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Site Post » Confirmation bias and constant evolution in design · 10:15am
Today, a friend of mine who I consider to be an individual of exceptional intelligence (or perhaps he just possesses an exceptional amount of common sense) came to me to ask how one were to download a story in plaintext. I was not sure myself, however, I did know that there were download links on every story's information page. I'm sure that most of you are aware what the information page for a story looks like, but here's an example:
It's not a shameless plug, really.
cant wait to lose some watchers · 1:47pm
So there are no allusions as to what this blog post discusses - the following video is, in a few words, not very good:
This kind of shit makes me super fucking upset. The video isn't fantastic, though it shows at least a modicum of effort, more than you can say for most brony endeavors. Of course, it falls flat in almost every respect. The animation is jerky, adds almost nothing to the "song," and appears to only be a series of in-jokes and references to the fandom, although I guess that's to be expected of a video like this. It isn't funny at all though.
Of course that isn't even to mention the absolutely dreadful song, which sounds like a remix of every other Living Tombstone song, which are already shit. The lyrics leave a lot to be desired; they don't tell a story. I can't even tell if the singing is good or not, because whoever mixed the song is apparently deaf from birth, and had to just guess at the proper levels by looking at the waveform. What little you can hear from Tombstone is impossible to understand through his thick accent, though I think he can probably sing well enough? The vocal actress playing Trixie seems to fluctuate between a pretty good performance and not giving a goddamn shit at all.
So why does this make me mad? Look how many likes this goddamn shit has. Check the original song too, if you like. People ADORE this shit. It's (relative) trash. Almost every brony artist is either trash or mediocre at best. The ones that aren't (Griffinilla, SoGreatandPowerful, PinkiePieSwear) seem to either be generally glossed over or forgotten. This is probably because they don't form a cult of personality around themselves. No OC, no "big name" to attach themselves to, no circlejerking with other shitty brony artists. 99% of the "music" in this fandom is aggressively bland tripe that wouldn't play at the cheapest nightclubs, yet people think it deserves a spot in the music hall of fame next to Led Zeppelin. "Artists" like JackleApp, TheLivingTombstone, WoodenToaster, all vastly overrated despite not even being worthy of a mention if they weren't brony artists.
If you want to listen to some actual music from someone with genuine talent, try listening to this, or something from any of the artists I listed above.
Ya'll should draw me an avatar · 3:44am
I already got 2 people to draw me this, but I'm a selfish piece of shit so I'm gonna post this on the site too. I just want an avatar of Pinkie Pie as Luffy from One Piece! Or just draw art of Pinkie Pie as Luffy. Luffy Pie owns. I love the pictures I've already gotten, thank you so much! This is totally a selfish request, I just want to see more Luffy Pie. You don't have to do it or anything!
Okay, here are the pictures. This first one is from some guy named Devin on Facebook, no idea what his art handle is. I love the pose and the expression in this one, it reminds me of Oda while still being distinctly Pinkie. Plus, it looks like it would work well as an avatar! Sadly, it isn't finished yet.
This one is from Ryan on Facebook, again not sure of his art handle. I love this picture, it's very Pinkie Pie, but I don't know if it works very well as an avatar unfortunately. Still, it's an adorable Luffy Pie picture! Awesome!
While most of the users that commented on the previous news post seemed to be in support of our decision, there were a few dissenting opinions - less than I expected, but I definitely expected them. As we've said in previous news posts, the people who post on our blog are NOT indicative of even the majority opinion on the site. This is easily demonstrated when you imagine that even though most of the people who posted seemed to dislike meta fiction, it still gets a huge number of views and thumbs up, and is often featured. Obviously, there's a disparity there.Read More
These rules are entirely up to Administrator discretion. We will determine what stories break these rules and what stories do not. These rules do not apply retroactively. We are not banning any users for this.
We are no longer accepting stories that are clearly written as an in-joke between people with little relevance to those outside the group (AKA circlejerking). Here is an example of a story which would violate this new rule: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/7114/
In addition, we are also no longer accepting "meta" stories. This includes stories that are written about the site, or about users on the site. OCs are usually exempt from this rule but, again, this will be up to administrator discretion. Here is an example of a story which would violate this new rule: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/16424/Read More
I seriously can't believe I even have to post this. We aren't going to instantly ban you if we see you making a roleplaying post. We will delete it and warn you. If you "tag" someone on their profile, we will delete it and warn you. This has always been the case.
We will ban you if you CONTINUE to break the rules, or ignore our warnings. We don't have a single person on our ban list that didn't absolutely deserve to be completely removed from our site.
We are going to be adding comment reporting and timed bans very soon in the future. Comment reporting will help us police the new rules we've put in place, and timed bans will allow us to follow up on warnings without permanently banning people from the site. We're also planning on some way to make sure that every user is at least aware of these news posts, maybe via a notification or a banner at the top of the site.
This hasn't really been a huge problem, but I have noticed that a few people have started roleplaying on the site
Don't do this.
We're not going to even bother trying to justify our reasons, as I'm pretty sure nobody will bother listening to them. Just don't roleplay in the comments. I'm not going to be banning old roleplay accounts, since some of them have stories and everything, but new accounts made specifically for roleplaying will get you banned. Roleplaying comments will be deleted with a warning sent, and further action taken after that.
FAKE EDIT: Just to clarify, you ARE allowed to roleplay inside of groups SPECIFICALLY MADE FOR ROLEPLAYING, and also on blog posts SPECIFICALLY MADE FOR ROLEPLAYING. If you roleplay ANYWHERE ELSE you will be warned and possibly banned for further offenses.
REAL EDIT (05/29/12 0957 CST): I have no idea where people are getting the idea that we are banning people for roleplaying on the first offense. Roleplaying comments will be deleted with a warning sent to the creator, and then further action will be taken if the user continues to violate the rule. This usually will mean a ban, but not in every case. I never once said that I would be banning anybody for roleplaying on the first offense!