Fimfiction is a website dedicated to hosting fanfiction based on the cartoon/TV series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It's also a community gathering place for fans of FiM, and a pillar of the fandom in general. Fimfiction is the largest collection of MLP fanfics around!
That's a pretty big question! Here's the basic idea: people join Fimfiction by creating an account (and verifying their email shortly thereafter). You don't have to be a writer to join; people of all types are welcome to create an account, whether it's to read and rate stories, participate in the groups or chat, or just hang out. For the writers, you can participate in the site by writing stories, publishing them, and engaging in discussion with other writers and users. You might make a group for something you think is missing, or help other folks out by commenting on their stories. Maybe you just want to hang out and make some friends - really, the sky's the limit! There are a lot of pieces that go into everything above, but the summary is succinct: the site works by having cool people join and participate in whatever way they see fit, while we, the mod team, try to keep the gears running smoothly to make the experience great for everyone. Individual sections are broken apart below, so keep reading if you want to know how any one individual part works.
Abusing our systems is reason for punishment ranging from temporary to permanent bans. These systems include but aren't limited to: voting, commenting, and favoriting. What counts as abuse is up to moderator discretion.
If you are unsure about anything, feel free to PM a moderator.
Do not link to any illegal content. Do not make blog posts specifically attacking other people. Other than that, please try to be civil with your posts and respect people's desires to not see spoilers right after episodes air! Do not post NSFW content. Linking to on-site Mature stories in blogs is acceptable, but you should ideally mark them as such and avoid mentioning anything particularly explicit.
Do not link to any illegal content. Do not post any nsfw images. Do not make groups specifically attacking other people or groups of people. Other than that, please try to be civil with your posts and respect people's desires to not see spoilers right after episodes air!
Firstly, calm down. Secondly, if your account was banned, the mod team likely had a good reason for doing so. If your ban reason does not give you enough information as to why you were banned, feel free to email knighty for clarification.
Seriously? To make an account, click on the 'register' button in the top right hand corner of the site. Fill out the required account details, and be sure to check your email for the email validation sent out shortly after your registration.
If you didn't get your sign-up email, first check your account information to make sure you gave us the correct email address. If you did, check your spam folder/filters to make sure your verification email didn't get blocked. If you've done all of that, you can hit the 'resend verification email' button on the main navigation bar; but make sure you're positive about that, because verification emails can only be sent once per hour. If you're still having issues with receiving your email after that, send email@example.com an email and he'll look into the problem for you.
Account deletion is not supported at this time. If you have a reason to have your content removed, you can always delete your stories themselves - if it's for a personal matter, you can PM one of the site mods/admins to request a ban.
Passwords can be changed from the 'edit account' section of the username drop-down in the main navigation bar. Just make sure your password meets our minimum security requirement of 8 characters in length; heck, throw some uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols in there too!
You can customize the background image, background pattern, and colours of most site elements by going to the 'settings' page in the main navigation bar. You can input hex values (eg. #ca6ca3) to select your colors, or choose from a variety of pre-made themes.
To peruse Fimfiction with a Rainbow Dash to call your very own, click on the 'Enable Interactive Pony' checkbox on the settings page. Warning: Interactive Pony is currently in beta status, and as a result does not feel pain or joy, nor does she have an understanding of innuendo.
The total story views number on your profile page is actually just the sum of the most viewed chapter on each of your stories. For example, if you had a story whose highest-viewed chapter had 300 views, and another with 200 views, your Total Story Views would be 500.
Don't fret! If you've forgotten your password, you can reset it from the main nav bar while being logged out of the site. Note that this means you'll have to log out to see the reset option if you're still in your account but just want to change your password because you can't remember it.
Submitting a story can be done by clicking the 'submit' button at the top of your story (from the main story page). Submitting a story sends it into the site's approval queue, where it will be looked over by our prereading team. If the story meets our submission standards, it will be added to the 'approved queue', and will appear on the front page of the site under 'new stories' shortly thereafter. Submitting a story also makes it possible for it to show up in the 'featured box' and 'popular stories' bar, as well as allowing it to be submitted to groups. If you haven't submitted a story, users may require a password to view it, which you can set in the 'edit' section for your story.
1,000 words is the minimum story word-count for submitted stories. You're free to post a story with fewer words and share it as an unpublished link to your friends or anyone else, but we believe 1,000 words is an acceptable minimum threshold for telling a proper story. Note that for smaller stories, such as flash-fiction or prompt based writing, a good solution is to collect two or more stories as chapters and submit them as one story. Please also note that padding a story with fewer than 1,000 words with spam/garbage/author notes is not acceptable and may earn you a ban.
