote opens up to decide the winner.


Good day fellow FIM FANS,

Recently our group, Fan Fiction Documentary, launched on this site announcing a FIM Fan Fiction Documentary in the works. We hope to bring a quality 40-45 minute documentary to the Brony community sometime this summer. We are aiming for 7-8 guests with a variety of backgrounds, but if you want to find out more just take the link to our faq which will be updated this weekend with a list of guests and a more defined focus based on feedback gained in the past week.

We will also be opening a discussion board where we can keep track of talent including those interested in contributing works of art including music, pictures of all sorts, video, and of course listing their stories for consideration. We won't be able to use even half the authors we have, but we have something in the works to show just how many quality fics we have in this community.

I would also like to take this time to congratulate FIMFICTION.net for being the second most popular fan fiction site on the web, second only to http://archiveofourown.org which has 11700 fandoms as of today. FIMFICTION.net is also about tied for most hits as a Brony site, and is in the process of passing EQD for hits as we speak.

Shower knighty and his staff with praise below. They have all accomplished a lot in the past few years and brought us a lot of joy including making this project possible with tools like the group function.

So thank you Fimfiction, we hope to honor you and and the rest of the community soon.


Tropers is a new group dedicated to the TVTropes wiki; the internet's favorite trope catalogue and life-ruiner.

Our group may not be large right now, but we have folders for both troper-written and troper-recommended works, and we have already done a Fic Secret Santa. The more members the more discussion we can have, and the more events we can arrange!

Don't be afraid to stop by, whether you're familiar with the site or not. A valid TVTropes handle is required to add fics to folders, but trust us when we say those aren't hard to get.


The World-Building Alliance has announced the April Story Prompt!

Now, I bet some of you were wondering why we decided to delay this month’s idea until the second of the month.  The simple answer being what happened yesterday, with gold memberships, retirements, promotions, and all manner of general silliness.  We decided it would be best to wait for a day than get caught up in the middle of all that :twilightsmile:

Now, onto the fun part.  For this month, the idea is a simple one:  Take a trait of your main character, and crank it up to eleven.  An extremely friendly minotaur, maybe?  Or a dragon with insatiable curiosity, perhaps.  Go nuts, we want to see some wacky combinations out there.

If you’re after some pony examples, we could give Twilight as a super-smarty pants.  Or maybe Fluttershy, with her maxed out shyness stat.

Now, seeing as this is a more character-driven prompt, we'll be fiddling with the weighting of the categories to represent that.  For this month, World Building will be less important than your ability to create and convincingly flesh out this OC.

For more information follow THIS LINK


American Bronies

Are you from the country that kicks the most ass, while simultaneously maintaining a below par public education system? Then this group is for you!

Come here to celebrate all things uniquely American, from the artery clogging, early death sentence inducing deliciousness that is american cuisine, to the vast and unequaled power of our military, via one of the largest budgets in the world!

It is as you might expect, it's for those who live in territory claimed by US and A to join and exercise those free speech rights. We don't really do anything special other than talk ponies and news concerning 'Merica.


Polyamory (Contains NSFW/Mature Fics)

Because Pony x Pony x Ponies is best ship.

A group for everyone that likes to see more than two ponies getting together.  Accepts both clean and clop stories, simply place them in the relevant folders.  

A prime example of what we are looking for is The Teacher, The Sorceress, and The Wonderbolt.  

This group is not meant to overshadow other groups dedicated to specific polyamorous relationships, and as such will not have folders dividing every possible shipping combination of three ponies or more.  I believe that the whole point of polyamorous shipping is the open, convention-breaking feel, so adding regimented groups seems odd.  These shippings are allowed, but they will not be segregated.  

If you happen to be interested in specific poly ships, RariJackDash, AppleDashLight, Twilunestia, and Twilunestiance are at your disposal.

We encourage any and all members to search for stories with polyamory or even polyamorous elements.  There isn't much out there, and of course we would all like it if the idea was spread out even more.  

Hopefully, more groups will be founded (maybe even by you, yes YOU) in order to spread the message of free love and swinging across FimFic and Bronydom.



Aaand that's it for now!

Remember, if you have a group that is organizing something for the whole community, or has just been created, or has been around but has a unique concept, you might want to PM me with the details! Be sure to write about 200 words minimum describing what your group or event is around and provide as much detail as you can!

~WD

Wanderer D · 9,240 views · Edited 106w, 2d ago · Report
#1 · 106w, 3d ago · 8 · 15 ·

Second last.

EDIT: le downvotes all are belong to me

#2 · 106w, 3d ago · · ·

Wanderer D using a thumbnail? Something is wrong.

#3 · 106w, 3d ago · 5 · 5 ·

Are you from the country that kicks the most ass,

Bitch please, you ain't been to Afganistan.

#4 · 106w, 3d ago · 1 · 4 ·

WOOHOO KNIGHTY WE LOVE YOU EVEN THOUGH SOME OF US DON'T SAY THEY DO BUT WE ALL LOVE YOU ANYWAYS.

#6 · 106w, 3d ago · · 2 ·

Rarijackdash is best polypony ship thing.

#7 · 106w, 3d ago · · ·

>>984373

Glad you think so, we could do with more followers. :raritydespair:

#8 · 106w, 3d ago · · ·

Why hath your blog appeared before me when I am not part of your group nor have any intention of joining it?

#9 · 106w, 3d ago · · ·

>>984367 Not much to say there?

#10 · 106w, 3d ago · · ·

>>984396

i erased what i said

#11 · 106w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

>>984401 You know you can just delete comments, right? Near the top right of the comment box there is a little garbage can, and if you click it it deletes your comment.:pinkiesmile:

#12 · 106w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

>>984401

Why? So you could piss people off with useless comments that might as well be deleted? Because that's what you're doing.

#13 · 106w, 3d ago · · ·

The day this contest ends is the day Dead Island Riptide comes out.:pinkiecrazy:

Time to crack some skulls.:pinkiecrazy:

Wanderer D
Moderator
#14 · 106w, 3d ago · · ·

>>984391 It's a site post. Everyone gets informed when there's a site post. Also, this is not about a single group, it's a blog-post promoting several groups.

#15 · 106w, 3d ago · 1 · 1 ·

Might I submit my Anti-Fimfiction Group for next month? We are a group that feels "Bronies" must be stopped. They have infiltrated our youth and are engaging our sons and daughters in psychological warfare, converting them to hateful pedophiles and dooming them to eternal virginity, thus ending procreation for the human race. The horse scoundrel site FimFiction is one of their main tools in consistently violating the principles of free speech and fair trade. Therefore our group's overarching goal is for all "Bronies" to be hunted down and dealt with.

We don't have much going on at the moment, but are on the lookout for more decent folk so we can get the resistance rolling :pinkiesmile:

#16 · 106w, 3d ago · 2 · 1 ·

>>984575 I honestly can't tell if you're actually being serious or just trolling to extreme measures...

#17 · 106w, 3d ago · · ·

>>984354

I have. Quaint, to say the least. Definitely not a runner's climate. Nor a runner's society. With the whole, "cover all of your skin, but hands and face is okay." They did not enjoy seeing a skinny-ass 'Murrican running bareback through the city.

<3 DarqFox

#19 · 106w, 3d ago · 1 · 1 ·

TVTropes can suck a dick.

There are so many in its mouth already, but I'm sure there must be some room for one more.

#20 · 106w, 3d ago · · ·

Woot! Crack Ships got a mention! And that polyamory group is relevant to my interests.

#21 · 106w, 3d ago · · ·

...and provide as much ^many details as you can!

:twilightoops: Uh-oh, I just corrected Wanderer D! My editing impulse has gone too far! Mercy! Mercy! :raritydespair:

#22 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

I have no idea who the hell you are.

#23 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

I would also like to take this time to congratulate FIMFICTION.net for being the second most popular fan fiction site on the web, second only to http://archiveofourown.org which has 11700 fandoms as of today.

Sorry, what? What about FanFiction.Net?

Wanderer D
Moderator
#24 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

>>984979 it happens more often than you think :twilightsmile:

>>985406 I don't know who you are either! So I guess that puts us on even grounds, right? If you want to know who I am you can either check the Staff page or visit my own. Anyway, if you are sort of wondering why you might have received a warning about this post, it's because site-posts, which moderators and administrators write, get announced to all users. Such as site updates, how-to blogs, interviews, Seattle's Angel's Reviews and Group Updates.

#25 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

>>984410>>984401

Nah, he should keep it. It's not hurting anyone. :trollestia:

#26 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

>>985469 Ah. I was wondering why I got a notification! That cleared up the mystery! :twilightsmile:

#27 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

>>984613

Such an odd avatar he has.

And username "Sunshine-Smiles?"

:trixieshiftleft: Something is up.

#28 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

>>985469

While we're at it, then:

maintaining a below par public education system?

Care for "sub-par," instead? :pinkiesmile:

#29 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

>>985406 Does anybody know who anybody is? Who are you?

or a better question...

who am I?

#30 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

>>985668 I asked pretty much that same question on Twitter this morning. I was christened Philosofaggot. :twilightblush:

#31 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

>>985679 I giggle at your plight, as I am le ShagDragon, master of things. I found myself.

#32 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

I just want to say that while the motivation for a 'fanfiction documentary' is in the right place, it is possibly one of the worst ideas I've ever heard.

Mark my words; this will only end in tears.

Wanderer D
Moderator
#33 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

>>985636 Well, I don't correct the posts that get sent to me. :twilightsheepish: But I think in the case of that particular error it might be intentional.

>>985720 Are you saying it will be sadder than MLD? :rainbowderp:

#34 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

>>985813

>implying that's possible

#35 · 106w, 2d ago · · ·

>>985469 I'm so sorry for you, then. :fluttershysad:   (I think all the time. :pinkiehappy:   Even when I'm trying to sleep. It gets annoying. :derpytongue2:)

#36 · 106w, 1h ago · · ·

Documentary, you say? I'm certainly interested. Thanks for the heads-up!

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