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  • 129 weeks
    Downtime & Server Move

    Hi all. Firstly, apologies for the extended period of unexpected downtime. Obviously any kind of downtime is non ideal, but unexpected is more annoying all around.

    On Friday morning (GMT) we experienced a hardware failure on our database server. To our knowledge there is no data loss of any kind. We have fairly regular backups hosted off-site, regardless. The exact cause isn't entirely clear at this time, but instead of wrestling with trying to get the hardware sorted (it was a dedicated server) we decided that this was a good opportunity to make a server move we've been planning for a long time over to Digital Ocean.

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  • 206 weeks
    BBCode updates

    Performance improvements

    Over the last few days I've been working on improving the performance of the BBCode parser. I've managed to implement a few major optimizations, reducing the run time in common cases to around 1/4th to 1/20th compared to the older version. This has reduced total server-side render times on some of the more complicated test pages I've been using to around 50ms–70ms, which should be a noticeable improvement.

    New features


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    49 comments · 4,385 views
  • 229 weeks
    Recent Changelog

    We've done various unannounced changes of the past few weeks so I thought I'd group up the things we've done so you guys know what's changed.

    • Added account linking page for Patreon / Twitter
    • Added ability to cross post stories, blogs and bookshelf additions to Twitter
    • Added twitter userpage module
    • Added account deletion page
    • Reorganised user toolbar dropdown to better fit more items
    • Added session management page to see logins and active sessions on your account
    • Added new articles system and moved some existing ones into it
    • Redesigned PM page a bit to be cleaner
    • Increased font size in major places across the site to improve readability
    • New cookie consent controls for EU users and updated privacy policy
    • Recommended groups list on groups page - WIP
    • Tooltips in many locations around the site with helpful tips

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    114 comments · 5,641 views
  • 229 weeks
    Help Articles

    Something I've worked on the last couple of days is adding the ability for us to add arbitrary "articles" to the site which we can use for various things. Sort of an extension on the manual articles we've added in the past like the bbcode page, writing guide, etc.

    So far I've added 3 guides:

    I'd love to know if you guys have any idea for articles that would have helped you out when starting out or anything else that comes to mind.

    65 comments · 4,856 views
  • 257 weeks
    Night Mode

    I've been working on it for ages but only really got the impetus to finish all of it off over the last few days. In the "settings" dropdown at the top on desktop, or the bottom of the slide out bar on mobile you'll find a toggle for night mode. Enjoy!

    Oh, and although I've tried to cover everything there is a 100% chance I've missed styling some things so apologies in advance for any funky pages.

    246 comments · 6,088 views
  • 258 weeks
    Additional Search Update

    Hey folks,

    Over the last few days I've added a few things to the new search system. A lot of people were unhappy with not being able to filter various things as quickly as they used to be able to. To that end, I've added a little filter dropdown to the right of the search box which effectively contains everything the old sidebar used to. It even has some niceties like quick word count filters and a highly rated filter.

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    132 comments · 4,789 views
  • 258 weeks
    December 2017 Update

    Hey guys, got a whole bunch of updates for you today.


    This is a small but important step on our way to the tagging system I envision. The existing way we handled things like characters and genres has all been merged into a single tagging system. That won't result in much difference for you viewing and using the site but it makes it a lot easier to add new tags especially.

    We now have a couple of new tag types: series and warnings.

    The series tag is for identifying what series (franchise) your fanfiction contains. I've added a whole ton of various TV shows, movies, comics, books and games but clearly we will have to add a ton more in the coming future. Stories must also contain one of the four MLP tags which are FIM, EqG, Movie and Comic, as this is a pony fanfic site after all. Feel free to bug me on Discord if you have a requirement for a series to be added.

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    630 comments · 13,454 views
  • 259 weeks
    Math BBCode tag

    I've added [math] and [mathblock] BBCode tags, which can be used to display formatted math. We've had a few requests for this, particularly for group forum threads and blog posts. Most math-related TeX syntax is supported. (We are currently using MathJax to handle the layout.)

