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  • 209 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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  • 286 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 · 4,992 views
  • 308 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 · 6,086 views
  • 309 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 · 5,245 views
  • 337 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.

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  • 338 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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  • 338 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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  • 339 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 · 4,453 views
  • 361 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.

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  • 366 weeks
    Fimfiction 4.0

    It’s been a very very long time coming, but we’ve finally updated the site again. this is by far the biggest update we have ever done. There is a cavalcade of new features but the biggest changes are under the hood and affect how easy it is to extend the site and performance. A change log of everything I can remember can be found below.

    There are bound to be unforeseen bugs. If you come across anything major please let us know in the comments (or preferably in the #site-help-and-dev discord channel).

    Miscellaneous / Site Wide

    • Dropped support entirely for pre-IE11
    • Updated inline searching across the site to order much better. Eg. Typing "Ra" into the tag selector actually shows Rainbow Dash first. On shorter lists like bookshelves, we use a different algorithm that lets you type things like "ril" and it’ll prioritise a shelf called "read it Later".

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Site Update » New BBCode Tags · 11:37pm Jun 8th, 2017

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

Up to 4 levels deep

[indent=2]It also support levels of indenting[/indent]
[indent=4]Up to 4 levels deep[/indent]

[pre-line] Pre-line

Preformatted lines keep line breaks as you enter them.
This is useful for things like lyrics or poetry where you don't want indented paragraphs.

This text here would be indented if the reader has indented on,
but because we're in pre-line it remains unindented.

[pre-line]Preformatted lines keep line breaks as you enter them.
This is useful for things like lyrics or poetry where you don't want indented paragraphs.

This text here would be indented if the reader has indented on,
but because we're in pre-line it remains unindented.[/pre-line]

These two tags can be happily mixed
which is useful for embedded lyrics
or things like letters.

These two tags can be happily mixed
which is useful for embedded lyrics
or things like letters.[/pre-line][/indent]

These tags are for formatting specific passages of text. Not entire stories! The only exception to this is for poetry which may be wrapped entirely in a pre-line tag.


You should keep in mind that the transition from bbcode to final result is not guaranteed to be stable. We may make changes to how the system works in order to facilitate new functionality or fix problems. When in doubt, it's best to try and keep formatting as simple as possible to minimise the chance of breakage later.

Try to use the tags provided for formatting rather than trying to be clever. Remember, people are viewing your work on all kinds of devices, and that means quirky formatting can lead to a poor experience when viewed on a device you didn't author it on!

If you have any comments or suggestions on this functionality, please let us know below!

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Comments ( 168 )

This is obviously the appropriate place for this.

Happy birthday! :V


Majin Syeekoh





also happy birthday yeah:heart:

Happy birthday Knighty!

And thanks for this gift of new functionality, though I feel like you have this birthday gift thing a little backwards.

Ummm, why not just let us use the tab key for indents?

It’s a birthday.

Site Owner

This doesn’t work for passages you want indented because when the line wraps, it’d go back to the start of the line again.

Okay... that is all and good, but the quote box is now useless if you use it in any way in your story.
Might have been done to make things look better... bu it was poorly executed, and that is something that looked better beforehand. (looked a LOT better}

Happy B-day!

Because they want readers to control the indents, and any weird spacing gets wiped out by the site. Tabs get wiped out with it, so you need to use indents instead.


Site Owner

The only thing changed about the quote box in stories to my knowledge is the background was removed. Is there something else that’s affecting your usage of it?

Happy birthday!!! Thank you soooooooooooo much for the indent option!!! :pinkiehappy:

You still can. These indents affect the paragraph of text, not just the first line of a new paragraph. Instead of indenting the first line, it's indenting the whole thing.

that is, if I'm not mistaken

Good to hear. Thank you for bringing back at least a couple of options for author-side formatting. Much appreciated, dude. Though, I kinda wish I could just make my work look however I wanted, like before...

