Welcome to The Drake Network, a public, perpetually free-for-all, community run Mastodon server operated by furries, for furries. Oh, not to forget Dragonkin either! We have only loosely applied rules with the strictly enforced ones mostly being applicable to those that keep others safe and free from harassment, bullying, or harm of any kind. There is only a desire to provide a open and free network, where everyone is able to express their ideas, creativity, and thoughts. Provided they do no offensive harm to others :)
The Drake Network is a subsidiary of GekkoFyre Networks, which provides not-for-profit oriented web-hosting/services aimed at furries, otherkin and therians. There are a number of staff members keeping this ship both running and in good order, so don't think it is all controlled by a single individual. There are many of us! If you require something, need to make a query, report an error, etc. then please forward all your concerns to @phobos_dthorga whom is the primary administrator of this instance.
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, so don't expect us to tolerate big business or data-mining of any kind here. GekkoFyre Networks is strictly a small business that wishes to support the furry and otherkin communities where ever possible, and not by monetizing your personal data.
The biggest difference between Mastodon and the likes of Twitter, 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. The policies of The Drake Network can be found just below but otherwise, the unique features of this particular instance are the following...
New features are being added all the time also, so check back to this page often!
We will soon be providing access via this method to The Drake Network, especially so for those that are within countries where heavy censorship is experienced. So please, check back to this page often for more details within the near future!
As a community run server by furries, for furries, we endeavor to always maintain 100% support for the most secure HTTPS and TLS protocols possible, as regularly tested by Qualys SSL Labs. If you suddenly notice a dip in quality before we do then please, let us know so we can act on it right away! As of writing on June 23rd, 2019, we now have full support for the IPv6 protocol and even have our own such address. Plus within the next following few weeks, we'll be supporting the Tor Onion network as well once we work out all the kinks in the software.
Regarding data, all multimedia files are currently hosted on a S3 Storage Backend via the Wasabi CDN. In effect, we have virtually unlimited storage and room for growth with the future to come!
We have also changed a number of default words around that are used by Mastodon.
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If you wish to keep up with the latest news of this instance and/or GekkoFyre Networks, you may follow the account of @gekkofyre where all the announcements are posted.
This Mastodon instance is, at the present, hosted on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) via a bare metal machine that's leased and operated by GekkoFyre Networks. It is operated as a Virtualizor Slave with KVM as the hypervisor of choice and while we won't give out exact specifications for security reasons, know that the server has well over one hundred gigabytes of DDR3 ECC RAM, a modern Intel Xeon CPU, and large amounts of redundant storage. It hosts both clients of GekkoFyre as well as infrastructure appliances with room for more.
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or even something else to say, then please get in contact with the primary system administrator, @phobos_dthorga. We also cordially invite you to the Official GekkoFyre Networks Discord server where much of the staff and friends of ours hang out to discuss anything really. It's a safe-for-work environment and conversations range in great diversity :)
You may peruse this list for seeing what other instances are restricted in scope from communicating with The Drake Network, primarily for reasons of being heavily incompatible with our aforementioned Rules and Code-of-Conduct. If you have any questions regarding this then please contact one of our administrators.
The current staff-member of GekkoFyre Networks who is in charge of administration and moderation with regard to the The Drake Network, is currently @phobos_dthorga whom you are free to contact for anything that you require. As long as it isn't abusive in any manner or outright spam, that is. Otherwise you can expect our replies to be friendly in turn :)
The Drake Network uses Mutant Standard emoji, which are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Mastodon generally allows you to view content from and interact with users from any other server in the fediverse. These are the exceptions that have been made on this particular server.
Media files from these servers will not be processed or stored, and and no thumbnails will be displayed, requiring manual click-through to the original file:
Posts from these servers will be hidden in public timelines and conversations, and no notifications will be generated from their users' interactions, unless you are following them:
No data from these servers will be processed, stored or exchanged, making any interaction or communication with users from these servers impossible: