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Site age?
« on: March 12, 2011, 10:20:08 pm »
Just a bit of a question, how long has FT been around? :fox-:):

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Re: Site age?
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2011, 10:42:00 pm »
Heh, just the other day I was thinking "I should write a History article for the site" :-P

Here's the short version:
FT was founded in mid-2003 by Kit Wolf, and was originally a Yahoo Groups mailing list (at a time when mailing lists were still technologically relevant).  In late 2003/early 2004, a forum was set up on Proboards to compliment the mailing list, and quickly eclipsed it in popularity, even without attracting any new members.  Since I had a web hosting account with plenty of spare space/traffic, I offered to set up a real forum application, without ads or the other things that come with Proboards (the Myspace of forum hosts), so in mid 2004, I got it running.  It quickly grew into a full website, gained a domain name of its own, and after just a couple years, the mailing list closed, leaving the website/forums as the nexus of Furry Teens.

So, it's been around quite a long time, even pre-dating my own involvement in the fandom.  There's a high user turnover rate, which was troubling at first, but after keeping track of FT alumni in the fandom, it's not so bad.  This site basically functions like a "prep school" for young new furs, helping bring them into the fandom and make new friends in an environment that won't cast them aside simply for being young and/or inexperienced.  Like any school, few people stick around forever (we call those "staff"), but it's for the best; our alumni list is long and distinguished, with a large number of notable furs passing through our gates, whether they were here for a few years or a month.
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Re: Site age?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2011, 10:52:08 pm »
*story time eyes*

this sounds amazing.
hey look.

i'm not here.

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Re: Site age?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2011, 12:20:57 am »
*giggles* I always look forward to seeing FT members move on beyond the site, and grow into sought-after artists, get lots of webcomic fans, become popular fursuiters, or run furry cons.  I realize not everyone will attain such lofty positions, but it happens with high enough frequency to confirm that our overall philosophy and direction, which I've gone to great lengths to encourage over the years, is working :-)

I'm also highly confident that even if/when I retire as FT admin, the site will carry on with just as much success and awesomeness :-D
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Re: Site age?
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2011, 09:36:12 pm »
Natasha, wow.

Just your vision for the site is staggeringly beautiful.
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Anyone try to steal you, I'll fight them
Let's go play some hide and seek
I know you are a little freak
You look like a playground to me, playa

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Re: Site age?
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2011, 09:50:29 pm »
I realize not everyone will attain such lofty positions...

I'm trying my best damnit!

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Re: Site age?
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2011, 12:11:02 am »
wow this site has some history!
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Re: Site age?
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2011, 09:39:41 am »
Damn that is one great view of the site!
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Re: Site age?
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2011, 02:44:22 pm »
I Love this site and its admins for being so welcoming, helpful and friendly.

Thanks Natasha <3!

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