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!!Spike ## Mod 158

Directory: >>159

Welcome to /fic/, the board for pony fanfiction and all things related to it! If you need help from other members or have a question, feel free to drop by the #fic IRC.

Posting Guidelines (or: the /fic/ Readme)

#Tag your threads as appropriately as you can. You can make up your own tags, but try to make them descriptive of your thread or fic. Make a tag by typing "[#Your tag here]" in the text box.
● Use the Recommendation/Request General at >>79 if you want to recommend a story you haven't written or if you're looking for genre suggestions, a fic you can't remember the name of, etc.
● Instead of double posting to correct errors, edit your post with the Edit button, bottom right of the page. You can use this to update collections and open/close threads, too.

Posting stories:
● If you want to show off a story you wrote, include a story title, a description, story tags, and a link to the story (where applicable).
● If you have multiple stories, consider using one thread for all of your stories instead of making a thread for each story.
● If you're looking for help with your story, there's a directory of readily available reviewers here: >>159. If you need feedback on your story, you are strongly advised to post in one of them.

Getting criticism:
● If somepony thinks your story isn't great, they might let you know. That might hurt your feelings, but that's a risk you take when you open your fic to feedback. FIMFiction has a dislike button for a reason.
● If you submit a story to a review thread, please tell that reviewer what reviews you've requested or received before, be it from other reviewers, Equestria Daily pre-readers, your dog, etc.
● Reviews take time, so please be patient if you're waiting for one.

● Try to get to your reviews in a timely manner. If you can't, consider closing your thread to submissions.
● If your review is really long, consider [hide]ing your review, which puts it in a collapsible spoiler.
● Be polite. You don't have to sugarcoat feedback, but you don't have to be caustic about it, either.

Mature content
● This board accepts review of mature-themed stories, under the following conditions:
—― You must enable mature content in your settings (the top right corner - select "Show mature content threads").
—― You must tag any threads created with the "Mature" checkbox or with [#Mature] at the beginning of your thread.
● You are highly encouraged to first make use of an existing review thread accepting mature-themed fics before making a thread.
—― These review threads can be found in the Directory below this post with (Mature) after their titles.


Tags are what you use to show what your thread is about or what genre your story is. For example, a review thread can have a #Reviewer tag, while a fic thread can have a #Story tag. There aren't official tags, so you can use any tag you want, like #Mystery or #Drama. To make a tag, put #Your tag between [ ]s. [#Your Tag] becomes #Your Tag. No need for [/#Your Tag] or anything.

For your convenience, here's a list of common thread tags:
● Reviewer
● General
● Discussion
● Author
● Story
● Collection
● Event

And here are some standardized story tags:
● Slice of Life
● Comedy
● Action/Adventure
● Romance
● Tragedy
● Drama
● Thriller
● Horror
● Sci-fi
● Crossover

For more, you can see Wikipedia's list of literary genres. Alternatively, you can get creative.

For stories or threads with mature content, we have a #Mature tag. You can see >>/site/3678 for details on that. The short of it is, this tag denotes adult content like clop or gore in thread, be it discussion of that content or stories with that content. You can turn on and off the ability to view these stories in the settings menu.


Places to read fics:
Equestria Daily Archive
Pony Fiction Archives
Pony Fiction Vault

Writing Guides:
Ezn's Guide
The Editor's Omnibus
Cereal Velocity's Pony Writing Guide

Failure to adhere to the guidelines above may result in mod discretionary action.

Sticky to be edited as things develop. Last updated on the date below this line.

!!Spike ## Mod 159

/fic/ Directory

>>79 Recommendation/Requests
>>49 Story Ideas
>>3742 Ask an EQD Pre-Reader Anything
>>490 Mature Recommendations/Requests

- Open reviewing
>>3448 The Training Grounds
>>520 Synopsis Reviews
- Individual
>>33 Applejinx (IC Review)
>>4825 Azusa (Standard Reviews)
>>187 Bleeding Rain (Standard Reviews)
>>3037 Figments (Standard Reviews)
>>3582 Tactical (Standard Reviews)
>>2953 Umbra (Standard Reviews - Hardcore option)
>>6541 Vimbert (Commissioned Reviews)
>>3253 Autoreview
- Mature
>>933 Applejinx
>>1229 Red Fic District

>>957 Conch Shell VII (Creative Consultant)
>>3348 Soundslikeponies (Advice and Lesson)
>>2300 Umbra

Strikeouts mean the thread is not accepting entries at the moment.
Post in-thread if you have questions, comments, updates, etc.


