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|Author(s)||Owner: Frost Dragon Art, LLC|
|Launch date|| 16 January–1 August 2005 (staff dispute & server issues)|
10 December 2005–present
|Genre||Social media community|
Fur Affinity, also known as FA, is the furry fandom's largest online community, focusing on the promotion of art, music and stories.
The site was created in 2005 by Alkora as an alternative to various art community sites such as SheezyArt and DeviantArt, distinguished by allowing artistic freedom of expression regardless of content rating. It is led by Dragoneer.
- Main article: History of Fur Affinity
Fur Affinity was launched on 16 January 2005 as an alternative to SheezyArt, with the forum going live on that date and the main site being transferred a few days later from FurPawz. Since then, it has suffered a few outages, most notably a month-long downtime over July 2008, but always managed to recover. In 2011, Fur Affinity announced a major revamp in connection to FA: United 4.
Fur Affinity: United!
- Main article: FA: United
In August 2007, Fur Affinity held its own furry convention, Fur Affinity: United! (or FA:U) in Newark, New Jersey. The convention was a success, drawing 310 attendees and 25 fursuiters in the parade, and was followed by another in 2008, drawing 381 attendees. In February 2009, Dragoneer announced FA: United 3 "Games United" for 28-30 May 2010. No event was scheduled for 2009 due to the economic downturn. FA: United 7, in August 2014, drew 707 attendees.
Services and features
Fur Affinity's features for users include the ability to allow users to track new updates from particular artists; highlight favorites; and upload a wide variety of art (images, music and stories). The site attempts to promote community through its comments system and individual journals.
While works of all ratings are accepted (other than photographic nudes, images whose intent are to slander or discredit others, and minors in sexual situations), art rated as mature or adult is not shown to visitors, or to users who have not specified it as a preference (which requires giving a date of birth indicating an age over 18). Keywords and tags can be added to works, though a feature that allowed blocking based on tags was disabled due to performance issues.
Fur Affinity's search engine was "temporarily disabled" in mid-2006 due to it taking up too many resources. A faux search feature was implemented for April Fool's Day 2007, much to the chagrin of some users. Search was reimplemented on 5 February 2009; it was initially labelled "That Thing You Want" and randomly included rickrolls.
Privacy features were added in May 2012 with users being able to block guests from seeing their content with messages such as "[Username] has elected to make their content available to registered users only" and being able to hide their adult, mature+adult, or all favorites from public view.
The site's artwork is inaccessible in Russia, as d.facdn.net (which serves the images) is listed on Russia's Internet blacklist. The site itself works fine, and even shows thumbnails.
On 13 September 2015, to coincide with the conclusion of FAU 2015, Fur Affinity unveiled a Gallery folders system, which had been promised in one form or another since shortly after the site launched in 2006. Some users[who?] criticized the way folders were implemented, including disappearing artwork after its implementation (found normally in the scraps folder), and the poor to no documentation regarding them.
- Main article: Ferrox (software)
The FA development team was working on a new backend system called Ferrox which was to be used for the next major revision of Fur Affinity, and was to be made available as FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) for other sites to use. By late 2009, the development of Ferrox had stalled, with the last change to the code being made on September 7, 2009. Days earlier, net-cat, who was acting as the lead Ferrox developer after Eevee had left, announced that the code was to be frozen, citing that "Nobody knows Python."
Fender is the Fur Affinity mascot, created by artist K-9 based on a character concept by Preyfar. He is half fox and half ferret, a "ferrox". On April Fool's Day 2007, Fender was depicted in the site's banner as a female dragon. This dragon was made a separate character and an official mascot of the site in May 2007, and named Rednef, or "Fender" spelled backward.
- Main article: History of Fur Affinity#Controversy
Being furry fandom's largest social art site for many years, Fur Affinity has been host to strenuous discussions on various topics, including the presence and later absence of cub pornography, staff appointments and departures, allegations of staff and user improprieties, and debate over what consists of suitable content for the site banner. Incidents of downtime and unauthorized access have also been discussed, both on Fur Affinity's forums and throughout the fandom.
Fur Affinity was previously owned by Ferrox Art LLC, a limited liability company founded 25 February 2008, registered in Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania. On March 19, 2015, it was officially announced that Fur Affinity had been acquired by IMVU; the transaction had occurred in January 2015 but had not been publicly announced. On February 1, 2021, Fur Affinity became independent again with ownership going back to Dragoneer, who has placed the website under the operation of a new company called Frost Dragon Art, LLC.
Fur Affinity's staff as of February 2017 include:
Two pseudonymous moderators, Quetzal and Gazelle, are also listed. A "System Account" is used to send anonymous notices.
