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All Bow To The Great Algorithm! ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ [IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT]

Over the past year or so, but especially over the last couple of months, Iโ€™ve heard of more and more artists having their Patreons, PayPal accounts and Ko-Fis suspended or banned for N/S*FW content, or even non-sexually explicit f/et!sh and/or k!n*k content. Sometimes, the content is not posted to Patreon or Ko-Fi, but the artist posts it somewhere off of those sites. From what I’ve heard, sometimes they do not even link to it. And still they get hit by these companies’ hammers, somehow. It boggles the mind.

To add to my concerns, at some point in the recent past, this happened to my Instagram account:

Do bear in mind that this is not me personally age-restricting my own account. That is something that I do not do, because you get hidden from search results if you do so, and you have to be a business account, which comes with drawbacks for me. I block minors, but I do not mark my account as 18+ other than writing that in my bio. So, yeah, I definitely do not want people under 18 to interact, and I made sure to express this via my bio and pinned story. But I also don’t want to have it forced upon me with this kinda aggressive/scary explanation:

I am not sure what could have prompted it. I havenโ€™t posted anything with nudity there. The worst has been some very, VERY mild A/B*DL content (nothing with nudity or bondage or anything like that. To the vast majority of uninformed observers, any drawing I posted would have at worst seemed “weird”.)

Maybe it was a tag I used, such as the b*abyfur tag. I tried cross-checking with similar accounts, some of which showed this same warning when attempting to view them while logged out. One thing I noticed with some (but not foolproof) degree of consistency is that many such accounts had โ€œno minorsโ€ or the 18 emoji in their bio, or the word k!n*k somewhere.

Still, nothing I posted goes “against local law” in the United States. So it is infuriating to get such a message from Instagram without recourse on how to fix it. At the time, I deleted my Instagram account entirely. I am still deciding how to go forward in that regard.

Whatever tagged me in this manner (which I assume to be automated) could possible affect me in other sites as well, as algorithms become more and more unfriendly toward anyone in the k!n*k sphere.

I’ve generally not drawn anything that I do not consider tame/SFW. Even when it comes to weird stuff that I might have been embarrassed about, it would not have been the end of the world for anyone in my family, even Grandma, to see it. I do however firmly plant myself in the k!n*k community (or used to, anyway) because so many of my followers do, and that feels like the safest way to keep children that might be attracted to my colorful content and/or teens are want to start exploring N/S*FW a bit too early, safe: my accounts were k!n*k, were 18+, simple as that.

But now it is not so simple. That simplicity can cost me my PayPal, my Patreon, and being shadowbanned across social media, no matter how innocuous my content.

This puts me at a real risk of losing my livelihood if I suddenly canโ€™t receive payments online. This seems to be a real danger and it is starting to happen to people I am close with in my social circles. I can either wait for it to happen to me or take some preventive action. And I have done so over the last month.

These are big changes. Quite big as far as I’m concerned and quite discouraging too. It was a very time consuming undertaking and I decided not to say anything at all about it until it was said and done. So all of these changes have already happened. I just finished them prior to posting this entry.

The post below continues at length, so I just want to make a simple but important TL,DR:

If you see something in my OWN gallery, it means I am still OK drawing and posting it. If something is GONE from my gallery, but it does not appear in my WILL NOT DRAW list, I may be ok drawing it but not with posting it. Any due commissions will be finished as normal regardless of these changes.

๐Ÿšง The Changes ๐Ÿšง

A/B*DL Art

The saddest, most anger-inducing change for me, is that I felt I had to stop doing my cute, tame A/B*DL art and remove the spaces I lovingly created for my content of this type. This is really upsetting to me. I enjoyed creating what little I did and was looking forward to making more SFW, happy and innocent art for members of the furry A/B*DL community. This Iโ€™m sure was evident by the amount of effort you saw me post in my A/B*DL-centric socials and in the effort I put in my recent A/B*DL work. But now, continuing to promote or post such work feels seriously risky. It can put my PayPal account at risk, and my Patreon too, even if I do not mention it in invoices or post it to Patreon.

So all of that –gone. I never deleted so much art off FA that I was so proud of. Some of it was my best recent work. Of course it is still on my computer. If you have a Trello card, it’s still there for download too if you commissioned it in the last few months.

I also deleted non- A/B*DL art that was remotely suggestive/showed boobs/etc.

(Btw, I hate this. It sucks. I just feel that any other solution is too risky.)

