Here comes an actually serious blog post. It's an issue that affects everybody here in one way or another, so please take the time to read it.
I'm ashamed of the fandom for many reasons, and I'd like to walk you through them.
One of the big ones is how people respond to those who leave the fandom (Not the people who say that they are going to and don't, those people don't count).
They often says things like "Good riddance" or "Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out", without keeping in mind that the people they're talking to are in fact humans, with feelings and opinions, not just a name and a user icon, and that their actions might have driven them out of the fandom. Even if these people haven't left yet, they most likely want to, I am ashamed and down right saddened that Down With Molestia got as much support as it did. They drove a great and talented artist away because of their sensibilities. An artist who, mind you, they were not forced to look at the work of. This is hardly a one-time occurrence, it's become more and more common as time has worn on. Even on these forums.
That's a big problem in this fandom, people complain that the "Dark side" of the fandom is bad, and antagonize them. Well I have a shocking revelation for you: Usually the people who enjoy the adult content produced by the fandom are adults. When you start demonizing that, all you're left with are whiny children (Or people who act like whiny children). So after demonizing the adults of the fandom and forcing them, say, off of this forum, these same people who caused so many children to join the fandom complain when no mature people are left. That's just stupid.
You can disagree with the actions of others, but it is beyond wrong to try to force them to stop doing what you disagree with them about, especially since it does not affect you in any significant way. If you don't like what you see, close the page and move on.
Instead people end up grouping up and targeting people who are unfortunate enough to lack the means to defend themselves. Just like those outside the fandom tend to do to us.
It's hypocritical and disgusting, that's what it is. Every day we have to deal with people who hate us for the very fact that we watch ponies, and what do we do? We turn around and fight each other. That's not right, no matter which way you look at it. I'm not one of those people who says "Love and tolerate", or even that we should adhere to the messages of the show by default, but what I do understand is that since we all face the same troubles due to our shared interest, we should at least show each other a little bit of respect. No matter what your ideology, you should accept that not everybody will share your viewpoint and move on. There's no need to start a riot every time you see something you disagree with.
But you know when a good time to riot is? When the things you do agree with are taken down. Because that's censorship. Having things you enjoy censored is a fantastic reason to leave the fandom, in fact, it's made me consider doing that several times myself.
When it comes down to it, you have no reason or right to try to force other people out of the fandom because you disagree with their beliefs or the things they say and do. It's a show, not a religious cult.
These problems have become horrible on the forums lately. I've noticed, and so have many others.
So please try to treat your other users with at least some dignity and respect. If every post you make is inflammatory, dramatic, or immature in some way, this probably is not the forum for you. Everybody gets a little irritated and sometimes it's understandable to make a few posts like that, but what is not acceptable is when all of your posts are like that, because it doesn't contribute to the forums in any meaningful way and it makes your fellow users uncomfortable and upset. Note; It's okay to think these things, but not to post them. Nobody is forcing your opinion one way or the other, but you should take full responsibility for the things you say and do. On the other side of every username here is a human being, and it would do well to remember that.
It is not okay to target people and use mass opinion to bully them, it is despicable and makes those responsible just as bad as the people who harass us for our love of the show. You can't force others to be politically correct because what is politically correct is subjective. You don't have any knowledge of the beliefs of this other person or their experiences beyond what they've told you; they could very well have a great reason for thinking or believing what they do.
On the other side of the coin, it is not okay to antagonize people because they post things that the majority don't agree with. Their opinion is not any less valid than yours just because it's not commonly accepted. Ultimately, if what they say is not politically correct, you shouldn't care, because you choose who you talk to. If you don't like it, you can always turn the computer off and walk away, or talk to people who share your own beliefs. Imposing your own beliefs on others in an aggressive and hostile way makes the experience of posting here negative for everybody involved, and ultimately, if you try to express your opinion by yelling at everybody who doesn't agree, you won't change any minds, and just end up discrediting your own beliefs.
Hatred hurts everybody except for the person you actually hate, so it's best to keep it to yourself. At times even I myself forget this. What matters is that you do the absolutely best you can to keep it in mind, and take responsibility for and try to repair the damage you do cause.
