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  • General inbound federation question

    @[email protected] is everything working as expected for inbound federation? casual conversations moved from lemmy.world to lemm.ee I don't see any comments or votes in the lemm.ee community from before yiffit was aware of its existence. I think I've seen this other places too, so I don't know if this is how its supposed to work, or its just a quark of the current code. In general federation to lemmynsfw is just broken here.

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  • Yiffit has been upgraded to Lemmy 19.2 (you can now disable blur in your personal user settings)

    Was more painless than I thought. There's also 19.3, but that requires a pict-rs config upgrade and I'll leave that for another day.

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  • Are there federation problems with Hexbear or did they stop moderating with Yiffit?

    I really only follow one Hexbear community here in Yiffit which is [email protected], but I just noticed that since 4 months ago there are no updates in c/libre here in Yiffit, although if you go to the community directly from Hexbear there are new recent posts, and a lot of them.

    I already checked the instances blocked by Hexbear and Yiffit doesn't seem to be among them, but neither in "allowed" or "linked" instances, although I have no idea what it's the difference between these.

    Any idea why this could be?

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  • What should the yiffit mascot be named? - StrawPoll

    strawpoll.com What should the yiffit mascot be named? - Online Poll - StrawPoll

    What's your opinion? Vote now: Giffit (pronounced yiffit), Amne (Shahili girls name meaning safe, secure), Yeeff, Yinna, Yara, Richard, Lammyeen, Lem the Yeen, Vootie (Early Furry A...

    What should the yiffit mascot be named? - Online Poll - StrawPoll

    Here is where the names were gathered They were entered into the poll from the default sorting order. And another link to the poll

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  • Welcome back. What happened?

    The instance was down so long, I was worried it wasn't ever coming back.

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  • Federation issues with lemmy.ml

    I'm not sure if this is a problem specifically with [email protected] because I don't follow any other lemmy.ml communities, but it's been a month since the last post in there according to the Yiffit version of the community and yes, I'm filtering by new and if you go directly to the community in its instance there are a lot of new posts that never reach Yiffit.

    I have another account in Dbzer0 and there are no federation issues with Lemmy.ml or at least with [email protected].

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  • Are there current federation issues?

    I don't seem to see anything from lemmynsfw.com newer than about 3 days, and I don't see yiffit on their block list.

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  • Questions about Threads and Lemmy v0.19

    1. Is Yiffit going to defederate from Threads? I kinda wanna see what happens with it first before someone else decides to block it, and this is my primary instance so I'm curious what the admins think and plan to do.
    2. Are y'all gonna be updating to 0.19 soon? No particular reason other than curiosity on that and I am using Liftoff so I'll have to switch apps when ya do lol
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  • Members can now create communities without need for approval first

    I have enabled once again the possibility of creating communities without the need of prior approval. Any Yiffit user is now able to create their community.

    Since things have slowed down considerable and I'm introducing new automated tools such as the Yiffit helper bot, it's now possible for me to put in place some safeguards and allow community creation without the need for approval.

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  • Pending Tasks by Yiffit administration

    For the sake of transparency, I'm sharing a list of pending tasks that I know are pending. Hopefully this will also let you know that I'm aware of it and will progressively take them on.

    1. Currently the helper bot does not post if it can only find an e621 result, even if that e6 post has sources.

    2. Currently the community list updater bot is not scheduled and needs to be setup to run at least every day.

    3. The helper bot needs a dedicated username.

    4. Publish revised version of recommended tagging for posts

    5. Hold vote/poll to name the mascot

    6. I am testing a utility that will allow users to automatically share images they like when browsing e6 or FA.

    7. Make a statement regarding the removal of the Pokeyiff community, but to sum it up, it is unfortunate that its creator decided to delete it, but I don't think it would be right for me to meddle with their decision as I want community owners truly feel that a community is theirs, even if that means deleting it.

    8. Update the main welcome post.

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  • Request to defederate from alien.top

    This is a spam instance that reposts reddit content, but the worst part is it creates a new user for every reddit user, making it impossible to block.

    Since we can't block instances at the user level yet, I request we defederate from this spam instance

    See an example here https://alien.top/comment/2110314

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  • The Yiffit Helper bot is now live!

    Hello, after a few test posts yesterday, the new Yiffit Helper bot is now live. You can see a couple of examples here:

    https://yiffit.net/comment/3707677

    and here:

    https://yiffit.net/comment/3692105

    The goal of the bot is to boost our appreciation for the work that artists do by linking directly to their gallery and post-submission. This is especially useful for little known artists who will appreciate if you follow them, favorite their image, or check out their gallery.

