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"The Tasty Furry Site"
Author(s) Owners: Varka
Launch date e621:
  • February 10, 2007 - September 17, 2007
  • November 26, 2007 - August 30, 2010
  • September 8, 2010 - Ongoing


  • July 2009 - November 2009
  • November 2012 - Ongoing
Genre Ouroboros Image board
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e621 is a mature image board replacement for Sidechan, founded in February 2007. A general audience image board, e961, once complemented this site. As of February 2014, the site hosts over four hundred thousand active posts ranging from non-sexual images to extreme fetishes and boasts more than sixty thousand users. E621 runs off of the Ouroboros platform, a danbooru styled software specifically designed for the site.


[edit] History

  • September 17, 2007 - The site was closed down, citing on its front-page that claims had been made against the site for hosting child pornography and only the Oekaki board and the IRC channel remained active[4].
  • November 26th, 2007 - e621 became active again, under the banner e621 2.0. It was forced offline for a few days over Christmas 2007 during the same DDoS attack that struck Fur Affinity and Fchan.
  • August 30, 2010 - The website's main page was replaced with a small note saying that e621 would be permanently shut down due to "numerous threats to our host, false claims of illegal content, harassment and a few things that are much worse."[5] This time, only the IRC channel remained active.[6]
  • August 31, 2010 - It was announced that the site will simply be resuming with a new admin, Varka, after a short downtime.[citation needed] Announced changes to the site include an updated takedown policy to amend some of the issues leading to the threats issued in previous days.[citation needed]
  • September 1, 2010 - A website by the same name has appeared in the guise of Adobe Flash Media Server 3.5, as confusing as this is, both are different only due to the WWW prefix. That, or the old one was obsolved by Adobe, while the new one is using the WWW prefix. Anonymous of Jacksonville says e621 simply has a messed up DNS record for the base domain, but the WWW subdomain is still correctly configured. Either the record's TTL hasn't yet expired (in the case of hacking or hostile takeover, this is a good thing) or someone somewhere has made a silly mistake. (When the site is typed in with, and without WWW it goes to Varka's page, the site itself depending how you reach it will send you to either by a 50/50 chance, it's easier to just put in WWW with it.)
  • September 8, 2010 - The website was passed from Arcturus to Varka. Varka has implemented a newer, more artist-friendly takedown policy. There will also be more artist involvement that includes obtaining prints from Inkbunny and going to the artist's chosen website for commissions.[7]
  • August 2010 - The website ended its operations briefly due to David Ross (Insane Kangaroo), lodging accusations of child pornography and copyright infringement with the principle hosting company. The site was formally shut down when he threatened Arcturus with deportation. The site returned to normal operation under a new owner on September 8, 2010.
  • January 18, 2012 - e621 joined many other sites in protesting the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and SOPA, by taking down its page and replacing it with the page that stated for others to write to their congressmen, being entirely generated by user content, e621 was a high risk target under the SOPA legislation, and took the site down with others for the protest.[8]

[edit] Policies and content

e621 makes use of a DNP list, and takedown requests are honoured when following the guidelines of the Takedown page (http://e621.net/static/takedown). Images that are removed are also blacklisted to prevent posting.

Registration requests for inclusion on the site by artists and users might or might not be moderated by e621's staff, depending on the amount of spammers or trolls they are being hit with.

Uploading of photographic child pornography or bestiality media is not permitted, and uploading of images from paysites is discouraged, with the exception of a few images (usually for publicity purposes).

Additionally, any post could be deleted without notice if they fail to meet a standard of quality as determined by the moderators (poorly drawn or badly compressed art), though this is uncommon.

[edit] Mascot

e621's mascot is a cat character by the name of Hexerade.[citation needed]

[edit] Controversy

Esix, one of final designs for the site's mascot. Esix was in the top spot in the site redesign planned for 2010.

Early in 2010, the owners of e621 were looking for a mascot to adorn the site. After asking the site's users to come up with their own ideas, a poll was opened to decide on which character should be selected. However, a few weeks afterwards the poll was closed prematurely as it came to light that one of the contestants had been rigging the contest by signing up many alts through proxies to vote his mascot up.[citation needed]

In response to this, the administrators announced that they would select a mascot among themselves. After deliberation, they selected a five character mascot team from the leaders of the poll, featuring characters by Mellis, Chizi, Keishinkae, Darkdoomer and Manafox.[citation needed]

[edit] e961/e926

In July 2009, a work-safe counterpart, e961, was brought online. Unfortunately, in November 2009 it was aliased to the original site due to traffic issues caused by the popularity of e621.[9] However, users who want to view only safe for work content can use the "rating:safe" tag to exclude all mature content from e621, except banner adverts which will still include adult content. Images can also be filtered by placing ratings (i.e. rating:explicit) on the tag blacklist.

In November 2012, e961 was rebuilt as e926, a joke for it being a 'bleached' version of the site, was reinstated along with updates to the main site. It displays content from e621 that strictly has a safe rating. The site's login system shares e621's login database, but requires separate login, as it most likely has it's own cookies. Notably, it also has it's own "safe for work" advertising.

[edit] References

  1. List of Admins/Mods Retrieved Apr 12 2011.
  2. Char's Resignation Retrieved June 12th 2013
  3. List of Admins/Mods Retrieved Mar 29th 2013
  4. e621 offline notice - Archived by Wayback Machine, Sep 17, 2007
  5. Takedown Request. - Arcturus, e621.net
  6. e621 is over. sorry. - Arcturus, e621.net
  7. [1]
  8. "What? Why can't I use e621?" - Archived by Wayback Machine, Jan 18, 2012
  9. At work? Nosy family? No problems! - Arcturus, e621 forum

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