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Hooray! Now I don't have to get rid of that rule in my thread!

Anonymous 161

You can also "hide" sections of text by using [hide]your text will be hidden[/hide]. This is very useful for hiding lists, long sections of spoiler text, or other sections you don't want immediately shown.

Anonymous 162

This is what it looks like:

this section is hidden

Anonymous 163

You may also edit your own threads and posts after they are made.

Select the checkbox by the thread or post you wish to edit and click "Edit" in the lower right hand corner of the page. You will be taken to an Edit screen where you may update the thread or post. This can be used to fix errors, update your thread/queue status, reflect a change in your parameters or alter your requests. The edit feature is based on the Password also in the lower right hand corner, which may change if you are posting from another IP address or if your dynamic IP changes - so if you may want to edit a thread or post in the future, you may wish to enter your own password. You can also use this to allow multiple people to edit a thread or post - share the password of a thread or post you make with anyone who is working jointly on it, for example.


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hey um. How do I #tag a new thread. I didn't see the tags pop up when I made a thread>>187.

Anonymous 191

>>188Use the code [#Whatever tag you want]

!!Spike ## Mod 486

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We have #Mature tags now! See >>>/site/3678 for details.

Edit: Please use #Mature or the checkbox in the Flags field when posting a Mature thread. If you derp your tag, the board won't recognize it as one.

Ion-Sturm 523

Blast, I even saw that thread and then promptly forgot about it. Deleted it. Thank you for the heads-up.


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Since people have begun to move, I suggest that the directory be updated. I closed my thread, and the entry is still there. Plug there's a Mature Recommendations Thread and Golden_Vision's thread

!!Applejack 698

As the migration progress the sticky put together by the /fic/ community will be put in place as per its wishes
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!!Applejack 762

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Thread Watching
Our thread watching feature is now implemented.

From the developer: "it should be pretty responsive (not having to wait to fully refresh like ponychan's), and it's a bit smart about deleted posts. client-side, it records the number of posts you saw when you were last in the thread, and the timestamp of the last post. It periodically checks in with the server's latest values (and caches them) to figure out if there are any new posts. It uses the cached values to immediately show any pending alerts when you load another page, so it shouldn't lag noticeably in keeping valid alerts at the top of the screen when you change pages
… just made it so it shows +50 links too when available"

As always, let us know if you encounter anything. The "Watch" link is to the right of each thread. When you watch your first thread, a new menu will be shown next to Settings.
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Present!PeRFeCt9JM 776


Thank you! :D

Demetrius!WDFBcC5x22 794

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Fantastic! Not only does it work, but it looks pretty slick too. I must say, someone on the team here has decent taste (and CSS skills too); I'm digging the Cloudsdale theme.

Anonthony!EEEEEEEE2c 796

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Cloudsdale's my favorite too. All credit for the Watcher goes to Macil. The theme, to the user Soarin' Wonder.
>Note to self: bunch of other themes more or less finished in the user-theme thread, get those added

Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 797

Ooh yes, this is very nice. I usually don't use fancy custom themes because the giant pony pictures look a little tacky, but Cloudsdale is the picture of class.

Anonymous 837

Will the #fic guidelines be updated to put http://mlpchan.net/fic as the url referred to? And to be referenced to in the gdoc guidelines?

I'm wondering about the HWE write off on Roger's site, will there be a thread here for it?

!!Spike 839

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>Will the #fic guidelines be updated to put http://mlpchan.net/fic as the url referred to? And to be referenced to in the gdoc guidelines?
Ganymede owns those resources, so you'll have to talk to him about that.

>I'm wondering about the HWE write off on Roger's site, will there be a thread here for it?

There will be if someone makes one. Sorry if my answer seems a bit tautological, but it's the most straightforward answer I can think of. There is now.
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!!Spike 848

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Some board notes:
400 posts until autosage per thread.
30 pages with 20 threads per page.
10k 20k characters a post. (Thanks, !!Littlepip!)

