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Antisocial Networking / Dragoneer begging for cash to work on FA
« on: May 24, 2017, 04:24:06 am »
I'm really fuckin' lost on this one... Doesn't IMVU already pay him to do this? Does... does he work for them for free???

Hey there! I'm Dragoneer, site director for Fur Affinity. I'm a creature of the internet that survives on caffeine and white cheddar popcorn. Each coffee helps fuel my late night development on FA's Beta and drawing art, and prevents me from experiencing the prolonged nightmare that is sleep.

Help fuel Beta dev with a fresh, piping hot cuppa joe today. =)

As of this writing, He's been "bought" 25 "coffees" which adds up to roughly $75. This is, however, only 6% of his goal.

News Media / Exit Stage Right: 2Gryphon Booted from Anthrocon
« on: March 15, 2017, 02:51:16 am »
There have been some rumors circulating Viv IRC around this the past few days, but it is now official:

Anthrocon's board, reportedly much to the chagrin of Kage, voted to remove 2 from the schedule at the con after several years worth of bizarre behavior from him on social media. Naturally this is the SJW's fault.

Between this and what I can only assume is a reference to the Tonic bar closing, some furries are wondering "Why even go?" because this fandom revolves around the cult of personality of a fandom "comic" and overpriced, watered down alcohol.

2 further tried to sway his fan's emotional response by mentioning how the popular fursuiter Telephone had recently called him "in tears" saying she "didn't feel welcome at Anthrocon anymore". My informants have told me this may have something to do with Telephone finding out that Anthrocon won't give her what amount to "exclusive rights" to host "angel dragon" panels (the species she created).

The Furry Raiders have voiced their support for 2 in these trying times.

There have been some other rumblings over this regarding Kage fighting about this with the Board, which is certainly one of the first times we've heard of the board not rubber stamping his ideas without pushback. Within the past few years there has been a few changes on the board, and it's been theorized that this could be the first sign that an upheaval may be beginning.

News Media / At least five furry pedos busted in PA
« on: January 29, 2017, 08:33:34 pm »
It appears that over the past couple of months, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office has arrested a number of furries in connection with the sexual assault of a minor. According to the AG, the minor was 9 years old when this all began.

The arrested include:

  • Kenneth C. Fenske (Believed to be LupineFoxes on FA, who's account briefly hosted a journal talking about being accused of "something horrible" before the account got hidden around 11PM EST Saturday.), 57, of 2724 North Old Bethlehem Pike, Quakertown, arrested Friday and charged with multiple counts of child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and unlawful contact with a minor. Each of the charges are first-degree felonies. Fenske was arraigned before a Bucks County magistrate and ordered held on $750,000 bail.
  • David Parker, 38, of Stroudsburg, Monroe County, faces charges of child rape and related counts, including possession of child pornography.
  • Jeffrey Harvey, 40, of West Wyoming, Luzerne County, has been arrested and charged in Lackawanna County with unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a cell phone, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and statutory sexual assault.
  • Craig Knox, who was arrested and charged with sexual offenses in Virginia. He has been extradited to Pennsylvania, where he is being held in Luzerne County.
  • Stephen Taylor has also been arrested in Virginia in connection with the case.

The arrests started in November with the arrest of Craig Knox. The AG says there will "likely be more arrests."

During the closing ceremonies of Midwest FurFest on Sunday, it was announced that attendance had jumped to 7,075, well above last year's attendance of 5,606 and just 235 fewer people than Anthrocon 2016.

Rumors that MFF was near or had surpassed Anthrocon were spreading well before the official announcement was made, which prompted Anthrocon to go into damage control mode, allegedly emailing staffers a two page letter on Friday that attempted to spin this as normal. People on Twitter were quick to crunch the numbers and predict that, based on the growth over the past couple years, Midwest FurFest 2017 will have more attendees than Anthrocon 2017.

I personally heard quite a few people saying that they were considering skipping Anthrocon 2017 as they would rather reallocate the funds they'd spend there into attending MFF 2017. Additionally, there seems to be a fairly widespread dissatisfaction with Anthrocon in recent years for becoming "too boring", among other things. That and the constant "scandal" (and resulting boycott) that pops up every time 2gryphon goes off and insults a group of people may very well spell trouble for Anthrocon's 2017 attendance numbers, unless Kage gets on TV and convinces more "outsiders" to check out the convention (I noticed a significant number of "normies" wandering around with one-day badges following the parade this year).

2017 will be an interesting year for furry conventions.

