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  • Saturday
    S5E17 - Brotherhooves Social

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  • Friday
    Groups Post - October 2015

    Welp, it's October, so it's finally culturally acceptable again to have a spooky skellington as your avatar picture (lookin' at you, Meeester)

    Also skulltrumpet videos as far as the eye can see, because what even is Halloween without skulltrumpet

    Now here's the somewhat embarrassing part - in a month, it looks like I've only been given three group submissions. Last month we had several times that, and interest has been pretty steady for awhile. This month, I've only got a total of three, and even going through my PM history doesn't turn up any I missed. If you did submit one, and it's not here, bug me about it ASAP and I'll get you added back on, but otherwise I'm just going to chalk this up to a slow month. Too many people getting ready for the SKELETON WAR to worry about what their groups are doing, I dunno.

    Request Criticism

    Request Criticism is a group where you can go and get help with your fanfics. While 'Looking for Editors' and couple other groups exercise in making your story look good, Request Criticism exercises in your story building. What does this mean? Fimfiction lacks a lot of fanfics with good quality. Many writers also want to get better, but they don't know what they're doing wrong. This group is here to help you.

    By joining Request Criticism, you'll learn the does and don'ts, the good and the bad, and proper spelling and grammar. (That's actually another group) We'll also occasionally review fanfics. When we get a certain number of request, we'll give some reviews to a couple of decent stories monthly/weekly. This group is here to make sure you don't fail, and we'll do our best to make sure we know what we're saying before posting.

    Every fanfic, good or bad, has at least one thing that makes it unique. We're here to show you that.

    Write My Fic for Me

    This group is dedicated to bringing your ideas to life. Here you can find people willing to bring your fanfiction ideas to reality. Don't need an idea brought to life? Are you a writer? Then come along and be a part of the team that helps the others with their ideas. All are welcome so come on by today. I'll see you there.

    Nightmare Night

    The night of fear,

    the night of darkness,

    the night your nightmares come true,

    there is no hiding,

    there is no escape,

    nightmare night will come,

    it will bring your fears,

    all of them,

    so you better be ready for nightmare night

    Well, how about that, two groups exclusively about writing and a topical holiday group. Not a bad list, despite the short length. But seriously, don't hesitate to send in groups to be advertised for November! It's free exposure, so you might as well take advantage of it. Even if you've advertised in these before, I don't mind doing repeats as long as I get a new PM each time.

    If you want to submit for November, send me a PM with the following:

    -A link to the group's front page, or FAQ, or rules, or whatever you want people to navigate to

    (I appreciate the thought people put into making clickable links for me, but since I need the actual URL to recreate it for the blog it's actually less work for both of us if you just paste it in the message text raw)

    -A brief, 150-ish word description of what the group's for and why people should join. Keep in mind that this is going to be copied and pasted directly into the blog as written, so try to avoid saying things like "it's a group I created," because then it's going to sound like I, Eldorado, created it.

    I'll accept just about anything, as long as there's not a legal issue that I'm wary of. I also don't accept groups about specific stories or people, but if it's a big universe type setting with multiple authors currently working on stories, then it's usually okay.

    That's all there is for this month, so I'll see you (and hopefully a few more groups) in November!

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  • 6d, 15h
    Reviews! Round 71

    5 comments · 777 views
  • 1w, 3d
    Equestria Girls - Friendship Games

    379 comments · 4,109 views
  • 1w, 4d
    S5E16 - Made in Manehattan

    144 comments · 2,363 views
  • 1w, 5d
    Fic Spotlight #16 - Fics it Now!

    9 comments · 1,968 views
  • 1w, 6d
    S5E15 - Rarity Investigates

    104 comments · 1,653 views
  • 2w, 5d
    Ruirik's "The Regular"

    4 comments · 1,080 views
  • 3w, 4d
    S5E14 - Canterlot Botique

    180 comments · 3,630 views
  • 3w, 5d
    Fic Spotlight #15 - Return of Fic Spotlight

    26 comments · 2,289 views
  • 4w, 3d
    Groups Post - September 2015

    Groups Posts are a monthly group advertisement blog open to anyone who wants a signal boost. If you're interested in having your group advertised in one of these, send me a PM with the name of the group, a link to its front page, and a brief description of what the group is for. I'll copy this directly into the post, so write it like you're trying to tell other people about why they should join or pay attention to your group - anything up to around 150-ish words is fine.

