GreenReaper

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GreenReaper
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Laurence "GreenReaper" Parry
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GreenReaper by Vantid
Born 19 September 1982
Profession or hobby Software developer, website administrator, editor, photographer, journalist
Character species Kai norn (Creatures)
Website

Laurence "GreenReaper" Parry (born 19 September 1982) is the founder of WikiFur, lead administrator of Inkbunny, and editor-in-chief of Flayrah.

Fan activities[edit]

GreenReaper spends much time researching and writing news and articles on furry fandom. He leads furry encyclopedia WikiFur, which he founded in July 2005, and online furry news magazine Flayrah, which he took over in January 2010.[1] He also edits furry articles at Wikipedia and Wikinews,[2][3][4] advises the Anthropomorphic Research Project,[5] and runs the Open Directory's furry and MUCK categories.[6]

GreenReaper was made a moderator for furry art community Inkbunny before its launch,[7] and became its owner and lead administrator in November 2013.[8] He also maintains the Yerf Historical Archive[9] and takes convention photographs[10] – releasing them as free content.[11]

GreenReaper by angel51431

Conventions[edit]

GreenReaper worked in Con Ops at Anthrocon 2007–9 and Furry Connection North '09, but no longer staffs conventions due to conflicts of time and interest. He has attended:

At conventions, GreenReaper is often accompanied by a puppet; most commonly a raccoon[12] or a red panda.[13]

Roleplaying[edit]

GreenReaper participates in furry multiplayer worlds,[14] including FurryMUCK, Tapestries and SpinDizzy, as a Kai norn, from the Creatures a-life games.[10]

Character profile[edit]

GreenReaper by Marci McAdam

GreenReaper's fursona is a happy-go-lucky explorer who likes cheese and carrots. The norn has a natural affinity for Pokémon, and is sometimes mistaken for a Simisage.

GreenReaper resides in a scale model of Albia on the rim of SpinDizzy, and maintains a shared cave on Isle Timat in the oceans south of Layleaux.

The creature often carries a CrayolaPad, a device resembling an electronic Etch A Sketch which runs LumOS, a berry-themed operating system.

Personal life[edit]

GreenReaper is British, and grew up in Maidstone, Kent and Caterham Hill, Surrey. He graduated from the University of Bath in 2004 with a first in Computer Science, and student awards for being "Most Geeky", "Worst Dressed" and "Most likely to become a serial killer".[15][16] While there, he participated in the juggling club, and acted as a producer for University Radio Bath.

GreenReaper spent almost a decade in the Creatures fan community. His final university project revolved around the game's music,[17] and in 2005 he co-founded the Creatures Wiki.[18][19]

Employment[edit]

While in Bath, GreenReaper worked for Motorola as part of a bursary; after university he moved to the USA[20] to work as a software developer for Stardock in Plymouth, Michigan, with whom he had a long history as a software skinner,[21] beta tester, support volunteer, and utility coder. In breaks from programming and testing, he founded the Galactic Civilizations Wiki.

In August 2011, GreenReaper began working for GameStop in Irving, Texas after their acquisition of Impulse from Stardock.[22] As of October 2013, he is taking a career break to further develop the websites he maintains, and Metapix, an online gallery management program targeted towards the needs of furry fans.

Hosted works[edit]

Controversy[edit]

In December 2013, GreenReaper mentioned that he "has a different opinion... as to the proper use of pronouns",[23] and might not use the preferred pronouns of some transgender individuals. Discussion with those who considered his opinion to be transphobic revealed instead that, to him, pronouns implied sex, not gender,[24] and using 'he' or 'she' to refer to those who had not undergone sex reassignment surgery could "[convey] an inaccurate fact".[25]

When pointed[who?] out to him that misgendering a transgender person can out them and put them in danger of violence,[citation needed] GreenReaper responded, "Ultimately your wish to feel safe does not trump my wish to feel honest."