    The documentation from the BBCode guide is repeated below for your convenience.

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    84 comments · 4,053 views
  • 282 weeks
    Fimfiction API

    If you're not a developer you can probably ignore this post.

    It's been like 6 years, but hey, things take time. The API is currently very WIP still but it's ready for people to get working on in our development chat room.

    API documentation can be found at and you should join the Discord Chat and PM me to add you to the private API channel and I can help you get started. The functionality is very limited right now but I'm dedicating all my time to it at the moment and would love to have people add their input to the process.

    60 comments · 6,823 views
  • 286 weeks
    New BBCode Tags

    Hey guys,

    One of the features in this new update was reader-side paragraph formatting. This helps improve consistency for readers across the site, especially for those of us who can’t stand reading indented text on a computer screen.

    However, one thing that wasn’t accounted for was the legitimate need for specific indenting of passages and for certain blocks of text to have no paragraph formatting. Some examples would be lyrics and poetry.

    Taking this into account, we have come up with a couple of new tags that remedy this situation which are documented below (copied directly from the bbcode guide)

    [indent] Indent

    The indent tag can be used to, unsurprisingly, indent portions of your text.

    [indent]The indent tag can be used to, unsurprisingly, indent portions of your text.[/indent]

    It also support levels of indenting

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    168 comments · 6,110 views

Site Update » New Character Tags · 4:21am Jan 11th, 2017

I have added a total of 70 new character tags to the site today. They can be found below:

Main series

• Bat pony
• Dragons
• Griffons
• Minotaur
• Pets
• Royal guard
• Yaks
• Zebras

• Chancellor Puddinghead
• Clover the Clever
• Commander Hurricane
• Princess Platinum
• Private Pansy
• Smart Cookie
• Starswirl the Bearded


• Blossomforth
• Button Mash
• Cloudchaser
• Daisy
• Filthy Rich
• Flitter
• Lily
• Limestone Pie
• Marble Pie
• Moondancer
• Moonlight Raven
• Parcel Post
• Pony Joe
• Sassy Saddles
• Spoiled Rich
• Sunshine Smiles
• Treehugger
• Troubleshoes
• White Lightning
• Wind rider

• Steven Magnet
• Tantabus
• The smooze

Equestria Girls

• Dazzlings

• Applejack
• Dean Cadence
• Fluttershy
• Indigo Zap
• Lemon Zest
• Micro Chips
• Midnight Sparkle
• Pinkie Pie
• Principal Abacus Cinch
• Principal Celestia
• Rainbow Dash
• Rarity
• Sandalwood
• Sour Sweet
• Spike (the dog)
• Sugarcoat
• Sunny Flare
• Sunset Shimmer (demon form)
• Twilight Sparkle
• Vice-principal Luna


• Nightmare Rarity
• Tiberius

• Princess Amore
• Radiant Hope

• Anon
• Self-insert

Season 6
• Zephyr Breeze
• Vapor Trail
• Sky Stinger
• Saffron Masala
• Coriander Cumin
• Flurry Heart
• Ember
• Sunburst
• Mr. Stripes
• Plaid Stripes
• Thorax


Added Twinkleshine.


Added Coloratura
Added Gabby


New Tags:
Tender Taps
EqG Mane 6
Quibble Pants
Timber Spruce
Gloriosa Daisy

Royal Guard
Bat Pony


New Tags:
Double Diamond
Night Glider
Sugar Belle
Party Favor
Ruby Pinch

Report knighty · 11,364 views · #im sorry
Comments ( 336 )

Finally, a Moondancer tag!



No, seriously, this is legit awesome.

~Skeeter The Lurker

Nothing but endless joy.


Majin Syeekoh



now all we need is a way to retroactively apply these tags to all the relevant fics.

Thank you :heart:

Good job. Batpony tag best tag

Nice but how about a Luna emote?

Woah, thanks for this. This is kinda awesome, even if I'm not sure who a couple of these characters are.

About time too!

Thanks for making my silly story about Blossomforth needing her own tag obsolete.

