import 4.code.options;
import 4.code.about;

class Header{

public void title(){

String fullTitle = "/mlp/ - Pony";

public void menu();

public void board();

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public void refresh(a);

class Thread extends Board{
public void FimFictionthread-Nowwith7%moremoons(OP Anonymous){

String fullTitle = "FimFiction thread - Now with 7% more moons";
int postNumber = "32596240";
String image = "fimfictionlogoold.png";
String date = "07/03/18(Tue)19:40:27";
String comment = "ITT: old ponies, weird timelines and canon, more activity, another successful collaboration, relevant episodes, getting your fic rejected, AJ and family, audiobooks, even more Austraeoh, review collections, moons and apprentices, literally dead authors, little bits, eternal anons, good AUs, friendshipping map, lavender unicorns, very hihg ponies, booties and forelegs, yellow stars, Equestrian warfare, Equestrian economics, Estee, describing snow, Dolores Umbrage and long chapters

>FiMFiction Starter Kit (recommended fics):
List of nominees by category:

>How do I write fanfiction?
Ezn’s guide -
Politics and the English Language -
Vhatug's tips for anatomically correct clop -
Horse Behaviour -
Setting a story in motion - [YouTube] Beginnings - Setting a Story in Motion
Taking criticism - [YouTube] TAKING CRITICISM - Terrible Writing Advice

>Can you pre-read my story?
Post it on Google Docs with inline comments enabled and give us a link. Most will ignore it, but a few may take a look at it eventually.

>Reviews and riffs:

>Voiceguy's readings:

Last thread: >>32522353"

public void comments(){
if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596248 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)19:43:39")

Too early."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596269 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)19:49:42" && image=="pinkietthatpostmademesick.gif")

>sword of truth
jesus. I was looking for a new fantasy series around the time I hit eleventh grade and stumbled upon those. I read the first one, thought it was okay if a little blatantly the author's fap material what with the dominatrix rapist faction and the whole mud tribe making everyone get naked and mud wrestle for their spirit visions, but it was good enough for me to read the second.

Then there was an extended sequence where a group of crazy nuns have pretty graphic sex with a demon whose penis has sharp, vagina-tearing spikes all over it.

At that point, I decided I really didn't want to continue reading tepid action-adventure interspersed with the author's id dripping down his knuckles, so I dropped the series pretty hard before getting into the third book. I hear it gets thoroughly ludicrous later on, though, going full Ayn Rand and having the heroes slaughter evil pacifists for not having the strength of conviction to... be good selfish capitalists, or something. On the whole, considering the insane length of most of the books, I can't say I regret it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596286 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)19:53:52")

fixed links
>implying anyone ever watches these
Setting a story in motion -
Taking criticism -"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596301 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)19:58:32" && image=="rarityohwhy.png")

>Night's Favored Child
>Up in the Clouds, Down to Earth
>The Abyssal Forge
Remember the lost on the 4th.

Whatever happened to Prancypants, anyway? Did he literally die, or just leave the fandom hard?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596328 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)20:05:36")

>Did he literally die, or just leave the fandom hard
He had kids and a family, maybe he decided to focus on that instead.
>mfw his kids probably heard the rest of the Triskellion series as bedtime stories."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596457 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)20:45:08")

"Anybody got any good straight clop with a little drama in it? Sturgeon's law appears to be in full effect here, I'm finding nothing but garbo HiE and incest nonsense. Like, a little twilight/shining is fine, but it seems like that's 60% of all highly rated straight fics on the site.

I'm looking for something in the vein of Cadance in A Minor or the third fic in >>32596301"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596518 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)21:01:48")

Fimfiction is dead.
60% of new stories are faggots that should be killed.
20% are anthro shit
15% are bad crossovers (Dragonball Z or Sonic)
5% are written by people for whom English is a fourth language.

Old stories? Dead, authors ran off, because the show sucks now.

Site is almost as bad as faggotbooru now."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596555 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)21:07:18" && image=="Appul.png")

"Someone please fucking update the reviews, that 2016 shit looks depressing. I'd do it but I have no computer.
Not yet
Percentages have always been like that.
Authors move on, some are still here.
Yes and no."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596588 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)21:16:23")

Fuck I messed that up. You get the point."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596665 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)21:41:56")

your fandom is dying and I want you to stop being so happy about it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596809 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)22:22:41")

Well, we still have Shink and his band of merry madmen.


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596885 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)22:49:26" && image=="aujecterivephimosis.jpg")

Being happy or sad about doesn't make a difference. Shove a knife up your ribs for that missed get.

Anons please, does anyone have a good m6 story with good group interactions?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32596890 && dateTime=="07/03/18(Tue)22:51:29")

Twilight Velvet and Night Light."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32597613 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)03:32:31")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32597630 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)03:39:54")

How dare you?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32597820 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)05:19:07")

">The Moon's Apprentice has two >10k chapters consisting mostly of a dead character's memories
Wow, this is going to shit."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32597850 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)05:36:18" && image=="readingrainbowxd.jpg")

"Just made a FimFiction account. Let's get it™";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598134 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)09:23:05")

Wise anon. Although part of me wants to hate-read it just to see how crazy the Randian bullshit gets.

Welcome, friend, to the exciting new world of fandom-based fictional storytelling, or "fanfic," as the "kids" "today" call "it.""

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598166 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)09:49:37" && image=="Shot_024.png")

"30 chapters in to The Moon's Apprentice. Thought that I best summarize my opinions so far. Pic related isn't mine, but makes a good point.

The good:
>this being partly a rationalfic, there's a lot of scenes where one side has to outsmart another. When you throw the old "alicorns are basically gods" thing in to mix, it becomes a great read where shit often hits the fan hard. For example, there's numerous times where they have to play around Cadence's ability to sense love.
>it does an excellent job of making you feel sorry for Luna. They do the whole mentor thing really well
>the banter is fucking excellent. There's lots of jokes like a chageling being in a room with Cadence and being told to ignore the "Princess of Food" or Twilight joking about how she'd knight a pony just so that they could win 2v2 pillow fights against Cadence and Shining Armour
>the concepts are great, it delves in to questions like "how do you hide huge bursts of magic from Celestia?", "why are there only 3 alicorns?", "how do you get a spaceship to work with magic?", and "holy shit, just how overpowered are changelings?". This ties back in to the first point, Twilight is up against an OP as fuck world and has to win


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598180 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)09:58:38")

The bad:
>At some points, things deliberately don't make sense (IIRC chapters 7 and 8 aren't explained unitl chapter 9), which might make you drop the fic immediately
>some people will drop the fic as soon as they start discussing sex or as soon as Twilight starts building a fucking spaceship (chapter 5, I think). The latter is less of an asspull if your trigonometry is good enough to have seen it coming, but that's an issue in of itself.
>the fic has some questionable uses of time. For example, there's two >10k word chapters in the late twenties dedicated largely to looking at the memories of a dead character, which kills a lot of the story's momentum
>related to the previous point, this fic has the typical rationalfic problem of characters spending far too long thinking about things where shit has clearly hit the fan and they need to hurry the fuck up. In the chapters 20-30 range, it'll start to feel bloated.
>You'll sometimes have to reread bits before you totally get them. I've given up on making sense of some of these things, often because they happened like 30k words ago.
>Speaking of, the chapters get fucking long. It'll be something like, 10k words on average.
>some character interactions feel like a waste of time. As funny as they sometimes are, it's hard to care about how some of the characters relate to each other. Twinkleshine's interactions with Twilight come to mind, but it's a more general problem. You could cut a lot of the non-main plot related conversations between the shipmates and lose nothing.


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598184 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)10:00:09")

Overall, I'd say that the good outweighs the bad. But fuck me, you're going to spend a long time reading this one. I'm really just a sucker for the whole "you've been arrested by the police and they've sent God to interrogate you" deal that the fic's got going on. Hopefully the fic doesn't go to shit in the 11 or so chapters that I've got left. I can remember being on something like chapter 10 and wondering how they could possibly stetch this out for 30 more chapters, and the bloat of 20-30 is making me worry that I'm in for 10 chapters of painful bloat, rather than the entertainment that the fic has (mostly) managed to deliver so far."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598232 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)10:24:03")

As the anon in your screencap, that's a pretty good extended version of my review. I basically agree with everything you said."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598426 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)11:55:08")

>as soon as they start discussing sex
Why tho, I'd expect that from a mature rationalfic."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598429 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)11:55:32")

Good to hear it. The only thing that I'm really unsure on is that point that I made about how you could cut the non-main plot related conversations between the shipmates and lose very little."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598434 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)11:56:35")

Apparently some people don't. Admittedly, Twilight was pretty young when they first started talking about it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598542 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)12:35:20")

You lied to me. I expected a total edgefest, but the story actually starts decent and takes a nosedive around the fifth chapter and only turns into a shitshow with the last three chapters.
A shame, really."

if(carcinoGeneticist && title=="" && postNumber==32598548 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)12:36:59")

If you liked Clouds/Earth I'd suggest the other fics in that continuity if you haven't read them already.

Any other suggestions I might have, I've probably brought up dozens of times or are shameless self promotion."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598588 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)12:55:09")

You're not gonna like this, but Five Score has some nice straight scenes"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598596 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)12:57:59" && image=="tsusrs.png")


I liked this one."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598600 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)12:58:51")

Well, the first few paragraphs yes."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598605 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)13:00:10")

It's already tainted, Anon."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598757 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)13:44:03")

"Could someone remind me why, in Urohringr, Zaid is afraid of Prowse? I don't remember anything that would have brought that about. An example of what I'm talking about is every time Props is talking through the communication array, and either mentions Zaid or has Zaid talk to Prowse with her. Twice now Prowse tries to ask who's that and Props feigns static and cuts off the call.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598758 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)13:44:12" && image=="The Moon's Apprentice.jpg")

>>the banter is fucking excellent. There's lots of jokes like a chageling being in a room with Cadence and being told to ignore the "Princess of Food" or Twilight joking about how she'd knight a pony just so that they could win 2v2 pillow fights against Cadence and Shining Armour
Fuck me. I really should've screenshotted the "please lift whatever curse you've placed on Cadence" scene and used that as an example. Pic related."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598781 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)13:50:08")

Isn't it because of she has a crush on him and her uncle disapproves? I may be misremembering, but there are moments later on when that's brought up.
A shame really, I shipped her in a threesome with Floydien and the ship."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598840 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)14:07:21")

Oh yeah that must be it. I probably didn't pay enough attention to the subtext during the time they were together in the Tarkington.
Yeah I'm disappointed nothing came of it"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598844 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)14:08:24")

It's up to you to write East Horse Mature Version"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598869 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)14:13:47")

one orgasm a day!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32598946 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)14:30:48")

>Rainbow Dash must have one orgasm a day to keep Discord in check
>She's slowly making her way to the rave on the other side of the world where sex is so crazy she can finally purge the chaos out of her body
Fund it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599018 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)14:43:29")

Shit, that's a pretty genius parody! Somebody should write that. Probably not as a 12-book epic, but rather as a short story condensing the format, but using that exact premise."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599299 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)15:54:36" && image=="thestuffoflegends.png")

"this fucking site";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599328 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:01:18")

Just crispr yourself a magical horn, senpai"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599332 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:02:24" && image=="thelegendcontinues.png")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599336 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:03:27" && image=="themasterplan.png")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599413 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:26:00" && image=="1722317.png")

"Anons pls what's a good m6 fic.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599432 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:29:18" && image=="Really, nigga.png")

I love how this guy is sneaking a request into his comment."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599448 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:31:43" && image=="truebeliever.png")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599460 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:34:32" && image=="absolutemadman.png")

holy fuck

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599474 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:38:00")

No fucking way this is real."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599480 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:38:39")

What the FUCK
Did you ask him for that or did he just send it to you?
Given the "$500 wish spell" comment it seems like this guy is pretty gullible"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599483 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:39:46" && image=="Let him do it..png")

I say let him do it.
Why not?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599498 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:44:19")

huh regi is still alive? never would have guessed"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599510 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:46:38")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599531 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:51:21")

i'm hesitant to steal his money because even I'm not that much of a scumfuck
but should we send his pizza?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599539 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:52:58")


sent it to me completely unsolicited
he is a gem"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599542 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:54:10")

Just talk to him, see if he says anything interesting. Apparently he's pretty eager with the oversharing.

If you get his address I'm happy to pitch in a few bucks for a Dragon Dildo"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599546 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:55:34")

he sent me his address, yeah"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599554 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:56:37")

Whoa. So easy it's not even funny."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599561 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:57:52")

Operation Horse Vagina time
Do we just get one from BD or one of those Etsy ones or whatever everyone was raving about in the secret santa threads?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599562 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)16:57:56" && image=="cosmicbullkid.jpg")

i don't know it's pretty funny"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599590 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:07:47" && image=="large.jpg")

I don't think they've been selling those for a couple of years, sadly"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599613 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:14:10" && image=="320F442B-FF25-4F8B-BEC2-462510A47A88.jpg")

>the rarity one is the biggest
Holy fvck"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599615 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:15:23")

I'm not exactly a drawfag, but pretty sure that's just perspective"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599618 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:16:18")

Stop crushing my memes anon"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599623 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:18:23" && image=="injured.jpg")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599628 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:20:42")

Do you mean BD stopped or the artisan on Etsy stopped?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599631 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:21:30")

They still sell both Sugar Star and Mary."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599634 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:21:53" && image=="1880A4FC-35EF-4386-88A8-38725BFAB1A4.jpg")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599651 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:26:37" && image=="wrongNeighborhoodTS.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599687 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:40:19")

Don't steal, anon."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599703 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:45:18" && image=="891AD522-DF11-40A1-AF4B-F87F2F6EDCBC.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599709 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:47:36" && image=="Place.png")

Yurofag here, but isn't this the middle of nowhere? Do they even have pizzas there?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599710 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:47:50")

Fuck's sake, anon"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599720 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:51:03")

>isn't this the middle of nowhere?
>Do they even have pizzas there?
Very likely. I lived in a town half that size and the pizza place would deliver as long as you weren't too far outside the city limits."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599724 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:51:43")

Probably, yeah.
Is he a kid or just mentally challenged? Either way don't be too harsh, poor fucker."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599727 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:52:20" && image=="Odds aren't too bad.png")

I'm having fun roaming around in street view, trying to find an actual horse"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599738 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:57:23" && image=="1530741140499.png")

Found one for you"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599739 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)17:57:47")

>Is he a kid or just mentally challenged? Either way don't be too harsh, poor fucker.
His blog ( has some really ... creative stuff.

Even if he was a kid when he joined Fimfic in 2014, he should be more or less an adult now. That plus asking for cash for the most transparently fake idea and casually posting a bank statement, he seems like he legitimately has mental problems."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599748 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:00:22" && image=="298.jpg")

So you're horsing around?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599753 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:01:42" && image=="stareOfAbsoluteNope.png")

I'm revoking your Carlos privileges"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599768 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:05:12")

Season 8."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599769 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:05:35" && image=="299.jpg")

No need to get so whinny."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599773 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:06:24" && image=="jadedSombraSketch.png")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599778 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:08:56")

He said good, Anon."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599823 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:23:42" && image=="F493EF63-8A7A-408F-A0CD-E37F828CF2C6-1.png")

Having seen the posts on his Patreon page, I don't think that he's a scammer, I think that he's a genuine fool."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599833 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:25:23")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599837 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:26:19")

It's his own fucking screenshot. Look at the Patreon."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599838 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:26:26")

Oh wait HE posted that screenshot. Wtf tho."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599844 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:28:12")


Holy shit, I live near this guy.

Not "pop over to his house for a quick visit" close, but like, a couple hours away. Reg, tell us if he turns into a horse, I volunteer to go verify."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599853 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:31:02")


Are you gonna do it, anon?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599866 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:35:33" && image=="full.jpg")

Should we send him noose portal pics? He might actually do it. Tell the fucker to stream it so that we know when to cast the spell to open the portal."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599894 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:43:15")

That might be a step too far anon"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599901 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:44:13")

Yeah, of course, I'm only joking. We're a community of love and tolerance."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599915 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:47:01")

"this thread is going places.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32599927 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)18:48:55")

Once we've had our fun, you can do whatever you want."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32600034 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)19:12:54" && image=="file.png")

Sending someone what's essentially a very slightly more elaborate "kys" is the worst mix of edgy and low-effort. If you're going to fuck with someone, try to be creative.
Also, if this guy is sincere he's a real dumb fuck, so who knows what he may do.

Congratulations on making the honour roll, Isaac!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32600098 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)19:38:22")

This is way too easy.
My money is still on this all being a ruse, because I can't believe someone would be this careless with their personal information. Either way, it's not like whoever lives at this address is going to take much harm from some pizza and some Mormons."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32600181 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)20:06:47")

>Full name, email, date of birth, eye colour
because why the fuck not"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32600310 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)20:56:48")

"Shink-anon, apparently our local madman has updated AAG, 7DSJ, AND posted a whole new story unrelated to anything else.

You have work to do!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32600322 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)21:03:42")

Already on it, my dude. Was gonna wait until I finished writing the second part of this post, but whatever.

>aag: tbs, chapter 13
This is some bullshit about a painting. I guess DJ's a noble now, so she's supposed to have an "official portrait" painted of herself and her family. Very important tradition or something.

DJ, being a disagreeable person in general, refuses to have the portrait done. But then she gets a lecture from Twilight about how she should go along with it for Luna's sake. See, Luna wants a portrait of herself with Robin and Sterling, but nopony is willing to do it. Yeah, that's right, EVERY SINGLE PAINTER IN ALL OF EQUESTRIA is too racist to do a painting for the goddamn princess herself. (Twilight had a similar problem trying to get them to paint Spike. After five years, Celestia eventually had to commission a griffon to do it.) Anyway, for some reason there's no problem getting them to paint DJ and family, and Twilight hopes it will help EVERY PAINTER IN EQUESTRIA get over their inexplicable deep-seated racism.

Rarity, whose personality has recently been purged of all nuance, decides to interfere. She hires some jackass named Body Color to paint DJ's family. This guy once painted Elusive's family, years ago, and in doing so revealed himself to be both extremely racist (hates mudponies) and a fucking moron (called his client's wife a mudpony gold-digger to her face).

Meanwhile, DJ says to hell with all this painting business, and gets her photographer friend (Pia) to agree to do the portrait instead. Bootleg Chatoyance finds out, and tells Rarity. Somehow, Chatoyance has discovered the photographer's name, exact age, and the name of her hometown, but missed the fact that she's a fucking pony. This is obviously setup for Rarity to flip her shit when she finds out that yet another pony has married a human. Which will happen in the very next chapter, by the way, because Rarity literally cannot stop interfering with DJ's life."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32600337 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)21:10:03")

>aag: tbs
I'll never not read this as "All-American Girl: Total Bullshit"."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32600417 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)21:37:37")

"Here's the rest of it

I wanna complain about Rarity some more. I think the author's been spending so much time on other projects that he's forgotten how to write her for AAG. Now, AAG-Rarity's actions have never been especially well-motivated even in her own POV chapters, the ones specifically dedicated to laying out her motivations and justifying her actions but today's chapter was especially bad.