A triple homicide that happened outside of Los Angeles yesterday claimed the life of a woman who went by "vixiegoth" on FurAffinity. But what makes this story even worse is that her 17-year-old daughter, a furry who went by "daydreamerfox" on Twitter and "daydreamerfoxwolfangel" on FurAffinity, is allegedly among the suspects arrested for the murders.

Police have arrested two men, Josh Acosta and Frank Felix, and one unnamed 17-year-old female (Hmmmmm...) was "detained in connection with the murders", according to KABC-TV. A local furry alleges that the two other men are furries as well in this tweet

The daughter is a fursuiter and attended CaliFur this year.

FurAffinity conveniently decided to post a site notice yesterday that included the "NEW!" opt-in SSL feature that was enabled last month. Since that alone is kind of lame, they needed to announce something else along with it. They chose to mention how social media sites interact with FA.

NEW! Social Media Improvements
We recently added an update on to include improved previews when sharing links on Facebook and Twitter. Links on social media will now include a preview of the submission for General rated submissions.

Except it's not new at all. This functionality has existed since April, as evidenced by this tweet from Princess Piche himself, posted on April 3rd. Earlier tweets do not have the preview. I recall people posting about Facebook functioning the same way around the same time that people noticed the twitter thing back in the spring.

With lie crafting skills like these, Piche really ought to look at getting a job with one of the presidential campaigns.

Antisocial Networking / Site-Wide SSL is here (kinda)
« on: September 19, 2016, 05:21:02 am »
For years there have been promises made of site-wide SSL. FurAffinity has had their SSL certificate since May 2010. Following the hack earlier this year, this message was tweeted out:

May 26
FA is currently testing site-wide SSL, and plan to deploy it to the site as soon as we're able.

On August 18th, site-wide SSL was still "in testing". That is a little over three months of "testing" something that most competent system administrators can set up in an afternoon, with a couple of breaks. This was posted on the same day a Twitter user revealed that you can intercept FA notes on shared WiFi.

Fast forward to August 23rd...
We've implemented enhanced site-wide SSL. You can enable it via the Account Settings page.

This tweet was also the only mention of this new feature. The last site notice to be sent out had to do with FAU on July 14th. I'm not sure what makes it "enhanced", but this is the first time I've ever heard of SSL being a thing you need to opt-in to. I suppose this way they can protect their valuable "resources" from being used while blaming users for any data breaches that may occur due to the use of a unsecured connection.

News Media / Furry Migration Attendee Dies
« on: September 11, 2016, 03:59:36 pm »
An attendee of Minneapolis' Furry Migration died Saturday morning due to "natural causes", the convention reports:

No further details have been released. This is the first known death of a convention attendee at a furry con, though there have been some close calls in the past.

Antisocial Networking / FAU 2016 attendance drops to 2011 levels
« on: August 14, 2016, 08:30:25 pm »
FA:U's move from the middle of nowhere in New Jersey to just outside Dulles International Airport in Virginia seems to have had a negative effect, as attendance dropped for the second consecutive year in a row. The convention's numbers show a drop of nearly 120 people this year from last year's (questionable) number of 658 (Which was a drop from the peak of 707 the year prior), setting them back to attendance levels they last had in 2011.

@mortonfox: Back from the #FAU2016 closing ceremony. Final attendance number: 539. The monkey's dead. The show's over. I'll probably be back next year!

Even when Anthrocon moved from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, attendance went up 5%. In fact, the only Anthrocon to ever have a decrease in attendance was the year prior to the move to Pittsburgh, when they had to scramble to find a new hotel after their old one was demolished. It looks like Piche isn't going to be the next Uncle Kage after all. :(

Someone posted a tweet showing 4 people at the Saturday night dance, which is abysmal for pretty much any type of furry con.


News Media / Fursuiter falls 4 stories from con hotel balcony
« on: August 08, 2016, 03:23:30 am »
Just hours after Orlando's furry con Megaplex wrapped up, a fursuiter named Rocko the Fox is reported to have fallen four stories (Some report it was seven stories) off a hotel balcony, seriously injuring himself.

Relevant tweets:
Someone just fell from unknown height in #MPlex2016 hotel and is hurt
Likely fell from 4th floor. Hurt real bad. Rescue services on scene #MPlex2016
Rocko fox just fell off the balcony . his shoulder is dislocated . he should be ok but that was scary !

