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    If you're feeling depressed, you are free to reach out via PM. However, Kinmunity staff members (including myself) are not trained mental health professionals. We cannot promise to make the pain go away or provide counselling services. We can (and will) listen and empathize with you. We cannot promise an instant response as we all have lives outside of the website. As somebody who has struggled with depression, I can personally say this - if you message me personally, I WILL respond to you when I am able. You are never completely alone. As a wolf therian, I will stand in your corner and provide support and comfort to help you with any battle you are going through. With that said, if you are actively suicidal, the following resources are available to you. I highly recommend using them; most of the resources listed have 24/7 availability and are staffed by trained volunteers: National Suicide Prevention Hotline (US) 1-800-273-8255 Crisis Text Line (US) Text HOME to 741741 Trevor Project (US, LGBTQ+ Friendly) 1-866-488-7386 Trans Lifeline (US) *877-565-8860 Sometimes calls are not answered due to high volume, but I have included this on the list because others have found it helpful. Lifeline Chat (US) Click here Suicide Hotline List (International) *Wikipedia List Suicide.org List Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone, it is possible that some of the numbers listed may not be correct, although the list usually pretty accurate.
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    Awesome job with all of the changes team! However, I am always a bit wary of any feature that allows a person to display their location and address, and even a vague location. It’s not just minors that are vulnerable by any means, anyone, no matter how old or who they are can be targeted by a dangerous person with malicious intent. Even if an adult wants to add their location voluntarily, it is still a risky thing to do, as you wouldn’t post your location on any other social media platform or website now would you? No matter what, location and personal information should always remain private for safety and security reasons. Trolls and raiders can also access the addresses as well, so it’s just something to think about! Still though, awesome job on the changes! ^.=.^
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    My first word was the german word for 'shit'. My dad thought it was pretty funny to teach me this as a first word and I think it is. We both, my dad and me, also taught it as a first word for my little sister and laughed a lot. He was a funny great dad.
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    Allow me to explain! It does not have to be implemented by any means necessary, however, I believe it would be fun for artists of all types and levels to participate in a monthly drawing event, with a theme of course!... For example, every month there can be a them for any of the artists of KM to draw, and one of the first themes can be things related to otherkinity, such as one’s own kintype, where one lived in their true life, a scene from a memory, wings, tails, or any concept that can relate to the world itself!... Perhaps there can also be a place in the KM gallery for these art pieces! ^.=.^ Even then however, the art contribution doesn’t need to stop at just fun contests! Artists like myself can put some of our profits from commissions we get, whether they’ve from members of KM or not to the site donation pool! I believe it would be a nice idea, though it does not have to be done if it is not necessary, although of course I would host the themes and the art contest days if no one else wants to! ^.=.^ Tell me your thoughts! ^.=.^
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    Besides a monthly, just for fun art contest, I would also suggest maybe having some KM members do some art trades with each other, randomizing who draws for who!... Which would be completely optional by the way! Perhaps once September rolls around, I could start the little art contest with the simple theme of one’s own kintype in their most vivid memory or something like that!... Maybe we can also make “banners” for clubs and other parts of our profile pages from the art we do!... ^.=.^ Perhaps another thing an artist like myself can do is post their commission info for other members on Kinmunity, and some of the proceeds from the commission money received from those on KM who have bought from them can go into the donation pool, and to new features, no matter how small that donation may be! ^.=.^ Truly however, it really depends on what everyone else wants to do! ^.=.^
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    Howldy! I helped host something like this last year elsewhere and I was surprised at the number of artists who chipped in - and of the quality of their work! I turned September into Sketchtember and made the whole month a "test your skills and help others grow, too!" event. A few members absolutely astounded me and I didn't even know they had artistic abilities to begin with. At the very start, I (and two others) gave a decent list of potential prompts to help members with artist blocks consider new things to try. In my challenge, I made the focus on trying to get everyone to sketch a little every day - if people completed whole pieces, that was fine, and if not, that was fine too. I just wanted to encourage steps toward progress and improvement. While the challenge I posted was for September specifically, it seemed to really help some members feel more comfortable sharing their artwork and it really helped participants feel more connected with each other. The community likewise benefitted from arts! Doing something more consistently, throughout the year, is something I'm trying to work on and encourage others to do. It can have very positive impacts on morale. Ironically enough, I'm horrible at motivating myself to do art, so if KM decides to try to support something like this, I'll try to chip in, too! I'm a newbie here, but would be more than happy to help share some suggestions if needed! -ZN
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    These are all gold, so I figured I'd share a few favorites from my own collection:
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    It's update time again! Awoo~ who doesn't love a good update? Ambassador Program Starting today, we have launched a new program intended for administrators of other sites within the alterhuman umbrella of communities. We're calling this our ambassador program, and it grants access to a new section of Kinmunity called the embassy (available under the resources tab for approved ambassadors). Ambassador status allows administrators of notable resources within the alterhuman community to have access to specialized resources on Kinmunity developed for the purpose of assisting other resource administrators. We are continuing to expand this system, but it has launched with the following features: Current Features Security Command - a database of known predators, trolls, spammers, and scammers. Ambassador Chat - private chatroom and Discord channel for discussion between ambassadors. Ambassador Forum - private forum for discussion between ambassadors. Planned Features API access to Security Command - this will allow ambassadors access email addresses, IP addresses, and Discord IDs over a JSON API. In layman's terms, this allows the owners of sites that are members of our ambassador program to write scripts to automatically ban known offenders; we'll provide some, of course! Ambassador Directory - this will be a special area within our links directory that lists websites participating in the program and their ambassadors. We'll give `em a featured listing too. Various other resources. Click here to apply for ambassador access! Removed Features KinCash System & Shop - It'll be back; it is temporarily disabled due to bugs and stability issues.
