FurAffinity is an art-based website devoted to all things furry and anthro, run by Sean "Dragoneer" Piche. One is bound to find a wide variety of creative works on FA, ranging from music to stories to art and photography; while it's not unheard of to find non-furry-centric work on the site, the vast majority of submissions to the site are centered around anthropomorphic/furry characters.FA does its best to compete against deviantART, at least as far as giving an artistic outlet to the furry community. Unlike DA, FA allows a much broader range of content (read: smut), and since there's a perceived bias against furry artists on other art sites (DA included), FA is traditionally a furry's first stop for new furry artwork. Because of its sheer size, it has become the de factoFriending Network for most furries as well. note This often leads to users butting heads with admins over its strict policy against using the photography category to post "Facebook-style" photos.How you feel about the site depends on how you feel about the furry fandom: It can be a nice place to look at anthro art — or it could be a very bad case of Rule 34 gone wild.Expect downtimes and drama. In large quantities.
Bait and Switch: Many artists like to use a Visual Pun and fool their viewers by using a thumbnail with a warning label on it to indicate an "adult" picture, except the actual picture is something completely harmless. A Troll will do the complete opposite. Expect this trope to come in full force every year on April Fool's Day.
This seems to have lessened as of late, since the site now only allows custom thumbnails on main user pages and highlighting any one of them shows a downscaled version of the actual submission. It still works with any submissions that aren't simple image files, such as Flash or GIF animations, music or writing.
Barbie Doll Anatomy: Rednef has prominent boobs but no nipples (of course). Ironically, Fender does have visible nipples in his official incarnations, making this a rare inversion from how it usually works with furries.
Brain Bleach: Some people love to Troll and put really disgusting things in the "general" section to bypass the mature filter...purely to be a little jerk.
Complaining About Things You Haven't Paid For: Quite a problem among people that ask for requests (artist draws something for someone, no strings attached) and trades (two artists draw something for each other as an exchange). It is reasonable to ask an artist to change some details, but sometimes people complain about such tiny details that they think are either flawed or were omitted/forgotten. This type of whining has resulted in many artists who either keep very tight restrictions on how people can get a request or trade from them or people may resort to only doing commissions so as to filter out people trying to mooch off the artist.
Often invoked regarding the site itself, as well, though its owner made it clear that he does not condemn people for expecting reliable service despite the site being free. Also, for those on dial-up or other forms of limited access, the site not being reliable or things taking too long to load can actually become a very important time/money issue.
Don't Like, Don't Read: You often look like an absolute dick complaining about something in the adult section with the mature filter off. Though, granted, you can find a hell of a lot worse than just porn on the site (and, for the longest time, the only way to filter it out was to filter out everything that wasn't 100% family-friendly).
You will also look foolish for complaining about specific fetishes that you don't like or blasting people who like them, even though one's own fetishes can be equally weird.
Entitled Bastard: In 2012, someone found a loophole that let them post ridiculously large avatars, and encouraged others to make huge avatars specifically to break the site. Then they complained when they were suspended and started to call the admins "unfair".
There are also people who will act like they are entitled to get whatever free art they want or have every little detailed in their commissioned art exactly right and demand that that the artist fix it, and then either give little to no word of thanks. This attitude is usually what causes some artists to refuse to do art requests or trades with random people and have strict guidelines when doing commissioned art.
Even Nerds Have Standards: Anyone who admits to actual zoophilia gets banned from the forums (and usually from the site itself). People who draw furries in diapers often get in trouble as well, but some people seem to get around this.
Executive Meddling: 2010 saw an unconditional ban instituted against so-called "cub porn" (underage anthro characters depicted in sexual activity); the admins said that the ban was not so much because of the content itself, but because FurAffinity's advertising sponsors were starting to cut funding off.
Expy: Many Digimon and Pokemon OCs, some with the same personalities as their original counterparts. One of the founders' Author Avatar is a Guilmon/Monodramon expy, except bigger, purple and subjected to fetish of the week (sometimes with Guilmon along for the ride).
Fantastic Racism: Both in stories, and on the site; for instance, if you represent yourself as a dragon, people are likely to think you're stuck up. The community's instability being what it is, it's likely that someone's going to verbally assault you unless you choose a species nobody's heard of like Okapi.
