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  • Today
    New episode no spoiler...

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  • Thursday
    Ten things I've got to say to new writers here:

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  • Monday
    The Three Sisters: Random Trivia

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  • 1w, 2h
    New Ep. No Spoiler bloggy

    Way to hype me up for nothing, MLP. Otherwise, cute. Even kinda funny.

    Edit: Okay, okay, it was a good episode.

    But that part still sucked.

    14 comments · 284 views
  • 1w, 1d
    So...

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  • 1w, 2d
    Ranty: This thing with Anon

    So yeah, I had an awesome blog planned for tonight, talking about the nuances of literature and how Fan fiction affects the world today,  the positive aspects of it on the grand scheme of things, and how our community tends to set a higher standard of expectations when it comes to level of writing. Then... I saw one more of those annoying 'Anon' fics and the thunder was gone.

    Anon. The lackluster way of saying "you" and skipping any actual development, because it's not really you-you but a self-fulfilling insert of the author acting out in ways that ultimately "you" wouldn't.

    Anon. The lazy way of making an OC human (for the most part) that receives less hate because he's not named "Mark" or "John" or "Pedro", and thus is a "safe" way of putting on an OC that would be odious otherwise, because, you know, Anon. He's you. You can't hate you when you are getting the fantasy out of it.

    Anon. Seriously. WTF. There has been an influx of Anon stories lately, nothing terribly original either. Just another, run-of-the-mill thing, with the anon-bandwagon power to fuel it. You see, I never have , ever understood the appeal of a faceless, incorrect, shallow attempt at a projection of myself that requires my entire suspension of disbelief (and then some) to approximate a situation where I would find myself responding like the authors of these stories claim "I" (or you) would respond at any given time.

    Why not simply just admit that it's your self-insert story and that it's going to be as generic as you can possibly make it and rated "teen" because you simply want the attention you wouldn't get if you put it on "mature"? I mean, props for not turning yourself into Anon the Red & Black Alicorn of Attraction and Seventh Element of Inanity, son of Discord and Discord and Celestia via Fluttershy, but really, the effects of the Mary Sue are in-media-res already in these stories, there's no development to get Anon to where he/it is and worse, this dashing creature doesn't even have a real name.

    When I look at stories that have these Anon characters, this is what I think goes through the author's mind:

    "Welp, I can't be bothered to think a real name, and I'm such a Flash Sentry fan I'll deprive this character of a real personality just to emulate FS, but I can't name him Flash Sentry because people will know he has no personality... so I'll name the character Anon. That's brilliant... it's only been done by like seventeen other people in the couple of weeks too! So I'll tell the reader to slap their own name instead in their head and save me the trouble of making it work through real effort. But in my head, it's gonna be Sentry. Yeah. (giggle)"

    And then this stuff gets to the Feature Box. Which, granted, has never been a lighthouse shining on the best of the best in the darkness of the ocean of fan fiction, but come on.

    64 comments · 760 views
  • 1w, 3d
    WBA Contests Return!

    Hello everyone, you might remember The World-Building Alliance, right? I hope you do!

    Because it's back in full force, baby! Not that it ever died down! There's so much material there and discussions to use for world-building that if you're thinking of using some other race in your stories, it's almost a crime not to check it out!

    More to the point right now, we've started a new short-story contest: CHECK IT OUT

    Whether you're just looking for ideas, already built societies for Minotaurs, Griffons, Zebras, etc, or to participate in exciting prompts for recognition among your peers, there's no other group out there that has the same focus. So check out the rules and join us!

    4 comments · 220 views
  • 1w, 5d
    Announcing Writing Axioms!

    3 comments · 239 views
  • 1w, 6d
    New Gothic Chapter is up!

    2 comments · 337 views
  • 2w, 2h
    Bulk Biceps

    Spoilers beyond!

    The episode was pretty nice, but what made me roll was Bulk Biceps picking up Spike with his pecs. That, my friends, was the best.

    21 comments · 624 views
  • 2w, 3d
    Starlight Glimmer

    Why is it that people seem to think...

    That Starlight Glimmer actually believed in the "equality" she promoted?

