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Describe /fic/ 1988

What characteristics make /fic/, /fic/? If a character were to represent /fic/, what qualities would it have, what personality traits?


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Hm…I'd put /fic/ somewhere between ENTP and INTP.

ENTP (The Visionary): Creative, resourceful, and intellectually quick. Good at a broad range of things. Enjoy debating issues, and may be into "one-up-manship". They get very excited about new ideas and projects, but may neglect the more routine aspects of life. Generally outspoken and assertive. They enjoy people and are stimulating company. Excellent ability to understand concepts and apply logic to find solutions.

INTP (The Thinker): Logical, original, creative thinkers. Can become very excited about theories and ideas. Exceptionally capable and driven to turn theories into clear understandings. Highly value knowledge, competence and logic. Quiet and reserved, hard to get to know well. Individualistic, having no interest in leading or following others.


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I guess I could post this here. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-NuD9Bevp-vBcsc7uICfowDHcveiifYK4ZRlGX609sc/edit

I'm not really sure where to go with it, or even if I really want to continue it.


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>What characteristics make /fic/, /fic/?
The writing advice. The reviewing. The workshop-like atmosphere, the strange combination of disregard for veiling deserved bluntness and derision and willingness to look over the work of complete strangers.

>If a character were to represent /fic/, what qualities would it have, what personality traits?

Pic Some degree of curmudgeon-ness, I'd think. Maybe not as much tsundere as much actually cold, but not so cold as to be on the far end of the spectrum, maybe around 7.5 out of 10.

Anonymous 2010

I say it has to be female. It just feels more fitting.



My brain, it is filled with 'what?'


Could always be an androgenous pony.

Anonymous 2016

Futa is better. Yes… futa.

Huh… Thank you for pointing out Azusa's contribution.

Ok, let us get serious. I am thinking that the /fic/ mascot should probably be very simple in color scheme (black mane and white/ebony/choose-special-tone-of-white coat). I say glasses are a given. Finally, I say make her an Earth Pony.

As for her personality, are we making a tumblr to she her adventures? If not, why bother with that?

PS: If we have artist in the house, a tumblr with our mascots going about fic related things might just be an awesome idea.
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No, she has to be a unicorn for the simple fact that hooves and writing utensils doesn't work well together.


/fic/ is that grumpy old bastard that lives down the street, while he seems rough and evil on the outside. When you get to know him, he is one of the biggest and honest friends you'll get.

>Fun loving
>weary of others
>menopause mood switches.

oh he would also be a schizophrenic



Bleeding Rain!DROPScczL2 2024

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I beg to differ

Bleeding Rain!DROPScczL2 2025

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Okay, what even is futa? Google search returns nothing relevant. And for that matter, what is tsudnere?


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Pinkie doesn't count.

>mfw Google

Anonymous 2039

Are you forgetting Applebloom writing in class? Or Scootaloo writing music?

How did Masterrroxxor look like? Apart from awesome, I mean.
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Grif 2051

He knows best.

I_Post_Ponies!7ZxXoTz/pI 2063

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I see fic (if it were a character) as somepony who runs around talking to him/herself, declaring these wonderful ideas one second then tearing them to shreds the next. He/she always gets weird looks but the town he/she lives in has an odd sort of respect for him/her nonetheless.

He/she is also very critical of everything he/she encounters. Like, not always cruel critical, but analytic in a humorous way.

Bleeding Rain!DROPScczL2 2133

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Do you even ponies?
This also

Grif 2150

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/fic/ is like this guy



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More like this guy.

Anonymous 2163

/fic/ thinks it's like that guy - but it's more like that guy on Resturaunt Impossible.

Oh god…
Fanfic Impossible, a new series starring /fic/!


/fic/ has lost a lot of the cuddliness she used to have - some time in the last year-ish she got harsher. Like she started to believe own tough-girl spiel.

It's such a shame.


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But she has a heart of gold. Maybe a fresh start will make her see how beautiful the world is again!


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Why limit /fic/ to one character?

MintyRest!xMcCHESToY 2545

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In fact, now that I'm at the point of over thinking the whole thing, we would need three to exemplar each /fic/s prime qualities.

