We have a public Network Status page where you may view all the current operations of GekkoFyre Networks and thusly, The Drake Network. You may also want to take a look at our JIRA Server where we post any up-to-the date news on Tasks, Bug Reports, and General Issues affecting our specific Mastodon instance in general.
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 May 6th, 2019, we'll soon be supporting IPv6 network connectivity in the following few weeks as well as Tor Onion support once we work out all the kinks in the software. All multimedia files are currently hosted on backend S3 Storage 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 news of this instance and/or GekkoFyre Networks, you may follow the account of @gekkofyre but just beware, it is primarily a bot account.
If you're a system administrator of a Mastodon instance yourself and wish to create a federation relay with The Drake Network, you only need to fill out this simple form and submit it to us at GekkoFyre Networks. You should receive a response from an administrator within the next 24-48 working hours.
This Mastodon instance is, at the present, hosted on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) on a bare metal machine leased and operated by GekkoFyre Networks. It is operated as a SolusVM 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 of GekkoFyre Networks who administrate and moderate The Drake Network specifically include @phobos_dthorga, @Arctic, and @VolcanicWolf 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.