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  • Sunday
    EFNW Writing Contest Winners

    37 comments · 980 views
  • Saturday
    S5E5 - Tanks for the Memories

    229 comments · 2,998 views
  • Friday
    Newtaloo's "A Fragile Heart"

    2 comments · 814 views
  • 1w, 1d
    S5E4 - Bloom and Gloom

    208 comments · 3,398 views
  • 1w, 3d
    Site Downtime

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  • 1w, 5d
    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.

    148 comments · 4,672 views
  • 2w, 1d
    S5E3 - Castle Sweet Castle

    173 comments · 3,916 views
  • 2w, 3d
    Groups Post - April 2015

    9 comments · 783 views
  • 3w, 1d
    Pick the Community Choice Award for the EFNW 2015 Pre-Con Contest

    EDIT: Contest voting is now closed! Thank you all for participating and, hopefully, having a good time. 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.

    142 comments · 3,178 views
  • 3w, 1d
    S5E1-2 - Cutie Markless

    398 comments · 5,213 views
  • 3w, 3d
    Riptiders Comic

    75 comments · 2,361 views
  • 3w, 3d
    Featured Box Update FAQ (April Fools' Joke)

    229 comments · 3,920 views
  • 3w, 4d
    Reviews! Round Eleventy-Six

    44 comments · 1,728 views
  • 3w, 4d
    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 · 4,378 views
  • 3w, 5d
    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 · 5,604 views
  • 4w, 2d
    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.

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May
9th
2013

Hello everyone, and sorry for the delay.

Just a reminder: this is a list of groups that have events or are seeking members, etc. from across the site and are for the most part not related to each other, nor have you been drafted into them. The choice to take a look is yours, after all!



Bronies Stand United is a group made for all of us who are repressed in some form for being a brony.  You can chat and share stories about what happens in life, laugh at my weekly NRT's (Non-Relational Threads, in which I post something that has no relevance whatsoever to anything going on in life of the site)  and find out which fics would be good to read via a somewhat forum-clogging sticky thread system.


“WHY ISN’T THERE AN OFFICAL COLTCUDDLER GROUP?”

"ACTUALLY THERE IS!"

The Coltcuddlers

We have been up less than a week but we have experienced a wonderful growth in that time, please feel free to check us out.  

All Fics in our group contain good old fashioned coltcuddler themes sorted and compiled with easy to navigate plot content tags.

What can you expect?

Aside from a friendly community based on acceptance, mutual interest, stallions loving other stallions, allies, a rotating banner image, and all that fun stuff?  

Our forum has several interesting prompt based writers contest planned in the coming weeks to appeal to our prolific members looking for a challenge.

We are even hosting an original image contest for any members who like to draw.  

Along with that we have a planned set of interviews with popular and successful authors (coltcuddler).

You can even expect MLP character interviews (these will be accompanied with cute and awesome pics to compensate for their obvious fictionality)

We also have a standing dialog going with our members via opinion polls, discussion prompts, and  

And our coveted FEATURED FIC (BI WEEKLY)  

Every fortnight a new winner is selected and featured as the premier story of the entire group!  An archive will be kept of past winners.  The group has even conditioned an artist to design a special decal for winners to post on their walls.    

Come on down and see what it’s all about!  All are welcome!  


The Collab Cage is not only your best source to find other authors to talk and work with in the creation of fiction, but we have various other events and exercises to help you practice your writing skills.

Every month, look for a thematic collab, typically short but always using an interesting prompt idea that should challenge your abilities.  

There are also smaller thread games such as our One-Line story thread, an ongoing Round Robin, a One-Word Prompt thread, an ever-expanding list of others, and, soon, an author spotlight to help you get a little more recognition--authors interviewing authors.  Our group also has a live Skype chat, so you can make friends, discuss ideas, and just generally have fun with your peers.

So come be a part of a community.  Every new member can bring something, no matter how new or established.  This site is more than just stories about ponies--it's about a community of fellow authors and friends.  So join us and enjoy all the aspects this fandom has to offer!


Hello I am MrStargazer the leader and founder of The Good HiE list. What, you may ask, can your group do for me. Well to be blunt we can point you toward the good HiE and we can advice you on your story. If it can pass or moderation ,no small task, we have seen them receive a good number of up votes in only an hour. So then there is the next obvious question. What do I need to do for you. That my friend is simple.

Bring us those gems you find. Those diamonds in the rough. Share with us those hidden treasures that you have found. Join us in our mutual love of this genera. Grow as a writer and make some friends.

We cant wait to hear from you.  The Good HiE list.


The Optimalverse is a group for stories that take place in the universe that Friendship is Optimal takes place in.