At least one needs a monocle to pop out at the slightest offence. One would have to be a shipping happy, porn focused slacker type. And one would have to be abrasive, direct and hatefilled.

Then you offset them by having them all have secondary counter character beats. The uptight one devolves into a drooling fanboy at times. The clopper staunchly hates people ruining other's childhoods. The abrasive one is actually clumsily encouraging and positive. Once you get under the shell.

But /fic/ is a whole lot of things to me. But it's most importantly a community willing to argue with itself.

Tactical 2550

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>mine countenance

Hey, Minty... 2595

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How about these three? We've got the old-timer, the adult and the kid. All three of whom have their differences.

The kid is often a source of frustration for both the old-timer and adult, by nature of their need to constantly act in a manner that is unwise and sometimes even detrimental to the group. Brash, and a trouble-maker by heart, they often dive into situations far beyond their experience in order to prove themselves. However, both the adult and old-timer know that the kid is only trying to be a help, and trying to prove they can take care of themselves and so be considered a grown-up by the other two. They are the ones who are the most open to new ideas, and can be surprisingly clever if given the chance, if at times a bit of aggravation by their constant bending or misinterpretation of the rules.

The old-timer is a source of exasperation to the adult, who is no more than a slighter larger version of the kid to the old-timer. The kid dislikes being looked down upon by them as having even less stature than the adult. The old-timer is hard-to-please, and the adult and kid are always caring for the whims of an elder who finds flaw in everything they do. However, the old-timer also imparts much wisdom to those who would listen past his temper, and is a true teacher to those who can withstand his gruff and abrasive nature.

The adult can be a frustration to the kid as well, for they prefer to avoid confrontation if at all possible. They just want to enjoy their life in peace, doing quiet work that they are often pulled away from; a fact alien to the kid who wishes to constantly move forward and achieve and conquer their goals. They also feel the need to protect the kid from themselves and their own inexperience with life, to the kid’s frustration. However, when push comes to shove, the adult is the true muscle of the group, and their strength is what enables both the kid and the old-timer to live safely. He is also the link between the kid and the old-timer, combining elderly wisdom with youthful energy and malleability of thought.

All three are brave, noble, and true friends at heart, being more than capable of working together to vanquish whatever challenges might stand in their way. They all care deeply for each other, no matter their own numerous squabbles at times, and woe to the foe that tries to pull them apart.

MintyRest!xMcCHESToY 2596

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Wait, who's project is this? I just found it lying on the floor here.

Anyways, this is about /fic/… and yes, it does fit for the archetypal interaction between three characters that think they know the best way to do things. Lets run with that.

… Which also reminds me that we're technically treading on to the mythological territory of the Norns… So which do you think you would end up as?



I was mostly bouncing an idea of fic mascots off you. I think this was Dolfeus's idea to start with, but I don't quite recall. Just remember someone bringing it up in the IRC a while back

While the mascots wouldn't look exactly like these characters, I can certainly imagine fic with their personalities.

>… Which also reminds me that we're technically treading on to the mythological territory of the Norns… So which do you think you would end up as?

You asking me here, or someone else?

MintyRest!xMcCHESToY 2618

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> You asking me here, or someone else?
More of a composite 'you the reader' sort of 'you'. Seeing as every person ends up in one of the extremes at different times in their existence.

Sometimes multiple places at once. Plus it tramples over that 'need' for the character to be a unicorn, which is all kinds of offensive.

Uma 2630

If I may, in order from oldest to youngest:
Page Proof
Red Pen
Rough Draft

At least, that's how I would name them, as /fic/'s given trinity.

Demetrius!WDFBcC5x22 2634

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A sheltered intellectual who spends far too much time contemplating what he/she is and fomenting thoughts of what great things he/she may do, but only getting around to doing them on rare occasions.

Tactical!fRainBOoMw 2635

I'm, uh, not really seeing /fic/'s tendencies and personalities as three individuals who interact with each other. We're pretty close-knit and I don't see us in factions. Even sharp differences between people i.e. the clopper vs the hate-filled one in >>2545 interact in pretty organic ways that don't seem to be divided among party lines or anything.

And we've got Azu and Minjask handing out welcomes instead of Ion, so we aren't really seeing the same air of hate.