    I keep seeing stories where she honestly relishes the idea of no cutie marks when it's very clear that she's okay with others not being special just as long as she is.

    I mean, she doesn't give any indication when confronted that she hates her cutie mark. In fact it is clear to me that she is nothing more than an underachiever who mastered a single spell and got her kicks out of feeling superior to others. She's, in short, a bully.

    Stop aggrandizing her character by pretending that she actually would have given up her own cutie mark. If she had really believed that, she wouldn't have lost control of the situation so easily.

    Edit: damn phone

    61 comments · 947 views
  • 2w, 6d
    Funny favorite fanfic scenes...

    from stuff I wrote that still makes me laugh.

    Rarity shook her head, but smiled. “Hello, girls. I’m your aunt 'Purity'. I’ve been hearing a lot about you.”

    “Wait!” Acari spoke up. “So was Sweetie Belle also a changeling?”

    “Yes,” Sweetie said from the door.

    “No,” Rarity stated, glaring at her sister.

    21 comments · 392 views
  • 2w, 6d
    Alright, fine. Everyone else is doing it.

    My thoughts on the new season's opening episodes...

    The big bad was a disappointment. She felt like a mid-season minor villain. What? No decimation of the enemy at the end? What is this, another Trixie? Communist!Trixie should have been teleported to Friend-Space or something rather than escaping to plan more nefarious plots and finally defeat Inspector Gadget! Even a non-entity like Sombra got dealt a more definitive conclusion.

    Other than that it was a nice introduction to the mechanics of the Crystal Tree of Friendship's Holotable of Doom. Plenty of visual gags that made me laugh at the beginning too. Although it was kinda "meh" after that. To think I actually liked Pinkie the most in this episode.

    To be fair though, I'm more interested in what the rest of the season looks like, what with the whole Vinyl/Rarity/Tavi & Sweetie Belle thing.

    30 comments · 702 views
  • 3w, 6d
    TER

    I decided to put up the original chapters of The Empty Room for easier reading, while leaving the full version and Edited chapters up.

    Bear in mind that:

    No, it's not dead, the re-write is just in hiatus due to a lot of other stuff. But I will revisit it and I will finish re-writing what needs rewriting.

    I don't think you'll be getting a whole bunch of chapters, given that they were pre-published and never deleted, so you shouldn't receive any announcements/notifications besides this tagged blog about it... if you do, that's weird since it's not how its supposed to work, but please let me know since that should be fixed. And also, I apologize if that's the case. Again: my understanding is that the site should not do that.

    Anyway, if you haven't read it... it has a "Rollercoaster" tag in EqD for a reason, and sure the formatting is not that great, being the same from back in the day when Fimfic was just starting, and 70 people so far have proved that they have no concept of what a good story is, but just because they have no taste, it doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a go.

    Just sayin'. :ajsmug:

    5 comments · 357 views
  • 4w, 2d
    So let's be honest here...

    How often do you write new stories and what do you aim for when you do so?

    For me it's a combination of things. Depending on the story, I'm doing it to either get ideas out of my head, deal with internal struggle, or simply because I want to tell a story.

    But there are many other reasons to write. Why do you do it?

    Do you want to be Pon-E-famous?

    Write with the sole objective of proving you can make it to EqD?

    Is it because the top of the Feature Box just looks that appealing?

    Do you have some sort of social criticism you want to make through fan fiction?

    27 comments · 352 views
  • 4w, 5d
    Okay, let's tackle the elephant in the room...

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  • 4w, 6d
    Man, it's just weird...

    I'm not really into Wrestling, but being in Mexico you couldn't avoid the thing, and one of those famous wrestlers was "El Hijo del Perro Aguayo", who would pop up in references and tv shows for years to come. He died fighting Rey Mysterio (who I believe is pretty well known in the US) yesterday. He wasn't even that old, 35, and in excellent physical condition. Both are pros as well, so the chances of something like this happening were really slim... and yet, there he goes.

    It's weird how this makes me feel... like I said I've never been into Wrestling, but it's yet another name of someone who is always there and then just isn't anymore, you know what I mean?

    13 comments · 219 views
  • 4w, 6d
    Spring is almost here for real...