But seriously, thank you so much for these new tags :heart:

So many stories will suddenly have anon tags...

About Goddamn time we got Thorax tags though.

Thanks. You added the characters we wanted the most.

Oh, as a quick note though: some pictures don't seem to be working. And the picture for Cloudchaser appears to be Thunderlane.

This doesn't make me any less happy about this. I'm just pointing things out :twilightsmile:

Bats!!!! *Screech*

You need to move the individual Sirens to the EG section, add the humanized Sunset, add Gabi in the CMC and add Pinkie's and Rarity's parents since you already have Twilight's up there. But other than that nice update.

didn't we already get an anon tag?

also KEEEEEEE! Bat Pone! Finally!!!!
HUZZA Royal Guard!

Nice a lot of these character tags will be great for finding stories easier!

7 minutes, 25 comments

[8:27 PM] Swan Song: hey @knighty can you use this photo as the image for the self-insert tag
[8:27 PM] Swan Song: please
[8:27 PM] FonShaolin: lol
[8:27 PM] Tman450: ew
[8:27 PM] Swan Song: just do it for like
[8:27 PM] Swan Song: 5 seconds
[8:27 PM] KzT: rofl
[8:27 PM] FonShaolin: please do that
[8:27 PM] Swan Song: and see if anyone notices
[8:27 PM] FonShaolin: do that thing
[8:27 PM] ambysucol: I always have
[8:27 PM] Eris H. Discordia: do it forever
[8:28 PM] Floydien: lol
[8:28 PM] Monochromatic: omg skeeter
[8:28 PM] Skeeter: USE THAT IMAGE!
[8:28 PM] Weatherbug: lol
[8:28 PM] Local Goat Strider: DO IT
[8:28 PM] FonShaolin: JUST
[8:28 PM] FonShaolin: DO IT
[8:28 PM] Skeeter: Please god use that image for self insert I beg you oh Al-Knighty One!
[8:28 PM] Scarlet Storm: DO IT FILLY

The one problem is that my story is too long, and has way too many characters I want to tag. So I tag none of them.

• Anon
• Self-insert

Hooray for easy filtering!

Any reason the royal guard tag shows Luna's guards instead of Celestia's?

Site Owner

4378046 Yes. I'm an idiot.

Cool... when can we start choosing more then five ?

4378045 I agree. Also, where's the Tender Taps tag?!

Oh, finally Ember can be selected as a character tag! About damn time lol!

Checked out Clover the Clever, all I got was this story. It has both Twilight and some of the other founders in it, but there's no Clover tag.

Edit: Got the same story from Smart Cookie, also lacks her tag.

Nicely done, and about time, too!

Hope this can keep up with important characters in season 7.

Bless you, Knighty... Bless you.

Was wondering when we would get Ember.

Never expected comic characters, not that I'm complaining

I know you're likely being spammed with comments at this point, something seems to be wrong with the Fluttershy EQG tag. Am I just not seeing it? Or am I dumb?

Tree Hugger is two words.

• Self-insert

I'm probably going to be skipping those stories. :twilightsheepish:

Anyway, it's great that we finally have new character tags, especially for ponies such as Moondancer, Ember, Limestone and Marble Pie, etc. Maybe this might motivate me enough to write something about Sky Stinger and Vapor Trail—provided that I can think of an idea. :twilightsmile:

And thank you for updating the character tags.

I don't see that one (or Spoiled Rich) either. I think I'll just go to bed and see if it's fixed by morning.

If your story has human versions of the characters but is not in the Equestria Girls world, would it make sense to still use the new EQG character tags?

Finally! And thanks :pinkiehappy:

Can we expect any more updates to the site in the near future?

Site Owner

4378060 It was broken. Fixed now

Site Owner

4378068 It's debatable but, the reason why we have EqG tags is because they are canonically different characters. Humanised versions I'd probably say should go under the pony tag.

Wow, that's a lot of characters!

Thank you for your patience and for everything you do, friendo. :yay:

Yay! Now how many people are going to go through their stories, and re-tag everything?

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