To publish a chapter, simply click the 'publish' button in the top left-hand corner of the bar at the top of your chapter's text (while viewing the chapter). Publishing a chapter makes it visible to other users of the site - until it's published, the only people who can view a chapter are you and site mods/admins.
While the idea of 'maturity' is a difficult one to properly define, for the purpose of stories on Fimfic, the detail of a story's maturity level lies in the description and events contained therein. 'Teen' is anything more risque or salacious than content you might see in the show - overt shipping, foul language, minor violence with cursory descriptions, physical affection more intense than a quick peck on the lips - where 'mature' is anything that should require an aged or mature perspective to read; things like extreme violence, explicit descriptions of physical intimacy, or content intended for older audiences.
This is an answer that's difficult to pin down, so here's a quick guide to follow: 'Everyone' = content that would be acceptable in the show, with some bending for things like alluded shipping or very light affection, 'Teen' = content that is more mature than the stuff that appears on the show but doesn't push the envelope too far (light foul language, some romantic description), 'Mature' is anything that involves material that would require an 'adult supervision' recommendation on a tv broadcast (sex, extreme violence, etc). Just use your best discretion, and feel free to PM a mod if you have a question about the specific content of your story. At worst, you can always submit and be told that a change is required if the maturity tag you've selected doesn't match the discretion of the story-approval team.
This is simple enough: use 'gore' when there is explicit description of violence/grotesque imagery in your story, and use 'sex' when there's... well... sex. On a Teen rated story, 'sex' can be used to indicate sexual humor or situations that are heated but don't have explicit sex.
Categories are designed to be broad descriptors of a story's content or themes; they're designed in such a way that no more than six should be required at any time, and in fact, some of them conflict and cannot be used together (see the section on 'category conflicts). For this reason, we ask that you restrict your story to 6 categories - any more than that and you probably need to reconsider what your story is about, and find the best way to express which ideas and moods are central to the story you're trying to tell.
Categories are thematic tags for all stories. What this means is that each category selected for a fanfic should represent predominant themes throughout said story. Any piece of writing can have all elements listed below on differing degrees, but it is not necessary to choose all categories that your story is going to have just because they appear in it; you should simply choose the categories that best describe your story.
Romance: A story that has a predominant romantic theme, or explores a romantic relationship (innocent or intimate) between characters.
Exception: Having two characters already in a relationship as part of the story, simply as a couple that appears but whose relationship is not explored in the least, does not merit the category being tagged.
Sad: The sad category can be a little bit confusing. Choose this category for stories that are designed to evoke sadness from your reader throughout the story. This is a main theme for your story; maybe the character suffers from depression, or it deals with the aftermath of a dear friend's death (remember: that doesn't make this a tragedy). A sad story can end in a happy note.
Tragedy: The most confusing category by far, the Tragedy Category is often misunderstood and misused. A Tragedy has, by definition, a sad ending, but it doesn't mean the story is sad until that point; unlike a Sad story, it always, always will have a sad or bittersweet ending.
In a Tragedy, the heroine fights through amazing odds to achieve her objective, and just as she's about to get there, she fails through her own folly, or perhaps because she cannot fight fate in the end after all. Ultimately the hero fails; their friend dies; the world ends... our hero dies. Any outcome, as long as it involves the hero's failure in their struggle and the bitter result of it is what makes a Tragedy... a Tragedy.
Dark: If you boil it down, a Dark Category story brings forth the contrast of good and evil. The story deals with corruption, war, death (violent), horror... basically what would make a world 'darker and grittier'. It doesn't have to be outright violent, for example, if you look at most fairy-tales they have a lot of happy or even nice things happen before the ultimate dark aspect (the death/torture/destruction of the bad guy or unfortunate hero) takes place.
Comedy: A story whose purpose is to make the reader laugh. It might sound easy, but it isn't as simple as it seems. In any case, if your story centers around shenanigans and funny happenings to your characters be it by circumstance or their own actions this is the category for it. Comedy can be circumstantial or even seem serious at times; Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, for example can be pretty hilarious if you know the context of all the things he's criticizing in it.
Adventure: An adventure story is focused on a grand or even epic quest of some sort that the characters take part in. Although this doesn't strictly have to take the form of the aforementioned quest format, it does involve events that affect more than the life of a few ponies or characters. This will usually affect whole towns, cities, even the world and usually involves a major catastrophe that can be averted by our heroes either by stopping the villain or doing something else to diffuse the situation.
