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Aug. 7th, 2008 @ 11:24 am Yes. We're still around. Please speak up.
Hello all. A have a few things to get out there.

First, Leam is retiring from the whole furry thing and with that I'm the only person leading the group as it where. I am open to having others join this group official to represent us and more specifically someone to co-chair this community with. If you're an idea-man like myself, please speak up.

furryne.ws is still running. It's still a barebones operation for the most part, but our RSS feeds go out to LiveJournal, FurNation, the Midwest Furries forum, Yiffy.TK, and Twitter and we average about a 100 visits a day so and a handful of new users each week so... we're out there. We are actively looking for people to improve upon the site so if you or someone you know has some skills in art, design, CSS and/or PHP, and have some free time please speak up.

Furry 101 is up and running, but we can use writers. We are speciifcally looking for people who can write tutorials on specific furry subjects such as starting and running a meetup/convention or fursuit construction/performance/survival. We can also use interviews with fandom personalities. We could use a good coder and design too, but for now, content is king, and if you have the time to draft something up, please speak up.

Now for some ideas I have:

Artist/comissioner pseudo-BBB: Myself and others have kicked this idea around for years but only once have I seen some progress on it, but that fell to the wayside... then another person picked up the idea, but progress has been next-to-nil. I'd like to revisit it again, but the biggest thing I need behind it will be a community to investigate and mediate incoming comments for artists and commissioners in addition to a coder and/or designer to draft something up.

Oekaki/Futbara hybrid: I like image/chan boards. I like the idea behind drawing/oekaki boards. I want to see about combining the two. Basically a person starts/uploads a drawing, and people can either comment on it, or reply by modifying the picture itself. You know... change the color scheme, add a background, yadda yadda. On top of that we can added tagging on both the user and artist level, and anything uploaded non-anonymously can be saved and put into original and modified galleries. I would first probably advertise this to a few furries first, but I see this expanding beyond that. Again, I need some help drafting this up.

Last thing: I don't think the name change from Burned Fur to IA help much and I'm tossing aroudn the idea of changing it back, mainly so when people do throw the Burned Fur name around, we can make our statement in regards to some random trolling in the Burned Fur name and leave by setting our example. Speaking of which... one of these days, once we get a few more projects off the ground I will see to getting us a proper community site to discuss future projects such as the idea above, and to draft what our example should be as a collective for specific issues. For now though if you have an issue, please bring it up here so we can discuss how it should be best handled.

OK, that's all for now. Please remember to set a good example.
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Everything else is child's play.
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Date:August 7th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
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I would love to write up an "How to create a persona" article for Furry101, dealing with stuff like species choice, the basic ways to describe yourself, choosing unique traits for a persona, things to avoid, and perhaps even a very basic "Intro to Role-Playing" at the end.

As for the Burned Fur thing, I don't think IA should have its name changed back, as the old name, in my opinion, has been "burned" too much in people's minds as a group that is not exactly a warm, fuzzy group. Improved Anthropomorphics sounds exactly what it is, a group promoting ways to improve one's fandom.
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Date:August 7th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
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How to create a persona sounds that it might be too formulaic... like create a character in D&D or something, so I'm not keen on the idea. As for role-playing though we could use a good how to MUCK guide (commands and such,) a MUCK guide, a Second Life Furry Guide (making a furry avatar, where to go...) and we can go from there.
Date:August 8th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
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Some people do lifestyle in his kind of way, though. I think the author is likening it to telling a story, and to a degree, they're right.

Truth note:

Improved Anthropomorphics sounds exactly what it is, a group promoting ways to improve one's fandom.
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Date:August 8th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
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The guides do seem tempting, but I think it would be better if we made a role-playing guide that was not platform specific, so that users can adapt it to any platform they role-play on.
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Date:August 13th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)

Wasting My Virtual Breath Again

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I don't think the name change from Burned Fur to IA help much and I'm tossing aroudn the idea of changing it back,

The name change didn't help because you are apparently incapable or unwilling to disassociate yourself from everything that made Burned Fur a gigantic liability in the first place. The fact that you continue to link these projects of yours to a defunct hate group shows you're more interested in the attention it gets you than actually improving the fandom, which makes it all the more painful to watch you dupe well-meaning folks into contributing time and effort toward them.