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  1. While rogue banditos are commonly seen as enemies of the peace, there are those who work to uphold the law in their own right. Their methods and ideals may differ, even clash, but they work to bring about a common goal. Few times do these unsung heroes get the recognition they may deserve... Until a certain @Harper entered the scene. -- Rest assured folks, this bandit is not like the usual flare. @Harper has graciously put her hooves forward to join the ranks of MLP Forums Sectional team, and will provide a watchful eye and intuitive expertise to the vast, untamed lands of Beyond Equestria. In fact, she seemed rather confident about the challenges at first: But I know it won't take long before she'll end up: So go easy on her, folks. All the best to you in your new role, Harper!
  2. Sometimes MLP Forums is good on staff. It does happen. Just not often. Right now? Right now is not one of those times. Currently we're short staff in three sections. Canterlot Roleplay FIM So, what does this mean for prospective applicants? First, let's break down the jerb: A sectional moderator is a volunteer position in which members of the community get a bit more responsibility here on MLP Forums. They proactively report problem threads and posts, move, merge, and retitle, and make sure that ever'thang generally stays within the rules global rules on the forums. They work with global moderators, team leads, and administrators to keep all of the things in tip top shape. Global moderators, team leads, and administrators? What do they do? Most of us (not all, but most) started out as a sectional moderator. From there we were promoted to global. Globals usually also have an area of focus, but also add input on all reports that sectionals send, and carry out the decisions of those reports. Team leads are global moderators that help focus the section, assign tasks if need be, and often will train new and incoming staff. Administrators are broken down by tech (unbreaking the broken) and community. Community admins organize all of the things aforementioned, respond to tickets, work on permissions, do announcements, etc. I've had warnings in the past. Will that affect my chances to become a moderator? It can. We look at many factors when deciding if a member is accepted as a moderator or not. Among them being of course the application, past warning history, age (more on that below), how long you've been a member, and maturity. Age? What?! Whelp, you have to be at least 13 to join the forums, right? We also generally try to make sure that applicants are within a few years of 18, since moderators can often see some pretty disturbing content. While the sectional position isn't necessarily a stepping stone to that purple badge, many sectionals are promoted to global moderator. That said, we don't want a sectional sitting at that level for ages just because we want a full moderator to be 18. Therefore we generally look for applicants to be at least 16. Everything you just said sounds kind of awful. Why would I actually want to be a sectional after everything you've said? To be honest, I've met some of my closest friends through MLP Forums. While they may no longer be moderators, I'm still incredibly close with them. And those who are still, I have an incredible respect for. We have some good times, a lot of laughs, and are generally pretty close. The camaraderie is truly the best part about being a mod. Fine. I'm interested. What's next? Here's the app. Yay! Great! That's done. Now what? Wait. Seriously. We get a lot of apps. We'll do our best to reply to everyone, but some people may slip through the cracks. We will also turn a lot of people down. If you are turned down, don't take it personally. We encourage you if you're still interested to wait a few months and apply again. If you wish to know why you were turned down, feel free to contact an admin and ask. We're friendly enough. We'll stop taking applications when we feel we've gotten enough people, so uh... Apply on. Interested in a section that's not listed as being open? That's cool too, but don't get your hopes up too much, as we super need people for RP, FIM and Canterlot.
  3. NewCalamity

    Ask a Staffer!

