• Equestria Daily Current Staff and Volunteer Page 2016 Edition


    Many a person was confused at who our staff actually are these days, and the original staff page was getting pretty outdated. Here is the new, fully updated page including all new additions with the EQD Forums and moderation teams.

    Get a full listing of all staff below! For an about us section, be sure to go to this page.

    For a list of retired staffers, head on over here to check them out!




    Blogponies / Main Staff Writers



    Sethisto
    Founder / Primary Site Runner


    Seth's Twitter

    Seth's Interview

    Bio: Posting ponies and there is nothing you can do about it!  I use the exclamation point way too much, play Skype/Discord/Steam social whack-a-mole for one half the day, and dig through emails for the other half.

    People seem to think I like Trixie a little bit too much! To them I say: Pretty much.

    (Honestly Twilight Sparkle Sweet Velvet is my favorite pony~)

    My OC apparently got locked in a cube or something, so have my bat.



    Calpain
    Community liason, Second in Command


    Calpain's Twitter

    Calpain's Interview

    Bio: Serving second in command on the website, Calpain first stumbled into the offices of EqD seeking employment in the Equestrian Innovations division. While waiting to pass Equestrian Innovations extensive battery of background checks and tests he was given a job as blog author in order to keep him from constantly mailing stuff in to the site. Currently mans a number of features on the site, particularly Roundups, Nightly Discussions, Spotlights, Comics, and anything that needs posting.

    Joined the fandom in February 2011 and actively began participating in pony communities starting in April that year. Currently looking into teaching as a career after spending two years on a Masters Degree studying Alzheimer's Disease and two years of a PhD studying Parkinson's Disease. Is also an editor Ask Gaming Princess Luna and Hunters of Salamanstra by John Joseco. He also runs the excellent Steven Universe fansite The Beach City Bugle.


    Gameleon
    Programmer / Mobile APP Developer


    GameLeon's Twitter

    GameLeon's Interview 

    Bio: Around September 2012 Gameleon contacted Sethisto about a little app he was creating to view EQD posts. Over the following 6 months this little app would evolve to become what is now known as the Equestria Daily app, done just in time to be released for the Season 3 finale news.
    Let's just say the app was properly stress tested during Gameleon's first few days on the team.

    Learning about the fandom in November 2011 and becoming a more active member after the app was released in March 2013, Gameleon is now part of the EQD team as app developer.
    Aside from his app development duties, his contribution to EQD consist of posting minor news posts, and confusing us all with a 7-9 hour time difference and kilometers.



    The Illustrious Q
    Official My Little Pony Comic Reporter


    Illustrious Q's Twitter 

    Illustrious Q's Interview

    Bio: Joined the fandom in March of 2011, first brand new episode he watched live was Over a Barrel. If you think you've seen his name before, you'd be absolutely right. Part of his free time—when he isn't playing Star Trek Online or working on getting materials ready for EQD—he spends as a pre-reader/editor for the king of MLP:FiM fan fiction: Pen Stroke.

    His passion lies in the comic industry, which he one day hopes on breaking into as a comic writer. Will that dream possibly come true? Only time will tell.

    Be sure to check out the complete IDW My Little Pony Checklist.



    ExplodingPonyToast
    Music Manager



    ExplodingPonyToast joined the fandom in late 2011 just as season 2 was beginning to air. He helped create Everfree Radio's inaugural top 100 pony songs at the end of 2011, organised a heap of local meet ups in 2012 and 2013, and in 2014 he became part of the administration team for Ponies at Dawn. Since then, he has helped organise numerous music projects such as Horse Music Herald and Cider Party, as well as becoming the lead admin of Ponies at Dawn. Also a creator of pony music himself, his other hobbies involve cricket, anime and video games such as Pokemon, whilst in his day job as a student he studies nanotechnology.

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlexAshendenEPT
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ExplodingPonyToast
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/explodingponytoast


    Silver Quill
    Comic Reviewer / Editorial Writer






    Cups
    My Little Pony Card Game Reporter


    Bio: Cups, aka The Pre-Reader Formerly Known as Cupcakes, fled from his fanfiction duties at EQD to go off and dabble. He helped found BronyCon and ran its 4000+ badge registration department in 2012, created the Humble Brony Bundle, and wrote most of the official Enterplay MLP trading cards. Cups is now on the development team for the My Little Pony CCG, lording over the flavor and theming of the cards, and is the dedicated columnist for the CCG on Equestria Daily. Reports of his alicornification have been greatly exaggerated.



