The inspiration for Honeycomb came from a discussion among members of The Furry Writers’ Guild on what an ideal writing site should be. It should be:
- easy to post one’s work,
- easy to interact socially with other users,
- easy to promote works to others through promotions or editor highlights,
- easy to organize work through tags and folders,
- easy to discover new authors and their work, and
- easy for publishers to maintain a presence through pages and advertising.
From out of the FWGs discussions came a specification, which was picked up by OpenFurry as a project. The intent was to provide an implementation and website for use by the furry subculture. The project was open-sourced to allow other communities of writers and readers to use it and contribute as well.
The name references the common area within the rabbits’ warren in the book Watership Down and is intended to evoke a sense of a comfortable place of community and creativity.