    Please note: the bot only runs in communities where @Wander is a moderador. If you'd like to enable the bot in your own community, leave a comment here or send me a PM with the name of your community. You're free to choose whether to enable the bot or not.

    Also, aside for the test runs that I've been doing, the bot will not comment on old posts to avoid notification flood. Instead it's set to now run every 30 minutes for new submissions.

    If the bot fails to make a comment for your post, it probably means that it couldn't find a good match. It's not a perfect solution that will always work, but hopefully it will work as much as possible.

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  • Updated list of all communities (SFW and NSFW) on Yiffit.net

    This is an automated post to list all communities on this instance. This is a test post right now and I hope to improve its presentation in due time.

    Updated at 2023-12-07 00:54 UTC

    List:

    /c/yiff - NSFW - 1243 subscribers

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    Community dedicated to general yiff, regardless of orientation. - Please note that we're still figuring out how to best use this community together with others that are more specialized such as [!gfur...

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    /c/memes - 1166 subscribers

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    Community dedicated to furry memes - Minors DNI, even if content is SFW - List sources ("sauce") in the comments - Make sure to flag any NSFW posts as such - No underage characters - Don't post artwo...

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    /c/gfur - NSFW - 844 subscribers

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    Community dedicated to NSFW "male solo" or "male/male artwork". - All titles must include attribution - If you post from a lemmy instance, please include a link to the artist's profile, gallery or soc...

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    /c/furry - 777 subscribers

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    Community dedicated to SFW furry artwork - All content must be Safe for Work. Neither explicit nor questionable content is allowed in this community. - All titles for non-original artwork must include...

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    /c/femyiff - NSFW - 759 subscribers

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    This is a community for sharing media depicting furry boys that dress and look feminine. ☆:.。.o(≧▽≦)o.。.:☆ I want this to be a fun space for anyone that appreciates and loves furry femboys. ☆⌒(ゝ。∂)...

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    /c/lfur - NSFW - 617 subscribers

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    For NSFW artwork of female anthros - both "female solo" and "female/female"! !! If you have any ideas for a community icon, let me know !! * All titles must include attribution * If you post from a ...

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    /c/chat - 607 subscribers

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    Yiffit chat! Talk about anything you want here. Mention @[email protected] from your favorite Fediverse / Mastodon client to post here directly, or post directly via any Lemmy instance. Community Ico...

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    /c/feralyiff - NSFW - 463 subscribers

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    Community dedicated to NSFW feral artwork. - All images must contain at least one feral / non-anthropomorphic character - All titles must include attribution - If you post from a lemmy instance, plea...

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    /c/bdsm - NSFW - 407 subscribers

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    Community dedicated to artwork containing BDSM elements such as bondage or domination/submission. - All titles must include attribution - If you post from a lemmy instance, please include a link to th...

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    /c/yiff_irl - NSFW - 343 subscribers

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    New home for the old yiff_irl community from Reddit. The place for NSFW furry memes. All submissions must be NSFW memes about furries or furry culture in a humorous or relatable way. Posts need to st...

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    /c/meta - 341 subscribers

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    Meta community to discuss anything about the yiffit.net instance....

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    /c/impregnation - NSFW - 328 subscribers

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    Welcome to Impregnation yiff! A community dedicated to breeding and pregnant furs. -Please follow all instance rules -Posts must have internal view or some other reference or allusion to being made ...

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    /c/petplayyiff - NSFW - 295 subscribers

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    Community dedicated to furry petplay artwork - All titles must include attribution - If you post from a lemmy instance, please include a link to the artist's profile, gallery or social media in the bo...

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    /c/newcommunities - 257 subscribers

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    Yiffit Community Owners will share their newly created communities here in order to announce them to the wider fediverse / lemmyverse. - Please tag NSFW if your community is NSFW. - Please only anno...

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    /c/ancientyiff - NSFW - 248 subscribers

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    Welcome furry archeologists and yiff historians! Any content posted here must be from 2010 or earlier. Make way for old memories and nostalgia. Same rules apply as in other communities: * Add attribu...

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    /c/loonansfw - NSFW - 229 subscribers

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    A community for NSFW and SFW images of the character Loona from Helluva Boss. Please follow instance wide rules: -No underage characters. -All NSFW content must be appropriately flagged. -...

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    /c/gynomorph - NSFW - 226 subscribers

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    A community for posting yiff involving gynomorphs! Other terms include herm/hermaphrodite or futa/futanari. Gynomorph for those unfamiliar is the term for a female presenting character with male geni...

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    /c/thickfurryladies - NSFW - 224 subscribers

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    Welcome! This is a community for furry girls who are Curvy, Thicc, Slightly Chubby, Voluptuous, however you want to call it. -Please follow all instance rules...