    Hypermark
    Web Developer / Game Index 




    Hypermark's Interview

    Bio: Late May, 2011, he saw a bunch of rainbow horses and wanted to see what all the hullabaloo was about, and took part in the first New Artist Training Grounds under a different handle. His made up horse character resides in a tree house outside the Whitetail Wood. Later on, he somehow got in contact with Seth and was tasked with making EQD Music. Raises Dongers, catches all the Pokémons, and makes internets happen. 


    Kaethela
    EQD Forum Head Admin


    Also known as Kat or Nepeta Leijon, she's been around since the early PF2 days. As head overlord... I mean head administrator, of the forums, her days are mostly spent herding cats and wondering how people keep finding new and exciting ways to break things. She's also an avid gamer and will take on any challengers. Most of her days at her professional job involve asking people if they've turned it off and on again yet.


    User
    EQD Forum Admin


    "User" is an adminstrator on the EQD forums and the one that sets up weekly game nights for the EQD steam group. He's considered by many to be a diehard Trixie loyalist and often mistaken for Sethisto himself whether in game or in other chat mediums due to his praise for best pony.

    Discovering pony around 2012 and having a strong interest in competitive Team Fortress 2 he joined up with a pony related Team Fortress 2 gaming community/forum called Pony Fortress 2, which had it's very own mod unique to the servers it ran. When that hit the dust he joined up with WeAreBorg's Friendship Is Gaming which catered to more general gaming in addition to TF2. The site later became the current EQD forums you see today.

    Seemingly having been around other fandoms and forum communities forever with 10+ years of moderating or administrating various websites he's one of the older staff members. His interests outside of Trixie and other unicorns like Starlight Glimmer and Sunset Shimmer include politics, investing, business, and other "boring stuff".



    The Masked Ferret: 
    Pre-reader (Fanfiction Submission) Head


    The Masked Ferret's Interview

    Bio: The masked ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is the domesticated form of the European Polecat, a mammal belonging to the weasel genus of the family Mustelidae. She loves kibble, squeaky toys, and hiding in shoes. Sometimes she will hey did you see that rainbow? It was awesome. kinda like Celestia's mane... but anyways I really love reading silly fics and talking to authors all day long. Things have only gotten better now that I can sometimes sneak posts onto EQD!



    Octavia
    Head Comment Moderator



    Bio: The classiest of ponies. Virtuoso of the strings. That one horse with the large violin.
    Octavia is not only a classy musician, she also happens to be Head of Equestria Daily's Moderation Team. A vigilant group who's purpose is to help ensure guests are enjoying their blog experience.
     An old-timer to the Brony community, Octavia has been part of this wild ride since it's very humble beginnings in late 2010 after watching the season one pilot. She was hooked and took to the internet to see if others also enjoyed the show. Lurking around Equestria Daily since the summer of 2011, she has always been an avid and frequent presence on the site. Hobbies include history, classic cars, art & animation, and bat ponies. Skree!


    We Are Borg
    Editorial Writer / Reviewer



    WeAreBorg’s Twitter

    Bio: Joined EQD after 4 years of whining to do so proving once again, that resistance is futile. Borg started in the fandom by running game servers for EQD’s steam group in 2012. In 2013 he became the Associate Director for Ponyville Live! and helped run the pony media conglomerate through its hay days of media wars, convention coverage, and some of the best brony music ever made. He’s also been sighted running lucrative PR and marketing campaigns for BABSCon and Nightmare Nights Dallas. Marriage to the lovely Cynder has mellowed him now and the once fearsome Borg pony now dedicates his time to his family, assimilation, and an occasional EQD editorial. WeAreBorg is also the Head of Friendship is Gaming and Owner of Best Pony Radio.



    The Slorg
    Editorial Writer


    Bio: TheSlorg joined the fandom in late 2011 as he searched for old G1 cartoons to show his daughter. A very happy pony born into a dark, cruel world, Slorgy is just as likely to hug you and whisper, "It's okay," as he is to tear your story to pieces and burn the scraps. He'll be smiling regardless of which action he chooses.