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    I like that the J variant is him but a disaster and pretty much is me (insert bad kin joke here) Im... a DOCTOR! *drops tools* Oh no this is fine. *grabs hammer* TIME FOR HEAD OPENING.
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    We have noticed a lot of spam and abuse coming from the following email providers: 163.com 126.com yandex.com mail.ru Due to the consistent patterns of abuse from users of these services, and the fact the providers of these services are unwilling to answer or respond to our abuse reports, we have blocked the use of email addresses provided by them. If you are already a member of Kinmunity and you used an email from any of the above services to register, you will be asked by the system to change your email address before you gain access back to the site. If you are a new member or are attempting to use the contact us form, you will not be able to use these addresses. Thank you for understanding!
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    We're all 096.
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    He's a psycho and its great.
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    It may seem like we haven't been doing much over the last month or so, but that couldn't be further from the truth. This update has a ton of new features for you guys and gives the site some much needed TLC. New Features Status updates have returned; you can now post status updates on your profile and leave messages on others' profiles. The reaction system IS enabled for statuses -- because doesn't somebody being helpful deserve to be rewarded, regardless of what section of the site they're on? Please do not abuse this - like and dislike reactions are neutral and should be used in most circumstances. Friendly profile URLs have been enabled. Your profile URL will be updated when you logout and back in, or when you edit your profile. Instead of requiring a user ID (ex. https://www.kinmunity.com/profile/1.naia), your username will simply be your URL (ex. https://www.kinmunity.com/profile/naia) - you're welcome! Our Discord bot is now linked with #stdc on mibbit - you can participate in the "Serious Therianthropy Discussion Chats" simply by joining #ehowl on our Discord server when it is time. You're welcome! The groundwork for user-to-user instant messaging has been laid. You will soon be able to send instant messages to your friends using our global chat system, similar to the style you're familiar with from Facebook and Tumblr. Old Kinmunity had this feature, but it was largely disjointed and disintegrated with the site. This implementation integrates tightly with the site and its theme. Oh, and you can also have chat rooms open alongside IMs example below: Changed Features We've changed the way KinSpots and Howls work. You need to be auto-confirmed to submit content in either area, plus you now need to be eighteen years old or older to post in the Howls forum or post a KinSpot. This is to help protect minors in the community. You can now be in multiple chat rooms at once when using our global site instant messaging system. We're working on making our Help Documentation more robust and informative. Bug Fixes A ton of speed and stability fixes have been applied; this will make the site run smoother and faster. Several visual inconsistencies around the site have been fixed.
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    I mean, that's really the risk with putting your general location on any site, is it not? That being said, we could discuss removing KinSpots that use a user's actual address.
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    People seem to find and use the "Contact Us" option on the bottom of the site. I feel like I should just add a blurb there about media contact and academic contact. Update: As suggested, this has been implemented. I opted to make it part of the "Contact Us" form. People seem to have no issue finding that.
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    We welcome academic research and are completely open to it, provided information about ethics approval is provided to me or a member of our management team. We are rather skeptical towards the media and those making documentaries, for obvious reasons: I Think I'm An Animal My Life As A Therian Our resources exist for the good of our own community, and it would be inappropriate to have advertisements soliciting researchers and media people on the home page of our site.
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    I agree with you both. Minors putting their full address as KinSpots is not acceptable and it puts their privacy and safety at risk. We discourage anyone from posting of anything more than city / state in our KinSpots system, including our adult users. Essentially, we feel that city/state is information that people probably already have on their Facebook or other social media profiles for public view. However, because of repeated incidents with minors posting too much information about themselves in the system, we have raised the age requirement to post a KinSpot to 18+. We have also updated our help documents to reflect the new age requirement and removed the "Post a KinSpot" step from the new member checklist.
