Big update: Stories, Multimedia, Audio all live!

Hi everyone!

This week we have a huge update – with too many things to mention in one blog post. You’ll have to experiment with the site to find them all!

As a significant milestone towards our final release, this has been a big step forward: we are proud to present you with the fruits of our labor over the past few weeks.

Multimedia Support

We now have built-in support for video, GIF, audio and Flash file types!

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This is a big and exciting feature for us, and a significant upgrade from the previous art-only experience on Furry Network! We value contributions in many different formats; we’re not just an art site and we believe in supporting your creativity – whatever form it’s in.

We’re very excited to hear from you all what you think – as your feedback is going to help steer our content support in the right direction. As always we encourage bug reports, critique and suggestions via the ‘Feedback’ button on the left hand side of the site. (It shows up as a speech bubble with a camera icon in it on mobile – still works the same way though!)

Suggest Tags

By popular request, you can now suggest tags on all content types, including artwork, photos, stories and multimedia! This allows all users of the site to contribute to artists’ work, by tagging it for easier search, and makes it easier for artists to gain exposure for their work.

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Of course,you’ll be able to turn this feature on or off – this will be coming (along with broader privacy controls) in a future update, once we’ve worked the kinks out.

Large Upload Support

We improved file uploads, adding better large file support to accommodate video and audio. You should now be able to upload files of up to 200MB in size, in one go.

Acceptable Upload Policy & Code of Conduct

We have put together our first draft of our Acceptable Upload Policy (what you can post on Furry Network), and our Code of Conduct (what behavior we expect of everyone on Furry Network). We have incorporated aspects from many other sites, including ones that our administration has experience in taking care of before, but like any first draft, we’re sure there’ll be a few rough edges (and edge cases)!

We welcome your input and feedback; we know the importance and value of a mature, accountable, well-executed administration and want everyone to have a good time, and we know how important transparency and accountability is to everyone, so we want to make sure we get this right. If you have questions you’d prefer to ask in private, you can send us email (varka@furrynetwork.com) or drop us a direct message on Twitter. We are always happy to get input and answer your questions/concerns – especially as these are very early days indeed for the site and its fledgling community.

Artwork to Photo Migration

You can now quickly and easily reclassify content, between ‘Artwork’ and ‘Photos’. This is our second most-requested feature, and one we’re happy to say has received quite a bit of polish to make it as easy to use and as smooth as possible.

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You can change multiple submissions at once back and forth between Artwork and Photos – simply select several images (by clicking on them), then select the appropriate option from the dropdown for content type, as shown above, before hitting save. This should help a lot for cases where photos have been automatically imported into the wrong category.

Faster Messaging Updates

Messages you send to other users via the site are now automatically updated in real time – this should make holding a conversation smoother and more enjoyable!

For the more technically inclined, we implemented this using ‘web sockets’, which has given us a significant performance improvement over our earlier ‘polling’ method, which previously could take up to 30 seconds to complete.

Getting a Beta Key

We have given out a ton of beta keys over the past few weeks, and received lots of great feedback and plenty of excited notes of thanks from everyone. You all rock. We’ve also managed to work our way through the backlog of applicants, which now means that you should receive your beta key within 48 hours of applying for one via our homepage.

Simply fill out our ‘Request Beta Access’ form with your email address, make sure you got a confirmation email, and you should get a key automatically in the next 48 hours or so. Not getting a confirmation email, or didn’t get your key within that time period? Drop us a message on Twitter and we’ll give you a hand.

 

Full Changelog

  • Multimedia content support added for video, GIF, Flash and audio files
  • Community tags now present on all content types including artwork, photos, stories and multimedia
  • Minor UI changes to improve Stories viewing and functionality
  • Large uploads are now functioning and performance has been improved to accommodate for video and audio uploads
  • Various bug fixes and improvements across the site including displaying Stories in activity feeds
  • Various collections bug fixes and improvements have been deployed, including added ability to manually organize and save collections in a specific order
  • Stories can now be added as a content type with markdown support and browsed throughout the site (manual input of story content for now only)
  • Stories can be viewed with colors inverted, serif fonts or in “cozy mode” for optimized reading (and the site remembers your settings)
  • Stories can be organized into Collections for grouping as needed and can be viewed on an individual character’s profile
  • Web sockets were added to private messages to speed up performance
  • Artwork and photos can now be easily reclassified if imported into the incorrect content category
  • Added flavor text to characters and import sections for additional information and troubleshooting

 

Thank you everyone – and we hope you enjoy the site!