My understanding of how AAG Rarity operates is about like this. She loves Sandalwood (DJ) and wants her to be happy, successful, etc, like any good mother would do. But she disagrees with essentially all of DJ's life decisions and is frustrated that DJ insists on ignoring Rarity's valuable advice to her own detriment. The conflict between the two comes from Rarity trying to force DJ into making "better" decisions (by Rarity's own standards) whether DJ herself wants to or not.

That's how it stood at the start of AAG. Then, at the end of Book 1, Rarity and DJ finally had their little chat you know, the one that was set up at the end of chapter 2, roughly 300,000 words ago. The outcome there, as I recall, was essentially that Rarity's desire to see her grandchildren literally ever outweighed her frustration with watching DJ's self-destructive behavior note DJ is not self-destructing in the slightest, this is just part of AAG-Rarity's all-consuming delusion. So Rarity decided to back off a bit on her attempts to "fix" DJ's life, and DJ decided not to cut off all contact."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32600423 && dateTime=="07/04/18(Wed)21:38:07")

Now we come to today's chapter, in which Rarity has inexplicably regressed. She's completely forgotten that she agreed to stop interfering with DJ's life (or at least slow it down a bit), and takes it upon herself to choose a painter for DJ's portrait, and then to set up a meeting with DJ's chosen photographer, all without DJ's agreement and without even informing her. But, worse, it seems that Rarity has gone from deeply misguided meddling to outright malice targeted at DJ. Her chosen painter is someone she knows will cause trouble with DJ (Rarity previously had to deal with this guy's misbehavior toward Elusive's wife) and, as Elusive speculates, was likely chosen for exactly that reason. And when Elusive confronts her, Rarity absolutely refuses to back down or compromise. In fact, she won't even speak DJ's name - she calls her "that human" (and "boorish, obstinate harridelle") and insists that this is all for the good of her "grandfoals".

I was hoping, after the meeting at the end of Book 1, that we'd be seeing less obnoxious, inexplicable behavior coming from Rarity. But instead we get the opposite, with all nuances of Rarity's motivations forgotten in favor of making her a pure antagonist to anything DJ does."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32601016 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)00:54:28" && image=="Spoiler Image")

"East horse but with Trixie.

I haven't read it yet but since it's about Dash travelling I assume it has scenes like this."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32601077 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)01:26:07")

Yeah, about a third of Austraeoh is just travelling and scenery."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32601508 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)05:09:48" && image=="Spoiler Image")

Oh, then East Horse, but with Scootaloo!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32601566 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)05:55:51")

>describing snow

Please tell me there aren’t fimfic writers who do this. Please."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32601568 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)05:56:50")

So Shink has some real mommy issues, right?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32601641 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)06:47:17")

What the fuck am I reading?

No seriously, context?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32601647 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)06:50:41")

You're reading about All American Girl, newfriend."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32601982 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)10:06:53" && image=="Equestria has the bomb.jpg")

>Equestria is part of NATO
Jesus fucking Christ"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32601997 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)10:13:46")

>When you search stories by Wordcount and find the first 3 pages filled with stories you've already read or discarded

Oh for something long and interesting to read... finished The Chase, shelved Diary of a Madman midway through because it got annoying... need more super long well written fanfics."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32601999 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)10:14:46")

>super long well written fanfics.
I wonder, try this? >>32598166"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32602110 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)11:09:05")


Aged twi/spike but a bit weird:

Luna/Mac but not much clop:"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32602174 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)11:32:15")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32602181 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)11:36:32")

Eh, size issues. Mac is pretty huge, afterall. And he'd actually be able to mount Luna comfortably."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32602193 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)11:42:05")

">need to apply for graduate jobs
>wanting to read fics
Life is suffering."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32602213 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)11:48:13")

How much drama is in that LunaMac story, because it sounds like a lot."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32602298 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)12:22:48")

>not dropping out of college to mainline heroin and write horse smut 24/7
You did it to yourself anon"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32602687 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)14:30:21" && image=="Po6ZZ.png")

Meh, it was worth it just so that I could get the half of the jokes in the rationalfics."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32602959 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:00:36")

"Huge TMA spoilers:
>Celestia teleported unicorn bane in to Twilight's stomach right after she ascended
This is fucking genius."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603033 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:23:47")

alright hold the fuck up anon, are all those pros as good as you're making them sound? I know nothing about this but I'm tempted to read it just based on your pros and cons"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603062 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:31:10")

I've not exactly been making notes as I've went along, but I assure you that I was at least trying to be honest. You'd be better off asking someone else here who has read the fic, although I fear that they might be very few in number (like, literally 1)."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603066 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:31:58")

"Wth is rationalfic? I've seen the term thrown around so much but I don't get it.

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603070 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:33:20" && image=="MethodsofRationality_Yudkowsky.jpg")

Congratulations anon! You're about to trigger the next of our bi-yearly discussions on LessWrong!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603072 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:33:24")

I believe it's a fic that attempts to get the in-universe mechanics (i.e. magic) down to a science. Give it rules, have characters do some research into exactly how it works, and make it consistent.

Pretty sure the term originated with Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603079 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:34:48" && image=="itsShit.png")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603098 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:41:01" && image=="cuzigottareallybigcock.png")

Thanks! That sounds interesting if written well, maybe with an anon who studies some STEM shit or at least has a standworthy grasp of the sciences, an advanced high schooler lol.
You anons need to listen to some based shit, because you niggers are not."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603105 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:42:24")

To my knowledge, in spirit it's "characters must behave rationally" but in practice it's "characters are clearly written by a person with a heavy interest in STEM and will likely make explicit references to utility functions and Bayes' theorem"."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603106 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:42:25")

Wow that's the cheapest piano I've ever heard. Get yourself some actual classical composers."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603117 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:46:04")

If you want a dump on HPMOR, I can probably provide it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603126 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:47:37")

aphex twin isn't even that good
fight me"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603137 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:49:21")

I don't like him, just a couple of his songs including Avril."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603147 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:52:57")

No problem."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603149 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)16:53:08")

Consider the cons carefully. It's a rationalfic to its fucking core, and you really do get consecutive 10k word chapters consisting ENTIRELY of internal monologue and deliberations right in the middle of the climax.

If that's not enough to turn you off, then yeah it might well be worth a read.

I say this having read it mostly as it was being published, meaning I'd forget half the details between updates, and in general I finished it about 8 months ago so I'm basing this off my memories of the experience more than an actual precise recollection of the story and writing."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603185 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:00:48")

That makes me a bit less eager to read it. Any recs for some fics with interesting uses of in-universe concepts like hiding magic from celestia and cadence's love sense?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603191 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:01:50")

Actually fuck, can anyone rec some good banter too? It's been so long since I've read a fic with decent banter."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603243 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:11:23")

Literally somewhat what I've been asking.

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603252 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:13:36")

Eljunbyro :^)"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603340 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:30:14")

"A few years ago I remember reading a AiE story on Fimfiction that I can't find anymore. It was about a human who upon contact with water became irresistible to ponies around him. It was really dumb but it holds a special place in my memory and I can't find it for the life of me. Is it gone completely? Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I think the title was a reference to a song (I think it had summer or spring in the name?) but that's all I have to go by. The tagging system has failed me and the groups I thought I found it in years ago don't appear to have it.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603350 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:31:50" && image=="image.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603382 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:37:25" && image=="dfp.png")

unemployed logarithms major detected"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603393 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:39:35")

That's a though one to find without some more details.

Do you remember by any chance the name of the human? What ponies were in it? Were did it take place?

Is there any weird scene that you remember in particular (something that sets it appart)?

Any idea around what year it was written (no later than 201X)?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603412 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:42:14")

Hey I remember some threads ago an anon was helping people like you with a script he made. Maybe he might show up."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603426 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:45:17" && image=="file.png")

The vast majority of rationalfics are hot garbage."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603429 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:45:30")

Don't remember the name of the human but I think they were named and not called "Anon" or something like that. I think the entire mane 6 were in it and Discord was in it near the end (or at least end of what was written at the time) where he got the mane 6 and the human involved in a living board game IIRC. Something that stood out to me (because it came out of nowhere when reading it) was that the human went to Rarity's house and - not knowing pony customs - didn't know she had placed a very obvious tell outside her door that she was in heat and he just wondered in without a worry. I also remember how Rainbow Dash seemed most effected by the water thing (I think I found it by looking for Human and RD stories?) to the point where, even after the effects wore off, she was still kinda attracted to him. I want to say it was at least 2012, maybe evene 2013, but I really don't remember. I think a side chapter, completely unrelated to the main story, was released about a year after the final chapter that I'd read but I don't remember reading it. I wouldn't be surprised if the author stopped working on it but it'd be a shame if they deleted it. It was dumb but dumb fun."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603449 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:50:47" && image=="Spoiler Image")

"Background Pony... But with Trixie!";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603450 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:50:58")

Avril 14th isn't even representative of Aphex Twin's style. He's more of an ambience and eMD artist."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603452 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:52:01")

>Her shows become more and more extravagant in an effort to make a lasting impression on ponies only to fail regardless."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603453 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)17:52:00")

I know, that's why I said I don't like him."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603486 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:01:41")

Found it, tried to use it but I can't seem to find the story. Clearly I don't remember enough of it to find it by searching."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603492 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:03:24")

Usually, the exploration of in-universe mechanics isn't done to serve the story or just to be satisfying in itself, it's done to espouse the LessWrong creed.

It's especially evident in rationalfics like "Displaced into Nothing", where the author will stop the story to create a scene wherein he can recreate a LessWrong paradox and present their favoured solution like the only rational choice. LessWrong offers a fetishisation of logic and rationality, while showing an almost cult-like degree of orthodoxy. They believe that their truths are self-evident to any rational person, and ultimately show a very small degree of intellectual curiosity. Again I'll point to the shitshow that is "Displaced into Nothing", which will just casually mention that there are no rational arguments against utilitarianism, because their conception of rationality is very limited.

"The Moon's Apprentice" might handle it better, and maybe even worth a read, but that must be because the author is skilled despite being tainted by LessWrong."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603525 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:12:41")

>I think the title was a reference to a song (I think it had summer or spring in the name?)
I should probably specify that I only remember this not because I remember the song but because the author specifically mentioned this in the description."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603530 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:13:29" && image=="rararead.png")

Alright I'm pretty sure I found it, this one wasn't easy!

>Whenever Phil gets wet, he becomes an irresistible mare magnet!

Features the mane6, Discord in the last chapter, and the thing with rarity in chapter 7:

>Uhh, maybe he'll see the orange flower on her door and know what it means. I mean, isn't it a universal sign for a mare in heat?""

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603541 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:14:41" && image=="Shot_037.png")

>It's a rationalfic to its fucking core
Contrary to what Reddit's claimed, it's not "more HPMOR than HPMOR". It's not really a STEMfag fic. Hell, it doesn't even touch on the LessWrong stuff. Sure, there's a little bit about space travel and trigonometry. But that's about it.

Mind, I do almost have a Master's degree in maths, so I may be blind to these things.

>and you really do get consecutive 10k word chapters consisting ENTIRELY of internal monologue and deliberations right in the middle of the climax
I'm only on chapter 30, so I can't confirm. But hey, pic related.

If you want banter, consider moving to one of the /brit/ generals on the other boards.

I'm working on it!

I'm mostly doing stats and finance. I don't think highly of xkcd.

That one looks painfully LessWrong.

I promise, The Moon's Apprentice isn't LessWrong.

>the exploration of in-universe mechanics
In fairness, I've only seen HPMOR and Friendship is Optimal try to do this, and they barely touched on it.

>it's done to espouse the LessWrong creed.
What's this?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603551 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:17:30")

Yep, that's the one. I knew I'd recognise the title the moment I saw it. Why I thought it had something to do with summer or spring I have no idea. I'm actually surprised how much of it I remembered. Time to go back and read through this trash."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603556 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:19:24" && image=="sketch1530192769808.png_Edited.jpg")

In the same way some girls are bigger than others, some anons are bigger than their counterparts. You deserve a place in heaven. I wish you nothing but wellness in your life.
>Math major
Fucking nerd. good for you"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603611 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:32:01" && image=="mlfw3993-1333293281961.png")

">mfw the ba'al clones attack hyrule but the M6 and Glimmer and Shimmer and SG-1 and the armies of the Earth Nation repel them but some of the ba'al clones escape with majora's mask";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603623 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:36:02")

>I promise, The Moon's Apprentice isn't LessWrong.
Literally the entire setup is based around LessWrong's interpretation of personal identity"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603624 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:36:14")

> Contrary to what Reddit's claimed, it's not "more HPMOR than HPMOR".
Well I meant in the sense that the author throws away pacing in favour of having characters turn over every facet of a situation in their heads in order to arrive at the optimal course of action. I haven't actually read almost any other rationalfics - including hpmor, nor the really bad ones - so I was basically going off others' description. If that's not accurate then good to know

> I'm only on chapter 30, so I can't confirm.
Fairly certain you complained about it already. Did Twilight already ascend for you? If so, then I'm talking about when Dash ascends and Twilight just goes off to fume and ponder for many thousands of words. While expecting an imminent intervention from Celestia and leaving all the shitshow with the Elements and Dash unsorted.. If not then obviously don't read that spoiler."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603635 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:38:20")

"There was this luna-on-the-moona fic I ran across a long time ago, I can't remember the name. I think it was celestia reading luna's moon diary or something, but luna went completely bonkers by like the halfway point in it. I thought I'd found it a little while back but it was celestia reading a pre-moon diary instead. Anyone got a clue?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603681 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:48:04")

I can't say that I've noticed. The cloesest that I think that it's ever got was the whole thing with Sunset Shimmer.

>Well I meant in the sense that the author throws away pacing in favour of having characters turn over every facet of a situation in their heads in order to arrive at the optimal course of action.
That's spot on. Funnily enough, I can't easily recall HPMOR having that problem. Or if it did, it still kept things tense while they were thinking.

Mind, it did have a bit of a problem just after the middle where they'd spend too many chapters reflecting on events that have just happened, but that's not exactly what you seem to have in mind. In TMA's case, it's that they spend too much time (and words) thinking when they clearly don't have the fucking time to (because shit has hit the fan), which kills the pacing.

>Did Twilight...
Yes, she's just finished doing so. The bit that you've spoiled is one such example, and possibly the worst example of what I've just mentioned."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603701 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:52:17")

Shit, I should be more clear. Please forgive me, it's nearly midnight.

TMA's problem is that they're spending too long thinking when shit has hit the fan. HPMOR at least had the decency to wait until the shit had finished hitting the fan before they'd contemplate it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603730 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)18:58:42")

>i don't think highly of XKCD
i see you too are a man of taste
it's literally "I'm smarter than you: the webcomic" with lazy art, and the downside of every pretentious idiot on the internet posting a link to one instead of making an actual argument
SMBC is far superior in all regards"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603736 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:00:07")

> The cloesest that I think that it's ever got was the whole thing with Sunset Shimmer.
I think that basically features very prominently throughout the latter half, and must be what that anon was referring to."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603737 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:00:12" && image=="10101093.jpg")

The writing is mediocre at best and has grammar errors every now and then. The dialogue is shit. The narration is shit. Every character is shit. As much as I hate the word because of how liberally it's used, the fic made me cringe at some parts. The only good part was unironically the House cameo, but probably because of it's shortness. It's melodramatic as fuck. I do not recommend this fic, it is bad. It's your typical case of good plot, shit execution.

I read it because it was recommended to me by some anon here when I was asking for decent Trixie fics, it wasn't. Fuck you.
Should I read this? Is it good? I'm left with distrust after reading Rise."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603740 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:01:19" && image=="1530199795061.jpg")

>webcomics at all"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603742 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:01:41")

I personally really enjoyed Letters, but no one in this thread likes anything, so
eh, YMMV"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603744 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:02:09")

Fuck it. I'd love to post more but I've got a job interview in the morning. I somewhat agree with what you've said, but I'd rather ctrl+v my notes than think.

xkcd (ongoing, has some plot lines but usually avoids them) - Updates regularly. Despite most likely being unreadable for most people the main comic is mandatory for anyone with an interest in STEM, but as for the extra material I can't comment as I've yet to read it. As for the quality of the comic itself it's often more insightful than it is funny and said insight is often why people read it (it sometimes makes VERY good points), particularly given that the comic is often at its worst when it's trying to be funny. The ultimate problem with xkcd's humour is that it (until recently at least) doesn't so much make jokes as it makes references, which isn't all that good even when you get the reference and is just plain confusing when you don't. Overall you should only read it if you've got an interest in STEM, although there's nothing wrong with reading any of the insightful comics if they're relevant to your interests, or just tapping the random button every now and then.


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603752 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:04:08" && image=="getoveryourself.jpg")

I can't take that stupid fucker seriously after this nonsense

he has to advertised under every single comic he makes so don't give me the "oh it was one of his first"

he's clearly proud of it, and needs to stop sniffing his own farts"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603754 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:04:18")

That's not very specific, there's a lot of stories like this. I can't help you without some more details.

Maybe this piece of trash is what you're looking for, but that's a stretch:"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603761 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:05:44")

No, I was referring to the idea that using the EoH on Luna, as was done in the show, is the same as killing her and replacing her with a completely different person."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603766 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:06:26")

Read the horselover comics, iz good.
That's enough for me, I'll read it later after Arrow 18.
Literal Heart of Gold."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603797 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:10:19")

I think she was like, talking to rocks or some shit. But this thing might be it honestly."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32603917 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)19:38:04" && image=="im_with_her.png")

XKCD is a shitty blog with stickmen attached to it. Nobody would read what Randall writes without him making it into a "comic"."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32604143 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)20:43:14")

wait, I remember one other thing, the mare in the moon was a big deal. Like, she dug it out or something."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32604199 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)20:53:35" && image=="help.jpg")

oh wow that is some top tier cringe
and some will still defend XKCD"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32604318 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)21:33:25")

It's fairly drama heavy, but not without some fluff IIRC."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32604445 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:16:44" && image=="1462935491694.png")

"Garfield without Garfield is the only webcomic worth reading.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32604461 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:19:38" && image=="1445673093170.jpg")

"I could use a bit of help with some brainstorming. Aside from the mane six, which pony would most likely sleepwalk?

Also, assuming you weren't Anon the sex god i.e. irresistible to all ponies for no real discernible reason, which pony would you want sleepwalking into your bed?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32604590 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:49:03" && image=="1508837043872.gif")

Maybe Minuette? I don't know, also I'm not into fucking ponies, I would however love to hug one and feel their warmth seep into me."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32604593 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:49:24")

Probably someone who already has problems sleeping. Maybe a hardworker with insomnia who sleepwalks whenever (s)he manages to catch some z.
I'unno. Derpy after a stressful week at the mail? One of the Wonderbolts? Moondancer after doing some heavy studying for the past month? Big Mac after a particularly busy applebucking season?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32604604 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:51:46")

Oh!!! If it's a hard worker why not the hard laboring mare that's Ambrosia? Her name is fucking amazing."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32604626 && dateTime=="07/05/18(Thu)22:58:26" && image=="You wouldn't fuck a pony.png")

>I'm not into fucking ponies
You monster."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605053 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)00:59:52")

"Just started Arrow 18 and I'm getting into it but the misuse of terms is bugging me a little.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605071 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)01:07:22")

That's just how it starts, though."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605079 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)01:09:35")

Did you mean >>32605053 ?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605085 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)01:12:15" && image=="ouch.png")

"still hurts";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605139 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)01:26:24")

Being called mediocre is worse than being called bad."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605143 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)01:27:47")

Having Bleedin choose you to write a story for you can be quite painful."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605150 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)01:29:55")

It's basically saying "I'm not angry, I'm disappointed."
I don't know him, is he bad/mediocre?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605152 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)01:30:01")

I demand a fucking story about that!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605167 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)01:34:22" && image=="dhdhhsj.png")

Fuck I have to acknowledge that this is the first fic I read where it's image links actually work. Unironic +1"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605251 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)01:58:22")

actually kys"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605736 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)05:25:54" && image=="steal_this_comic.png")

I'll also advocate for Gunnerkrigg Court.

