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y!Gallery (also known as y!hosting Gallery) was a themed gallery related to illustrations and stories of homosexual male relationships. The "y" in "y!Gallery" stands for yaoi, a Japanese term for such relationships.
- Founder: ?
- Administrators: themdolphins (reverted back to Snover after allegations of embezzlement by Sianne,  who ran the site from April to October 2009), BrocoCoconut (technical)
- Ran from/to: February 13th, 2005 - July 11th, 2016
y!Gallery was one of two popular sites founded as an alternative to SheezyArt after it banned all adult related artwork from their site in January 2005 (the other being Fur Affinity). y!Gallery aimed at creating a place to appreciate the human male form and male sexuality, and as such, females must not be a featured portion or the central part of any media submission.
The site suffered repeated downtime in 2013, and in November 2015 its security was breached, resulting in downtime and data loss. A backup was found, and the site was restored a few days later; however, the situation repeated in July 2016. After initially announcing redeployment of the November 2015 backup, staff announced that "the database has been lost" and that they would close the site and deploy a planned revamp dubbed yG2 as a "fresh start", with no immediate timescale for completion.
y!Gallery and furry
Until May 2006 to Jan 2009, y!Gallery allowed anthropomorphic characters within it, as long as they followed the same submission rules as to male human art. Animals without sufficient human features to be labeled as "anthropomorphic" were not allowed as the sole character (or characters) in a piece of artwork.
y!Gallery's guidelines for determining true anthropomorphism were as follows:
- Opposable thumbs
- Human-like facial expression
- Visible eyebrows
To be considered an anthropomorph, and not an animal, the site moderators required that characters should contain at least 3 of these 4 criteria. Anything that does not contain 3 of these 4 criteria may still be anthropomorphic, but it could not be posted without checking with a moderator first.
A group of furry artists had made their presence known within y!Gallery prior to the May 2006 ban on anthropomorphic animals, including Micah Fennec, Turbine Divinity, Brian Wear, Monsieur Le Eh, Artdecade, Whitefire, Strider Orion, Guppy, Inuneko, and K-9. Places of furry interest within the site included the Anthropomorphics and Furry Pride clubs. The presence of these artists and groups after the anthropomorphic ban is uncertain.
Banning of Anthropomorphic Art
On May 10, 2006, the Y!Gallery administrators posted the following announcement:
|Posted on 2006-05-11 @ 4:41 AM
Terms of Service Revision: Anthropomorphic art. IMPORTANT. READ (o) The purpose of y!Gallery
When y!Gallery was started, its intent was to be a gallery showcasing yaoi-themed artwork. As the site grew, we went out of our way to be more inclusive of othermale-related artwork, because, at the time, these other groups had nowhere else to go. As the site has continued to grow, we've had to place stricter controls on what sort of artwork is allowed. The Terms of Service has changed significantly since the site's introduction in an attempt to further concentrate our focus, and it is once again being changed significantly today in order to further refine the core of the site.
(o) Why things are being changed
Unfortunately, the yaoi community, the portion of the population that this site was geared toward, has now become a minority. While the interest of the anthropomorphic community has been flattering and there are many amazing and talented artists specialising in this genre on the site, it's simply never been the focus of y!Gallery or its predecessor, y!hosting. As a result of the drastic change in the site's demographic, it's become more and more difficult to maintain a stable definition of 'anthro art', as all the mods have been unable to agree consistently on what should be permissible in the gallery as 'human enough' and what shouldn't. Because of this, there has been a great strain on the staff's time and morale. Following in the footsteps of VCL and Elfwood, we are now forced to institute control limits on the submissions in order to maintain the original intent of the gallery. After careful deliberation, we've determined there is no option at this time that we can provide that a more specialized site doesn't already offer. Therefore, any new submissions of anthropomorphic art or bestiality are prohibited in the main gallery as of today, May 10th, 2006.
(o) What anthropomorphic art is
Anthropomorphic art is henceforth defined as an artwork containing characters with human characteristics applied to an animal base. Figures including a combination of full-bodied fur/feathers/scales, tails, muzzles/beaks/snouts, and padded/webbed/clawed hands and feet are no longer allowed in the main gallery.
