Mr. Ross was born in California, and lived there for several years, where he enjoyed fishing for catfish and visiting ocean beaches. He moved to east Tennessee with his family around 1993. In Tennessee he enjoyed the colorful people of the Smoky Mountains, helping out with his communities, and being involved in after-school programs. In June of 2005, he moved to Alaska, where he obtained IT work in Homer.
After being laid off from the mental health center at the end of March 2010, he sought new employment. In May 2010, Ross found another long term employer in Pennsylvania. He relocated in July 2010, driving approximately 4300 miles starting from the Alaska highway and passing through Canada.
 Open Carry
On several occasions Mr. Ross's actions have caused controversy within the fandom, and in some cases he appears to have courted this controversy.
 Anthrocon 2010
On January 22, 2010, Mr. Ross' membership for the Anthrocon 2010 was revoked. In a brief letter, Anthrocon chairman and CEO Dr. Samuel Conway suggested that if the area was so dangerous as to require a firearm, it would be best not to come:
|You have repeatedly insisted that the area in which Anthrocon's convention takes place is sufficiently dangerous that it is necessary to carry a firearm for protection. If that is indeed the case, then we feel it is wisest you not attend so that you need not be exposed to unnecessary danger.|
The response from Mr. Ross was as follows:
|I was banned because I'm an open carrier. Kage even mentions the fact in his email stating it's not I chose to arm myself, but because the way I carry. I WAS NOT IN VIOLATION OF ANTHROCON RULES.|
Open carry outside of convention space was not part of AC rules as of February 16, 2010. His ban was justified by allegations of public distress and police concern over his actions which reflected badly on Anthrocon, and the belief that such incidents would continue and escalate. The factual basis of these allegations is disputed.
On August 30th of 2010, Mr. Ross was responsible for the temporary closure of the furry art website, e621.net. He had been in contact with the site's principle hosting facility, citing mature images on the website which he alleged to have violated US code 18 USC § 1466A (child pornography laws and copyright of artists). The owner of the site denied both of these allegations.
The site has since resumed service, having changed ownership. Mr. Ross subsequently encouraged artists to report the site for piracy, and expressed plans to contact the FBI and the UK government regarding the alleged cartoon pornography depicting minors present on the site. Later that year he expressed the desire to get in touch with US senators in regards to making explicit cub-related furry art illegal.
 Inkbunny and SoFurry
In November 2010, Fur Affinity lost its payment processor, AlertPay, after they noted that cub pornography was not against the site's terms of service. Mr. Ross theorized that a member of SoFurry or Inkbunny might have been responsible for the change, and proceeded to report them in turn to AlertPay:
|I reported SoFurry and InkBunny to AlertPay to make sure all sites which hit in case one of the people who ran the sites were the ones who started the initial complaint about FurAffinity. If one is going to get hit out of some troll, then all of the sites will burn. So the person who started the original complaint will not be smiling anymore.|
AlertPay had already informed the two sites that they were terminating their prior to FA's public announcement. Nevertheless, Mr. Ross's actions were roundly criticised, and he was subsequently banned from furrydrama_2:
|Just because someone reported AlertPay does NOT give you the right to go all Internet vigilante on behalf of FA. They can handle their own shit. What you've done is quite possibly the lowest, shittiest, underhanded, vindictively stupid thing I've seen anyone do to another web site.|
On January 27th, 2011, David Ross launched the Do Not Hug (The unofficial don't hug me bro murrsuit database), a publically viewable listing of fursuiters who engage in sexual activities while in fursuit. The site states that its purpose is to inform the public of potential health and hygene issues regarding such activities. However, many are concerned that the site could be used maliciously to violate privacy and ruin reputations.
Postings to the site are done anonymously (no e-mail address or other identifying information is required of the user), and without the knowledge of the fursuiters being posted. At the time the site was launched, explicit photos of the fursuiters were included in the listing, but were removed the next day. In addition to gathering information from sites like Fur Affinity and XTube (to which links are provided), the site also solicits users to submit names, information, photos, and videos directly to the site. Any submissions must include evidence of sexual activity, in the form of photographs and/or videos, before addition.
The site became inoperative somewhere between March and September, 2011.
- ↑ Fourth of July detainment incident
- ↑ Pennsylvania Court Docket - Airport incident (found not guilty)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Anthrocon bans fur over open carry - GreenReaper, Flayrah (14 February 2010)
- ↑ Stand up for civil rights, get banned from Anthrocon. February 12, 2010 post by Mr. Ross to his LiveJournal. Retrieved 2010 April 11.
- ↑ Screenshot of the e621 forum posting before the site shut down
- ↑ e621.net - The Art Pirate Site: Let's make an example out of the site - (9 September 2010)
- ↑ Cub porn - What to do? Legislate - (28 November 2010)
- ↑ Fur Affinity loses AlertPay account, bans cub porn - GreenReaper, Flayrah (24 November 2010)
- ↑ Comment to AlertPay drops InkBunny [membership required] - , (25 November 2010)
- ↑ Rule Addition [membership required] - Teahound, (26 November 2010)
- ↑ Comment to AlertPay drops Inkbunny [membership required] - Teahound, (26 November 2010)
- ↑ Announcement of DNH launch on the Furry News Network
- ↑ Flayrah news post about DNH, and its potential lack of privacy
- ↑ Furaffinty forums thread about DHN launch and possible lack of privacy
- ↑ archive.org captures of dnh.furryzone.com for 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2013
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