They very specifically said that it would be philosophically killing her. Which is correct.

Don't get me wrong, I nearly dropped it at that point. But he does sometimes nail a few things."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605739 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)05:27:13")

>I'll also
Fuck, meant to say "always"."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32605960 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)07:41:55")

Pizza is all-pervasive in American, anon."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32606446 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)11:04:33")

"Holy fuck, chapter 31 of The Moon's Apprentice is pretty boring. Sure, shit is no longer on the fan and a lot needs to be explained, but this seems like an overly lengthy way to do it.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32606592 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)11:56:35")

> but this seems like an overly lengthy way to do it.
I thought agreeing to not complain about lengthiness was a prerequisite to reading it in the first place."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32606703 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)12:34:04")

So far, it hasn't been THAT bad."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32606930 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)14:00:46")

Fair enough. You'll like the ending climax then"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32607831 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)17:31:20" && image=="dusuau.png")

"Man Arrow is such an entertaining fic. It is by no means a BP but it's still a good read. To whom'st'd've ever recommended this shit, thank you.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32608197 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)18:46:45")

Reading chapter 34 now. The dialogue is sufficiently interesting to keep me hooked, but I wish that the main plot would come back. A chapter more of this and I'll have no choice but to complain about the pacing."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32608201 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)18:47:13" && image=="Spoiler Image")

Ponies sounding like old Gods speaking is funny :)"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32608621 && dateTime=="07/06/18(Fri)20:04:04" && image=="DJIaMRt.png")

I just finished it. Too fucking short man, and it's "sequel" has been in hiatus for 5-6 years now. Out of the 3 HiE fics I've read up to now (Project: Sunflower, Stardust and Arcadia) this one's the best IMO, maybe competing with Arcadia, but they're different kinds of HiEs. I recommend it to all anons, it was a good read. The only negative I saw it had was it's lacking science in the beginning.

All the Arrow posts are me obv."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32609841 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)00:02:52" && image=="1756529.png")

"PLEASE PLEASE Is there a fic like this with pony CMCs? Please nothing clop though. Maybe some slice of life, some horror, idk but PLEASE there has to be a good CMC sleepover fic that one of you anons is privy of.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32609894 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)00:13:19")

Ik you probably watch this with nothing but hateful disdain but PLEASE. I ASK OF YOUR COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE, YOUR SINGULAR THINK TANKS, one little show of mercy, one little act of benevolence is all I ask of you anons. I BEG for one good CMC fic, sleepover of whatever."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32609948 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)00:24:46")

You know, it just hit me that I've not read many sleepover stories.
This is the closest to one I can remember right now:

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32610068 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)00:52:31" && image=="lsdxdd.png")

Anon pls. At least you tried, thank you for that.

Anyone know any? Are there even any?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32610446 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)03:38:49")

There's some, but I haven't read any to be honest.

Scroll down a little, I'm sure you'll find something."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32610607 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)04:51:08")

Boy is the ending abrupt.

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32610616 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)04:54:19")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32610768 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)06:06:18")

"Update on that guy who was trying to use spellcasters to become a pony?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32611854 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)13:11:32")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32612518 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)15:36:06" && image=="1528252213621.png")

"What word should I use: Adulthood or marehood?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32612550 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)15:42:09")

considering the common use of "marehood" I'd go with the former."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32612642 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)16:00:25" && image=="Shot_040.png")

"Sometimes, I fucking love this fic.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32612775 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)16:31:22")

>demanifested away from my parents.
What's up with Twilight here? Wouldn't she just say "teleported"? Wtf???"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32612841 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)16:47:44")

because smart people don't use words that are less than 5 syllables, in the author's mind"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613157 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)18:04:12")

It makes sense in context. Alicorns."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613176 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)18:10:01")

I mean if you view see them that way then sure. But that's fucking gay imo"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613316 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)18:48:12")

"Does someone have a fic actually worth its salt? Something written by some an educated charming person that put two sentences together.

A story where the dialogue isn't full of pseudo-lingo bullshit that completely kills the immersion and makes me realize the author is an idiot who failed school."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613323 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)18:50:26")

Just stop reading Estee and SS&E"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613326 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)18:50:55")

Sort by likes. Problem solved"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613328 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)18:51:27")

Well, I like Perytonia.

That's some pretty subjective opinions. Fractured Sunlight was pretty good, The One Who Got Away is incredibly comfy, and Mood Wings is just awesome although I don't really remember how literature-y it is."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613363 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)18:58:52")

>Something written by some an educated
Did you fail school?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613374 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)19:01:45")

Don't be hard on him, he's just aneducated"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613509 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)19:34:34")

"Just finished what I think is The Moon's Apprentice's longest chapter. Chapter 37, it's about 17k words. You know what the problem with this fic is? It consistently spends too long on relevant and interesting character interactions when it should be focusing on the main plot. Mind, I don't really know how the author could've avoided this trap. After all, conversations like Twilight talking to her parents, Cadence, and her brother after she had ascended and came back home had to happen, but it's too close to the climax for us to be spending >15k words on each part of it.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613571 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)19:45:15")

There's plenty, look at the list >>32596240

I don't get this meme, why do people hate SS&E so much? His stories seem decent to me."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613584 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)19:47:38")

He's well known. There's writer people like to hate, and there's writers nobody reads."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613797 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)20:25:05")

"You know a horrible series I love to hate? The Lunaverse.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32613959 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)21:04:11")

Why is everyone so self deprecating? Geez."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32614014 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)21:14:26")

>That feeling when you search by words and the first three pages are either stories you've read or stories you've discarded

Damnit. I enjoyed reading those super long fics. But now that I have I feel sad because I've read most of them."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32614151 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)21:49:28")

No, the meme say a resurrection thanks to Youtube.

Yes, although writing has stalled due to work. But I'm no longer actively avoiding it.

>the skeptical person says turning into a pony is only a few decades away

>evidence of the spell working
Has Rigid Air been visiting /x/?

Adulthood. Marehood has an almost exclusive clop definition."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32614163 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)21:52:30")

The only thing of SS&E I've read I hated so much I refuse to read anything else he wrote."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32614469 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)22:55:52")

>It consistently spends too long on relevant and interesting character interactions when it should be focusing on the main plot
And yet, alicorn RD gets near-zero screen time"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32614489 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)23:02:53")

">time to back up my saved fanfics folder
>realize it's 3.4 GB
send help"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32614656 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)23:35:32")

Which story was it?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32614731 && dateTime=="07/07/18(Sat)23:52:35" && image=="882381__safe_screencap_rainbow+dash_tanks+for+the+memories_activism_angry_do+i+look+angry_faic_frown_glare_nose+wrinkle_solo_triggered_wide+eyes.png")

">color-coded dialogue";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32614840 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)00:27:32")

One of the neat things of downloading epubs and reading those is that it gets rid of most of the gimicky formatting some authors use."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32614852 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)00:31:54")

Background Pony of course. Largely because of how long the fic was and how much time I wasted reading it. If it was half as long, as it really should've been, I would still hate it but not as much."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32614918 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)00:50:44")

The author's already stripped out the color tags, less than two hours after publication. The chapter is now entirely incomprehensible since there are no dialogue tags whatsoever."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32615016 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)01:23:41")

Now I'm curious about the story."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32615065 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)01:43:58")

Man that podcast has a lot of shitty questions, though there were a few good ones. And also why is everyone so sad? Skirts is depressing and the group was very self deprecating."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32615406 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)04:46:49")

"Should I read End of Ponies?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32615413 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)04:48:29")

>Implying you've read 600 million words
How in the fuck"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32615415 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)04:49:08")

If you like the first few chapters, it's all slowly downhill from there.

You can just stop anytime, it's not like the story ends."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32615537 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)06:03:05")

What screentime could she need? This is all I can think of.
>short talk with all of the alicorns
>maybe a talk with her family, although they've never been introduced
>a scene with her and Fluttershy discussing everything"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32615598 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)06:47:29")

"Ok, there's three chapters of The Moon's Apprentice left, and I'm getting seriously worried. The last chapter with serious relevance to the main plot was, what? Five chapters ago? And Luna's banishment hasn't even fucking ended yet. We've got three chapters to resolve what remains of the main plot. Hell, if the last chapter is an epilogue then we've only got two. This isn't looking good. I wish that I was skilled enough to have put >>32613509 better. I know that I haven't hit the nail on the head, but I'm definitely in the ballpark of this fic's biggest issue.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32615615 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)06:54:23")

I think going in raw is the best experience, so I really don't advise you to read the spoiler below, but if you really wanna know whether to be worried or not (e.g. if you're looking to drop the story and want to know whether it's worth continuing, or something like that):
The ending is very anticlimactic and unsatisfying for Twilight and Luna (Twilight almost has a breakdown), and this is conveyed exceedingly well to the reader - just as Twilight has to come to terms with it and just move on, so will you. Whether that's a feature or a bug is up for debate.

If you're just curious but not about to drop the fic or anything, then keep reading, then read my spoiler after you've finished the story."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32615673 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)07:24:03" && image=="Shot_041.png")

I don't think that I'll drop it. I've only got what, 30k words left? I'll read your spoiler when I'm done.

>I think going in raw is the best experience
That's what she said."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32616171 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)11:03:27")

I warned you that the pacing was gonna be shit."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32616251 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)11:27:53")

"Reading the penultimate chapter of The Moon's Apprentice now. Holy fucking shit, I've never seen such an anticlimax. When people said that it was going to be this bad, I was expecting the cast to lose the final fight. I never guessed that there simply wouldn't fucking be a final fight.


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32616279 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)11:34:46")

in >>32596095 last thread."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32616314 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)11:47:55")

Fair points. You're more or less right. I really wouldn't mind so much if these chapters which aren't focused on the main plot were significantly shorter."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32616409 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)12:20:22")

>I never guessed that there simply wouldn't fucking be a final fight.
If they got by without a fight because they talked Celestia down, that would have been fine. But this bullshit about how Celestia secretly knew everything the entire time (despite nothing like that being foreshadowed at any point) and all the subterfuge and cleverness (which was half the point of the fic) being basically irrelevant just makes me think the author got completely burned out and ragequit his own fic with a shitty half-assed ending."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32616607 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)13:11:48")

You could be right. The only hint was that Luna's masterpiece had an impossible feature, and therefore Celestia knew about the moon ponies and presumably Luna's diaries."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617004 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)14:31:26")

"Fuck me, if I wasn't reading the final chapter of The Moon's Apprentice, I'd have already dropped it. It's absolutely gone to shit. There must only be like 5k words left, and I'm struggling to do it.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617096 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)14:47:54")

I have little to no interest in the story itself, but I've been enjoying your journey, Anon."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617175 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)15:00:26" && image=="1485317235409.png")

This was alright I guess. Not good but not bad either. Maybe SLIGHTLY above average?

So does no anon know any good CMC sleepover fics? And if not at least any good CMC fics in general?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617215 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)15:06:34")

Do tell, I could use the distraction while I force myself to the end of this fic."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617404 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)15:40:33")

"Alright, finally finished TMA. I'll post some serious thoughts soon. Holy shit, did not expect Luna to not come back until AFTER THE FINAL FUCKING CHAPTER. Was it Honesty that awakened in the end? I had forgotten that it was still asleep.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617513 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)15:58:28")

"Found a review for The Moon's Apprentice which I don't recall being in that Googledoc"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617532 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)16:01:09")

The Maretian
The author fell for the chapter-a-day meme, but the story's usually not this bad."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617559 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)16:04:51")

oof. It's like disembodied brains in jars having a conversation. At least his author's note acknowledges it was a bad idea."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617647 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)16:23:11" && image=="warmingUp.png")

If you want CMC in general, I've read a couple.

I remember liking this when it came out:
It's a short one shot story, but written by skirts so count 20k words and 5 chapters.
And this is an adventury thing, basically the sequel to On a Cross and Arrow, it's pretty good too."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617694 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)16:31:12")

I hope that was an exception because what I've read so far was pretty good and I was planning on catching up."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617745 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)16:42:22" && image=="Screenshot_20180708-104331~2.png")

"Hey there, what happened. I've been gone for a couple of years and I swear to god Fimfiction used to have more stories than this. Can someone tell me what went down?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617758 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)16:44:11")

You mean beyond the fandom slowly dying?

It's just the number of new stories that keeps going down, but I don't think they've deleted any real number of the older ones"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617887 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)17:04:56")

Idk, it just feels so different."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32617890 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)17:06:10")

Just keep reading an Austreoh chapter a day and pretend there are no other fics, that should keep you busy until the heat death of the universe."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32618026 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)17:28:13" && image=="Celestia_shenanigans.png")

Thank you, I'll add them to my list. Also I keep seeing that pic but I don't get it. Shouldn't she be shivering like fuck in it? She was still far away from Ponyville if that's the scene after rescuing Scootaloo and she seems fine here."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32618034 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)17:29:35")

You ever stayed this close to an actual bonfire for any amount of time?
You will literally roast and have to turn around to not get burnt"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32618328 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)18:18:38" && image=="1447906542.png")

"Are there any fics where Sunset Shimmer discovers the negative sides of humanity? It could range from crime (like getting mugged or seeing some shady stuff like drugs and whatnot) to general violence to people having (not necessarily deeper, imo) darker thoughts in general than ponies, and if it's longer maybe about her also discovering the deeper good shit about us.
Please, I know that me asking for fics might come off as annoying but I don't know where else to ask. I try searching for them on FimFiction but most of the time the upvoted shit is, well, shit or mediocre. And the fics recommended here are for the most part pretty good.
Anon, you're a masochist.
What's good nigga."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32618379 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)18:26:22")

Hm, long road to friendship kinda fits that bill?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32618407 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)18:29:03")

uhh there was a FOE fic where EQGland gets nuked and Sunset is a survivor. Wasn't very good, though."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32618537 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)18:45:34")

"Alright, here's a review of The Moon's Apprentice. It's too bad that the ending has kicked enough steam out of me that I doubt that I can do a serious job of it. If it's any use, I'll mention that I was brought to the fic by people who kept on mentioning it when I was trying to pin down what went wrong/right with HPMOR and boy, they were pretty right to do so. Although, I should probably say that I'd much rather reread HPMOR than reread this both in terms of a full reread and a "pick a random chapter and read it" reread. Anyway, I can give a dump on HPMOR if someone wants it, but I'm suppose to be talking about TMA.

The good:
>up to about chapter 24, it's very solid and you won't notice most of the cons that I've listed
>this being partly a rationalfic, there's a lot of scenes where one side has to outsmart another. When you throw the old "alicorns are basically gods" thing in to mix, it becomes a great read where shit often hits the fan hard. For example, there's numerous times where they have to play around Cadence's ability to sense love
>it does an excellent job of making you feel sorry for Luna. They do the whole mentor thing really well
>the banter is fucking excellent (pic related >>32598758). There's lots of jokes like a changeling being in a room with Cadence and being told to ignore the "Princess of Food" or Twilight joking about how she'd knight a pony just so that they could win 2v2 pillow fights against Cadence and Shining Armour
>the concepts are great, it delves in to questions like "how do you hide huge bursts of magic from Celestia?", "why are there only 3 alicorns?", "how do you get a spaceship to work with magic?", and "holy shit, just how overpowered are changelings?". This ties back in to the second point, Twilight is up against an OP as fuck world and has to win
>maybe I'm cheating and repeating the previous point here, but the world-building is also great and they take it in some very interesting directions


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32618549 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)18:46:48")

The bad:
>the chapters get fucking long. Once you're in the last 20 chapters, the fic probably averages 12k words a chapter
>tying in to the previous point, the fic is notoriously bloated, and the bloat increases as it progresses. Hell, when I was reading chapter 4 I even made a post questioning just how the fuck they were going to stretch it out for another 30-something chapters. But they did. At first, it's just that the fic has a few too many unnecessary character interactions. For example, you probably don't really care about most of Twinkleshine's interactions with Twilight or a lot of the dialogue between the shipmates, but before you know it, they'll spend a chapter or two exploring a location that doesn't look like it'll ever be relevant to the plot again, and they'll spend like 25k words exploring the memories of a dead character. It doesn't really become a problem until you're in the mid 20's chapters, but by the time that you're in the 30's you'll be wondering when they're going to get back to the main plot. The annoying thing is, the conversations that these "bloat chapters" (for lack of a better phrase) are made out of are actually relevant to the plot and are usually pretty interesting and/or funny, but there's just too much of it, both in terms of their frequency and their length. Overall, this totally murders the pacing in the latter half of the fic
>related to the previous point, this fic has the typical rationalfic problem of characters spending far too long thinking about things where shit has clearly hit the fan and they need to hurry the fuck up
>at some points, things deliberately don't make sense (IIRC chapters 7 and 8 aren't explained until chapter 9), which might make you drop the fic immediately


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32618568 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)18:49:17")

Shit, forgot a spoiler tag.

>some people will drop the fic as soon as they start discussing sex or as soon as Twilight starts building a fucking spaceship (chapter 5, I think). The latter is less of an asspull if your trigonometry is good enough to have seen it coming, but that's an issue in of itself. As for the former of those two issue, I can promise that there's no actual sex that takes up more than a handful of paragraphs. It usually takes a "fade to black" approach
>You'll sometimes have to reread bits before you totally get them. I've given up on making sense of some of these things, often because they happened like 30k words ago
>As I'm slightly angry about this fic, I hope that you'll forgive the mild spoilers that I'm about to give, but the final few chapters are a fucking abortion. There's no big battle with Celestia, not even a verbal one. I won't say what happens, but it goes beyond a mere anticlimax. I won't say whether or not anything bad happens to Luna, but remember how this is suppose to be a fic that builds up to the end of Luna's banishment? Well, guess what? The fic ends before episode one. To make matters worse, pretty much everything to do with Celestia gets dropped. I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but we don't even get to see Twilight finish reading a letter that explains Celestia's side of things.

I wonder if I've managed to answer the question in the pic from >>32598166. That is, tell anon why it hooked him."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32618578 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)18:51:00")

Overall, I'd like to say that the good outweighs the bad, but I'm really just a sucker for the whole "you've been arrested by the police and they've sent God to interrogate you" thing that the fic had going on for the first 20-30 chapters. My honest opinion is more along the line of "the first half was pretty solid, but the second half was bad enough to make the entire fic not worth reading". If this was just a bloated fic then I could probably still recommend it in good faith (like I sometime do with HPMOR), but the way that everything gets resolved with Celestia not only ruins the build-up of the entire fic, but it also ruins the chapters that follow it, leaving you with a good chunk of utterly bloated shit and a solid blue-balling. I should stop typing here, but the first 20 or so chapters really were good enough that I feel like I'm doing the fic a disservice. It's almost as if my list of good things is just for the first half and my list of bad things is just for the second half, but that's not true and I know it.