    After a little bit of discussion, we came to the conclusion that making an all-inclusive “Ask a Staffer” thread would be a great opportunity for members to get to know our team! How it works: Anyone may simply ask a question in here, no matter the subject (so long as it remains appropriate of course) and a random staff member will come around to answer you. The questions can be serious, fun, pertain to certain individual staff members, whatever! All in the name of getting more familiar with our hard-working staff members. There’s no telling who’ll be the one to answer your question, as it will simply be answered by whoever is available at the time. Here is a very handy index in which every staff member who owns their own personal “Ask” thread will be: MLP Forums Staff: Randimaxis Lady Kiriness Moderators: Simon Fhaolan PathfinderCS Nebula Lightwing Admins: Spoon Lavo Troblems
  4. 𝓓𝓪𝓻𝓵𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓯𝓸𝓵𝓵𝓸𝔀𝓮𝓻𝓼 𝓸𝓯 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓕𝓪𝓼𝓱𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓲𝓼𝓽𝓪! 𝓘 𝓬𝓸𝓶𝓮 𝓫𝓮𝓯𝓸𝓻𝓮 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓽𝓸𝓭𝓪𝔂 𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮 𝓸𝓷 𝓜𝓛𝓟 𝓕𝓸𝓻𝓾𝓶𝓼 𝓽𝓸 𝓪𝓷𝓷𝓸𝓾𝓷𝓬𝓮 𝓪 𝓽𝓻𝓾𝓵𝔂 𝔀𝓸𝓷𝓭𝓮𝓻𝓯𝓾𝓵 𝓸𝓬𝓬𝓪𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷 𝓽𝓸 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓪𝓵𝓵! 𝓛𝓘𝓖𝓗𝓣𝓢!! 𝓞𝓱, 𝓷𝓸-𝓷𝓸-𝓷𝓸-𝓷𝓸!! 𝓣𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮 𝓪𝓻𝓮 𝓶𝓪𝓷𝔂 𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓼𝓸𝓷𝓼 𝓽𝓸 𝓬𝓮𝓵𝓮𝓫𝓻𝓪𝓽𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓪𝓷𝓷𝓸𝓾𝓷𝓬𝓮𝓶𝓮𝓷𝓽, 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝓲𝓽 𝓬𝓸𝓶𝓮𝓼 𝓪𝓽 𝓪 𝓽𝓲𝓶𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓰𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓽 𝓳𝓸𝔂 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝓸𝓷𝓮 𝓼𝓾𝓬𝓱 𝓕𝓪𝓼𝓱𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓲𝓼𝓽𝓪 𝓢𝓾𝓹𝓮𝓻𝓼𝓽𝓪𝓻~ -- 𝓕𝓸𝓻 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓼𝓮𝓮, 𝓓𝓪𝓻𝓵𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓼, @The Recherche 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓹𝓻𝓸𝓿𝓮𝓷 𝓱𝓲𝓶𝓼𝓮𝓵𝓯 𝓽𝓸 𝓫𝓮 𝓪 𝓽𝓻𝓾𝓮 𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓪𝓵𝓭 𝓸𝓯 𝓰𝓮𝓷𝓮𝓻𝓸𝓼𝓲𝓽𝔂 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓬𝓸𝓶𝓶𝓾𝓷𝓲𝓽𝔂, 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓮𝓯𝓯𝓸𝓻𝓽𝓼 𝓱𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝓷𝓸𝓽 𝓰𝓸𝓷𝓮 𝓾𝓷𝓷𝓸𝓽𝓲𝓬𝓮𝓭~! 𝓦𝓱𝔂, 𝓽𝓸𝓭𝓪𝔂 𝔀𝓮 𝓼𝓪𝔀 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓰𝓻𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓾𝓷𝓿𝓮𝓲𝓵𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓸𝓯 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓷𝓮𝔀 𝓡𝓮𝓬𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓬𝓱𝓮 𝓕𝓪𝓷 𝓒𝓵𝓾𝓫, 𝓪 𝓫𝓸𝓾𝓽𝓲𝓺𝓾𝓮 𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓽𝓱𝔂 𝓸𝓯 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓮𝓮𝓽𝓼 𝓸𝓯 𝓒𝓪𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓵𝓸𝓽 𝓲𝓽𝓼𝓮𝓵𝓯, 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓲𝓽 𝓼𝓮𝓮𝓶𝓮𝓭 𝓸𝓷𝓵𝔂 𝓪𝓹𝓹𝓻𝓸𝓹𝓻𝓲𝓪𝓽𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓰𝓮𝓼𝓽𝓾𝓻𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓪𝓹𝓹𝓻𝓮𝓬𝓲𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷 𝔀𝓪𝓼 𝓹𝓻𝓮𝓼𝓮𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓭 𝓽𝓸 𝓱𝓲𝓶 𝓾𝓹𝓸𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓭𝓪𝔂 𝓱𝓮 𝓬𝓮𝓵𝓮𝓫𝓻𝓪𝓽𝓮𝓭 𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓑𝓲𝓻𝓽𝓱𝓭𝓪𝔂. 