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    /c/paws - NSFW - 174 subscribers

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    NSFW community dedicated to paws <3 - All submissions must be related to paws. They don't need to be explicit since a close-up of a paw can also be sexy :P - All genders allowed. - Feral characters al...

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    /c/feral - 163 subscribers

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    Under construction....

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    /c/chastityyiff - NSFW - 161 subscribers

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    Poor boys and girls that aren't allowed to cum, no matter how much they want to~ Media of anthros wearing chastity devices (cages, belts, nullbulges etc) or otherwise restricted from cumming. Despite...

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    /c/furryvids - NSFW - 156 subscribers

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    Dōzo agatte kudasai! (o´ω`o)ノ Welcome everyone! This is a community for sharing furry videos you have found across the web! ( ◕▿◕ ) (  ̄.)o- 【 TV 】 This community is a mixed community, so you will f...

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    /c/wallpapers - 154 subscribers

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    Community dedicated to sharing furry themed wallpapers. Pro-tip: You can use the tags "16:9", "9:16", "hi_res","ratio:<0.6", "ratio:>1.5", "-comic", "-text" and similar on e621 or e926. - All su...

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    /c/andromorph - NSFW - 135 subscribers

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    community for posting andromorph yiff where one or more characters fit this category. andromorph: male characters with vulvas, vaginas. an older term for these characters were "cboy" or "cuntboy". ...

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    /c/hornychat - NSFW - 131 subscribers

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    Welcome to !hornychat, an explicit general chat focusing on sex and kink. Please have a read through the pinned post for guidelines and rules before contributing. [...

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    /c/shinyyiff - NSFW - 130 subscribers

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    Anthros wearing (or trapped in~) latex, rubber or similar. The scope of exactly what "wearing" means is intentionally broad; we allow anything from full body suits to just stockings and gloves. We a...

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    /c/bara - NSFW - 121 subscribers

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    For NSFW art featuring male, muscled furries! ### Rules - All titles must include attribution - Include a link to the source or artist if possible - No underage characters - Male characters only - No...

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    /c/gonewild - NSFW - 106 subscribers

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    Community dedicated to sharing NSFW images of yourself. - ONLY post images of yourself - Consider that removing content from the fediverse can be quite difficult. Hide your face / identity if in doubt...

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    /c/anthroids - NSFW - 105 subscribers

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    A subreddit for robots and cyborgs of the furry persuasion. This subreddit has two main criteria for submissions; they have to be synthetic, and they have to be furries. Cyborgs are allowed, so long ...

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    /c/furryvore - NSFW - 101 subscribers

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    A community for Furry Vorarephiliacs to share any type of Vore media, or simply to ask any questions relating to this ravenous kink. Exclusively for feral & anthro vore and anything inbetween. Rule...

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    /c/fur4fur - 101 subscribers

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    What’s this? This is a community where furries can find other furries for different activities, like roleplaying, chatting, jerk buds, real life, you name it. What this isn’t Selling any ki...

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    /c/commissions - 100 subscribers

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    Are you an artist offering commissions? Feel free to advertise yourself here! You may also use this community to advertise your Patreon, Subscribestar or similar page. For sellers: * NSFW and...

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    /c/oc_appreciation - 90 subscribers

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    About Ever wanted to info dump about your ocs but didn't want to be annoying? This is your new happy place. Share your ocs, adopts, lore, and toyhouse codes to like minded friends! ## Rules #### 1,...

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    /c/therian - 84 subscribers

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    Community dedicated to the discussion of therianthropy - Minors DNI, even if content is SFW - Do not post sexually explicit content in this community please. It does, however, support discussion arou...

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    /c/petplay - NSFW - 83 subscribers

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    Petplay community for discussion and photo sharing - Any NSFW photos must be related to yourself in some way (you are in it, you took it, etc...) - Only post NSFW photos if you have the permission to ...

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    /c/stories - NSFW - 56 subscribers

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    A community for sharing erotic furry writing! Any kind of writing is welcome here, from vanilla to kinky! We are currently looking for a community icon! Let me know if you know any good creative comm...

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    /c/tickling - NSFW - 54 subscribers

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    NSFW community dedicated to furry tickling. - All submissions must be related to tickling. - All genders allowed. - Feral characters allowed. Please add the [feral] tag in the title. - All titles mus...

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    /c/malekart - NSFW - 46 subscribers

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    I´ll be uploading all my NSFW art here WARNING - HERE YOU WILL FIND: * Vore (anal,oral,cock,soft) * Macro/Micro * Hyper * Sexual art * Solo feral / Feral + Anthro and some more stuff Other soc...

