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Below are the 16 most recent journal entries recorded in Furspots' LiveJournal:

Saturday, December 6th, 2008
2:29 pm
[inaki]
Call for design suggestions!
Alright folks. What would you like to see change about the layout of Furspots? We're looking at the various sections of design that can be tweaked. So what do you think?

(Sorry.. I know its a short post.. I'm just gonna open this up to whatever anyone wants for design discussion)
Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
11:30 pm
[indicoyote]
Furspots Updates 11/23/08
By popular request, we're going to start trying to announce the major changes and fixes we make to the site here, to try and keep everyone up to day.

Today I checked in a medium-sized update where hte main new feature was the option to switch between view and edit modes for pages you own. This allows you to see your userpage as others would see it, and then switch to another mode to make changes to it. There's a button on the upper-left of the page (under the header) that controls this mode.

We also fixed quite a few bugs (Those will be listed in these updates specifically in the future, once we're better-organized) and there were also a number of small formatting and UI changes, like making the pictures on the character list align better, and more clearly marking quoted text in a reply message.

If you have any questions or concerns or ideas, feel free to let us know, either here or using the feedback form on the site.
Sunday, November 16th, 2008
2:57 pm
[inaki]
Server Move and Invite Codes!
Okay folks! We've managed to get the site moved over to its new permanent server and running happily.

http://furspots.com

Also part of the move is, users can now generate their own invite codes! We're in open beta, so feel free to invite your friends!

To start, everyone is given 10 invite codes to pass out, then an additional code is added every 3 days. This will hopefully keep a nice steady influx of new users to keep things going.

http://furspots.com/invites

Enjoy!
Friday, November 7th, 2008
2:54 pm
[inaki]
But its a datacenter! It must be stable!
Alright folks. Bayarea.net has once again failed it and we've lost network connectivity with the old server. This means the few sites that haven't been moved off yet (Yiffit and Furspots, as well as a few things Smash hosts) are currently down. I'm going by there tonight after work to see what needs fixing / take backups of the VMs already shut down.

Is there any wonder we're moving? x.x
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
9:28 pm
[inaki]
Furspots Beta!
Well thanks to all the folks that took part in the Alpha. Its about time for the next stage!

http://www.furspots.com



Furspots! A place to find and manage your identities in the fandom! Most all of us have done it. Created multiple characters. Maybe its different fursuits you own, or role-playing personalities, or characters in a story world of your creation. Perhaps you're an artist with different pen-names to keep your family-friendly works separate from your more risque ones.

Furspots gives you the option of managing the details of these characters without the hassle of creating an account for each, while retaining as much, or as little privacy about the owners as you like. From simple profiles and information and blogs, to the ability to use OpenID from each to log into the many sites out on the net that support such, as any character you like. Custom relationship trees, multiple profile images, multiple user icons (per character), friends groups, branching out into community organization and map based event planning. This is just the start of Furspots.

Soon, a complex messaging system will allow you to keep in touch with other users, while notifying you of events in your area, or new items that have been posted to a variety of sites who've partnered with us. One central location to manage your fandom presence.

Currently, the site is in Beta, and membership is gained by the use of an Invite Code. Viewing the site is open to all, and codes can be created by any admin. While the base site is up and running, bugs are still being worked out, and features coded.

So if you're interested in becoming an Beta tester and aren't already signed up, leave a comment and request an invite code! Feel free to bang on the site. Try things. Attempt to break it. Use the Feedback Form if you see anything that needs attention.

Feedback is of course welcome from everyone, Beta tester or not. Discussion on features, UI, and even administration and site rules are welcome.

And above all, enjoy!
Monday, September 15th, 2008
4:25 pm
[inaki]
New Feature: Communities!
Alright folks, up until now the features running on Furspots were mostly geared towards character profile management. Thats changing now! We're now offering the ability to create user communities! An owner can create a themed community, invite characters, or set it to open membership. Then community blogs and even calendar events can be created!

http://community.furspots.com



So check it out! Test it, bang on it. Use the Feedback feature to tell us whats wrong! =D
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
11:44 am
[indicoyote]
Furspots Feature Focus - Character Groups
Hi everyone! First I want to thank you all for the testing and feedback you've done. It's really been a lot of help getting all the issues ironed out, and we appreciate your effort and suggestions. We hope you've noticed some improvement in the site already, and there's a lot more we're working on behind the scenes.

So, this post is going to be the first in a continuing series where I'm going to talk about some of the stuff Furspots can do that's new, interesting, or just a bit unclear. Since the site is not only a somewhat new idea, but also rather lacking in detailed explanations right now, I figured this is a good way to get some information out there until we figure out how to work it into the site itself. As with everything else, feedback is greatly appreciated.

The first topic I'm going to cover is Character Groups. You may have noticed the 'groupings' section on the character profile page, between the description and the friends lists. The idea behind this is to allow you to associate your characters together. When you add a new character in Furspots, no one but you can tell who that character belongs to. This allows you to show off the profile for one character without worrying that whoever sees it will find out a bout all your other characters too.

But sometimes you might want characters to be associated together. Say you have a set of characters for a certain story, or maybe just a bunch of public MUCK alts. That's where character groupings come in. Head to the groups management page (http://furspots.com/groups) and you'll see a list of your characters down one side, and a place to add groups next to it. Click the box to add a group, give it a name, then drag the characters you want in the group into that box. Now, that group name will show up on all those characters' profile pages. With today's update, this also shows a list of all the characters in that group. Don't worry, private characters won't show in this list to anyone but you, and friends-only characters will still only show to your friends.

