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Flayrah in 2015

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In 2015, Flayrah published 140 stories from 20 contributors, including crossaffliction (with 64 stories), Fred (34), Sonious (9), GreenReaper (6), GreyFlank and Rakuen Growlithe (4 each), Huskyteer and RingtailedFox (3 each), DarkXander, earthfurst and georgesquares (2 each), and A C. Fox, CassidyTheCivet, Diamond Man, Isiah Jacobs, jm, M'aiq the Liar, Micah, Mister Twister and Quinn Yellowfox (one each).

What was Flayrah's most significant story of 2015?

Fur Affinity forum staff abandon their posts, future of forum uncertain
16% (7 votes)
First character images of 'Zootopia' revealed
9% (4 votes)
Oklacon canceled for 2015, more than likely permanently
20% (9 votes)
IMVU buys Fur Affinity; furry fans respond
43% (19 votes)
Doug Winger loses battle with COPD
11% (5 votes)
Votes: 44

Flayrah in 2014

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In 2014, Flayrah published 189 stories from 36 contributors, including Fred (72 stories), crossaffliction (54 stories), GreenReaper (17 stories), Higgs Raccoon (5 stories), Rakuen Growlithe (4 stories), dronon, Isiah Jacobs and Sonious (each with 3 stories), Diamond Man, Voice and wyrmkeep (2 stories each) and AC_Fox, aquariusotter, Cubist, draconis, earthfurst, equivamp, Feli, fenrislorsai, Grisli, hi-jera, Huskyteer, jasper-bear, JoJoJoshua, Lightsen, Martes, Mister Twister, NeonBunny, AC_Fox, oldhans117, Patch Packrat, Pimlico, Potoroo, RingtailedFox and Snow (with one story each).

Update (March 23): Now with the most viewed stories of 2014.

Comparison of furry website HTTPS configurations

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Security is necessary for one's own protection, both offline (to protect one's physical safety and possessions) and online (protecting identity, money and, as the our digital and real lives become more integrated, even physical possessions). Our own behaviours and security systems need to work together to be effective. It's no good having the latest burglar alarm, strong locks on your doors and a security gate if one leaves the door wide open. Similarly, it's great to lock the door each time one goes out - but if that door is secured solely by a latch, it won't be effective. As I've given some basic guidelines on how to stay safe online, I'm now comparing how furry sites are helping their users stay safe.

Update (Jan 28): All Weasyl servers now receive an A grade, however the server configuration is still not consistent.

Flayrah's story ratings now reflected in Google search results

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It's a hard life for search engines, and sites like Flayrah with varying page layout don't help. But thanks to a few hours with Google's data highlighter, it'll be easier for one of them to identify who wrote what, what a story is about, and how well it was received.

What does this mean? Well, more comprehensive search results, hopefully – but perhaps the most noticeable change will be the visibility of ratings when those results are displayed:
Rakuen GrowlitheRestrospective: An illustrated chronology of furry fandom, 1966-1996

Flayrah ratings on Google

The rating displayed for users depends on the ratings received on their story submissions. This change will roll out incrementally as Google reindexes the site.

Also, Califur 2014 is hosting the Ursa Major Awards presentation next Saturday at 5PM. Flayrah's up for Best Magazine again for the stories we published in 2013 – join me there to celebrate if we win… and to commiserate if the ponies win Best Website again.

For your consideration: Flayrah's top stories in 2013

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'Candigato Morris', by J Carlos V Padilla So how did Flayrah do compared to 2012? At first glance, activity fell, with 536 stories from 33 contributors. But the year's 914 Newsbytes replaced many short stories, especially after auto-posting to Twitter and Facebook began.

High ratings accrued to a profile of horse-worshipping Turkmenistan, news of the proposed feline mayor of Xalapa, survey results suggesting that furries 'think differently', a review of Blue Sky's Epic, surrogate monkey mothers, and Mike Rugnetta's comments on fan communities.

News of the death of Lemonade Coyote attracted almost 10,000 unique visitors, while an exposé of FurFling and FurryMate remains active, with over 1000 views this past month. Many also followed the search for a missing fur.

Contribution guidelines to ease Flayrah's editing bottleneck

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Stories go through several editing steps before publication on Flayrah. Image thumbnailing, layout, copyediting, linking, fact-checking, tagging – these take over half an hour for all but the most trivial stories, and that's assuming no substantive editing is required.

Flayrah's editors have limited time, and few are both qualified and willing to become one. Stories have often languished in the queue because we don't want to risk work which may not yet meet our standards. But not publishing work in a timely fashion is a problem, too.

As such, we're releasing contribution guidelines for Flayrah, in an attempt to decrease the work required by editors prior to publication.