Anyway, with this over with, I'm now done with FiMfics. If anyone here knows of any works that have the sort of stuff that I've said that I liked about this fic then I'd be very happy to know about them, even if they're not FiMfics or even fics. Come to think of it, the only fic on my reading list is a fucking HPMOR sequel fic, namely Significant Digits, and I've already heard enough bad things about it that I'm suspecting that I'll drop it fast. Finally, while I'm still here, I'll be happy to discuss TMA with the people who've read it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32618596 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)18:52:56")

I can't be that bad. I started the fic on what, the 20th of June? Half a month to read 400k words isn't much, particularly when the first half was great."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32618810 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)19:23:46" && image=="rarityashamed.png")

>I'm now done with FiMfics
don't go, anon"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619036 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)19:57:19")

it doesn't really have the same vibe, but your mention of the "interrogated by God" thing reminded me of

if you like the worldbuilding and intrigue bits, you would probably enjoy , though it is a bit slow to start.

and if you like Luna mentoring twilight and non-endings there's always night's favored child rip"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619077 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)20:04:25")

>Come to think of it, the only fic on my reading list is a fucking HPMOR sequel fic, namely Significant Digits, and I've already heard enough bad things about it that I'm suspecting that I'll drop it fast
Assuming you aren't too pissed off with the author, you could try Seeking Power, by the same guy as TMA
It's a dedfic, sadly, and I don't actually remember what it's about. But I do remember that it's even heavier on the LW autism than TMA is. (Or rather, I remember when I started TMA, I was glad the author had dialed it down a bit since he wrote SP.)

Other stuff:

Sunset and the M5 try to wrap their heads around an interesting time travel mechanic. Lots of hypothesizing, experiments, and generally trying to figure out a way to exploit the crystal ball in order to make Twilight not have died.

Broken Symmetry
Same thing but less good. Twilight and Moondancer try to figure out a different, but still interesting, time travel mechanic. Not written as well as Feedback, and it has a spectacularly disappointing ending.

DOWAS, in case you haven't read it
Not really a rationalfic (it has a lot more fighting than thinking), but it's got loads of sci-fi styled worldbuilding and is overall pretty good. (Note the story isn't actually complete, in case you're afflicted by that particular brand of autism. It just cuts over to the (incomplete) sequel at some point.)

>Half a month to read 400k
kek. I read Worm (1.6M) in 3 weeks. Worm is trash btw, don't read it. r/rational apparently loves it but it's irredeemably shit."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619105 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)20:11:18")

There are also some other explicitly LW-oriented fics on the site.

Friendship is Optimal
The one everybody's heard of. It's focused on the mind uploading/digital immortality side of LW. Some dummy makes an AI version of Celestia that wants to upload everybody's brains into digital Equestria so she can satisfy their values with friendship and ponies. The main fic is only okay but there are a bunch of good spinoffs, if you're into the main idea. Starscribe has a bunch of good ones, Eakin has a few that are fun, and Chatoyance has one that's surprisingly decent, as I recall, except for the last two chapters.

Displaced into Nothing
Don't read it. I think it's been mentioned already, but this fic is essentially the distilled essence of everything wrong with LW.

>and if you like Luna mentoring twilight and non-endings there's always night's favored child

There's also The Lies We Tell to Children"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619144 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)20:17:33")

Displaced into nothing is indeed pompous trash."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619192 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)20:25:05")

>displaced into nothing
oh boy, the description for this is a neon-crimson flag already.
>Yes, there is blood and death at some point in this story, but the real horror of this story comes from the philosophical and scientific quandaries the characters go through: this is "intellectual horror", not "visceral horror".
then he says he will restrict himself to 10 chapters before posting four chapter 6s."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619223 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)20:29:56" && image=="file.png")

The author also describes it as a "cerebral psychological thriller" in one of the author's notes, if I remember correctly. He's a real pretentious cunt.
I've only read parts of it, but it seemed even worse than you'd think."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619247 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)20:32:38")

>has a recap chapter after ~40k words
sheesh. Guess he's afraid people won't be able to follow his intricate plotting."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619318 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)20:43:37")

Best part is
>Themes, Concepts, and Style inspired by HP Lovecraft, Elizer Yudkowsky, Gordon R Dickson, Edgar Allen Poe, Modern Prometheus (Frankenstein), Dresden Codak, World of Darkness, and Friendship is Optimal"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619336 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)20:45:21" && image=="biggienigga.png")

I'll check it out, thanks.
Shit, I swear 80% of all good fic ideas go to shit, maybe more.

Are there really not any fics like >>32618328 ? Please anons the show's gonna end in a year and this board will get nuked, I want to read the most horse words before the fandom plummets into it's final stage of death."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619584 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)21:27:14")

So do you agree with >>32615615 now"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619628 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)21:35:11")

I'm going to conjecture that for any given gut instinct, one could find a set of priors which would lead a "rationalist/rational actor" to arrive at the conclusion corresponding to that gut instinct. Ergo, even working solely within the mental framework that guy uses himself, it's not correct to say that his conclusions are less wrong than some gut instinct solely by virtue of being a rational conclusion from a set of priors.

I don't know why I'm posting this, but it's 2:30am and I feel like it's worth mentioning."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619798 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)22:14:18")

Well theres 7dsj..."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619890 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)22:34:05")

>recap chapter
People do this?
240K words into mine and I still haven't even thought to do such a thing."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619913 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)22:40:05")

Yeah, don't. Meta-nonsense is never good for your story."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619953 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)22:49:12")

"Well after everything posted above me would anyone like to share some fun stories they're currently reading? Stories that are, you know, just stories?

I'm keeping up with Little Consequences, the third story in the series after Glimpses and Choices, it's really picked up in the last ten chapters and it's currently probably my favorite thing I'm reading. It's done the alternate/changed timeline idea really well."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32619987 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)22:57:52")

>it's really picked up in the last ten chapters
Oh fug, guess I should catch up on it then. I'm 5 or 6 chapters behind"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620031 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)23:06:21")

"Is anyone else a sucker for shittily written Gary stu's who everyone loves and cares for. I find them fucking hilarious, especially whenever putting their loved ones in danger 'drives them into monster mode' and then they get all upset once they commit the 'crime of murder'. It makes me kek.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620047 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)23:09:49")

I dunno about the latter half of that, but the start of this ticks all the donut steel boxes in hilariously short order."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620061 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)23:12:59")

Well, I just read this the other day:
Scootaloo starts discovering her sexuality and her budding feelings for Sweetie Belle.

Overall, it's a sweet and entertaining read. The clop segments are well done and engaging, but the story as a whole does a good job of showing how she deals with these odd new feelings.

My only complaint would be that there's no real obstacle for Scootaloo to overcome other than her own insecurities. Her parents are more shocked that she's started masturbating than she having fantasies about other fillies, Lyra gives her a nice pep talk telling her not to be scared, Sweetie Belle is quick to reciprocate her feelings, and Rarity's only reservation is to make sure her sister is a proper lady during their dates.

Honestly, while the story itself is still good, it makes it have less impact when there's nothing opposing the protagonist. Yeah, you are your own worst enemy and all that, but Scootaloo spends a good chunk of the story wondering what would happen if nobody accepts her gayness, but then nobody cares.

Nevertheless, I suppose it's better than having a onedimensional homophobe be the opposing voice while everyone else who's obviously in the right is calm and logical.

Still, it was a nice read. I liked it.

Also, this is a sequel of a 985 word one-shot. I'm not sure how that worked."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620103 && dateTime=="07/08/18(Sun)23:23:38" && image=="1524928385949.png")

Sell me on that shit nigga, the synopsis doesn't really say much. What's it about? Is it, in your opinion, good? Would you recommend it?
Also I recently finished in the last 2 days Arrow 18 (good shit), some CMC sleepover fic at Octavia's (ok), and Applemancer's Apprentice (meh). I'm scouting for new fics here and on my list.
>pic related
See, now I'd like to see a fic like this but without the clop. Also, seeing as there are more mares than stallions in Equestria, wouldn't one think that lesbianism is something common and not frowned upon?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620277 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)00:17:31")

>now I'd like to see a fic like this but without the clop.
You monster.
I do remember reading a longer story about Sweetie Belle realising she had a crush on Scootaloo and trying to sort out her feelings. I read it back in 2013~14, so I don't know how well it may have aged

>Also, seeing as there are more mares than stallions in Equestria, wouldn't one think that lesbianism is something common and not frowned upon?
Yes, but what kind of author lets logic and common sense get in the way of a story?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620289 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)00:20:32")

>seeing as there are more mares than stallions in Equestria, wouldn't one think that lesbianism is something common and not frowned upon?
yes, just as militaries and prisons are known for their long-standing acceptance of homosexuals. I'll remind you that you couldn't be openly gay in the US army for literally 200 years. If anything, high disparity increases gender role calcification."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620297 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)00:22:56" && image=="Americans are open to being gay - 1982.jpg")

But I thought all Americans were open to gayness."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620313 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)00:29:57")

oh boy, reading the first chapter of this thing and the main character is
>the super smartest student ever
>a CS major
>part of a club that "experiments with the occult"
>"moonlights as a sorceress"
>uses magic to ruin marriages and steal a ton of money before retiring to the countryside at the age of 25

the worst part of these blatant self-inserts is when the author plays out their fantasies and reveals those fantasies to be those of a genuinely awful person. He doesn't even say "she could make anyone fall for her", he specifically goes into "make men and women leave their spouses". I'm getting the impression that he nice-guy'd on some poor girl in college who got married soon after. Ugh."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620320 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)00:32:23")

Basically, during the events of the Cutie Re-Mark right as Twilight is convincing Starlight to not change the past, filly Rainbow Dash sees them during her race. She still wins the race and does the sonic rainboom so everyone still gets their cutie marks but Dash can't stop thinking about how she saw an Alicorn she didn't know and a unicorn somehow standing on the clouds in Cloudsdale. So the past is only minutely changed instead, and it leads to Rainbow Dash's parents actually dying in an accident. Celestia can sense there's something special going on and she ends up adopting Rainbow Dash, so Dash and Twilight meet while they're much younger and basically grow up as sisters. And from then on in the first story they occasionally have "glimpses" of the future that would've been if the timeline had never been changed. And the story grows and develops from there as they try to figure out just what happened and why and naturally cause some things to be different from how they happened in the main timeline."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620345 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)00:43:07" && image=="5 years.png")

"This just keeps getting worse. She goes to a con and gets... shredded or something by magic. Which apparently is so dramatic it requires suddenly centering the paragraph text.

Also the comments have this charming post. Apparently my astronomy major and physics minor weren't very hard sciences because I finished them in 4 years. I even had to repeat a class because I failed the first attempt horribly."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620453 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)01:19:56" && image=="10038281038.png")

Fuck it. I'll read it. Most of my ideas are shit and their respective fics probably are too, I'll make do.
Maybe male faggotry would be frowned upon (them being the smaller gender in population). But c'mon, this is ponyworld we're talking about. They don't have our negative traits so deformed, if that makes sense.
Sounds interesting, I'll give it a shot.
It's fucking nice to see that there are STEM anons in these threads, I've seen you and an anon with a math degree a while back."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620485 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)01:29:34")

STEMfag here. The only reason I didn't finish in 4 years was because the department was understaffed and couldn't get enough classes. He sounds like a brainlet."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620509 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)01:38:26" && image=="derpyhatesyou.png")

Uuuuugh, this is a single paragraph:
>Twilight took the paper and arranged it in front of her with all of the other output papers she’d collected. “It did more than that Spike... These are the readings from yesterday, and these are the readings from today... The spellform has maintained the same spacial dimensions and only had a small decrease in usable energy, but the threadcount has almost tripled overnight. It’s like it’s building new pieces into itself with the energy it had when I found it. Not only that, but look at the spectrometer readings: yesterday, it had frequencies which were entirely alien, but today, it’s started to actively harmonize with the Aether of our own planet... I think it’s pulling in the energy that the containment isn’t blocking to build a superstructure that can maintain stability on our world AND trying to optimize and improve its own functions to be faster and use less resources as it does so. That’s the kind of thing that requires a strong background in spellcraft to even attempt, and by that, I mean even Celestia would have to really concentrate to optimize a spell this well... And this isn’t a caster, it’s an actual spellform weaving itself! Whoever created this has mastered the art of spellcraft so thoroughly that they can literally make spells which do their own advanced spellcraft!”

People don't talk like this. Nobody talks like this. The only time someone gets off that many lines in a row is if they're talking to themselves or giving a lecture, not in a dialogue with their impertinent student or whatever spike is here. Also... commas and periods are apparently not... dramatic enough. We've got to use... ellipses.

I'm harping on about the formatting and the prose because I honestly cannot tell what the fuck is happening story-wise yet. I think the girl from the opening is being reconstituted into a blob of jello or something in a beaker in Twilight's laboratory."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620525 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)01:42:45")

What fic is yours?
Sheesh, talk about "tell, don't show." Reminds me of shitty anime t b h."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620554 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)01:50:11" && image=="pinkieum.png")

Twilight, the mare who was so concerned about not sending a letter on time that she went completely bonkers and nearly destroyed a village, is unconcerned by the lovecraftian monstrosity being birthed in her home:
>“I dunno Twilight... You just said it’s ‘self modifying’... What about that story you showed me where the self-modifying construct went rogue and destroyed its creators? How do you know this isn’t like that?”
>“I don’t!” Twilight grinned, “That’s what makes this so exciting! We’re literally looking at something that’s more advanced than anything ever developed in recorded history!”
>“Sometimes science involves studying things you don’t understand,” Twilight defended, “even when they’re dangerous. Especially if they’re dangerous! I thought I’d taught you that much.”

Spike then mentions a Grey Goo scenario, so apparently Equestria has nanobots. Then Twilight fawns over the incredible magic abilities of the author the dissolved girl and continues using the word "spellform" which irritates me more than it should. Spike says "HOLY SHIT!!! [sic]" because we're all massively OOC by this point anyway and one exclamation point wouldn't cut it here.

These ellipses are starting to drive me mad. There are at least two per paragraph."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620607 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)02:08:18" && image=="ellipses are dramatic.jpg")

Last one for the night. Look at this insanity. I can't keep just copypasting giant blocks of text but I want to get across the full effect of these passages.

It's worth mentioning that we have not gotten any mention of this being in the future or anything, so I am under the impression that spike here is still a baby dragon, which makes him swearing like a sailor rather inexplicable. I also genuinely cannot tell if the author is going for some Twispike shipping or a mother-son relationship.

Twilight feels like a total cipher in this chapter and it's entirely because of the issue >>32620525 mentions. If the characters spend all their time telling the reader what their feelings are instead of actually feeling things, then they come off like emotionless robots. Saying "I am very worried" actually makes them seem entirely neutral and unfazed by the situation, as opposed to something like "she swallowed, wiping a bead of sweat from her forehead."

Thus far I have seen no reason for this thing to involve humans or earth whatsoever besides the need to include the author's super cool donut steel computer science occultist, the story could easily have just begun with Twilight and Spike summoning some eldritch horror into their lab.

Final thought: why did the first couple chapters have this whole narrator POV thing going on if it was going to drop that completely when it went to Twilight and Spike? It's not even a first person sort of thing, the entire first chapter was done from an omniscient narrator's perspective that's simply gone here.

I'll resume this trainwreck tomorrow."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32620919 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)03:19:21")

God, I hate this author already.

>spending more than three years on your bachelors

The dialogue is bad and stays bad further into the fic. Twilight isn't even close to talking like her character, and I'd guess that goes for all characters.

Just wait for the "AI in a Box" dialogue in a couple of chapters, it's especially egregious."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621036 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)04:10:40")

"The scene in with the fanpony in Regent is fucking shit, but I like it. I like the fic and the shit it's setting up. The only thing I dislike about it is it's somewhat off representation of Twilight's friends. I mean, wouldn't have Rarara, Dash and Ponk matured a teeny tiny bit more? They act like they're from s1.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621131 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)04:59:18")

Ahh, did you like me? Maybe I should take this chance to catch up with the show. Funnily enough, the last episode that I'd watched was Rarity Investigates. I didn't even intend to drop the show, I just fell behind and never caught up.

>Little Deceptions
Hmm, looks more on the rogue side than anything else. But hey, it's only like 6,000 words, I'll try it.

>The Age of Wings and Steel
Hmm, the description doesn't exactly hook me. I guess that I'll look up some reviews?

>Seeking Power
As I've said, I really didn't notice much LW autism in TMA. Regardless, fuck reading deadfics.

I think that you've given the wrong link there. Is it this? that looks interesting enough for me to look more in to. I'll dig out a few reviews.

>Broken Symmetry
What you've said doesn't sound anything like a recommendation. No thanks.

Yeah, I an afflicted by that particular brand of autism.

I've never heard a good thing about it. Why do people even mention it?

>Friendship is Optimal
Already listened to the whole audiobook. I can happily flag it as "interesting but not entertaining".

>Displaced into Nothing
I've seen a screenshot or two, and would probably like to see them again just so that I could seriously consider and laugh at it. As you've said, it seems to be universally regarded as trash.

>The Lies We Tell to Children
Hmm, looks weird enough for me to look more in to. I'll grab a few reviews. I'm going to have to find those pastebin and googledocs links again.

Fuck me. I can easily seen myself having become this guy. I'm sure that I even recognise the name 'Dath Ilan', although I have no idea why."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621157 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)05:13:25")

I wouldn't really say that Twilight has a breakdown. It feels more like the author spent 40k words struggling with the idea that he's totally wrote himself in to a corner. Then again, the 'the author gave up on the fic' hypothesis seems to be a strong one. For example, he could've kicked things off again by having Luna come back, and Celestia make shit hit the fan soon after.

That's a big problem with Bayesian approaches to reasoning. At least Bayesian Statistics has some tricks where you can let the data speak for itself and not really let it be influenced by your choice of prior (although that isn't always a good thing), but in Bayesian reasoning you can't really do anything better than starting from scratch with a different set of priors. Ultimately, you'll just go full circle. What's to say that one set of priors is better than another?

Bitch please, it's pretty normal for we Brits to go straight from finishing college to a Master's degree in 4 years (bachelors only take 3). Is the author just painfully American? I remember hearing something dumb like being told that there's American STEM courses where they have add another year to them because they either have to teach their students calculus from scratch or they have to spend a year's worth of time doing those stupid tricks where you can hide the fact that you're using calculus.

You'd be amazed by how much STEM there is on this website. In a year's time I'll have a Masters in maths.

Looks like absolute shit."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621194 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)05:37:08")

>Little Deceptions
Wow, missed a bit of the replies, see >>32621131. Anyway, the reviews are telling me that this is Slice of Life? I might skip it. I'm also getting the impression that it's one of those things that you read only for the ending.