Okay, I need explanation. Previous versions of this site permitted indenting utilizing the TAB key (AKA the sole purpose of said key on the keyboard). Thus I must ask what you will view as a stupid question.

I can understand that this version of FIM FICTION seems to work better on mobile, but it would seem more rational to have a mobile version and a Desktop version separate, much like how both Deviantart and YouTube do.

If you would like even I can get a few Brony coder friends who are in CYBERSECURITY for the USAF to help you as they do this kind of stuff just to pass their time. (Maybe help you, that is up to them)

Seconding this. Please, knighty?

Site Owner


You two are both talking about paragraph formatting. This is passage formatting. Gonna use some lorem ipsum to demonstrate.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Duis hendrerit dictum urna. Aliquam commodo lorem in tempor fermentum. Praesent auctor eget risus pellentesque lobortis. Etiam congue viverra ipsum tristique posuere. Curabitur id vehicula augue, non semper metus. Nullam nibh risus, molestie ut enim vitae, elementum lacinia neque. Sed eget nibh sed arcu dignissim dictum semper venenatis tortor. Donec enim tellus, vehicula sit amet dictum quis, faucibus non lacus. Nam non vestibulum erat. Nunc eget tellus urna. Fusce at lorem at odio lacinia aliquet quis et lectus. Nullam eu pulvinar augue. Sed sollicitudin sem est, in posuere dui sodales non. In vel venenatis justo, vel porttitor urna. Maecenas elementum ligula est, dapibus commodo dui venenatis vitae. Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas.

Curabitur pulvinar sed ipsum vitae pulvinar. Duis eu sem at erat aliquet fringilla a dictum tellus. Donec blandit, magna a hendrerit dictum, magna turpis venenatis risus, quis ornare sem velit placerat magna. Donec elementum metus sed nunc cursus mattis. Donec vel facilisis turpis. Suspendisse nec dapibus diam. Suspendisse condimentum ac turpis a commodo.

And yet I checked my fictions and my formatting has literally been obliterated, not a single indent when I know I had them (Original documents were stored elsewhere.)

Please explain, technical terms are acceptable.

Let’s test it.

Here we have a quoted line of text with a single (poke) indent in front of it, which should show up in a quote box with all of the lines poking in a little and a box around the whole thing, if I read the comments right.

And a centered bit, just because.
And Happy Birthday! :pinkiehappy:

Yep, looks good.

Site Owner

That’s because paragraphs are formatted according to how the reader desires them from the formatting menu. This post is about tags that let you format specific passages with indents and performatted lines

The quote box still looks fine enough to me. :applejackunsure:

Note, the first line of the paragraph should be indented. Not ever single line, that in and of itself is agrammatical error and creates a wall of text. If you have a book near you look at it’s formatting and get back to me.

I am finished with this.

Knighty, as much as I love this site, and will most likely remain here to read the stories I have come to enjoy. I will probably no longer write here any longer. Still I thank you for the website, I do love it, I just wish you hadn’t messed with the basic functions just to please those using a phone... it just seems illogical to me.

My offer about the coder still stands, he specializes in security work, so I don’t know if he is any good at formatting, but hey, at least it is something.

Site Owner


Please refer to my post here: 4564952

FINALLY A DARK MODE FOR STORIES!!! I’ve been using the Stylish extension to cover that. Any way to add an official site-wide Dark Mode? I doubt I’m alone in wanting one.

Um i was wondering why was the similar stories to the 1 i am reading removed?


I am also inferring that the paragraph formatting is non functional. it move the text in the edit mode, but when you click on save and then exit out of edit mode there is no change. I even attempted to refresh the page and go into with an entirely new click with a different window. It did not work.

Server Administrator


Indenting the first line of paragraphs is a formatting setting that can be enabled in the formatting menu, alongside various other reading settings.

This was changed to a reading setting as it’s largely a personal preference issue. Indent+single line is one style, double space with no indent is another, valid style. The single line style is more common in printed books, but double spaced paragraphs is also found in printed books. (and is more common online)

Making this a user setting allows users to read in their preferred format on every story, instead of them being stuck with the choice the author made. This is particularly helpful for people who have difficulties distinguishing paragraphs that aren’t double spaced.