The number of people who whole-heartedly disagree with this blog post proves my point about just how widespread this issue is, since all I'm really saying is that they should take the time to treat each other like human beings instead of emotional punching bags and to take responsibility for themselves.
Thanks for reading.
Greetings, friends. Today I am here to talk about the forums, namely the dark truth I've uncovered.
It all started when I saw SCS handing Artemis a black box. I was curious, so I asked what was in it, SCS then stabbed me to death. After I came back as a ghost, I floated through the walls and peaked in the box.
Inside the box was a set of letters, which I immediately knew to convert into numbers and then use on a safe, a safe that makes whale calls at approximately 11:59 AM everyday on the dot.
Once I located the source of these whale calls, I entered the numbers, which was Moony's birthday in numeric form, backwards. I knew this from watching him extensively for several years.
Once I cracked open the safe, I found a vulture. I know that vultures are known in some cultures to represent birds, so I flipped off the gigantic Poniverse logo that is located next to my house. When I did this, it glowed and opened a portal to Equestria.
Once I approached this portal, DashForever stopped me. We engaged in a long fight but I ended up defeating him by slapping him with a watermelon. He then exploded into white flame. I knew he would be back, as moderators are eternal and come back to life through the flames of Oblivion.
DashForever's anime friends attacked me. I managed to fend them off with a fire hydrant I ripped out of the ground with my beefy arms that I gained from not using steroids for many years.
Once they were defeated, I jumped through the portal. I found myself in Equestria, so I did the only responsible thing and killed all the ponies except for Trixie, Fluttershy, and Celestia.
Then I immediately returned home as a pony.
And that's how America was founded.
In the "shocking" conclusion to this event that nobody actually had any reason to care about, Doctor XFizzle has concluded that the opinions of the users mean precisely jack shit. Of course, we can't blame him, because after carefully analyzing what the fuck was going on in the March Madness thread, our team also came to the conclusion that the entire thing meant precisely fucking nothing.
However, it would have made a whole lot more sense to declare that the one with the most votes at the time the contest ended won, but I guess that's why I'm not wearing a fez or...uh...Fizzling? Whatever verb describes the state of being Doctor XFizzle.
We did manage to reach the previous Pope, Pope Benedict XVI, for comment on this. We had an exclusive one-on-one interview in his condominium.
Q: So, Mister Benedict, what did you think of the proceedings of the contest?
A: Well, Harmonic, after considering all of the information about the contest itself, I have concluded that this is a bunch of stupid bullshit. But how people responded is what really pisses me off....fo shizzle.
Well thank you Mr. Benedict, that really clears things up.
So there you have it folks, that contest meant nothing to anybody of a sound mind. I hope you've enjoyed our coverage of people beating each other to death and having emotional breakdowns over characters that don't actually exist and a contest that means nothing.
I'll see you next time, same place.
Initial Report; 4/5/2014
In this one time special event, we are temporarily returning to cover news of March Madness. Which is, for some reason, still going on in April.
We have reports that the fans are violent and that the moderators are doing all they can to calm the situation. ADHD meds seem to calm the Pinkie fans, and shiny objects have proven successful at distracting the Rarity fans. The rest of the groups are still ravaging everything in their path.
We interviewed several users, and here is what they had to say:
"GO DIE. AJ MASTER RACE!"
"What is March Madness?"
"WHY ARE YOU WATCHING ME SLEEP WHILE HOLDING A MICROPHONE?!"
In an event we did Nazi coming, some Pinkie fans attempted to win using the same method they did to win class president in Middle School, by comparing their opponents to history's worst villains. What the actual fuck?
No sane person survives this event unscathed. Apathy is recommended.
Remain indoors until it's over for your own safety. Do NOT let anybody with a Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, or Pinkie Pie avatar into your house. THIS IS FOR YOUR SAFETY.
Scientists are still hard at work trying to figure out why any sane person would care about a contest pitting fictional candy-colored horses against each other. The results so far are inconclusive. What we do know is that those afflicted with a condition scientifically named "Fanboyism" are extremely irrational and aggressive. Do not approach an afflicted individual.