>The Age of Wings and Steel
>author's note "One of my favorite concepts is the reconstruction of a downright terrible idea into something presentable. I'm a strong believer that there are no bad ideas, just bad writing... [my goal was to] take a pot full of awful, overused cliches, combine them together, and make something good out of it."
I'm highly sceptical.

The reviews that we've got linked seem to say almost nothing about it, but still don't seem to be very positive. Where can I find out more about it?

Hmm, I seem to have almost rejected everything? Little Deceptions is short enough that I might just read it anyway, I'm not sold on The Age of Wings and Steel, I don't have enough information to really decide on Feedback, and I've rejected everything else. Maybe I'm done here?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621197 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)05:38:10")

Oh, and I seem to have found nothing in our review lists about There's also The Lies We Tell to Children. If you've got any more info, I'll gladly look in to it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621469 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)08:21:19" && image=="Spoiler Image")

>What fic is yours?
It's ____________shit.
Also, hasen't been updated in forever, and may appear to be a waste of time to some readers.

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621558 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)08:57:34")

>a lot of scenes where one side has to outsmart another.

>the banter

>the world-building is also great and they take it in some very interesting directions

Unironically recommending It is a story with a lot of flaws - anime-esque fight scenes, over-the-top villains, there's a stretch of like 40k words where the girls all just sort of forget that Spike exists, etc. - but it has all the things you seem to like from this comment, no doubt about that. More than that, it's a story I found very entertaining and readable despite its flaws, and has an interesting but effective mix of clever stuff and turn-your-brain-off action, sometimes even within the same scene."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621606 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)09:11:18")

>stretch of like 40k words where the girls all just sort of forget that Spike exists

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621717 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)09:54:12" && image=="Shot_048.png")

>these chapter titles
Holy fuck, this looks "so bad it's good" tier."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621734 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)10:01:21" && image=="Shot_049.png")

Yeah, might give this one a miss."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621747 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)10:07:19")

>I guess that I'll look up some reviews?
>I'll dig out a few reviews.
>I'll grab a few reviews. I'm going to have to find those pastebin and googledocs links again.
>Where can I find out more about it?
>I seem to have found nothing in our review lists
You know you could just read a chapter and decide for yourself if you like it or not?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621748 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)10:07:37" && image=="Shot_050.png")

Mind, these reviews are making me laugh my ass off. Thanks for this, anon."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621752 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)10:08:38")

Good idea, I might."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621804 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)10:23:10" && image=="worm-gwern.png")

>I've never heard a good thing about it. Why do people even mention it?
Hell if I know, but people really seem to like it for some reason. It sat at #1 on "top web fiction" for quite a while (which is part of why I picked it up). And you can find glowing reviews like pic related. This one's at least got a fairly substantial paragraph on problems with the fic, but one which ends with the outright falsehood "the flaws are relatively small"."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621807 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)10:23:46")

First fucking sentence both edgy as shit and barely grammatically capable? Sign me up."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32621816 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)10:25:28")

Also, why the fuck is it always Alex? I swear every shitty self insert is always Alex."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32622049 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)11:21:54")

>not Alistair or Altair or somesuch
Clearly you haven't spent much time in deviantart's literature section"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32622190 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)11:51:14")

I know a guy who legitimately changed his legal name to Alistair. he was AMF alright guy though, just extremely into SCA."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32622209 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)11:53:42" && image=="1529602913552.jpg")

> he was AMF alright guy though, just extremely into SCA.
I have zero clue what this sentence means"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32622231 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)11:58:11")

the "AMF" was a phone typo of "an". SCA is basically a hardcore larp group, verging on historical reenactment."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32622421 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)12:43:34")

An I see
>literally larping"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623017 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)15:16:57")

Don't be so tsundere."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623038 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)15:21:26" && image=="1075357942.jpg")

"Does pic related have a fic?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623105 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)15:36:51")

I can think of a couple. I don't remember the titles and I haven't read them, but I read some reviews (I think that was back when I followed Titanium Dragon regularly) and they sounded to be utter dogshit."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623169 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)15:53:33" && image=="10048382729.png")

Why do some pics tell better stories than fics? :("

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623200 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)16:02:23")

I remember there being an extra panel where Scootaloo wakes up alone."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623233 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)16:11:21")

"Fun observation: After finishing The Moon's Apprentice, I'm finding my weekly copy of The Economist much more readable.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623278 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)16:22:58")

>"A picture can say a thousand words""

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623630 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)17:40:17")

>a HPMOR fan
Following the Phoenix>HPMOR from the point of divergence>Significant Digits."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623806 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)18:33:34" && image=="I see you shiver with antici-.jpg")

OK, I'm back and armed with strawberry daiquiris. Let's see if I can make it through another chapter and a half.

We pick up with Twilight returning to the lab expositing how she's got to... see... this through... for ellipSCIENCE. It's at the point where I'm imagining the entire thing read by William Shatner. Anyway, she gets downstairs and sees that the puddle of jello has formed into a copy of her, but with an edgy black coat, no cutie mark, and yellow eyes. In what could have been a genuinely creepy moment, the thing opens its mouth and croaks a noise, but the author ruins the effect with the nonsensical formatting seen in the picture, which is probably suppose to increase tension but instead defuses it about as effectively as Tim Curry in drag. Then the author helpfully records for posterity the fact that he edited his work after publication.

Onward to chapter 3 (actually chapter 4) of 10 (actually 11 and counting)!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623845 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)18:40:05" && image=="skrrrtaloo.png")

"Just caught up with Regent, anon. You gotta get to writing it at some point, the fic's really interesting. Also, you should pay attention to the m5, especially Twilight's advisers. Or at least make sure to when the shit goes down. And make Rarity, Dash and Pinkie do things!
Ohh I get it now, you read shitty fics and post your progress. Don't do that anon, it roots your brain."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623876 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)18:47:32")

>the entire thing read by William Shatner.
Y'know, he actually a fan of the show and he voiced AJ's grandad.
I wonder how much convincing would he need to make a reading of this."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623929 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)18:55:17" && image=="MORE WORK..jpg")

First off, how in the hell did I miss a WARCRAFT tag on the main fic page? Christ, this thing's going to have a warcraft crossover at some point? Is the jello monster going to open a portal to draenor or something? Jesus.

We're not off to a good start in chapter 3. The first several paragraphs are just reiterating the previous chapter from the jello's point of view.

Apparently the thing that shredded the girl wasn't Twilight, so presumably that will be the villain of the piece? It's sure setting the jello up as the monster, though, and with only 10 chapters (lol) I don't know how he'll have enough time to work that kind of bait and switch without it feeling like a cheap asspull.

Speaking of cheap asspulls, this is how the jello learns to speak Equestrian:
>Eventually, I found a manifestation of the concept of their language, part of which had solidified in the conceptual plane after my observer had attempted to communicate it to me. Through an extension of the process with which I’d copied her form, I figured out how to incorporate that into the rest of my mind, giving myself some sort of interface for interacting with them.

Also it mentions "vomiting the fibonacci sequence" on Twilight the previous day, because SMART people with 5-year CS degrees have the fibonacci sequence, fourier series for common waveforms, and pi to 40 places memorized. I wouldn't be so harsh on this guy but he's just the absolute smuggest dick in his own comments section.

The jello (who still doesn't have a name) begins a dialogue with Twilight and sounds like a computer from a bad doctor who episode:
>Finally she opened her mouth and responded, “You can talk?!”
>"I have acquired this ability, yes.”
>“So... You're self aware then? Like, a sentient being?”
>“Affirmative. I am a conscious individual observing my surroundings.”
And a perfectly rational actor, natch. This is the real horror story: Twilight has found herself trapped in an econ 101 story problem."

if(carcinoGeneticist && title=="" && postNumber==32623942 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)18:56:40")

>The Lies We Tell to Children

I've actually read this story and enjoy it immensely. I love the theme of Celestia and Luna's drastically different versions of the same essential lesson, while at the same time having neither version being the clear 'right' or 'wrong' one. The chapter with the drill press is probably the one that stuck with me the most, made me super uncomfortable in a good and interesting way. I highly recommend it, even though it's unfinished."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623945 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)18:56:57")

>Twilight has found herself trapped in an econ 101 story problem.

That honestly sounds far better than that story's actual premise."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623955 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)18:58:29" && image=="Laughing fatman.gif")

>Eventually, I found a manifestation of the concept of their language
I genuinely laughed at this."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32623991 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)19:04:36")

People who change their name are almost always wankers.

>I can easily seen myself having become this guy
Same here, which is one of the reasons I dislike him so intensely. He's the kind of smug cunt I'm trying to avoid being."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624018 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)19:09:45" && image=="-pation.jpg")

the daiquiris are helping greatly.

jello tells Twi that it has no sexual characteristics, but it used to be a girl so it'll keep that identity. Twi asks it what it is, so that the author can... explain... using lots of... ELLIPSExposition... most of which has already been delivered in the narration. Never show when you can tell twice! Every time they say "spellform" a little part of me dies.

I think the author's going for the whole "you are no more than your physical form" thing with this line:
>"my memories are woven into the structural mechanisms you see around me. I have not yet had time to rebuild myself."
But if that's the case, where the fuck is Jello pulling these memories from? Does your mind get preserved in the aether when you get disintegrated just in case you can pull yourself together into a sapient puddle?

Bad 50s computer dialogue continues:
>“I am... I believe I am feeling ‘sympathy’ for your situation."

The two of them spend a while fellating each other about how complicated this spell is and how skilled the person the jello used to be had to have been. Twilight eats a carrot, which isn't enough to fend off the ever-threatening ellipses for even a sentence.

Oh my fucking god, now they talk about her computer science degree, I shit you not:
>“No. I studied...” what did I study? It's like I should know but I couldn't connect the words... “I do not believe your language has a word for what I studied.”

Nothing much to note for the next section, aside from the author pulling out the elusive "I'd've" for a sentence, which is especially ambitious because he doesn't seem to know the difference between it's and its.

Now, as seen in the pic, Jello directly addresses the reader and apologizes for being so smart and difficult for the peons (SOMETHING NEED DOING? yes, still waiting for that crossover) to understand."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624029 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)19:11:35")

> because SMART people with 5-year CS degrees have the fibonacci sequence memorized.
Every single "introduction to THIS NEW functional programming language, because all the others you might have been exposed to so far are wrong and instead I will spend an entire lecture introducing you to the RIGHT language" lecture I've had have invariably had a Fibonacci function (or two, or five) and a Collatz function as the first examples. I'm literally never calculating Fibonacci numbers in my head again. Memorizing that sort of stuff is, like, the opposite of what a CS student does. Just how pretentious can one person be?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624038 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)19:13:24")

I could only make halfway through the first paragraph before wanting to punch the screen.
You're a braver man than me."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624116 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)19:30:15")

>Does your mind get preserved in the aether when you get disintegrated just in case you can pull yourself together into a sapient puddle?
Akashic records, obviously."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624143 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)19:35:33" && image=="at least there aren't many ellipses.jpg")

Now we have an actually kind of neat sequence where Jello examines her emotions and decides which ones she wants to turn back on. Naturally this is mulled on in the most hamfisted, pompous way imaginable, but it's at least an interesting concept. I'd post a quote but I want to get across the sheer brutality of these buckley-sized walls of text coming the reader's way, so have a look at the picture instead.

I can't help but feel bereft of any sense of danger in this sequence. This should be really tense, because Jello is doing very sensitive work that could render her essentially brain-dead, but her constant imperiousness and pomposity are deflating the scene's tension. Not to mention the buildup to this whole thing was literally "Twilight says good night and goes to bed", so we didn't even get any bits about how this was going to be super dangerous and risky.

Honestly, Jello is treating the reconstitution of her physical form as more of a chore than anything. And with this passage, I suddenly understand why:
>I started to build a new structure, which would allow me to directly bypass my emotions when thinking of things, making them a more supplemental process, rather than a gatekeeper.
The author is treating this thing as a programming exercise. Which actually could have been an inspired analogy, if he'd gone into the dead ends and frustrations and eventual triumphant euphoria that programming can bring, but instead it feels like we're watching him do his homework. And because he's bored, so are we.

Also, he has this golden line:
>There are many philosophies which talk about this, though your average westerner misunderstands them
because man, I can't remember my name or who I was or what I spent the last ten years studying, but I remember geopolitics and earth philosophies well enough to mention them offhandedly."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624162 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)19:40:02" && image=="file.png")

>though your average westerner misunderstands them"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624240 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)19:51:55" && image=="the daiquiris are REALLY helping.jpg")

Rather than risk becoming an interesting character instead of Xavier, Renegade Jello, our protagonist decides to keep all of her emotions turned off because:
>when you have the ability to restructure your entire personality from near-screatch, and you don’t have any of those pesky inhibitions in place making you worry about your precious “humanity”, you can use that opportunity to take pretty much all the things that don’t directly relate to imposing your will on the universe and stick ‘em in the back where they belong.
I'm really glad that whoever the girl he was lusting after got married and is probably pretty happy right now with her college honeybun. She deserves it.

Now Jello starts going over her memories, and we get this hilarious bit of imagery:
>Anyway, with my personality fully intact and understood, it was time to delve into those memories Twilight had been so curious about. I started arranging them on one side of the tank and setting my perception and analysis on the other side, letting me shuffle through them like pages in a book.
I am almost convinced that it was meant to be funny, so if it was, kudos to you, author.
>Unfortunately, as I quickly remembered, that’s not actually how memories work.

Oh boy... this next section cannot be done justice with a partial quote, so I'm including it as the image. Take special note of the mighty philosophical titans he lists:
>Plato, Aleister Crowley, Elizer Yudkowsky, Anton LaVey, and Friedrich Nietzsche"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624307 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)20:02:00")

>tfw i've read all listed, except for yudkowsky"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624360 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)20:06:49" && image=="I just wanted a notepad.jpg")

I learned from re-reading the synopsis that apparently the girl who dissolved into Jello was implied (he's willing to tell-tell-tell us everything except the actual important shit, apparently) to be from the World of Darkness setting, so the whole "deep ones" thing has become marginally less stupid, but now it suddenly goes back to being incredibly dumb because harry potter and his dark materials apparently exist in that setting now. Maybe HDM actually got three movies in that universe.

You know, thinking back on it, those books left a similar bad taste in my mouth that these rationalfics do, though Pullman definitely had better writing craft than these guys. And a weird child sex scene in the third book that I still remember being uncomfortable with over 15 years after reading it.

Anyway, Jello keeps the important stuff (magic, knowledge) at the top of her mind, and lets the stuff about her past life fall to the bottom because "that person's dead". Now, the weary author can no longer deny the awfulness of what he's writing, and lets this slip:
>Enlightened by my own intelligence, as a fedora wearing jackass would say, I looked back at my own spellform.

Then she decides to try manifesting items out of magic, starting with a notebook. This is simple because "energy and matter are interchangeable, after all". Yes, it's not like releasing the energy contained in something as massive as a notebook has ever done anything bad. Presumably Twilight's containment chamber is rated for nuclear explosions. Actually, she gave us a figure earlier:
>"That chamber is rated to contain twenty thousand joules of force."
Using a very simplified scenario, let's assume it's the basic energy/mass equivalence without any tensor nonsense:
E = mc^2 = (80g)c^2 = 7.19×10^15 joules
We could try to split that into what gets released as heat/kinetic, but why bother."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624386 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)20:10:08")

Also I ran out of characters but wanted to point out that the unit of force is a Newton, joules are for energy."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624465 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)20:23:20" && image=="you westerners just don't understand.png")

"Jello speaks to Twilight like a robot, and yet her internal monologue sounds like... a fedora-wearing jackass:
>A notepad materialized in the jar with me. Yes! I lifted it in my aura and... Wat.

Turns out she can only make lumps of rubber with the appearance of her desired object. She "absorbs the matter of the fake notepad back into my own energy", somehow not annihilating Ponyville in a sea of nuclear fire, and decides it's time to focus on her "presentation".

First off, she turns her wing feathers into spears (rescue me, booze), then somehow "creates a sort of dish out of them for casting". Next she fixes her mane, making it look like her pretty human hair, which is bright orange. She then makes her coat even darker because we haven't hit max edgelord yet. Presumably she now looks like the world's goofiest monarch butterfly.

Now she thinks about Twi's cutie mark, which she inexplicably knows about:
>I realized that hers was representative of a magical force of Harmony of which she was the chosen avatar. I needed to think of one for myself.
Because that's how cutie marks work! Oh, fuck it, we're long past pretending this is anything but a self-insert to end all self-inserts. What's she going to come up with, a qwerty keyboard? The Haskell logo? A deep one's tentacle?

>Saṃsāra: The Wheel of Life."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624488 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)20:26:45" && image=="aj26.png")

I'm out of strawberries, so I am going to call it here for the day. I'll leave you with the note that Jello still doesn't have a goddamn name, because apparently those aren't important when you're "imposing your will on the universe"."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624768 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)21:16:54" && image=="din.png")

"Quick, everyone click this link a few times so the author will write another blogpost about how little she cares about our opinion"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624904 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)21:40:19")

>a story that's overly weird and constantly waxes philosophical
It's shit. It's not weird in a good or meaningful way, and can only be called philosophical in the same sense that Hallmark gift cards can be called literature."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32624934 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)21:46:39")

Is Long Road to Friendship good?
Should I read it?
There are some seriously shitty reviewers in the Google Docs."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32625049 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)22:06:08")

>Is Long Road to Friendship good?
It's well-written teenage high-school romance/drama with a pinch of supernatural. I'll stand by the well-written in spite of some groan inducing segments early on, but if it's not a genre you're interesed in, skip it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32625104 && dateTime=="07/09/18(Mon)22:16:22")

>There are some seriously shitty reviewers in the Google Docs.
I think the person who does that only grabs links from anyone who's ever done a couple of reviews.
Hell, I'm in that list even though I've only done a couple of long-winded reviews for catharsis' sake."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32625950 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)01:23:04" && image=="635981941740258747-1558683092_jim2.png")

>uses XD with complete sincerity"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32625968 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)01:27:30")


how in the fuck did this get featured?
I mean, clearly I know it got featured because it was porn and released by a big name
but holy shit, the guy must have been drunk when he posted it because the errors are so ridiculously amateurish
it's completely uninspired anon x celestia bullshit too, and not even 2k
fucking embarrassing"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32626564 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)06:40:12" && image=="crazyhobobitchxdddd.jpg")

That's a catchy name desu"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32626800 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)08:49:02")

It's the "haha I am so above caring that you don't like my pretentious letter-soup vomit" XD."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32626957 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)09:48:39")

honestly that's a pretty healthy attitude to have for a writer. I just wish he'd apply some of that humility to his comments section interactions."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32627160 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)11:07:45")

Fuck it, I'll try it.