    ...and you know what really, really has me hyped up?

    That. All of my yes. All of my: "Stop everything it's out!" yes.

    And sure, this has been floating around since last year but... it's finally here! Just around the corner! Koji Wada sings again! (despite his cancer). The best Digimon story continues!

    12 comments · 511 views
  • 5w, 1d
    The last LAN party I attended was...

    ...like 10 years ago. I think.

    The reason I'm digging out dead tamagotchis is because I was recently thinking about how I dislike MMORPGs and why. I have nothing against people that play them, mind, and I have played them myself, but even as the years went by and the technology improved and the graphics became nicer... they all have the same problem I hate: basically, nothing you do matters at all, other than to you, and possibly guild/group members.

    You go through the hardest dungeon... nobody cares. Doesn't really affect the rest of the story (if there is any, other than a metaplot) and everything in it respawns in a day or two at the most for someone else to do it again, or for you to do it again if you want an extra chance at getting that 0.00001%-chance-to-get magical item that changes your cape color.

    Yeah. No.

    You see, to me a game has to provide more than the basic MMORPG formula of: hack and slash, rinse, repeat. Sure, there are little side quests, and such, but again, the virtual world your character lives in is not affected at all by you completing said quests. You can kill the biggest, baddest, most hardest badass dragon-monster-tentacle-thingy that would have otherwise "consumed the world" and nothing changes. You get an item, maybe a new quest.

    It's mindless mining for virtual stuff. Some people really dedicate hours, upon hours, upon hours to doing this stuff, meticulously designing, changing and using pre-designed items to make their characters look "unique". I mean, I get it: you like doing that. But again, that's really not my thing.

    Thinking about that, I realized that, to me, the best multiplayer game I could experience would be much like a classic D&D session works, only in an actual video-gaming situation. Playing it sort of like you did in LAN parties with a select group of buddies. There's a world, your character (and your friends' characters) live in it, you get together and go on quests... but! It's not the whole damn world and their trolling cousin also in there. It's a group thing, you do the quests, and they actually affect the bigger plot! If you kill a good guy, your actual reputation for the rest of the game might be affected, same if you kill "the scourge of the East": it should have some consequence and actually stay there.

    Additions to the game could be purchased and added, taking a few ideas of how Mass Effect sorta-did-and-didn't do some things, although the intention was there: were you a dumb-ass and lost Wrex in Virmire? He stays dead. It has consequences: the Krogan won't be united in the end or at real peace.

    I guess what I'm saying is, for a game to keep my interest, my actions have to matter beyond getting a token price.

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  • 5w, 4d
    What is it that makes people...

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Nov
28th
2012

If you have clicked on the "View Mature" check box, certain things need to be made clear.

The first of which is, you will end up with clop (aka porn) in your front page and on the Featured Box. The reason is the aforementioned check box. It is an agreement if you will. By you clicking it with your precious little hooves, claws, hands, tentacles or other appendages, it immediately forms a sort of contract: you are, basically, accepting that you are an adult and old enough to view or not view the material that will pop up.

I can assure you, that just like the teen and everyone ratings, most of it is not going to be well-written, or even thought out at all. But that is a common risk with all things in the internet.

So, you clicked on "View Mature". That means that you are discerning enough to know what you like and what you don't. It implies that you are of sufficient mental growth and understanding to be above whining when the stuff you don't like comes up.

While it is certainly hard to find stories that incorporate sex in a believable and cohesive sense, you, as an adult, should not be surprised to find substandard work in a place that's open to literally everyone to post provided they follow very simple rules and don't exceed the willingness of the moderators/administrators to put up with.

By declaring yourself an adult, you also indicate your capacity to understand not only site-rules, but also the ability to read descriptions and tags. Such as "Sex", indicative of a story containing intercourse of varying levels of explicitness; or "Gore" which points out that the story in question is indubitably going to contain explicit imagery of innards, blood and general butchery.

Having established that, as an adult, recognizing these basic premises of adulthood stature, I will remind you that whining, emailing, pming, posting comments in unwanted places and generally acting like a child because "OMG there is clop in a site where the vast majority of users is compromised of 15-20 year old teenagers and men" is NOT acting like an adult.