Flayrah from 2001 to 2012 - a statistical perspective

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Graph of Flayrah stories published by yearFlayrah 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.

Are we scaring away potential furry fans? Google says yes.

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Google suggestions: Furries are ... sick, weird and creepyI detest unnecessary wordiness, but keeping it short just doesn't work.

Before I begin, I would like to present an apology of sorts to Patch Packrat. I very much dislike to be misunderstood, but also cannot stand to be the source of said misunderstanding. I guess I should have been more clear with my choice of words.

Now, with that out of the way, today's topic.

Throughout the years, I have been around the various reaches of the web, and met a ton of really good artists. Many really liked to draw humanized animals (for fun and profit). For some, the subject made up most of their galleries; some drew furries exclusively. As we conversed, the topic of furries inevitably arose. Aside from the occasional "yep, I'm a furry", most replies went something like this:

  1. I like drawing talking animals, but I don't have a fursona/fursuit, so I'm not a furry.
  2. I like drawing talking animals, but to me it's not a "lifestyle", so I'm not a furry.
  3. Furries are creepy, and I don't want to be associated with them.

Answer #3 was the most prevalent.

What is Flayrah's future?

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Once, Flayrah was the the only place to find information on the Furry fandom. You might see a comment on a board or on IRC, perhaps LiveJournal, but there were not a lot of options. The few conventions out there would make a post here, perhaps some themed newsletter, but that was about it. You knew you could find Flayrah with news on it.

Now, over the years the fandom has developed, but the news mediums really have not. There are more diverse sources out there, but many are self-seeking. I won't go into that. More power to them is all. Yes,?you?can?say?Furry News Network,?but?it?never?really?got?going. A year? Maybe two. It copied a lot of the stories here, and occasionally something new would pop up. But that died out soon enough.

The fandom is constantly growing and furries want news, but do they know where to find it? I don't think so. I looked at the visitor stats below. They represent what a meet might have, and are not a good representation of the fandom's numbers.

Flayrah's top stories in 2012

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Flayrah

2012 saw Flayrah double its output – 677 stories from 48 contributors, including 173 from syndication partner In-Fur-Nation. Newsbytes also ramped up, with over 680 submissions (~450 last year).

So what was popular, well-rated, or highly-commented? The answers may surprise you . . .

What was Flayrah's most significant story in 2012?

ARP survey finds nearly 1 in 4 furs identify as bronies
4% (2 votes)
Christchurch's 'Press' posts fabricated article on 'fur fetishists'
6% (3 votes)
Fursuiter and event organizer PandaGuy loses battle with heart failure, diabetes
6% (3 votes)
Furry artist Mitch Beiro arrested for child sex abuse images
6% (3 votes)
Furry porn sweeps Offbeatr; their CEO, project leads explain
6% (3 votes)
'My Little Pony' fan erotica magazine tops $1000
4% (2 votes)
National Geographic profiles fursuiters on 'Taboo'
6% (3 votes)
Retrospective: An Illustrated Chronology of Furry Fandom, 1966–1996
17% (8 votes)
'Softpaw' artist Mizzyam arrested on child pornography charges
10% (5 votes)
Stalking Cat confirmed dead at 54
10% (5 votes)
Two furs badly injured, four dogs killed in horrific 80MPH hit-and-run
17% (8 votes)
'Xanth' arrested over bestiality video
4% (2 votes)
Something else (comment)
2% (1 vote)
Votes: 48

Should Flayrah's comment/story ratings be locked after a certain period?

No
45% (17 votes)
Yes, after a month
13% (5 votes)
Yes, after three months
24% (9 votes)
Yes, after six months
3% (1 vote)
Yes, after a year
13% (5 votes)
Yes, other timing
3% (1 vote)
Votes: 38

What's your favourite contentious topic on Flayrah?

Art site policies/staffing
9% (5 votes)
Cub porn
13% (7 votes)
Crime and punishment
7% (4 votes)
Conventions
4% (2 votes)
'Fursuit extra-curricular activities'
9% (5 votes)
Politics
4% (2 votes)
The definition of 'furry'
22% (12 votes)
The media
15% (8 votes)
Flayrah
6% (3 votes)
Something else
11% (6 votes)
Votes: 54

Editorial: For the love of Flayrah; please keep it furry!

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Yesterday, Flayrah published the first article tagged as opinion where the topic's relation to the furry fandom was particularly light. Many might even say non-existent. It was a topic of personal interest to the author, who happens to be the main editor at this site.

In the past, when other furry sites made major decisions or policy changes, Flayrah would report on them, and people would give their opinions. In this tradition, I feel it necessary to examine these articles and why they could have been so poorly received, and consider Flayrah's future.