Rocko's Twitter profile has some insight as to how this happened:
Fursuiter/Musician/Professional Derp. In a loving relationship with @Alcohol

About 4 hours before he fell off the balcony, he tweeted:
I'm fucked uppppppppp!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3

Ha ha, isn't alcoholism funny!!!

Antisocial Networking / FN Users Panic About Cub Porn
« on: May 27, 2016, 05:05:28 am »
Some pedophile babyfur uploaded a ton of cub porn to FN the other day, flooding the new uploads pages and prompting people to freak the fuck out that content they don't like was being uploaded to a site that makes it really easy to block content you don't like.

Naturally, both sides are acting like children as they debate the issue, with the anti-cub side threatening to leave unless cub porn is banned entirely and never uploaded to the site (because, you know, nobody ever uploads it to FA), while the other side threatens to... go back to Inkbunny I guess?

FN tried to come to a middle ground by announcing the development of a global default blacklist, which would require users to explicitly opt-in to viewing such material, but that still doesn't seem to be pleasing the anti-cub people.

Furry Network claims they will make a decision that's not based on who's shouting the loudest, but based on how fast Varka killed off, I suspect they'll break and the cub "enthusiasts" will waddle their soiled diapers right back to Inkbunny.

News Media / The Daily Beast: Kage the "David Miscavige Of Furries"
« on: May 05, 2016, 05:55:43 pm »
The Daily Beast has published an expose-of-sorts about Uncle Kage and his crusade against furries who do stupid things that end up on TV. In the article, the writer compares him to David Miscavige, a leader in the Church of Scientology.

The article picks a lot of werid fights, such as this section where they attempt to villanize Kage for making fun of Boomer the Dog.
In another scene culled from publicly available footage, Kage openly ridicules a well-known furry named Boomer the Dog, a gentle-voiced free spirit who made headlines for his attempts to legally change his name to match his fursona. Kage’s message is clear: if you embarrass the furry community, you’ll pay

Aahahahahahah yeah guys, Kage is the only person making fun of poor ol' Boomer!! The rest of the fandom loves him!!

Hotel reservations for Midwest Furfest 2016 opened at noon Saturday, and by 12:26 all the rooms had sold out (though some users suggest it happened in a mere three minutes.) This ignited a firestorm on Twitter, with many people complaining that they filled out the reservation form only to find out their rooms had been swiped from underneath them by someone who filled out the form faster. Apparently, the website did not hold your room for you as you checked out, unlike other conventions.

@midwestfurfest in the future, if someone is actively checking out, the system should hold the room till they are done. At least for 5 min!

To make matters worse, Midwest Furfest has a rather ridiculous "Two rooms per person" policy. No, you read that right, everyone can reserve two rooms (assuming you get the chance to reserve a room at all) if that's what you want to do. This policy, combined with the lack of nonrefundable deposit/free cancellation, seemingly encourages people to hoard rooms, as a check of the reservations website indicates that rooms are reserved for every day they were made available, extending multiple days before and after the convention is actually held.

Further complicating things is that convention registration won't even open for a month. This comes just weeks after Midwest Furfest's con chair defended Furry Weekend Atlanta's claims that people who booked rooms but didn't attend the con cost the con $42,000. It seems to me like encouraging people to reserve hotel rooms before registration is even open would encourage people to ghost the convention.

The quest for a competently-run convention continues...

Scandal! / FWA claims $42k lost to convention "ghosts"
« on: April 06, 2016, 01:38:46 am »
If you've been in the fandom long enough, you may recall the glory days of 2007 when Kage went on a tirade about convention "ghosts" at Anthrocon, people who stay in the convention hotel and hang around in public spaces without paying for membership to the convention itself. His concern over such matters seems to have dropped off over the years, possibly because the convention is growing every year and getting all sorts of good press.

While Kage may no longer make a big deal about it, another convention has decided to pick up where he left off, in an attempt to scapegoat their own shortcomings.

This past weekend, Furry Weekend Atlanta made the outrageous claims that the convention "lost" $42,000 of income this year thanks to convention ghosts. Their reasoning is simple (yet terribly flawed): They were able to increase their hotel room block 27% this year, and only saw attendance increase 179 people from 2015's 3,252 to 3,431, suggesting that over 800 people "ghosted" the convention. This doesn't take into account the possibility that in the past, a shortage of rooms led people to cram more than the "authorized" number of guests into a room, or that attendees were forced to find accommodations at other nearby hotels, or that they just rented a room outside of the con block (which does happen as the hotel has 1500 rooms and only a part of those go to FWA).

