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It's been many years, how's it going MLPForums?


Harmonic Revelations

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Hello everyone. To those who knew me back in the day and have stuck around the forum, I'm sure you didn't expect to see me again, and with good reason. To say it's been a while is an understatement. To say it's been an eternity is probably closer to the truth. 

There are those who said this day would never come where I'd return, those who have some understanding what happened all those years ago, and those who don't. So it's time to set the record straight, turn a new leaf, and put it all out on the table. This is going to be a long one so please bare with me. I'll try to split this into sections to make it a bit more palatable, and hopefully I can make sticking around for the whole thing worth it.

 

Part 1: Apologies

  Well, this is where I should start. It'll give necessary context for everything that happened back then, and the circumstances that led up to now. Back in ancient times (2012-2013) I was a fairly popular user on this forum, and had a significant following both casually and with a lot of die hard friends I made along the way. But there was a problem, I was a dumb fourteen year old kid full of vanity, and this was the first time I had ever been what I would consider "successful" in a social situation. Those are the ingredients for stupid decisions. 

  Having what I considered to be "fame" (I know, thinking that having people like your posts on a MLP forum often is 'fame' is pretty laughable in hindsight), I felt invincible. And I felt that I could treat people any way I wanted, with no consequences. And it should go without saying, that's a morally egregious way to behave. In retrospect I'm frankly quite disgusted with myself and I look back on a lot of the things I said both to users and to staff trying to keep me under control with sheer embarrassment and sympathy for those who had to put up with me. Even if I could have gotten away with acting that way it still wasn't right, and that's why I'm actually glad all these years later that I did get banned. Because after the anger wore off, it started sinking into my head that the way you treat people is important.

 Being funny isn't enough to excuse being a jerk. And I was just too stupid to get that through my thick skull back in the day. I harassed a couple of specific users, even going as far as to go out of my way to cause them trouble offsite by insulting them on apps like Skype.

 It should come as no surprise to anyone then that I got the boot, a permanent ban slapped on my account, and rightly so. The moderators back then displayed insane amounts of patience with me and frankly I don't know if I could have handled fourteen year old me as well as they did back then. 

 I'm sorry. And I am not just saying that. It's been many years but when I think back to things I've done that I sincerely regret, the way I treated people here in my last months before the ban still comes to mind. I know words cannot properly convey sincere regret, but I hope that now that I've been graciously been allowed back into the site I can once again contribute positively to the site, and this time it can last. I'm a twenty one year old man now, and it's been an immense weight off my shoulders to, after all this time, finally get to say sorry.

 I hope that if you were around back in the day and were affected by my terrible behavior, you'd be willing to put that aside and allow me to start fresh, but if interacting with me again is something that some people don't want I understand completely and will respect those boundaries.

There's no justification for what I did back in the day and I don't wish to try and justify it. I hope I can once more be a positive influence here like I used to be in what boomers like me may call "The good ol' days".

 

Part 2: So what exactly has happened since the ban?

  Well, I could write an entire novel detailing the amount of things that have happened since then, so I'll keep it concise and put it into a bullet point list to make it more accessible for anyone who just wants a brief summary of what's been up.

-I got semi-stable work as a freelance writer, doing mostly commissions for fandoms.

-I moved into another house, still live in the same state and town though. 

-I enrolled in college, though that's currently on hiatus due to the pandemic.

-I improved my health and can better manage my Type 1 Diabetes

  Obviously there are thousands of other things that have happened between then and now, but those are the most relevant to the overall state of my life. I look forward to catching up with any old friends who may still be around to this day. I've already reached out to a few.

Part 3: Why did I come back, and what happens next?

  To answer the first question, there's no single concise answer that fully explains it. It's more of a compilation of small factors. The main contributing factors were my desire to apologize to those I've wronged, the fact I found an old fanart of my pony OC while going through a old hard drive, and that I befriended someone on Discord who is part of the fandom and reminded me that it's still kind of a thing, even if not as much as it was all those years ago. I was nostalgic for this place, and I sincerely missed it.

