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1  Discuss / General / Re: FurRag "Next Generation" discussion group on: March 09, 2014, 10:50:02 PM
Unfortunately, so many of the e-mail addresses registered on the old FurRag are out of date that such an e-mail notification effort is probably not the best idea.

Promotion is, though. We have to approach it as something like "FurRag's Last Stand," a last chance to view and read the stories and poems in their natural environment. I imagine there will be some sort of deadline, after which the site will be gone forever. Adequate publicity and promotion should reach anyone with an interest in retrieving their own work (or, possibly, asking that it be removed sooner.)

I doubt that we have the energy or support needed to create an actual replacement site that would be interactive and allow new material to be uploaded. That will have to fall to Weasyl, FA, SF, or other existing locations.

As a logically connected action, I suspect that these forums will go away when the static FurRag does. Ask such, we should consider whether we want to begin plans to move writing discussions to another location. Various venues are possible, I imagine.
2  Discuss / General / Re: FurRag "Next Generation" discussion group on: March 05, 2014, 10:18:00 PM
We've kept spammers under fairly good control by using several helpful tactics. Without those deliberate efforts, you're right, they'd have completely taken this place over by now.

I will sign up for the Google group, and go take a look at what you've done as soon as I have a moment. (I'm sure it's good, though, and we thank you for that.)
3  Discuss / General / Re: ALERT: Possible Security Breach on FurRag.com on: December 09, 2013, 09:44:16 PM
Yes, the "Notify" text on the button can be a bit confusing. I've made the same mistake. Fortunately, it does tell you what it's doing.

4  Discuss / General / Re: ALERT: Possible Security Breach on FurRag.com on: December 09, 2013, 07:21:58 PM
 Cheesy Alex, if you aren't set to get automatic notification for every thread to which you post, you need to click on the "notify" button at the bottom of the thread to get notification turned on. The forums do send out e-mail notices, and I've been getting them for this thread.
5  Discuss / General / Re: ALERT: Possible Security Breach on FurRag.com on: December 09, 2013, 12:26:49 AM
Download tools like that can only download files that are actually "servable" by the server software. That includes HTML, CSS, and images, but doesn't include internals such as databases or password files. To get at those, you have to break through some security flaw either in the server software itself (possible but unlikely at hosting sites of any size, or in the PHP or other scripting code used on the website.
6  Discuss / Introductions / Re: Hello on: November 06, 2013, 02:35:59 PM
The truth is, furry readers seem to be very poor at giving feedback. As we've seen in the last few weeks, FurRag had a lot of readers who never said anything. They just read, and apparently enjoyed the content.

The statistics on FurRag showed that, even if the comments did not. I had several book excerpts on there, none of them posted in their entirety, that had reader counts in the tens of thousands.

In your case, Sasya, now that you have a book out on Amazon, you need to promote the heck out of it. Talk it up everywhere you can. And keep writing so you get some more available in the same spot. Quite a number of people have built up large audiences by publishing on Amazon or Smashwords, but it takes time to gather a following.
7  Discuss / General / Re: ALERT: Possible Security Breach on FurRag.com on: October 15, 2013, 08:52:56 PM
Restarting the site with the same software would not really achieve much. The problem is the software itself, which apparently is not secure if someone was able to get in, steal a copy of the user list (including the encrypted passwords) and post it to another site. Since the software would still be the same, someone could repeat that action.

Fixing the existing software looks unlikely. It is "abandonware" and has no technical support. Moving to some other software platform would be at least possible, but the selection of possible replacements is vanishingly small and none of them look to have good support.
8  Discuss / General / Re: ALERT: Possible Security Breach on FurRag.com on: October 15, 2013, 01:20:37 AM
Thanks, you make me smile. Not because things seem to have crashed into the ditch, but because you confirm what I've been saying for years. For every visible reader at Furrag, I believe we had as many as a hundred or more silent ones.