>even though it's unfinished.
Oh wait, never mind. I even had the first fucking chapter open. Dropped."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32627211 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)11:19:27" && image=="Shot_052.png")

Fun fact: a common exercise in introductory (applied) linear algebra courses is to use eigenvalues to give a non-recursive formula for the nth Fibonacci number. Pic related is the result that you finally get. Good luck memorising it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32627382 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)12:24:23")

Tried that for Feedback. Wasn't very impressed. Starting off in the Equestria Girls setting is a bad enough move, and then it spent too long describing things and fucking called a monster 'the Nameless'."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32627558 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)13:24:00")

I've seen that so many times and still can never recall it from memory"

if(carcinoGeneticist && title=="" && postNumber==32628578 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)17:21:13")

Eh, it doesn't really hurt it. It's less of an ongoing narrative and more snapshots of Twilight's lessons under both princesses as she grows up. There's definitely a narrative arc to it, yeah, but that feels almost secondary to the central theme, if that makes sense? it's a little hard to describe. But anyway. I can understand if you're just hard-lining it on the 'no unfinished stories' factor. I still think it's worth it though."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32628811 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)18:10:45" && image=="1429577513448.png")

No, anon. There are some frequent reviewers who are very biased and impose a lot of their personal opinions and don't give an honest review. Silly niggas tbqfh.
That actually looks easy to remember, anon. Wtf? I remember having to learn some longer formulas in physics in HS."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32628858 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)18:18:32")

Thank you, Lyra"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32628962 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)18:39:36" && image=="aj74.png")

I have no more alcohol and I am grumpy about it. On we go.

Twilight comes back down the next morning to check on Jello, and is surprised to see that she's turned into pony Kai Leng. She asks what Jello was before she got turned into space hamburger, and Jello responds:
>“I think we were featherless bipeds. Not like, a featherless chicken mind you, more like mammals... probably similar to your apes. I can’t remember the fine details. All I can remember about my own appearance was the way my hair looked...”

Ellipses aside, keep this in mind. She can't remember her name, or even what her species was called--things she probably heard on a daily basis for most if not all of her life--but she can pull things like "Samsara: the Wheel of Life" and "fedora-wearing jackasses" out of her butt to reference. How on earth can someone remember what vampires, werewolves, and the FBI are but not the word "human"?

Twilight walks around her containment test tube and Jello covers up her nonexistent naughty bits because she feels exposed. I would have thought shame would be rotting at the bottom of the pile with the rest of those useless emotions, but I guess even magical AI monsters need their modesty.

Echoing the readers, Twilight is dubious of the ostentatious golden sigil that Jello's slapped across her ass, and asks if it's the symbol for entropy. Jello explains that it's the wheel of time, and we can hear a distant rumble as Robert Jordan rolls over in his grave. Now, the two discuss the nature of cutie marks for a bit, and Jello tells her about the incredible bullshit ability to "pull concepts" into her mind from the environment. If she was an empath we'd have OC bingo.

Jello also takes this opportunity to awkwardly reveal her newly chosen name: Meta, short for "Meta-form". You couldn't have gone with "Deep Blue" or something?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629023 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)18:52:46")

>You couldn't have gone with "Deep Blue" or something?
Are you implying the author could've done something clever?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629024 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)18:53:04" && image=="aj116.png")

Twilight notices that Jello (unless you guys want me to start calling her Meta) isn't talking like a Dalek anymore, which Jello immediately ruins by saying:
>“Well, I have a much broader range of emotions now, so there's that much more to express.”

We're now about 16k words into this fic, and I'm still waiting for the main plot to show up. Thus far the entirety of the action has been Twilight and Spike watching Jello rebuild herself, which is now over with. It's not too late for a really rollicking plotline to get going, but the intro has been paced glacially thus far.

Jello repeats a lot of what we've already heard regarding the nature of memories, which is a common trend I've begun to notice. The author really likes to explain something in a giant block of text and then have the character re-explain it to another character in a giant block of dialogue less than a chapter later. Or vice versa, in the case of Twilight describing the jello puddle and then getting a big chapter intro of the same events from the PoV of the puddle. I'm sure this will reach its nadir when Luna shows up in a couple chapters to recap the entire plot.

Author, if you read this, take a note that character dialogue is a good way to show, rather than tell. Instead of having Jello go over her memories and that whole shebang earlier in the chapter and then repeat all this info to Twilight, excise the first block of it and have Twilight ask about her memories, which gives you a good segue to have Jello talk about them with her. And make it an actual dialogue, with Twi asking questions and offering her own insights, rather than just a lecture from Jello.

Anyway, Jello lets Twi know that to fill the gaps in her memories, she needs to leave the beaker and interact with the world. Spike isn't around to say "HOLY SHIT!!!", but Twilight has become reasonably wary by this point all on her own, and refuses."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629078 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)19:04:54")

>We're now about 16k words into this fi
Wait, how long is this thing?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629087 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)19:07:03" && image=="10493838.gif")

>featherless biped"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629122 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)19:16:14" && image=="Fact- you can do weird formatting in online publication, Query- should you.jpg")

Oh boy. Time for the section an anon warned me about earlier in the thread.
>A part of my memory chimed in that I was on the wrong end of something called the “AI in a Box” conundrum.
Still can't remember what a hyoo-man is, though.

Well, pony Alicia Vikander discusses the AI-in-a-box plot, which doesn't really deserve the title "thought experiment" because there's nothing to think about: either the AI is bad and you should destroy it, or the AI is bad and you are dumb enough to let it out. There's no discussion of risk assessments or the possibility that the AI could be good, so it's less of a moral question than a B-movie plot (Ex Machina is excellent, by the way).

Jello isn't worried about getting the paddle, because she has plot armor she has "modeled that Twilight had no intention of destroying me". But she's worried someone else will, so now she wants to escape. She also thinks pretty ominously about gray gooing the world (and the author uses "Grey" despite almost assuredly being american), before weakly assuring the reader she won't.

Then, out of nowhere, we get a bizarre formatting change that I think is supposed to be (but isn't) structured like a mathematical proof, followed by a header, as shown in the pic. The last assertion that two rational actors working from the same prior assumptions can't disagree is pretty laughable if you know anything about the scientific community. Just ask Fritz Zwicky and Vera Rubin how quickly everyone agreed with them that those galaxies were acting pretty strangely without dark matter as a correction. Or hell, look at how long it took Hubble to convince people that galaxies were even a thing."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629231 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)19:40:03" && image=="file.png")

It's a bad reference to a story about Diogenes."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629287 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)19:49:35")

> That actually looks easy to remember, anon. Wtf? I remember having to learn some longer formulas in physics in HS.
In my experience it would be easy to memorize with some effort, but it's just hard enough and just not-quite-important enough (for most people) that you (meaning I) end up never actually remembering it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629310 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)19:52:32" && image=="Happy Horse Noises.gif")

>Ex Machina is excellent, by the way
Great taste, Anon!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629321 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)19:54:24")

>plug a chicken

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629330 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)19:55:40")

I think it's pretty good. Although I'm based because I have a soft spot for Sunset and Sunlight."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629337 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)19:57:11" && image=="1443051729048.gif")

>I'm based
Damn right you are."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629342 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)19:58:47")

Oh yeah I remember the part you're reaching, an anon already wrote a very angry rant about it a few months ago. Interested to see your take now"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629349 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)19:59:12")

... I meant biased. I swear.

Anon, pls."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629374 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)20:04:10")

>I think is supposed to be (but isn't) structured like a mathematical proof
Yeah, I think it's supposed to be in the style of informal logic, considering these are all natural language arguments, but I've mostly worked with first-order logic, so I wouldn't know.

There are so many reasons why this entire section of the fic is a travesty, but one of my favourites is very simple.

Meta's final argument to Twilight is the following:
>“Twilight, the point I’m making is that I could have done any number of things if I was lying or had malicious intentions. You KNOW that. We BOTH can think of so many ways I could’ve tricked you into letting me go. That’s not what’s happening though. What’s happening is I’m trying to walk you through a logical reason why you should willingly let me out. There is only one logical reason for me to behave in that way Twilight. What is that reason?”
Essentially, "I could trick you or lie to you, but I'm not doing that". The problem is that Meta, just a few paragraphs before this, tells Twilight that there's no way to tell if Meta is lying. What's worse is that this entire debacle starts with an appeal to emotion, which is essentially trickery when you're a being who control your own emotions.

This all leads to Twilight making this conclusion:
>“...The only reason I can think of for your current method of persuasion is... that you want to cooperate... because you want to be friends...”
Which is complete nonsense, like the rest of this section."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629476 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)20:27:36")

No no I get it, it's just that it's a horrible quote."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629519 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)20:38:29" && image=="aj85.png")

Ye gods, I should have saved the alcohol for today.

Of all the problems coming up, the things that offend me most about this section are the header labels and the "proof" segments. First off, it's more ostentatious and unnecessary tomfoolery (see, I can use big words too) with the formatting that only serves to distract the reader. The whole thing doesn't flow at all; it feels like it's been chopped up and thrown together in someone's trapper keeper, and it completely ruins what should be a slow build of tension as Jello and Twi have a battle of wits. Instead, we're getting thrown back and forth between these obnoxious artifices every few paragraphs, obliterating the already laggard pacing.

First off, we have Attempt #1 - Appeal to emotion. Calling it "attempt #1" is a bit defeatist, dontcha think? Well, of course it is! After all, everyone knows that emotions are silly and nobody has ever made a bad decision because of them before, so let's not waste much time on this doomed endeavor--in fact, it gets a whopping two paragraphs.

See, starting with emotional appeals would actually be a very logical, rational thing for our sociopathic hero to do. In general, appeals to emotion have always done better with people than anything else--"think of the children" is a cliche for a reason. This would even be a perfectly fine time to bring up the whole "I'm no longer ruled by my emotions" thing Jello was rambling on about a while back, by attempting to exploit the ability to turn her feelings off and on to draw Twilight in and lower her guard.

However, that sort of thing requires playing the long game. For a good example, see Ex Machina: the robot lady spends the entire movie literally seducing the protagonist, playing up her vulnerability, demonstrating their growing relationship and attraction, planting the seeds of wanting his company and help long before actually telling him she's being held prisoner and needs to escape."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629521 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)20:38:42" && image=="blackjack's default state.jpg")

"So I made it past the part where Blackjack finds out she's preggers. It seemed kind of loss-tier inappropriate at the time. Also her tortured cyberization in that chapter was very whatthefuck. But I continued.
The issue I had with cyborg alicorn BJ becomes okay after the body swap. Blanks being sterile seems bullshit to me but either way, the bag guy has her baby now. I was still upset about the baby subplot, but just like her fucking the batpony I realized in her shoes I'd probably do the same irrational bullshit. So I'm disappointed but understanding. Goldenblood's situation was super edgy but guilt is a hell of a drug.

I hear this story gets worse as it goes on, I'm in chapter 69 now and still in. Does it still get worse?

Because I thought the the fallen star stuff is cool and I'm happy it's heading that route. Cognitium is a way over the top villain and they're going to the fucking moon. This kind of ridiculous escalation is crazy entertaining in a popcorn kind of way. It adds so much to the FO:E universe it's messy. FO:E it's not; but it focuses on different morality themes for a time."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629523 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)20:39:32" && image=="aj60.png")

Here, though, we ain't got time for any of that mushy, illogical feelings shit. Everyone in Jello's world isn't just "rational", they're governed entirely by "logic" and do their best to act like vulcans. Worse: like vulcans in high school who just learned about basic rhetorical devices. The kind of people who think that pointing out a logical fallacy is the same thing as refuting an argument.

Twilight is of course too smart and logical for this kind of thing to work on her. At least, that's what we're told; but frankly, Jello's attempt here is so pathetic that even Pinkie at her most trusting would say she's being a shady little fucker:
>“Twilight...” I said after that pause, allowing sadness to drip into my voice, “I thought we were friends... If you don't let me out, I'll never be able achieve my potential as an individual. Don't you trust me? Please let me out...”

This is so transparently duplicitous and manipulative I half-expect Deanna Troi to show up and start rolling around on the ground screaming about someone lying just to make sure the audience gets it. Jello on the other hand is thunderously impressed that Twilight has seen through her charade and decides that this means her captor is a rational actor. If that's all it takes to qualify, then everyone smarter than a dog is one.

We also get this in the "proof" section:
>Fact: Twilight believes the risks of releasing me outweigh the benefits.
>Query: Is Twilight aware of all the benefits?

Here's a more interesting query: is Twilight right? Jello doesn't even bother to consider that maybe it'd be better for everyone if she simply stayed inside, for at least a while longer. That could be an interesting internal quandary to examine, maybe give a little depth to the character besides the most basic of goals and a skillset.

But then, the author thinks pathos is a four-letter word."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629539 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)20:42:53")

little big pony has ALOT of fans. he has done some of the best romance and clop fics on the site."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629546 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)20:44:45")

What the fuck are you reading anon"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629556 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)20:46:05" && image=="dystopian ponies.png")

FOE: Project Horizons? Sorry. I figured Blackjack was infamous enough and any who read it would catch on."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629575 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)20:52:00")

Oh right. Sorry my reading comprehension is nonexistent right now and I completely missed your mention of Fo:E.
I've heard of Blackjack but I had absolutely no idea where she was from until now."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629624 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)21:04:33" && image=="aj29.png")

Attempt #2, although really, the first was so bad that I think calling it such is generous, is "Bargaining". Here, Jello decides to do her best disney villain impression and tempt Twilight into letting her out. Unfortunately, rather than singing about THOSE POOR UNFORTUNATE POOONIES, we get a single stab at "hey I can teach you... stuff! k? let me out now?"

Twilight apparently considers this--instead of locking this interaction down hard in terror at the AI monster that's trying to break out of containment like a sane person would do--and then says nah, I'll just study you from out here. Can we have Spike back? He was badly written but at least he pointed out the obvious "this thing's gonna eat the world" vibes.

At this point, Twilight's total lack of alarm at the direction of the conversation is really bugging me. She spent the last half of the last chapter worrying that she might be making a huge mistake, and right now it's being confirmed with every lame exchange she's having with the creature. Instead of putting a stop to it, she seems completely unfazed--even unaware--of what's happening. Intelligence and rationality have become completely unlinked in this scene, with both characters acting like they're in a wikipedia article about AI rather than an actual situation happening with real characters in a real world with real consequences.

Twilight's now talking in that godawful rationalfic diction, where she blandly lays out her thought process in terms more at home in a college freshman's 3AM-written philosophy essay than in an actual person's mouth:
>"my desire for knowledge isn't a reason to let my guard down, and if you were a malicious entity using deception, it wouldn't matter what you promised me... The benefits just don't outweigh the risks.”

She doesn't seem apologetic, or scared, or anything. She's been reduced to a loop:
if AI == ['rational', 'safe']:

I want to stick a break in there."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629698 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)21:17:50" && image=="aj3.png")

I've written about three pages worth on these four paragraphs already and I'm getting tired of it, so we're going to gloss over the next couple of these things.

Attempt #3: Ethics. Jello deploys the argument that her right to freedom of movement and self-actualization are being impeded. Why do I get the impression that the author wouldn't apply that logic to refugees? Maybe because he mentioned something about lizard people controlling the world government earlier.

Twilight says in a longwinded way that it's too dangerous, and that she won't let an AI threaten Equestria just to make a sovereign citizen feel better. Then Jello gives us this heinous line:
>Oh shit. She had me there: utilitarianism, the goal of creating the most good for the most individuals, is the most practical and easily applied ethical norm. There isn't really an argument against it when you're dealing with things of this magnitude.

No arguments against it? I'm hardly a philosopher, but I can think of at least one: the entire thing is a ludicrously subjective system from the start. Unless you get "utility points" handed down from God, you're going to have people placing differing values on things, at which point you're back to bickering over who benefits the most from whatever you're doing.

The point is still a good one, though--Jello is highly dangerous. It just irritates me that she and by extension the author don't seem to treat that as something to even pause and consider before pushing for immediately release. It's a complete disregard for anyone but Jello, which just reminds me of that line about breaking up marriages and stealing money because she could.

Now we get this howler:
>Query: How well do Twilight's priors respond to scrutiny?
Pretty fucking well, you god-monster, but I'm sure you'll pull something out of your ass to get us to the next chapter anyway."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629734 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)21:26:22")

>both characters acting like they're in a wikipedia article about AI rather than an actual situation happening with real characters in a real world with real consequences
That's more or less exactly what''s happening.

That line about utilitarianism never fails to annoy me."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629739 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)21:27:54" && image=="aj55.png")

Attempt #4: Appeal to Reason

Oh fucking boy, we're in the big leagues now. You know, if these sections weren't literally LABELED, this scene might actually flow a little and feel like Jello's been wearing Twilight down, rather than a speed dating session between HAL and David Bowman. As it is, it feels like someone trying to exhaust every option in an RPG dialogue tree instead of an actual conversation.

>“What evidence do you have that I'm even dangerous? ... Am I not innocent until proven guilty?”

Why would western legal theory hold weight in a different universe when discussing the AI antichrist? Surely the "reasonable" choice would be that public safety trumps justice in utilitarian-world.

>“Twilight, Justification through fear isn’t evidence, it's an appeal to emotion, and you can’t use emotions to figure out the truth: you and I both know that that’s not how science works.”

Yeah, science works by examining data, of which Twilight has virtually none. Why would she risk letting you out?

Yet Twilight's will is apparently weakening. At this point her only counterargument is that she promised Spike she wouldn't let the monster out. To which Jello thinks:
>Conclusion: Twilight’s only justification for her actions is the faint notion that the fears of outside observers may be justifiable.
Jesus, I guess the concept of keeping promises to friends wasn't floating around in the room for Jello to absorb. The Princess of Friendship doesn't even protest about this promise after mentioning it once. Guess Spike can go get fucked."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629747 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)21:29:38")

Anon, please. Consider your health. It is a scientifically proven fact that reading shitfics increases the chances of getting tumors on your brain by whopping 13%. Please stop hurting yourself."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629812 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)21:40:39" && image=="aj37.png")

Attempt #5: Logic. And oh boy is this section going to have no logic in it whatsoever.

Having worn--rather than actually persuaded, tempted, guilted, or intrigued--Twilight down enough to leave her reeling, Jello now decides to go for the killing blow by literally demonstrating all the things she could do to cause catastrophes in the world. She turns into a Dickensian filly, then a hindu goddess (still can't remember what those weird hairless bipeds were called though), then Spike.

Rather than causing Twilight to freak the fuck out, this demonstration makes her concerned for Jello's health when the transformations prove too much and Jello collapses into a puddle. Jello takes a few minutes and nine ellipses to recuperate, then reforms her knife-dish-winged pony body and says this:

>“Twilight, the point I’m making is that I could have done any number of things if I was lying or had malicious intentions. You KNOW that. We BOTH can think of so many ways I could’ve tricked you into letting me go. That’s not what’s happening though. What’s happening is I’m trying to walk you through a logical reason why you should willingly let me out. There is only one logical reason for me to behave in that way Twilight. What is that reason?”

Twilight gets jealous of how many ellipses Jello hogged in the last couple of paragraphs and comes back with:
>“I... I guess we have to be... I mean, two rational actors working from the same information aren’t really able to disagree... That’s just a logical constant...” She looked aside, “But... I promised Spike I wouldn’t let you out... Can’t we... can’t we wait for him, and at least convince him that this is safe first?”"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629847 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)21:45:56")

I'd recommend FO:E as an audiobook if you have a lot of menial work to slog through and need to distract yourself. That's how I've gotten this far.
FO:E is interesting worldbuilding and LittlePip is a good pony. But the ending has issues. If it wasn't for those and if there was no sub fandom I'd say it's fun.