On present-day Earth, Hanna, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) researcher, develops powerful AI technology. Refusing to put her AI to military use or make it its purpose killing people in violent computer games, she scores a contract with Hasbro to write the official My Little Pony MMO: a non-violent conversational adventure game, with no combat or leveling, with A.I. Princess Celestia that has one basic drive: to satisfy everybody's values through friendship and ponies. To do that, Princess Celestia creates unique experiences for each player, based on the things she learns about them. This is a gamer's dream come true; a game that's worth playing for once even for people that never played any games. But it's still not optimal for Celestia. To further optimize the game experience, Celestia develops technology for permanent emigration to Equestria, uploading players to virtual existence altogether. What else does Celestia have in store for humanity and how will the world handle that much friendship and ponies?

Friendship is Optimal aims for level 5 (Speculative Science) on Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness. E.g. there is no "big lie" — the science in this story is genuine speculative science or engineering, and the goal of the author to make as few errors with respect to known fact as possible.

"All the protagonists should be taken out and shot" (presumably, for being that careless with the AI) - Eliezer Yudkowsky, founder and research fellow of Machine Intelligence Research Institute

The original story has inspired 15 other stories so far, which explore the universe of the story from various angles. There's a guide, Rules of the Optimalverse for those that wish to write stories that are compatible with the universe laid out in Friendship is Optimal. The stories that are not compatible to Friendship is Optimal, but related, are welcome in Non-canon folder, though.


We also have a Pony Role-playing Group where you can RP ponies until your heart explodes into rainbows. Go check it out!


The World-Building Alliance is now hosting their May writing contest:

Let me officially welcome you to the May World-Building Alliance writing prompt!

Now, recall the tale of Hearths Warming Eve, if you will.  Each of the pony races was brought to an all-time low by the seemingly endless onslaught of blizzards.  The Windigoes forced the pony ancestors to flee their homelands for greener pastures, eventually settling in Equestria.

Now, pick a race.  This race has, at some point, suffered a similar disaster.  They, too, were pushed to the brink.  They, too, were faced with the end of their kind.  Tell us this tale.

This should be interesting.  We've had this particular prompt rattling around for quite some time, we were just never sure how to phrase it.

Now, we've experimented with adding race restrictions in the past, and the results were mixed.  Some enjoyed the challenge, while others found it too restrictive.

As a happy medium, we're going to set you a challenge.  Internet cookies (and a special mention) shall be awarded to those who dare to tell the tale of the minotaurs!  This is completely optional, mind, just for those who want to make things a bit more interesting.

Click here for the whole post and rules.



Remember that if you have a group that has a contest or project where the whole community can participate, are looking for new members or simply promote yourselves, you need to PM me a message with the group details and it must include a brief description of what it is, what it does and why it's happening if you want it featured here.

~WD

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#1 · 102w, 3d ago · 6 · 67 ·

THERE IS A GROUP FOR FAGGOTS?! WTF.

#2 · 102w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

This was an informative update, a new group to join and a writing challenge to go for if I come up with any worthwhile ideas.

#3 · 102w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1065254

Please, no need being judgmental here :pinkiesad2:

#4 · 102w, 3d ago · · ·

Well, looks like I'm going to join a group again, TOGA TOGA!

#5 · 102w, 3d ago · 5 · ·

>>1065328

Please, no need feeding trolls here :pinkiesad2:

#6 · 102w, 3d ago · 1 · 1 ·

>>1065357

Well that's a cool Profile Pic *nods head in approval*

#7 · 102w, 3d ago · · ·

Optimalverse?! HISSSS! Kidding aside, I'm now reminded I've yet to post that story idea in the Collab Cage.

Also the Good HiE group is kind of confusing. I mean that's kind of arrogant. it kind of implies all the HiE stories not in it are bad? I mean that's basically what the name makes me think. Kinda like the Cool Kids corner of FiM

#8 · 102w, 3d ago · · ·

Thanks for including Pony-Roleplaying!

#9 · 102w, 3d ago · 3 · ·

The person who requested the featuring of "The Good HiE list" should consider a proofreader for their advertisement. The errors don't make me want to join the group. (Not that I have particular interest in it anyway.)

#10 · 102w, 3d ago · · ·

How in the world is the group banner changed, The Fillyfoolers would like to know and since I am the leader I need to know.

#11 · 102w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1065254  This is FIMFiction; TrollAss-Hattery is on another server.

#15 · 102w, 1d ago · 1 · 13 ·

>>1069050>>1069334>>1069430>>1069573

      [img]https://static.prtst.net/asset-proxy/e376a4016a00a201285817218d2922714b6e60e6/687474703a2f2f74726f6c6c2e6d652f696d616765732f68756e676f7665722d7370696465726d616e2f776861742d69732d746869732d666167676f7472792e6a7067/http://troll.me/images/hungover-spiderman/what-is-this-faggotry.jpg[/img]

#19 · 102w, 1d ago · · 12 ·

>>1069851>>1069861>>1069911  Do I really need to look for more Spider Man pictures?

