FA 004 Netiquette

Feral  Attraction
Episode 004 - Netiquette 02/03

Intro 00:00:29

  • Due to the nature of the fandom, many furries meet their friends and potential mates on the internet

  • Being a better netizen makes you a better person offline (or in meatspace as it is often called).

Topic 00:02:09

Twitter 00:03:10

  • Don’t be offended if people don’t interact with you

    • “Micro-rejections”

  • Don’t demand followers

  • Don’t freak out if / when people unfollow you

  • Don’t force relationships on Twitter -- let them be organic

  • Tony the Tiger / Pizza Hut / Chester the Cheetah 00:12:20

    • Rule 34 is Not Safe For Work! (Unless you work for Bad Dragon, in which case it’s market research)

    • Don’t send content creators porn of their characters

    • Don’t use official hashtags to share rule 34 porn

Adult Filters 00:21:20

  • Use filters for sensitive material on Twitter to help keep it out of the paws of minors

  • Use appropriate filters on other websites (FurAffinity, SoFurry, etc…) for your kids if you want them to avoid adult content

  • Use appropriate hashtags to ensure people don’t open a link without being warned of NSFW content

FurAffinity / Forums / SoFurry / Weasyl 00:23:53

  • Journals should not be a place for drama

  • Try not to share too much personal information about yourself and be wary of information other people post about themselves

  • Express your appreciation for adult art in a way that is not harassing the artist or author with unnecessary information

Branding 00:39:45

  • Don’t use another person’s art for your character, icon, or for RP purposes unless you have express permission

    • This is theft

  • Try to keep a somewhat standard username to avoid confusion as to who you are

    • Don’t change from Bark one day to Walkies the next day-- it will confuse people

How to have a conversation 00:47:27

  • Avoid saying “hi” and leaving it at that

    • Don’t put the burden of conversation on the other party-- bring something to the table other than a short greeting

  • Find common areas of discussion

When it is appropriate to initiate roleplay? 00:57:30

Handling people you may not like 01:07:34

  • Don’t blow people off

  • Don’t spread information you know is incorrect (or have not confirmed is correct)

    • Get both sides

  • Untruths, slander, libel, defamation

    • Don’t break the law okay?!

Question(s) 01:19:00

  • How do I handle a breakup?
    (Anonymous, via Twitter)

    • Don’t trash your partner after the fact

    • Don’t gaslight / be revisionist

    • Move the fuck on already!

      • Take a time out from being friends before contacting each other

      • Consider unfollowing each other on Twitter

        • DEFINITELY unfollow each other’s AD accounts or Vent accounts (if either apply)

    • Don’t put yourself in a situation to be surrounded by sulk

    • Don’t take financial advantage of your ex

      • If they gave you a loan, pay it back

      • If they recently gave you expensive gifts, ask if they want them back / consider giving it back

    • Don’t shit talk them, even behind their back

Closer 01:46:40

  • Next week’s topic: Integrity

  • Other business

    • Fursquared has scheduled our Non-Monogamous Furry Relationships 101 panel tentatively on Saturday, February 27th from 9:30PM - 10:30 PM

Metriko Oni

Metriko Oni is a former government environmental disaster mitigations expert with a focus on outreach, education, and policy writing. He now works with computers. He has been active in the fandom since 2013 and has been an advocate for transparent lines of communication. His interests include philosophy, media, futurism, and speculative fiction.