It's like the entire fandom has a fetish for keeping its activity exclusively on the most corrupt and incompetently-managed boards they can find, letting alternatives starve and die out.
We've known for years how trash Equestria Daily is, everyone knows MLP forums admins read your private messages and then send the abusive mods to start giving you imaginary points infractions for non-crimes if they don't like what they read there, nobody rioted hard enough when that literal Jew scammed a bunch of freelance animators into animating her "MexDiscord" fanfiction for Youtube "For exposure" and then refused to credit any of them even after being called out...
Nobody in this fandom gets angry enough at corruption.
Nobody remembers corruption for long enough.
I don't know if I hate this fandom or not. But I probably should, logically speaking. The bad outweighs the good and I've barely met any good people in it at all.
I fell in love with a show.
A show that was better than it had any right to be.
Not the fandom.
The fandom might have been the first place where I ever made friends and felt accepted and yada yada, but almost every friend I ever made in this fandom turned out to be a completely-fake cuck who only wants to LOOK accepting of this or that.
And it's not like I never made friends in the Naruto or One Piece or Pokemon or Death Note fandoms before this. Hell, those friends stuck around for a lot longer because they weren't just there to look soft and friendly and harmless like so many bronies I met on shit sites were, they were there to make friends who like product and talk honestly about product.
I've got about seven friends that still care about pony stuff and bother to use pony sites. I have about eighty former-brony friends who have all moved on with their lives, found new things to throw themselves at, and turned out to be much happier people than they were when they dealt with bronytard bullshit.
Recently I talked to a friend of mine who's made it big in an old game's hacking scene.
I won't say who. But he crossed that off his bucket list. And I wrote that onto my bucket list when I was a kid, though.
This guy's four years younger than I am. And by focusing all of his time and energy onto hacking an old game, he turned it into a new and far better game.
He didn't split his time between keeping his friendships going on this site and this site and this one and this one and defending himself from this set of accusations and arguing for his right to free speech on this site and writing six different stories at once while also designing three games, working on one game, and farting out crap youtube videos now and then.
We both got guitars and tried learning them, but he sounds good on his and I sound like shit on mine.
I divided my attention between too many things.
No, he got his shit together and focused on something he enjoyed doing. I didn't.
He's got more finished fan products to show for his time over the last few years than I do, and they're bigger anything I ever made.
Sure, I know, tragic past, I was a disowned child becoming an adult, shit homes, was internetless and computerless for a period, yada yada. I have no excuse for keeping those bad habits even after I got the internet and a computer.
And sometimes being in this fandom even though it hurts me and pretending I will ever find fulfillment here feels like a bad habit I should have kicked years ago.