Past staff include Bazeel, Carenath, Cerbrus, Glaide, Grammatist, Hendikins, Jasu Fox, Keio, Kryphosdrgn, Kyoujin, Luftwoofe, Nero Silent, Oddy, Odin36519, Photographurer, Renashe Tradewind, QMelon, quoting_mungo, Sheepdust, Silver R. Wolfe, SSJ3Mewtwo, Starrykitten, Summercat, Surgat, Trpdwarf, Tsawolf, Writerwren and Xaerun.
- In late 2010, the monthly hosting bill for Fur Affinity was just under $1,700 . This includes a full equipment rack, bandwidth, and IP addresses. The monthly cost likely increased with the addition of extra bandwidth (Increasing the total to 350Mbit) in early 2012.
- In less than a year since the site's re-launch, Fur Affinity gained over 45,000 users and over 300,000 submissions. 
- Alexa has previously ranked Fur Affinity in the top 4,000 sites on the web in 1 November 2007, showing greater traffic than the VCL for most of the previous year. The trend continued through 2008 and 2009. Fur Affinity has ranked as high as 3,475 on individual days, and close to 2,000 in the USA. In October 2010, Fur Affinity's rank fell to 7681.
- Fur Affinity reached its 1,000,000th submission on 11 January 2008. It reached its 2,000,000th submission on 15 February 2009, and its 3,000,000th submission in November 2009.
- As of 20 March 2015, the site had 11,142,451 active submissions (15,995,066 total created), 1,195,253 active users (1,218,456 created), 324,226,064 favorites, and an average of 671 accounts, 8,000+ submissions, 42,462 comments and 10,452 page shouts were created per day.
- Fur Affinity say they served ~38.8TB of data to over 2.1 million visitors in February 2016.
Fur Affinity owns various server hardware, some of which has been re-purposed or retired over time. Between 2010 and September 2020, the site was hosted out of an InfoRelay (later acquired by Atlantic Metro) data center in Reston, Virginia.
In April 2020, FurAffinity announced it was moving to a new "hardware platform" it called "King Ghidora". FurAffinity did not offer many specifics on this platform other than that it utilized "112 CPU cores, 1,536GB of memory, [and] 153.6TB of enterprise SSD storage" and that it was purchased from income from the FA+ subscription service. On September 9, FurAffinity announced the move was complete. This transition relocated the FurAffinity servers to an undisclosed location, with Dragoneer only saying they had to ship a 14 Terabyte hard drive "cross country" as part of the move. It is possible the servers were moved into a facility controlled by then-owner IMVU, which is headquartered in California.
While hosted at an InfoRelay, FA had access to 2Gbps of bandwidth leased as of November 2015.
- File server: Supermicro SuperServer 6017R-72HDP+ 1U with Intel Xeon E5-2603 v2 Quad-Core CPU (1.8GHz, 10MB cache), 128Gb 1600MHz DDR3 ECC RAM, 12 WD 4TB SATAIII drives (7200 RPM, 64 MB cache)
- Application servers (4): Asus RS300-E8-PS4 1U with Xeon E3-1240 v3 Quad-Core CPU (3.4GHz, 8MB cache), 32GB DDR ECC RAM, 2x128Gb SSDs
- Advertising server: Xeon 1270 v3 Quad-Core CPU (3.5 GHz, 8MB cache), 32GB DDR3 ECC RAM and 2xSSDs
In Spring 2015, additional hardware purchases were announced, in connection with the IMVU purchase.
