Motto: Furry food for thought
Contributors: Fred Patten, crossaffliction, Isiah Jacobs, Higgs Raccoon, Patch Packrat, Rakuen Growlithe, Sonious, RingtailedFox, dronon, Huskyteer, Banrai, Equivamp, Watts Martin, mwalimu, Draconis, EarthFurst
|Launch date|| January 21, 2001–June 2006|
August 2006–December 2009
Flayrah was founded in January 2001 by Aureth, who remained webmaster until mid-2006, handing the site over to Frysco. In 2010, Flayrah was relaunched by GreenReaper. It won the 2011 Ursa Major Award for Best Magazine.
Flayrah was influenced by Slashdot and intended to provide a "more topical, less flammable, and more enjoyable" alternative to alt.fan.furry, covering "fandom and convention news, product announcements and reviews, interesting websites, and other related tidbits." Stories after the 2010 revamp focused on original reporting and slightly longer pieces, with the addition of regular reviews in 2011, and interviews in 2012.
Over 100 articles from 2007-9 were imported under license from WikiFur, while more than 130 pieces came from the Furtean Times upon its closure in November 2010. Syndication of Rod O'Riley's In-Fur-Nation began November 2011.
Comments are a key component of Flayrah – over 4,300 were posted in 2011, and 4,800 in 2012. They are user-moderated by ratings, including a sense of karma for registered and anonymous posters. "Newsbytes", a front-page shoutbox introduced in November 2010 and extended to Twitter and Facebook in May 2013, is used to post breaking news, and links which do not merit a full story.
As of 2010, posts on Flayrah are licensed by default under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, although this may be changed by the submitter.
Flayrah was originally spun off from a news site hosted by Aureth's Cornwuff Press. Staff members posted 1,992 news items in the first four years, starting with a story about World Tree RPG. Its name means "unusually good food" in the Lapine language used in Watership Down. The site was also meant to include similar material to the e-zine Fuzzy Logic, but this never materialized in significant amounts. However, some content did attract significant debate.
Flayrah became a regular stop for furry fans, despite sometimes irregular updates, but went offline at the end of June 2006 due to hosting issues, together with declining interest and a lack of time on the part of the webmaster. It returned in mid-August after Frysco expressed an interest in taking over the site. However, there was little activity, partly because the site had to be locked-down to registered users due to a lack of anti-spam features.
On 28 November 2009, Frysco announced that Flayrah would be closing for the second and perhaps the final time. GreenReaper decided that the site had too much historical content and promise to lose, and took it on, rewriting it using Drupal and merging existing stories with free content from WikiFur News for a relaunch in January 2010. While owned by GreenReaper and used as WikiFur's primary news source since January 2010, it is run as an independent project.
Flayrah contributors posted over 300 stories in 2010, rising to 365 in 2011 and 677 in 2012. It was nominated for and won the 2011 Ursa Major Award for Best Magazine, after a decision to move it from the Websites category. In March 2013 it was nominated again, for the 2012 Awards. Traffic has increased steadily since 2010.
- ↑ Credits - Flayrah
- ↑ About - GreenReaper, Flayrah
- ↑ Flayrah on Google News
- ↑ Flayrah relaunches with new software, editor-in-chief - GreenReaper, Flayrah (11 January 2010)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 2011 Ursa Major Award winners announced at Califur VIII - GreenReaper/Fred Patten, Flayrah (3 June 2012)
- ↑ Flayrah.com launches! - Aureth, alt.fan.furry (21 January 2001)
- ↑ WikiFur News articles on Flayrah
- ↑ Furtean Times work on Flayrah
- ↑ The Furtean Times closes; content brought to Flayrah - GreenReaper, Flayrah (12 November 2010)
- ↑ Why you should give Flayrah the 2011 Ursa Major Award - GreenReaper, Flayrah (12 January 2012)
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Flayrah's top stories in 2012 - GreenReaper, Flayrah (3 February 2013)
- ↑ Flayrah adds rating-based comment visibility - GreenReaper, Flayrah (16 December 2010)
- ↑ September 2010 to September 2011 Newsbytes archive - crossaffliction, Flayrah (12 January 2012)
- ↑ May 2013 Newsbytes archive - crossaffliction, Flayrah (4 June 2013)
- ↑ 2005 State of the Website - Aureth, Flayrah (10 January 2005)
- ↑ RIP Flayrah, Long Live Flayrah? - (1 July 2006)
- ↑ Flayrah Closing - Frysco, Flayrah (28 November 2009)
- ↑ Flayrah's top stories in 2010 - GreenReaper, Flayrah (3 January 2011)
- ↑ Flayrah's top stories in 2011 - GreenReaper, Flayrah (25 December 2011)
- ↑ 2011 Ursa Major Awards voting now open - Fred Patten, Flayrah (16 March 2012)
- ↑ Ursa Major Awards to cover websites; Flayrah recategorized - Fred Patten, Flayrah (16 August 2011)
- ↑ 2012 Ursa Major Awards voting now open - Fred Patten, Flayrah (16 March 2013)
- ↑ Comment to What is Flayrah's future? - GreenReaper, Flayrah (27 May 2013)
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