Cub Central was a website for sharing and uploading cub art and stories. Many of the works on Cub Central were erotica, so the interface featured a rating system that allowed users to control what kind of content they could see. The website was owned by Nicol Firefox, and maintained by him with help from Ben Raccoon (maintainer of the Treehouse). As of September 2013, Nicol, Ben and others hosted mirrors of the site in New Zealand, Ohio, California and Illinois; however, it was largely stagnant prior to its closure.
- Address: http://www.cubcentral.org/ (down, archived)
- Ran from/to: April 2000 - April 2015
Cub Central grew out of a conversation in the Treehouse between Nicol Firefox and Trickster in early 2000. Nicol offered server space on his personal computer, as it was located in New Zealand and considered exempt from the Communications Decency Act. As the site became more popular it quickly outgrew the New Zealand server's limited bandwidth, and mirror sites were added, though sometimes not fast enough to meet demand, leading to patchy availability and several extended outages; the most recent being November 2005.
The site was debated on alt.fan.furry after being posted to the Portal of Evil on 6 April 2001 following several previous newsgroup mentions. It contained 5591 pictures and 897 stories as of 15 October 2009, although several galleries were later removed.
On 16 March 2015, it was announced on the CubCentral.org website, as well as via mailing list, that the original owner was deceased and that the site would be shutting down in two weeks:
|Sadly Nicol is no longer with us to run this site. I believe that most activity has since moved to other sites, and CC was no longer under active development.
I will leave the site up for a couple of weeks in case artists want to retreive their art, after that it will be decomissioned.
Existing mirror admins feel free to contact me to make other arrngements if you want.
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
On 1 April 2008 the site announced that it had become part of the "IPV6 porn project". Users with only IP version 4 were unable to access the site directly and were told to upgrade their connections by contacting their ISP or access the site through other methods, such as the sixxs.org redirector. Access via IPv4 was resumed on 2 April, although IPv6 support remained operational.
On the subsequent year's April Fools Day, visitors to the site were asked to submit a photo ID via webcam - or failing that, by upload - in order to comply with unspecified laws.
- Posting on cubcentral.org. Dated March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015. Archived March 24, 2015.