Site Owner

That’s because paragraph formatting is dictated by the reader now. When you’re viewing a chapter, click the format button at the top right and you can choose between double space and indented.

Site Owner

It was a semi unintentional removal, but they’re coming back soon on mobile. Apologies for their absence.

Thank you... I feel stupid now... and perhaps a tad sleep deprived.
But that still leaves my question then, is the formatting option during editing just for the author, cause I noticed the tab still works while writing it down in the story block?

Forgive me Primarch, I was confused... or to coin a word, confuzzled.

Site Owner

Those options are for reading. What you choose in there affects nobody else.

And thus I have my answer. Sorry for disturbing you Primarch.

Server Administrator

We allow newline + tab when writing stories to make it easier for authors who prefer to write in that style, as well as to support older stories that were written in that style.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Halle-lu-jah!!!!

Wait! Stop the bus so I can’t indent the first line of my paragraph only?

Thank you so much for making such great updates to the site and handling all these issues in a sane and orderly manner. Fimfiction has always been my favorite website, even though I’m not a brony anymore, because you put so much care into it. It really shows!

I still disagree with giving format control to readers over authors…especially if readers are not allowed to pick “as author wrote it” as an option.

The removal of tab/newline by parser and requiring new tags to do it, more importantly, will leave broken all prior instances on the site of variant whitespace formatting-for-effect (or for poetry, lyrics et alia), including large blank spaces for enforcing a pause, analogous to the beat panel in comic strips, the fermata in music (as mentioned by someone in the main update thread, sorry, I forgot your name).

With a third of a million stories (and which aren’t even going to all be uniform per-chapter or anything) even manual validation seems like a too-onerous task, and I’m sure no heuristic would catch all and only what was intended to be simple paragraph prose.

The more I think about it, the more being able to select “as author input” as a formatting option as a reader seems like the best solution that doesn’t contravene the spirit of giving the reader paragraph-break control.

(p.s. why is the whitespace-throttling applied to comments?)

Many happy returns and thank you a thousand times over for putting the usernames next to the blog titles again.

As a reader, my preferred mode for viewing is “As the Author Intended”, when will we be getting that as an option, as you seem to desire the reader to decide, that’s what this reader decides.

I know. Can’t we have both? The way the author wants it to be read (no matter how weird) and a formatted/“fixed’ up version should the reader choose that?

printf(”Hello World!”); printf(”Time to test your site. Permission to try XSS?”);

Sweet! Thank you for all your hard work on these changes!

One of the features in this new update was reader-side paragraph formatting.

I think this may have mucked up the “[Code ]” tags: all leading white space is stripped and lines are now wrapped.

>>\. /_ )`. / _)`^)`. _.---. _ (_,' \ `^-)"" `.\ | | \ \ / | / \ /.___.'\ (\ (_ < ,"|| \ |`. \`-' \\ () )| )/ |_>|> /_] // /_] /_]

Server Administrator

The multiline code tag is [codeblock], per the documentation. It’s not intended for ASCII art either, use [pre] for that sort of thing.

Agreed; that was one of the few changes I really hated. Good to know that it was only temporary (probably a bug).

I would like to report a bug. Maybe.

No bug, just a misunderstanding of mine on how these new tags work with one another.

Thanks, Knighty and Xaquseg!

I have indented the first little bit with the song lyrics.

If you tell client-side formatting to do “indent” or “both” it indents the first line of it, and then double-indents the next lines all the way until the [/indent] tag.

Site Owner

You need to use [pre-line] there too otherwise it’ll just get marked up like normal paragraphs (so in this case it’s 4 indented paragraphs where the first isn’t because it’s the first in a block).

Awesome! There were a few blocks of text that were ruined by the update that I can fix now. Huzzahs!

Server Administrator

You need [pre-line] inside your [indent] as well.

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