Fur Affinity bug permits huge avatars; former mod banned
A recently-reported bug in Fur Affinity and its subsequent exploitation has led to several user accounts being banned for periods from a few days to a few months. The bug allowed a user to modify an image file and then upload a giant avatar, unconstrained by usual FA limits.
The bug seems to have originally been found by Scott J. Fox, who posted about it on Twitter and made an FA journal which was later deleted. Around 10 hours later he was suspended from the site for three months (now seven days). Dragoneer maintained that the suspension was appropriate, saying that:
Promoting people to exploit an issue with "Enjoy breaking FA!" made your intent quite clear.
Also involved in the giant avatar episode was Benchilla, who served as an FA forum moderator for seven months in 2010. Initially he was suspended for two weeks, subsequently calling the episode "harmless fun" and the bans an overreaction. Less than an hour later, his two week suspension became a permanent suspension, and his forum account was soon banned as well. Dragoneer clarified that the two week ban was for the avatar, and it was extended because of his "previous history of hijinks" with the site.
A contributing factor in the decision to ban Benchilla could be that he is co-owner of Weasyl, a furry art site scheduled for release later this year. The site is to be in direct competition with Fur Affinity and has promised features that have been requested by its user-base for years. Also on Weasyl staff are Xipoid, who until recently was an FA admin, and current FA admin, FayV.
Eevee also responded to Scott J. Fox's twitter post. Like Benchilla, Eevee was banned from FA for bringing attention to flaws in FA's coding. Eevee was part of the team to design Ferrox, the proposed new interface for FA from 2006, until he resigned in 2009. In 2010 he exploited a bug in the newly released comment hiding feature and was permanently banned from the site.