At this time I am not sure if I will do commissions of this sort of art again. You can 100% always reach out at a time that you want to *actually* purchase one and see how I feel at that moment. I just know that I’ll never post them publicly myself if I do. So much effort last year for nothing. I am pretty crushed about that.

How I Present My Work Online

Iโ€™m going to stop using a lot of terms online –I’ve already stopped, aside from this post. The words k!n*k and f/et!sh, even some innocent, community descriptors (such as ag/ere, b*abyfur, Little, even the word diaper) have been scrubbed completely from all my socials and every page of my blog, with a couple of exceptions where a base’s descriptor made it necessary.

I’ll still draw diapers on baby and toddler characters and post them to my galleries, this hasn’t changed, I don’t suddenly hate this topic or dislike drawing it. I am simply legitimately afraid over what is causing algorithms to “trip” for others, and I’m not taking any chances. I never know where the reach of some of these corporations will get to certain little corners to find content to use against me.

(I hate this, too. It will likely make it much harder for new people in my own niche to find me. I literally don’t know what else to do.)

I’ve also started making non-diaper alternate versions for all new art whenever possible. This allows me to keep my main Twitter account more active as well.

My Galleries

I’m sure no one noticed, but across my blog and FA, all my galleries have been re-sorted. Things are no longer categorized by topic (b*abyfur, A/B*DL other commissions, etc) but by type (icons, badges, comics, banners, etc).

I’ve not only deleted all A/B*DL and potentially suggestive art, but anything that had come to make me even remotely uncomfy. I know there’s a “cute” trend in b*abyfur art of characters showing off their diapers or undies proudly, or tripping/doing a cartwheel and flashing them, and I’m not saying there is anything wrong with this as both are scenes that I have seen in comics, cartoons and children’s books growing up.

However, not unlike the spanking art that I no longer draw, this is something I grew up with that we just don’t really see on TV/cartoons/comics anymore, other than some specific contexts (such as potty training books, etc). I guess I’ve started to feel a bit weird about art pieces where the character is all “look at my underwear!!” though again, I do not think there’s anything wrong with it.

I guess when so many people on Twitter are looking to demonize everything about the community, even I second guess myself, perhaps. Regardless of the reason, I’ve deleted any such art, I’ve also deleted all spanking pieces that were left in my gallery except for like… one. This was a painful process to go through. But it is done now.

My Future On FurAffinity

When I think about the level of user activity on FA (incredibly low this past year) coupled with the fact that FA is categorized as a porn site by many online blockers, I begin to fear that simply having an account here can become a risk that could get me shadowbanned on social medias or have my Patreon/Kofi/PayPal accounts shut down. I’m sure you think I’m being incredibly paranoid. I frankly don’t think I am. I really don’t like where some types of censorship are going.

For now, I will continue to post here, as evidenced by all the time I put into remaking my galleries. But I will try to steer myself towards other spaces that aren’t offensive to the algorithm. And I am pretty sure by this point that once I can make that work, probably a couple more years, I will delete my FA account. It’s weird to type that sentence, even hypothetically, even as a “probably”. But here we are.

As it is, I’ve already cancelled FA Plus and made a new deviantART account, with the plan to subscribe to CORE and return there next year.

Regarding Minors And My Content

This last one that makes me most uncomfy of all. Iโ€™ve removed all the โ€œno minorsโ€ disclaimers in my accounts and sites, all the 18+ markers. It’s all gone. But please bear in mind, I still don’t want minors in my spaces. Read on.

On the one hand, by sanitizing so much of my spaces, you could say my content wouldn’t be unsafe for minors. I do not draw anything you wouldn’t see in a children’s book when it comes to the categories that have been left behind. All the same, because of my followers/circles, I really just don’t feel that minors belong in my spaces. When it comes to my blog, I want to feel that I am talking to other adults, no matter how childlike my content at times. When it comes to commissions, I do not do business with minors anyway.

I will continue to individually ask minors to unfollow me, block them if they don’t, and simply softblock them where I can, but I will not have the outward disclaimers anymore. Because I worry that these, too, can cause certain algorithms to flag me. I *think* that’s what happened on Instagram.

Whenever a site, like Instagram or Patreon, gave an option to age-lock content, I used to feel grateful and make use of the feature if I could. However, when, as I saw happen to Nebula with Patreon, this is used against us, I am far more reluctant. Now, it seems, even trying to manually keep minors out with typed disclaimers or DNIs can be risky. That is what led me to this final change.