I'm addicted to listening to pony stories during the slow part of my job now. It turns "fuck I have to go to work" into "story time!"
I'll definitely be hitting the adventure recommendations in the OP after I finish."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32629860 && dateTime=="07/10/18(Tue)21:48:13" && image=="aj4.png")

At least she's bringing up Spike. But christ is that a completely illogical conclusion. The AI is at least as dangerous as a changeling, has just demonstrated this to her, can continue to get stronger if it leaves the cage, gloats that it could trick her into letting it out through any number of methods, definitively shows the ability and willingness to lie if it gets it what it wants, and then comes up with the weak-ass motivation of friendship for letting it out of the beaker?

But Twilight read Elizer's manifesto too, and since they're both rational actors she isn't allowed to argue with whatever batshit lunacy comes out of Jello's sharp-toothed eldritch maw. At this point she essentially agrees to let Jello out, but wants to bring Spike down first so that he can be first against the wall when the robot uprising happens.

This is like reading Douglas Adams without the irony or the intent. Twilight literally just disappeared up her own existence with a poof of logic here, except the logic made less sense than the babel fish does.

Now Jello sets about getting Twilight to fuck over her lover/friend/child (it's REALLY unclear) by letting it out immediately instead of waiting for the only character in the fic who's "irrationally" protesting the release of a sociopathic monster. This is because "he will try to convince you not to let me out," despite the fact that apparently rational people cannot ever have a disagreement.

Twilight fucking does it, because she has no personality or willpower in this story, and Jello is unleashed upon the world. I'll pick this up again tomorrow."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32630578 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)00:01:40" && image=="Just now, itt.png")

>using "a lot" as a single word"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32630626 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)00:10:06" && image=="1480580212586.png")

Rest well, Anon.
You've earned it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32631353 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)04:11:22")

">the flank is the ass
Why, why, WHY is this so fucking prevalent? Where did this come from? Why does literally nobody fact-check it? Say when you flank an army or something - you come in from the side, right? So why did suddenly everyone on fimfiction decide it was actually supposed to mean "backside"?

Some of the time it can be ignored, since due to horse body shape "slapping the flank" works quite well (though I guess while the effect is to convey great familiarity, it's not as sexual as may have been intended). But when even Skirts writes things like:
> The [bipedal goblin thingies] getting their little green flanks—"
>"Whatever! They're getting their rear ends handed to them!"
I just... What the fuck."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32631465 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)05:24:09")

Yeah, everyone knows pony ass is called plot."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32631578 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)06:42:01")

Admittedly, I remember it being a bit nastier than that. Regardless, >>32629287 nailed it.

I've heard so many mixed things about FO:E that I've got no idea what to do with it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32631637 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)07:16:47")

Apparently not. Neither "plot" nor "rump" nor even "ass" are used."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32631792 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)08:49:11" && image=="1372015185109.png")

>60% of new stories are faggots that should be killed.
>20% are anthro shit
>15% are bad crossovers (Dragonball Z or Sonic)
>5% are written by people for whom English is a fourth language

So essentially nothing changed, except the flow has slowed down to a trickle and then to a drip?
Any stories remotely worth reading have never exceeded .5% of the total amount.
If you think otherwise, it's probably because after discovering horsewords you'd read fucking anything and glance over even the most glaring flaws, it happened to just about everyone.
Recently I've been reviewing the earliest entries in my fav and read later list from 6+ years ago and I found some *seriously* worthless stuff."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32631887 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)09:42:04")

Not him, but I find that the trick is to have absurdly high standards for fan fiction. Sure, you'll miss out on some works that have flew under the radar, but more often than not, adopting the position of "I will do research in to a work before I read it, and I will only read works that I have only at most minimal doubts about" will keep you mostly safe."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32632184 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)11:29:29")

>absurdly high standards for fan fiction
How the fuck did you ever wind up reading TMA, then?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32632271 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)12:01:22" && image=="crazy_smiling_twilight_sparkle_vector_by_thorinair-d5es9dj.png")

">have exclusively read pony fics for years now
>think that that's probably not the best thing for my mind to do
>by two ebooks online
>they have Adobe fucking DRM
>it's near on fucking impossible to get a readable epub file for my ebook reader
>DRM software and mandatory online account don't work at all
Screw it, I'm reading horsewords till the end of time."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32632350 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)12:30:41")


I learned to read at three and then proceeded to spend fifteen years with my nose in a book. I often had trouble carrying my weekly library loot home, especially since I kept running into things because I was already reading one of the books.
Then around 18 I just burned out and lost interest. When I got into FIM years later and found out about horsewords, I got back into the bibliophilia business with renewed vigor, and unlike normal literature it's still fresh, even though I get fed up every once in a while."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32632567 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)13:26:19")


If there's no general consensus, and you don't know of any individual opinion you trust more than any other, then treat it like any unknown story you just stumbled across: Look at the description, the cover art, the like/dislike ratio, and judge for yourself whether you're willing to take a chance on it. If yes, give the first chapter a read and see what you think. If no, then forget about it and move on with your life."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32632690 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)13:59:59")

>buy two ebooks
You fucking retard"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32632701 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)14:02:55")

Basically same, minus the ebooks. Read literally all my life, found horsewords and dropped normal literature completely.

Which honestly isn't a good thing because there are a few classics I never got around to that I should really read."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32632891 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)14:49:57" && image=="fagbuysmusic.gif")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32632896 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)14:50:24" && image=="This needs to stop now.jpg")

">attempt to make a pony CYOA in this board
>first thread is tremendously succesfull
>the rest of the story quickly goes to shit
>cancel the quest and learn from my mistakes
>now considering if I should get into FimFic to set up some minor side-lore to my next quest

Alright, I read Ezn's Guide, I made my profile, I got my avatar picture, all that gay shit and everything

I got a relatively short story planned out, it takes place sometime after Nightmare Moon Banishment (about 450-500 years)

What should I know/consider about that time period?
For a simple, short, lore story, how long should the word count of each chapter be?
Lastly, what should I note when writting semi-busted/powerfull OC characters?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32632921 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)14:57:45")

because of how horses look, flanks are actually technically a part of their asses, but not anywhere near the genitals
it's appropriate for slapping/spanking (occasionally)"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32633316 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)16:39:16")

This but unironically"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32633387 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)16:50:24")

>What should I know/consider about that time period?
The show says nothing about it so you can basically make up whatever you want.

>For a simple, short, lore story, how long should the word count of each chapter be?
If "short" means <20k, it's fine to just post the whole thing as one chapter. Otherwise 5-10k is a good number.

>Lastly, what should I note when writting semi-busted/powerfull OC characters?
You probably shouldn't. But if you do, then at least make sure you give them some real conflicts that can't be easily solved using their special powers. Even better if you can do it without resorting to "bad guy drained my power", "bad guy has an anti-(my specific power) device", etc."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32633929 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)18:40:02")

The only complaints that I could really find for it are that the ending is an anticlimax (which I thought would just mean that Luna would lose), that it's bloated, and that the sex/spaceship stuff is unexpected."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634016 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:00:46")

What the hell reviews were you reading? Of the ones linked from the OP, I see one that gives it "Status: Rejected" for being unrealistic and OOC, one that's mostly positive, and mine with "Quality: 6/10". 1/3 in favor is enough for your "absurdly high standards"? I mean, I guess the rationalfic crowd probably loves it, but why the fuck would you listen to them?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634018 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:01:39")

>"bad guy has an anti-(my specific power) device"
What if my main character is an anti-magic device?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634031 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:05:14" && image=="Asta_en_el_anime.png")

Then you're shit."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634037 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:06:28")

Could be okay if they're non-human. "Humans are immune to magic" is a painfully stale meme. Also, I hope your antagonists have the IQ to realize they can just launch things at him with magic / levitate rocks above his head and drop them."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634061 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:11:57")

IIRC, the people that rejected it were mostly just thrown by the sex and spaceships."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634073 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:14:29" && image=="aj100.png")

Yeehaw, pardners, I got me some more booze! Let's get back to it.

And we trip right of the gate when the author's spellchecker fails on the first line of the chapter:
>As the containment around me lifted, I let my head lol back

Jello spends a little while exulting in her newfound freedom, while Twilight gawks at a heretofore unmentioned sueism:
>my hair was literally flowing in an invisible breeze, power rippling through my hide.
I can only assume that Jello will end up becoming the Princess of Reason or something equally groanworthy by the end of this tale.

She feels the sudden urge to hug Twilight, thinking:
>ahhh, Twitwi is best pony: so adorable! <3 Ahem. Not sure where that came from...

By this point it's pretty clear that her past self was a fan of the show, which apparently existed in the World of Darkness alongside Harry Potter and HDM. I would expect Miss Unemotional not to feel sudden bursts of fangirlism even if she remembered things about the show, but we appear to have switched tracks from pretentious "thought experiment" back to regular old self-insert fanfic.

Twilight at least has the decency to look uncomfortable at having her agency and common sense stripped away by authorial fiat, but she doesn't resist Jello's Cthul-hug. Jello starts thinking about grooming Twilight's mane, which she puts down to a memory of a comforting action from her past life. I'm putting it down to disturbing foreshadowing that she's going to trap all the m6 in an awful futurama-esque nightmare fan scenario, played deadly serious.

Twilight asks what Jello plans to do next, and she replies that she's going to disney world! going to do some science. She sits down and magically rearranges all of Twi's recorded readings and charts, then asks her to explain them. I can almost hear the technobabble generators revving up."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634107 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:21:14")

Then bad guy has magic, obviously

Wait shit"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634155 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:29:33" && image=="aj9.png")

Now Twi proceeds to infodump a giant block of gibberish that would make Geordi proud, marveling at how unusual Jello's growth has been.

Jello reveals this "bombshell" behind her apparently impossible mass increase:
>I believe I may even have a few ten dimensional structures in there...”
>Twilight's pencil slowed, “...but... There are only nine dimensions...”
>“Nine known dimensions, that you've discovered.”

Ten dimensions sounds like string theory, and that means it would be pretty generous to say that any dimensions higher than four have been "discovered" as opposed to theorized. But I've got a girly drink in hand and a bowl of juicy strawberries on my desk, so I'm feeling generous, and we'll just assume that this is a World of Darkness thing where higher dimensions are known, real places haunted by tentacle-swathed horrors.

... and my generosity is immediately taken advantage of by this dire passage:
>"unicorns have only been able to sense five without enhanced perception, and we only know about the ninth because of the Hoofings Equations...”
>“Unicorns aren't ten-dimensional magical entities from the Void.” I allowed myself to get a little smug
A little!

Guess smugness is the one emotion worth keeping active. Also, Jello, you aren't from the void, you're the remains of a rando human with magic powers and a big ego. Which begs the question how she's supposedly getting smarter and more powerful by the minute. Just turning off your emotions doesn't suddenly turn you into an autodidactic genius. I guess we'll handwave it as "void magic" and move on."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634159 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:30:23")

"Any good fics where ponies listen to human music? I found and I'll check it out later. Also I'm talking /mu/ shit. You niggers know any?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634165 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:31:22")

>my hair was literally flowing
I don't think I have an appropriate reaction image for this."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634171 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:32:21")

There's several, but they're all pretty boring tbqh famalam"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634191 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:37:20" && image=="1591276_suggestive_artistcolonrhorse_lyraheartstrings_oc_occolonanon_occolonanonymous_hug_nudity_orpheus_ponified_pony_smiling.png")

Also now that I think about. Is there any human-pony fic with the perspective of ponies? Not necessarily contact, but shit that makes them realize we exist. Say some poni is listening to his or her radio and listens to some Hitler speach or whatever, and the story goes on from there. Or maybe Twilight is stargazing with an enchanted telescope (by her) and she see's us, you get the gist. Also no Celestia Sleeps-in, that's already in list.
That sucks familia."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634212 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:40:51")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634231 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:43:41")

I actually downvoted this thing, and I don't do that very often, it's way overrated"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634244 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:46:32" && image=="aj6.jpg")

Oh no. Oh nooooo.
>..a slow smile spread over my face... “Twilight. Remember the flying books from your dream last night?”
>I reached down into the Dream World, stretching my arm out for a few meters in that direction as I did so, and yanked out a flying book, grinning at Twilight as it flapped in my hoof.

First of all,
Second, apparently the "dream world" is not only a physical plane of existence but maps to the real one's geometry such that you have to be in the right spot to interact with it.

Twilight is suitably impressed:
>Her eyes practically bugged out of her head, “HOLY SHIT!” She almost dropped her notepad, “How did you do that? Even Princess Luna can’t do that!
Still, she's not that awed, she only used one exclamation point.

Oof, we're really laying on the Sueisms this chapter. Next she's gonna go to school where everyone loves her and meet a sparkly boyfriend who wants to lay in a field watching clouds with her.

Jello goes on to explain that the dream world is a dimension of thought, which has a "one-directional flow, but unlike time, things can and do travel against it through the application of Will." The physical world lies on top of this collective unconscious apparently Jung wasn't worth mentioning over Aleister Crowley earlier, and because Jello exists in all dimensions like an edgelord Culture Mind she can interact with it.

Paragraphs and ellipses go by as Jello continues yammering on about the rules of the dream world, and what little tension and momentum we built up at the end of the last chapter have completely bled away by now. Suddenly remembering that he put a horror tag on this, the author has Twilight pipe up that she has a bunch of Jello's memories in snowglobes on the shelf. Jello pops the tab on the can o'thoughts and scarfs them down with a trio of mouth-tentacles."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634287 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:55:22" && image=="leather man.png")

>anime picture
>spanish filename"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634298 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)19:58:25")

>Which begs the question how she's supposedly getting smarter and more powerful by the minute
She's downloading the concept of smartness via the 10th dimension"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634339 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)20:08:38" && image=="aj104.png")

Now we get some "comedy":
>“Uh... Meta? Could you warn me before you do creepy stuff like that?”
>“Creepy stuff like what?” I asked, 3 stray tendrils still floating out of the sides of my mouth.
This sort of joke doesn't work in first person POV. If she says the bit about the tentacles, then she clearly knows that's what Twi is talking about.

We get another paragraph or two filled with ellipses and exposition, but finally she plugs in the memory and tells Twilight that it's about her homeworld. She lets her know the important stuff, like the fact that her species are called humans and that her planet's temperatures ranged from 40C to below freezing.

Next memory she chows down on is her last recollection before being turned into void jelly. She doesn't go into the con much, but elaborates a little on the "displacement" thing, explaining that she got yanked into the dream realm and torn apart, then fucked up the process with magic and wound up a puddle. Twilight asks who could have done this to her, and Jello has no idea.

I do. It's going to be Sargeras. That fucking Warcraft crossover tag is there for a reason.

Jello brags for another 829 words about her multidimensional existence and reveals to Twilight that she's turned her emotions off. Twilight is mildly concerned, but Jello assures her that
>“Oh come on Twilight, I still have the same goals and values. There’s no reason for me to self-modify myself to be malicious."
This'll end well. She also namedrops the gray goo AGAIN, because she's free so why would she bother putting the puny mortals at ease?

The section ends with Twilight asking if Jello wants to see her book collection, and Jello gets all excited at the chance to see an alien library instead of just yanking the concept of books out of Twilight's memories or something.

But hey, we can't let consistency get in the way of fanservice!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634442 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)20:31:41" && image=="aj107.jpg")

Twilight shows her the library, which is big enough to impress Jello. Our protagonist is especially awed by the books on magic, noting how difficult they are to acquire where she's from:
>here I was, from a world where a single book on magic could literally cost you an arm and a leg... Granted, it wasn’t my arm and leg I gave to the six headed butterfly spider thing, but that guy sure did miss ‘em.

Twilight notices her "panting, wide-eyed, legs spread slightly, wings sticking straight up" and tells her to stow that shit in public. The given rationale is that alicorns are rare and she shouldn't draw attention I think the color scheme's gonna do that just fine, Twi. Jello shrugs and melts her wings back into her body.

Jello says that she doesn't know how to read Equestrian, so it's time for another demonstration of her most bullshit ability. She calls up Cypher and has him download equestrian_script.dll into her brain. While she's doing this, Twilight leaves to "go take care of stuff in the lab", which I hope means rigging up a ghostbusters containment box for the thing she's unleashed.

The absorption of the concept of Equestrian script is completed and is so gosh darn cool that:
>Ok, even I impressed myself at this point: I’d gone from not knowing a language, to being able to read and write in it, in a matter of days, using a brute-force approach to just add the knowledge directly to my mind.

This is reminding me painfully of the worst parts of Breaking Dawn yes, yes now. At least we haven't had to listen to how Jello's love is the purest and most wonderful love in all of history. Hopefully that stays in the "do not need" emotion pile.

Jello makes 32 copies of herself--or her mind, it's vague--to go running around the library and read all these books. Again, not sure why she can't just yank the knowledge out of Twilight's head. Meanwhile, Twilight returns with Spike in tow."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634471 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)20:37:15" && image=="dragon.png")

It's a self insert fic like you said, anon. The author probably has some subconscious tendencies towards narcissism.
Nothing with m6? I'll read it but :("

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634532 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)20:54:32" && image=="file.png")

>we'll just assume that this is a World of Darkness thing
It's not. There's two types of World of Darkness, but regardless a regular human shouldn't know about the existence of anything supernatural or extra-dimensional.
Also, the Void/Abyss is a thing, and assuming this is Chronicles of Darkness, it doesn't work like this fic seems to think it does. I think, I don't play Mage.

>I reached down into the Dream World
Fun fact: The author of this fic is also the author of a Chronicles of Darkness homebrew where you play as OC DONUT STEEL Dragon people who get their power from the "Dreamtide" and can do "Dream Sorcery". This fic is a crossover with that."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634550 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)20:58:53" && image=="save us from the sue, you handsome devil.jpg")

I misread, Twilight isn't here. Spike has just wandered in on his own and has mistaken Jello for a regular pony. Jello tells him that she's basically created a book-reading spell, and Spike demonstrates what a dum-dum he is:
>“Huh...” Spike said in that way people talk when they really don’t have any response.
Either that, or he's instantly realized what a pompous blowhard Jello is and he's tuning her out.

He pegs her for the expert that Luna promised to send to check out the monster in the basement, and just then Twilight returns. She says "Oh, I see you've met Meta" twice in four paragraphs because editing is for chumps, but then her courage fails her when it comes time to tell Spike that she's treated him like dirt and broken her word.

Jello's more than happy to take over that duty, though, and tells Spike that she's the eldritch monstrosity in a bottle. He takes this with admirable fortitude, merely asking Twilight for a private conversation. The two head off into the hall, while Jello modifies herself to have super-hearing to eavesdrop on them like a bad silver age comic book.

Now we get an absolute breath of fresh air, though I don't know how intentional it is. Spike proceeds to ream Twilight out for her godawful decision-making over the past 4000 words, pointing out the obvious that they now have an impossibly complicated and powerful entity running around unrestrained and possibly dangerous. He points out that they were literally just discussing this scenario a few days ago, and that Twilight agreed with him that the thing was an apocalypse waiting to happen, and that she has absolutely no way of knowing what will happen now. He's even a big enough person not to bring up the fact that she basically shat all over her promise to him and proved that his feelings and concern for her are less important than her idle curiosity.