𝓑𝓾𝓽 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓸𝓷𝓵𝔂 𝓼𝓬𝓻𝓪𝓽𝓬𝓱𝓮𝓼 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓾𝓻𝓯𝓪𝓬𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓼𝓸𝓶𝓮𝓸𝓷𝓮 𝔀𝓱𝓸𝓶, 𝓫𝔂 𝓪𝓵𝓵 𝓪𝓬𝓬𝓸𝓾𝓷𝓽𝓼, 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓵𝓮𝓯𝓽 𝓼𝓾𝓬𝓱 𝓪 𝓹𝓸𝓼𝓲𝓽𝓲𝓿𝓮 𝓲𝓶𝓹𝓪𝓬𝓽 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝓼𝓸 𝓶𝓪𝓷𝔂 𝓲𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓱𝓸𝓻𝓽 𝓽𝓲𝓶𝓮 𝓱𝓮 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓫𝓮𝓮𝓷 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱 𝓾𝓼. 𝓦𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝔀𝓮 𝓱𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝓼𝓮𝓮𝓷 𝓲𝓼 𝓼𝓸𝓶𝓮𝓸𝓷𝓮 𝔀𝓱𝓸 𝓮𝓶𝓫𝓸𝓭𝓲𝓮𝓼 𝔀𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓲𝓽 𝓶𝓮𝓪𝓷𝓼 𝓽𝓸 𝓫𝓮 𝓪 𝓕𝓪𝓼𝓱𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓲𝓼𝓽𝓪 𝓘𝓬𝓸𝓷 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓜𝓸𝓭𝓮𝓵 𝓜𝓮𝓶𝓫𝓮𝓻 𝓸𝓯 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓬𝓸𝓶𝓶𝓾𝓷𝓲𝓽𝔂, 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓼𝓸 𝓲𝓽 𝓲𝓼 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱 𝓰𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓽 𝓹𝓻𝓲𝓭𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝔀𝓮 𝓪𝓷𝓷𝓸𝓾𝓷𝓬𝓮 𝓡𝓮𝓬𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓬𝓱𝓮 𝓪𝓼 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓷𝓮𝔀𝓮𝓼𝓽 𝓶𝓮𝓶𝓫𝓮𝓻 𝓸𝓯 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓜𝓛𝓟 𝓕𝓸𝓻𝓾𝓶𝓼 𝓢𝓮𝓬𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓪𝓵 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓯𝓯 𝓽𝓮𝓪𝓶! 𝓗𝓲𝓼 𝓷𝓮𝔀 𝓻𝓸𝓵𝓮 𝔀𝓲𝓵𝓵 𝓼𝓮𝓮 𝓱𝓲𝓶 𝓽𝓪𝓬𝓴𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓵𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓼 𝓑𝓮𝔂𝓸𝓷𝓭 𝓔𝓺𝓾𝓮𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓲𝓪, 𝓼𝓹𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓭𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓔𝓵𝓮𝓶𝓮𝓷𝓽 𝓸𝓯 𝓖𝓮𝓷𝓮𝓻𝓸𝓼𝓲𝓽𝔂 𝓯𝓪𝓻 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝔀𝓲𝓭𝓮 (𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓱𝓸𝓹𝓮𝓯𝓾𝓵𝓵𝔂 𝓽𝓮𝓪𝓬𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓽𝓱𝓸𝓼𝓮 𝓰𝓪𝓾𝓬𝓱𝓮 𝓽𝓻𝓸𝓵𝓵𝓼 𝓪 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓸𝓻 𝓽𝔀𝓸 𝓪𝓫𝓸𝓾𝓽 𝓯𝓪𝓼𝓱𝓲𝓸𝓷! ) 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝔀𝓲𝓵𝓵 𝓪𝓼𝓼𝓲𝓼𝓽 𝓲𝓷 𝓴𝓮𝓮𝓹𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓬𝓸𝓶𝓶𝓾𝓷𝓲𝓽𝔂 𝓪 𝓼𝓹𝓪𝓻𝓴𝓵𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓰𝓮𝓶 𝓸𝓯 𝓕𝓻𝓲𝓮𝓷𝓭𝓼𝓱𝓲𝓹 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓕𝓪𝓫𝓾𝓵𝓸𝓼𝓲𝓽𝔂~! 𝓐𝓷𝓭 𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓷... 𝓱𝓮 𝔀𝓲𝓵𝓵 𝓱𝓮𝓵𝓹 𝓹𝓾𝓼𝓱 𝓒𝓪𝓻𝓸𝓾𝓼𝓮𝓵 𝓑𝓸𝓾𝓽𝓲𝓺𝓾𝓮 𝓽𝓸 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓽𝓸𝓹 𝓸𝓯 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓕𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓸𝓶 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓑𝓔𝓨𝓞𝓝𝓓!! -- Possible takeovers aside; Welcome to the Team, Recherche! Much kudos to you for volunteering your time. I have every faith that you'll do the community proud.
  5. "And so the Warrior of Ash rises from her tomb to find the forums in need of some guidance. Beset with her trusty glasses, keen know-how, and experiences in Lodran & Lothric (she can't seem to recall Drangleic too well, huh...), she now seeks to do what she can to bring about peace and order...or maybe cause more mayhem for admin, who knows?" Okay, Dark Souls silliness aside, I would like to take this time to announce the arrival of a new staffer to our ranks; @Sunset Rose! A person of great quality with a keen eye, wonderful temperament, and mature mindset, she will be joining the team of Beyond Equestria; which will include the dark dungeons of the Debate Pit! Much kudos to her for volunteering. As such, as there isn't much else to add, please do welcome her as she will be a much appreciated addition to our ranks of sectional mods.
  6. Eloquence

