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Guidelines

Site Rules

By using Kinmunity, you agree to abide by the following guidelines at all times. By the way, these guidelines were last updated on 02/21/2019.

📔 Use Proper English

  • We request that members use proper English on Kinmunity. This includes making a best-effort attempt to spell properly and observe the rules of grammar. While we do not expect our users to have a degree in English literature, excessive "chat speak" is not permitted.

👨‍👩‍👦 Keep it family friendly, please

  • Except in designated areas, content submitted to Kinmunity should be appropriate for all audiences, including people as young as thirteen years old.

👽 Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence

  • Unless you have evidence to back them up, please refrain from making grandiose or outrageous claims on Kinmunity. This includes claiming to have the ability to physically shift, or claims of special “powers.“ Making such claims does nothing but harm your credibility in the community; nobody thinks you're special or cool by making them.

💜 Treat others with respect

  • Kinmunity takes privacy very seriously. It is forbidden for members to post personally identifying information about another person, even if that person is not a member of Kinmunity. Private messages are considered private conversations and they should never be posted publicly or shared with anyone other than a Kinmunity staff member without consent from both parties. 
  • Please be respectful to all cultures, beliefs, and ideas. It is perfectly okay for two people to have conflicting ideas, values, beliefs, and thoughts. It is not okay if one person tries to force their way of life on another.

🗨️ Observe community etiquette

  • Please try and keep discussions relevant to the topic at hand. Pay attention to which section of the site or thread you are in, and ensure your posts contribute to the topic that is being discussed. In other words, please stay on-topic.
  • Utilize the search function before posting new content. Also, it's usually better to post in an existing thread than to start a new one.
  • Please use the reaction system appropriately. It is intended to allow users to rate the quality of content. Do not solicit reactions in any way, or utilize the reaction system in games.
  • Please format all content in a way that it is easy for others to read; avoid excessive colors or other distractions.
  • Don't shout or post in all caps. Additionally, don't post use excessive exclamation points in content titles.
  • Don't overuse emoticons, gifs, or images within posts.
  • Don't upload huge attachments. 
  • Do not double post (post the same message twice in one thread) or cross post (place the same message across several forums).
  • Don't make low effort posts. Instead of making posts like "thanks" and "me too", use our reactions system instead.

👍 Be honest with others and yourself

  • Honesty and integrity are highly valued on Kinmunity, Please be yourself and don't falsify any information about you. It is better to not provide information than it is to lie about it.

🚨 Listen to our staff team

  • Please follow the direction of our staff members at all times. If a staff member requests that you do something, their request holds as much weight as these terms and rules do. If you feel a staff member is acting inappropriately, contact a member of the administration team.
  • If another member violates these rules, please use the “report“ function to report the offending content or member. Do not try to handle the issue yourself, that's what our staff are here for.

Kinmunity's Bill Of Rights

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  • You have the right to be who you really are inside.
  • You have the right to be respected for who you are.
  • Nobody has the right to tell you who you are.
  • You have the right to expect the same courtesy from others that you give to them.
  • You have the right to ask for proof of extraordinary claims.
  • You have the right to ask questions of others.
  • You have the right to say "NO" to someone trying to exert power over you.
  • You have the right to not participate in things which make you uncomfortable.

You have the right to be who you really are inside, whether that is a wolf, a dragon, an elf, a demon, a dog, or even a fish. It is no one else's business to say or to judge. Sometimes you really do have to look and act like a respectable adult human in order to be successful in real life. But you don't have to compromise on who you are inside even if you have to control how you look and act on the outside.

You have the right to be respected for who you are. No one else should be telling you what kind of being you really are if that does not feel right to you, or what your aura really looks like, or what religion you should believe if you don't want to. If someone tries to take power over you by telling you that they know more than you about who you are or what to believe, you can tell them no if you don't agree. It can feel good to have other people tell you things about your identity that you want to hear, but be aware that you don't have to agree with everything they say if it does not feel right to you. You are the sole owner of the real estate inside your own head.

You have the right to expect the same courtesy from others that you give to them. If you try to join a group that is disrespectful of you, or that wants you to bow and worship their authority, or that harasses and hazes newcomers, you can tell them no. You can find a community that is respectful to you and treats you the same as everyone else. No one else has the right to treat you like you are worth less than them, not even if they are bigger and older and more experienced than you.

You have the right to ask for proof of extraordinary claims. If someone says they can physically change into a wolf, or that green monkeys fly out of their butt, it is normal and reasonable to ask them to prove it. If they offer lots of excuses why they can not show you proof, you have the right to say you do not believe them and go find people to be with who do not feel the need to make up stories about how powerful and special they are. You may really want to believe that people can physically shift, but you need to think hard about whether you would believe a similarly extraordinary claim about something you aren't so emotionally invested in (like, “I own an elephant that can fly”), and what standards of proof would be reasonable to expect under those circumstances. Then apply those standards. Keeping an open mind is good, getting fooled by people who can't back up their grandiose claims is bad.

You have the right to ask questions. If someone gets mad because you questioned something they said, even in a polite way, or asked for proof of an extraordinary claim, you should consider whether they are being reasonable or mature. Being (alter/non)human or otherkin does not make you so special that you get a free pass to be a jerk to other people, nor does it mean you have to put up with other people being a jerk to you. The (alter/non)human or otherkin community is actually a pretty big place, so if you find yourself in a section of it where people are being jerks, you can look for other (alter/non)human or otherkin to hang out with who aren't jerks. You don't have to stay in a bad friendship, even if you have an important thing in common with them.

