Ahhh…Fresh Meat

Well then, after so very long, we have some wonderful news to announce!  After reviewing many applications, we have brought in a large group of human sacrifices new recruits to the team!  We’re very excited to have these new mods and temp mods work with us.  Please join me in welcoming them.  Of course, we only expect you to harass them for the first two weeks, from THAT point then you have to treat them like real people.  Uh…did I say that out loud?  Anyways,  be sure to send your congratulations to:

  • alicorn_texasboykc09
  • buytoast
  • Eulshy
  • Fengor
  • GabeMoist
  • Krazy
  • Konsoln
  • MirrorImage
  • Ohnine
  • Vuxul
  • xMgMusicx

I, for one, look forward to our new mod overlords.  Cheers!

A month later… <.< >.>

Yeah…I totally haven’t been lazy about this…at all.  I’d like to give you an excuse, but I can’t.  I’ve just been putting off another blog post for way too long, so my bad on that.

So we’ve had an interesting conversation going on at “Ye olde Mod Headquarters”, and I’d like to start working towards a better solution for it.  It’s obvious to anyone that there’s some friction between groups of people and the moderators, I wont deny that at all.  A huge majority of these issues, we have discussed, are because there is a lack of transparency from how the mods go about business and what the viewers see in response.  Now, keep in mind this isn’t every situation, and there are certainly problems which we do need to address in other forms.  This is mostly in regards to viewers not really having an answer for WHY certain things happen, or why certain decisions were made.  Take, for example, when someone sends in a complaint or a concern about the way things are done here.

When this happens, we take it very seriously.  We’re always open to feedback, and believe it or not every complaint is discussed (some of which are still being addressed).  But on the viewer side, you don’t see any of this.  Now, I can already hear what you’re going to say, “But I was against X happening and got kicked by a mod.”  From your perspective, this can be very aggravating, or even make you feel that you’re just being needlessly censored.  I’ll try to clarify this as best as I can.  Essentially, the issue isn’t that you disagree with something, but that you’re disrupting the chat with the complaint.  If, after a kick, you flood into main chat “WTF MAN HOLY SHIT, Y?”, it’s our responsibility to take action.

Now, this is what happens an overwhelming majority of the time, but that’s not what I want to get at.  I want to address issues where viewers have legitimate concerns, but are going about it the wrong way.  Your input is very important to us, and we want you to feel like you can voice any concern you have.  Going back to what I said, the viewers don’t get to really see the mod discussion on these cases.  With this in mind, I want to start making steps forward to bridge that gap.  Obviously I don’t think this is an end-all solution, but merely a step towards a better system where both viewers and moderators are happy.  For today’s blog post, I want to stress that viewers have a voice.

Normally, I would tell you that any complaints or suggestions should be handled a few different ways: 1) Send a PM to a moderator (It doesn’t have to be the moderator in question in circumstances you feel are abuses of power), 2) Go to our #derpy_hooves channel and inquire further or 3) email us at [email protected]  You may not SEE the mod discussion on what you present, but I can guarantee that it does get brought up and reviewed.  But this isn’t good enough, this is just re-iterating the same policy.  Today, I want to focus on bridging that gap.  So here is my plan:  We’re going to have, essentially, an AMA of sorts (yes, I know this isn’t reddit).  I want you all to send me an email at [email protected], asking about anything you want to know.  Literally.  Anything.  Want some insight on a particular policy?  Feel free.  Want to know our opinions on certain things?  Totally fine.  Want to ask me why I’m such an intolerable dick?  Go right ahead.  Every question asked will be posted and answered in next week’s post (and yes, your identities will remain anonymous).  I’ll answer every question 100% honestly (though I may, if you ask about particularly sensitive matters, not be at liberty to go into details).

So let me know what you guys are thinking about, I’m serious.  I’m giving you all the chance to publicly address any issues or concerns you have for this site.  This is our chance to be a little bit more transparent with each other, and to really get a dialogue going.  Cheers folks, I look forward to seeing your questions.

Lotto July 19th and Trilogies

Congratulations to our winners of of our July 19th lotto!

Movie night just not enough for you?  Well good thing we’ve got our trilogy months!  Stick around 7:00 PM EST on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the Alien trilogy!  Hope to see you there!

Stay classy, pony folk, and have a great week.

Artist Spotlight: The Viking of Bronystate

So one thing I’d really like to do with these weekly blog posts is spend some time to give a shout-out to talented artists in the community.  Let’s face it, the biggest exposure we get to FiM comes from the works of talented artists, musicians and video makers from all over.  If nothing else, they deserve a few moments of exposure and respect.

With that in mind, I’d like to kick off the first of these spotlights by showing off none other than our resident viking: Wrek.  If you’ve been here long enough, you’re probably familiar with his art streams.  We’re all honored and grateful to have a talented person like him on our team.

This guy makes magic out of pixels, let me tell you.  All of his images (when SFW) are a pleasure to see.  I would consider myself a very lucky man to receive a commissioned work from him.  But why ramble when I can show off some of his works?  Without further ado, here are some of the works of Wrek:

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to see more of Wrek’s artwork, feel free to check out his deviantart here:

Wrek’s DeviantArt

If you have other artists in mind who you’d like to see showcased here, feel free to send me an email at [email protected]

 

[EDIT] Apologies for the image scrunching, wordpress is lame.  I’ll see if there’s a workaround for future posts

Lottery Winners June 6th, Plus a Special Announcement

Congratulations to our winners of last week’s lottery:

We also have a special announcement for you all: Next week begins our annual trilogy month(s)!  Tune in Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesdays for your favorite trilogies.  We’ll kick off the event with the Iron Man trilogies, starting Monday the 16th at 8:00 PM EST.  We hope to see you there!

The Tree from which the Spoiled Apple Fell

Apologies for the late post on this one, I’d like to have a decent excuse but the fact is I was spending way too much time zapping demons with my wizard power.  So I wanted to experiment with a more discussion based post this time, something to get us chatting with each other as opposed to just textwalling our stories and then never really commenting on other posts.  I really don’t need to stress this, but I’m putting it in anyway: keep in mind this is for polite discussion.  In other words, it’s okay to disagree just don’t take it too far.

So I haven’t actually finished Season 4 yet (I believe the Breezie episode is next on my list), so if something has happened I don’t address, I apologize ahead of time.  One character in particular has caught my attention over these few years.  I’ve brought it up a few times if you remember our post-show throwdown’s with CR, but I’ve never really made a discussion out of it.  This character, to me, is one of the most interesting elements to over analyze as all bronies are fond of doing.  She is pretty much universally hated by the fandom as a whole and I can’t really argue that she didn’t do anything to deserve it.  After all, her role in the show is to serve as an antagonist to the Cutie Mark Crusaders. In the event my ever so “subtle” clues were not clear enough, I am referring to Diamond Tiara.

So what makes DT so interesting to me?  She’s a stuck up, spoiled little brat who only serves as an easy enemy for our beloved little trio of cutie mark searchers.  Her cutie mark is, quite literally, an expression of her complete and utter uselessness.  She is, essentially, forever reliant on the image and wealth of her family name.  How can someone so obnoxious and irritating offer anything meaningful for us to appreciate?  I think the answer lies in the nature of her core character.

Let’s take a step back and look at the particular world we’re dealing with here.  As with any over-analysis, I’m going to be assuming a few things we normally suspend from television; namely that these characters are not the exaggerated representation of ideals for the sake of storytelling and that they can be compared to real human personality.  With this show, we’re dealing with “people” who have their entire identities defined by one unique trait; one special talent.  This one particular mark determines their entire existence. We’ve seen, such as in episodes like Party of One and Sonic Rainboom, the inability to perform tasks related to this identity can cause rather serious mental breakdowns.  Needless to say, a Cutie Mark is vital to one’s identity and well being.

What does this have to do with the “charming” little offspring of Filthy Rich?  Well, her cutie mark defines her as a spoiled brat.  That’s quite the lovely future ahead for her.  Wouldn’t that make you feel so special, forever defined as “that girl who uses daddy’s money”?  Now, I’m certainly not going to try and draw sympathy towards DT, that’s not my intention at all.  I am, however, interested in her motivations.  All of her negative attention and what can be defined as bullying is directed to the “Blank Flanks” of her school.  Why is this?  What would ponies with literally limitless potential to define themselves offer as a threat to a pony who will forever be provided for?

Am I crazy on this one?  I like to put DT in a position where her unending jealousy and issues with self-inadequacy cause her to lash out against those who have everything she doesn’t (isn’t that a delightful piece of irony?).  Let me know what you guys think here; talk it out, share your opinions.  I’d like to see some real discussion going on here.  Share your thoughts, put on those fedoras and let’s over analyze the shit out of this child’s show.

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How to not get unbanned.

Howdy folks, Valthejean here. One of the responsibilities of a moderator is handling bans and ban appeals. We’re always open to reasonable ban appeals, if the user is capable of showing some form of improvement. Generally speaking, a good ban appeal shows that the user A) has learned his/her lesson, B) recognizes why he/she was banned and C) makes an honest effort to follow our rules in the future. We don’t really follow an empirical guideline on what constitutes a “good” ban appeal, in general we’re looking FOR reasons to unban someone. As surprising as it sounds, we don’t LIKE banning people from the site. It’s a nasty job, but we have to do it.
With that being said, there are times when so little effort is put into these ban appeals, we can’t help but facepalm. Obviously, no one reading this needs to be told HOW to appeal for a ban, considering most of our users are pretty awesome and rarely break rules to begin with. Still, I think you’ll all enjoy this little slice of “Ban Appeal” cake: Fail

I’m a reasonable guy here, but come on. We’d appreciate if there was a little less “ass” in your half-assed attempt at weaseling out of this. Hoo boy…back to the old modding duties. Hope you all enjoyed -ValtheJean

BMN Winners for Friday, February 28th

Congratulations to our winners and their selections for the March 7th & 8th movie nights!

With 89 submissions our winners are

Congratulations to our winners! See you all Saturday March 8th for the next Bronystate Lottery!

 

BMN Winners for Saturday, February 22nd

Howdy bronies! We’re here once again to announce the winners of this week’s Brony Movie Night lottery that was held on Saturday, February 22nd!

We had a whopping 92 entries this time! Congratulations to the lucky members for their winning choices:

Join us for the exciting otherworldly adventure of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke stealing identities for the promise of space travel! Then we have Tim Burton’s extraterrestrial extravaganza, er, at least that’s what can be figured by the stellar stars of the movie. Of course, we wouldn’t be Bronystate without pony. . . States. As such, our dear Fluttershy will be strutting her stuff on stage while Rarity secretly seethes about her fabulous friend’s talent for fashion shows! Twilight also learns a lesson about finding right where she belongs while she’s wrapping up winter.

As always, thank you to all that entered their votes into the lottery, and we looks forward to receiving more of YOUR entries in our next Brony Movie Night lottery on Friday, February 28th. Good luck! To submit your vote for a chance to see your pick on the big screen check out our FAQ page for the information, and as always, make sure to be here on Saturday mornings for a brand new episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, where else but here on Bronystate!

We Needed More Cheetoes

Hello DnD enthusiasts! We’re sorry to say that a few scheduling conflicts came up at the last minute. We’ll be postponing “Ponies and Dragons” until another time. We will try our best to do it some other time this week, but if not it will be on again next Tuesday. Sorry folks!