I’ve seen a couple post in the tags now about how “trolls in the tags give us bad press”, and I feel like I should chime...
Imagine you’re building a house. You’ve been working on it for ages, for years even. And before you, others came and added to it, bit by bit.
How to “call people out” by the Otherkin tag:
Hey, I can understand that. The tumblr otherkin community consists of crazies
and a small handful of paedos
I would like to clarify a few things, before I continue my regular blogging.
First things first, I don’t hate otherkin. I completely believe in...
Since the March anniversary of AnOtherWiki I haven’t really been doing much with it beyond updating the event listings. Frankly, it took a lot of work to meet the target number of articles on time, and I needed a bit of a break and a breather to work on other projects. That break is now over, and I’m again beginning work in earnest on the wiki.
One change, perhaps the biggest, is that AnOtherWiki is no longer hosted on a subdomain of Dreamhart.org but rather has its own domain: AnOtherWiki.org All old urls should properly forward to their respective articles on the new domain; if there are any problems with that please let me know.
Another is that I have, for now, decided to remove the Featured Article section. In time that may be restored, but I think that the random article links and the did you know section adequately showcase the contents of the wiki at present. Besides, with no one nominating articles to be featured the selection has been somewhat arbitrary. I’d like to save featured articles for when it can actually mean something and stand as an achievement for an article to be showcased that way.
I’m also making a push towards getting more community involvement in the wiki. At this time I’ve sent out some messages asking groups and individuals if they would be interested in writing articles for the wiki about their kintypes. So far I’ve approached windigowaks, Tuatha de Danaan, Brinn/Kon’yrii, and Leannan Sidhe. I’ve also asked the fivetrees mailing list if anyone there would be interested in writing an article about Guardians for the wiki, as there has been a good bit of overlap between the two communities in the past. I’ll probably be approaching others soon - I’m going to see if I can find current contacts for polymorphs and Rissti, for instance.
We could also use a lot of help cataloging otherkin websites and other resources, writing about influential persons and groups, making a glossary of community jargon and terms from remembered languages, and just generally expanding the content we have. We’ve planted the seeds of a great encyclopedia by, for, and about our community. Now let’s help it grow.
You’re welcome. :) I’m trying to promote more awareness, here on tumblr, of all the non-tumblr otherkin resources. I know otherkin.net isn’t really doing a great job in that regard anymore, which is why I’ve tried to take up some of that role with AnOtherWiki and Dreamhart.org’s own link directory. And I know there’s still a lot of work to be done…
OK. I’ve decided that I’m going to stay on here this account but only follow beings I’m actually friends with. In addition, I won’t be tracking the #otherkin, #nonhuman, or #therian tags. If you want me to see something, tag it #arudem.
I may come back to the community once we can discuss things productively, w/out trolls.
Oh wait, that’ll never happen.
Either apply the block button liberally whenever you see a troll account, or head for LJ, Dreamwidth, Facebook, or any of the hundreds of otherkin forums, mailing lists, and IRC channels. They’re all pretty good at weeding out trolls, they’ve been doing it for years. The first step is simply not accepting every claim, no matter how ridiculous, uncritically.
Kin need a safe zone here on Tumblr because we’re losing our internet community safety place by place, and most real life therapists aren’t going to condone our identities without suggesting ‘cures’ or ‘remedies.’
Mailing lists, forums, livejournal communities, dreamwidth communities, facebook communities, meetup groups, IRC channels, etc. There are an awful lot of spaces for otherkin on the internet. We’ve been around for a long time, and we’re not losing any of them. Not even this one, unless we choose to leave it. No one’s making us.
Secondly, I really wish tumblr otherkin would stop it with the therapists will think we’re crazy and want to cure us meme. It’s not true. This has actually been put to the test, there are whole sections about it in thegreenwolf’s Field Guide to Otherkin. Please, don’t perpetuate the phobia of therapy that some otherkin, particularly here on tumblr, seem to have. Therapists are not going to lock you up or try to do any kind of reparative therapy on you for being otherkin unless you state that it’s causing you to be non-functional and you request their help. And even then, they’re not going to care much about the belief but on getting you to be functional in daily life.
On Wednesday, April 4th I posted that we had reached 34 articles from a starting point of 17 on Monday, April 2nd.
Today I’m happy to announce that we have redoubled that number again, today reaching 69 articles.
As I said in my previous post, many of these articles are quite sparse. There’s a lot of work to be done to flesh them out, and a vast number of articles still to be added. So I’m putting out another request for help. Join us, help us reach our next milestone of 136 articles.
Share with us your websites, forums, chats. Your gathers, minigathers, and meetups. Share with us your knowledge of the community, its terms, and the people who make it up. As I’ve said before: This is our encyclopedia, written for our community by our community and about our community. Let’s make it everything it can be.
If you’d like to help with this project, please join us at http://anotherwiki.dreamhart.org