Flayrah from 2001 to 2012 - a statistical perspective
Flayrah has been around since 2001. It has had three editors-in-chief (Aureth, Frysco and GreenReaper) who between them have published 3529 stories from 279 unique contributors (plus another 341 anonymous contributors), including both news and opinion pieces.
What follows is a statistical breakdown of Flayrah in various ways.
What isn’t included
The stories surveyed include only those originally published by Flayrah. Not included are stories that were brought over from WikiFur News or The Furtean Times, as well as stories syndicated from In-Fur-Nation (which do not even appear in the archives).
Polls were also not counted, as they are a sidebar and do not appear in the main story space (though they do appear in the archives), and they do not appear in contributors’ story list. They also, obviously, are not really stories.
Lastly, Flayrah's Newsbytes are only covered as archives. Introduced in September 2010, these have largely obviated simple link-based stories.
Flayrah by year
523 stories were published in Flayrah’s first year; the second largest number of stories published in a single year. It was surpassed by 2002’s count of 597. 2003 saw 507 stories, which would be the last year over 500 stories were published, and the last year an average of at least one story a day would be published until 2012.
2004 saw a greatly reduced amount of stories published, with only 291 stories published, while 2005 saw the downward trend continue with 176 stories published. In 2006 and 2007, both years ended with exactly 99 stories being published, making 2006 the first year to not reach triple digits. After holding steady in 2007, the downward trend once again continued, with 2008 hitting 54 and 2009 reaching the lowest story total with 35. Former editor Frysco called the game, saying Flayrah would not continue.
Dividing contributors up into three categories (one-story wonders, multiple posters below a hundred, and the triple-digits club), the largest category (by number of contributors and number of stories contributed) is the second category, with 148 contributors authoring 1673 stories. The highest number reached by a contributor without reaching a hundred stories by the end of 2012 is 85, by Cordite.
Six contributors had reached 100 stories before 2013, including all three of Flayrah's editors; GeneBreshears with 109, Frysco with 116, Aureth with 204, MelSkunk with 222, Fred with 367 and GreenReaper with 383. Together, these six account for 1378 stories. (Earlier this year, I also passed the hundred story mark).
125 contributors posted only one story before disappearing into the night, and a further 341 stories were posted anonymously before GreenReaper took over and made registration a requirement of posting stories. (Many anonymous stories were in fact signed by their unregistered posters, and therefore not strictly anonymous, but all stories marked “Anon” were counted as “Anon” whether signed or not.)
Types of stories
I divided all stories between opinion pieces and news pieces; news counts for 3091 stories, vastly more than opinion’s 246.
There have also been 106 videos submitted since GreenReaper took over; these were separated out from news and opinion as they could often be considered either. A story was considered a video if the video was shown in the preview; videos that were embedded in the story after the preview, or stories that only linked to a video, even if marked “video” in the headline or with tags, were not counted as videos.
The final category, other, included the nine April Fools articles (specifically, joke articles; articles about April Fools were counted as news) plus 65 site news pieces (including the Newsbytes archives); that’s where this article would be placed.
The largest group of news pieces were “press releases”; defined in this case as either news pieces about the submitter, or articles that took a substantial amount of writing verbatim from another source (the Previews list are prime examples of the second type, while newsletters are often both).
The second largest group of news pieces was, unsurprising for a furry news site, furry news; in this case, any news about either a furry, the furry fandom as a group, or news about a work containing anthropomorphic animals.
Animal stories were the next largest group, with 794 stories involving real animals. Stories of real animals acting in a human fashion were counted as animal stories rather than furry. Also, stories about unreal non-anthropomorphic animals were also placed here.
28 interviews have been published by Flayrah, and seven retrospectives, which were separated from the other news pieces by format, rather than content. 162 articles featured subjects neither furry or animal related; most involved subjects close to furry, such as science fiction or animation, but major real world events, such as 9/11, were covered, as well as such off-topic events as the death of Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s.
Pure opinion pieces (including the Furry Movie Award Watch column) account for 49 stories, with reviews accounting for the rest of the opinion pieces. The exception would be the 12 con reports, which it may not be fair to call reviews.
The most popular medium reviewed, by far, is written prose works, with 122 reviews. Film and television reviews account for 29 reviews, with comic book reviews right behind with 25. Eight video games were reviewed before 2013. Finally, Flayrah’s archives include exactly one music review, which was categorized as “other.” (Higgs Raccoon’s review of a stage play this year would be the second to gain that distinction if it was in the time period covered.)