Ponibooru was founded by a person dubbed Archive (Eco on Ponibooru), who is the person behind Ponibooru, FiM.413chan and the MLPG Archives (hence the name). I’m not 100% sure when Ponibooru started but it was roughly December 2010, back when this fandom was still in its infancy. At the time the only other sites in the G4 bracket running was DerpyHooves.com, MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.com (a defunct forum board, last I checked the domain redirected to Ponychan), and the community wikia. The site provided a central place for artists to post their works outside of the /co/ MLP General.
It has been announced today that Ponibooru will shut down August 17th, 2012. At the moment the site has been placed in read-only mode and a full message from Archive has been posted.
This is official notice that Ponibooru is shutting down.
This has been a long time coming, and is not due to any sort of external pressure, nor is it due to financial problems. The reasons are personal: I (Eco/Archive/&c) have simply reached the point where I can see no way to run the site that I can live with, nor do I have any person whom I trust to run the site in a way I can endorse.
Here’s how this is going to go down:
- Effective immediately, no new uploads or comments will be processed; the site is going read-only. At some point in the next 24 hours, humans (as opposed to spambots) who were banned will be unbanned, as, in a read-only site, they can no longer do any damage.
- Eight torrents have been provided:
- All above-average images (the same ones chosen for the four “cream of the crop” torrents) are being bulk-imported to Derpibooru, whose admin has assured me that the site will be able to take the load should you be seeking a new image repository to frequent.
- There is now a “Bulk Download” feature (the bugs in which we have been fixing over the past week). Whenever you do a search, there will be a button at the bottom of the left-hand menu to download a ZIP of the first 100 images that matched the search, along with a “credits” file of the same type as in the torrents. The URL the button goes to can be edited to produce subsequent 100-image “pages”.
- Two months from now, on August 17th, 2012, Ponibooru will go dark. Hotlinked images may continue to work indefinitely, but I make no guarantees.
This affects none of my other projects; the thread locator especially isn’t going away any time soon.
Thank you for using Ponibooru. I am glad that I was able to provide something of value to the community for the year and a half since its founding, and I regret that I was not up to the task of keeping it going forever.