-Varka and the Furry Network team

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November Update: Tweaks & Bug Fixes!

Hello everyone!

It’s been another busy week for Furry Network – we’ve given out a ton of beta codes, gotten a ton of new users set up on the site, squashed a ton of bugs, and have been working away on getting new features ready for release!

We’re working hard to get keys to as many people as possible as quickly as we can – and have been sending them out to people who completed our key request form every single day this week.

Obviously we want to get the door open for everyone as soon as we can; the site is developing and evolving quickly in response to your feedback – we know you want in, and we want you in as well.

How do I get a beta key?

To get a Beta key for Furry Network, simply enter your email address into our key request form on our homepage:

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You’ll receive a confirmation email, letting you know we’ve received your request. Our wait time for keys is a few days at the moment – we’re handing them out steadily every day. You can get a heads up for when keys go out by following @FurryNetwork on Twitter.

Site Growth

We’ve been growing rapidly over the last week – over 53,000 new submissions, taking us to just under 150,000 pieces of creative content on Furry Network. This is a huge flood of content – and we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to ensure the site has room to grow.

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We’re excited for the future of the site and for what this means for you all – more of your favorite artists posting their works, and more of your friends on Furry Network!

We now have a Twitter hashtag to help you find your friends on Furry Network – #FriendsOnFN:

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If you want to let people know you’ve moved over, consider making tweeting a link to your profile page along with the hashtag #FriendsOnFN, or making a post on the sites you currently use, linking to your profile page, so your friends (and fans) can find you!

What we’ve updated, and what we’re working on

We’ve been focusing on achieving a healthy balance between tweaks, bug fixes and improvements, and development of new features needed for launch. Over the next few weeks you’ll see some of our ‘known issues’ gradually tackled – and some exciting new features (including Story support) come out as well!

Here’s a list of the changes you can see on the site, right now:

  • Display and character names now appear on Community section for easier browsing of site users:

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  • Bug fixes on captions on Collection thumbnails causing them not to appear
  • Bug fixes on tags causing them to hide artwork when logged out of the site
  • Bug fixes on activity feeds for issues with hiding adult content and expanding comments when not logged in
  • Added more resources to import system, to make it faster
  • Various performance improvements site-wide

Known Issues

  • The site importer can take some time for your import to go through. Be patient – it queues requests, and it may take an hour or two during busy times for your job to make it to the front of the line. We’re being careful with the rate we hand out keys to ensure that everyone gets a fast import! There are future improvements in the works to make it clearer what’s going on. We’ve also dramatically increased its speed over the last week.
  • Comments, faves and promotes on your own work don’t show up in your Feed currently. This is a bug, not a feature!
  • There is currently no way to delete characters. Of course, we’re working on a fix.
  • Story and Multimedia support for GIFs, video and audio content is coming soon!
  • Once you enter in a username into the import tool, it can’t be changed.
  • A more conventional ‘art feed’ page is needed, to see new submissions in a familiar way. We’re considering some options on this.
  • There’s currently no way to see who faved or promoted a submission, or how many views it has. This will be implemented in a bit.

How to give us feedback, or report a problem

If you have feedback, a feature request, a suggestion or just want to tell us what you think, please use our ‘feedback’ tool shown on the left hand side of every page of the site. These reports get filed and categorized automatically in our bug tracker!

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If you’re having trouble using the site (and it’s not one of the known issues listed above), you can hit us up via Twitter and receive a (usually very prompt) response! We also welcome praise and messages of support. ❤

Thank you all for being so patient while we work on making Furry Network as good as it can be!

– Varka and the Furry Network team