On our community, to avoid any confusion, we use a very specific definition when referring to otherkin. While there are many different definitions of what qualifies as otherkin, we apply the following definition:
Otherkin are people who identify either partially or wholly as one or more non-human beings, entities, or concepts.
Otherkin as an umbrella term
On Kinmunity, we generally use the term 'otherkin' as an umbrella term which applies to otherkin, therianthropes, and fictionkin. We do not use the term to apply to the otherhearted, totems, or other similar concepts. This is because we desire to be a welcoming and all-inclusive community. It is generally considered okay, for example, for a wolf therian to call themselves a "wolfkin", but it is not generally considered appropriate for one to call themselves an "elf therian". There are some grey areas, for example Dragons may refer to themselves as "Dragon Therians" or "Dragon Otherkin" and so forth. Generally speaking, proper use of such terminology is simply learned by participating in the community. Don't worry too much about it!
In our community...
It is not appropriate to use the term "otherkin" to refer to an identification used solely as a coping mechanism for mental illness.
- The term "copinglink" is used in this case, and yes, copinglinkers are welcome on Kinmunity!
- It is not appropriate nor healthy to base your otherkin identity off experiences you had while under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs.
- Fictionkin are generally welcomed and accepted into our community with open-arms. We feel it is possible to identify as a fictional character that has distinct characteristics, personality traits, and behavior.
- It is not acceptable to make claims that you are physically your kintype, that you can physically shift, or that being otherkin gives you special abilities.
- It is not acceptable to claim an individual or currently living being as a kintype.
- A healthy dose of skepticism is welcomed and even encouraged. You should expect questions on introduction threads, and so forth. It helps people grow to be challenged and questioned.
Edited by Naia Okami