While engaging with those experienced with the impact of such usage on transgender individuals,[26] GreenReaper maintained his wish to avoid "what I believe to be false factual statements",[27] but said he was "willing to make accommodations"[28] by avoiding use of gendered pronouns for those in transition[29] in favour of their name, or the singular they.[25] He also said that, if anything, he identified as female gender-wise.[30]

In March 2014, GreenReaper once again came under fire for his proclaimed difference/preference regarding identifier pronouns in an article by [adjective][species],[31] this time also making comments with regards to WikiFur.[clarify] Though WikiFur's policy about pronouns is to use those the subject of the article, GreenReaper stated, "Consider one practical problem: We have over 10,000 articles about people at WikiFur. We want these articles to be accurate, as far as possible. If you base pronouns on a person’s gender identity, then at any moment an article may need to be rewritten throughout to account for a change in that identity. If you base them on third-party observations of gender, they’re subject to differing opinions as to what is masculine/feminine...."[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Flayrah relaunches with new software, editor-in-chief - GreenReaper, Flayrah (11 January 2010)
  2. GreenReaper's contributions - Wikipedia
  3. Furry fans flock to Further Confusion 2007 - GreenReaper et. al., Wikinews (6 February 2007)
  4. Anthrocon 2007 draws thousands to Pittsburgh for furry weekend - GreenReaper et. al., Wikinews (17 July 2007)
  5. Advisory Board - Anthropomorphic Research Project
  6. Society/People/Furry, Adult/Arts/Genres/Furry, Games/Video Games/Roleplaying/Massive Multiplayer Online/Furcadia and Games/Online/MUDs/By Codebase/MUCKs at the Open Directory Project
  7. Tips for success on Inkbunny - GreenReaper's journal, Inkbunny (10 June 2010)
  8. Site ownership change - Starling, Inkbunny (19 November 2013)
  9. ArtSpots to close January 2; Yerf archive preserved - GreenReaper, Flayrah (17 December 2011)
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Record of the Archivist - interview of GreenReaper by Phil Geusz, Anthro #28 (26 April 2010)
  11. Furries - soon to be the latest UK teen fashion craze? - GreenReaper,   furrymedia (28 March 2009)
  12. Photo of GreenReaper's nameless raccoon at a Michigan furmeet - GreenReaper (31 October 2009)
  13. Photo of GreenReaper's red panda puppet with a dog bowl sold during Anthrocon 2013 - GreenReaper (13 July 2013)
  14. The GreenReaper Interview (archived) - Furry 101 (3 December 2008)
  15. And the winners are . . . -   greenreaper (15 May 2004)
  16. So yeah . . . -   greenreaper (2 July 2004)
  17. A Scripted Sample-Based Music System for Game Environments using .NET - GreenReaper (May 2004)
  18. From Wikipedia's Creator, A New Site for Anyone, Anything - Vauhini Vara, The Wall Street Journal (28 March 2005)
  19. Editor activity - Creatures Wiki, Wikia (accessed 26 January 2014)
  20. Letter from USAia -   greenreaper (8 July 2005)
  21. GreenReaper on WinCustomize
  22. Moving to Texas -   greenreaper (4 April 2011)
  23. @coyoteseven It's true that I have a different opinion to neolucky as to the proper use of pronouns. I also spell colour with a u." - GreenReaper, Twitter (27 December 2013)
  24. @MizDanaClaire Not true. When someone says "he" to me, I expect that person to be physically male. That is what the word means, to me. - GreenReaper (28 December 2013)
  25. 25.0 25.1 "@Brefin My concern is using a term which I think conveys an inaccurate fact about a person. I'm happy to use "they" or their name instead." - GreenReaper, Twitter (29 December 2013)
  26. Such as Dana Simpson, Egypt Urnash, and Fluffy
  27. "@MizDanaClaire I will not make what I believe to be false factual statements about someone, even a friend who is FTM or MTF." - GreenReaper, Twitter (28 Decemeber 2010)
  28. "@randomfox @ribnose @MizDanaClaire I'm willing to make accommodations for people's feelings which do not require me to say something untrue." - GreenReaper, Twitter (28 December 2013)
  29. "@silvermink That's why I try to avoid using 'he' or 'she' in relation to transgender people. Not going out of my way to be aggravating. :-/" - GreenReaper, Twitter (31 December 2013)
  30. "@the_macbean The irony is that if anything I identify as female gender-wise. But I am physically male, so have no problem being called "he"." - GreenRepaer, Twitter (27 December 2013)
  31. Why Pronouns Are Important, written by JM. Retrieved March 6, 2014
  32. Comment by GreenReaper made March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2014.

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