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    As has been said in various places, Kinspots are good for visualizing how many Therians or Otherkin are near to you, especially for the purposes of meet ups. Adults should be allowed to post their location for this purpose, and I see nothing wrong with the Kinspots. It’s up to the individual to take the risk with putting their general location, which while I can understand concern for people putting their real locations, is again, up to the individual. If you have concern over a minor putting their actual address however, you can PM a mod and mention it to them and we can handle it. As has been said in various places, Kinspots are good for visualizing how many Therians or Otherkin are near to you, especially for the purposes of meet ups. Adults should be allowed to post their location for this purpose, and I see nothing wrong with the Kinspots. It’s up to the individual to take the risk with putting their general location, which while I can understand concern for people putting their real locations, is again, up to the individual. If you have concern over a minor putting their actual address however, you can PM a mod and mention it to them and we can handle it. I could see the age being bumped to 18+ for both though.
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    It's not an image I know but it could still be used as reaction t.co_k7fk9ZFSIi.mp4
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    @KingLeonhartofTheDawn I think you'll like this one
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    We have discussed this matter in length in private messages before. You were receiving massive amounts of reputation points from users on the same network, and even the SAME DEVICE as you. I went through the "top 10" reputation users and adjusted those who received a significant amount of their reputation points from suspicious sources, or who received a considerable amount of likes in contrast to the other positive scores. This was done in order to balance the system and be fair to those who contribute high quality content. It is not a fair system when relatives or alternate accounts grant reputation to short posts with little discussion value. Speaking very bluntly; the activity on your account was consistent with abuse of the system, and could have resulted in forfeiture of all your reputation points. This was not done, you were simply adjusted to a fair number. We are currently attempting to issue recounts for the entire site now that likes are neutral reputation points, so you'll likely notice changes in other user accounts (including my own) in the coming days. We will also be including rules for the rating system in our site guidelines to help clarify any confusion that people may have. These changes (along with previous changes, such as restricting reputation in certain areas) were made in response to user feedback, specifically about users and their friends "gaming the system" without having the content quality to back it up. Kinmunity is a resource, not a clique or club for friend groups. Hope this explanation helps!
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    Teenagers are mean and they will bully people who they perceive as different. I experienced massive hassive when I was in High School, and even had one of my tails damaged and ruined. At this point, since you being a therian is already out in the open, I don't see any reason in attempting to hide yourself at this point. Identifying as a therianthrope does not make you a psychopath, as I'm sure you already know. People start to undergo changes at this point in their life, which is normal and natural. From experience, I don't think that "tell somebody" is enough advice alone. There are people who sweep stuff like this under the rug, so here is what I recommend: Document the harassment. Keep a written or digital record (on your phone, perhaps?) of the bullying that occurs. Include time/date, what was said and done, and if possible the name or descriptions of the ones harassing you. Tell an assistant principal or principal This will be your first rung in the chain of command. Provide copies (but keep originals) of your documentation. Allow them reasonable time to resolve your concern. Tell your local superintendent If school officials refuse to resolve the matter, inform your local school district's superintendent. A nicely worded email with your documentation and an explanation does wonders; perhaps have a trusted adult go through the email with you. Contact your state's department of education If things cannot be resolved at the local level, there is usually an "Assistant Superintendent of policy" or somebody with a similar title within your state's department of education.
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    One thing I feel I should add, is that when you ignore them or anything in that strain. I cannot stress enough to make sure that it doesn't come off as condescending. Most bullies are people who can't control a certain aspect of their life and bully others to have some form of control. If you act condescending when ignoring then it will not have the desired effect, it will instead create a personal vendetta against you, which you do not want under any circumstances. And I don't want this to come across mean, but like @Red-in-Tooth stated earlier about the gear. Remember, there is a time and place for everything, and if gear is getting you bullied at school, then it's not worth it, considering how its making you feel. I mean this with great sympathy, wear it at home, wear it all the mall (If there's one you go to) or out at the park, but if it's bringing you this level of stress, then perhaps its time to temporarily leave it at home. I dearly hope that this resolves itself without violence, and everything ends up better in the long run, but I would seriously think about leaving the tail at home. It's an obvious symbol to latch onto, for angry people to use against you. Also, remember, they're people too, and might have bad things going on in their lives. It doesn't excuse their behavior, but it's good to remember that, and make sure you act on it. Don't antagonize them, or talk about them to other kids you don't completely trust, because it could get back to them and simply make it worse. Also, if they are pushing you down stairs, you need to report them, because that's really dangerous, and you could get very hurt even if its a small staircase.
