Howdy everyone! Welcome back~
It’s been an arduous two months for GeorgiaFurs–two months for us to do some thinking and restructuring that we are now ready to launch!
Before we get into the details, let’s give you the events:
A few events, but only to prepare for the Holidays! And to take some time for the MiniCon in January~
Tap/Click on any of the above links to access specific events for those cities!
If you have an event you’d like to promote and advertise, please get in touch with one of our admins on Discord or Telegram!
?GAF Purge, New Survey, New Rules and Appeal/Rejoin forms
Over the last year, we’ve made a lot of notes of the state of the community. The peaks and the valleys; highs and lows; the growth and decays of just about everything from interests to chat vibes. With every interaction, positive or negative, that happens in our community, we take heed of it and we listen and we discuss with our new mods and staff what changes we’d need to do to create a better community.
As such, we are conducting a purge of our platforms and introducing a new set of rules, releasing our yearly GAF Survey, and introducing our highly requested Appeal/Rejoin forms.
For our purge, it’s an opportunity for us to reduce the number of members and focus on those who are truly active participants in our community. Over the years we used to use our size as a way to gauge our official status as “official furry chat of Georgia” and this simply isn’t the right way to go about it. We want to focus on those that are here now, not those that are just “present”. Yes, not everyone has to talk–we love our lurkers–but this is more on those that just ride along without contribution. This purge will cut our numbers and show our real count–and we in the backend can know just who we’ll be catering for.
If you wish to NOT be culled from our chat, we’ve created this link just for you. Please fill it out at your earliest convenience: GAF Purge Form
For our survey, it is an opportunity for the members of our community to speak up about what they feel about GAF: what they like about the community, what they wish would be better, what sort of events they’d like to see, what sort of policies they wish we’d enforce more or less–this is the community’s time to tell us directly what they think.
The link to the survey will be here: GeorgiaFurs 2022 Survey
For our rules, we’ve cleared up a few discrepancies, added a few new categories for simplicities such as a new written mission, new rules on behavior on our platforms, new restrictions such as age and parental guidance, and so much more. Truly, we want to be as clear as possible with our rules, and we’ll start enforcing them more frequently with our mods team.
For details of the rules, see this document: GeorgiaFurs Rules and Policies
For our Appeal/Rejoin forms, as part as our tightened rules and enforcing our rules more thanks to more mods on our team, there will be times in which individuals need to request to join and they cannot get a proper hold of our admins. Or they wish to appeal a ban that was placed on them or they’ve served their time away from the community. Whatever the case, this form is to reach us, inform us of their return, and we’ll look into their application.
You may find that form here: GeorgiaFurs Appeal/Rejoin Form
All of these forms will be made available on our website after these announcements.
GeorgiaFurs prides itself in being an open community with a “family-friendly” setting in the sense that furries of all ages are able to attend our in-person events. However, after some deliberations within our online community–the place where most of our individuals reside for direct communication–we’ve decided to have an age-restriction that individuals that are 16 years or older will be allowed into the online chatrooms.
Our reason for this is to discourage young, unsupervised teenagers to communicate in an online environment without parental permissions. The internet can often have some questionable content that may not be suitable for teens–the furry fandom is not exempt from this rule, as much as we at GeorgiaFurs will monitor the content within our platform. Truth be told, we don’t want to be caretakers for children.
However, this rule is online restricted to online events. Individuals under 16 who are still in our platforms will be currently unaffected, and anyone under 16 outside our platforms are still able to join in-person events, but require a parent or legal guardian to be present. Since our events’ dates are still posted on our Discord and Telegram, we’ll be asking parents/guardians to send us an email if they wish to request information about a particular event with our email: [email protected]
And that is all! Lots of heavy stuff, lots of new stuff, but hopefully stuff that can help us improve and make your community experience all the better!
Again, it’ll mean a lot if you take the time to fill out the survey. We truly appreciate you all!
Stay peachy and awoo GeorgiaFurs~