In other words, kid, if you can't handle it, simply un-check the damned box. Most likely, you won't find what you're looking for there anyway.

Wanderer D · 411 views · Report
#2 · 125w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

Thank you for this.

#3 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

:derpytongue2:

#4 · 125w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

Amen :ajbemused:

#5 · 125w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

Thank you for posting this. some people just whine whenever anything vaguely sexual comes along.

#6 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

This was brought on by fattymcguys blog wasn't it?

#7 · 125w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

YEESSSS.  There is so much whining about people annoying themselves.

:raritydespair::raritydespair::raritycry::raritycry:

#8 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

lol

some people smh

#9 · 125w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

Ah may not be too well versed on finer intricacies of modern vernacular, but Ah do imagin' that "Burn" is the correct word ta' use here.

#10 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

i am a filly, and i dont care what i read if i dont like it i leave it alone if i like it and it is for adults i will still read it but i wont read it in front of my parents :rainbowkiss:

#11 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

It truly is annoying when people that can't handle the fact that there is clopping, whine about it showing in their front page.

Clopfics are actually fun to read. Just no need to take them too seriously.

E: Oh yeah... and what I think adult means, is that you can think and act like one. Just what you said.

#12 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

Yes, EXCELLENT :rainbowdetermined2:

#13 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

Am I understanding this correctly that you don't actually need to be a legal adult (over 18) to declare yourself an adult on this website?

#15 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

Somehow, I doubt this will get people to shut up.

#16 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

These are not the clopfics you are looking for...

#17 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

Dude, so true. :rainbowlaugh: I uncheck that box every so often to see what is featured that isn't rated Mature.

Usually it's all crap either way. :derpytongue2:

#18 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

But I don't wanna click a box! I wanna WHIIIIIIIIINE INCESSANTLY!

:unsuresweetie:

#19 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

>>549379

i declair myself an adult because i act mature, so you can click the box if you act mature enough to not whine about something

#20 · 125w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

>>549365

Fatty and Jesus cry when you fap to ponies.

#21 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

You have all the best rants.

#23 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

This is because of IJAB, isn't it? People still haven't stopped talking about him leaving. Seriously, he's complaining about bad stories being on a fan fiction site where literally anyone can post nearly whatever they want? If he just ignored that crap then problem solved!

#24 · 125w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

This blog exhibits what many people lack.

Common sense.

#25 · 125w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

FINALLY SOMEONE GETS IT. Sorry... all the complaining has been eating away my patience for a while. I get it. Clop isn't for everyone. But why do you have to make a scene? Thanks for this, Wanderer. People really need to calm down and think sometimes. Maybe this will stop at least some of the commotion that's been going on. Thanks again. :ajsmug:

#26 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

Has this been a problem?  I'm underaged but I I see something I just ignore it, I've seen it all before and I know I'm not interested.  They must be new to the internet in general.

#27 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

Okay, now I'm curious.  What inspired this?  Not that I don't agree with you, I figured out everything you just said the first moment I saw the 'View Mature' box.

#28 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

I am, myself, put off by sexual (or even romantic, as I'm an aromantic asexual and cannot relate to either comfortably) themes and activity in fiction, and it causes me to flinch when I see it mixed with ponies, because I cannot connect the two very well. I do the one thing that's sure to work, and that is... wait for it... avoiding it! That's right, if you don't want to see the latest second-person clopfic in the featured box and lose your faith in humanity as a whole (again), keep the damn box unchecked and you don't have to worry about it, as our colleague Wanderer D has said here. I don't whine about it, am underaged, and I can ignore it, like Armalite. If people really want to associate such things with our precious little ponies, be my guest, because it's not going to hurt me or anyone else, and that's what matters.

#29 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

>>549402 There's an insane amount of bitching about clop/gore on the site from people that apparently don't know how to either unclick the 'show mature' box or how to ignore the flagrant 'sex' or 'gore' tags.

#30 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

Yah. Good thing you wrote this.

