Artist Disillusionment: While the author doesn't put his Author's Notes at the beginning of the chapter, he clearly does so on chapter 14, informing unregistered users of Fanfiction.net that the author can not respond to any reviews given by them simply because they are not registered. He also notes that the reviews should be meaningful — and not simply a review asking when the next chapter will be released. As the author claims, "Posting these kinds of reviews does NOT motivate me to write; it has the opposite effect."
Fandom Nod: Derpy still loves her muffins. Ditto for Soarin and his pies — he even got into a fight with Pinkie Pie and Storm the Albatross over one.
Also this sequence from the beginning of chapter 8:
Lyra: I don't know my animals as well as Fluttershy does, butů They're standing on two legs! And they've got hands! Bon-Bon: Do they look strong? Lyra: Who cares how they look! They've got HANDS!
Recursive Adaptation: Many elements of the non-game versions of Sonic are used and/or referenced. Ditto for the FiM comics.