Automatic tracking and status updates

getfursu.it has limited ability to track and update commissions status (open/closed). On this page:

  1. Overview - how this works
  2. Limitations
  3. Do's and dont's
    1. Websites: unsupported and supported
    2. Status: what (not) to post
  4. How to enroll

Overview - how this works

1. Maker fills inclusion/update form

Fursuit maker decides which of their webpages getfursu.it should monitor for updates. To do that, the maker needs to send the inclusion/update form. This must be done every time the address changes (e.g. the maker decided to abandon one social platform and now posts the updates elsewhere).

2. Inclusion/update form gets processed

The address which was selected by the maker to be tracked by getfursu.it gets saved into the database along with all the information included in the inclusion/update form.

3. Periodic updates

With the tracked webpage address in the database, the rest of the process is automated. This is what happens behind the scenes:

3.1. Reading list of addresses

getfursu.it retrieves the list of webpages' addresses which it's supposed to monitor, from the database where they are being kept.

3.2. Fetching webpages

Having the list of addresses, getfursu.it checks all the webpages and tries to figure out commissions' statuses.

3.3. Updating the database

After determining the statuses, getfursu.it updates the makers' data in the database.

3.4. Updates are on-line!

After the database got updated, getfursu.it visitors will see the statuses as determined from the webpages, where makers originally published updates.

Now that you've read this you should understand how this works and why I decided to give up on learning how to draw and instead focused on getfursu.it development. Disclaimer: images below were not drawn by me, obviously. Artist is credited on the info page.

Limitations

Do's and dont's

Websites: unsupported and supported

Unsupported webpages
  • Blog entries, posts, journals, tweets, etc. - unpinned. If you post new stuff and the original post/entry/etc. will move to the second page, this will fail. If you unpin the original and pin another post/message/journal/etc. this will fail. This may work if you only edit the pinned item, but not unpin and pin another.
  • Fur Affinity :( I am sorry to list it here, but as long as the DDoS protection will affect getfursu.it, I cannot recommend this.

Supported webpages
  • Most of generic websites
  • Twitter profile info
  • Instagram profile info
  • Facebook "about" pages
  • Trello sometimes work
  • DeviantArt profile info should work (untested)

Status: what (not) to post

Don't post statuses like these
  • Status on/as an image If you publish your status using cool, fancy font on a pretty image, getfursu.it won't read that. This could work if you named the image specifically, e.g. commissions_open.png, or added the status in the alt attribute.
  • cOwOmissions open! :) No fancy wording, please. getfursu.it "gets" simple English only.
  • Partials: open, fullsuits: close Sorry, getfursu.it can track only one "overall" status. You will be listed only if all stuff is open or all stuff is closed.
  • Commissions open in February! Better solution below.
  • 3 slots left! Better solution below.

These statuses are clear and OK
  • Commissions: open / We're open / etc.
  • Commissions closed, opening in February!
  • Commissions open, 3 slots left!

How to enroll

To make getfursu.it track and update your status, make sure your website complies with the above recommendations and send the inclusion/update form, providing the website's address in correct field. Make sure the status is visible immediately when you navigate to the address of your choice (no link clicks/actions required; scrolling is OK).

Contact me in case of any doubts/problems!