  The answer to the second question is more exciting. I'm back and just going through the backlog of my old content right now, and while a lot of the things I did were pretty silly, I did have a few good ideas I plan to continue, such as the interview series with users of the forum. One of the fondest and most vivid memories from back then was me getting the chance to get to know so many of you through that, and so it brings me pleasure to be able to continue it.

  I plan to become active in the forum, and the fanbase as a whole once again. I haven't watched the show since the middle of Season 4 so I'm quite a bit behind, but I'll end up irresponsibly binging all the episodes in a row some day like the weirdo I am, don't worry.

 

If anyone has any questions for me, relevant to the blog post or not, I'm willing to answer them in the comments.

 

And yes, Celestia is still best pony. Some things never change.

 

 

  

 

 

 

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One does not simply walk away from entities of þðñ¥ and never return. We've all come back at some point or another, be it to occasionally pop in or a single catch-up. I managed to briefly summon @Zoop last year just by challenging his love for Fluttershy. :Daydreaming:

I remember little asides your Trixie avatars, so I guess that's good news for both of us! :mlp_smug: Nevertheless glad to see other Elder Gods still exist from the days of early Feldian creation. MLPF has become far more focused on community-driven interaction since our initial leaves in 14' and 15', and I think it's been for the better. @Jericand his staff have done well with revitalizing what this site was originally intended for and capitalizing on it. Should you decide to stick around at all, I'm sure you'll see for yourself.

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8 minutes ago, ~C. Discord~ said:

One does not simply walk away from entities of þðñ¥ and never return. We've all come back at some point or another, be it to occasionally pop in or a single catch-up. I managed to briefly summon @Zoop last year just by challenging his love for Fluttershy. :Daydreaming:

I remember little asides your Trixie avatars, so I guess that's good news for both of us! :mlp_smug: Nevertheless glad to see other Elder Gods still exist from the days of early Feldian creation. MLPF has become far more focused on community-driven interaction since our initial leaves in 14' and 15', and I think it's been for the better. @Jericand his staff have done well with revitalizing what this site was originally intended for and capitalizing on it. Should you decide to stick around at all, I'm sure you'll see for yourself.

You may have forgotten me, but I could never forget you. The belly button Skype group is forever ingrained into my nightmares and sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. :wacko:

I can tell from the stay I've had so far that the forums' current focus seems to be on quality over quantity of content which is something I greatly appreciate. Back in the day things felt really impersonal due to the fact hundreds of members came and went all the time. 

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7 minutes ago, Harmonic Revelations said:

You may have forgotten me, but I could never forget you. The belly button Skype group is forever ingrained into my nightmares and sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. :wacko:

I can tell from the stay I've had so far that the forums' current focus seems to be on quality over quantity of content which is something I greatly appreciate. Back in the day things felt really impersonal due to the fact hundreds of members came and went all the time. 

When you're remembered not for your hard admin work going on three years, your wit, your sass, your creative writing or even your basic bitch graphic design skills, but that extravagant belly button trend you did that one or three times.

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2 minutes ago, ~C. Discord~ said:

When you're remembered not for your hard admin work going on three years, your wit, your sass, your creative writing or even your basic bitch graphic design skills, but that extravagant belly button trend you did that one or three times.

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That's because there's dozens of hard-working staff members I've met on sites through the years but only one guy obsessed with belly buttons, hence why it stands out.

 

I'm still trying to find the hard drive with the pics from that group chat saved on it. No luck so far.

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29 minutes ago, ~C. Discord~ said:

I managed to briefly summon @Zoop last year just by challenging his love for Fluttershy. :Daydreaming:

I mean, I get email notifications when someone mentions me, sooo... :T

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2 minutes ago, Zoop said:

I mean, I get email notifications when someone mentions me, sooo... :T

Lies, we share a special connection. :proud: A telepathic link for whenever I mention your name with an @ sign in front of it.

14 minutes ago, Harmonic Revelations said:

That's because there's dozens of hard-working staff members I've met on sites through the years but only one guy obsessed with belly buttons, hence why it stands out.

