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Do you like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? Then come on in, my friend!
Well, I have to say that it’s been quite the journey, but our group has grown tremendously since its first inception. We’ve gone from just a small group to a sizeable GIO following. A lot has happened over time, and I feel we’ve all gotten pretty used to each other. However, with recent explosion of Friendship of Magic and the continued stream of media that comes everyday, we’ll undoubtedly get some new members in the future. So, as a courtesy to our new members, I have written a blog just for you!
Welcome to the GIO Brony Group! Feel free to kick back, relax, and enjoy some good wholesome fun. As one of the more active groups on GIO, there’s never really a dull moment here. There’s always plenty of fun to be had, day in and day out. However, for a new guy, it may seem a bit daunting at first. There’s tons of people, lots of inside jokes, and conversations that have been going on for what seems like the last half century. To help make the transition into the group easier, I have prepared a small guided tour of the site and its features.
First off we have the Home Tab. Here, you’ll find a list of all the recent activity that has happened on the site. During the day, this page blows up quite a bit, so if you don’t want to miss out on anything, I suggest turning on email notifications to stay up to date. We also place a lot of random comments and remarks here. It's kind of like the status updates of your personal profile page, but it’s available to every one. You’ll find a lot of random topics that are meant for quick responses, though sometimes they can get quite lengthy. If you have a question that needs a quick answer, posting it here is probably your best bet.
Next we have the Blogs Tab. Although it’s rarely used in other groups, we’re trying to make extensive use of the Group Blogs feature. You’ll find lots of pony related blogs from our GIO members here. Blog topics generally include GIO fan fiction, professing a deeper love for a particular character, or just random everyday blogs featuring your favorite cast of characters. If you wish to post a blog of your own, please post the blog (pictures, formatting and all) as a post in the Blog Thread.
Since the Forum Tab contains quite a bit, we’ll move on to the Files Tab. Here, you’ll find a quick link to the entire collection of pony related pictures and videos posted on this site. Normally, pictures and videos are posted for discussion in their respective threads. However, over the course of time there have been many posts, and rummaging through all of those can be quite a task. So as a service to you, we have posted our files here for your convenience. Every picture and video should be appropriately tagged with a character’s name, one word descriptions, and other things to make your search easier. Therefore, if you’re looking for a picture or video featuring a specific character, simply type it into the search bar or click the tag to bring up a list of related files.
While the threads contain most of the discussion, most of the pictures have been scaled down to fit within the page. Here on the Files Tab, you can view all of the pictures in their native resolution and even download them from the site. Therefore, as a courtesy to others, if you post a picture or video yourself, please also post the picture or video here. A more detailed description on how to do so can be found here. Pictures only take a few seconds of your time. Videos can be a little longer so I’ll probably end up doing it myself, but if you could save me the trouble that’d be great. :)
Next we have the Wiki Tab! The empty, empty Wiki Tab…Mray has a few tips and such posted here but there isn’t really much to look at…yet. Although this part of the site is still in development, this Wiki site will also serve as our Wikipedia on all things pony related. Some Wikis we have planned feature the show’s characters, behind the scenes of the shows, summaries of the show’s creators, and other general knowledge faqs. It’s a little empty now, but just give it time and it’ll grow.
Now we come back to the Forum Tab! Here we have our forums filled with all sorts of pony related goodness. As a new member here, we strongly encourage a small sequence of steps to help make your life much easier and enjoyable here.
1. Read the Rules. Read. The. Rules. This will help you understand what is and isn’t allowed on the group, and will help avoid getting yourself trouble (yes, that includes banishment).
2. Post a small introduction in the Welcome to the Herd Thread. We love getting new members to the group. Despite what you might think, we all would love to get to know you, and provide a warm welcome.
4. Post some of your My Little Pony Confessions into the MLP Confessions thread. We all have some pretty hilarious stuff, and we know you have some offbeat oddities concerning the show as well. Just please keep it within reason.
Once you’re done introducing yourself, feel free to post your thoughts amongst the various threads. Below are a description of some of the more popular threads.