If anyone has any questions or thoughts about this feature, or anything else, feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks, and have fun!
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
12:16 pm
[inaki]
Character List!
Well we're continuing to work through the submitted bug reports. One highly requested feature has been added. A public character list! (Note this won't show hidden/protected characters)

http://furspots.com/character/list

Our Terms of Service are also now up. Feel free to read through them, and make any suggestions on their content.

Enjoy!
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
2:03 pm
[inaki]
Alpha Codes
Whee! Okay we're getting a lot of good response from the alpha test so far! I know there's a few folks that I've missed in getting codes, so if you've asked for a code and haven't yet received it, please comment here with your e-mail address and I'll get the last batch of codes out.

Thank you all for helping us to test things out, and be sure to continue to use the Feedback feature! Everything posted there gets added as a bug/feature ticket that we can then work through.

EDIT: Okay! I think we may actually have enough alpha testers! I'm officially closing new codes for now, though we may open again soon as things need more testing. Thank you to everyone who's applied, and continue to use the Feedback feature!

Folks that aren't logged in, feel free to use the Feedback feature as well! Let us know how things look to the casual viewer!
Monday, August 25th, 2008
1:27 pm
[inaki]
Discussion thread!
Woot! Okay so the turnout for the Alpha has been very nice so far, and plenty of folks have been using the Feedback system when they find things. Please continue to do so!

But! I wanted to give folks a place to have slightly more interactive discussions (at least until full commenting support is working on Furspots)

So! What do you guys think? UI thoughts? Rules thoughts? (ya I know, I still need to upload those >.>) Feature thoughts?
Sunday, August 24th, 2008
10:26 pm
[inaki]
Opening for Alpha!
Well we've been hyping this for the last few months, so its time to let you all see what we've been working on.

http://www.furspots.com



Furspots! A place to find and manage your identities in the fandom! Most all of us have done it. Created multiple characters. Maybe its different fursuits you own, or role-playing personalities, or characters in a story world of your creation. Perhaps you're an artist with different pen-names to keep your family-friendly works separate from your more risque ones.

Furspots gives you the option of managing the details of these characters without the hassle of creating an account for each, while retaining as much, or as little privacy about the owners as you like. From simple profiles and information and blogs, to the ability to use OpenID from each to log into the many sites out on the net that support such, as any character you like. Custom relationship trees, multiple profile images, multiple user icons (per character), friends groups, branching out into community organization and map based event planning. This is just the start of Furspots.

Soon, a complex messaging system will allow you to keep in touch with other users, while notifying you of events in your area, or new items that have been posted to a variety of sites who've partnered with us. One central location to manage your fandom presence.

Currently, the site remains in Alpha, and membership is gained by the use of an Invite Code. Viewing the site is open to all, and codes can be requested from any admin. While the base site is up and running, bugs are still being worked out, and features coded.

Once we are happy with the stability, we will open for Beta, at which point membership will likely be opened to any users. This process will take as long as is necessary to give a quality experience.

So if you're interested in becoming an Alpha tester, leave a comment below, and we'll send you an Invite Code! Feel free to bang on the site. Try things. Attempt to break it. Use the Feedback Form if you see anything that needs attention.

Feedback is of course welcome from everyone, Alpha tester or not. Discussion on features, UI, and even administration and site rules are welcome.

And above all, enjoy!
Monday, May 5th, 2008
8:15 pm
[inaki]
Update!
Hey folks! Looks like we have a huge code update this time! Higgins seriously submitted a few thousand lines of code at least! o.o This is a huge chunk of the user interface, and I hafta say from the tests it looks fantastic! I've been busy with a new job, but we're working tonight on the e-mail system, and hope to have a first demo up soon.

While we're working on code, I'd like to get input from folks. I don't quite want to do a feature request till we have something up as a base, but I want to ask if folks have any more general thoughts, just to get things discussed and such. =D
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008
11:46 pm
[inaki]
Chat update!
Well it's said that if you don't like something, do it yourself. The same is true for our chat system. We weren't entirely happy with how things were running on any other IRC networks, so we started one up just for the site! It'll mainly host the web-chat clients running, but is a fully featured IRC network that anyone is welcome to connect to!

So point your clients at irc.furspots.com on the standard ports for normal and SSL connections, and join #furspots there!

On the coding front, things are moving along at a steady pace! We've brought on another programmer to join our two current programmers, one UI designer, and two server admins. We're hoping to open the first Alpha of the site soon!
Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
4:57 pm
[inaki]
Chat!
Hey folks! Things are moving along nicely. I don't have any specific code updates, other than we're moving forward rather rapidly, however I do want to mention that we've gone ahead and opened an IRC channel for the site!

At any rate! Peek in! We'll likely be incorporating an on-site chat client that'll connect you in directly, though getting the site up and running is our first priority.

The channel is on irc.anthrochat.net #furspots

Okay thats all for now!
Monday, April 28th, 2008
6:55 pm
[inaki]
Update!
Oh hey people are actually watching this now! =D

Coding is coming along rather rapidly. We've got some very talented folks pouring their hearts into this, so I suspect the awesome to be quite large. Things are looking to make our projected startup towards the end of this week.

Now just to give folks an idea of what we're planning. This isn't an official "open for production" startup. This is the initial alpha test. The site will be open for folks to register, but I will warn that it'll be minimalist in features to start. The layout will likely change, and features will be added as they're coded.

So keep that in mind when you sign up. You're early adopters, and we love you. =D
Sunday, April 27th, 2008
11:31 am
[inaki]
Welcome to Furspots!


Welcome to Furspots! This is the LiveJournal community for an up and coming Social Networking website for the Furry fandom and more.

Features include:
Multiple Character Support
Friends
Per Character Blogs
OpenID Login and Registration
(No need to make another password, just use your Livejournal login!)

Coming Soon:
Comments
Full private character support
Groups
Artspots/Yiffit Integration
Comprehensive Character Profiles
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