    Staff Oh?

    An egg wiggles, cracks forming in its shell, ready to hatch. The egg opens, and out pops a lovely vulpix! This sweet and warm-hearted creature would bring a smile to anyone’s face, and her six fabulous tails are indicators of her wisdom. With time and training, she’s sure to become a strong, wise, majestic ninetails one day. Obviously such a great pokemon deserves a spot on the MLPForums team, but first she’ll need a nickname. Looking at her, somehow @Stardust* seems like a perfect fit. Stardust* is joining the MLPF staff as a sectional for RolePlay world. Please give her a warm welcome!
  7. Is it only possible to do during certain times such as this thread in March, or can applications for moderator be sent inbetween times like that too?
  8. Look..... this is going to be very hard for me to post. I know the risks of doing so.... but it has to be done. I've felt so guilty all this time and hoped that this might have been resolved quietly without any drama like last time.... like last October.... ironic.. heh... I know there will be a lot of anger with all of this, but I ask people to try to react to this in the most responsible way possible. You all have the right to be angry and outraged, but please, do not let it overtake your behavior here, as we don't want to give the forum staff any extra job of having to do cleanups. I have talked with @PiratePony about this and told him of what I was about to do, I have talked with other members of staff, because I did not want to wade in blind nor did I want them to be taken by surprise when I posted this. They deserve to know my full intentions here.... To give a bit of a context, I was once a Global Moderator on this site (before that I was a Sectional staff member), I worked with the staff on most every matter that I could be working on here on the forums. However, there was one other who also used to do that. His name was Matey, @PiratePony. He was one of the greatest staff members to have ever worked within the forums, having been the treasurer of Poniverse as well at one point. Everything he did, it was so just and he was very understanding with everybody, very engaging and he went by the book..... and for that.... he was terminated within the staff.... See, dramatic things have happened within the staff. This took place back in April. But if I had to think harder about it, this actually took place a bit before that even, when the head of Poniverse, @AppleDashPoni came up with the idea of implementing an NSWF section here on the forums. This was rejected hard by most of us on forum staff, but none were as hard opposed to it as Pirate was.... and I think that is what drew him the ire of @AppleDashPoni. The conversation was not a pleasant one, AppleDash did not seem to understand that we worked as a team and that we reached common agreement before taking an action on something. We did discuss his wish, but in the end, we declined it. Let us now fast forward over to April (even though I did not mention any date previously for the NSFW discussion). Pirate was informing us of the possibilities that we might have in regards to the possible change of leadership. Nothing out of the ordinary, this was information that we should have all been aware about... he was telling us this (and just to be clear, this all took place on Skype)... and then the dreadful message of [5.4.2017 20:01:32] *** Blackjack removed PiratePony from this conversation. *** happened..... this was..... everyone in staff (at least moderators and administrators) reacted negatively to this. And I can safely say here now that no one accepted what AppleDash did and we all protested this harshly. AppleDash had taken the authority to fire Pirate, a Global Moderator, on his own volition without consulting anyone about it, not even the forum's administration. Look..... I am now going to provide you with the log with both the discussion we had about it and the log which @AppleDashPoni himself provided as "evidence" of Pirate "personally attacking" him and "working against the corporation's leadership". Look, when I provide you with the logs of the discussion we had within staff (Global Moderators and Administrators), you will see that some names will be presented as "Anonymous 1" or "Anonymous 2". Those are people who have either requested that their name not be shown or are people I have not been able to contact, so I will show them the dignity and respect for their privacy to not publicize their names. However, the names that will appear there are of mine and AppleDash and of those who have agreed to allow me to show their name. I respect the privacy of people of not wanting to get dragged into some drama, but here come the logs of the conversation we had, though be warned, there will be missing context as I in the end leave the chat, but I have heard that the chat went on, though it was very unfruitful.... I have colored some of the names just to make it a bit easier to keep up with the conversation, on who is saying what. And when there is no space between lines, that would mean that someone is being quoated, for instance when it appears I am saying "And personal attacks, baiting, working against the corporation's leadershipFrom the example you provided, that is false. " this is actually me quoting AppleDash until it reaches "From the..." which is my reply to the quote of his words. Be aware that me editing the "anonymous" parts and putting color to names is the only edit I do. Everything else is completely untouched and raw. Also, another thing to be aware of, AppleDash is actually Blackjack on Skype. That is (or was) his username at least. If you are busy in any way, I suggest you keep this window open still as this might get removed, even though I have talked with the people who would have the biggest say here on the forums and I am in full right to write this. The log: Now, you have read the log of the conversation we all had and you can see it is all hostile. Usually we do not get so hostile, but Pirate's firing came as great shock to us all and it was too much of a surprise, it