    Good day folks,

    The School for New Writers is still alive and kicking and we have a new way to share some writing tips with you in the form of a monthly discussion video cast between some of our professors. This first month's post can be found here and covers a variety of topics from "How to make Characters More Realistic" to "How to show not tell a landscape" and several others in between.

    Some of our other recent topics include a post on exposition tools by Bluegrass Brooke and a lecture on A Tool for Authors: DO IT WRONG ON PURPOSE! by Piquo Pie.

    So remember, if you want to try to improve your writing consider FIMFiction's own School for New Writers, one of the largest groups on the site.

    Feedback for Fics!

    Come and join us to share your stories and give / get meaningful comments! Everyone who joins is guaranteed to get at least one comment on the fic of your choice!

    Stories With Audio Readings

    A group dedicated to helping readers find stories they can listen to. There are already hundreds listed, and more are being added shockingly quickly. If listening, rather than reading, is your thing, you'll be glad you came!

    The Conversion War's Veterans-

    There are many stories about Conversion Bureaus, some good or bad. But this group is somewhat different then the others. We made this group in hope to change the idea of Conversion Bureaus. Where ponies convert humans into ponies, we change it to make humans convert ponies into humans.

    More details are on our group home page. We also allow our forum to be whatever you wish to discuss. We wish for great writers to join us and to create stories based around our idea.


    For fans of The Old Republic game and it's prequels, KOTOR's 1 and 2.

    Talk about the character's you've made, the story ideas you've had, and even team up with other members of the group in SWTOR.


    Do you ever wonder if your strings are getting pulled? Do you feel like a puppet? Well, if you do, then this group is for you! We have fanfics based on any sort of puppeteering or ponies getting their strings pulled. We mainly focus on the FNAF puppet, but we also accept any other Fics!

    Rate my OC

    Have you created a character for a story or ponysona and want a second opinion? Well in that case you can post here, and members of the community will help you improve it. No OC is too daunting for our fearless, if small, group. You can also feel free to discuss OCs in general, as well as the stories they appear in, and just pony stuff that strikes your fancy.

    So what are you waiting for? Start posting your well thought-out and developed characters, so we can help you make them even better!

    Write my fic for me is having a contest at 100 members! This is a contest for everyone for all you great writers or all of those who have great ideas! Show us what you got! Join now and details will be released once we hit 100 members!

    That's it for September. See you next month!

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  • 7w, 2d
    SA Reviews - Round 70!

    18 comments · 1,733 views
  • 8w, 5d
    Kaorin's "Selling Out" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story reminds us that the one constant in life is change — so keep your coin purse close by when you pay with a big bill.

    Selling Out

    [Slice of Life] • 2,361 words

    When the time of monarchs and royals ends, what becomes of Princesses who live on?

    FROM THE CURATORS: This is exactly what it says on the tin — a story about a pony coming to grips with modern capitalism.  We started out worried that such a premise seemed like a recipe for soapboxing, but this story quickly vaulted past those doubts to unanimous approval. As JohnPerry said, "I think it says something when a story gives you a premise that's hard to swallow, but still manages to impress you."

    The biggest factor in that was Selling Out's arresting portrayal of its protagonist. "The voicing really is the draw," Present Perfect said, and JohnPerry was more broadly appreciative: "The characterization of Luna is absolutely marvelous, and the larger historical landscape this story merely touches upon is very intriguing."  Horizon, meanwhile, found the two sides of Luna poignantly juxtaposed: "The contrast in tone between her regal narration and her out-loud dialogue is proper heartbreaking."

