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  • Sunday
    EFNW Writing Contest Winners

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  • Saturday
    S5E5 - Tanks for the Memories

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  • Friday
    Newtaloo's "A Fragile Heart"

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  • 1w, 2d
    S5E4 - Bloom and Gloom

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  • 1w, 3d
    Site Downtime

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  • 1w, 6d
    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.

    149 comments · 4,694 views
  • 2w, 2d
    S5E3 - Castle Sweet Castle

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  • 2w, 4d
    Groups Post - April 2015

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  • 3w, 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, 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 · 3,183 views
  • 3w, 2d
    S5E1-2 - Cutie Markless

    398 comments · 5,217 views
  • 3w, 4d
    Riptiders Comic

    75 comments · 2,366 views
  • 3w, 4d
    Featured Box Update FAQ (April Fools' Joke)

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  • 3w, 5d
    Reviews! Round Eleventy-Six

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  • 3w, 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 · 4,388 views
  • 3w, 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 · 5,609 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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Jan
29th
2012

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.

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#1 · 169w, 1d ago · · ·

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

#2 · 169w, 1d ago · · ·

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

#3 · 169w, 1d ago · · ·

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

#4 · 169w, 1d 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 · 169w, 1d ago · · ·

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

#6 · 169w, 1d 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 · 169w, 23h ago · · ·

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

#8 · 169w, 22h 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 · 169w, 18h ago · · ·

:pinkiegasp::flutterrage::twilightangry2::raritycry::raritydespair::facehoof::rainbowdetermined2::trixieshiftleft::trixieshiftright:

DAMN HACKERS...

#10 · 169w, 14h 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 · 169w, 13h 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 · 169w, 13h 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 · 169w, 12h ago · · ·

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

#14 · 169w, 11h 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 · 169w, 11h ago · · ·

Shizzle...

Cheers for the warning.

#16 · 169w, 5h ago · · ·

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

#17 · 169w, 2h ago · · ·

>>7873

>>8015

>>8021

>>8042

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 · 169w, 2h ago · · ·

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

#19 · 168w, 6d ago · · ·

It happens, mate. Thanks for letting us know.

#20 · 168w, 6d 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 · 168w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#22 · 168w, 5d 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 · 168w, 5d 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 · 168w, 5d 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 · 168w, 5d ago · · ·

>>8528

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

#26 · 168w, 5d ago · · ·

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

Anyway, time to change passwords.

#27 · 168w, 5d ago · · ·

>>8015

>>8021

>>8042

>>8126

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 · 168w, 5d ago · · ·

Don't sweat it. Attacks happen.

#29 · 168w, 5d ago · · ·

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

#30 · 168w, 4d 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?

knighty
Lord Al-knighty
#31 · 168w, 4d ago · · ·

>>8951

Force refresh the page.

#32 · 168w, 4d ago · · ·

Stupid peeps will be stupid.

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

#33 · 168w, 4d ago · · ·

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

#34 · 168w, 4d ago · · ·

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

#35 · 168w, 2d 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 · 168w, 1d ago · · ·

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

#37 · 168w, 1d ago · · ·

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

#38 · 167w, 5d 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 · 165w, 6d 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 · 122w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

I'm sorry. This is hilarious.

#41 · 97w, 4d ago · · ·

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

#42 · 51w, 5d ago · · ·

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

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