those are some great questions
I'll first start with the IRC chatroom, i have been registered on the Furtopia IRC since last April that is where i discovered that there also was an Furtopia Forum :O (who knew
I have been in the Fandom for almost 4 years now, i have always felt different, never was able to name it till i saw a documentary about Furries on TLC, the moment i saw it, it felt like a heavy weight of insecurity and endless searching lifted from my shoulders, i finally knew why i felt different
(that day someone else was also watching the documentary and half a year later, that person was like "this is probably just a fase you are going through")
Yes i do have a fursona, i identify myself as a "Winged White Bengal Tiger"
what interests me about the Fandom is difficult to describe, but i have noticed that furries are some of the kindest peoples you meet, most of them to not judge you for your choices or for who you are, they just accept you.
If people have more questions, I'm ready to answer them with pleasure.