was just so surreal. To make matters worse, AppleDash did not really want to talk to us or even converse with us as a team, but rather talk to every single one of us "privately". We did not trust that, so we had the discussion within the group chat on Skype anyways because there was no way we were going to trust him with private chats. Better to keep things as transparent as possible. Here is the log that @AppleDashPoni himself provided as "evidence" of Pirate personally attacking him and working against the leadership. I will post it in the form of the link he himself provided as when I copy and paste it over here, it just becomes really messy. Now you basically have full context of what has happened. I just want to say.... I did not expect things to go as they went.... You will ask: "Why? Why now? Why are you bringing this up now of all times and not immediately when it happened?". To be honest.... I thought this might have gotten resolved within staff. I thought that my resignation (and I was expecting more to resign) might put more pressure on AppleDash's leadership and that Pirate would get reinstated.... but... nothing has happened. AppleDash is still the head of Poniverse and PiratePony is still no longer a member of staff. He has not even been apologized to. The people I worked with.... they tried the best they could..... but they were unable to succeed. So things now fall upon the forums as a whole on what type of action they want taken here. I am not trying to start some populist outrage here, but I am doing what I consider to be the right thing to do. People deserve to know about this. Considering that such a gross violation and misconduct of power has been allowed to prevail, the people of Poniverse deserve to know who is leading them. Now.... I intend to lock this commenting section of this blog if I can. Now you will ask why I would do so... because last time, last October when things blew over, when threads were made detailing everything that had happened.... people did not react in the best way in the thread and the anger only grew in those threads with people letting emotion taking more and more over to the point that the staff had to start hiding posts and even hide the thread as it was just so divisive. This is why I ask you, though you can be outraged, to not violate the terms of services of this site.... we all know the rules folks... even if some of our officials and leaders may not.... This might also just be the (former) staffer in me speaking out, trying to conduct public management and trying to contain spread of chaos and... well... you already know guys, heh.... old habits die hard I guess... To summarize this up, Pirate was unjustly fired due to selfish reasons and the current management of Poniverse, or rather, it's current leadership, has shown itself to be untrustworthy and corrupt. Forgive me for using such strong words.... I have tried to stay as neutral in posting this whole thing.... but I think my own thoughts about this whole matter are valid as well. However, @PiratePony If there is anything you wish to say upon this whole matter, I would be happy to unlock the commenting section just for you or to somehow highlight your thoughts upon this whole matter. We are all here for you man.... whether we are just public members or actual members of staff. Btw if I am not able to lock the commenting section here, I ask people to please refrain from commenting here as to keep this clean as possible. Even if this whole thing I am doing here might end up doing nothing, people deserve to be informed. I invite all people who were involved in this matter, please, if you have anything more to add to this, please do so. Don't shoot the messenger folks Jonas out!
  9. Everyone evacuate! We got a nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl! Again! You wonder if they even learned from the last time... Also, watch out for the lightning. Yeah, I may have forgotten to warn you that there is a thunderstorm too. Take it from the resident staff Changeling, don't roll in lightning. I wouldn't recommend it. @Pripyat Pony and @Lightning Roller are going to put on their rubber Hazmat suits and trudge through the RP World as Sectional Staff members. Welcome to the team!
  10. It's about time we knuckle down with some outstanding staff announcements; so expect a few posts in short intervals! To begin with; we are continuing with our goal of filling up the remaining vacant Team Lead positions on the Mod team, and so now turn our attention to Roleplay World! I'm very happy to announce that our Master of Chaos himself, @Randimaxis, has kindly agreed to take up the reigns of this Section. Randi has been nothing short of a wonderful boon to this team ever since joining us almost 2 years ago, with his uniquely gifted personality and incredible fortitude against even the toughest of times being an inspiration not just across the staff, but for the whole forum as well. I know that with his long and studied experiences into Roleplay (including rumours of Chaotical proportions one April Fools Day ), that there is no better person for the job. Best of luck to you Randi! -- He won't be alone however, because what's a Sheriff without his Deputy? And what better deputy would you rather have than your own personal Changeling? @Derplight Sperkle has been our honorary Changeling representative for some time now, proving once and for all that MLP Forums is an equal-opportunities employer. He's also a heck of a Roleplay enthusiast and Staff Sectional, and so its with a lot of pride that we now whip out the purple paint and announce Sperkle as the newest Global Moderator, presiding over Roleplay World. While his duties will now extend to across the entire forum, his primary focus will remain with assisting Randi through the exciting changes soon to come to the Roleplay section. (Or maybe he'll just change into Randi and stage a secret takeover... ) Best of Luck, Derplight! -- Alright! That's all for this post, but there are still more announcements to come very soon; so keep your eyes peeled!
  11. Dark Horse

