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  • 4 weeks
    The Day of the Dead Anthology

    The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a now-famous tradition from ancient times that has been a huge part of Mexican Culture through the centuries. Like so many things in Mexico, it's influenced strongly by certain aspects of the Aztec people.

    It has shaped the way those of us with that heritage look at life and death in many ways, and most importantly on the remembrance of, and honoring the deceased. We traditionally decorate little altars dedicated to the memories of those that passed away… but it's not a somber occasion.

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  • 4 weeks
    Jinglemas 2023!

    Jinglemas is the annual tradition on Fimfiction to exchange stories around the holidays with users on the site. This single event allows all Fimfiction users to come together and celebrate the reason for the season. Ponies!

    Enroll in this Secret-Santa-style gift exchange to request a holiday themed story, to be written secretly by another participant during the month of December. And in turn, you will be tasked with writing someone else's request. Then all the stories will be exchanged at Christmas! Simplicity itself! Thanks to the hard work of the Breezies, everyone will be ensured to get their gift!

    You only have until November 24th to Sign up!

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  • 28 weeks
    PSA: Using AIs to Write and Publish Stories in Fimfiction

    Hello everyone, this is a PSA (Public Service Announcement, for those of ESL) to put to rest consistent questions about using AI to 'write' stories and publish them here. This is not intended as a poll or a request for feedback. It is exclusively a clarification on an already-existing rule.

    People ask: "Can I, oh great and powerful D, post a story or chapter that I got ChatGPT to write for me?!"

    And the answer, my friend, is... No.

    Absolutely not. Not in a thousand years!

    Because you didn't write it.

    It is not your creation. You are NOT the author. In fact, you are the opposite.

    There seems to be some confusion when interpreting the following rule:

    Don’t Post (Content)


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  • 56 weeks
    Jinglemas 2022!

    Jinglemas is the annual tradition on Fimfiction to exchange stories around the holidays with users on the site. This single event allows all Fimfiction users to come together and celebrate the reason for the season. Ponies!

    Enroll in this Secret-Santa-style gift exchange to request a holiday themed story, to be written secretly by another participant during the month of December. And in turn, you will be tasked with writing someone else's request. Then all the stories will be exchanged at Christmas! Simplicity itself! Thanks to the hard work of the Breezies, everyone will be ensured to get their gift!

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    62 comments · 12,173 views
  • 84 weeks
    Phishing Awareness

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation like this?

    And then you magically find yourself in a suspiciously familiar site, except that you're not logged in, and it requires you to do so?

    Well. Don't log in. This is a scam, and a cheap one at that. 

    There've been recent attempts to obtain Fimfiction users’ personal data, like passwords and/or emails through links like the one I'm making fun of above. And a distressing amount of people don't seem to know what phishing attempts are.

    If you HAVE entered a site like this and put in your data, make sure to follow these basic steps at least.

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  • 95 weeks
    All Our Best [Royal Canterlot Library]

    As should be obvious from 15 months without a feature, life has taken the Royal Canterlot Library curators in different directions. While there’s still plenty of awesome stories being written in the My Little Pony fandom, we’re no longer actively working to spotlight them, and it’s time to officially draw the project to a close.

    Thank you for all of your support, suggestions, and comments over the years. We’re grateful to have been able to share seven years of exemplary stories with you, and give more insight into the minds behind them. In the spirit of the project, please keep reading and recommending fantastic fics to friends—the community is enriched when we all share what we love.

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  • 100 weeks
    Jinglemas 2021 has come to a close!

    Jinglemas had 114 stories written and exchanged this year!
    You can read them all here, in the Jinglemas 2021 folder!

