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  • Saturday
    S5E4 - Bloom and Gloom

    192 comments · 2,793 views
  • Friday
    Site Downtime

    333 comments · 6,408 views
  • 6d, 14h
    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.

    143 comments · 4,362 views
  • 1w, 2d
    S5E3 - Castle Sweet Castle

    171 comments · 3,777 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.

    140 comments · 2,793 views
  • 2w, 2d
    S5E1-2 - Cutie Markless

    398 comments · 5,089 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 · 1,668 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 · 1,680 views
  • 5w, 3h
    Reviews! Round 64

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

    11 comments · 1,202 views
Apr
30th
2013

Hey all, it's been a while. Remember polls? They are definitely a thing that we can do. Allow me to refresh your memory - a while back we ran a poll on what your favorite secondary characters are; you can check out a summary of the answers here and the raw results here. Nice to see my girl Spitfire got her due.

But now it's time for a new poll! A poll not about the show or the characters, but about you. You fabulous, beautiful fanfic-loving bronies. And pegasisters. If you're into that. Which, come to think of it, is a good question, so answer that too!

Be cool in the comments, people - "love and tolerance" isn't just a good idea... it's the law.

(What? Really? Well it should be.)

RBDash47 · 10,744 views · Edited 102w, 6d ago · Report
#1 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

Just got done filling it out. :rainbowkiss:

#2 · 102w, 6d ago · 9 · 3 ·

L & T are definitely founding principles for the fandom, at least, in my eyes it is. Granted I came from the /b/rony threads circa 2011, so I'm not sure how shared my perspective is.

#3 · 102w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Aaannd ready to print! :pinkiehappy:

#4 · 102w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

In OSes.

X Other (really?)

y that rlly

#5 · 102w, 6d ago · 6 · ·

I'm sexy. Nothing more to say.

#6 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

So does that mean to say that "love and tolerance" is Judge Dredd? :rainbowlaugh::raritywink::derpytongue2:

#7 · 102w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

Finished. *hugs RBDash47 for some unknown reason*

#8 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045101 how interesting. I am also incredibly sexy.

#9 · 102w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

"A few times a year" should have been options in the questions regarding frequency of types of fics one has read or written. As that would have been far more accurate when answering how often I read original fiction.

#10 · 102w, 6d ago · 10 · ·

I couldn't find "awesomesexual" so I settled for bi. :derpytongue2:

#11 · 102w, 6d ago · 1 · 3 ·

My name is Ben, for Bennett, but all the black kids call me Benjamin.  I'm a 16 year old high school student with seemingly no future.  I'm failing school and I don't have many prominent skills.  I'm slightly sociopathic, and I'm an asshole.  I sit in my room all day dividing my time between games and FiM.  Everyday I try to think about my future and I can't think of anything.

But despite all that, I have a large group of friends, and I remain optimistic in front of them and my family.  I'm making the best of what I can, and even if I can't get a good job, or get a nice woman, I am determined not to sink into the gutter.  I don't do drugs, I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't cut, I don't pierce, I don't dress black, I don't distance myself, I don't ruin moods, I don't skip class, I don't get in fights, I don't let myself get pushed around though, I don't weep and cry about my life, and I don't believe that I have the worst life possible.

So that's me.:twilightsmile:

#12 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045101 And a Tim Burton fan, from the looks of your profile pic. I am now tempted to read your actual profile.

#13 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

:raritydespair: < My face when I had to select the sixth age category.

#14 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045136 Lols. I haven't done almost anything with any of his movies yet. I'm making a Coraline Xover soon, as you can blatantly see by my userpic

#15 · 102w, 6d ago · 8 · ·

I answered other to the smartphone OS question because I don't have or need a smartphone.

#16 · 102w, 6d ago · 10 · ·

There's no option for "none" under "Mobile O.S.", and it's a required field. As the last person in the Western World who does not own a cell phone, I'm offended.:raritywink:

RBDash47
Site Blogger
#17 · 102w, 6d ago · 4 · ·

>>1045096

Amen.

>>1045120

:twilightblush:

>>1045132

Fair point!

>>1045133

And thanks to your avatar, I read that in Rarity's voice. :raritywink:

>>1045137

You're in good company! Six others in that range so far, and two in the next one up.