!!Applejack 954

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And as the transition continues, of course, we'd love to hear any ideas and suggestions you have, as we continue to work on adding more and more features and functions to provide the best possible service to reviewers as they provide an invaluable service to authors.

PSA: Syndication Survey 1142

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Not all of you check /site/, so I’ve come here to link to >>>/site/4352 and >>>/site/4366

The long and short of it is that I’m taking a survey to see what the /fic/ community thinks of syndication. As syndication would affect all users who use /fic/ on either site, all a/fic/ionados are welcome (and encouraged) to take it.

The survey can be found at http://derpy.me/DTuGP and the results at http://derpy.me/KsA-Q

Thank you all for your time.

Edit: Poll is now closed.

IRC Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 1353

/fic/'s various IRC channels are technically unofficial parts of the community, but I imagine this is still a good place to discuss them.

I think we need a new one. More specifically, there is an obvious demand for #fic-nsfw now that we've moved to MLPchan and expanded our reviewing practices to include mature fics. It does nobody any favours to discuss sex and/or gore on the main IRC channel, because (1) going into too much detail is grounds for bantime and (2) some of us don't really want to think about marshmallow ponies going at it.

At the moment, #fic-nsfw is made whenever it's needed, but that's not really an elegant solution. I think we need to get the channel registered permanently and choose some OPs and hOPs for it.

(I think #ttg-nsfw already exists but am not sure of the particulars surrounding that channel.)



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#fic is official on MLPchan now.

As for expanding the /fic/chats into more NSFW territory… I'm a mite more dubious about doing that. However, I think it's just up to whoever wants to found the channel and organize it. There's not really much else you can do. This would probably be easier to discuss in the IRC itself. (for those of you who don't know where that is, check the OP)

JKinsley!xR570Wc1AA 1355

#ttg-nsfw USED to be associated with #fic and #ttg. Since then, however, the association is mere an artifact of time, since it's not possible to rename an IRC channel (aside from convincing everyone to use a new channel).
For now, it's my channel with some close-ish friends and other people who stop by.

Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 1356

Thanks to Kinsley for pointing out that the Red Fic District's channel (#rfd) is perfect for the job. Head there to talk freely about mature subject matter.

PSA #2: /fic/ Logo Competition and Mascot Voting 1979

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So, I'm planning on opening a logo competition on /art/ (maybe even on both sites?) for an official /fic/ logo. First, though, I think we need to vote on a mascot for our board.

Voting is here: http://derpy.me/ficmascot and I'll add up to 3 canon/background characters to the choices per request. I'll make the results public on Friday, and close the poll Sunday. I'll draft an OP for the /art/ competition thread and submit it here, Ponychan, and #fic for review.

Any concerns, requests, or suggestions are quite welcome.

Edit: /fic/ Twilight Logo courtesy of Sean Mirrsen.

Dolfeus Doseux
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I don't think doing the poll like that is a good idea. What I suggest is you allow people to list all of the ponies they'd be okay with being the mascot. Then the artists could see that data and decide which to draw in the logo. It gives more flexibility. A one-vote-only system pigeonholes them too much. (Maybe that's a good thing, though?)

If you don't want the data to be free form (i.e., you want to have a fixed number of candidates) and want to choose only one winner, use a preferential voting system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_system_of_Australia#Preferential_voting).

I don't think that the poll really works with "Original Character" as an option though. It biases the results in a way because it's more of a wildcard than anything. I think a lot of people would be okay with leaving the option to draw an OC for the possibility that an artist creates something great with it.

Perhaps we ought to brainstorm some characteristics of a /fic/pony first? Then rather than have a vague "original character" option, we can put that in.
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Might have gone off half-cocked, huh? Hm… well, I'll let this poll finish out (I don't want to mess around with it too much, risking breaking it). I will, however, open this up: If anyone would like to brainstorm characteristics for the OC, feel free.

Though, actually, I don't see much problem with pigeonholing (probably from being a bipartisan American).

Also, I'll need to figure out how to even set up a preferential voting system.

Edit: Ah, I see how a preferential system can be put together. Might be able to put it in without breaking anything, to boot.
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!!Applejack 2060

This does bring up some of the same questions I have.