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  • Thoughts on having a comment on every post that links to a list of local communities?

    One of the harder aspects of navigation in lemmy is seeing interesting new communities on remote instances. What if there was a post here (meta) or chat that had links to all the local communities and when a new post is made to yiffit, a comment is added that links to the chat/meta post. That way if someone stumbles on something here they like, they don’t have to use some work around to see what else is here. I don’t know much about the lemmy API, but the list could simply check once a day?/week?/month? and update the post if anything changed.

    Yes, I am aware [email protected] exists, but remote users probably aren't. I am also aware of the link in the sidebar (when present), but that is outdated and you only see it if you know its there.

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  • Announcing status.packmates.org and status.yiffit.net

    Announcing status.packmates.org and status.yiffit.net

    Heya everyone! I've been mostly silent for some time, but it's all with good reason (I promise!)

    Over the last few days I've spent a lot of time on server maintenance. Many of these changes will be invisible to you as users (such as getting a /48 ipv6 range, setting up SLAAC/DHCPv6, reviewing security and firewall rules, etc...)

    But today I set up something that I can share: status pages!

    Head over to: \- https://status.packmates.org \- https://status.yiffit.net

    (they're the same page actually, but the different domain is to make it easier to remember if you're a user of one site and not the other).

    There's a slight caveat in that the status page is hosted on the hypervisor itself, so if that goes down, everything goes down but you'll at least know by not being able to load the status page itself!

    Ideally I would host this somewhere external but we're not there yet. One day I hope to even have a server cluster for redundancy, but we'd have to host many more services to be able to justify this.

    cc: @meta

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  • FeralBot Schedule Change

    FeralBot Schedule Change

    Effective immediately, FeralBot will only post twice a day, every 12 hours, at 8AM and 8PM PDT. This is to reduce what I feel is an overabundance of bot posting on the /c/feralyiff community.

    cc: @meta

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  • Feel free to ping me in any posts you believe I should read (such as proposals or concerns)

    Apologies for not having replied yet to some posts that have been created in /c/meta. I've been on and off these days. If you believe that a post would benefit from getting my attention (such as a proposal) feel free to mention me so that I get a notification.

    Thank you!

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  • Tagging rules for intersex and ambiguous characters

    Just to be clear, I don't want us to be super picky about tags - IMO as long as it's understandable, anything is okay. However, Pokémon yiff has a pinned thread talking about this, and I've been PMed asking how to tag something. Basically, even if we don't want to enforce it, it might be useful to have some standard as a guideline.

    Many communities reference the tagging rules of the main !yiff community, which includes tags for male and female. However, it does not specify rules for characters that fall outside that spectrum, or whose gender is unknown (due to being obscured, for example). This has resulted in tagging being a bit ad-hoc (e.g. [H], [I], [G], for gynomorphs), and might feel a bit exclusionary for a site that claims to be "queer".

    Just as something to propose, how about we update the tagging rules to be something like this (to be similar to e621's gender tags):

    • [M] For male characters.
    • [F] For female characters.
    • [G] For gynomorph (feminine character with a dick but no pussy).
    • [A] For andromorph (masculine character with a pussy but no dick).
    • [H] For herm (character with both a pussy and dick).
    • [U] For Unknown/unclear.

    This would also mean retiring pairing codes ("G" for "gay", "S" for straight and so on) in favour of "M/M" and "M/F".

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  • We now have hourly snapshots / backups!

    We now have hourly snapshots / backups!

    I'm happy to inform both packmates.org and yiffit.net users that both sites now benefit from the ZFS filesystem that the new server has been set up with.

    I have implemented automated hourly snapshots for 24 hours + daily snapshots for 31 days. In theory they will only grow in size if there's actual changes to the disk of both VMs and I should be able to have enough space.

    Furthermore, local snapshots are complemented by the daily offsite backups which allow us to recover even if the full server were to suddenly explode. Full backups are first created on the server itself and then copied offsite so that for a full week we have two independent copies of each day.

    Depending on space usage I'll make sure to replicate the offsite repository so that there's two offsite copies for the last 31 days + 7 local copies. That would be 69 individual full backup files + snapshots.

    I hope I'll have enough space with deduplication.

    cc: @meta

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  • Yiffit.net has been migrated to a new server.

    **Edit: migration completed. Apologies for the reboots. **

    Everything is working smoothly except for the network configuration. I wanted to make some changes but I didn't manage to get this new network configuration to work. For now I've left it with the old configuration and with some time I'll fiddle around with subnet masks and static routes in order to improve VM isolation. Since Yiffit is currently the only VM on the server (packmates.org is next), it doesn't matter that much right now.

    OLD POST BELOW ______

    I'm preparing a migration to the new server that I've set up. The change should be transparent for you as users for now except for the small downtime of about 1h that could happen between today and tomorrow (I'm sorry for not being able to be more exact since it depends on some variables such as me doing testing to ensure that everything will work correctly).

    After the migration, I'll share more details and also explain the new setup and which benefits we can expect from the new server in the future.

    Thank you and apologies for the inconvenience <3

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  • Rules update: we have removed the temporary ban on certain content now that our instance is better established.

    When this instance was created, I put in place a ban on certain content that could get us in trouble in regards to federating with other instances since we weren't yet too well known.

    Now that two months have passed I hope we have established ourselves as an instance with good moderation and have lifted the ban for most content.

    There are currently two content categories that are still banned:

    1. Underage characters & characters that very evidently look underage to anyone who doesn't know the character's lore (ie. 1000 year old spirit trapped in the body of a minor). This ban is permanent.

    2. Content featuring gore, mutilation, death and non-trivial amounts of blood. This ban is indefinite but can be overturned once lemmy has better moderation tools and I find a way to ensure that by allowing this content we are not inadvertently allowing the glorification of problematic behavior or allow networking of malicious sadism.

    Thank you.

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  • Merging /c/feral into /c/feralyiff

    Looks like yiffit currently has 2 feral communities that host nsfw content: /c/feral and /c/feralyiff. While the first isn't explicitly flagged nsfw, its only post is a nsfw one.

    /c/feralyiff has a lot more traction and was established earlier, while /c/feral only got one post right now and is still described as "under construction". Hence, I propose to merge /c/feral into /c/feralyiff (if that is possible, I almost suspect not), or alternatively close the community to direct any posts to the more established community.

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  • Yiffit.net has been upgraded to lemmy version v0.18.4

    Sorry for not being too active lately as I have some health + work related issues going on right now.

    In any case, as always, please feel free to report any bugs you experience!

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  • Update and statement in regards to our last weekly discussion, including a new rule that bans the discussion of irl bestiality.

    If you can, please read this whole post. There is a TLDR at the bottom. Please feel free to share your feedback.

    During the last Weekly discussion, the topic of zoophilia and bestiality was brought up. I had to step in and close the thread before things went further out of hand. This post is to address that thread as well as a series of measures and concerns for the future.

    I have been thinking a lot on how to write this post since I want to make sure it strikes a balance between the assertiveness that I believe is necessary and the non-judgmental attitude that a kink-positive space like Yiffit should have.

    Please rest assured that non of these measures are meant to restrict the enjoyment of fictional content that we share here. They are only meant to ensure that Yiffit as a platform keeps being a place that is safe, harmonious and free of content that could lead to irl harm.

    1. A site-wide ban on the discussion of bestiality As much as an argument could be made that such a discussion would be interesting even if merely from an intellectual point of view, the truth is that we at Yiffit are woefully unprepared for this for several reasons:

    A) Immediate harm to users: On Lemmy / the fediverse is notoriously difficult to remove content. What you delete here is very likely still visible on other non-lemmy instances or could have been cached by a malicious instance. EVEN in the exceptional case of a merely intellectual discussion, what users say here even as a theoretical exercise, could be used against them for harassment or even for legal action against them in some countries.

    B) Propagation of false information that leads to irl harm: Yiffit must not become a platform to propagate false information that could lead to irl harm. For anyone who has legitimate questions about this subject we encourage you to source your information from sites like Wikipedia instead of internet forums or social media.

    For these reasons I believe it is necessary to ban the discussion of irl bestiality as well as any similar topics related to the irl practice of sex with real animals, whether in a hypothetical scenario or not. (Basically don't use a 'hypothetically speaking' phrase to circumvent the rule).

    If this topic is brought up I ask you to please NOT reply and report it instead.

    1. A soft-restriction in the participation in weekly discussion threads to external groups with vested interests

    I am sure that there was no bad intention and this is merely a side-effect on how federation works, but I have come to believe that there could be a negative impact in the enjoyment of weekly discussions if there is a sudden influx of non-lemmy users who have a certain personal interest in the subject that is being discussed.

    I will not restrict weekly discussions to lemmy users only for the time being, but I will try to keep an eye out for situations in which these discussions could be impacted by such an influx of users.

    Once again I want to highlight that I believe that none of these users really had bad intentions, but I want you to imagine what would have happened in the recent thread if while discussing the controversial subject of "puriteens" a group of these people who do not normally participate in Yiffit at all, were to jump on that thread and influence the discussion with their numbers. It would take away the enjoyment by users who regularly participate in them. Thus, the same really applies to any other topic.