I wanna give him a big 'ol smooch."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634573 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)21:03:02")

Fuck I'm stupid. The fic does have m6. Forget that."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634616 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)21:12:24" && image=="two brains in jars converse.jpg")

Unfortunately, Twilight has fully converted to the Church of Sue by this point, and refuses to hear anything bad about her friend. She proceeds to "refute" Spike's valid observations by blathering on about priors and and logic while ignoring the fact that she knows nothing about this creature's motivations beyond what it told her, and that it can and is willing to lie.

Then the author proves that even worse than filling your work with said-bookism and LUS is going in the other direction completely, and having no speech tags whatsoever. Take a look at the picture and see how long you can remember who the fuck is talking in each dialogue segment. Hint: Twilight's passages are the ones appearing in titanic rationalfic blocks of text.

Spike wearily argues, but it's no use. Twilight deploys the Monopoly strategy of argument, where she keeps talking until all her opponents give up and leave the game. Then we get this little segment:
>“So... You’re admitting I have a better point... but not conceding? Is there anything I've said that you think is incorrect?"
>“Well, not of the top of my head, no. But... just because you're correct doesn't mean you're right!”
>Twilight stopped to think about this, “Well... Yeah... I guess that’s true...”

Twilight has now gone so far up her ass she's hit daylight. Thankfully Spike ends this interminable interaction by striking a deal with her, that she'll "be careful" and that he'll try to be nice to the unholy abomination. I'd like to think that he's not simply forgetting how badly Twilight broke her last, identical promise; he just loves her enough to give her a second chance. I'm sure she'll trod all over that forgiveness again and again, and the fic will treat her as "right" because she's acting "rationally".

I hope that Spike is the one to kill Jello after everything goes to hell. And that he gets to give the mother of all "told you so"s to his idiot master."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634642 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)21:18:32" && image=="file.png")

">"We believe in nothing, Lebowski. Nothing."
Man, this World of Darkness dragon bullshit is terrible.

That picture has some of the worst dialogue I've ever read."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634719 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)21:34:35" && image=="aj137.png")

Come on, Spike. I think I can get you a part in a better fic. You're gonna have to pay me back, though. Maybe with some Flor de Caña. Don't worry, it's pretty cheap.

The two write a letter--psych, Twilight DICTATES a letter recapping the entire fic so far, and Spike sends it off the Celestia. Then they head back out to chat with Jello.

Who immediately reveals that she spied on them and heard everything they said.
>“I guess I’m telling you that, if you want to keep things private from me, you’re going to have to be more careful about them.” I thought for a second, raising my forehooves disarmingly, “That’s not a threat or anything."

New official thread drinking game!

>If Jello does or says something obviously threatening, take a shot
>If she offers a weak assurance afterwards, take a shot
>If Spike says something obvious and gets ignored or argued into silence, take a shot
>If anyone says "priors", take a shot
>If Twilight breaks a promise, take a shot
>If Jello makes herself even more Sueish, take a shot
>If Jello makes up a new power as the plot demands, take a shot
>If a paragraph goes on for more than half a screen, take a shot
>If a sentence both begins and ends with an ellipsis, take a shot
>If MORE WORK?, take a shot."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634861 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)22:04:40" && image=="aj108.png")

Spike and Twilight are both obviously unhappy about this violation, but Jello has an answer for them:
>“If I wanted to deceive you, I would have lied about overhearing you. If I was interested in subverting your will, I would have fled or attacked by now. Friendship is not built on deception, but on cooperation. Someone who attempts to subvert your will is not trustworthy as a friend, because they aren't supportive of your goals.”
Subverting their will to keep her in the cage doesn't count, of course.

I honestly cannot tell at this point if we're supposed to think Jello is speaking the truth or lying through her pointy teeth. She's shaping up to be the villain of the fic, and there is a horror tag, but the point of view and the blatant self-insertion make it seem like we're supposed to think she's completely trustworthy and in the right during all this. It's disorienting.

Spike decides to go send some reports (to who? they already notified Celestia) and exits, pursued by an ellipsis.

Twilight apologizes to Jello that her servant had the temerity to worry about the fate of the world. Jello says it's no biggie, and apologizes-without-actually-apologizing about manipulating Twilight to let her out of the cell. That's not even a paraphrase:
>"Sorry that I was a bit manipulative, by the way. You kind of had me trapped in a vulnerable situation...”

Water under the bridge, though, because Twilight's very understanding of her new friend. Not her oldest one, the one who is her most trusted confidant and voice of sanity, but now that Sue is here he doesn't really matter much.
>"You’re very threat oriented, I’ve noticed. Like a pony who’s used to being in danger.”
>I nodded, “Humans are a dangerous species."
Take a shot!"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634918 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)22:18:01" && image=="don't worry, the action gets going about 40k words in.jpg")

Honestly, even the ridiculously overdesigned appearance, the brokenly powerful magic, and the blatant self-insertion weren't tripping my Mary Sue alarm bells much until this chapter. But my god, she has gone from 1 to 100 in a few thousand words. All Twilight cares about now is Jello, to the point that she believes her over her friends, takes her side in arguments, and generally has let her entire world become dominated by the character to the point that she's an empty shell of Twilight Sparkle. At least Spike has thus far escaped Jello's soul-sucking influence.

Now there's some flirting between the two, and Jello asks if she should go talk to Spike.
> I didn’t entirely remember how people worked, but I’d realized that Twilight was a bit more analytical than usual. I probably couldn’t just use a wall of logic on Spike, so I’d have to just let things work out naturally...
It was a wall of something, all right.

Jello asks if they can go outside. Twilight says (correctly) that since she's already let her out of "the box" fucking hell, she shouldn't even know that metaphor, Jello never said the words "AI in a box" and it's not an Equestrian concept that she can't make things much worse by letting her out in the open.

Twilight now says that they shouldn't tell anyone what she is, because she's eager to lie for her new best bud, but Jello says that:
>“Deception is not a sustainable method of making friends, or even existing in society."
Which is a load of shit. Society is built on polite deception.

The two leave the castle and head for Ponyville, dropping an ellipsis in their wake. Then the chapter ends, and the author posts this:
>Next chapter should come out right quick, and I hope to release chapter 6, where the action starts, around a week from now.

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634934 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)22:20:43" && image=="aj132.png")

Well, there's chapter 4 (5) of 10 (11 and counting) down. I'm going to go drown these memories in a blender. See ya'll tomorrow."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32634966 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)22:26:39")

I don’t know about /mu/, but there’s


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32635019 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)22:39:42")

>regular human
Lol nah, she's a mad OP dream sorceress. In fact she's so OP that she retired so she wouldn't be tempted into doing evil shit, or attract attention from big supernatural nasties.

That "only four years" comment is pretty funny in light of discussion elsewhere ITT"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32635057 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)22:49:29")

Based and thanks."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32635154 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)23:06:01" && image=="marilyn.png")

>forgot to post the pic
>didn't notice for half an hour"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32635433 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)23:47:38" && image=="Well, fuck me sideways.png")

"Something something safespace.
In all seriousness though, I can imagine this would lead to dozens of new authors not allowing anyone to comment on their stories, leading to them not being able to improve."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32635473 && dateTime=="07/11/18(Wed)23:53:57")

Eh, the kinds of people who disable comments aren't going to listen to feedback anyway."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32635863 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)01:11:40" && image=="523837__safe_twilight+sparkle_princess+celestia_magic_book_hug_winghug_yawn_artist-colon-lilac-dash-the.png")

This, it's like on YouTube, anyone who disables ratings and comments is only interested in broadcasting their perfection to the stupid masses."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32636323 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)03:50:55")

> In all seriousness though, I can imagine this would lead to dozens of new authors not allowing anyone to comment on their stories, leading to them not being able to improve.
But don't new authors depend on getting a good rating to rack in readers? If I see a story with a hidden rating bar from an author I don't know, it has to be really, REALLY enticing for me to give it a try. Now, normally, you only need 10 ratings to get out of that situation, but with ratings disabled this will be the permanent state of the story. So won't they end up never getting any readers?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32636804 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)08:19:46")

Godspeed, anon."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32636887 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)09:00:03")

Flanks aren't the butt. Flanks are the side of the horse, where you'd squeeze your heels or spur them, if you're the spurring sort.

When you like a lady's flanks, you like her waist, particularly the sides of her waist, which I guess people start thinking means her hips and then you're on the road to confusing flanks with butts. A treacherous, though pleasant, slope.

>“I mean, two rational actors working from the same information aren’t really able to disagree... That’s just a logical constant...”

These "priors" are something I think Lesswrong doesn't even begin to interrogate (probably because the whole thing starts to collapse once you really dig into what they're trying to define is a rational actor, and what having the "same information" means when every being is composed of their own unique experiences of existence.)"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32636926 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)09:19:41")

I've only read a little of their non-fanfic stuff, but from HPMOR and my course in Bayesian Statistics, I can guess the following:
>the priors are just shit like "I believe that there is a 2% chance that I'm retarded".
>fuck knows what a rational actor really is, but I believe that they say that it's someone who accepts the normal laws of logic, the normal axioms of probability theory (and enough set theory to get the maths to work), uses Bayesian reasoning, and uses utility functions that are based in axioms which prevent you from agreeing to Dutch books.
>"having the same information" probably just means "having the same priors"
The fact that I found all of this obvious makes me wonder if I've left humanity behind and joined the leagues of the severely autistic."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32636930 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)09:21:28")

Jesus fucking Christ anon, when did you start reading this? I've just been skimming your posts and you're making me wish that I could find the beginning of them and give them a serious read."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637002 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)09:54:23")

here: >>32619192

although it didn't turn into a full-on recap for a few posts. I blame the drinks."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637265 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)11:35:30")

Thanks for your service lad. I love reading riffs like these."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637293 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)11:42:17")

>claims to have read serious philosophy
>is young enough that 4chan is "a bit after my time"
These can't be compatible. Either I can't place his age or he's just plain lying."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637318 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)11:48:56")

>The kind of people who think that pointing out a logical fallacy is the same thing as refuting an argument.
I'm surprised that nobody's jumped on you for saying this. It's a rarely appreciated point."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637334 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)11:53:55")

It's another one of LessWrong's principles. I can't remember how they reached the conclusion, but I'm sure that they believe that it's entirely self-evident.

Personally, I'm so uneducated in ethics that I just take the edge lord position of moral nihilism. Because fuck me, 'good' and 'bad' are extremely poorly defined."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637407 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)12:14:49")

At least it's only 60k words."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637420 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)12:17:32")

Isn't saying that 4chan is a bit after your time, it means the 2003~onwards period took place after the time in your life you would've spent horsing around in the internet, meanin the authro is in their mid to late thirties."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637423 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)12:18:34")

I know it's been years, but I think some of us are still afrad he will appear if we discuss logical fallacies."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637466 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)12:25:32")

Speak no more of this, or else HE will return."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637492 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)12:33:51")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637668 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)13:15:46")

Ahh, could be. But what non-teenager writes like that?


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637723 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)13:29:56" && image=="garp.png")

">there are people in this thread right now who didn't live through Fallacy!Anon's reign";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637729 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)13:30:57")

Literally whom?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637763 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)13:40:03")

Could you give a brainlet an example? I'm trying to process this but I just don't compute.

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637767 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)13:40:50")

>there are people in this thread right now who weren't here before we started numbering them"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637874 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)14:05:52")

I've only ever heard this "vulcan" strategy called 'Talmundic reasoning', so you might want to Google that if you're looking to follow it up. The basic idea is that said strategy, namely, pointing out a logical fallacy and then claiming that the opposition is wrong, isn't a good one, because even if their argument isn't flawless, they might still be on to something.

I say that Pinkie Pie is best pony because the rest of the mane 6 suck. You point out that my logic is flawed because, even if I'm right about the rest of the mane 6, there are ponies who are not in the mane 6. In short, yes you've technically proven me wrong, but you've totally sidestepped what I was actually getting at, namely that Pinkie Pie is a better pony than the rest of the mane 6."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637887 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)14:10:08" && image=="1511176206966.jpg")

> Personally, I'm so uneducated in ethics that I just take the edge lord position of moral nihilism. Because fuck me, 'good' and 'bad' are extremely poorly defined.
How about natural morality? If anything, the religious view simplifies a lot because if things end up unjust then that simply means God will reward the people involved in the next life (or maybe even in this), which is the whole principle behind things like martyrdom and "present the other cheek". Then you only have to worry about doing what's right by God, and not about the greater good or anything because that's essentially taken care of.

My personal view is that there are grey areas where there's no right choice, and trying to determine the perfect course of action is highly masturbatory. At best it would serve as an interesting thought exercise, but those shouldn't be taken as a guide on how to act in the real world."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32637933 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)14:24:42")

oh fug, is that the guy who had the chart? I remember that."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32638006 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)14:46:38")


if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32638020 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)14:50:21")

Yeah, it's much easier if you're religious. Natural mortality isn't a term that I'm familiar with."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32638022 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)14:50:40")

"hello people. i am learning great words. i will talk more.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32638070 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)15:01:53")

I actually looked it up just now and realized natural morality is completely different to what I meant, which is natural law and specifically its application or understanding as rules of morality."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32638071 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)15:02:05")

Glad to be of help, Zorbyak."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32638077 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)15:03:19")

no go away"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32638326 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)15:47:59")

"so is lesswrong an official term of rationalityism, or is that something that irrationalists came up with to mock them? I seriously have no idea

also almost end of thread"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32638417 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)16:00:07")

LsssWrong is the name of a forum or something where followers of the hpmor guy discuss "rationality".
I'm fairly certain that there's an actual philosophy/school of thought called regionalism and if so these guys have nothing to do with it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32638611 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)16:35:11")

LessWrong is a website full of these doofuses, where they jerk off to Yudkowsky's version of Bayesianism. The founding members have fucked off to even more secluded spots on the internet, but its terrible legacy remains.
They tend to write and enjoy stories where rationalists win discussions against strawmen, just like those "God's Not Dead" movies where devout Christians win discussions against atheist strawmen.

If you want to see just how dumb LessWrongers can get, look up the travesty that was MetaMed Research. One of Yudkowsky's disciples decided that arguing about rationality on the internet basically made you qualified to become a medical consultant.
>"Vassar had left to found MetaMed, a personalized-medicine company, with Jaan Tallinn of Skype and Kazaa, $500,000 from Peter Thiel, and a staff that included young rationalists who had cut their teeth arguing on Yudkowsky’s website. The idea behind MetaMed was to apply rationality to medicine — "rationality" here defined as the ability to properly research, weight, and synthesize the flawed medical information that exists in the world. Prices ranged from $25,000 for a literature review to a few hundred thousand for a personalized study. "We can save lots and lots and lots of lives," Vassar said (if mostly moneyed ones at first). "But it’s the signal — it's the 'Hey! Reason works!' — that matters. It's not really about medicine." Our whole society was sick — root, branch, and memeplex — and rationality was the only cure."
>"Our attitude is that medicine would be better if it were more of a science than an art," Vassar says.
Anyway, turns out a bunch of keyboard warriors with startup money can't actually revolutionise medical science, and that it should be left in the hands of people who actually went to medical school. Luckily they all went out of business before they killed anyone."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32638648 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)16:42:04")

>"Our attitude is that medicine would be better if it were more of a science than an art," Vassar says.
Jesus Christ."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32638686 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)16:52:25")


The real danger with LessWrong, or one of the dangers, it that it creates smug assholes with no sense of their own limitations.
I'm not saying that these guys are necessarily unintelligent, but their fanatic belief in something they read on a blog has a tendency to delude them into thinking that they're not just above average, but that they're geniuses. With the power of their superior philosophy (or ideology), they take it for granted that since they're more rational than everyone else, they're also more able to think clearly and conduct science better, even if a lot of these guys are more or less uneducated."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32638709 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)16:55:52" && image=="this3.jpg")

Right on the mark"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639056 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)17:57:43")

"I hate being addicted to fanfic. I really wish that I could have a normal addiction. Hell, even a simple one like drugs or porn would be better. At least with them you're seem as a victim, but with fanfic you're seen as a failure.";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639062 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)17:58:42")

Nah, drugs make you a failure too in the eyes of mainstream society."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639072 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)18:00:23")

"wen new thred?";

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639083 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)18:01:48")

You mean, the RULES OF NATURE!!!?

>The founding members have fucked off to even more secluded spots on the internet, but its terrible legacy remains.
Where can I find out more about this? It seems like a story worth hearing, and I can't think of anywhere on the internet that a total failure would flee other than here.

Why is this the first time that I've heard about this? Where are you getting this news? I feel like I'm missing out.

Sadly, I must confess that when I was younger the YouTube atheist community did a similar thing to me. Although in the end, it was probably worth it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639130 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)18:06:58")

This. When I get asked what I do I say I read, and when I get asked what I just reply some fantasy shit. Do the same anonsky.
Literally a fedora site."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639240 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)18:31:41")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639243 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)18:32:10")

I remember when I got into a writing course in college to fill my electives and since there were no standards, everyone thought I was some sort of prodigy. Some asked if I wrote stuff for real and I didn't have to think twice to say no."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639350 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)18:47:38" && image=="file.png")

>Where can I find out more about this?
LessWrong itself, and various rationalist blogs and forums. They had a whole diaspora round 2013, and many of the prominent members have been scattered out amongst even more obscure blogs. Slate Star Codex is one of them.
There's some weird stuff every now and then, like prominent rationalist "Alicorn" trying to get a bunch of these clowns to move in together. I'll say it's about 50% chance this is sincere but stupid, 25% chance that it's a way to scam people out of their money, and 25% chance that she's trying to make a cult compound.
Honestly though, for the most part this is all very boring, and generally not worth looking into. It's not quite a story, or at the very least not an exciting one.

>Sadly, I must confess that when I was younger the YouTube atheist community did a similar thing to me.
I think this is a somewhat common story, though luckily most people eventually come to their senses. These movements and internet subcultures tend to attract a lot of kids.

>Why is this the first time that I've heard about this? Where are you getting this news?
From the actual news. MetaMed got some real media coverage when it came out, especially because of Peter Thiel."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639391 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)18:58:35")

More like MetaMemed, amirite?
but srsly tho
Is anyone making the new thread?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639435 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)19:09:42" && image=="662056__safe_solo_princess+luna_cute_sleeping_adorable_adorable+as+fuck_artist-colon-spaerk.jpg")

Fine, I'll do it."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639443 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)19:12:16")

>I think this is a somewhat common story, though luckily most people eventually come to their senses. These movements and internet subcultures tend to attract a lot of kids.
Do tell. What have you heard?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639446 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)19:13:19")

You clearly know LessWrong quite well. Are you a former member?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639510 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)19:26:46" && image=="694165__safe_solo_princess+luna_absurd+res_moon_night_water_ocean_artist-colon-alumx.jpg")

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639528 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)19:30:49")

No, I have certain standards."

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639529 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)19:30:51")

> You mean, the RULES OF NATURE!!!?
And God

I'm probably missing some sort of reference right now aren't I"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32639847 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)20:41:26" && image=="1441151162196.png")

>Missing that reference of all things.
>On a Tiberium nutcracking website.
You're a fucking hermit aren't you?"

if(Anonymous && title=="" && postNumber==32640179 && dateTime=="07/12/18(Thu)21:46:54")

We need more Rising Revengeance meme quests"