VCL seeks "stability, if not relevance" with updates
[…] enough motivation collected to bring VCL back to stability, and perhaps some level of functionality to keep it a useful and enjoyable place to play around with. Certainly not to it's former "splendour", but that's not the goal.
Signaling a slow crawl back to stability, if not relevance :) More information to follow soon.
— VCL Furry Art (@vclart) June 5, 2014
Back in 2005, the VCL's Swedish mirror server was pushing "6-8Mbits/sec" (roughly 1/3 to 1/2 of today's traffic to Inkbunny, SoFurry or Weasyl), with 40+ submissions a day. By 2009, though, it had virtually fallen out of the picture, with existing and prospective users having flocked to sites with such now-basic features as on-site comments, journals and private messages – and, perhaps as importantly, no barriers to entry.
Nowadays, uploads are few (NSFW), and signups impossible. But the VCL retains ~4500 registered users and a library of around 300,000 files, many belong to long-departed artists who have not shared them elsewhere. Perhaps, like Yerf and its archive, the VCL can yet be reinvented.