    On a related topic: while troubleshooting outbound federation I removed all blocked instances the other day and still have to re-enable the blocklist. The current criteria for adding an instance to this list is twofold:

    1. There is risk that our instance is used to distribute illegal content. This applies almost exclusively to lemmy instances.

    2. There is risk that users from a remote instance harass or intentionally interfere with our organic activity.

    This second point is generally applicable to instances that are very political, but can apply to any other instance whose users participate in our spaces in a manner that leads us to believe they could have ulterior motives.

    1. An attitude of kindness and non-judgement for a person's kinks or sexual fantasies

    Having discussed the harsher measures in points 1 and 2, I think it's necessary to reaffirm that I wholeheartedly want Yiffit to be a space that is queer, kink-friendly and open-minded.

    If anything became clear from the responses to the last discussion thread is that a person's sexual interests are not an indicator of that person's moral compass and I think it would be wrong to perpetuate false stereotypes.

    As such, I think it would be a serious faux pas for me to take any hot-headed action that impacts the content that is shared on Yiffit. On the contrary, I hope that the above measures (1 and 2) serve as a rational way to address the situation that happened the other and calm any concerns while in parallel we might as well double-down on keeping this place as open-minded as possible.

    To be more specific, over the last years I have seen a pattern in which a certain situation or drama, caused a site or the site's staff to become exceedingly defensive and feel the need to crack down on anything that could be criticized. Subsequently, I have seen how bad actors such as Kiwifarms or any other malicious interest group have weaponized this outrage to manipulate people either into compliance or into silence.

    As someone with a feral fursona, I have been called "zoophile" or "animal abuser" on twitter more times than I can count. During that time I went through different phases but eventually realized that bad actors will, inch by inch, demand more of your reaction / compliance or silence while holding the threat of a call-out, doxx or similar over your head. I feel like I have the obligation to do things differently with Yiffit.

    As such, I feel like the best strategy is to take measures that are sensible while also reassure our users that our ethos has not changed. In this regard, I want to highlight two points:

    1. On the Harkness Test: While this test is an interesting thought experiment, it should not be used to censor the fictional content that a person consumes.

    People constantly read, watch or listen to fiction productions that feature non-consensual interactions such as battles, fights, uprisings, betrayal, manipulation, etc... It would be ridiculous to criticize one's enjoyment of Game of Thrones only because the interactions between fictional characters aren't always consensual. I don't think that the emotional highs and lows felt during a well-developed drama are that far removed from the emotional highs and lows felt during arousal.

    Referring back to the harkness test and the world of fiction in general, it makes little sense that a knight might be allowed to slay a dragon and kill it, but suddenly there's moral outrage if a knight is depicted laying the dragon. Any outrage would seemingly be of moral/religious origin and not really related to the actual well-being of the dragon.

    That said, Yiffit as a platform has and will have certain restrictions because some content can be more difficult to moderate and we will also monitor our content and comments to prevent any sort of malicious or harmful networking. But, as a rule of thumb, I and future staff will not judge you as person based on your what turns you on. Specific communities owned by Yiffit users are free to place their own restrictions and it's perfectly fine if someone does want to be more conservative in the type of content they allow. We only ask that any moderation actions they deem necessary, including bans from their community, be communicated in a respectful and non-condescending manner.

    1. On the matter of zoophilia

    During the discussion thread several users admitted to experiencing an attraction to animals and explained that this is something they discussed with their therapist.

    I want to emphasize that no moderator action was taken or should be taken merely for such a confession and that I do not wish to meddle or interfere in this person's mental health therapy.

    Moderation actions will be taken if a person violates the rules, such as the discussion of bestiality in point 1 or we have indications that a user has ulterior motives, such as explained in point 2.

    I've tried to educate myself a bit and found this on wikipedia:

    > "Stephanie LaFarge, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the New Jersey Medical School, and Director of Counseling at the ASPCA, writes that two groups can be distinguished: bestialists, who rape or abuse animals, and zoophiles, who form an emotional and sexual attachment to animals.[16] Colin J. Williams and Martin Weinberg studied self-defined zoophiles via the internet and reported them as understanding the term zoophilia to involve concern for the animal's welfare, pleasure, and consent, as distinct from the self-labelled zoophiles' concept of "bestialists", whom the zoophiles in their study defined as focused on their own gratification."

    When some people in that thread confessed about their attraction and subsequently began exposing their reasons on why they believe that animals can consent to sexual intercourse with humans, I do believe that they did not have bad motives and that their expression of care for animals to the extend of having become vegan is well-intended.