    It wasn't only the characterization that impressed us, but also its excellent choice of character.  "Seeing Luna in this situation, harboring all of her pride and past hurts, is so much more heartbreaking than seeing Celestia, or Cadance, or even Twilight would be," Present Perfect said.  "Luna's the one who's already fallen once, and she fell so much further than this." The story's nuanced portrayal of the world around her sealed the deal. "What strikes me the most is the 'long view' of Equestrian society," AugieDog said.  "Yes, ponies will learn and grow and discover new and different things, but they will always be ponies.  And their princesses will always be there when they're needed — even if what they're needed for changes and shrinks and grows back differently as the pendulum of the centuries swings to and fro."

    Ultimately, by treading a careful path across the razor's-edge of modern cynicism, Selling Out left us with a thought-provoking message. "The idea of balancing duty, pride, and commercialism is one that's more applicable to many of our real-life idols than we might like to admit," Chris said.

    Read on for our author interview, in which Kaorin discusses technological singularity, paycheck relevance, and post-apotheosis continuations.

    Give us the standard biography.

    30/F/USA No?

    I am, I suppose, Kaorin. I edit more than I write, and I’ve held more jobs than I can count. I like to learn what it is to do the work that keeps the world moving. I am a cognitive neuroscientist by training, though I took a long look at academia and decided that I could never accomplish what I wanted were I to follow that path.

    Instead I decided on the lucrative career of whatever the temp agency gives me on any given day. Seriously, I actually recommend to anyone out there that they spend some time with any such agency and go from job to job just learning how and what people do out there every day.

    How did you come up with your handle/penname?

    I’ve always had a yen for cute shows. Back when the internet and I were both young I watched a little anime called Azumanga Daioh. A simple slice of life about a group of girls and their everyday adventures as they grow up. In the show there’s a girl whose spastic character amused me in her contrast with, and similarity to, myself. I chose to adopt her name as a moniker in my forays online and it has stuck with me since.

    Who's your favorite pony?

    Twilight Sparkle without hesitation. It helps that she is the central character, the one who receives the greatest care and attention from the writing staff, but she would be my favorite even if that were not so.

    The Monomyth, also called the Hero’s Journey, describes Twilight’s character arc. What makes her journey remarkable is that it is largely couched in terms of a modern coming of age, what it is to take on the responsibilities of adulthood. There’s the occasional hydra or Equestria-shaking threat, but outside those her challenges are all quite relatable. Squabbles with friends, insecurity, pressures to perform, failure and success. Each time she rises to the occasion and becomes more for it without ever losing who she’s always been: an adorkable bookworm.

    I think what truly cemented her as my favorite, however, is that once she reached her apotheosis the story continued. The tacit lesson that even once you attain your goals, once you grasp what you’ve reached for, there will be more challenges and more room to grow. It’s an extension of theme that is seen but rarely and I treasure that. Also, she’s just my type.

    What's your favorite episode?

    A question with no answer. At least, that would have been so had I not seen "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?" The lesson is superb, the call-backs and tie-ins graceful, the character exploration handled expertly, and best of all the Tantabus! Oh wow the Tantabus. Visually stunning and conceptually brilliant.

    What do you get from the show?

    Life is not always vibrant or full of good cheer. It is always a pleasure to have something cute to hand as a remedy for dreary days. An abnegation of sorts. Setting aside the cares of the world and refreshing oneself with clean art, quality voice acting, compelling stories and characters, and relatable life lessons will rarely go amiss with me.

    What do you want from life?

    It is good you did not ask me what is best in life. I would have a rather different answer. I want from life what most do: to live long enough to be part of the transhumanist revolution and join in the technological singularity.

    Why do you write?

    I write because I have a story I must to tell. It is both as simple and as complex as that. I write because there are things I wish say, and I write because I need to create, and I write because I enjoy the challenge.

    What advice do you have for the authors out there?

    The most common bits of advice are to read the works of masters past and present, and to write and keep writing. These are uncontroversially the best things any writer can do to improve, but I will share something I personally do when approaching a writing challenge: derive from first principles.

    In any situation you face while writing, there will be things that came before that must shape the outcome. It’s a simple way of making sure you as the author know how and why things came to be, and it will help show you where they must go. Your characters are motivated by things that have happened to them, and your world will always be shaped by its history. Make sure you know about it!