|Name||Purpose||Hardware Notes||First Used||Status|
|Routezilla||Router||Cisco 7301 router||?||Presumed in use|
|Switchthulu||Network Switch||48-port Cisco Catalyst 3560. Replaced an older 24-port Cisco 3750, also called "Switchthulu"||?||Presumed in use|
|Neo Bahamut||Database Backup||Dual-core 2.0GHz Opteron 1212 with 2GB DDR2-667 RAM. Storage consists of 4x 1TB hard drives in RAID5. Concern expressed by Dragoneer about its worth vs. power draw.||?||In use|
|Novastorm||Database||a Sun Fire X4150 manufactured by Wikipedia:Sun Microsystems with twin quad-core 2.5Ghz Xeon 5420 processors and 64GB of RAM (as of March 2010). Storage consists of 2x 74GB 15K RPM hard drives in RAID1 and 6x146GB 15K RPM hard drives in RAID10. The server was initially purposed as the "Application server" but eventually converted to run the Database. This server was bought with donations following the July 2009 outage. Although Novastorm was replaced by Finn/Jake in September 2013, it is apparently still active, though its use is not clear.||August 2009||In use|
|Figment|| Virtualization Server
Ad server, Email server
|Dual quad-core 2.33Ghz Xeon 5345 with 32GB of RAM and 6x1TB of storage. Figment was purchased with the intent of offering hosting on it "sometime in April... or May, or maybe August" of 2010 and also served advertisements. Server was named by Sciggles.||2010||In use/"Spare Servers Pool"|
|Sparkz||Network Monitoring||Twin dual-core 2.4Ghz Opteron 2216 system with 48GB of RAM. The server was named by FA donator Dax. This server is the only server in a group of four donated servers (The others being Shivan, Tonberry, and Lapse) that is known to have been put into service.||November 30, 2010||In use|
|Finn*||Database Server||A custom-built server in a Supermicro SuperServer SYS-6027R-WRF chassis with at least one Intel Xeon 6C E5 2620 processor, 64GB of RAM, and 6 15k HDD's in an unknown RAID. This server was built by donations received in February 2013. See note below.||December 16, 2013||Still in use as of August 2016|
|Jake*||Database Server||A custom-built server in a Supermicro SuperServer SYS-6027R-WRF chassis with at least one Intel Xeon 6C E5 2620 processor, 64GB of RAM, and 6 15k HDD's in an unknown RAID. This server was built by donations received in February 2013. See note below|| September 16, 2013 (as "Finn")
|Possibly in use|
|Smaug||App Server||16-core Xeon, "full SSD", 128GB DDR4 RAM.||July 29, 2015||Presumed in use|
|Spike||Storage Server||48TB disk drives||?||Unknown|
- Finn and Jake are identical and were bought with the purpose of building a redundant database cluster. For unknown reasons, Finn was brought online first, with Jake supposedly following behind later that week. In December 2013, an issue came up that put the site into "Read Only" for a week. FA then moved the database to Jake, which was apparently not put into service yet. However, in November 2014, Zidonuke said that Jake was sitting idle "for almost a year", suggesting that when the database was moved, the names were swapped. As of November 2014, the idle database server was planned to be set as a slave for the purpose of handling notifications.
Additional retired hardware
|Name||Purpose||Hardware Notes||First Used||Retired|
|Gecko||Web Server||The original FA server, is a dual 3.0Ghz Nocona Xeon system with 4GB of RAM. Storage consists of 2x 250GB hard drives. The server is still used to host Team Fortress 2 servers for the Furry Pound and Left 4 Dead servers for the Fur Affinity Steam Gamers group.||?||?|
|Tiamat||Search||Twin dual-core 2.0Ghz Opteron 2212 with 32GB DDR2-533 RAM||?|| August 31, 2010|
Removed May 2015.
|Shivan||Unused/Unknown||Twin dual-core 2.4Ghz Opteron 2216 system with 48GB of RAM. The server was named by FA donator TlaiLaxu.||?||?|
|Tonberry||Unused/Unknown||Twin dual-core 2.4Ghz Opteron 2216 system with 48GB of RAM. The server was named by FA donator YiffyHusky.||?||?|
|Lapse||Unused/Unknown||Twin dual-core 2.4Ghz Opteron 2216 system with 48GB of RAM||?||?|
|Trogdor||File/App Server||A Dell Poweredge 2970 2U Server with 32GB RAM and twin AMD Opteron 2212 CPUs. Storage consists of 6x 1TB hard drives - 4x in a RAID10 array, 1x RAID hotspare and 1x local backups. This server was bought with donations following the July 2009 outage.||August 2009|| October 2011|
Replaced by IO.
Removed May 2015.
|IO||File/App Server||An unspecified model which has dual Xeon E5435 CPUs, 16GB RAM, and 12 Terabytes worth of hard drives in it. This server replaced Trogdor.||October 2011|| December 25th, 2016|
Replaced by 48tb Storage Server, and replaced due to drive failures.
Confirmed future features
|On-demand printing|| December 2005
|Content filtering||November 2006||Not Implemented||Proposed for Ferrox.|
|New UI|| April 2007
|Implemented||Released from beta on December 31, 2019.|
|New "dark" theme|| May 2012
|Part of new UI||The new UI contains both "dark" and "light" themes, among others.|
|"Character Information"||October 2012||In Progress||A placeholder for a "Character Information" widget is present in the new dark theme.|
|Opossums (pss.ms) URL shortener||August 2010||Not Implemented||pss.ms is currently down.|
|Web hosting|| November 2009
March 2010 
|Supporter ribbons||November 2010||Not Implemented|
|Note/inbox search||September 2010||Not Implemented|
| Artist list and reviews
| June 2006
|Improved commenting||January 2011||Not Implemented|
- "Fender" 2021-02-01. New Ownership, Updated Logo, & More. Fur Affinity. Retrieved on 2021-02-02.