    In 2018, a now infamous furry youtuber named Kero was exposed as being involved with people who tied up, raped, mutilated and dismembered animals, including puppies. He was also caught organizing a trip to a cabin where they wanted to rape two german shepherds and he had the odd request to 'not kill them' (which leads me to believe that he knew what his accomplice was usually into).

    I hope you understand why I fucking want to believe the excerpt from the Wikipedia and that the people who interacted in our discussion thread the other day were different from Kero and had at least good intention, regardless of the accuracy on their theories of consent. As such I do not wish to interfere in their therapy and will hold no judgment for their involuntary attraction. I will, however, emphasize the two new rules that restrict the discussion or promotion or irl bestiality and also of non-organic interactions with ulterior motives.

    What this means in practice is that we caution users to be careful in how they handle such sensitive topics. While it means a lot to me that someone with a complicated personal situation feels comfortable enough on Yiffit to open up and maybe even seek the advice of other members, we will remove content if it's off-topic or brought up in an unnatural manner that makes us feel uneasy about the actual intentions of that person.

    Furthermore, please remember that it's nearly impossible to truly delete anything on the fediverse and asses the impact that this could have in your safety and privacy.

    This word of caution is of course applicable to any other topic: be careful with your privacy and please do not give us reason to believe that you're trying to use this platform to artificially spread an idea that's not related to to furry / yiff itself, whether political, personal, financial (adverts), etc...

    Wrapping up. TLDR: In summary there are two new rules:

    1. Do not discuss irl bestiality.
    2. Do not use Yiffit with ulterior motives that are not related to the furry fandom or yiff (for example it's okay to post your favorite kind of yiff because you want others to know about it). 2.a. As part of the rules above, we will monitor discussion threads to avoid the sudden influence of an external group with a vested interest in one of the topics of the discussion.

    At the same time we keep our commitment of being kink-positive and being non-judgemental about your sexual fantasies as long as content and interactions shared are not illegal or harmful. In the case of a sensitive personal circumstance being brought up, we will handle it with respect as long as it's done so in a natural, organic and safe manner. If we feel the user is being reckless with their own privacy or is trying to proselytize a certain idea, we will remove the content. Persistence in the matter could lead to a suspension or defederation.

    I truly hope you find this way of handling things to be level-headed and measured in order to handle a complex subject in a manner that asserts our commitment to safety and human/animal well-being without losing our ethos of openness, kink-positivity and healthy sexual expression.

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  • The comment box of that thread in particular doesn't appear to work. Details in post body

    My account is on pawb.social and i'm trying to comment on the latest discussion thread on yiffit.net, but as the gif shows, the comment box doesn't react to clicks. Other things seem to work fine.

    Perplexingly, every other thread that i can find on yiffit.net lets me comment normally, it's just this one thread where the box doesn't react. That would imply that this thread in particular has a comments limit, but i can't see any indication of that.

    Apologies if i'm being the big dumb, it's true that most computer issues are between the keyboard and the chair

    I will log off for today and try again tomorrow, i have a whole rant ready in my mind god dammit

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  • Please help me verify if outbound federation works again

    I need to go to bed, but I've run some tests and it might be working again.

    If you can please post something to remote instances and see if you can see that content on the instance itself.

    If you are from a remote instance and you see this, please comment. Thank you so much <3

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  • We are experiencing networking problems with outgoing connections.

    Hello, since the latest upgrade we are experiencing problems with outgoing federation and it seems that even email isn't working properly. This seems to be related to some SSL/TLS problems in the newest lemmy docker image, but it could be that it only happens to us due to our current setup with a mix of ipv4/ipv6.

    I'm still investigating and will update once I have more information.

    EDIT: It seems that our outbound messages are failing some sort of validation. I'm spinning up an old yiffit copy to see if there's any difference in the private keys that the server uses to authenticate itself to others.

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  • Yiffit went down for several hours this afternoon. I am sorry for the disruption and have identified the cause.

    Original title: Was the site offline / having problems for anyone else?

    Hello, I just came back and noticed that the site wasn't working properly. Was this just me or did anyone else experience problems?

    I'm browsing through logs to try find the reason, but it could have been just an issue on my side.

    Thank you!

    EDIT: I think I might have found the cause. I'll keep investigating. Apologies for the downtime U_U.

    EDIT2: I have located a database error which seems to be related to a sudden disconnection / shutdown. After that the database wasn't able to work correctly until I rebooted the server. This can only come from a series of docker commands I ran this afternoon. It is weird that these commands don't shut down the database container gracefully, but I'll take extra precautions next time.

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  • If you're a user at Packmates or Yiffit, you should know that my current stance regarding #threads is a precautionary defederation.