    staff Ships?

    Those of you who felt content in the knowledge that you were safe from love and that your own ship would never sail, I'm afraid I have some wonderful bad news... For after many moons of faithfully (and for the longest time; single-handedly) serving the Canterlot section with his trusty cupid bow and assuring everyone that "Shhh, it's fine.", @Lightwing has agreed to make his position as resident overlord a bit more official and step into the shoes of Team Lead of Canterlot. Seeing as how that includes lording over the Welcoming Plaza, this essentially means that passing a ship exam is now mandatory towards your accessibility of the forum. Don't worry though; the questions are painstakingly easy: What is best ship? Answer: *(After Jeric x Button's Mom) -- Best of luck Lightwing!
  12. There was a lone unicorn by the name of Frozen wandering the winter landscape while a blizzard blasted. When he came across a group of ponies that appeared to be lost, he knew that he had to help. Knowing the area like the back of his hoof, he led them to safety and shelter from the brutal storm! The group of wandering ponies then took him in and train him to be one of their own... Enter Frozen the unicorn! MLP Forums welcomes @Frozen The Unicorn to the Beyond Equestria section as its new sectional. Frozen has exhibited much confidence and desire to learn with his training and we feel that he is ready to start. Welcome aboard!
  13. Ever since the times of old, we shippers have been a proud race. Passing our ancestral knowledge from generation to generation, we have stood strong against any threat, no matter how strong or powerful it was. From the holy capital of Canterlot, we have protected both the forums and the ships, and we have never relented from that. That said, I have been alone for far too long. But there is one person, one person that has proven to me that has the capabilities to be a shipper, and after putting him through many trials, he has proven to be the person I wanted to make my acolyte. But why am I making you wait? @Totally Lyra, present yourself! He makes me so proud ;') Totally Lyra will be our newest addition to the staff team. He has shown to be what Canterlot needed for so long, and now he will have the difficult yet rewarding position of being a sectional staff member. I'm pretty sure that you have interacted with Lyra before, as he has shown to be a friendly, active and helpful member of our community, and he will for sure continue to be so and give us a forum that everyone can be proud to be part of.
  14. Dark Horse

    staff Magic: The Glaciering

    A cool breeze creeps through the night, a frosty chill in the air, the temperatures drop to near freezing. It signals the approaching storm; a glacial wind that gusts through the forum, unassailable in its quest to freeze the paths of those who would do us harm. These are the winds of the (sort of) North, and their presence heralds the appearance of a single card: I SUMMON THEE NOW: GLACIES FROST! Indeed, @Glacies Frost is the newest member to join the ranks of the MLP: FiM Sectional team! A cool and chillaxed individual, Glacies has displayed to us his exceptional understanding of FiM and demonstrated a calm and collected demeanor to moderation that means he now takes responsibility of protecting what is arguably MLP Forums' most important section, and I have no doubt that his talents and personality will be of huge benefit to the team both within and beyond his role! And if you ever have need of some effective Crowd Control spells, well, look no further! (I really have no clue whatsoever how Magic is played..) Congratulations Glacies! I know that you'll do FiM proud as a place for all to enjoy. (With thanks to @VengefulStrudel for throwing together the card art!)
  15. Fhaolan

    staff Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    And I say again: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! What? A new Batpony has joined staff here at MLPForums, and I wanted to greet her in their native language. (Remind me to show you my lone published MLP story, Miss Reaper, it’s all about my interpretation of batpones.) In any case, @Miss Reaper will be joining us over at RolePlay World as a Sectional. Good luck to her!
  16. Fhaolan

    staff Hypn0ticD is back!