The violence in the streets continues. Riot control has only been somewhat effective. The Status Update section is completely overrun by those afflicted with fanboyism and is to be avoided at all costs, entering this area risks being ranted at or attacked by ravenous fanboys.
The match is close and this has led to an all out war in the forums between the factions. Everybody not affected by this tournament has responded with confusion or disgust.
In response to the high amount of instances of too many fucks being given, Poniverse has rationed the amount of fucks users can give about these candy colored horses. However, it is expected that some will stockpile fucks for later use and could hold out for days.
The Admins could not be reached for comment, but it is assumed that everything that can be done is and that this crisis will be resolved soon.
The scientists have found that the overdramatic bullshit is contagious and as such has recommended putting the March Madness thread in a quarantine until the pathogen causing this wackadiddy tomfuckery can be isolated and destroyed. However, no such action has been taken yet. It is assumed that some kind of Pathogen latches onto the brain of those affected, which would reflect their limited reasoning abilities.
More on this story as it develops.
Weaboos. The Staff. Trixie Fans. and Everybody Else. Long ago, the four cliques lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Weaboo Nation attacked.
Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them, but when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred thousand years (Forums time) passed and mah brotha and I discovered the new Avatar, a Staff Member named SCS. And although his Staffing and lucid dreaming skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he's ready to levitate shit with his mind. But I believe SCS can save the forums.
Hello, friends. Even though I only stopped browsing the forums for what seems like a day or two, it appears that every blog now is about something called popularity.
Namely, talking about how bad popularity is. They talk like popularity was some kind of ancient evil awakened by some ignorant explorer on the forums wandering into a forsaken temple, triggering the end of the forums as we know it.
Let me disagree with you on popularity being bad for a moment. Just hear me out. Feel free to throw tomatoes at me at the end if you disagree with me enough.
Whether popularity is bad or good is highly irrelevant, it's an opinion. It is in effect neutral as it can have good and bad effects. It is human nature. The desire to be popular and the desire to rank others is part of why society exists.
Let us look at the definition of popularity for a moment, because most of these blogs about it seem to completely ignore it and set up a strawman argument instead:
"The state or condition of being liked, admired, or supported by many people."
Is that the kind of thing that is the ultimate evil, destroyer or worlds, ruiner of lives? I hardly think it is. Popularity is in fact essential. It is motivation. I think that what most people setting up these anti-popularity blogs are saying is not that there is too much popularity, but that there is not enough.
If everybody was liked and supported the world would be a much better place than it is today, wouldn't it?
I think the concept that people are really hating, one that I also hate myself, is exclusion. Let us look at the definition of exclusion for a moment.
"Deny (someone) access to or bar (someone) from a place, group, or privilege."
This is what people are talking about when they mention that people are ignoring them or something. Namely denying them the right to have their opinion/voice heard (Which is ironic, considering the entire point of a forum is to share your opinion), exclusion is a nasty business. Sadly, it is a fact of everyday life.
Exclusion has a similar purpose to popularity, to show whether we agree or disagree with how somebody is behaving. This, while not always pleasant for somebody we disagree with, is one of the most agreeable ways to show our disagreement. While I myself try to avoid excluding anybody, I slip up sometimes, as do we all.
Exclusion on the forums has a close friend however, one that is responsible for how much of it is going on. I'm talking, of course, about corruption.
"Dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power."
In this case, the power I'm talking about is the popularity. Popularity itself is not a problem, but it becomes one when it is used as a weapon to keep a select group of people at the top, and the rest at the bottom. I'm not going to lie and say that I myself like everybody, but I also won't go out of my way to hurt said people, and you shouldn't either.
What dishonest conduct by those in power am I talking about? All the negative talk about users behind their backs that has been plaguing the forums lately.
Ultimately my point is that the problem isn't that we like people a lot, that's a ridiculous thing to think. The problem is that we aren't giving anybody who we don't already like a lot a chance, or maybe even are proactively working against them in some cases.
tl;dr: Forums, cut that shit out. Kthx
I just thought this needed to be said, thanks for your time, forums.
(I am vaguely recalling the commercial I saw last night for some kind of anti-aging cream. This is all accurate, I'm not fabricating any of the info, although I do paraphrase, I get the same point across.)