I'm still trying to find the hard drive with the pics from that group chat saved on it. No luck so far.

Yup, I get that comment a lot, in and out of person. :mustache: The Navel Avatar/Signature Revolution topics are still around, which means all the created avatars and signatures I made for people still should be, too.

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Moments ago, ~C. Discord~ said:

Lies, we share a special connection. :proud: A telepathic link for whenever I mention your name with an @ sign in front of it.

Yup, I get that comment a lot, in and out of person. :mustache: The Navel Avatar/Signature Revolution topics are still around, which means all the created avatars and signatures I made for people still should be, too.

I might go dig through it and see if I can find myself in one of them.

 

6 minutes ago, Zoop said:

I mean, I get email notifications when someone mentions me, sooo... :T

HOLY SHIT IT'S ZOOP, HI ZOOP.

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i only knew you from your banned account and part of me has always wanted to talk to you, but you were banned a little after i joined, rip

nice to meet you! looking forward to seeing you on the forums

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1 hour ago, Odyssey said:

i only knew you from your banned account and part of me has always wanted to talk to you, but you were banned a little after i joined, rip

nice to meet you! looking forward to seeing you on the forums

Likewise, I'll see you around the forums Odyssey. ^_^

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On 1/8/2021 at 9:22 PM, ~C. Discord~ said:

Lies, we share a special connection. :proud: A telepathic link for whenever I mention your name with an @ sign in front of it.

I'm not entirely certain which of us would be worse off were we to share a telepathic link... but given that I don't find myself randomly having flashes of pony navels popping into my brain, I can't help but think it a bit unlikely. o3o

On 1/8/2021 at 9:23 PM, Harmonic Revelations said:

HOLY SHIT IT'S ZOOP, HI ZOOP.

o hey. i remember u.

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Looking back at older posts... I kinda feel the same way. Though it's nice to see an older forum member return. I still hang around time to time, mainly as a lurker though. 

Times have changed, but welcome back :muffins:

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Hey, i remember you. Don't think we ever interacted (?) but i do remember your name. 

It's funny. I was unbanned three years ago and decided to check the site out once again today. Not going to stay or anything, but seeing someone else who was in a similar position i just had to say hi. 

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Harmonic Revelations?  Wow, talk about a blast from the past!  We’ve all done bone-headed things at one time or another.  Anyway I’m glad to see you’re doing well.  It’s always good to see a member from way back when make an appearance.  :)  

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Hey @Harmonic Revelations Ray here, I joined MLP Forums since November 2020, two months ago.

I'll be the first to admit I did some things I'm honestly not proud of and truth be told, I don't wanna go into details of them other than saying I made some actions I terribly regretted. 
 

My advice is that to forget all the negativity and all the things you regretted and focus on the present and the positivity and keep your past mistakes out of your memories. 

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On 1/8/2021 at 10:52 PM, Harmonic Revelations said:

You may have forgotten me, but I could never forget you. The belly button Skype group is forever ingrained into my nightmares and sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. :wacko:

Wait, forgive me for asking this but what in the heck are you talking about?:wacko:  I mean I didn't get introduced to the Internet until around 2013-14 and didn't join MLP Forums until two months ago so I guess I definitely missed some things so I think I need some more details on that :adorkable:

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57 minutes ago, raykv423 said:

Wait, forgive me for asking this but what in the heck are you talking about?:wacko:  I mean I didn't get introduced to the Internet until around 2013-14 and didn't join MLP Forums until two months ago so I guess I definitely missed some things so I think I need some more details on that :adorkable:

When Chaotic Discord was a mod he made pony belly buttons a trend in avatars, signatures, and even had a Skype group dedicated entirely to sharing pictures of belly buttons.

 

It was a wild time to be alive.

2 hours ago, raykv423 said:

Hey @Harmonic Revelations Ray here, I joined MLP Forums since November 2020, two months ago.

I'll be the first to admit I did some things I'm honestly not proud of and truth be told, I don't wanna go into details of them other than saying I made some actions I terribly regretted. 
 

My advice is that to forget all the negativity and all the things you regretted and focus on the present and the positivity and keep your past mistakes out of your memories. 