    Pleased to announce that Hypn0ticD is back from her leave of absence to patrol the RolePlay World again! Yay! Oh, and don't mind the dust, Hypn0... we're still trying to fix things, I swear..
  17. Yay! I am pleased to announce @@Shadow Beam has joined MLPF staff as a Sectional for Octavia's Hall. Especially as this puts another vote in for Luna being best pony. Good luck Shadow!
  18. there is a lot of stuff we want happen in that show about horses and we all have our reasons we think it should. A lot are ridiculous but others you can fairly say is reasonable and some can even backed up by the show for its reasoning. But even with all that , you still don't truely see it happening in the show. Here are some of my unlikely likely things I see in the show. : #1.Rainbowdash gets so pissed at Fluttershy she swears and calls her names. Its easy to think Rainbowdash would but I can't see Rainbow's character being that verbally aggressive. I might have expected that from an early Rainbowdash, but these days, I don't expect her to say "for pony sake Fluttershy, do have to be such a scaredy-cat!" #2.Fluttershy punching Pinkiepie (or at least some kind of tusle) I not sure if I'm the only one who noticed this but there is some real tension between those two. No, really. watch any scene with those two interacting. More times than not there's some form of conflict. these two have conflicting personalities -- not contracting, not parallel -- these two personalities do not mix (like a hippy and gun enthusiast /hunter). I'm not saying they don't get along, they obviously do.Their both nice and are very friendly, its just their way of life often conflict and Pinkie to provoke. The first and only time Fluttershy ever confronted Pinkiepie was in "Putting your hoof down". TBBBAP ,reviewers, made a great point about how Fluttershy words were her own and no one told her to say that. Which means that's how she really felt about Pinkiepie. It would be nice to see these two get in a heated argument, but I doubt it will happen. #3. blood Or at least proof of its existence in the show (or are they truely made of marshmallow). I'm not asking for spewing guts or anything just a scare , a cut , wound of any kind , something more to han a bandage and a few scuff marks. just a small dip would be enough. I don't want any pony to get hurt I just would like to at least mention it. I know its far fetched to ever expect blood or any serous injury in a children show at all, but come on. But to be fair there really is no need for blood to ever be in My Little Pony , so my argument kinda ends right there. so what are some of your unlikely likely things you thought up for MLP?
  19. Yellow Diamond

    Staff Time for a tea party!

    Sorry, coffee lovers, but you're going to have to put down your mugs for just a moment, because there's a new addition to announce! Tealeaf has been on the forums for less than a year, but already she's made quite the impression. Tealeaf will thus bring her spirit and talents to our staff by overlooking Octavia's Hall. I'm confident our community of budding artists will benefit from her thoughtfulness, kindness, and creativity. Plus, we'll be sharing virtual cubicles down near commissions! So grab a cup and get the water brewing. You can even bring a pinch of lemon, if you'd like. Just make sure to gather round to congratulate the newest member of our team. Welcome aboard, Tealeaf!
  20. Dark Horse

    Staff Hey! Listen!

    “Time passes, people move. Like a river’s flow, it never ends. A childish mind will turn to noble ambition. The clear water’s surface reflects your growth. Now listen to the Serenade of water to reflect upon yourself” HEY! LISTEN! Today another noble warrior steps forward to join us among the ranks of MLP Forums and assist in our ever timeless battle against the forces who would do our home harm. This young warrior, often known to us as Malloy, has displayed to us his considerable enthusiasm, understanding and compassion for these forums and the community that dwells within, and with this strong display of spirit he now leaps headfirst into the depths of the Everfree Forest to serve as guardian of the lands of Beyond Equestria. HEY! LISTEN! He joins what has been a rapidly growing group of amazing individuals these past couple of months, but having got the chance to know him a bit more personally, I have every faith within me that Malloy (or Amimor, as he currently goes by ) will bring his own unique perspective and personality to the team that will make him a fine Sectional moderator and asset to the section as a whole. HEY! LISTEN! I thoroughly look forward to working alongside you, Malloy, and wish you all the best with your new role. HEY! LI-- Dammit Navi shurrup!! "Fly Malloy, Fly. The fate of the Everfree forest nay the world depends upon thee"
  21. Dark Horse

    Staff A Kirin among us.

