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403 Forbidden - Fur Affinity hotlink protection explained

403 ForbiddenIf you are a furry and you have an interest in furry art you might have noticed that other furries started giving you strange reactions to the art you post in forums or on your websites. People claim that they can't see the art you posted and even when you link them to the image directly, they say that they only get a white page with the text "403 Forbidden" on it.

This is all caused by a mechanism called "hotlink protection".



Some words about furries

Natani and Keith's Bathtime by Tom FischbachThis should probably go somewhere else and it's very likely that no one will ever read this but I feel the urge to clear things up a bit.

Far too many people seem to think that the term "Furry" describes a group of people who have sex while wearing animal costumes. I have to say that this is not entirely wrong as some people really like to do that, but these people are just a rather small sub-group within the furry fandom.

So, what IS a furry?

The term "furry" has basically 2 meanings.

  1. fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics
  2. people who like those characters (also called "furry fans")

The only thing that all furries (or "furry fans") have in common is probably that we like fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.

All the rest is a matter of personal taste.

What's up with the guys and girls in the costumes?

Those who wear and build animal costumes are called "fursuiters". Most of these suits are hand-made unique works which are usually made by the person who wears them later, but some fursuit makers also sell their suits to other furries. Some of these suits include animatronic like movable ears, tails and jaws.

The main purpose of a fursuit is to adopt another personality while in costume. Some fursuiters consider the fursuit a sexual item, but that's rather unusual. The reason why these people are often on TV is the same reason why there is porn on the internet: sex sells.

What's up with the people having sex with animals?

That's a really rare thing. Some of those people are furries, some aren't. Rapists aside, these people like their pet a little more than other people and as long as noone get's hurt, it's fine with me. Note that those who "do it right" have strict and rather complicated rules for doing it to ensure that noone gets hurt, one being that the animal may not be forced.

What's with the affection for stuffed animals?

Again, some furries like them, some don't. Most of those furries who like them just love them like a pet or a close friend. Of course, there are again people who see them as a sexual item but as long as they do in the privacy of their own room, there is no reason to be worried. It's just another fetish.

What's with acting like an animal and making animal noises?

Some furries, but again not all of them, have some kind of animal personality often used for roleplaying on- and off-line. Many of them draw pictures or have other people draw pictures of their "fursona". Making animal noises is part of the roleplay and some people might just like to bark or mew now and then. Again, as long as no one gets hurt there is not much to worry about. It's just a question of personal taste.

Okay. I got it. What of the above applies to you?

The answers you are looking for are hidden somewhere on this website. And if you are absolutely sure that you want to know more, you can ask me.

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