You have the right to say no if someone tries to exert power over you without your permission. No one is your “alpha” unless you want them to be, and you should think very carefully about the maturity level of people who want power over others, especially if they try to demand it or take advantage of it in creepy ways. You especially have the right to say no if someone tries to touch you when you don't want them to, or demands sex when you are not comfortable with that. Be very wary of any group or “pack” that uses power over people in an inappropriate way. You have the right to be respected, and you do NOT have to agree to be submissive to an “alpha” in order to have a close knit group of (alter/non)human or otherkin friends – a “pack” if you want to call it that - or an (alter/non)human or otherkin support community. Real wolves don't actually behave that way in the wild. Authority based packs are a very human thing, and not always a healthy thing.

You have the right not to be pressured to do things you don't want to do, especially if they are dangerous, harmful or illegal. Or even if they just make you feel uncomfortable. Real friends will not pressure you or force you if you say no, you don't feel okay doing something.

You have to copy, use, reproduce, or modify this document as you see fit. You may use this document on your own websites, or in any way you choose.

 

Terms of Use

For convenience, a copy of our Terms of Use is provided below:

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This document, known as the "Terms Of Use", governs your use of the services provided by Kinmunity, including: our official website, our social media presences, and our Discord server. By utilizing our services, you agree to be bound by the terms specified in this document at all times. You further agree to abide by our Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy.

Kinmunity is an online community primarily intended for individuals who identify under the umbrella of non-human or alterhuman, including: otherkin, therianthropes, vampires, fictionkin, the other-hearted and animal-hearted and plural systems to name a few. We aim to provide a safe-place for all individuals with such identities. We are NOT a gaming, roleplay, or fantasy website.

This document was last updated on 04/05/2019.

Eligibility
In order to be eligible to register on Kinmunity, you must be at least thirteen years old and not already have an account. To be clear, we only permit one account per physical body.

Upon registration, perspective members' IP and email addresses are submitted for screening by third party security providers in order to prevent registrations from spammers and known abusers. By registering on Kinmunity, you consent to such checks and understand that you must also confirm the validity of your email address by clicking an activation link before your account is activated. Abusive users may also have their IP address and email addresses reported to these same security providers.

While our community is primary intended for those who identify under the umbrella of non-human or alterhuman, those falling outside of this scope are permitted to register, provided that they identify themselves as "human/non-kin" clearly on their profile.

Prohibited Behavior
During your use of Kinmunity, you agree not to post content that is: libelous, defamatory, abusive, disruptive, obscene, violent, threatening, harassive, or blatantly pornographic. It is also prohibited to post unsolicited advertising material (SPAM) or material which violates any federal law of the United States of America. Further, you agree not to post copyrighted material that doesn't belong to you.

You agree not to take any action that undermines the safety and security of our site, including attempting to bypass or circumvent account restrictions, bans, or other security measures put in-place to protect the site.

User Generated Content

By contributing, you hereby grant Kinmunity a perpetual, fully paid-up, worldwide, sublicensable, irrevocable, assignable license to copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display or perform, edit, translate, reformat, and otherwise use user-generated content in connection with the operation of our website and services, in any medium now existing or later devised, including without limitation in advertising and publicity.

The purpose of the above section isn't to give us the right to radically change your submission and transform it into something it isn't, but rather so that we can provide it as a resource to our users. We need the right to modify your submission in order to enforce our rules (editing out explicit content), format your submission in order to display it nicely on our site (such as adding line breaks, or resizing images), and similar operations. Don't worry; you still own your content, you just give us the right to publish it.

Kinmunity has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material posted to this website and therefore cannot be responsible for its content. Kinmunity does not represent our imply that it endorses the material posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful, or non-harmful. Kinmunity disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from use of our services.

Through our services, you may encounter links to other resources that are not under the control of Kinmunity. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those services. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

Site Guidelines

During your use of services provided by Kinmunity, you agree to abide by our Site Guidelines at all times.

Security Notice
For security reasons and in order to ensure compliance with our Terms and Rules, all content submitted to Kinmunity is logged. Passwords, financial data, and other information of a sensitive nature should never be submitted through private messages. While there is no facility for staff members to view private or instant messages, they are stored in our database as plain-text. Administrators may access such logs if they are required in order to respond to a valid subpoena or court order, as well as to ensure compliance with the Terms and Rules. Users can also report abusive communications using the report system, which makes them available for viewing by our staff team.

Termination
Provided your account is in good standing, you may request the terminate your account at any time by visiting the "Account Deactivation" section found within your Account Settings; you'll be given the option to deactivate or request the permenant deletion of your account. If approved, account deletion requests are processed fourteen days after they have been received. Posts and contributed content are not deleted, but you can request an exception by contacting a staff member. Generally speaking, reasonable exceptions related to privacy or harassment prevention are always honored. You are able to delete blog posts and gallery submissions without the assistance of a staff member, but need to do so before your account is deleted.

Kinmunity may terminate your access to all or any part of the services provided at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. Kinmunity can terminate this website immediately as part of a general shutdown of our services. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination.

 

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