Drako's Den

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Drako's Den
Author(s) Site Founder: Drako Swiftclaw
  • Admins: The DWS Team
Website
Status Active
  • Seeking Admins to join The DWS Team
Launch date 2015
End Date Ongoing
Genre Multimedia archive
Rating(s)
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Drako's Den, is a smaller (adult only) community website that focuses on the celebration of all forms of creativity. The site was originally formed in 2000 as The TNSC Community by Drako Swiftclaw, and is now maintained by his Website Services.

As of 2015 Drako's Den is the replacement for The TNSC Community.

Drako's Den has always focused on catering to furries, and was an open community for furries and open minded people of all walks of life. Recent changes have re-focused the site to be a safe haven for furries of all walks of life to freely express themselves. These changes are due to Drako having to re-build the site and put it onto new hosting, and his own coming out and becoming more open about being a Babyfur himself.

History[edit]

Drako's Den is what was formerly The TNSC Community and therefore, includes TNSC's history. Drako's Den has no formal history prior to April 20, 2015 other than being the replacement for TNSC as of that date.

TNSC was initially created in 2000 as a christian-based online radio station[1] . By 2002, TNSC had expanded to become a full community. This lasted only a few years while Tags began exploring his own identity. This self-exploration served to lead TNSC to change views by 2004, and become a freedomist website, allowing for adult themes and content.

TNSC was rebuilt and expanded in 2005 as part of a multi-service split that led to the creation of Drako's Website Services. Up until this time, TNSC had done the work now offered by Drako's Website Services, and had affiliated with Tags's own personal website to offer adult-oriented forums and image sharing.

Swiftclaw, founder of all three sites, felt that his own website should focus on being a personal information page about himself. He continues to edit and expand the page extensively, even as it is now hosted and run by Drako's Website Services.

Part of the 2005 expansion and rebuild of TNSC was in response to Fur Affinity's unannounced and prolonged downtime. Though FA was only down for a few days, TNSC experienced an increase in popularity and a slight spike in traffic. During this time, TNSC was on a non-redundant host that allowed adult images, themes, and content.

TNSC was moved to a new host and rebuilt again in 2007 in response to the old host unexpected downtime. FTP access was still allowed, but the site itself was inaccessible. The previous data that had been on TNSC was nearly entirely lost, but The DWS Team recreated all old content that TNSC had to offer and began to re-advertise itself as the "New TNSC Community- By the People, For the People".

As of 2010, TNSC has completely broken free from its christian roots, being a website about full freedom of expression, and active celebration of creativity. TNSC, founded by a furry, tends to target furries as the primary component of it's user base. However, TNSC allows anyone furry or not to be a member, so long as they are open-minded, and are there to have fun, and not cause drama.

In 2014, DWS attempted to close down TNSC and replace it with a more furry-centered website. The initial name of the new site was proposed to be YFF (Yiffy Furry Fun), but quickly changed to CFF (Creative Furry Fun), after the new name began an uproar surrounding the quality and integrity of the website and its constituents. CFF ran for about two weeks before TNSC was completely rebuilt, citing sources that none of TNSC's Original Traffic and users were moving onto the new domain.

Shortly after the YFF/CFF fiasco, TNSC's primary domain began experiencing stability issues, which led to DWS moving the site to a brand new domain (tnsc.ontheweb.nu). This domain has since had issues, returning TNSC to its original domain (http://tnsc.thrill.to). tnsc.ontheweb.nu may be used as a backup domain if any more issues arise.

As of April 20, 2015 Swiftclaw closed down TNSC and re-branded it as Drako's Den. This marks the beginning of the New Drako's Den website and Community.

In late 2015, the hosting company that ran Drako's Den had lost the entire account and all files associated with the site. There was no warning, leaving Drako's Den down for a few months while Swiftclaw began to rebuild the site on a new host. At this point in time, Swiftclaw was undergoing personal changes and moved back to Seattle. Those changes included him coming out as a babyfur, and therefore refocused the Den to be a safe haven for furries of all walks of life.

Services[edit]

The Drako's Den Community offers:

  • Art contests
  • Drako's Den Radio and music sharing
  • Chat rooms
  • Forums
  • Gallery that hosts images, artwork, and videos
  • Library that hosts stories and poetry
  • Clubs FFA
  • Free software downloads
  • Games
  • Shopping
  • Free e-Mail service

Art Contests[edit]

Drako's Den hosts an art contest every month. The contest allows anyone to submit anything related to that months theme. The submissions are then voted on by site visitors and a winner is announced on the 1st of each month. Users are also encouraged to submit art contest theme ideas. There is some slight controversy in the way the art contest is run, since anyone can submit anything-whether they created it or not. To combat this, The Art contest gives full rights only to the original artist, and links to the original art and artist respectively. The Art Contest Submissions are also hosted in a fashion where the entries are links to the image and artist and the winning submission's image is hosted on Drako's Den to act only as a thumbnail that links to the original work. This allows submissions to be anywhere on the internet, granted that DWS can identify who the artist of the work is.

Drako's Den Radio[edit]

Drako's Den Radio allows users who create music to share it in a radio-like setup, guaranteeing listeners to all music. DD Radio is operated under a mix of Live DJ's and a random rotation type system that ensures music is well shuffled and is fully cross browser compatible.

Swiftclaw brought back the Live DJ System, and is now seeking DJ's to fill the open time slots, reducing the need for the "Not So Live" Player - which is the system where songs are rotated at random.

Chat[edit]

Drako's Den has a single chat room that allows for all types of RP's and Discussions. Adult and otherwise.

Forums[edit]

The Forums are setup to allow users to interact with each other while not in chat. Discussions and RP's are welcome there as well.

Gallery[edit]

The Gallery is split up into the following:

  • Art
  • Photos

Drako's Den also has a Library where users can share written works, and place to share videos.

The images are setup more like an image board of sorts. Users can post images and comment.

All content types are allowed, both general and adult.

Mail[edit]

Drako's Den offers Mail.com services to its users.

Responses to Other sites[edit]

The DWS Team, have been known to send out personal blogs boasting DD's stability.

These responses have included blogs telling users of competing sites that have gone down that DD is still alive and well, and willing to take them in. Drako has done these sorts of blogs in response to all of Fur Affinity's downtimes, including the month-long one in 2008. He has even told people on his IM buddy lists about DD as a backup place for FA, since many of them were from FA to begin with.

References[edit]

  1. http://faq.sparklit.com/main.spark?faqID=1972