    What influences shaped this story's view of a "modern" Equestria?

    As I said, I try to derive from first principles. With Selling Out the idea kernel was “Wouldn’t it be funny to see Luna in a modern style commercial?” In order to write about that I had to figure out what would have to change about Equestria to allow one of the royal sisters to engage in crass commercialism. I decided they would need to be deposed yet still remain meaningful as symbols, and for that I looked to the retirement, for lack of a better term, of the state powers of the British monarchy. The rest flowed naturally from there.

    How did you decide which archaisms to keep and discard for future Luna's voice?  Any voicing tips for Luna authors?

    Just like each of the Mane 6 has a distinct silhouette, they each have an easily identifiable set of linguistic idiosyncrasies. I decided early on that I needed Luna to have something that hooked a reader’s interest. Not merely the cadence nor the vocabulary, but a distinct vocal tic. I chose a flexible exclamatory noise by the expedient that I needed a way for her to roll her eyes internally.

    I decided to discard the anachronistic speech patterns since it is set some few centuries after the show, and I do believe Luna would do her best to inculcate a more modern pattern. The exception being, as I well know from my own slips into the accent of my birth, when she’s excited or upset. I did, however, decide to keep a particularly barbed and haughty tone, as I believed that would fit in with the snarky and decidedly bitter Luna I felt needed to exist if she was to star in a commercial.

    As to voicing the less even-keeled of the two royal sisters, my advice would be to remember who she is. Were I to write the story now, I could not in good conscience make her as snarky and jagged-edged as I did back when we had seen hardly a trace of her in the show. Now that we’ve seen her more regularly I feel confident in saying that Luna is aloof by dint of a self-flagellating seriousness, and has chosen to armor herself in the imperious role of Princess. To write her well, I believe, would require a certain understanding of what it means to seek redemption for wrongs already forgiven, and what it means to see yourself as alone even when surrounded by friends.

    Luna says the job provides her with meaning as well as money.  Did you write that sentiment as sincere, or to illustrate a character in denial?

    Absolutely sincere. I firmly believe that we are what we do and this bled over into writing Luna. The Paycheck is relevance. Luna, a public servant for millennia and admitted seeker of public recognition and adoration, is absolutely in no need of mere money. Indeed I imagine the two sisters would be rather well to do no matter the changes of the world. What that sort of money cannot buy is a sense of purpose in life. So Luna decided to seek that in the spotlight, and though she evidently feels often slighted, she also feels needed.

    This is quite a tale for a first FIMFiction story.  What are your plans for future fanfics?

    I am an exceptionally inconstant writer. I have many ideas for stories, but I have a nasty tendency to set challenges for myself that make those stories far more difficult to produce than they ought to be. In light of that, and I stress I can make no promises of any kind, but there is a story I have been working on which takes place in the same Equestria as Selling Out, but focuses on Spike.

    Is there anything else you'd like to add?

    It’s more than a little surprising that this little old story of mine caught the notice of this group, I’m rather gratified. And if anyone just happens to need an editor, well, I do rather enjoy it.

    You can read Selling Out at Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

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Time to clear some things up.

A couple of nights ago, Fimfiction was hacked. Said hackers were able to gain many users hashed passwords. If you visited a users page and saw it looking odd, then they likely have your hash assuming you were logged in. Thankfully the stories and what not in the database were not touched, other than a single story, and it's backed up regularly in 2 places in case it ever was. But I'm sure you're all more worried about your passwords. If you are concerned about your password being hacked, you should change your password anywhere else you use it. Although the passwords are hashed, it is possible with enough time and computing power to unhash them especially if you have a simple password.

I apologise immensely for this, it was very much an error on my part.

Report knighty · 3,459 views ·
#1 · 192w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

Dah, its cool Knighty! These things happen. You did your part, and im sure we a re all thankful for that! :pinkiehappy:

#2 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·

Man, I'm just glad your back. You provide a service that no one else does does, in a safe friendly environment.

