Very well then.
I will use no names of those that might be reflected upon.. badly. Pony1, pony2, etc will be their names.
When I finally discovered ponies on /x/, I went to /b/ to see what the hell. There, I discovered the show, and through youtube comments and /b/ threads, derpychat.
I went into derpychat, and they helped me make my name look nice. Special coloring, and everything.
A few hours into the chat, I decided to confess one of my darkest secrets. I sat quietly for a -very- long time, and suddenly blurted out that I was trans-gender, and have been struggling with it for some time.. but that I wanted my pony brethren to be able to have the option of understanding if certain things happened.
The reception was over-all well accepted.. until..
I herd about the 4d club. "Well, what's that?" I asked. The answer? "It's anypony who's got more than 4 days log-in time here." After further discussion, it became clear to me what this was.
Oldpony vs newpony.
For a show about friendship, love and tolerance.
For a show that came out in October of 2010.
"You can't be a Veteran of a show 6 months old!" I said. It was pretty much ignored and I was labeled a whiny newpony.
Days past, chat and fun-times ensued, but always there was that group.. anytime somepony new joined, they harassed the newcomers. Finally I cornered one of them, as it were, and demanded answers. "What the -hell- is going on here?"
It seems to be this - when the show came out and they "initiated" the brony movement, it was small and localized. And after the "newness" of it died down, a lot of the "fandom" disappeared with it.. until the /b/ threads first -started-.
That brought in a whole new wave of interest. It brought me in, after all. I think I rode into ponyville on the third large wave of interest? Some time in March or April.
The "old ponies" found that they, whom had kept the "fandom" alive for those cold, lonely months, were now being ignored, as those that found their way into derpychat were talking to those they had met in the /b/ threads, instead of those that were "established." They felt .. rejected. By a fandom based on a show toting about friendship, love, and tolerance.
So they got angry. And said "To hell with these new guys. We were here first, we kept this thing alive. If not for us, this wouldn't even be happening right now." And decided to label themselves oldponies, and create a "Derpy chat Gold." Obviously these are all 4chan terms and ideas. 4chan gold account. We've all seen the image, I'm sure.
So it began. By time I arrived, the chat was always tense, with pony 1 and pony 2 harassing newcomer's 1 3 and 4. Newcomer 2 seemed okay, so they were given a chance. Oops, no, they accidently said something too silly. They suck now too.
And it became this whole big mess of everypony always fighting. Oldponies shunning newponies, making them feel unwelcome in the community.
So I sat there, reading all this.. and my question was simple. "So basically.. you're doing to innocent newcomers what was done to you, simply because friends talked to friends, and you didn't feel like getting to know those that were coming to derpychat from the /b/ threads that you guys made?"
Oh how I raged. I waged a -war- in that room. I -abhore- "Old pony/new pony" concepts.
I'm standing here, telling you as somepony that's been here since early this year, that there is no such thing as new or old. If you got here first - great. Turn around and help somepony else onto the plateu. And why is this relevant?
The old ponies were ignored and disregarded. In turn, newcomers were ignored and disregarded.
Hate begets hate. We are ponies. And derpychat will never be the same.
Do -not- ignore and disregard your friends, here.
Recently, I'm dealing with a.. foal, on Steam. I am a moderator at a minecraft server, and I was going to give this person a second chance, the benefit of the doubt, as they came to me and said they were banned incorrectly. We talked about it at -ridiculously- long length, and I unbanned him.
The next morning I told the sever admin about it, and she has a logging plugin that marks them as being the griefer that was running about the sever.
Now.. I politely informed said user that I spoke to the admin, and I'm sorry, but I'm not unbanning them.
"Damn, so much for tricking your dumbass."
"lol you believed somepony on the internet."
I've been very busy lately. I don't even know who half you people are. I don't really expect anypony outside of Arc or Crimson and the like to know who -I- am. And none of that matters. We are all real on the other side of these monitors.
I come here and I see threads like this.. and I get very -very- sad. My heart -hurts- right now.
Your actions here have very real and very severe consequences.
What will those consequences be? Are we changing things for the better?
Or is it all fucking up..