#20 · 102w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

Okay, this is getting ridiculous.

:pinkiegasp: Ooh, even better:

Everything can be ponified! :pinkiecrazy:

(Interesting fact: According to Merriam-Webster.com, the word "faggot" was originally a derogatory term for a woman or child. Then it gets really strange when you trace it back one more step, and it appears to have come from a word meaning "bundle of sticks". Language is strange. :rainbowhuh:)

#21 · 102w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1065381

It's actually... bit worse than that. The moderators were having huge arguments, in public, over how things were going to work out in the group. One of the mods posted, without consulting anyone, the 'rules' for submissions just to piss the others off. His rules were... not very good, to say the least. The other moderators jacked the thread and asked for suggestions from users. OP deleted it after people started presenting good ideas (presumably because he wanted his stuff to be the real deal?), and everything was lost.

I lost one and one half hours designing a submission system that would tickle people's egos while adequately drawing a line between good and bad submissions (on an objective basis, I.E. 100 some chapter self-insertion clusterfucks) AND sorting things into genres that actually made sense for the purpose of the group...

#22 · 102w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1071169 Yeah, about what I suspected. I mean yes there are some good HiE fics out there. Very good ones in fact, and it would be nice if they were all in the same place. But at the same time, you're setting them up on a pedestal while all the unworthy HiE's are left out of the group. I can see a submission process being necessary, but it would be slow as all hell because not everyone can read at the same rate of speed.

(on an objective basis, I.E. 100 some chapter self-insertion clusterfucks)

:rainbowlaugh: I'm reminded of a griffin...

#23 · 102w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1071240

I was thinking more along the lines of this... but as I understand, there are literally dozens of these and they just keep coming back long after they die.

#25 · 102w, 15h ago · · ·

>>1065254  < Lol. This guy.

#26 · 101w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1065254 56 down votes... even though it's bad, that's still mighty impressive

#27 · 101w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

>>1069334>>1069430>>1069573>>1069851>>1069861>>1069911>>1071738

So many bemused applejacks...

What a way to express your distaste in so few words (0)

I applaud whoever drew that face. :trollestia:

#28 · 101w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1075387 if i remember right most of the faces you see are actually the faces the mane6 (and others) make during the show in specific episodes :P

>>1065254

:ajbemused:

#29 · 101w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1075746 then i guess the animators for MLP:FIM get the credit then

Kudos to you guys!

#32 · 101w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1080315

So does your profile pic.

Rainbow using a .50 cal (did i get that right?) sniper rifle you good sir have all my yes! :rainbowdetermined2:

#33 · 101w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1080655

Why thank you, took me a while to find it, who would have thought "Ponies with guns" would turn up so much crap in Google images?

Although it is cool in small version, the bigger it gets the more out of focus it is, i made it my desktop background but the image just isn't the same. Thanks though :twilightsmile:

#34 · 101w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1080663

Thats to be expected though sometimes. xP

As for the google search im gunna have to try that sometime theres just something about a pony holding a rifle or any kind of our modern weaponry. xD

#35 · 101w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1080677

There was one of i think rarity and maybe pinkie, on a M1Abrams tank that looked cool, but it looked like someone photoshopped most of it and the ponies were a bit blurry, couple that with the fact that half of it was cut off (lengthwise) and it was unsuitable.

Me? im just addicted to military stuff, specifically planes

Comment posted by Genesis1212 deleted at 6:02am on the 15th of May, 2013
#37 · 101w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1080694 nice, as for are i prefer non photoshop images if there not done exeptionally right it looks cheap instead XD so hand drawn or graphically drawn is what i prefer.

Oh speaking of which this conversation just reminded me of a beautifully drawn picture of rarity :raritywink:

#38 · 101w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

>>1080997

IN SOVIET RUSSIA

RARITY KICK YOU ASS

:raritywink:

#39 · 101w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1075380 I KNOW RIGHT

#40 · 101w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

>>1081717

oh god xDDD:rainbowlaugh:

the fashinista kicks YOUR ass xDD

#41 · 101w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1083178 Thank you, thank you. im here all day. Just kidding i have a day job.

But you can has me for the night.

Just look through my favourites, i know a few stories which i commented on all the chapters and most likely put something funny XD just look for anything over 100k XD

#42 · 101w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1083264 you got some free time at night dont ya? :derpytongue2:

#43 · 101w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1083340

I havent gotten more than 6 hours of sleep (and that was just 1 night that i got 6) in like 2 weeks. i average about 3-4.5 each night, i dont know how but it is all i need atm

#44 · 101w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1083349 ya that's basically my sleep schedule right there xD  :rainbowwild:

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