Thanks. That's what I'll focus on.

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38 minutes ago, Harmonic Revelations said:

Thanks. That's what I'll focus on.

No problemo boss :mlp_yeehaa:

39 minutes ago, Harmonic Revelations said:

When Chaotic Discord was a mod he made pony belly buttons a trend in avatars, signatures, and even had a Skype group dedicated entirely to sharing pictures of belly buttons.

 

It was a wild time to be alive.

Uhhh....:confused:......WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. HECK. DID. I. JUST----:eww:

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This tiny entry here has more people I've expected not to see again than any recent ones I"ve seen in past 2 years. And I've seen some stuff...

 

But I digress... ...YOU. I shall not lie when I say I recognize the name, but not the person. Back in late 2013 I was too preoccupied in getting accustomed to new forums and being pulled into some really wicked shenanigans to express interest in all the active members at the time.

EDIT: To explain: I was on different forums but was peeking on MLPF at all times :P

 

And for heaven's sake, I forgot about the belly buttons stuff, why would you bring that up again!? D:

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9 hours ago, Passion said:

This tiny entry here has more people I've expected not to see again than any recent ones I"ve seen in past 2 years. And I've seen some stuff...

 

But I digress... ...YOU. I shall not lie when I say I recognize the name, but not the person. Back in late 2013 I was too preoccupied in getting accustomed to new forums and being pulled into some really wicked shenanigans to express interest in all the active members at the time.

EDIT: To explain: I was on different forums but was peeking on MLPF at all times :P

 

And for heaven's sake, I forgot about the belly buttons stuff, why would you bring that up again!? D:

Nice Helltaker profile picture. I can see you're someone of culture.

And I brought up the belly button thing again  because if I'm traumatized the rest of you have to be traumatized as well. :wacko:

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3 minutes ago, Harmonic Revelations said:

And I brought up the belly button thing again because if I'm traumatized the rest of you have to be traumatized as well. :wacko:

I'm blaming you for ruining my head :yeahno::okiedokieloki:

Nah, I'm just joking. How you doing these days @Harmonic Revelations? Yeah, i may missed some stuff (some of them I'm glad I didn't get involved in) but recently it's getting crazier out there. So I'm wondering how you holding up during COVID and whatnot recently.

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2 hours ago, raykv423 said:

I'm blaming you for ruining my head :yeahno::okiedokieloki:

Nah, I'm just joking. How you doing these days @Harmonic Revelations? Yeah, i may missed some stuff (some of them I'm glad I didn't get involved in) but recently it's getting crazier out there. So I'm wondering how you holding up during COVID and whatnot recently.

I've been doing relatively fine. I live in a pretty small town with nothing to do in it so being in quarantine honestly hasn't had me missing out on much, and since I work from home it hasn't been too much of a financial burden either.

 

I hope you're doing well in these trying times.

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18 minutes ago, Harmonic Revelations said:

I've been doing relatively fine. I live in a pretty small town with nothing to do in it so being in quarantine honestly hasn't had me missing out on much, and since I work from home it hasn't been too much of a financial burden either.

 

I hope you're doing well in these trying times.

You, too, my friend. :proud:

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This is just where all the old farts of the forum have come to convene and reminisce, isn't it? I remember your name but not a whole lot else. :3 I was surprised to see you pop up as a view on my profile, I guess this sorta explains why~. I see I'm a bit late to the party but welcome back nevertheless. Hope your time back has been going well so far. ^^

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WB! :) I have left pony forums in the past and coming back to them is sweet

Freelance writer eh - you do write nicely. Do you do any pony stuff?

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On 1/14/2021 at 2:32 PM, abrony-mouse said:

WB! :) I have left pony forums in the past and coming back to them is sweet

Freelance writer eh - you do write nicely. Do you do any pony stuff?

Nothing recent enough I'd want to show it off, at least not yet. All my pony related writing is so old that it's quality is pretty embarrassing. If I go back to writing pony fanfics I'll make an entirely new Fimfiction account solely for that purpose.

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