- Fur Affinity Turns 6! - Dragoneer, Fur Affinity forum post (16 January 2011)
- FAU3 Announcement - Dragoneer, Fur Affinity journal (9 February 2009)
- Acceptable Upload Policy - Fur Affinity
- Admin mode on june 5th 2006 - Alkora, Fur Affinity forums (5 June 2006)
- Search is up! - Fur Affinity Forums (1 April 2007)
- SEARCH - Dragoneer, Fur Affinity journal (5 February 2009)
- Update Notices, Changelog & Banner journal posted to Fender's blog on May 24th, 2012. Retrieved 2012 November 25.
- http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/7036344/ 09/13/2015 - Folders & Gallery Management Updates] News item dated 13 September 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015
- Ferrox Art LLC (entity number 3791597) - Pennsylvania Corporations, PA Department of State. Accessed 20 November 2013.
- [https://www.furaffinity.net/journal/6588324 "FA Joins the IMVU Family" - Fur Affinity. March 19, 2015.
- "Staff" - Fur Affinity. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Fur Affinity System Account" - Fur Affinity]
- Stepping down as Administrator - Jasu Fox, Fur Affinity (23 October 2015)
- My experiences as a member of Fur Affinity staff, and my recent removal. - GoingToTheOcean, Reddit (16 August 2016)
- Resigning from FA staff - quoting_mungo's journal. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- Five Fur Affinity staff resign, some citing leadership failures - Rakuen Growlithe, Flayrah (29 October 2011)
- http://twitpic.com/2g8t5x - TwitPic Posted on August 19, 2010 by Dragoneer
- "[https://twitter.com/Dragoneer/status/578970926575931394 For those interested, here's some spiffy FA statistics! http://pastebin.com/DjsSCcuh"] - Dragoneer, Twitter (20 March 2015)
- "In February, FA served up 1,777,662,272 files (over 38.8TB total bandwidth) to 2,173,564 total visitors." - Fur Affinity, Twitter (5 March 2016)
- "Our historical uptime has actually been fairly solid since we moved to InfoRelay. Prior to that... yeah. It was bad." - Fur Affinity, Twitter (20 October 2014)
- "The current servers are hosted in a professional colo facility in Reston, VA." - Fur Affinity, Twitter (7 June 2010)
- 4/16/20 - New Hardware & Policy Updates - Fender (16 April 2020)
- 9/9/20 - Site Migration Complete + Known Issues - Fender (9 September 2020)
- "To aid in the data transfer to the new FA host we bought a 14TB hard drive and filled it, shipped it cross country, then uploaded it to the new servers." - Dragoneer, Twitter (10 September 2020)
- "Tonight's maintenance was to upgrade FA to a 2 gigabit network link." - Fur Affinity, Twitter (3 November 2015)
- Fur Affinity Parts Wishlist - Dragoneer (3 September 2014)
- Banner Update, Upcoming Beta & Ad Server Upgrade - Fender (17 September 2014)
- Novastorm upgrade tweet - Dragoneer's Twitter (23 March 2010)
- http://twitter.com/furaffinity/status/10203450025 - FA Twitter - March 8, 2010
- http://twitter.com/furaffinity/status/10942579229 - FA Twitter - March 23 2010
- http://twitter.com/furaffinity/status/10936829317 - FA Twitter
- http://twitter.com/furaffinity/status/10585322442 - FA Twitter
- @Furaffinity tweet
- Mainsite database maintenance on Aug 16, 2016 at 1PM UTC - Yak, Fur Affinity Forums (16 August 2016)
- Filling Tiamat's old space will be Spike (16-core, full SSD, 128GB RAM) and Smaug (48TB storage server). - Fur Affinity, Twitter (10 May 2015)
- "Earlier today, we officially rolled the site over to our new app server, Smaug (a 16-core Xeon system running DDR4 and SSDs). Woosh!" - Fur Affinity, Twitter (29 July 2015)
- "Finn, Jake, Spike and Smaug" - Dragoneer, Twitter (6 September 2015)
- http://twitter.com/furaffinity/status/22617961790 - FA Twitter
- "Tiamat, one of FA's oldest servers (2007), is finally off to greener pastures." - Fur Affinity, Twitter (10 May 2015)
- "Turns out we are also saying a fond farewell to Trogdor. His days of FA burnination are over." - Fur Affinity, Twitter (10 May 2015)
- https://twitter.com/Dragoneer/status/813187858731331584 - Dragoneer, Twitter (Dec. 25 2016)
- https://twitter.com/Dragoneer/status/813281978900447236 - Dragoneer, Twitter (Dec. 26 2016)
- Fur Affinity on Facebook
- Fur Affinity on Twitter
- Furaffinity Status' Journal - Fur Affinity on LiveJournal
- Fur Affinity on Tumblr
- #furaffinity on FurNet IRC
- Fur Affinity Gamers on Steam
- #furaffinity statistics on irc.netsplit.de
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