    Slorgy has written a few stories himself, and it was during a freak writing accident that he was suddenly transformed into a certain female background pony. He doesn't mind, though. It just makes the hugs that much weirder.


    Aquaman
    Editorial Writer


    Aquaman's Interview

    Bio: Aqua's remarkable life began many years ago, when he unleashed himself upon the world by punching his way out of his mother's womb and immediately defeating the entire nursing staff in an arm wrestling/raw-steak-eating contest.  After coaching the Toronto Blue Jays to their second straight world series title, Aqua decided that he desired a more lasting impact on the world around him, and promptly shat out the entire Internet we all know and love today, gradually releasing more content when he felt the people of Earth were prepared for it and/or whenever he went to Chipotle.  Wealthy from his successes with this new invention, as well as his nearly prophetic stock picks and his side career as a semi-professional cat herder, Aqua soon became curious about the hitherto unknown comforts of provincial life.  As a result, he rechristened himself with a more common name and lived as a normal, mild-mannered American child until the spring of 2011, when his curiosity was piqued by his discovery of the untapped wonders of what many mortals refer to simply as... ponies.  And the rest, as said mortals also tend to say, is history.


    ABagOVicodin
    Editorial Writer


    Bio: ABagOVicodin is one of the EQD editorial writers. Legend has it that he showed up for his interview with a dartboard and a bunch of topics. The rest is history. When he isn't wishing that he could have written something better or subsisting on a diet of rice and ramen, he makes YouTube videos in his spare time and aggressively ships Twinkie. Both are equally wrong.



    Cereal Velocity
    Editorial Writer

    Cereal's Twitter

    Cereal's Interview

    Bio: Joined the fandom in early January 2011, and started writing articles and posts for the blog about a month later because he bothered Seth so much that he decided that it would be easier to make him an author than continue to put up with him. Has penned many works of original pony fiction, including a writing guide for new creative writers. Practices visual effects and motion graphics work with his Equestrian Innovations series. Professional software developer. Rarity best pony.


    Couch Crusader
    Editorial Writer


    Couch Crusader's Twitter

    Couch Crusader's Interview

    Bio: Couch Crusader is living, breathing proof that if you work hard and throw the right bricks through the right windows, you'll be picking up broken glass for a very long time. He spends most of his waking hours getting his hooves wet. When he isn't, he likes to stand behind you and force eye contact.
        
    Couch continues to pre-read fics for Equestria Daily, writes terrifyingly long episode followups, and covers conventions with business and pleasure. He also inspires English majors everywhere by being gainfully employed. Or ires them. These things go 50/50.
     

    Phoe
    Editorial Writer


    Phoe's Twitter
     
    Phoe's Interview

    Bio: Phoe is Equestria Daily's company cheerleader, editor, and occasional author. She turned up one day wearing a suit and enthusiastically waving her resume, only to receive a pat on the back and be told it wasn't "that kind of website". Several hours worth of moping about a wasted degree later, she got the job all the same. Rumors persist that she is an evil enchantress who does evil dances, and may or may not be plotting to use ponies as a platform for world conquest. She cannot write an entertaining bio to save her life.


    Pegasus Rescue Brigade
    Convention Reporter



    Pegasus Rescue Brigade's Interview

    Bio: Pegasus Rescue Brigade’s years of experience in saving ponies in mortal peril has prepared him for stressful and potentially life threatening situations. Like, for instance, working for Equestria Daily.

    PRB happened across the fandom right around the end of Season 1 and immediately took to EQD as his main source for pony news. After a year or so of churning out pony fanfiction, he took a job with Equestria Daily’s pre-reading staff. Continually interested in helping with the site’s affairs whenever possible, PRB offered his help on a number of odd-jobs behind the scenes for Sethisto, and eventually found himself promoted to blog author status.

    PRB is also active in the pony community outside of EQD, being involved with a few other ongoing projects and podcasts. His favorite pony is Derpy Hooves.