    Jhoira wrote The Hearths Warming Eve Guest for EngageBook
    GaPJaxie wrote Twilight and Spike Hide a Body for Telly Vision
    SnowOriole wrote The Armor Hypothesis for BaeroRemedy
    snappleu wrote Words Said So Often That They Lack Any Meaning for Trick Question
    NeirdaE wrote Starlight and Trixie Direct a Play for Moosetasm
    Ninjadeadbeard wrote Garland Graveyard Shift for NeirdaE
    Roundabout Recluse wrote Apples to Apples for Ninjadeadbeard
    MistyShadowz wrote The Times We Shared for NaiadSagaIotaOar
    Petrichord wrote A Gentle Nudge for Angel Midnight
    Jade Ring wrote Past, Future, and Present for Frazzle2Dazzle
    Jake The Army Guy wrote The Big Talk for Dreadnought
    The Red Parade wrote Heart Strings for Franso
    Greatazuredragon wrote A Hearth’s Warming Question for GaPJaxie

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  • 130 weeks
    Reunions: A Swapped Roles Contest!

    Okay guys here's something fun presented by Nitro Indigo.

    Presented by me, I guess, but I digress.

    Last year, I (Nitro Indigo) noticed that there was a surprising lack of roleswap fanfics on this site. To fix that, I decided to run a roleswap contest over the summer themed around secrets. While it didn’t get many entries, it nevertheless attracted the attention of some big authors and was the origin of two of my favourite fics. Overall, I think it was a success, so I’ve decided to run another one!

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  • 205 weeks
    Jinglemas 2019

    There's truly no time like the holidays. What's better than copious amounts of food, quality time with family and friends, hearing the sweet sound of Trans-Siberian Orchestra on repeat, and unmanagble financial stress from our capitalist overlords?

    Gift exchanges of course!

    Our Own Little Way of bringing Hearth's Warming to Fimfiction

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  • 225 weeks
    "Ponyfic: There Can Be Only One" wrap-up [Royal Canterlot Library]

    We're still recovering this week from the fandom's final Bronycon.  (In some cases literally — a con-crud-ridden Horizon is dragging himself out of bed to write this.)  So in lieu of a Bronycon-week feature, we'd like to talk a little bit about the panel we hosted to find THE FANDOM'S BEST FANFIC™.

    We've got a full writeup on our website — including the complete bracket of 16 fics in contention for the title; shout-outs to great fics which we couldn't fit on the shortlist; and the full results of audience and curator voting.

    Our hearty congratulations to Monochromatic's "The Enchanted Library" for taking the BEST FANFIC title in an upset victory over our #1 seed!  We'll be running an interview with Monochromatic as soon as possible.

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Site Post » Minor Rules and Reporting Update · 6:52pm Jan 8th, 2020

Hope everyone is enjoying the new year.

Some small changes have been made to our rules as well as to the reporting process.


"No attacks directed at individuals or groups due to race, gender, gender identity, religion or sexual identity."

This better clarifies our previously ill-defined hate speech rule and includes groups as well as individual attacks.

"No celebration, glorification or encouragement of real life criminal activity."

This includes past, present and potential future crimes.

Speaking a little off the record here, I am vehemently against biased actions on political beliefs. I have beliefs that I hold, as do the rest of the staff and of course all our users. I believe it's important to maintain platforms that allow all kinds of people and beliefs. However, Fimfiction is a website that is designed for my little pony fanfiction, and I want to keep it somewhere that's generally fairly happy and welcoming. I am extremely against censorship and biased moderation on platforms like Twitter that act as large public meeting grounds but I hope you can understand why I want to keep Fimfiction a little more restrictive, given its rather more niche content.

Not all decisions will be agreed with by all users, or indeed by all members of staff, but we have always tried to be as impartial as possible and will continue to do our best on that front.

Please try to keep discussions civil, and perhaps consider that Fimfiction might not always be the best place for discussing particularly hot button issues.


A couple of slight changes are being made here. For one, you now must always enter a reason when reporting. Previously you could enter an empty report under the assumption that the report was obvious enough on its own. This has not really been the case. We frequently get a lot of low quality reports that don't give us any information to work from. This change should help that somewhat. The page also makes it more clear that content should be linked to or included in the report.