In-show references would include: Friendship is Magic (Nightmare Moon); The Return of Harmony (Discord); A Canterlot Wedding (Queen Chrysalis); The Crystal Empire (King Sombra). Notice how all the mentioned episodes affect the entire world in some way or other.
Slice of Life: A Slice of Life story is a simple, few-characters-affected story. It can be a minor adventure, like a trip to Canterlot, or an encounter with a changeling, or even a simple quest but again, its objective is to highlight a moment in life for a character or group of characters; it is not intended for world-altering events.
It is usually more character-centric and might involve a deeper look into a character's motives, their achievements and what makes them change for better or worse.
Crossover: A crossover story is when two different 'worlds' (read: sources) collide. If you mix MLP with any other cartoon, book, anime, show, radio program or whatever... it is a crossover. This includes 'amalgamations' of worlds, such as Fallout and MLP.
Alternate Universe: Stories wherein the ponies are in an Alternate Universe as defined as not based in the Canon universe of the series: Alternative worlds, parallel universes and such. (Not Crossovers, unless it's a crossover with an already-alternate universe)
An Alternate Universe story has deviated from the basic setting of MLP: FIM in some way or another: much more heavily steam-punk; Nightmare Moon/Discord/Sombra/Chrysalis won scenarios and so forth.
Given that an Adventure involves going completely out of your daily life (even by Ponyville standards) it completely takes precedence over the Slice of Life, which can only happen in day-to-day experiences. Defeating Discord is not a day-to-day experience, even if characters can change or grow while that's happening.
Comedy and Sad
Sometimes people get confused and think that morbid humor is equal to a sad comedy. It isn't. You cannot have sadness in equal measure to comedy in a story. One will take the spotlight, because in the end your story will achieve primarily one outcome: either it makes someone sad... or it makes them smile.
A good way to avoid a lot of problems is to find a proofreader or two (who have some experience writing) and ask them to take a look at your story for you and tell you their honest opinion of it. You can refer to 'I need some help with my writing.'
Character tags on stories are largely in place for readers, and not for authors. While you might have a great deal of characters in your story, the character tags are intended to make it easy for people to search for stories that feature one or more characters in a prominent role within the narrative. For this reason, we have a limit of 5 character tags per story, as the notion of focusing on any more characters than this as key players in the story is not really tenable. If you feel your story is an exception, we would ask that you consider ranking your character tags in order of significance, and try to apply the ones that would best correspond to reader interest in your story.
While we have a hard-working team of dedicated prereaders and mods on staff, the Fimfiction approval process is still subject to human participation. As such, it might happen sometimes that none of the site's staff have had the time to get around to approving your story. In instances like this, all we ask is that you be patient with us, and know that your story will be looked at as soon as we can get around to it. For further information about the approval queue process, please see Poultron's Blog Post.
Featured stories are completely automated. They are calculated on a mix of a few things. The number of likes a story has received, the proportion of likes to dislikes, the total number of ratings, how frequently it's being viewed and the time since it was approved are all factored into the equation.
Use the Report button at the top of the story to report the story, and one of us will look over it to see if it does. Note that we hold the final decision as to whether or not a story violates our rules.
By giving a story a view password, you can restrict who can see your story while it is not approved. Approved stories can be viewed by anyone. If no password is provided, everything will be visible except for unpublished chapters.
To download individual chapters, hover over the [img]/images/icons/download.png[/img] icon to the left of the chapter, and click the .txt or .html icon that comes up. To download an entire story, hover over the [img]/images/icons/download.png[/img] below the chapter listing and you can download it as a txt, html or an epub file to read offline.
Well, that could be one of two things. One, it might not actually be on the site! If you know that it's on the site, make sure that you have the "View Mature" option checked, or you won't be able to see Mature content at all.
Groups are one of the coolest parts of the Fimfiction community, and we hope you'll take a minute to check them out and see why we like them so much. Groups combine the functionality of some of the raddest bits of Fimfiction's infrastructure. For one, they can be used to find stories that interest you; groups exist for all types of stories. So, if you like adventure stories, enjoy tales of humans in Equestria, or just want to read about cute pony pairings (shipping), there's a group for you - especially useful if you want to get updates any time a story is added to a group with an idea you particularly like. Groups are also the site's de facto forum interface - in most groups, any user can create a thread, and you can get notifications sent to you when a new one is created, as well as seeing thread activity on your dashboard. Finally, groups are just an awesome place to meet members of the community - they're a whole subsection of Fimfiction's functionality, where users can run events, organize contests, or just hang out.