    Pinipy
    Artist




    Bio: Joined the original mlp fandom when she was a wee toddler, has been obsessed with it ever since. She is even more obsessed with drawing them than she is with watching the show, so much so that she somehow managed to snag an artist position on Equestria Daily and draw cool thingos for the site. Pinipy sells at conventions too where she cosplays as best pony, Fluttershy. (She loves both Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash, though)


    Allyster Black
    Artist


    Bio: Allyster Black, is a 2D Illustrator from Joplin, MO and Artist for the My Little Pony FIM community's largest website Equestria Daily. Allyster also attends conventions year round meeting friends, hosting events, and interacting with the Community. Allyster can normally be found streaming his art live on PicartoTV. Check out some Links below for more information.

    Twitter - DeviantART - Patreon AllysterBlack@EquestriaDaily.com

    Augiedog
    Pre-reader


    Bio: Born some 350 dog years ago, Augie has been paid Real Actual Money for his writings from places like Tor Books, Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, the Writers of the Future anthology, and the annual Sword and Sorceress story collections.  A trained service animal, he's allowed to assist patrons at the local library, to lead the baying at the local Catholic church, and to bark over the airwaves every Sunday afternoon at the local university radio station.  He is not, however, allowed up on the sofa.  I mean, let's not get carried away here!


    63.546
    Pre-reader




    Bio: Pre-reader 63.546 was plucked from a greasy alleyway in a desperate attempt to fill a long-standing but obscure statute that the staff employ a village idiot. Luckily, he fit the bill quite well.

    However, horror of horrors, beneath the strangely root-beer smelling crust of buffoonery lay... another layer of buffoonery. But below that second layer... and several others... lurked a brutish single-mindedness to make the streets run red with the blood of those who would splice commas.

    "But he doesn't know any better!" the blogponies would cry. "We can't lock him away with only a stack of Mary Sue stories and some hardtack. Right? Oh, we can? That's it, then."

    Purportedly reformed, he will take a story, nary a glimmer of recognition in his eye, and slowly hand back a list of corrections too long for an intelligent person to have compiled. At least he keeps the grebes at bay. Stupid birds.


    Present Perfect
    Pre-reader


    Bio:  What can be said of him? Oh, yes, there are the usual matters. Height, weight, the faint odor of garlic in his wake... But no, I believe you're looking for something a bit more memorable. Something tangible, concrete, or distinct... well, I'm afraid none of these adjectives really apply. You see, he's a phantom. A shadow. A sense of encroaching dread mixed with a nigh-palpable ennui. He's a myth, a legend, and in some circles his name is whispered in fervent prayer.

    You must understand. There are none who can tell you what he looks like. Any who meet him face to face are never heard from again. No, no, they do not die. They simply stop responding. Whether in fear, or shock, or awe, or any number of other possible emotions, those he encounters spend the rest of their days laughing quietly to themselves, a far-off look in their eye. They never eat, nor drink, nor sleep.

    The last one took seven weeks to finally fade away. All the while, the quiet chuckle continued, even after the EKG said he was dead.
    I've said too much.


    Dubs Rewatcher
    Pre-reader

    Bio: It’s generally accepted among those “in the know” that Dubs Rewatcher is the reincarnation of an ancient Sumerian god. In the year 2011, Dubs was banished to Earth and chained to a rock, where everyday he is forced to read and write My Little Pony fanfiction for the amusement of the humans.

    Now, having accepted his fate, Dubs spends his days pre-reading fics for EqD, honing his craft, and writing way too many fics about multicolored horses/scarily thin humans kissing each other. Critics have called his work “unfunny,” “dumb and bad,” and “a stain upon America’s legacy.”

    Dubs looks forward to reading your fanfics, and only hopes that he will one day be found and unchained from his rock. Feel free to send him a PM on FiMFiction if you want to chat.



    Corejo
    Pre-reader


    Noble Cause
    Pre-reader


    Bio: Noble Cause presumably died while crossing the Snake River in 1848, and her body was never found. Since that time she has enjoyed a number of activities such as collecting the rings of plastic that come off of gallon milk jugs and shaving unsuspecting forest animals. By the time she was eight years old, she had aged eight years. Famously, Noble became one of the few people in history to whistle the entire score from Hello Dolly while being chased by the Vienna Boy's Choir. She became interested in literature when Stephen King began sneaking into her house each night and slightly moving each of the chairs. One of the most dedicated Equestria Daily Pre-Readers, Noble pours herself over the submitted stories, namely by transforming herself into a non-Newtonian liquid and spilling across them, absorbing them by osmosis.