The reason for the Fantastic Racism against dragons is because dragons are considered to be a sort of Mary Sue type animal, mainly because the person who has the dragon persona can make up as many Sue-isms for their character to have, since their dragon isalwaysdifferent. The same applies really to anyone who has a mythological creature as their persona.
Hypocrite / Hypocritical Fandom: Several members are often found faving art trends they tend to hate, or claiming about being so trolled only to be trolling several other members themselves.
Het Is Ew: Not many members argue this per se, but a surprising number are only accepting of gays or bisexuals.
Everyone Is Gay or Everyone Is Bi also can count. Purely-straight people are a statistical minority in the Furry Fandom as a whole, after all. Though at least a majority still like the opposite sex in some way or another.
Loophole Abuse: Avatars were not filtered by the mature filter, so people with the mature filter turned on would be disgusted by NSFW avatars. A rule was eventually put into place to close the loophole, and avatars must not exceed PG-13 content.
When it came to commissioned artwork, some people abused the trope by having the artist constantly change details to the art they changed for. The paying customer would wind up getting several "free" pieces of art this way (sometimes they get what they want and then refuse to pay afterwards). This caused most artists to either raise the price of their commission rates or have very strict guidelines for their commissioned work in order to weed out the people trying to abuse the loophole.
The full view feature for submitted artwork. By default, the site forces large images to be reduced down when being viewed in full view mode. However, people get around it (mostly by accident) by resubmitting their artwork, which causes the image in full view mode to be displayed in its original size, which can lead to huge sized pics to overfill the screen.
Non-Mammal Mammaries: Averted more often than played straight, but draws more attention when it's played straight. (There's also an odd variant where female furries sometimes have Multi Boobage even when male furries in the same drawing have normal human pecs.)
Our Dragons Are Different: You can find that they "support" all the major dragon types (western, eastern, wyvern, etc.), although good luck finding them all being drawn up.
Rage Quit: Any artist who want to leave one final message of them leaving forever will usually post a journal either explaining why they are leaving or just a simple Screw This, I'm Outta Here. Trolls are highly attracted to these and bonus points if the artist and/or the people commenting cause drama.
Rule 34: And How! One of the biggest sources of not only the porn itself, but of proof that there really are "no exceptions".
Serious Business: Dur. Complaining about a person who commissioned something from you or an artist you commissioned from may seem like making a mountain out of a molehill...until you realize a lot of the times people are complaining about it, they actually paid real life money.
Sdrawkcab Name: Rednef, who originally came around as an April Fools' joke.
Shameless Self-Promoter: Happens nearly all the time among people who hold raffles for free art that the winner(s) can obtain; the people holding the raffles will usually require the entrants to post a link back to the promoter's journal or watch their account, which doesn't have any purpose other than boosting the user's watch and view statistics. It also means that the people who don't win the raffle don't have any obligation to keep watching the user's account. Recent rule changes have made the trope illegal to perform due to being viewed as "spamming to win" and clogging users' inboxes with journals that they won't bother reading.
Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: deviantART. Its former administrator Scott "Jark" Jarkoff once banned all furry and anthro art from appearing on the front page, and there's still a lot of bitterness between both sites even though that ban is no longer in effect.
Site Breaking Bug: Let's just say the site is not known for its strict QA. By and large, broken features (except newly-added ones) are more likely to be removed than fixed.
Start My Own: What kicked off FA's creation was a sudden ban on pornographic material on fellow deviantART clone SheezyArt. And on the flip side of the coin, a number of competing sites have been started since then out of dissatisfaction with FA.
Sturgeon's Law: The site has minimal screening, no like/dislike bar or star ratings, and there's no options to organize art by most times viewed or favorited. If you want to screen the bad art, your best bet is to find an artist you like and see what art they have in their favorites.
Trolls: What would you expect on a furry site? Nequ is one of the better-known ones, writing stories that look like they're going to be sexual before going somewhere else entirely.
Some people intentionally put disgusting avatars just to annoy people with the filter on or most recently, breaking the site with disgustingly huge avatars.
Viewers Like You: One of the larger sites to be primarily donation-based, though it still takes in a bit of money from sidebar ads.