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  1. Rocky Mountain Fur Con Goes Full Heisenberg Device

    In that case, I'd suggest you help to build, staff, or fund a competing furry art community. Like I did. The fandom benefits far more from attempts to compete with Fur Affinity than it does from attempts to remove its leadership.
  2. Rocky Mountain Fur Con Goes Full Heisenberg Device

    The solution is simple: if being a sovcit or a nazi or whatever is bad from an event-running perspective, it'll manifest as a competitive disadvantage. This could have been solved by starting a new convention without those disadvantages and out-competing them. Wouldn't even have to say why; just "we think there's room for two furry conventions in Denver" - which was probably true anyway. Of course, the flip side is that the predilections of the board might not cause meaningful problems. In which case… it wouldn't have been justified to take action, and you end up with two good events. Win-win? I mean, unless your goal is "doing the right thing" - but the reality is that Denver was going to have a furry convention this year, and now it isn't, which seems an non-optimal outcome. In this case there was clearly dysfunction at the board level, as shown by the fact that they couldn't keep (or restore) their 501(c)3 registration, so this approach might have provided a smoother transition than what actually went down, along the lines of ConFurence -> {Further Confusion, Califur}. [Not that I'm wedded to the idea that furry events need to be charities - in fact other non-profit models are probably a better fit - but if you're saying you are, and aren't, that's a big fail, and something which could be turned into a competitive advantage with the right marketing.]
  3. Does everyone enjoy furry cons?

    Yeah, the number creeps up on you. Just returned from Furrnion - my smallest yet! Just 155 registered and maybe fifty day tickets. My maximum in one year was eight, which was probably two too many. They're a bit draining - physically and socially - and you need to take time to recover. I went to a few sci-fi conventions as well, but they just didn't have the same vibe for me. I imagine anime conventions are different, too.
  4. Does everyone enjoy furry cons?

    Furry conventions are great. I've been to fifty-odd (including eleven instances of MFF) and most were positive experiences. There's new ones popping up everywhere. Most have day passes, and some you can walk in and hang around in the lobby, so it doesn't need to be a great expense if you want to drop by and see what's up. And if you're worried about being raped by a fursuiter, don't be! (Just relax and enjoy the ride.)
  5. What is a furry "lifestyle" anyway?

    I don't have ears, but I do have the hand puppets. But it's obviously way too late for me, anyway. :-) (On the plus side, they're far cheaper than fursuits, and way more portable!)
  6. Rip fucking Austria

    Well, you know what they say about winning elections… "Vote Early, Vote Often".
  7. What would you do if you found an exploit on FA?

    Could even have been used before then. All we can really say at this point is that it wasn't soon enough. In any case, I've updated the story on Flayrah to account for new information.
  8. What would you do if you found an exploit on FA?

    Check the timestamps. At the time, there was no particular reason to believe otherwise. I only saw that tweet half an hour ago. Moreover, root does claim to have an exploit, albeit apparently not the one used to cause this.
  9. What would you do if you found an exploit on FA?

    Several were handed into lost and found.
  10. What would you do if you found an exploit on FA?

    Interesting timing for this thread. Users reported their accounts and submissions went missing prior to the downtime.
  11. Weasyl?