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Why does it warrant that price, and how does it work? Well I'll tell you.
The main ingredient in this ointment is the extract of an immortal melon (Not the innuendo, the actual fruit) that stays plump and juicy forever.
By using my cream you can too can be a superior breed of immortal fruit God human. This usually very expensive procedure can be yours if you call now for only 35 DOLLARZ.
Who would not want to be spliced with an immortal French Fruit for about half the price of buying a new video game? I'm sure millions of women worldwide already did and are very happy with the results.
Become a freak of nature by calling this number at night. Alone.
Hello, friends. I'm going to monologue about things. Things minor enough that they don't actually warrant doing anything about, but things I feel are important enough to mention anyway for anybody who cares to read them.
The one I'm talking about today is probably very familiar to a lot of you.
Why can't you block staff members in any way, shape, or form? I can understand the inability to block their PMs and such, but you should be able to block their signatures at the very least. Maybe even block their posts (Posts should show up in Canterlot Castle regardless of whether or not they're blocked). Even is such a feat isn't really possible it's not like they can't click the "read anyway" button when it's something that they have to read.
I know that you shouldn't be able to ignore the things they say as part of their job, but it annoys me that this immunity extends to all of their posts/blogs/etc. It certainly doesn't help the perception of the staff being high and mighty above everybody else.
Because when it comes down to it, there are staff members who don't actually do anything on the site that necessitates reading their posts, but they still have the immunity to blocking. In addition, you don't have to read a moderator's posts for them to do their jobs. If they need to take professional action they can either issue a warning or send a PM. I have never seen a moderator or Admin that says things crucial to the forums often enough that their posts should have to be shown 100% of the time.
The reason I don't bring it up anywhere but this blog is I'm pretty sure fixing the problem ranges somewhere between unlikely and impossible.
Alright, I'm done ranting for now.
I am a Carnegiea gigantea, which is an arborescent form of cactus. My family of cacti can grow over 20 meters tall. I am prized for my bright red fruit which ripen in June and are very sweet in taste. In addition, I have pretty little white flowers that grow on me.
Also, it is illegal to harm me in Arizona.
Now you know a bit more about me.
I am very perverted.
I am sarcastic when I'm talking to people I don't like/am in a bad mood.
I don't care if I offend people. It's better to have your feelings hurt than be misinformed.
I am Diabetic.
I am legally blind, which means I can see as well at 20 yards as most can see at 200.
I have very poor hearing.
I have ADHD
I'm not smug, I'm just better than everybody else.
I like kiwis a lot.
I speak my mind, I'm not afraid to say what I'm thinking.
I can speak a small amount of German and Latin.
I am a cactus.
I rarely ever watch TV.
I am chemically addicted to the forums (#Trufax)
I am very passionate about my opinions
I struggle with depression at times.
I do not fit in with my peers. At all.
Otty is my waifu
I love rain, it's my favorite weather. I like the smell.
60-70 degrees farenheit is my favorite temperature range.
I'm allergic to cats and pollen.
My favorite bands are Rammstein, Rise Against, and Godsmack.
I show slight sociopathic tendencies.
I love Halo.
I love F.E.A.R.
I can write upside down.
My handwriting is horrible because my hands shake constantly.
This scandalous calculation from our latest love-measuring technology has the potential to mean the end of MLP as we know it.
Now, Ash Ketchum was reached for comment, he had this to say:
"Why do I only change my clothing once per season?"
As you can see by his comment, he believes this whole affair has more bark than bite. It is true that affairs with trees have deep roots in our culture, and it's impossible to tell exactly where it stems from.
This leaves many interesting questions, and I will keep you updated as soon as we have more info, forums.
He thought we'd never notice. He thought he could just march on the country of Maple Leafs, and the entire forums would turn a blind eye. But no longer, today I reveal to you the truth. This secret encoded message is the latest planned announcement from Lavo "The Conquerer" Code Overlord, and I posted it just in time to stop his evil deeds from coming to pass.
My secure sources tell me he has an army of at least ten million cans of Mountain Dew, moving in from the East. We must set up a defensive perimeter and defend with our lives.
Due to my release of this message, I may be in danger of spontaneously combusting, but I'll take that risk for you, forums.
