So I see FA is down again.
I notice every time this happens, the Weasyl Twitter account sends out a handful of messages reminding people about various features that Weasyl has, in what appears to be a more and more pitiful attempt at getting FA users to switch [back]. Then FA comes back online and things go right back to normal.
I remember early on when I first worked as a moderator here, there was all this controversy surrounding FA, with hordes and hordes of disillusioned people flocking elsewhere in protest against the incompetent way that site was being run. But all that is now forgotten. I've even forgotten most of the details, or else they've all blended together and I couldn't even tell you the exact timeline of things anymore. Mostly I just remember the "doing favors for your bros" mentality, which was quite irksome, and the genuine disinterest on the part of FA's higher ups in what the community was actually complaining about. I remember after I wrote a super pissy journal on FA regarding my forced departure from their forum moderation team, Dragoneer apologized to me and attempted to mend things, then immediately and quite transparently started trying to use me to get favors from and influence folks at Weasyl. Then he went totally silent after the mildest of rebuffs. I soon thereafter deleted everything from my FA account and haven't been back since. I guess I sacrificed my small place in the community there (and, as it turns out, in the fandom entirely) in order to stand up for some kind of morality or principle. And the world, of course, took notice and cared, because I was super vocal about it and have so much influence. [Because sarcastic tone is ill communicated in text, yes, that is sarcasm.]
FA has really been vindicated, of course. Basically everyone went back there, despite all the protest, and I think the FA staff knew that would happen. It's a funny echo of other situations around the world, really. FA is too big to fail. Can't use Weasyl or some other site because it's so quiet, and we'd have to rebuild our extensive base of followers. And Weasyl has its issues, you know... we don't like the community tagging system, we don't like or understand the rating system, and so forth. So whatever, we'll just keep using FA. What even was the big deal back then anyway? We've forgotten.