    They'll probably launch with federation whitelist and I doubt they wouldn't defederate from us, but there's too many risks and unknowns right now.

    I don't think as an admin I should limit everyone's ability to interact with threads just because they're a for-profit company, but there's some huge red flags in regards to data management and potential spam.

    So, if anyone was wondering my stance, I'll place a precautionary domain block for now.

    Once we have more info and/or they have started federating, I will start thinking about objective conditions that need to be fulfilled to remove the block. It won't be based on my hatred of corporations but actual criteria in regards to guaranteeing user security and health of the fediverse.

    cc: @meta

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  • Clear cookies / cache if you can't login. Latest lemmy version has a security fix and I've cleared existing sessions prior to 2023-07-11.

    Update 2: Clear cookies / cache and re-login. I can confirm we were NOT impacted by the security vulnerability but I have restricted sign ups and cleared existing logins. Security patch applied.

    We were not impacted by the security incident. However, we do have a suspicious sign-up which I'll be investigated. I have made sure there's no custom emoji (attack vector) and will apply the patch as soon as possible (edit it's been applied).

    Browsing malicious posts from remote instances WILL NOT compromise your account. Just in case, I've also remove these posts from the database.

    Stay tuned for more updates.

    Update 1: Yiffit.net should not have been impacted by the recent security vulnerability. I'm investigating.

    Hello, we should not have been impacted since we don't have custom emoji. We did have one emoji, but I removed it hours ago.

    I do have one suspicious sign up request. I'm investigating and will potentially invalidate everyone's session so you might need to login again.

    Also, my login credentials as admin to Yiffit are completely different to the ones to the server. If my account here were to be compromised an attacker would not get access to the server.

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  • PSA: Please sign out and sign back in

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/1290861

    > There was a vulnerability attack on certain Lemmy instances. As part of the resolution to the attack, all accounts have been automatically signed out. The client currently does not handle this gracefully so you will need to manually sign out and sign back in. I am working on a fix for this. > > Thank you.

    Since I don't know if YiffIt is/was impacted by this, I would highly advise that you do this for both your desktop AND mobile apps.

    Plus, 2FA is a bit of a pain to get set up as of now, but it's worth it if you can.

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  • Detecting vote manipulation or brigading (example)

    After reading this post here I took a deep dive into the database and ran a few queries to see if I could use it to detect some basic manipulation such as brigading or other types of persistent hostile behavior.

    I'd describe this as people who could have blocked a certain community but instead seemingly dedicate themselves to continuously downvote posts, maybe because they don't like furry stuff in general.

    Each line in the image corresponds to one person and how many times they have downvoted posts in a given community.

    I won't take any actions right now, this is all very experimental. I just wanted to share this with y'all to let you know that we admins have tools to give us clues about whether some sort of brigading is going on.

    Interesting stuff. Personally, I'd urge people who don't like furry stuff to just block a community and carry on. There's nothing to be gained by obsessing yourself with stuff you don't like.

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  • Should I disable downvotes?

    It often makes me sad seeing some posts receiving downvotes, even though I know it's from random people across Lemmy instances who probably aren't furries.

    I could disable downvotes which would make it so that they're ignored by the instance and the count would only reflect the amount of upvotes. But, that also means that Yiffit users wouldn't be able to use downvotes anywhere else.

    What do you think?

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  • What is the Moderation Policy of This Instance Going Forward?

    So, I've been on an interesting journey lately to try and find a NSFW fediverse instance that fits my preferences. Found some unique ones that might work, but still not 100% sure they are "the one".

    It's no secret that I'm furry trash, so, it seems like we're off to a good start here at a place called "yiffit" ;D A large, endless gallery of high quality yiff is fine by me.

    But I like other things too, i.e. socializing and memes, learning new stuff, etc. and I've had some pretty negative experiences with some overzealous, power trippin' mods in the past. So, I'm curious about this instance in particular and its stance on moderation.

    -- How strict or loose is the overall policy? What is the stance on expression? What kind of content is going to be permanently off limits? If something rubs someone the wrong way, am I to at least expect a warning? Or an imediate permanent ban? Is there an appeals process? Will there be advanced notice of any major changes? How "focused" is this instance aiming to be? --

    I also understand that the fediverse is a relatively new concept, and not everything is fully established yet in many respects. More than anything, I'm just trying to pin down the culture of this place. I have no intention of testing these limits, but I am tying to guage just how chill this place is and if there's anything else I should know before committing.

    In my experience, furries tend to be a pretty welcoming bunch, but hey, you never know.

    I'm curious what other people think their ideal "furryNSFW" instance looks like, and what they want to see going forward as far as moderation is concerned.

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