Hmm, quite a lot for me to answer to now. So let's start with the challenge list:
>Maybe looking if there is some detail to ask to BRB on Twitter?
Hmm... uh, try to get BRB to tell how they think that Cedric's English voice sounds? Does he sound like a Don Juan, a high-pitched teen prince, a dignified royal, a high pitch, a low pitch?
>The alphabet stuff is quite interesting, but without other words to examine, is a dead end.
I've tried this morning to assume that all the Bopomofo letters were accurate (but extremely stylized), so I tried to get something out of the poster's subtitle too. I got stuck at approximately "Angb-" and promptly threw in the towel as well. It'd be an extremely little word pool for me, but I guess this one will be on my list for a short while longer.
>Both imageboards and blogs have rapid thread sinking. Is there anything equivalent to artistic forum? (Fimfiction group forum is, except that. everything should be fim related on fimfiction).
Isles of Funtasia at http://chat.deviantart.com/chat/IslesofFuntasia, is a DeviantArt group with its own chat group. It is arguably the only Filly chat group I have never visited, because it requires a DeviantArt account, and so I don't actually know if it's still active or not... Skundi has been speculating in a Fillybooru (Fillibooru?), although >>379 explains that he hasn't found the time for it yet. Other than those, I don't know of any decent alternatives.
>how do Fillies practise their magic?
Greyfeather got a more or less explicit confirmance on Twitter, at http://www.fillychan.com/files/fil/orig/1430929249272739.png/magicmirrors.png, that the Academy students' magic mirrors function in part as a magic wand to cast spells with, settling an old matter from the October 2014 trailer. That seems to exclude unicorn horn magic by a country mile, although the tiny question of where the mirrors go when they aren't being summoned, is perhaps remaining.
>What is their dominant paradigm?
Now this one is quite a challenge. I assume that paradigm here is "view of life", in which case I seriously doubt if Filly toys has even mentioned the Fillys having any paradigm. There are no gods, no prayer houses or locations, there is no perception of atheism, science is a part-time job and a hobby, astronomy appears to actually have at least a small effect on things, and angels are treated as proper Fillys.
Princesses, if we excludes Abra and Cadabra, are treated as normal enough Fillys that they can take part in comic stories, even if as an end-speech deliverer as a part of a crowd, and seldom are the princesses hailed or been strangled by old traditions. Filly Funtasia is a bit of an open question, but I'd at the time of writing say that the Fillys somehow have no paradigm! This'll most certainly be on my list, though.
>I stopped looking at my Filly twitter feed actively when it became nothing but arguments about FiM. I should probably catch up with it a bit.
Oh. Uh, right, it kind of escalated when Greyfeather told Zejgar about The Last Unicorn, which Zejgar turned out to absolutely love, a big love which by extension spread to G3 some days ago too...
>I'm in it for the long run. Even if I'm a bit slow with stuff sometimes, it doesn't mean I've abandoned this thing.
>I fully intend to wait for it to come out even if fan activity has completely stopped by then.
You are perhaps the last person I would ever accuse of having abandoned Filly, except perhaps your two months off in the summer of 2014, so don't be afraid of that! I'm in this for 1) Something to do, and 2) Great friends to be with. And trust me, even with 2013-Ponychan in mind, all of you guys are much better friends and share many more of my interests than I've ever known on Ponychan.
Getting less to do and less friends to be with could be a major blow to me, although I doubt I'd be mad enough to leave the fandom unless I was the only man remaining in a moribund set of fandom sites.
>Everybody participates as much as they feel like they want and can.
That makes a lot sense sense, although I often feel personally that the Filly fans should participate to a higher degree...
>Filly board game!
That game looks very basic. I think I saw a Filly boardgame set with Ludo and Ladder Game once, that had more in-game content than this one, frankly...
>Obviously, for every fan community "canon is above fanon", which makes for it being a community not disjointed diversity, and for it bearing direction. Though, when canon is the only valuable resource for them, essentially no one ever writes fan stories, and people copy pictures instead of ever drawing. Which is nice and weird.
Once again, despite advices not to do so by Skundi and at times Zejgar, I can compare this situation to FiM, where "fanon is the almighty canon". Filly fans does consider Filly canon very highly, but as a negative result, the amount of known Filly fanfics since 2006 is a single-digit number, despite 1 3/4 fics by yours truly.
>Communities are fueled by their source material, and then their own work is what makes them powerful and independent from canon twists.
Independence is awesome, but what I know from some 20+ fandoms, is that powerful-enough fandoms can reject or massively oppose canon plot twists and turns. Not all fans liked Optimus Prime dying halfway through The Transformers, for instance.
>(sorry if wrote something wrong - my intent for this post is philosophical rather than practical)
It's okay, I can read it perfectly well if I focus enough on the text. I notice that you are fairly Russian; Zejgar is also pretty Russian, although he will only write Russian in Russian-only chat places (though perhaps a thread on /int/ may or may not court him?).
>Duly noted. Been a little scattered between projects, I guess. Filly-wise, I'm expecting to be able to get back on track next month, at the latest.
Sounds promising, I assume. From what I remember, you've been multi-tasking 3 or 4 major projects for six months' time now, but we don't get to hear much about them. Was it a pegasus or gryphon (or both) novel you were writing again? If it's the latter, I feel confident that Greyfeather, who operate several art feeds about unicorns and gryphons, would love it near-automatically, in which case /off/ is an open place on this site.
>I could try my hand at another Filly fanfic, but where to put it and what it'd be about is, well, iffy without any new info.
You've already given us one fic, but if you have zero inspiration about the plot for a new one, I can make due without demanding you to make another one. Even I know how painful it is to write a fanfic without inspiration.