RBDash47
Site Blogger
#18 · 102w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

>>1045141

>>1045143

Maybe you guys should be friends?

#19 · 102w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

>>1045136>>1045139 I don't believe Burton was involved in Coraline... :applejackunsure:

#20 · 102w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

>>1045147 In the trailer of the movie it said "From the creators of Nightmare Before Christmas"....

#22 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045153 But on the back of Coraline's disc case his name doesn't appear in the credits. :ajbemused:

#23 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

I can't wait to see these results. But I did find a problem, since I am both a full time student and I work around 20-30 hours a week, but I could only chose to be one or the other. (chose student, but eh).

#24 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045145... why, darling, I must say, that's quite an absurd thing to do.

#25 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045147 No, he was. The man's a genius, I swear.

#26 · 102w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

I don't use a mobile device so I basically had to put in other, other than that I like this survey! It would be nice to know how diverse (and unique) the Brony and Pegasister community is here! :pinkiehappy:

#27 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045141 >>1045143

Hey, I don't have one either.

There should be like, a club.

...Actually, nah, that's a lame thing to have a club about.

#28 · 102w, 6d ago · 1 · 2 ·

>>1045134 Uhh... I might sound a bit cranky, but really, why do I need to hear that? I'm just not really interested, nor are anyone else here likely to be. Can't we just all stay anonymous and have fun on the internet, instead of sharing our sad life stories?

#29 · 102w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

As I see it it's more like the Pirates Code:

"Love and Tolerate" is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules.:moustache:

#30 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045159

From the director of Nightmare Before Christmas.

Oh, yeah, sorry RBD this is completely unrelated to the blog:applejackunsure:

#31 · 102w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

>>1045145

"Don't just talk about Love & Tolerance; live it as best you can."

—Unknown Anon in /b/ brony thread December 2011

RBDash47
Site Blogger
#32 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045174

It's cool.

Fun fact! Tim Burton didn't direct The Nightmare Before Christmas; Henry Selick did.

#33 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

Done, diddily, did that ish. Now, where is my prize?:rainbowkiss:

#34 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045164

>>Flarp the Dunsparce But on the back of Coraline's disc case his name doesn't appear in the credits. :ajbemused:

And learn how to put multiple responses in the same comment while you're at it.:rainbowhuh:

#35 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045171  Hey man, I'm just following orders.

RBDash47
Site Blogger
#36 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045161

I was worried the question would get too finicky and fine-grained dealing with all the possible permutations of studentry and employment, so I just kept it simple and figured people would select which one they felt more strongly about/took up more of their time.

#37 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045187 He didn't direct it, true, but he wrote it. I actually didn't know he wasn't the director too until now though.

#38 · 102w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

"That one that is always there when the ponies are racist." :rainbowkiss:

#39 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045174>>1045164 That was Henry Selick who directed Nightmare not effing Burton who only PRODUCED it! :facehoof:

#40 · 102w, 6d ago · 1 · 3 ·

>>1045187 Fo' Shizzle? Well, Tim Burton worked on both anyway.

#41 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

It eez done

Comment posted by RBDash47 deleted at 10:52pm on the 30th of April, 2013
#43 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045192 Eh, whatever. It's hardly a big deal at any rate, it's just late and I get a bit annoyed by it. No hard feelings or anything, and carry on doing whatever it is you're doing.

RBDash47
Site Blogger
#44 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045211

>>1045202

What I was working towards is >>1045147 was correct; Tim Burton had nothing to do with Coraline.

#45 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045211 Even though his name is not in Coraline's credits as I pointed out to you?

#46 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045215 Oh. I just wanted to give Burton a bit of credit though. I didn't realize my favorite Burton movie wasn't even directed by him before you said it. I felt the poor guy deserved the mention.

#47 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045219 Huh. Doesn't matter anyway, it's my favorite movie nonetheless.

#48 · 102w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

done Asexuality FTW!:pinkiehappy:

RBDash47
Site Blogger
#49 · 102w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1045227

It is kinda funny; I never paid attention myself until a few years ago. Poor Henry Selick!

#50 · 102w, 6d ago · 6 · ·

Just a heads up in case you don't know him, the man who wrote Coraline is Neil Gaiman and that guy is perhaps the most brilliant author alive today, or at least that I know of. His short stories in particular are pure gold... Just wanted go get that out there.

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