Now let me offer some navigation hints. Many of the more prolific writers on Furrag do have their works elsewhere. Some are in actual print or available as e-books through Amazon or Smashwords. Many have been posting to Furaffinity or Sofurry just as they did here. I realize it's harder to sift through those two sites to find the writing, but there is quite a bit of it there. Oftentimes writers use the same name in all sites, since they do want to be recognized and visible to their readers. Furplanet and Sofawolf, as well as Rabbit Valley Comics, produce quite a lot of furry printed output. The first two are also starting to put out ebook versions. So there's plenty of furry reading available, even while Furrag is out of the picture.
9  Discuss / General / Re: "Theta" eBook version available for free on Amazon today and tomorrow! on: October 14, 2013, 02:42:41 PM
I was having problems like that with Calibre conversion, and some Kindle books wouldn't even go through the converter software. However, an upgrade to the latest Calibre conversion seems to have fixed that, for the problems of which I was aware.

It does seem to be a good idea though, when formatting ebooks, to use something printable for scene breaks. Like the traditional "***" or whatever. Marking scene breaks seem to be a dying practice, alas. I've noticed a lot of print books that really need them but don't have them.
10  Discuss / General / Re: ALERT: Possible Security Breach on FurRag.com on: October 09, 2013, 10:07:15 PM
I don't think archive.org takes site-specific requests. I'm not sure what their algorithm is for when to capture or how deep to follow the tree. I do know that what they have of Furrag is sparse and very out of date. Unfortunately, they can't capture the site as it stands now because it's completely closed off anyway.
11  Discuss / General / Re: ALERT: Possible Security Breach on FurRag.com on: October 05, 2013, 08:00:48 PM
There is some truth in what Ray says, but it's a complex issue. Hard to say what the actual intentions of the hackers may have been. They posted a list of e-mail addresses, user names, and encrypted passwords to a website. No threats, no ransom notes, just that. If you used the same password and name or e-mail elsewhere, than someone capable of decoding your password can steal your identity on some other site. There are a lot of "if" statements in that, and the likelihood is small but not zero.

At the very least, someone who could decode a password could take advantage of that to impersonate someone else on Furrag. Why? No good reason I can think of, but there are a few well-known people on there like Kyell Gold and K.M. Hirosaki. Neither has been active for a long time, but...

For the present, Osfer is being very cautious. I think perhaps he also underestimates the number of active users there were on the Furrag main site. This forum has generally been very quiet, but watching read statistics rise on the main site told me that we did have a lot of silent visitors.
12  Discuss / General / Re: Furrag maintenance on: September 28, 2013, 01:58:32 AM
Absolutely understood. I'll do everything possible to make sure you can get them, somehow. I'm really sorry to hear that news, and also sorry for the inconvenience right now.
13  Discuss / General / Re: Furrag maintenance on: September 27, 2013, 09:24:45 PM
I am pushing for some kind of opportunity to do just that, at the very least. I think it should be possible, yes, but at the moment we're waiting on decisions.

(Right now, even I can't get at the story texts.)
14  Discuss / General / Re: Furrag maintenance on: September 26, 2013, 10:26:31 PM
Sorry, I've been holding off on explanations hoping that Alex (who actually owns the site) would either make an announcement or a decision.

Here's the situation:

We learned that someone managed to get into the site and copy a bunch of usernames and e-mails. They also got the hashed passwords, but those are salted so it's pretty unlikely they can do anything with them. Anyone who had an account on Furrag itself (not here on the forum, but on the story site) should, just to be safe, change their password on any other site where they used the same password. If you only registered in 2013, then you're probably safe. Likewise, if you use different passwords on other sites, you should be safe. If you use the same password on both the story pages and here on the forums, right now is a good time to change your forum password.

(It's never a good idea to use the same password on a lot of different sites in case this happens.) We are still trying to determine just how severe the weakness in security might be. It is possible that the Furrag site will be turned back on, or possible that it will come back for a while as just a read-only site to let folks collect copies of text or comments that they don't have backed up anywhere else. I don't own the site, I'm just a maintenance guy (you know, like a janitor) so the final word will come from the real owner.

It may be that we can't keep the site going because we can't guarantee that passwords and e-mail addresses will be kept secure. The software is orphaned and has no technical support, unfortunately.
15  Discuss / General / Re: "Theta" eBook version available for free on Amazon today and tomorrow! on: September 20, 2013, 02:42:17 PM
Good work! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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