These claims come one year after the convention suffered seriously bad PR in the form of dozens and dozens of reports of theft (search "fwa robbed" or "fwa theft" on Twitter and scroll back to 2015), whether from attendee's vehicles (in some cases, the vehicle itself was stolen), or hold-ups in areas outside the hotel like the skywalk. Another low point in 2015 was the poorly run, yet highly attended dance competition, which started an hour late only to suffer from massive technical meltdowns, leading attendees to chant "You fucked up!".

While there are no doubt people in the hotel "ghosting" the convention, FWA seems to be using this opportunity to distract people from the real problems that the convention is experiencing. The robbery problem seems to have decreased this year, however there were reports this ye ar of the Atlanta Police showing up dressed like they were entering a combat zone due to "vandalism and drugs", which certainly won't do much to encourage attendance. While the technical meltdowns that took place during the 2015 dance competition seemed to have been resolved this year, it comes at the expense of having to hire outside staff after the convention chased off much of their free labor by forcing out key players on their AV team prior to 2015 (leading to the issues). That also hurts their bottom line, as professionals are going to want to be paid as such. I have heard the words "triple overtime" come up when hearing about other conventions that are held in hotels requiring union operators.

FWA is trying to get all the hotel rooms put into their room block next year, which means we probably haven't heard the end of the "ghosting" thing.

Antisocial Networking / Server Issues Megathread
« on: January 01, 2016, 07:45:45 pm »
Just a few hours into 2016 and we already have one server failure.
One of our older systems suffered a power and motherboard failure. We had to swap systems to get them online. Still working.

What are the chances that the box they "swapped" to was bought six months ago with the intent of replacing the box that died?

News Media / Further Confusion advertising at the airport for some reason
« on: December 24, 2015, 01:55:23 am »
There seems to be an annual tradition of people posting photos from Pittsburgh's airport of the shitty "Allegheny County Welcomes..." LED message sign above some escalators displaying "WELCOME ANTHROCON". This is something the Convention and Visitors Bureau does without the con getting involved.

Further Confusion has decided they need to one-up that, and went and got an outright advertisement put up in the San Jose airport.

Presumably the advertisement is meant to attract people who have for years had the urge to dress up like a dog but for some reason remained blissfully ignorant of the existence of the Furry Fandom. "Sorry, Dear. I need to go back to San Jose next month. There was a picture of a dog costume on the screen and I absolutely must attend this event!"

News Media / British Murrsuiter Mad About People Calling Him a Murrsuiter
« on: November 05, 2015, 01:26:28 am »
If there's one group that's more torn between the idea that the Furry Fandom is all about sex, you needn't look any further than the European furries. While their conventions are generally praised for having common sense rules about public displays of fetish, those rules exist for a reason, mainly because some of the best/worst examples of "furry is a fetish" are found right in their own community.

It was that community that helped give birth to The Dog's Bolloxx (NSFW), created to supply the world with handcrafted Pup Play gear especially marketed towards furries. The company's "about us" page reads "Pup play is getting big, everywhere. Femme doms are in the newspapers. The furry fandom is huge. And that means that people all over the world are exploring a new ways of finding themselves, and enjoying their bodies. That kicks ass, and we’re ecstatic to be a part of it." Murrrsuiters can be seen all over the shop's Twitter page, modeling the various products being sold via very professionally done photography.

And I think that's where the problem begins. For ages, murrsuiting was usually something shared "under the radar" and consisted of low-quality photos, generally shared privately or maybe on some shitty amateur porn website like xtube. The Dog's Bolloxx has taken a new approach using professional photography and a Twitter account open to everyone.

Enter Felix the Fox, one of the three murrsuiter models the store is using (even having a product named after him). It appears others in the fandom aren't as open and accepting as he'd like when it comes to his willingness to shamelessly show off his murrsuit.

In fact, he was actually banned from one meet because of his murrsuiting. He had tweeted about the ban (a retweet of that particular tweet is how I found this story), but at some point deleted it, however failed to delete tweets talking about it:

He did tweet a while back in response to the news that a LondonFurs meet was shut down due to sexual misconduct by attendees, calling the perpetrators "bad furries". Apparently it is bad to do that but perfectly okay to broadcast to the world that murrsuiting is "in" that you're "proud to be part" of this kinky new movement.

And people wonder why Kage drinks like he does.

Antisocial Networking / FA: United 2015
« on: September 17, 2015, 01:53:07 am »
FA: United 2015 took place in the booming metropolis of Whippany, New Jersey this past weekend, and it sounds like it went over just about as well as you'd expect something organized by FA would.