Lastly, we'll be trying to do a better job of following up on reports where the information isn't clear enough. A lot of people want total transparency here but due to the tricky nature of reports sometimes, this cannot be the case and I will therefore not promise it. With this extra effort on our part though, we will take more action against people who persistently (very persistently) falsely report content they have been told is acceptable. This should not put you off reporting, just keep it in mind.

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Nice to see an improvement to the reporting system. I've always wondered just how many reports you guys actually get that are legitimate and/or in-depth enough to work with.

*gasp* The Brother of Silence remains pure!

Gee. Wondering what prompted this...

~Skeeter The Lurker

Happy new year, Knighty. Hope it's treating you well so far, thanks for maintaining the site!

R5h #6 · Jan 8th, 2020 · · ·

Thank you for taking steps to address these issues. I hope to see positive results out of this!

Nice, hope you and the staff have a good 2020 as well!👍

Estee #9 · Jan 8th, 2020 · · 15 ·

Just a few reminders here.

* Knighty is not American.
* This site is not run by the United States government. It is Knighty's private possession.
* So for anyone about to scream"FIRST AMENDMENT!" Guess what? It doesn't apply.

And with that said, I'm just gonna log out for the next six hours and hope the firefight dies down.

Happy new year :)

Posh #11 · Jan 8th, 2020 · · 8 ·

5182206 This has been bothering me for a while; why do you append every single message with a signature? We know who you are. We can see your name. It's right there, above your avatar. Your messages area already personalized by design.

Question: I am making a lot a dystopian and Orwellian sci-fi stories and horror that deal with fictional governments that could be referencing real life governments or exaggerating unspoken public rules. Would I violate the politics clause if I make stories that have purely fictional governments that could be misinterpreted as current politics would those stories be banned because of coincidence?

It's also a privately-owned website, so even if this was based in the US, First Amendment rules don't apply, and the site owner has the right to refuse service to anyone.

Site Owner

There's nothing wrong with mentioning things like that. The rules are mostly covering non-story related content. The line for what defines something as being glorification of a crime is fuzzy but I imagine the very fact you're asking that question probably means that isn't an issue in your case.


I've answered that enough times to post why on my profile.

~Skeeter The Lurker

All I have to say is this site is dedicated solely to the mlp fandom. Please keep it that way. For some, (self included) it's a way to forget about all the crap that goes on in this world, and I'd hate to see that crap brought here. Asking for charity is one thing, but I don't wanna see hate being spewed all over the place. Try to remember what mlp is all about, because it's actually something that you can apply in real life, and when you do, it makes things in everyone's lives much better.

Hey Skeeter, why do you post a signature on your posts?

Site Blogger

It's technically against the site rules.

Signatures at the bottom of your post are unnecessary and make the page harder to navigate, especially on mobile. Please refrain from using them, if you have any information you want everyone to have access to, place it on your profile page instead.

awesome stuff

Cool. At least now this hopefully calms things down. Only time can tell though.


To be clear, this has come about after a discussion I had with the mods asking why many, many comments I have reported on this website - calling for the rape of users, or for calls to genocide against muslims and Jews - were not followed up on in any way, over periods of weeks and months.

Until now, you could get away with saying that, for instance, the Christchurch shooter was a call to action for all Good Christian Soldiers, because it wasn't targeted against any specific muslim individuals.

You're probably going to be fine to write stories with political undertones or whatever.

Are you planning on including a way to directly report comments? It'd be useful, IMO, even though experience tells me that people like to hit report every time someone disagrees with them (or merely dares to exist in a few cases). At least there'd be a direct relationship between the report and the content in question.

"No attacks directed at individuals or groups due to race, gender, gender identity, religion or sexual identity."

But only real-life races, religions, etc., right? Because I'm sorry, but despite the propaganda, elves are from a racially inferior stock compared to humans and we should be free to say so here.

"No celebration, glorification or encouragement of real life criminal activity."

