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Into February, the pony threads in /b/ began to undergo some changes. In addition to love and tolerance slowly becoming more than just a way to deal with parasprites, tripcodes and names became more common, and a community of regulars had distinctly formed. A man who we know as !!Celestia, then known as Orange Blaze, wanted to give this community a more parasprite-free place to talk about their beloved ponies. Using the magic of Kusaba X, he created Ponychan.
Today, my dear pony friends, marks the one year anniversary of the day Ponychan went live. At the start, Ponychan had only five boards: /pony/ for pony discussion, /pic/ for pictures, /a/ for art, /st/ for stories, and /meta/ for site discussion. As time went by, Orange created several boards, including /hi/ for introductions, /art/ for art, /fic/ for >fanfiction, and /ot/ for off-topic discussion. /ep/, the episode discussion board, was placed right next to /pic/, making Ponychan /ep//pic/. Only the default Burichan and Futaba themes were initially available, but soon, a Twilight theme was added. Orange enlisted several mods in this time as well: Crimson Risk, Blazing Star!shinePDjpQ, Arctic Tempest/Big McIn!ToshdAyGxE, Rain bro!Dash/xVjEY, Storm!Bolt.QLPWU, cherry !SundaEd9qU, Brofessor Brony, and Twilight!sPArkLeqpc. These mods soon became known as !!Rarity, !!Scootaloo, !!PinkiePie, !!RainbowDash, !!Fluttershy, !!Dərpy, !!Applejack, and !!Twilight, respectively. Twilight was the very first mod.