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Hey everyone,

It's been a fun 13(!) years running the Pennsylvania Furries website, but all good things must come to an end, and I will be taking the website down at 11:59 PM on December 31st, 2018. This is for many reasons, including the rise of social media and messaging services like Telegram and Facebook Messenger as well as the software this website runs on (Drupal 6.x) having reached EOL status.

A Brief History Of This Website

I brought the Pennsylvania Furries website online in 2005, mostly as a side project. I didn't see much traffic at first due to the PA-Furry mailing list still being popular. However, things really picked up in 2010, when usage hit a critical mass and really took off! Here are some nice graphs of activity over the years (click on any graph for larger versions):

The high point was clearly 2011, with just over 700 posts, and 6,600 comments, that averaged roughly 2 new posts and 18 new comments per day, every day.

However, with the rise of services like Twitter, Facebook, and Telegram, activity began to drop off. Interestingly enough, one thing that did not drop off is the number of user signups:

But even with the increased user signups, many of them were relatively inactive, as the number of posts and comments dropped off. And the spammers, ohhhh the spammers. The number of spam accounts created broke 1,900 in 2017. Even with account approval turned on, that was roughly 5 account signups each day that Swiftfox and myself had to review and then drop. That's time that could be better spent elsewhere.

Oh, and that logo in the top left? That was created by Omnibahumut way back when this website was in its infancy.

What Comes Next?

As activity on this website has dropped off, activity on other parts of the Internet for furries in the Pennsylvania area has picked up. Here's a list of resources:

I will update this post with more resources as I learn of them.

If you want to archive pages from this site, be sure to check out archive.is. Old copies of this website are also at Archive.org.

Stay In Touch!

If you want to stay in touch with other furries that you've met through the website, please make sure to exchange contract info sooner rather than later! Telegram seems to be the messaging app of choice these days, but Facebook and Facebook Messenger are also pretty popular.

Feel free to post your contact info as a comment on this post.

It's been a pleasure, and I hope to see many of you at WPAFW in a few weeks, as well as Anthrocon next year.

-- Giza

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This is a sad day, but it was inevitable.

It was late 2011 when I started to google local furries and found pa-furry. This website was exactly what I was looking for, and it introduced me to the local community.

Over the years I can't count how many spam posts that I've flagged (but apparently you CAN count them), and as you've shown the activity has dropped drastically. I saw this coming, it's just hard to accept that an era is over.

Thank you Giza, and Swiftfox, for hosting and maintaining this website, it certainly helped me when I was getting into the fandom.

My Telegram is @DrunkenDuncan, of course. I don't have a twitter.

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Thank you for the many years of this website, thank you for starting and maintaining it! Telegram @sannightfire in case anyone is curious! 

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If you really want to thank me, you can have beer with me at WPAFW again. Smile

 

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I think this can be arranged Smile

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Ce qui sera sera; c'est la vie.

Just take your glass this time! See you at WPAFW, and thanks for all you've done.

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Thank you Giza!

 

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Got some links to add to your list...

 

 

There are a couple of Discord servers I know of, but I can't really post the invite links because Discord auto-expires them after one day. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Giza, Swiftfox, both of you are invaluable staples of our community spreading from each end of the state to the other.  Thank you for all that you both have done over the years.  Thank you for what you both continue to do.  Truly.

Swift was the first person I'd ever met in the fandom way back in 2002 or 2003 (goodness, I don't remember), and I always admired the amount of work and dedication he put to the community.

I could only admire your (Giza's) work from afar as I hadn't met you until fairly recently.  But it's always been apparent these have been labors of love.

Thank you again, truly, for all of the time, effort, and frankly, money, you all have put into this.  It'll always be appreciated.

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As stated elsewhere, if you want to thank me with beer at WPAFW, I won't say no! Wink

But srsly, glad to be of service.

 

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Why not make a pa furry app?

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^_^ free hugs to everyone

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...Thank you. For everything! Sad to see this go.... but such is all things in life, I suppose.

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Hey Fluffs!

It's been a labor of love helping Giza with moderation of this Forum, but helping maintain this "Entry Portal" to the furry fandom for Pennsylvania Furs was important.  I liked to keep the Resources Thread up to date as well as I could, and every January I would spend a week updating the Event Calendar and populating it with annual events and conventions.

If folks want to keep in touch (and I'm really bad at keeping in touch)...

Twitter = swiftfox102

Telegram = @SwiftyFox

Discord = Boom n Zoom (I created it for my World of Tanks account)

Tap me on any of these at least to start, and we can exchange further means of communication.

It's been a great ride and I've made a lot of friends along the way.  It has been my pleasure to serve the furry community in this role.

*Hugs*

Swifty

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Would just like to chime in as well to thank you Giza and Swift for all that you guys have done here.  Like many others, this site is what got me involved with the local community and I made so many great friends as a direct result of it.  It's really made a huge impact on a lot of people.  Thank you.

 

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