Appreciation Threads are threads created to pay homage to a certain pony, and were once a common sight on the front page of /oat/. They are, for the most part, centered around Applejack and Rainbow Dash, though occasionally appreciation threads for other ponies appear too, like Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie. They have fans of the pony in question posting pictures of said pony, generally appreciating said pony.
In the earlier days of the site, there were sometimes user appreciation threads as well, but recipients will not be named on this wiki. These can be more controversial than pony appreciation threads, since they are more personal in nature, and used to be frequent targets of derailment, either by those who dislike the user or by the user being appreciated in some circumstances.
Appreciation threads started to tail off in late 2011, and had all but ceased to be made by mid-2012.On August 9th, 2011, at 3:53pm EST, Post 36430016 became the first of the Official Combined Applejack and Rainbow Dash Appreciation Threads to be posted on /oat/. It was the 83rd anniversary of these Official Combined Appreciation Threads for these two ponies, yet in those 83 years nobody had notified Ponychan of their existence, nor notified them of Ponychan's existence.