    In a land were peace and friendship reigns supreme, it signals the appearance of a creature both rare and graceful, with whom heralds a time of great prosperity to the world of which it dwells. Kirins (Chinese: 麒麟 Qilin) are typically seen as symbols of justice and wisdom, striving to protect the peace of those with pure hearts while maintaining a demeanor of calmness, understanding and swiftness in their actions. All these are traits we have witnessed in our very own @Lady Kiriness, who has displayed her kindness, compassion and enthusiasm towards these forums and its members time and time again, and whom shows to us that she is more than just a Kirin by name, but also in spirit. But now Kiriness will take that enthusiasm and wisdom to the next level by joining us here on MLP Forums as the newest Sectional of the Beyond Equestria team. She will place her careful watch over MLP Forums' busiest section and work to ensure the stability and fairness within. Perhaps even tame the dark beasts of Tartarus Debate Pit itself! Congratulations Kiri. I have every faith in your ability to be a tremendous asset to the section and staff team as a whole. Best of luck in your new role.
  22. ATTENTION! PONIVERSE NEWSLETTER NOW HIRING!!! Good evening everypony! First of all, for all you American bronies, we at Poniverse hope ya'll had a very Happy Thanksgiving with friends or family! Here's hoping your bellies are stuffed, belts loosened, and that you are well into a food coma (if not your second or third). That out of the way, we've got some exciting news for ya'll here at Poniverse! The Poniverse newsletter staff is, as of this moment, currently hiring new staff members. While I have no details as to what positions exactly are open, nor do I have an application to link you to, feel free right now to contact 11th Doctor Whooves via PM if you have any questions about what positions are open, what staff responsibilities would be, how you can apply and/or qualify for a position, etc. Once I have an application to link you to as well, I promise that I will post that as soon as I can. Thank you all for your time, and have a nice evening and rest of your Thanksgiving everypony! We hope to see many of you apply to join our staff and are sure that you all may have some really great things to contribute to Poniverse, so please, don't be afraid to apply!
  23. We hit $2225! Let’s have another fun time vote thing. For this weekend, you can vote one of your beloved, cherished, sweet, kind and caring Poniverse staff or MLP moderators and sectional staff to be BANNED FROM MLP FORUMS FOR ONE WEEK! Bwahahahahah sweet sweet freedom! The vote will begin tomorrow, Friday at 9AM EST and last until Monday at 9AM EST. I’m getting together the list of staffers willing to volunteer as we speak. So stay tuned. Btw the way, I was told this earlier ”Mentis Soliloquy || Emerald Bolt I'd never get voted off” I wonder who I'll be voting for....
  24. It is regrettable that we must announce that Simon has stepped down from his position of Chair of Poniverse, as well as other aspects of Poniverse completely. Nervous Stitch has also resigned as Head of Public Relations and her other staff duties at Poniverse. They are both wished well in their future endeavors. We're taking the opportunity to announce that @@AppleDashPoni (or Blackjack as he is sometimes known) will take over the Chair position. He has been working on the Poniverse development and sysadmin team, lending his talents to PoniArcade as well as general technical support, and now will be overseeing the co-ordination of all the various Poniverse projects as the Chair of Poniverse. We are very excited to welcome you to the team. Good luck, AppleDash, you’ll need it. Ponies are stubborn little beasties, and tend to panic easily.
  25. Fresh Nonsense

    Staff Toast and Tea

    A majority of the members on MLP Forums are from the United States. Therefore when we have moderators from time zones other than the four here in the states, it’s a great boon. When they’re confident and competent, it’s even better. Since joining the staff, @ has been one of the coolest guys to join the moderation ranks. Funny, kind, able and easy going, Dark Horse has spread his Irish hospitality among the forums. So, he’s an awesome dude. Why the announcement? He’s taking up the helm of Team Lead of Beyond Equestria. MLP Forums largest section, and has the most eclectic mix of sections. Having the Debate Pit and the Forum Lounge, the BE team lead has to be organized and flexible, but not too serious, and we’ve found just that. See wut I did thuur? The toast is organized. Lulz.