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    Hello friend! I understand how you feel, as I have been bullied all my life... The best thing you can do is to tell a trusted adult or a teacher about what is happening. The kiddos will get in trouble, however stand up to them as best you can, by even just giving them a bad look and ignoring them the rest of the time. Bullies only want attention, and most of the time don’t expect to get in trouble. Roll your eyes at them and show those bullies that you do not care for them. I have no respect or tolerance for bullies, don’t let them take away your happiness friend. Be who you want to be, without fear of judgment from strangers who aren’t worthy of your presence.... When you get the chance, tell a teacher or a trusted adult first, and everything should be taken care of.... If you need help or any advice I’m here for you friend, as my inbox is always open... ^.=.^
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    One of the first things to understand and appreciate is that not everyone needs to know or that they need to be part of or involved in. The matter itself is already a very private thing and it should be carefully weighed where, when, and how it is shared with others, if ever at all. The world outside, particularly in public and among the general populace, is probably the place one should want to be most careful, a school included. Being different, at all and for any reason, is going to attract negative attention and get no shortage of heckling. Being overtly different, such as by wearing a tail, is going to amplify that. So what is to be done? Foremost, tell them to leave you alone, that you do not need to answer to them, and give them a consequence if they do not. Tell them that you will tell a teacher, counselor, or principal, that they are harassing you, and that they need to leave you alone. If they continue, do not hesitate. Do not antagonize, argue, confront, debate, or interact with them, instead go directly to someone you trust who will address it. Do not stop there, write down every time they do this, when, where, how, what happened, the time, and similar, keeping a report of it. Turn it in to the person you trust so they can show the people they need to. Second-most, weigh one's options about how one shares and conducts themselves. Wearing "gear" is a notoriously overt way to garner a lot of infamy because it is so obvious. It might make one feel more complete and expressive, more true to themselves, but that might not actually be true at all. Is that one thing worth having people who legitimately do not and will not understand heckle constantly over? Probably not, consider things more subtle, be them jewelry such as necklaces or brackets, but keep them subdued and not flashy but meaningful. Accept that if one is going to wear something like a tail to express themselves, it is going to affect the way people will interact and behave, with nothing about that capable of being changed. Be smart, weigh the options, figure out what trades can be made and what can be put up with. Third-most, having a theriotype or being otherkin does not make a person a psychopath. If anything take heart in the fact they understand everything so poorly they cannot even name-call correctly. Remember that these are just words so they only have power over you if you let them. Roll your eyes and ignore them, show them nothing effects you about this. If they cannot get a rise out of you with words, you take away their largest weapon. But do not forget, they cannot touch you, and if they put their hands on you in any fashion not approved of, do exactly what I suggested earlier of immediately going to someone who can do something. I hope that this proves useful, @kyro. This is the most basic advice I can lend about dealing with people and in general. It might not be ideal but neither is the situation and neither is the way people treat us for being ourselves when we are doing no harm to anyone.
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    You tell someone. A teacher, another adult. Keep records of the harassment if possible. Also, those kids don't deserve explanations. Don't give them one. That's how nastier, potentially future destroying rumors begin.
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    Personally I never experienced romantic attraction to my theriotypes specificly other than a sense of friendship/family. Further than that I don't like giving more information about this topic. It's a bit too sensitive in the community to discuss publicly in my opinion, and much of a too high risk for me personally, words get twisted around too easily. However I do wanna add a few notes on Others here If I may I disagree with your first sentence. General definition of Zoophilia/zoosexuality: an erotic fixation on animals that may result in sexual excitement through real or imagined contact. General definition of Beastiality: Sexual relations between a person and an animal. I note especially: Beastiality is a synonym for zoophilia, but a distinction is sometimes made between bestiality, a sexual act with animals, and zoophilia, sexual arousal from contacts with animals By this: There is a huge difference between Zoophilia and Beastiality and I think you are not aware of this (and 'romantic attraction' is not officially seen as beastiality/zoophilia!) (if you are aware: I don't think it's correct to thread them as equally bad. A person experiencing zoophilia has no choice, one experiencing beastiality does have) zoophilia (which is the same as zoosexuality) is where one is sexually attracted. This does Not include romantic attraction btw. Like any attraction, this is out of human control. It's like telling a gay person 'you can't feel sexually attracted to other males', it's something that simply happens and the person might hate and dislike this but cannot change it other than trying to manipulate themselves to change. Which rarely succeeds with success. Beastiality is any sexual action with an animal. So not just sexual attraction. This is indeed a choice. But I wish not to share opinion due sensitivity of the topic. I don't see drawn human/animal things as anything related to Zoophiles/Beastiality. It's just art and usually antropormorphic. Officially seen it's not directly seen as zoophilia/beastiality in any way. True, very rare in the community in my experience. Sexual attraction is way higher than sexual 'action' however. I believe the percentages are lower than in the furry community and normal human-community eitherway. Thanks for hearing me out! WOOF! PD
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