We're working towards a lot of functionality specific for /fic/, both !!Littlepip (Macil) and Demetrius.

With things somewhat in 'limbo' due to the half-move at first, but now this 'transition' period they seem to be getting into now, I would like to hear from the /fic/ review community about where they want to go from here. Continuing to use both for the same purpose may result in confusion and mixed signals, and we wouldn't want to spend time working on things you don't want or don't need. It's just hard to get a good bead on what's going to happen there. Some clarification on what you guys are thinking would be appreciated, so we can direct our efforts appropriately.

The goal "here" should be to continue to provide functionality for the /fic/ review community, promote it as a place for authors to get help with their stories, and raise its visibility within the fandom and other fic communities so that it survives and thrives into the future, both in its purpose of helping authors and internally with new reviewers and commentators. Which is why the somewhat mixed intent we're seeing on the other side, of both trying to do these things while also being more loose and casual and story-discussion inclusive, seems contrary and we could use some word for you - and I think so could they, so they also can direct their efforts more appropriately.

JKinsley!xR570Wc1AA 2062

I would personally like to see a dedicated search function. The solution right now of using Google kinda-sorta works, but I think it would be best to have a search/filter function. Especially one that takes advantage of the tagging system (Like having a specific filter for just #Review/#Reviewer threads).

!!Applejack 2065

Understood. Will make that a priority.

I take it you've also looked over what Dem's been working on in his thread?

!!Spike ## Mod 2309

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Added "Advice" column to directory. Any issues?

Anonymous 2602

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Azusa!fG2qnvpWXU 2621

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Anonymous 2885

Now I will never know the cool story…

Azusa!fG2qnvpWXU 2888

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You weren't missing much.

Anonymous 2892

That's how all the cool stories are shot down.

Anonymous 3231

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It seems like for a really long time now I've been coming here and the first few things I see are

- "They're fucking shit"
- "Prepare your anus"
- Roooooaaar alcohol ("It Begins")

Now we've got "what the fuck am I reading."

Welcome to /fic/!


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Eh, bug !!Spike about it. As for me, I choose to handle the problem the only way I can: by removing your picture from the front page!

Azusa!fG2qnvpWXU 3693

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I'll just leave this here.

Anonymous 4137

Bravo, Stan.

Takin' a break !!Spike ## Mod 4363

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Got exams to not fail. I'll be back in a month.


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Is anyone else having trouble connecting to the IRC network?

Anonthony!EEEEEEEE2c 4498

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I've been having trouble off and on getting in it, yeah. For awhile now actually, so I haven't been there in a bit.


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Might be a DDOS. Thanks for letting me know it's not just me.

Anonthony!1NZ....... 4500

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Against Canternet?

The fiends.

Tactical!fRainBOoMw 5019

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Is it me or has this board been a total ghost town?

Are people being directed to OUR TTG?

Is Ponychan at large aware of our existence?

And I guess it goes without saying that all attempts to reach the general user base of fimfiction have failed.

Anonymous 5020

Both /fic/'s have been dead as of late. Checking up on Pchan/fic/ it's Fallout Equestria thread, and most threads haven't been posted in days on the front page, though not much different here.

Though… it's a long pony-less drought.
I often wonder if some better integration for the two sites would help. The pony imageboard community is large, but not huge, and perhaps while both are needed for different focuses and environments, I think perhaps they need to serve different communities. /fic/ seems largely settled here, or happy with the site and its environment, whereas for example the fanworks communities (toys, merchandise, collaborations) seem more settled there. If there was some means of, I'm not sure how to word it, truly be sister sites and have the different communities linked to one another, like /fic/ served here with things like Mature tags and better attentions to them, and boards like /fan/ directing to boards like /merch/ and /collab/. I know this sounds unlikely, but it's something to think about.They are both good sites with good staff and good communities, but they may be slightly strangling off each other's growth. If this was rectified, they both might thrive much better (and with greater friendliness between them.)


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Actually, fanfiction activity tends to go up during the drouth periods.

dolfeus-on-hiatus 5038

>If there was some means of, I'm not sure how to word it, truly be sister sites and have the different communities linked to one another, like /fic/ served here with things like Mature tags and better attentions to them, and boards like /fan/ directing to boards like /merch/ and /collab/.