    Zen 
    Forum/Server Moderator


    Bio : Past TF2 fanatic, found horses through sheer boredom, not as much into it as before, but its still okay. Currently into Final fantasy XIV


    Cloudbreaker (Vin)
    Forum / Server Moderator


    Bio: After being decommissioned from the Pony Fortress 2 Community late 2015, somehow Friendship is Gaming managed to drag this plone back in and recommission him for service, and is now working alongside EQD with the FiG gaming servers. Being a part of the pony fandom since early 2010, this plone has stuck to these amazing gaming communities and can’t seem to retire that easily. Also, being a Californian spy plone, he can never tell a lie, travels in stealth, and has some wacky aliases that will leave some ponies amazed. Too nice of a plone, very quiet, and always aims to he a helpful hoof in the community, whatever it may be. He is also a tech savvy, gaming enthusiast that has an odd passion for computers and sporty cars.

    By the way, I don’t suggest shooting at Cloud; your guns go “pew pew,” his goes “brrrt.”


    Frécinette
    Forum Moderator


    Accidentally joined the fandom in May 2013 while trying to argue against it, Frécinette immediately tried to joined anything remotely brony in range and eventually settled down on the Pony Fortress 2 forums for 2 years until she had to ride the FIG rescue train when it got shut down.

    Fréci seems rough at first and pushed back everypony that tried to approach her but the most persistent ones have found in her a dedicated, caring friend and, despite being a loner, she’s actually enjoying the few friends she has made so far.

    *voice in the back* “Who are you calling a loner !?”


    Cyber Command
    Forum Moderator


    Bio: My entrance into the brony fandom was near the end of season 2 and was very indirect at first. I was brought into the fandom via play time with a Halo clan back in Reach days called Rainbow Ponies Gaming. When I first started playing with the team I sort of faked being a brony at first til I eventually watched the show with my older sister. From there I became more active with group and over it's lifetime I eventually became the last leader before the clan shut down due to lack of player interest. I still carry the name with me because of how big it was for me. Otherwise today I find myself studying Game Design and Development in college. Some of my favorite games now are Rainbow 6 Siege, Halo 5, Warframe and Insurgency. Outside of digital games I also DM a game of D&D 5th Ed. as well as play in two other ones. As for here I am a community moderator on the EQD forums and while hande mostly the Friendship is Gaming section.


    Light Landstrider
    Forum Moderator


    Bio: A trilingual Europony of the land of watches, cheese, chocolate and mountains, with a dash of tea and scones in the genes, makes for a friendly and unusual British/Swiss hybrid with a slight wanderlust (Blame the British colonialist spirit). For a long time lurking in the shadows as a closet brony since 2013, he finally decided to join up the Friendship is Gaming forums (Now EQD) back in august 2015, since then he has meddled with the community and started to be more active in the fandom, until finding himself as a moderator for the Equestria Daily forums.

    Always happy to travel may it be to meet some friends, go to a convention or to discover new places, so long he has the money, perhaps you may end up crossing paths with him one day.


    BadShot
    Forum Moderator


    Self proclaimed Best Changeling, BadShot is an old member of Pony Fortress 2, who migrated to FiG (the now EQD Forums) after it shut down. Just like in PF2, he runs the Roleplaying scene, and now that he has mod powers can properly do so. He’ll usually have a roleplay up at any given time (if he isn’t being lazy).


    Generally a nice and respectable individual and proud owner of over 20 OCs, don't expect him to talk too much as he mostly lurks the forums, but never question his Queen, or he’ll throw you in his dungeon.


    What? Do you think he’s called the Dungeon Master because he runs the Roleplaying scene?



    UltimateAI
    Forum Moderator



    After becoming a brony in mid-2012, this fellow had never dreamed that he would eventually become part of the Equestria Daily staff; however, his avid membership in the Friendship is Gaming community (now known as the EQD forums) granted him his status as a Team Fortress 2 server moderator. He is possibly one of the strongest believers in the magic of friendship, always seeking to encourage good, pony-like behavior everywhere without going overboard as an extremist. Twilight, Sunset, and Starlight are all best pony, and pony.town was the best he could do regarding an OC as of yet--sorry about that.



    Ghostmeal
    Forum Moderator


    Bio:Little is known of this one....he just does stuff"






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