    To run a successful multi-user art gallery, you need a good reason for two cohesive groups of people to spend time there rather than elsewhere - content creators and consumers. The best reason for viewers is unique content that you like. The best reason for creators is consumers. In both cases, it helps if the topic is sufficiently focused. Unique features can be a draw for creators… but as Onnes notes, technical superiority is rarely the main factor. Being pushed out of where you are is arguably the best motivation. That's how FA grew, from SheezyArt and y!Gallery - the former is now defunct, the latter had issues but hung on. And it's how IB grew, too, at least to start with. For SoFurry, it's that it's been the best archive for furry writers for over a decade, ever since it started up as Yiffstar. Before that, Mia's Index (not even an archive) and GotFox were probably the best around, and both were essentially selective archives based on the site owner's picks. Since its launch, there have been competitors - most notably FurRag, but its designer later moved to work on SoFurry (linking IB because SF is down right now). It's still "the place to be" for many (most?) furry writers. For Inkbunny - well, the prints and especially digital downloads were key draws in its first year; but the cub exodus from FA at the end launched it a lot further. The stats show 250% growth in submissions rate and +favs in a matter of months; uploads have doubled since, while the audience grew three to four more times, leading to healthy view/+fav ratios. If the exodus hadn't happened, Inkbunny might well be where Weasyl is now. And speaking of… Weasyl has been technically better than FA in some ways. Collections were innovative, if implemented in a finicky way that made commissioners wary to upload. But it had its share of problems, and as Toshabi notes, it's not distinguished itself from furry sites to actually attract many non-furs. They also have similar content policies to FA, but with more staff with more time to be picky about them - so there's little reason to move beyond "I don't like FA because [X]". In general it's on a slow decline whenever FA isn't down. That many people upload without truly being there is a problem; it makes it harder for those who are there to get attention, so they drift away - browse journals for a bit to see. Furry Network has promise, but it needs to provide unique features or market itself to a specific under-served community. It's attracted a lot of uploads, but see above for the dangers of a submission-count mentality. Uploads without a coherent audience means little beyond a monthly bill from Amazon Web Services (they're in the cloud!). The best bet may be business services, but it could be a hard and non-profitable slog acting as escrow agent for $5 YCHs. They may also run into the same troubles F-list had processing payments. There are other third-tier sites out there such as Furiffic and Nabyn but they're probably not going to go anywhere without a unique selling proposition of their own (and Nabyn bizarrely shot itself in the foot creating a separate beta site which competes with the old one). It might seem obvious, but you also have to stay online. This has been a problem for many sites, past and present, due to funding, maladministration, and leadership transitions - Yerf is the obvious example, but ArtSpots also died because the founder got demotivated and didn't want to hand it over to anyone else. Sorry, this turned into an essay, but any furry site really has to be considered in context with those it competes with. We didn't even get into DA which has its own influence and is a big venue for the clean furry art world (and an obvious competitor for a significant portion of Weasyl's audience).
  12. Weasyl?

    Inkbunny's purpose is furry art/stories/etc, but we're fine with a reasonable amount of non-furry art as well - you just can't have humans in sexual situations or showing genitals/arousal. This is primarily to avoid all the silly laws around the world regarding depictions of "people" (and there are many); keeping the focus on furry art is a secondary motivation. When it comes to photos, there are also legal issues… but the main thing is that staff don't wish to pay to host lots of photos of people/animals/other people's fursuits, or run such a site - so we only permit photography of art and craft made by/for you, or as a background to another piece of art. I have lots of fursuit photos myself, but I keep them on Flickr, which honestly works far better as a photo dump because it's designed for it.
  13. Can we have a dislike button?

    If a drama happens but nobody sees it, does it make a sound?
  14. Can we have a dislike button?

    Better yet, give it teeth, like on Flayrah. If your comment goes negative, it starts to disappear. If it happens regularly, everything you post starts to disappear - and if you're arguing with someone, and nobody else cares, the votes apply cumulatively to your reply thread.
  15. Sure, but where's the fun in that? :-) Furry fandom is unlikely to ever be truly mainstream because, as a fandom, it provides the things which big corporations don't want to touch. Like, you know, porn. It's a big part of why lots of people are in the fandom, though for most it's not the only reason. What you may see is that as furry fandom gets bigger, those corporations decide to overcome their aversion in order to pick up some cash. Hence, Zootopia. (Not that Disney's avoided animal characters before…) I think it'd be cool to have a clean furry art development site running on, say, Inkbunny's codebase. Something like ArtSpots used to be, or Yerf. But as they found, it would not be as popular within the fandom because most furries like porn, some of the time, and most artists aren't motivated enough to split their work onto more than a couple of sites - so the team running it would need to get their motivation from something other than pageviews and submission counts. You can blame my fellow WikiFur curator EarthFurst and myself for the front page of WikiFur. As I recall, it was put in honour of World AIDS Day - as well as the fact that it was an interesting article. In any case, WikiFur, like Wikipedia, is not censored for the protection of minors; nor for those who wish furry had less porn in it. The truth is it has a lot, because people express their inner lives and desires through their fursonas. The people who are most into the fandom (and who run websites, conventions, etc.) tend to be supportive of that. So don't count on it changing anytime soon.