This is almost exactly what I suggested way back when, then pushed for a month or so before the feudal lords ripped my face off with their passive-aggressiveness.

Anonymous 5040

Well, I think what that post at least is trying to convey is something slightly different. Back then in some way it was about the one group, /fic/, and the way to make both sides into one group.

That's basically sorted itself on its own. At least from what I can see. I think this is more about pulling the two sites entire into a more symbiotic relationship, instead of competitive. Referencing the way /fic/ here is catered to the /fic/ review community, and how the fanwork communities are well established and work well there, and some (as of yet unknown) way of using things like that to bring the sites together.

I would also add to that, having the parts of them that serve the same general purpose, grow or evolve in different directions so they suit different environments. Then, of course, they would both need to be on friendly and positive terms, users freely moving between them as if they were one community simply with different areas. Now, obviously, actually being one community (site) would be the most ideal, but I would imagine this would be a little easier than that (though still difficult.)

Ion-Sturm 5053

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FimFiction is why. Readers that get rejected from EqD don't have to get a review to helpo them get posted, they can just dump their work onto FimFiction. A lot of our traffic came from EqD redirects, after all. Furthermore, FimFiction is now the place to discuss stories, and is arguably a better system for it with the reply notifications and other features, which is the other /fic/ aspect outmodded. All we have left if high standards and, when if comes to fanfiction, that doesn't tend to be too popular.

PSA #3: Worldsingers 5413

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For those of you who've signed up for the World Building thread, there's been an abridgement of the deadline, and we're choosing categories now.

For those of you who haven't signed up but would like to participate, there is still some room.


Stepping down as !!Spike 5559

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I was going to have a giant wall of text for my abdication speech, but those are mostly fluff, anyways. So yeah: I'm steppin' down as the board mod so I can not fail my classes, which I am dangerously close to failing. I'm going to be around a lot less, too, both here and on IRC. Sorry to everyone who I've promised reviews to, since I most likely won't be getting to them. My Skype ID is in the email field for those who wish to contact me.

Peace out.

Ion-Sturm 5568

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Best of luck, Filler.

Farewell Baron!VRg7BW/4XQ 5578

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It's probably too late for you to see this, but I'd just like to say thanks for generally being cool. Good luck with your grades, Filler. Hopefully we'll see you again. /)

soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 5588

I officially nominate filler to take filler's pla—oh god damn it!


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Wait, am I the Bidoof? :c


Yes, Bidolfeus, you are.

I couldn't find any pictures of Atticus/other on a blank field, so I had to make do. You understand, I'm sure <3

Tchernobog 5657

Hullo! I'm organizing a fic contest on fimfiction, and kinda want to get the word out some more. Is it possible to do so here, and would you suggest a separate thread, or something within this post?

Thanks :)


Feel free right here. We'll drop a line in the IRC chat too if you want.

Tchernobog 5659

I'm at work right now, so I can't really IRC, but thank you for the offer :)

http://www.fimfiction.net/group/956/appledash/thread/21810/appledash-contest-2-applejack-the-chaser is the link to the rules and details of the contest.
Basic theme is AppleDash, but with Applejack as the "chaser". The one pursuing Dash. (Most other fics tend to be the other way around. I want to mix this up somewhat :) ).

Full details and whatnot are found at the link.

Thanks again for the quick response :D

Tchernobog 5660

edit: oh, misread. YOU will drop a line. Durr. Much appreciated if you do :)



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Anonymous 6797

So question: AiE style-greentext stories what's the status on those?

Anonymous 6798

Pony Transformation Fiction has been alright here, though those aren't "greentext" style stories. Still, somewhat similar.

I would imagine though that people who enjoy AiE type things just might feel more at home at /anon/ and get more participants. Just my initial impression on it.

!!Bloom ## Mod 6825

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Autosaging for new sticky

Silver_Smoulder!!3n4T97LhvH 6833

Well, I was more referring to the fact that I write (pitifully) stories that aren't just AiE, but they're all in the same format - greentexted stuff, with no paragraphs, but my stuff touches on like pony-pony interactions.

Would I still post here?

Tactical!fRainBOoMw 6897

I guess there's no harm in making a thread for greentext stories

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