After months of
slacking off and drinking hard work and data collecting, Horse-News is pleased to present, for the first time, a quantifiable scale of shitstorm intensity for the My Little Pony fandom. We have dubbed it "The Twilicorn Scale".
Quantifying rage is difficult.
After 9 months of research, HN has developed the "Twilicorn Unit".
The Twilicorn Unit is similar to Hurricane Categories, whereas the higher the number, the greater the intensity of the Shitstorm. The numbers are determined as being the numerator of a fraction of a Twilicorn shitstorm.
Weekly minor drama, such as "Pinkie Pie not acting right" in an episode, or drama that is experienced only on one major site (like /mlp/ disliking something) gets a Twilicorn Unit (referred to from here on out as a TU) of 1, making it 1/4th the intensity of a Twilicorn Shitstorm. a 1 TU rating is isolated and does not have lasting effects.
Notably larger drama, such as convention drama, which affects more people (but not up to staff level), and is still relatively isolated to a few sites carries a rating of 2 TU. This would include cons failing or food-related incidents at gatherings that result in further drama. The Scruffening / Faust Visit for instance, only carries a 2TU rating, for while it was deeply affected /mlp/, it's effect was limited to only 2-3 sites.
a 3 TU rating is reserved for drama that approaches maximum levels, spread across numerous sites, that affects the majority of the fandom or has a pronounced impact on the show itself. At 75% of a Twilicorn Shitstorm, 3TUs is the equivalent of a Derpygate, the first Equestria Girls Announcement, or staff associated with the show butting heads with fans in a considerable way.
Twilicorn itself is set at a 4, making it the most intense shitstorm on record - 100% full-blown fandom-wide devastation. The drama spread across all sites, was experienced by a majority of the fandom, and has lasting effects,effects the show in a profound way, and also has the potential to create other intense shitstorms. Only shitstorms of this intensity can carry a 4 TU rating.
A Twilicorn Rating of above a 4 IS possible, but is unlikely except for one instance.
A TU of 5 or above would be reserved for fandom-ending circumstances, such as show cancellation, mass-site deletions, or deaths.
We have compiled a small listing of Drama by TU's
Ted Anderson Fired: 3
Equestria Girls 1: 3
Bronycon '13 Incident: 2
Down With Molestia: 2
Faust Visit: 2
Draft loses badge: 2
Gianna DeCarlo: 2
Blackmail Brony Network: 2
Sydneigh '14: 2
HN Mayo: 2
Equestria Girls 2: 1
From here on out, Drama reports will carry a Twilicorn Unit forecast based on these standards.
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