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"Why in the world are we here? Surely not to live in pain and fear?" – John Lennon

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Jul
8th
2021

The oldest story on FIMFiction just turned 10 years old. Let's talk about that. · 3:58pm July 8th

On July 8th, 2011 — 10 years ago today — The Greatest Equine Who has Ever Lived!, a short story by Sethisto, was published to FIMFiction:

While eight stories were created prior to The Greatest Equine… (as suggested by its internal ID value of 9), all of them either went unpublished or have otherwise been lost to the sands of time. Because of this, Sethisto's one and only tale is generally considered the quote-unquote "first" story ever published to FIMFiction.

As for the story itself? As previously mentioned, it's short — a mere 321 words, to be exact. So short, in fact, that under the site's modern rules, it falls well short of the since-imposed 1,000-word quota. It's so short that you I strongly advise you to just go read it right now, then come back to this blog; it explains itself far better and far more succinctly than I possibly could.

…Have you finished reading it? For the purposes of the rest of this blog, I'm going to assume you have.

If you've been paying attention to this site for the past week or so, you'd know that there's been a fair bit of drama going around. Accusations, pointing fingers, back-and-forward arguments, the whole shebang. It hasn't been pretty, to say the least; if you don't really know what's been going on, consider yourself lucky.

Point being, there's been a lot of talk about the future of this site, and what exactly that future may pertain, be it due to disagreements over policy or the impending premiere of G5. So, with that in mind — and given the story's ironically-timed anniversary — I figured it might help put things in perspective if we looked back at where it all began.

To think that a simple 321-word story about a boastful unicorn dreaming up a magic show would lead to so much more. Some of that more's been good, some of that more's been bad, but while the road's been undeniably rocky at many a time, we're still here. An entire goddamn decade later, FIMFiction and its community have somehow soldiered on.

And, in a way, it can all be traced back to this one simple story. Who would've thought it?

As much as I wish I had something somewhat more profound to say, I currently lack any strong comments about the recent situations. I just wanted to take a stab at providing some… "perspective", for lack of a better word. Something to maybe remind us what this whole shebang is really all about. Whether I've succeeded or failed in that regard remains up in the air, but worst comes to worst, I hope y'all at least enjoyed the jaunt down FIMFiction's Memory Lane.

Happy anniversary, The Greatest Equine Who has Ever Lived!. Here's to our past, and to our future as well — whatever that future may be.

I can only hope it will be a future you and I can gladly participate in.

(Pardon the self-indulgence; this song's been on my mind a lot as of late, and I've persuaded myself it's somewhat befitting of this blog's contents. Make of it what you will.)

–AP

Comments ( 10 )

10 years ago I served in the army. Maybe I should also somehow celebrate such an event?

Heheh !!! I'm wondering ... for 10 years, the author was finally able to come up with a continuation of his story of three hundred words?! 😆

Yeehaw, 10 years go by like a flash when you're not careful.

Deep #3 · July 8th · · ·

Isn't the author the guy who made Equestria Daily? Would explain the Trixie love there haha.

5551719
Truth be told, a part of me did have to wonder if Sethisto would do something to mark the occasion. That being said, I have to imagine that managing Equestria Daily would take up most of their fandom time. If it's not happening today, I wouldn't expect to see an update anytime soon.

Also, on a slightly related note, thank you for your service!

5551726
Hell, I've only been here for two years and it still feels like the time's flown. I can only imagine how it must feel to the folks who've been here since the fandom's heyday.

5551841
As mentioned above, yup, it's that Sethisto.

Which also explains why the first comment of the fic — the first comment in FiMFiction history, for that matter — is something to the tune of "Of course you'd write about Trixie".
:)

(Actually, from what I've seen, a lot of the earliest FiMFiction stories starred Trixie. As in, a lot a lot.)

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer

If I'm not mistaken, at least a few of the first 8 stories were just tests and never actually meant to be published. Pretty sure they don't exist on the backend anymore either, but I don't know how many it is. :)

5551962
Yeah, that's what I've heard too. That being said, I should mention that there is proof that story #8 was published at some point:

There was a storyID #8 story at one point: The Reports of Agent X. But none of the Wayback snapshots show it as having any accessible chapters and the author apparently never logged back in again.

That leaves the first seven, which, as you said, were likely all just unpublished tests.

EDIT: an incomplete version of Agent X was apparently uploaded to Equestria Daily in April 2011. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get its chapters' Google Docs links working (though that might just be me).

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer

5551978
Oooh, yeah, published with no chapters is something you don't see much anymore. Stories are basically either published, unpublished but still assigned a number, or deleted otherwise. :B

In other news, go check out that user account, specifically the comments on it. :D

5552012
If I recall correctly, the only way to even do it anymore is to exploit a loophole wherein you publish the chapters and the story, then revoke the chapters. I've definitely encountered at least one such story in the wild at one point or another (though it was less "someone trolling" and more so "they took down the chapters to revise them, then abandoned their account before they finished"). It might've since been fixed, though, so don't quote me on that.

On an unrelated note, it kinda reminds of how back in '19, a lot of users figured out there was a loophole that let you put red warning tags onto E-rated fics. That was an interesting week, to say the least.

In other news, go check out that user account, specifically the comments on it. :D

Geez, that whole thing is absolutely ridiculous. I'm particularly impartial to Vonderhan shouting "WHY DO YOU EXIST".

I can't help but wonder if the person behind Cheddah is aware of how much confusion their account's caused. Probably not, but still.

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer

5552027

On an unrelated note, it kinda reminds of how back in '19, a lot of users figured out there was a loophole that let you put red warning tags onto E-rated fics. That was an interesting week, to say the least.

I don't remember this one. :O That's fascinating.

5552063
It's surprisingly simple, too. Just set the story's rating to T, put on the warnings, save the changes, and then change the rating back to E; even if you can't see them on the edit screen anymore, the warnings will still apply. I think I might've actually discovered it on my own a month or two before it went site-wide.

I can't remember who wrote it*, but somebody wrote an E-rated, featured box-topping fanfic that consisted almost entirely of poorly-disguised innuendos — think "Let's Duet" from Walk Hard. Nearly every single red tag was on the thing. The audacity alone was kinda impressive.

You can still see the trick in action sometimes, though its recent implementations are far more tame; i.e. the story features or alludes to a character's death, but the author doesn't think it's intense enough to warrant a T. I've actually been considering using the exploit for one of my own WIPs, as a matter of fact.

…We've gotten really sidetracked, haven't we?

*EDIT: the story I was thinking of was Nothing to Worry About by Flutterpriest. Most of its original red tags have since been removed, but someone in the comments wrote them all down.

(Also, it happened in Jan. 2020, so my recollection of the date was slightly off.)

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