I’ve been pretty good about keeping minors out all this time manually anyway, so I can just continue doing that, and post the occasional entry/tweet asking minors to not interact.

That’s it.

This is the current status, adjusted to our current zeitgeist. Someone must have wanted this, right? I can’t imagine why else we are heading in this direction. But I’ve got to move on with the times. I guess we all do.

Since this post has so many of the words I’ve gone out of my way to remove from my blog (even though I’ve made it so bots can’t search them… probably) this post will be gone in a week or so. I just wanted to inform everyone of the changes.

And please remember. I really do love so many of you. I appreciate so many of you that I regularly see faving even though you don’t comment. So many of you that continue to commission me and offer me your friendship. I have not made my changes happily, and I intend to continue serving the community to the best of my ability in spite of them. Please don’t take this as a rejection on my part. This made me unhappy, but I do truly feel it is the best course of action for me going forward.

Thank you for reading.

Pre-Trip Announcements ๐Ÿ›ซ

Greetings, everyone! I am giving the last touches to my packing today. As you may already know, I am leaving on a family vacation. I will be gone from tomorrow 6/25 until Sunday 7/4. We will have a friend staying over to look after our house and our pets.

During this time, you will not be able to reach me. Or rather, you will be able to, but I would ask that you avoid doing so. I will try not to look at my phone/Telegram/emails. Mostly, I will monitor for emergencies.

โ›” Please do not insistently reach out to me after June 26th (which when our plane actually departs) if you don’t have an emergency. An emergency is something that absolutely cannot wait until I return (hint: anything commission related CAN wait until I return). Please wait until my return on July 4th to contact me.

On a lighter note, not only is this the longest vacation of my life, but also my first big family vacation (with my husband, mom in law and sis in law, Christopher’s Grandma, and a good family friend). These are all people I obviously love tons and the idea of going on this trip with all of them, of seeing New York City for the first time, of seeing the cabin in which Grandma lived with Grandpa, who will have been gone a year next month, of visiting the American Museum of Natural History, seeing the Statue of Liberty, and so many more things, of doing lots and lots of driving in beautiful places, it’s all a dream come true to say the least. ๐Ÿฅบโœจ

With that out of the way, I wanted to make clear what this means in terms of commissions.

๐ŸŒˆ There Are No Warm-Ups During My Vacation Week ๐ŸŒˆ

As this was established when the 100 Days Of Warm-Ups journal was posted, it will not affect anyone’s delivery dates. ๐Ÿ˜Š I took this week of vacation into account when I made the Warm-Up schedule. So, when you don’t see Warm-Ups posted for the next eight days, please know that everything is running as it should. This week was always a Warm-Up-less week from the start.

๐ŸŒˆ 4 Overdue Commissions ๐ŸŒˆ

Due to a lot of stuff going on in my life, including vet trips and special care for Tomoyo, my mom’s lengthy immigration procedures/paperwork, as well as the completion of my citizenship process last May, I had a few commissions go past my self-imposed “overdue” deadline, and one which I know will be overdue while I am gone. While it’s not like, terrible, and they are all for commissioners who are friends of mine and have always given me a long leash time wise, I want to write below which commissions are overdue, for full accountability and transparency.

I fully expect to complete these commissions before any others reach their due date.

  • Mwako (2 characters, fully rendered, already colored and currently shading, but won’t be finished until I return)
  • Island (3 characters, fully rendered, not yet started)
  • Snowthebear (5 characters, flat colored, not yet started)
  • Tugscarebear (2 characters, fully rendered, not yet started, will pass due date while I am gone)

I am bringing my iPad, so it is possible that all four of these commissions will see moderate to significant progress while I am gone. But my goal during the vacation will be to enjoy the vacation –if I draw it’ll be because I got tired of gaming and reading during my downtime. I really want to relax. I need it, badly.

๐Ÿ’– Thank you ๐Ÿ’–

I want to end this post by extending my gratitude for all the support I have received so far this year. Thanks to you all, I am slowly accomplishing important life goals. I appreciate all of my commissioners.

I hope to have lots of photos and fun anecdotes to share with you upon my return. ๐Ÿ‘‹

(I do expect to make one last post tomorrow, as it’s just a day of prep, we leave in the evening. So you’ll hear from me once more, but already, tomorrow it may be difficult to contact me, and you won’t get a response after Saturday. Ideally though, I prefer you just wait until my return to contact me. I never know if a friend or family member may contact me for an emergency, so getting messages means I can’t ignore them and it will be stressful to get them. Thank you so much.)