Viva la, word for a circular motion that starts with "R"? I dunno.
We're onto you, Lavo! We know your game! You cannot get away with this!
I got a message to be taken very seriously on my FiMFiction account, all of you should be quivering in fear like I am.
Not only does this mark some kind of ultimate evil destroying us, but from the sent time I can tell that this is the first time in history that a two week period is under 72 hours long.
I am shaking and have the FBI, the NSA, NASA, the USMC, Scooby Doo and the gang, the CIA, Delta Force, Ghost Busters and the Smurfs on the phone as I type this.
I blurred out the name not because this is a stupid message and because I'm pretty sure the other person is somewhere in the neighborhood of eight years old, but because I fear if I post their name it will magically summon them to my house and they will murder me.
Everybody find cover, this is so intense and I'm taking it very seriously.
*Queue Air Raid Sirens*
Edit: Jokuc is my lord and savior:
Harmonic is the most beautiful, lovely, bubbly, murderous, sociopathic, psychotic, friendly staff member around, and I'm here to tell you why.
Because Cacti are the chosen ones, and humanity isn't.
Bow chicka bow down.
The green overlords are upon you, earthlings. Prepare yourself.
Hello, friends. I have some dark secrets to show to you today. I broke into the secret government tunnels below the Lincoln Memorial where they store Hilary Clinton's spare wigs and made a shocking discovery.
A lost record that shows us all the dark truth.
The Republican National Convention only exists so that Ron Paul can use his Warlock powers to absorb the souls of other Republicans to maintain his youth, thus making him immortal. That's why all Republican candidates have gray hair.
Let our call carry through the wind,
over empires grown weary with time
Let us shake them to the core
and show their time has run out
Let our roar burn like fire
let it cut into their insecurities
make them bow before our might
and swiftly give in
Their walls have grown high
protected them from naught but the truth
ignorance is their shield
enlightenment is our sword
Time has been their ally all these years
as they blossomed under our sun, which seemingly forgave their trespasses
but once we descend upon them in swarms
they'll find that the steel of a blade is much less forgiving
The river of splendor they drink from
it truly belongs to us
and if they do not return it
it shall run red with their blood
Hello. I started this blog to help clarify some misconceptions in the Cold War so that you can learn very...interesting facts that you might not have known about history. My sources are very reliable so all of this information is guaranteed to be accurate.
You're probably not asking, "What is the Cold War?", well I'll tell you. The Cold War was a war, that was Cold.
To start us off on our misconceptions, historians are not sure just who was in the Communist Bloc, but there's one thing for certain, the Communist Bloc Parties must have been amazing (How else could they have always had a short supply of food if not for hard partying?).
It is known for a fact that the USSR was the center of the Communist Bloc, but who was aligned with them is up for debate. For example, my sources lead me to believe that the Smurfs, the voices inside JFK's head and tortoises all owed their allegiance to the Bloc, or perhaps just to the bitchin' parties that the Bloc was hosting. Rumor has it that some of these parties are still going on to this day.
Secondly (and lastly), most people have incorrectly attributed the end of the Cold War to the fall of the Soviet Union. This is not actually the case. You see, the Cold War would have continued if not for the marvelous device known as the microwave oven.
Due to the invention of the Microwave, it quickly went from the "Cold War" to the "Lukewarm War" and then to the "The Plastic is Hot Enough to Melt Carbon but the Inside is still Cold War", causing the whole crisis to blow over and lead us into the clearly peaceful modern age we're living in now, and also perhaps leading to Putin's shirtlessness.
Stay tuned for the next edition of "Interesting History with Harmonic" where I'll talk about the 70s.
Hello, friends, my computer is fucked.
It is breaking in two halves like it's the Titanic, and there's nothing I can do about it. I'm not in the financial position to fix it or a get a new one, so if it does finally die, which is incredibly likely at this point where it's bending in a location where critical components are located, I can't do anything about it.
So I'm just letting you know that I might be gone for a good while very soon.
For the record, this line is supposed to be flat, but it's not.
Yes, that keyboard is pretty much floating in mid-air due to how bent it is, by the way.
In short, things are not going very well.