#3 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·

Who want to hack this site? Do trolls really hate us that much?:rainbowhuh: Oh well, at least you're back.:pinkiehappy:

#4 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·

Don't feel bad Knighty, no one should have to have the mindset to worry about retards with too much time antagonizing them on the internet.

Your website is wonderful and you shouldn't feel the least bit bad.

#5 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·

It happens, man. thanks for letting us know what's up.

#6 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·

I was wondering... wow. Well, it wasn't completely your fault. Now I'm  worried, but I'm assuming it can all be sorted out.

#7 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·

well doesnt matter this thing happens so its okey keep up the awesome work you are doing :pinkiehappy:

#8 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·

Dude, no need to apologize. It is not your fault in the slightest. If anything, we should be thanking you for the measures you take to make sure this isn't a common occurrence. And considering all of this for free, I thank you. :pinkiehappy:

#9 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·



#10 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·

Somebody hacked this website?:rainbowhuh: Some people honestly have nothing else better to do, no apology is necessary you could not have known that there was someone actually pathetic enough to do something like this.  

#11 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·

Proof hackers have no life.  I guess I have to go through and change passwords just to be safe.  Fortunately, I don't use it for anything important to real life.

#12 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·

Frankly Knighty, I am mad at you....

Mad at you for apolagising for something you had no control over.

Sure, it is your site, but, you couldent of known there were people dumb enough to hack it.

They have enough computer smarts to avoid firewalls, but not enough to avoid the orbital friendship cannon.

*cracks neck*

Let's do this.

*Insert overly used name that starts with "L" and is used when charging into something with no thought put into it, here*

#13 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·

That's unfortunate news. Luckily, this account does not share any information with important things like my business email. :3

#14 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·

I really don't get it...

The amount of brainpower being wasted by 'l33t h4xx0rz' in their attempts to mess things up for a bunch of pastel talking ponies is absurd.

I come from SecondLife, where I deal with this brand of ridiculous on a near daily basis and I just don't get the link... Is "happy" such an affront to the average internet sociopath that - no holds barred they must tear it down no matter the effort? What is it about ponies that drives such a foaming need for 'lulz' in the bowels of the internet?

I just don't get the e-thug<->pony connection...

#15 · 192w, 2d ago · · ·


Cheers for the warning.

#16 · 192w, 1d ago · · ·

Don't worry we will hunt them down and give them what they deserve ;)

#17 · 192w, 1d ago · · ·





What these guys said.

So these hackers hacked a free site, fan-made, specifically talking on fanfiction stories of PONIES!? :pinkiegasp:

Man, some people need to learn what a life is. :rainbowlaugh: Whose willing to be a teacher?

#18 · 192w, 1d ago · · ·

Wow, some people really have too much time on their hands

#19 · 192w, 1d ago · · ·

It happens, mate. Thanks for letting us know.

#20 · 192w, 1d ago · · ·

Considering that Bethesda's and Blizzard's pages got hacked last year I really can't blame you for 'letting' this happen. It is seems nearly impossible to avoid these kinds of things. Armor is always going to be 2nd grade to the weapon for some reason.(In just about every aspect of life)

Thankyou for bringing it to attention, and let us hope that hackers find better targets.(Honestly, you would expect every hacker out there to be smart enough to target pages which actully diserve it.(cough cough... killers of megaupload) I don't actully hate hackers themself, they can bear importants as an extreemist protester group or vigilanty thing.. but hacking pages which have done nothing bad and don't hold any other importance? Why?)

#21 · 192w, 18h ago · · ·

>>8151 Y-your avatar.. IS. AWESOME.

#22 · 192w, 15h ago · · ·

Thanks for letting us know, knighty. Are the passwords salted? I changed mine, so I'm not worried about it. I'm just curious how much actual concern there is. If they are salted, then even relatively simple passwords should  be fairly hard to crack with a rainbow table attack on the hashed passwords.

#23 · 192w, 13h ago · · ·

I am not good at computer stuff. Can someone please try to tell me what i should do?

I have changeed my fimfiction pasword and i do not use it anywhere else.

