The news post: https://www.furaffinity.net/journal/9761295
Interesting update this time around. FA is now independently owned by Dragoneer again. That's an interesting one because im curious how fast the site will progress now. It did quite a lot of updating and cut down heavily on downtime while under IMVU, so im curious to see if the site will be able to support itself just as much now that its back to this.
I'm excited to see "Name Changing" is listed as a future feature. I know a couple of you folks who have usernames that you thought you could change before signing up and met with the unfortunate truth that it wasn't an available feature. Think real hard about how you'd want to call yourself in the future from now on. It doesn't give specifics as to how many times you can change or what the process is so think carefully about Who you Want to be Called.
I'm also excited to that there is a Trending section listed for the future. With a site that's been up for so long, the "most popular" section is extremely stagnent. The same art has been up there since I joined this site, and a "recently popular" page would help promote a lot more artists.
Future Video Upload Support is listed. I am very curious to see what this entails. If I can upload my animations i post to youttube, I'll be very very happy. I'll definitally do more of them. It's always baffled me as to why they didn't have the ability to upload videos before when they allowed flash animations. not everyon had created works in a flash format so i could never upload to FA.
Improvements to writing is also a VERY good thing to see listed in the near future. Animation might have been borked, but Writing was absolutely horrendously set up. If you uploaded the way it was "meant" to, it was ugly as all hell displayed. The writer's category needs an update so bad. I always uploaded a small art file and copy/pasted the whole thing in the descrion intead because it looked nicer and could be displayed upfront.
Improvements to the block setting. i HOPE that means our profiles will not be visually available to blocked people. It's the most disturbing thing to have someone stalk your account and still have access even if blocked. I hope that those will be the improvements.
NOW, Onto the Logo change. I'll be frank, I hate it. Every furry art site is a Pawprint now and I hate it. Their last two Logos, the fox tail and the Fender Face, were much more appealing. I think the Fox tail was a really great one since it had FA in the logo and was visible even when small. I always ALWAYS hated that their little tab icon was a paw since every other furry site had a paw. It's not unique and doesn't actually say FA on it. Also, they should change their tab icon to their logo because that was the source for most confusion. most sites use their logo in the tab icon, but FA never did. Now technically there is some consistency, but the Logos don't sneakily have FA written on them to make it obvious the logo is for FurAffinity.