Not only do we like talking about Friendship is Magic, but some of us like to draw it as well. This thread is a place to show off your original art, or make a request from someone to draw something for you. A lot of the artists are happy to do free commissions, so don’t be afraid to ask. If you like to draw something yourself, feel free to advertise yourself here as well.
Next we have the Video and Image threads. If you come across a picture or video you’d like to share, feel free to post it in their respective threads. Naturally, there has been a lot of stuff posted here already, so we would suggest at least skimming through some of the pictures and videos before posting. If the media you found is more than a few weeks old, chances are its already been posted. If it’s less than that, you could probably post it and not have to worry about a repost.
The Image Thread is also the battleground for our Image Wars. It’s an unofficial tradition where SuperKingC77, iDreamRunner(me), and their respective parties battle it out to see which team can produce the best images for a particular theme. iDreamRunner currently runs Team Cute, a team devoted to all things cuteness and daww. SuperKingC77 runs Team Cool, where awesomeness reigns supreme. The main objective is to post one large image or a couple small images to counter out previous pictures posted. There really is no winner or loser, but we like to tell each other there is.
Mray runs an Online Brony Radio Podcast every week or so. We talk about random pony related topics and have all sorts of crazy conversations. If you have questions that you want answered, or have a feature request, place all things concerning it here.
Every week, we tend to gather together on a particular system to crank out some games. If you’d like to join us, you can visit this thread for the times and date of the next Round Up. We tend to alternate each week between PS3 and the Xbox 360, and the game of choice is usually put up to a vote on the thread. If you have an Xbox 360, we usually gather within an Xbox Live Party so even if you can’t play the game chosen, feel free to come and join our chat anyway.
Here we have embedded all of the episodes of Friendship of Magic for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to leave comments about a particular episode as well. It is regularly updated during airing seasons.
While watching videos in the forums can be fun, sometimes you want an instant reaction from someone. Posting in the forums is a great way to leave your piece and leave, but if you want a real conversation come on to our Synctube channel(s). Here we watch random PMVs during the week while having friendly random conversations amongst each other. On the weekends, we gather to watch the latest episodes and comment on the videos as we watch them. It’s a lot of fun and you should consider joining us. Details are located here. SuperKingC77 channel is here, password = spitfire.
Here you can follow all of your favorite ponies on Twitter. Well…not really since it’s on Twitter. But still, if you use Twitter, you can follow them and keep track of the zany intermittent actions between them. Usernames are "FiM_ponyname". If you want to create one yourself and join in on the fun, go to the ‘So I Have this Idea’ thread to see what’s taken.
You find a few threads lying around asking people to read or help with a current fanfic they’re working on. We’re currently in the process of moving this to the blog portion of the group. If you see a thread about this topic, feel free to post your thoughts and comments. I’m sure the authors would appreciate someone who reads their stuff.
Season 2 Spoilers
Any and all episode spoilers go into this thread. EVERY. SINGLE. SPOILER! I hate spoilers and many others of us do too. We don’t want to hear them. We want to see the entire episode in its context on the day of release. So again post any spoilers in the spoiler thread
There are also many other threads for you to enjoy that are not listed here. So feel free to browse at your leisure. If you wish to create your own thread, please be sure to keep a few things in mind.
1. Think about the general purpose of your thread, and see if it can’t be placed into another thread that’s already in existence. Making a new thread doesn’t automatically mean that every one is going to swarm it with comments. In fact, most of the comments (especially from me) will probably tell you to delete it and post it somewhere else (should it be warranted). So if it’s a brand new idea, move to step 2, otherwise post it in the appropriate thread.
2. Ask yourself, how long of a discussion will your topic last? If you only want a quick answer to a question, or believe it’s so obscure that it’ll only last a few days, post it in the General Discussion Tab. Better there than a million loose threads all over the place.
Other than that, if you’re confident that your idea is so wonderfully amazing that it warrants a new thread topic, go ahead to post it.
This now concludes our guided tour of the group. We hope you’ll come to love this group as much as we love it. Have a nice day and see you again soon!
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