I like this sentiment, but what are the bounds of this statement?

To give an example, Robin Hood is a story of a hero committing crimes in order to help the people of the kingdom put to the brink of starvation by unethical taxation practices. Sure, the government is dystopic, and completely unlike ours, but the crimes that are committed are still real crimes, and they are indeed glorified. It's not encouraging doing such things without good reason, but under this rule it is suspect. Would a Robin Hood-like story be disallowed on Fimfiction?

I mean, I don't think this situation will come up that often, but I am curious.


Overtly large and grandiose one, yes.

WD clarified it for me when the rule was made.

~Skeeter The Lurker

No celebration, glorification or encouragement of real life criminal activity.

Does this include my rampant criminal abuse of cliffhangers that i keep getting away with? Hold on, i think the police are at my door.

Site Owner

WE used to have comment reporting and it was a disaster. We've talked about bringing it back but I don't really want it again because the amount of low quality reporting is just too much.

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Site Owner

Rules like this always have wiggle room. It is impossible to create a rule that covers every single situation, hence why real life law is something that involves constant iteration and testing of the bounds to create new case law. Something like Robin Hood is a good question, but I'd say that's fine unless people are covertly using it with obvious other implications. It'll be handled on a case by case basis as everything is


At this point, there has to be the question; How are you defining 'low quality' reporting?

Honestly same

Why not get more mods and give them the job (checking reports)?

Site Owner

People reporting users for "attacking other user" and leaving literally no information. No information on what user was attacked, or what they said.

Posh #37 · Jan 8th, 2020 · · 3 ·

5182219 Maybe you should embed a link to your explanation in your signature.

So the attack reports weren't investigated to find that information/request?

I smell a Witcher fan.

Quite little faith in your fellow bronies, huh?

I know what you're talking about, but I suspect a lot of folks on here don't use Twitter or follow you on there.

Good on you for working to keep the place friendly. Thank you.

Based on what's been said, you'd be fine.

Ah, is THAT what that rule is for? I got someone else to stop posting a signature under their comments because of that rule, formatted similarly to yours, because I was unaware of the distinction.

I'm guessing too much mod pressure.

Site Owner

Unless it was clear from the admin userpage what was going on, generally not. An empty report is basically not a report at all as far as I'm concerned.


I can't even tell you how many times I've PM'd somebody asking for more information because the report wasn't clear, and they just never respond.


If you're too lazy to look, I can't help you there.

Most tend to just regard as a curiosity/minor irritation/etc. And just move along.

Anyway, this is off topic from the blog. Wanna chat more on this, then feel free to PM me.

~Skeeter The Lurker


Why not try again with that and apply the more detailed requirements to that as well?

~Skeeter The Lurker

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And because of that you removed basic moderator functionality...?


What? No, you can still report the user. Which actually makes it easier to investigate in cases where the thread or blog or story or whatever got deleted. All that's changed here is that we require people to explain themselves from the start.

If there actually is harassment or something bad going on, every minute I spend waiting on the reporter to get back to me and actually explain what happened is a minute that the person can keep doing whatever they're doing.

I can sympathise with that one. And sometimes, even if that information is included, it doesn't clarify anything, because people will report the dumbest shit. The number of times, on derpi, I had to deal with people reporting someone swearing in comments... or just reporting people they decided are evil for arbitrary and ill-defined reasons. The problem is, there's no technical solution to grudges and short-sighted behaviour, when it comes down to it.

ANYWAY. I, for one, appreciate the changes you've outlined, if it wasn't clear.


Yes, that is what is being described in this blog. This blog is (partly) about the fact that we are no longer allowing empty reports.

What file format is this?

Site Owner
knighty #50 · Jan 8th, 2020 · · 3 ·

The text below the report box has *always* said you should leave notes if it's not clear from the report itself. That is not users using the system as intended. And nobody other than you here has insinuated it's a change we made due to "dumb users"

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