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>I think this was Dolfeus's idea to start with

I was the one pushing for a logo. Then someone took that to mean "mascot". Then that turned into "OC pony which represents /fic/" which turned into this thread (I think).

Regardless, some of the ideas here are really cool. While they may not exemplify /fic/ to its fullest aspect and capacity, they do show the potential for entertainment and subsequent interest. Should anyone wish to write something about "Page Proof," "Red Pen," and "Rough Draft," that would be genuinely awesome. Do it well and you have my kudos. Get people to read it and come to our board and you have my nigh-undying respect (whatever that'd mean to you, which I suspect is very little).


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>And we've got Azu and Minjask handing out welcomes instead of Ion, so we aren't really seeing the same air of hate.

I might do something along those lines.
You know, if all the planets align.

MintyRest!xMcCHESToY 2646

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> I'm, uh, not really seeing /fic/'s tendencies and personalities as three individuals who interact with each other. We're pretty close-knit and I don't see us in factions.
FiMchan, Ponychan, and mlpchan.
Or alternately TTG, SFG, and the wolves.
Or alternatively Authors, Reviewers, Pre-readers.
Or instead of that, FiMfic, /fic/, and EqD.

Which is why the example in >>2595 and the norns fits so well. It's still a family structure, we still have things in common.
We also have a great deal of lingering frustration between the groups, but an overall sense of camaraderie. Especially when threatened by an outside source such as /meta/. Internally we don't mesh up, but that's fine. Homogeneity sucks.

> so we aren't really seeing the same air of hate.

Oh, I wasn't limited to the welcome 'hate'.
I was referring to the desire, a push button if you will, that most reviewers have to start channeling Cassius when faced with certain issues.

The wide eyed child, the serious adult, and the cranky old codger can always be found at some point. Even if the players shift around based on outside influence.

Casca!blANCA/Sq2 2656

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I like this reasoning.

Tactical!fRainBOoMw 2777

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The kid. He is sincere and self-interested, and often completely misguided. This is the guy who says that other people "just don't get" his work, and the guy who can't accept that EQD doesn't want him.

He's not limited to just newbies. The kid also represents anything that's motivated by pure enthusiasm, not the adult's knowledge or the old guy's experience. Gatherings of this archetype are everywhere—I'd name a few but it might come off as an insult. Anything that's written out of love and then set aside because who cares about preening it was was written by the kid.

He has a dim view of the adult and sees his work as not needing what the adult has to offer.

In some cases, the kid doesn't have a lot of respect for the old guy either, for the same reason.

The adult. He is opinionated and motivated. Huey isn't an adult so much as he's ironically mature for not being an adult, but that actually fits too, doesn't it? The adult GIVES A SHIT about things like SDT and LUS and whatever, and he has this idea that if he's going to write he should do it the RIGHT way.

He clashes with the kid constantly and he treats the kid with scorn. Every time you see someone molten hate spit into TTG, you are seeing this.

"Huey" sometimes looks up to the old guy, and is sometimes happier to ignore the old guy and do his own thing. He knows what he thinks is right, and wants to associate with people who agree with him.

Several of him in one place tends to turn into a circle-jerk. They want to be helpful, but largely they like to commiserate about things that are bad, and talk about things that they have in common. When one critiques the other, you see very meticulous and well-intentioned reviews, out of respect for each other.

The old guy. He is humble and jaded. He has the perspective and temperament to treat the kid a little bit more fairly than the adult does. He's seen it all, doesn't necessarily need all the adult's developed reasons and opinions, and is content to do his thing without getting into all the nuance that the adult does.

He often teaches the adult lessons, but not in ways that the adult would understand. He and the adult are similar in a lot of ways, but their backgrounds and therefore their approaches to things are so different that they often don't speak the same language.

He and the other old guys largely just enjoy each other's company, resting on their laurels as respected authors and talking about the last POS they pre-read.

Unlike Huey, the old guy really considers it worthwhile to teach the kid. The old guy is jaded enough to know better than to pass harsh judgement. He tells it like it is to the best of his abilities and largely doesn't give very many shits while he does. This is, of course, inconsistent with the Grandpa character. The analogue isn't TOTALLY perfect.

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