SoFurry 2.0 beta, and Fur Affinity's unfulfilled promises
At the end of 2009, Yiffstar was relaunched with 'completely new code' as SoFurry. Reactions were not entirely positive; the forum was horrible to use, and the main site had numerous performance and navigational issues, though speed improved over time.
In April 2010, work began on SoFurry 2.0, originally planned to release in first quarter 2011. As time passed, various previews of the new Espresso theme were released and covered by both Flayrah and FNN – the latter reporting on SoFurry's 150,000-user mark by interviewing SoFurry owner Toumal and lead designer Alex Vance.
On 8 July, Toumal announced a public beta of SoFurry 2.0, running in parallel with SoFurry 1.0 for 'some time'. The beta launched today, albeit without chat.
It took two years for FA to remove the broken commission info tab, two and a half to implement search, and six months to restore registration. Fur Affinity was also meant to be upgraded to a new interface on 21 May. That did not happen. On 1 July new screenshots were shown but no date for an update was set, despite plans to build a new interface on the original codebase dating back to 2007.
In addition to the standard art, story and music capabilities, SoFurry 2.0 is to have groups, an integrated forum, the ability to filter tags and its own chat. The ability to filter by tags – shared with Inkbunny, a project started just two years ago – has often been requested for Fur Affinity.
In an attempt to improve efficiency, Fur Affinity has joined forces with fellow furry site Furocity, hoping to acquire new coders and administrators. However, the ability of SoFurry to answer the call of users and develop itself may make it a more attractive choice for furs.