Unfortunatelly, it changes nothing :pinkiecrazy: There will still be those who wil whine for the sake of whining or boosting their pubescent ego

#31 · 125w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

>>549391

1) Jesus does not exist, and if he did he was an ordinary man who was stoned off his ass.

2) I do not clop to ponies. At least not pictures of ponies anyway.

#32 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

>>549412 That's really stupid.  I guess people check the mature box to see fics that have light gore, but bitch when they find something that's too gory.    

#34 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

What is the limit for tagging something as mature? I recall knighty telling us that anything including drug use, strong violence, adult language or innuendo needs to be tagged as mature. I would hate to lose all that.

#35 · 125w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

This. This man here. This man knows what he's on about.:moustache:

#36 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

I'm upset that people are upset about something they should know better than to be upset about. :pinkiesick:

#37 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

As an EqD pre-reader... THANK YOU!

#38 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

And as even more new-type news....

THIS!!!

#39 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

It's sad that so many peeps are that immature... though personally, since not all M-rated shit is clop, perhaps a second view checkbox, "View Explicit", or a specialized [Clop] tag, is in order? It would A) reduce the whiners and B) Please those that aren't into that stuff but quietly accept their existence.

#40 · 125w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

It pains me that something like this post actually has to be said. Where is common sense these days?

>>549425 Jesus thinks you may need to take a chill pill.

He told me just now.

Hi Jesus!

#41 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

I don't complain about clop. I complain about bad clop. Just as much as I complain about HiE, self-insert alicorn OCs and anything else I find repulsive.

Seriously. The amount of rape fics is off the charts. This is awful.

If anything, I can't wait for the tag system where I'll be able to completely ignore that shit.

#43 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

>>549471

You have a Tulpa named Jesus? Nice work bro, I don't have the sheer force of will to make one. I'm far too lazy.

Care to share your secrets?

#44 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

I can't even find where this button is, can someone please point it out?

#45 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

>>549519 The 'View mature' filter is located in the drop-down menu under your profile name.

#46 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

Uh.

What brought this on? Even as a person who dislikes clop pretty intensely, I'm confused. I just keep the "Mature" box unchecked, even though I'm old enough to look at all the fucked-up porn I want (and frequently do, just not of ponies), and all is well.

Seriously, I've seen a few blogs about some hullabaloo over clop, but not what incited it. What's going on here?

#47 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

>>549461

This, though, sounds like a good idea. In addition, if you get linked to a story which is blocked by the filter, there is currently no way of knowing why. Is it gore or... other... reason.

Ahem.

But in general I love the mature filter; generally it works very well. Most of the time, I can pretend that... such things do not exist.

#48 · 125w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

In other words, kid, if you can't handle it, simply un-check the damned box. Most likely, you won't find what you're looking for there anyway.

I hate when people make this argument. It's just so ignorant. Not everything that is Mature has clop or gore. I'll point you over here. There is no excessive gore that requires a gore tag nor is there any sex at all. However, it is a very mature story and thus deserves the tag.

So please, don't tell me I can just turn off the tag to avoid the clop. If I do so, I miss out on a lot of well-told stories that are mature without the sex or gore.

"OMG there is clop in a site where the vast majority of users is compromised of 15-20 year old teenagers and men"

While some people have been incredibly childish in their reactions to the clop, they do have a point if you actually take the time to think about it.

Take a look at the featured box. Many times, you will find a fic in there that is nothing but sex. It's a porno, but written down. Now tell me again how that's a story? I was under the impression that the featured box was for stories, not pornos.

I came here to read. If I wanted to jack off, I'd go watch porn.

Additionally, is it wrong to express disappointment in the userbase? That they're spending all their time jacking off to ponies? I, for one, find that quite disappointing. That people give in to their carnal desires so easily...

#49 · 125w, 2d ago · · ·

>>549447 Aren't you supposed to remain anonymous?

#50 · 125w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

I'll start by saying that I am not a clopper, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a story just because it has sex in it.

I've honestly never understood why people care so much about clop.

If I don't like certain type of story, (HiE or Gore for me personally) I just ignore it.

You don't see me complaining all the time about HiE fics though, I don't waste my time complaining about other people's opinions.

Whatever happened to Love and Tolerate?

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