If you can't post comments or add stories to a certain group, the administrator of the group you're dealing with has likely configured the permissions of said group to restrict certain actions by basic users.
To join a group, just go to the page of a group you're interested in and click the 'join group' button. If the group isn't accepting new members, you could also try sending a message to the groups administrator to request them to open it long enough for you to join.
To add a story to a group, go to the page for the story you want to add and click the 'add to group' button at the bottom of the story's description. Then, select the group you want to add the story to (and the relevant subfolder if one exists).
To delete a group, use the 'delete' button next to the group in your group-nav page. Make sure you're really ready to delete the group though, as deleted groups (and subfolders, threads, etc.) are unrecoverable!
When you create a folder in your group (with the 'add folder' button from the group edit page), you can select the permissions of adding to that folder with the drop down, with the three options being 'User', 'Contributor', and 'Admin'.
To delete a comment, just click the delete button at the top right of any comment in the group or a thread. To ban members, go to the members page at the top, search for the user and click the ban icon next to their name.
Admins can set the permission levels of any other users except for the founder, as well as delete comments and modify threads. Contributors are like regular members, but you can set folders to only allow contributors and admins to post in them.
For issues within a group, please PM the administrator of the group in question before bringing the problem to the attention of the site admins. An exception applies for problems regarding user security or site stability.
Explaining forum functionality in the context of the site is a bit of a big task, but the basic idea of a forum is a collection of conversations and discussions participated in by users on topics relevant to their interests. Forums/threads are a subfunctionality of groups, and can be accessed by clicking on the 'forum' button within a group. Replying to threads works just like comment replying, bbcode and all. If you have further questions about how forums work in general, more information can be found here
The basic rule of thumb for comment posting is the same for behaviour across the site: don't be a dick. That said, for more concrete guidelines; don't spam, don't advertise, try to be constructive and pleasant, and try to restrict yourself to commenting to when you have something worthwhile to say. Eg. 'First!' and 'I'll be reading this later' as well as similar comments are worthless, and we would ask that you avoid making them. Keep in mind that particularly bad comments may be downvoted, and repeatedly downvoted/flagged comments may result in administrative action.
The Read it Later feature allows you to quickly save stories that you would like to read later in a simple list. It won't track stories like a Favourite will, but you can still come back and read them later!
Your Favourites are a list are a list of the stories you like the most, or stories that you simply want to track and come back to again! The star icon at the top of the page in the toolbar lets you see how many unread chapters you have across your favourite stories. You can also choose to be emailed when a story updated by hovering over the favourite icon on a story and ticking the email box.
To follow a user, simply click the 'follow' button (the eye) on their user page (or on the pop-up that appears when hovering over their username). If you follow someone, you'll see new stories they publish and blog posts they make.
Images can be added by using the [img](url)[/img] tags, replacing (url) with the url to the image you want to embed. On story and blog post comments, images will be shown as clickable links that expand the image in the comment.
After clicking edit user page, click on any of the buttons in the 'Available Modules' panel to add a module of that type to your page. By default they are added to the bottom left of the left hand column.
In the edit user page mode, drag the header of any module to move it to a new location. You can switch column by just dragging it between the columns. Make sure you click 'Save Module Layout' at the top when you're done.
In the edit user page mode, click the 'Delete Module' button below any module to remove it. Make sure you click 'Save Module Layout' at the top when you're done, otherwise the modules are not really deleted.
If you have any questions/concerns not addressed in this FAQ, feel free to PM someone on our mod team, or leave a comment on our user pages. We can't promise that your concern will be addressed immediately, but we'll certainly do our best to take a look and get back to you as soon as we can.
Go to the user’s page and use the Report function. Please give us as much information as you can. Screen grabs, dates and times, etc. can all be helpful. You can also block users via their user page or a PM by clicking the big red block button to prevent them from sending you further private messages.
It sure does! You can find the connection information on this page as well as a web client to use if you don't have a dedicated IRC client. Note that we do not support the embedded web chat client, sorry! There's usually lots of people active at all times of the day, and site moderators will occasionally pop in as well.
If you have a bug to report, please PM one of the moderators or admins. If you have a suggestion for a site functionality change, feel free to send knighty a PM, though we can't guarantee he'll get back to you if your idea is sillier than a Derpy on a unicycle.
It's being worked on, but you can currently grab story information using http://www.fimfiction.net/api/story.php?story=[story_url_here], supporting JSONP with a ?callback parameter, as well as CORS. I'll make proper documentation for it when it's done.