The #FAU2015 hashtag on Twitter was unusually quiet all weekend, and when things did get posted to it, they often either directly or indirectly mentioned that the con was a lot quieter than years past. A dance held Thursday night attracted just five people to the dance floor. A Friday night dance was so sparsely attended it was shut down early. Another dance saw slightly higher turnout. People complained on Twitter about the con in general being "empty".

#FAU2015 Worst.Con.Ever. I can't believe I'm out $50! Fucked Parade, Empty Halls, Canceled Dances, Canceled Dance Comps. Dealer room is OK.
I’m at #FAU2015 … Damn, it’s quiet in here! _(photo)

Events were seemingly rescheduled to the whim of the event organizers, which meant the Fursuit Parade was randomly moved from it's scheduled Sunday timeslot to Saturday. When it started, the convention did not provide any water to fursuiters, but did make a point to blast My Little Pony music into the room.
#FAU2015 you changed the date from Sunday to Saturday for the parade… WHY>!
HEY THIS IS IMPORTANT: to everyone at #fau2015, they rescheduled the parade! It starts in 15 minutes! Suiters get over here!!
welcome to the #fau2015 fursuit parade prep- we don't have any water for you but we're piping in MLP music for your satisfaction

There was confusion over whether or not there was a dance competition. Some reported that event staff said there was none, others report that the MC/host didn't show up.

The back of the con book was emblazoned with a nauseating "lol random xD" in-joke that looks like it came from Dragoneer.

And if those weren't enough for you, an account of Saturday night from elsewhere online via the Vivisector IRC:
Saturday nite at avifoxes party. Drinks were spiked some overweight nigger started chimping out. A female passed out and someone decided to take pic's of her. Cops showed up arrested the nig nog. Meanwhile downstairs, someone had too much to drink and passed out. Waahhhmbulance was summoned. I only read of the money missing via fau twitter.

The person who was involved in the sexual assault has come forward on Twitter, confirming that it happened. I personally have been able to obtain a recording of the Police/Fire/EMS dispatch from the call for the drunk person. It was a 20-year-old.

Unlike conventions past, the attendance numbers (which had been climbing prior to this year) were released in an official post. This year they were first mentioned as a reply on Dragoneer's personal Twitter. Despite the low events turnout and quiet con, Dragoneer claims that attendance was down only 49 people for a total of 658 vs. last year's 707. Their donation to their charity was $7,700 down $1,100 from last year's $8,800.

Given that there was no significant drama out of last year's event, it's probably safe to assume that the IMVU sale may have played into the lower turnout this year. It will be interesting to see what happens next year. Perhaps Princess Piche's dream of being Kage 2.0 is starting to slip through his fingers.

P.S. Please enjoy this photo of Dragoneer and Chase (on the right, you can't miss him, trust me).

Antisocial Networking / 10 years later, folders have been hacked in
« on: September 13, 2015, 07:42:55 pm »
After nearly a decade of "WE'RE WORKIN' ON IT", Fur Affinity unveiled it's new folder system on Sunday to coincide with the conclusion of FA: United.

The system is simply comprised of groups of submissions. Putting an item in a folder does not take it out of your main gallery and you can put a submission in as many folders as you'd like, which may imply that these are nothing more than a relational database setup that took nearly 10 years to be implemented. The settings for folders are spread out among multiple control panels and feature some terrific UI design, like this monster.

Yak claims that "limitations" that still exist in FA prevented him from implementing a better system.
Current implementation of folders is working within the limitations of the existing gallery hierarchy: main gallery and scraps being primary folders, and additional user created folders acting more as filters rather than actual folders.
This isn't how we'd like to see this in the end, but there are some prerequisites that need to be met before we can change this hierarchy into the one where there is only one "all content" metafolder, "main gallery", "featured" and "scraps" default folders, and user created folders behaving as actual folders, e.g submissions assigned into them will not be shown in any of the three "default folders" above.
My options were limited. There are still a few old architectural uhh... limitations from the early days of FA that prevent me from doing nice things easily (table schemas, filesystem organization, etc). They're like anchors.
Taking care of them is my priority in the immediate future.

These comments are similar to comments he made years ago as to why it was taking so long to get folders in the first place (The "filesystem" excuse has been one of his go-to's for YEARS). In the end, it seems he did the bare minimum amount of work required, and I have to wonder what was keeping this system from being implemented 5 years ago.

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