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Extended Maintenance Apologies for The Drake Network

Hello again all furries and Humans! In our efforts to update our Mastodon instance, The Drake Network, to the next major release (i.e. v3.0.0), so that we may continue offering the best services possible here at GekkoFyre Networks, some extended downtime was encountered. We offer our sincere apologies for this and although despite the fact that there are minor bugs here and there, we’d like the instance to be online for a day or three firstly before we update towards the latest minor release (which is v3.0.2 if memory serves correctly).

There should be very little disruption with the next update (just an hour or two at the very most) so please do not panic at hearing this. It will be happening over the next few days in order to squash those few bugs that the current major version update has brought around and we ask that all users of our instance, to please report anything unsual towards the primary administrator, @phobos_dthorga, thank you.

Here at GekkoFyre, we use a heavily customized version of Mastodon called glitch-soc that offers many improvements and features that are not found in the original, baseline version. Some of these improvements have discovered their way into the base version of Mastodon also, we should add, since they are highly desirable by the majority of the users. But because we use such a heavily customized version, it can make the upgrade process a little more difficult sometimes, especially when making the jump towards a newer major release.

Other than that, we also welcome your presence within the GekkoFyre Networks’ Official Discord server, amongst the other 30-odd users. Activity is light so we promise that you won’t be overwhelmed!

Once again, we thank the users and clients of GekkoFyre Networks for making this organization possible.

The Drake Network Announcement; Oddities around GekkoFyre are now Fixed; Clear caches

GekkoFyre is happy to announce the launch of its own Mastodon instance called The Drake Network! Its demographic is aimed at the anthropomorphic (i.e. ‘furries‘), the LGBTQI, and the otherkin/therian communities but everyone is, of course, free to create an account on it. You may read over the mission objective, additional features over other Mastodon instances, and the rules by visiting the About page. We wish for everyone to have a fantastic experience and to be excellent to each other, no more.

But this comes with a new domain registration for us, specifically drake.network and draconic.cloud, with the latter being an alias for our Mastodon instance and anyone who signs-up.

So what is Mastodon? Mastodon can be explained as being basically like a mix of Google+ and Twitter only with less bullies, trolls, and neo-Nazis. It’s also a social network but without all the venture capitalism and big corporatism that you tend to find within others, so don’t expect us to tolerate big business or data-mining of any kind here.

The biggest difference between Mastodon and the likes of Twitter, the now defunct Google+, Facebook, and other ‘commercial’ social networks is that instead of running on servers owned wholly by a corporate entity, Mastodon runs on computers owned by whoever feels like starting their own “instance”. Therefore each instance can set their own policies, code-of-conduct, who else they federate with, which servers they block and do communicate with, and so much more.

If you are the administrator of a Mastodon instance yourself and wish to create a federation relay with The Drake Network, then you only need to fill out this form and submit it to us. We should reply within the next 24-48 working hours. That said, we are already working with a few other furry-oriented instances within the community to create relays independently.

In other news, it also seems we had some oddities around GekkoFyre Networks with regard to how the web-pages were rendered. This was due to the use of Minification which compresses Javascript, CSS, and sometimes HTML even, but it can introduce bugs every now and then into the website that is employing said process. This is especially the case if there is a lot of code in use and it is of a complex nature. So for now, we have disabled Minification and do not plan to re-enable it within the near future. The ‘site theme’ that we employ doesn’t seem happy with the use of it.

If you continue to see oddities around GekkoFyre Networks then we would sincerely appreciate if you could clear your file cache within your browser, please. That should fix any remaining problems.

Lastly, one of our most valued staff members, Arctic Edward, has been promoted to the role of Social Media Manager! His new tasks will specifically involve managing and moderating The Drake Network in my blind-spots (speaking as Christopher McGill a.k.a. Phobos D’thorga here) now that my workload is starting to increase quite considerably as GekkoFyre Networks slowly becomes more popular over time.

Announcement of new Marketing Campaign; Discounts!

Today, GekkoFyre Networks is proud to announce the launch of a new marketing campaign in association with SoFurry! So please keep your eyes peeled for any of the below leaderboards on SoFurry’s website. We’d appreciate any comments on the campaign in general within our Official Discord channel also.

In conjunction with this, we are releasing a coupon code as well that will grant (potential) clients of GekkoFyre Networks a 25% discount on pretty much everything that we offer! This includes all domain name registrations plus transfers and renewals, virtual private servers, shared hosting, Zimbra hosted email, game servers, and so much more. The only exception is that SSL certificates and Weebly services are not covered, apologies, as we have a very low profit margin on the latter in particular. But otherwise, upgrades of pre-existing services are also covered for customers of GekkoFyre Networks that already have an account and service with us.

So! The code in question is, CRG9TNLS6C, and it’s time to start saving.

If you have any questions, queries, or even comments, then please redirect them to our technical support staff who will be more than happy to assist you.

Free pastebin service for the furry and otherkin communities

As of today, we are now offering a free and public pastebin service to the furry/otherkin communities at large as a sort of experiment, wherein you may post text snippets of any kind and publish them to our servers for the world to see. Or if the text is of a more sensitive nature you may then keep the post private and only give out the URL to those you trust, so that only said individuals will be able to see the contents. There is even an option to encrypt your snippet, whereupon only those who know the direct URL with embedded key will be able to decode whatever you have published. Admittedly, it’s not perfect but it does offer some modicum of security!

Visit the GekkoFyre Networks Pastebin today and start publishing right away. Each and every post will also be given a shortened URL for easy sharing amongst friends and colleagues, or among platforms such as Twitter.