No! This is a great thread. MLR probably will like this anyway. Besides, all this is on topic. If the future of furry fiction is in the mainstream, do we like if we are pictured as "gay fandom" of "fetish fandom" or whatever. As a straight guy who is not into fetishes and who writes mostly general rated prose, I, of course, wouldn't like it, even if I had to accept it as a fact. But if furry doesn't go mainstream, I'm not so concerned. My readers know where I stand and that's enough for me, and other people won't care.
But that's just an opinion, and they can change...
Oh! So it's not a bad thread after all.
I'll say that I heartedly disagree with the "whatever sells" rule. Selling is not the only important thing, that's why nowadays teens are such a bad readers (usually), they take the popular stuff and come to like it becuase it was made to pander them. It's exactly the same problem with anime and moe.
Therefore, if furry writers trully wanted to become "mainstream" with merits, they should improve their writing skills and get someone who promotes them. And if they want to have it great, the should expand their writing topics and not dedicate solely to erotica/sex.
Think of Truman Capote, some of his writings and conversations are really dirty, but he was forgiven. Why? Because of his excellent writing and treatment of various real-life situations.
So, furries should try to follow Capote's path?