#24 · 192w, 13h ago · · ·

>>8526 If you changed your password here, and you don't use the same password anywhere else, then you are fine. You don't need to do anything more. The thing to remember is that it's possible that that someone was able to figure out what your password here is. So if you use it on other sites, you would want to change it on those sites as well. But as long as you have changed it here, and this is the only site you use that password on, you are safe.

#25 · 192w, 12h ago · · ·


thank you for you kind reply it helped me understand what i needed to do and what is going on

#26 · 192w, 8h ago · · ·

Yeech. Said hackers also started spamming IRC pony communities, in case you guys did not know.

Anyway, time to change passwords.

#27 · 192w, 6h ago · · ·





The motives of this attack are not at all cut-and-dry. It cannot be said for certain that there is any ulterior motive aside from the acquisition of passwords. Remember that, regardless of how much people are told otherwise, a very large portion of internet users still use the same passwords (and usernames) for everything. If you can hack a sufficiently large database — such as Fimfiction — you are very likely going to have full-access to thousands of Facebook accounts, hundreds of Steam accounts, Netflix subscriptions, Paypal accounts, bank accounts, etc., and probably for some, enough personal details to enable identify theft. Don't discount the attack as being any kind of bigotry when a vulnerable database is a gold mine to a person with the right know how.

Now, nobody should blame knighty for this; I know as well as anybody that computer security is an ongoing battle of wits. But take this event as a reminder to everyone that you should have unique passwords for everything, or at the very least, everything that is important and personal. Databases of even very high profile places can and will and do get compromised. Don't put yourself in a position where these compromises will cause your to lose your valuable accounts, your money, or even worse, your identity.

Commendations to knighty for having the issue resolved in a timely manner, anyhow.

#28 · 192w, 38m ago · · ·

Don't sweat it. Attacks happen.

#29 · 191w, 6d ago · · ·

I bet it was neeeiiigh saying trolls. Haters VS Toleraters. The war of the internet.

#30 · 191w, 5d ago · · ·

I haven't been able to access the front page of FIMFiction since the attack. I get redirected to this instead. Any tips on how to fix it?

Lord Al-knighty
#31 · 191w, 5d ago · · ·


Force refresh the page.

#32 · 191w, 5d ago · · ·

Stupid peeps will be stupid.

Guess I should go change my password ta "password." :pinkiehappy:

#33 · 191w, 5d ago · · ·

If I get my hands(hooves) on that hacker... ILL SHOW THEM THE TRUE FEAR THEY DESERVE!!! :pinkiecrazy:

#34 · 191w, 5d ago · · ·

If I get my hands(hooves) on that hacker... ILL SHOW THEM THE TRUE FEAR THEY DESERVE!!! :pinkiecrazy:

#35 · 191w, 3d ago · · ·

>>8126 I am, but everyone else is right; you shouldn't apologize for something you had no control over. Stuff like this happens.

#36 · 191w, 3d ago · · ·

I want to wrap my hands around the assholes who did this. You don't just do this!:flutterrage:

#37 · 191w, 3d ago · · ·

I want to wrap my hands around the assholes who did this. You don't just do this!:flutterrage:

#38 · 190w, 6d ago · · ·

So that's what happened. Well, I guess some people really have nothing better to do than mess with others on random sites. Thanks for the heads up knighty, and don't worry too much about it. :ajsmug:

#39 · 189w, 1d ago · · ·

Device Heretic's stories seem to have disappeared. Maybe it is an innocent bug, or maybe (s)he took them down, but I thought I would mention it in case it was the hacker unhashing the password, logging in and deleting stories to be a parasprite. I sent tDevice Heretic's account a friendly PM asking what was up. Dunno if that was a good idea, but it wasn't phrased as vigilantism.

Hope this isn't too garbled. I have a problem with communicating clearly when time is an issue.

#40 · 145w, 4d ago · 2 · ·

I'm sorry. This is hilarious.

#41 · 120w, 6d ago · · ·

Ah, the Niggest Crook Force, my friend got doxxed by them back in the good ol' True Capitalist Radio days.

#42 · 74w, 6d ago · · ·

>mfw I'm white hat hacker seeing this website hacked :facehoof:

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