(o) What anthropomorphic art is not
Anthropomorphic art does not include any of the following types of characters:
If you're in doubt about one of your works, please see "To whom you should address questions" below.
(o) Why this is not an ideal solution
Obviously, our gallery is very attractive to a wide variety of people, and we don't wish to take it away from anyone. We aren't sure that an outright ban is the ultimate resolution, and this change of rules is rather abrupt, so all previously submitted anthropomorphic art will remain in the main gallery until we determine a proper course of action. Once this changes, we will let you know. In the meantime, we have created the Anthro Development Project, where you can share suggestions.
(o) Where anthropomorphic art can remain at y!Gallery
Anthropomorphic art is still welcomed in :star4:Extras, and we would encourage artists that have posted their anthropomorphic art to stay and continue to post such works there. Rules and penalties regarding anthropomorphic submissions in the main gallery are now identical to those of Rule #1a of the Terms of Service.
(o) Where your anthropomorphic art can go outside of y!Gallery
As alternatives to posting anthropomorphic art here, Fur Affinity is now up and functioning and has a great, friendly staff. VCL is also available for more experienced artists and Fanart Central allows original characters as well as fan-furs. All of these sites also allow adult artwork, including intersexual (hermaphrodite) and female artwork, so your creativity won't be limited. If you are an anthropomorphic artist and want to create a personal Web site to showcase your works, you may want to read the Furry Resource Page.
(o) Behaviour that will not be tolerated
We know there many people will be upset with this decision, but please understand that we aren't forcing anthropomorphic art to be without a home. We've provided links to many other art sites online where it is welcomed, and encourage you to investigate these places to determine the most proper venue for your work.
Flames toward anyone regarding this change will not be tolerated in any way. Users who flame will be suspended for two weeks (or longer, at our discretion). Users who continue to harass others after their suspension will be permanently banned. Users that create new accounts specifically to flame others will have both their new and their original accounts banned permanently from the site.
Do not report old pictures of anthros prior to the time the news report went up. You will be suspended or banned if you do so.
(o) To whom you should address questions
This isn't about any one artist in particular or any group of artists. Rather, it's about the artwork, and we hope most artists will stay and contribute to this gallery with yaoi-themed artwork as was originally intended.
Any concerns about your submissions and whether or not they fall under the category of anthropomorphism should be directed as soon as possible to any one of the list of following moderators:
themscarecrows themdolphins virginreaper Spubba pirotess Captain
All other moderators are otherwise occupied at the moment and will most likely not respond to messages regarding this issue. We strongly urge you to post any suggestions directly to the Anthro Development Project.
Thank you for your support.
Artist Patrick Fillion was suspended for two weeks for uploading art that included Ra which Patrick thought was permitted as a mythological figure but a y!Gallery moderator deemed to be a furry. After Patrick's suspension had expired, Patrick deleted his art from y!Gallery and posted a farewell message to y!Gallery, and then y!Gallery "shut down [Patrick's] access".
Anthropomorphic art ban lifted
In January 2009, Y!galley administers lifted the Furry art ban and allowed Anthropomorphic art to be submitted to the site again, with strict guidelines of what is permitted and what is not. Some furries have criticized these guidelines as "biased and bizarre", with a few even suspecting that it was a desperate stunt from Y!gallery to increase attendance and declining donations (the site at the time already owed more then $200, with another $200 being deducted on Jan, 23rd, 2009). Nonetheless, in the two days since the furry art ban was lifted, members donated more than $400.
- Y-gallery hacked - y!Gallery Announcements (November 8, 2015)
- Y-gallery update - y!Gallery Announcements (July 11, 2016)
- Second Y-gallery update - y!Gallery Announcements (July 11, 2016)
- y-gallery update July 14 - y!Gallery Announcements (July 14, 2016)
- Insanity at the Y! Nov 9, 2006 post by Patrick Fillion to his Boytoons blog. Retrieved 2008 April 28.
- Forgiveness 2009 results, Terms of Service changes, money - Y!Gallery (20 January 2009)