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Guidelines

Preface

By using the services provided by our website, you agree to be bound by the Terms and Rules specified in this document at all times. If you are unable to comply with our Terms and Rules at any time, please discontinue use of all services provided by Kinmunity.

Kinmunity is an online community primarily intended for individuals who identify as otherkin (also including therianthropes, vampires, energy workers, plural systems, the other-hearted, and others with non-human identities). We aim to provide a safe-place for all individuals with non-human identities. We are NOT a gaming, roleplay, or fantasy website.

Kinmunity is based in the United States of America, and all users are expected to follow applicable laws when using the site.

Eligibility

  • In order to be eligible to register on Kinmunity, you must be at least thirteen years old and not already have an account (we only permit one account per physical body).
  • Upon registration, perspective members' IP and email addresses are checked against 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. If you are flagged as a security risk, you will not be eligible to register an account with Kinmunity.
  • Members of the media are not permitted to register without prior consent from the administration of Kinmunity; this consent may be requested by contacting us.
  • Researchers & Academics are permitted to register, but must contact us and receive approval before conducting any research or using data from Kinmunity in any publications. 
  • While our community is primarily intended for otherkin; we do permit non-kin to register, provided that they identify themselves as "human/non-kin" in the "Primary Identity" field of their profile.

Logging 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 messages, they are stored in our database as plain-text (like any other forum). 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.

Code of Conduct

  1. 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.

  2. Except in designated areas, content submitted to Kinmunity should be appropriate for all audiences, including children as young as thirteen. Additionally, we discourage excessive swearing or cursing outside of designated areas - such language does nothing to enhance or enrich conversation.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 and instant 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. Content which requires registration and login to access should not be reproduced or made available to users who do not have the appropriate credentials to access it themselves.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Have fun. That's what the site is about!

Off-Site Behavior Policy

Kinmunity does not take action against its users for incidents that do not occur on kinmunity.com and is not responsible for their off-site behavior, except for in the following situations:

  • when a user publishes defamatory, malicious, or untrue information regarding kinmunity.com
  • when a user is convicted or known to have commited any of the following crimes:
    • any offense where sex offender registration is required, or would be required if the crime were commited in the United States.
    • stalking, cyberstalking, or crimes against privacy.
  • when an elder or staff member behaves in a way that is unacceptable for their position, when it brings unfavorable attention to kinmunity.com

In these rare circumstances, Kinmunity is authorized to take action in order to protect its reputation and its users. 

Moderation Actions & Appeals

Users have the right to know why a certain moderation action was taken against them unless explaining the reason puts another individual's privacy at risk. Our staff will make a best-effort attempt at providing a descriptive reason to the for any moderation action to the individual(s) the action effects. If a specific reason is not provided, you may request one by contacting us.

Users have the right to appeal an action taken against them by a staff member to a member of the administration team. Appeals must be submitted by the individual effected by an action, and appeals made by a third party will not be accepted. Appeals may be submitted by contacting us.

Disclaimer

Whilst we attempt to edit or remove any messages containing inappropriate, sexually orientated, abusive, hateful, slanderous, or threatening material that could be considered invasive of a persons privacy, or which otherwise violate any kind of law or our Terms and Rules, it is impossible for us to review every piece of content posted on Kinmunity. For this reason you acknowledge that all messages posted on Kinmunity express the views and opinions of the original message author and not necessarily the views of our administration or our staff. Therefore we take no responsibility and cannot be held liable for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy and completeness of every message.

You agree that we have the ability and right to remove, edit, or lock any account or content at any time should it be seen fit. We reserve the right to refuse service to anybody for any reason we see as appropriate. You also agree that any information you enter on Kinmunity stored in a database, and that cookies are stored on your computer to save your login information.

Any information you provide on Kinmunity will not be disclosed to any third party without your complete consent, although the staff cannot be held liable for any hacking attempt in which your data is compromised.

We reserve the right to change these terms without notice at any time, although we will always make our best effort to notify users of any changes. If you have any questions regarding these terms, please feel free to contact us.

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