Talk:Otherkin

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Wikipedia discussing merging Otherkin and Therianthropy[edit]

FYI, some wikipedian(s) are consider merging wikipedia:Otherkin with wikipedia:Therianthropy. Discussion is at wikipedia:Talk:Therianthropy#Proposal to merge from Otherkin and the "Keep them seperate!" thread on the same Talk page. --EarthFurst 21:27, 29 December 2006 (UTC)

Community history section[edit]

It was suggested that some otherkin community history I researched for Wikipedia might be more welcome here than it proved to be there. I've added it to the article; hopefully you'll be able to use it. :) Vashti 22:08, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

Description[edit]

Is it me, or does this article seem a bit overly general in its descriptions? I'll admit I don't have a lot of experience here, but look at the opening line: "Otherkin are those who believe that their physical forms do not define or fully encompass their mental states, personality, psychology, or spiritual nature." Whatever Otherkin is, exactly, I don't think you can safely call that a description of it - not so much because it doesn't accurately describe Otherkin, but because it covers too many bases. I certainly wouldn't say my body "fully encompasses" my psychology or personality, but I'm reasonably sure I'm not a subscriber to Otherkin. Much of the article sounds like it's trying to avoid dwelling on the "weirder" aspects of the culture, but I think the results are just plain misleading. Caswin 01:03, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

Something important[edit]

I wish to bring up that it is very important for Otherkin to realize that there are people out there who have been Therians longer than the internet has been around. They might not appreciate the idea of having the term originally used to refer to their spirituality turned around to label something completely different.

For example, I know a therian who has been one for 8 years. She only holds to the idea of totemism, and has an animal spirit guide that was given to her by a Native American tribe member. She has nothing to do with Otherkin. She is sometimes misassociated online as being part of the Otherkin Community due to you all forcing an association between Otherkin and Therians. Therefore you all need to be aware of what you are doing and it's impact on other people. Not all therians want to be forced into association with Otherkin and it is not your place to force that association when something has has been around longer than you and your group.

Hence why I edited the Otherkin and therian part because it needs to show the other side. It needs to not be so absolute.

External Links Edit[edit]

Sorry, I forgot to add an edit description to my last edit: I added a link to A Revised Otherkin FAQ to the external links section. As the author of that document I am admittedly biased but to my knowledge it is the most complete and up-to-date FAQ on the subject of Otherkin that currently exists, and it links in turn to many of the older ones. Jarandhel 18:44, 18 March 2012 (EDT)