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There seems to be a significant migration of otherkin to a new service: TurtleSeed.  I had never heard of this service before today, but from what I've been able to determine it is a service similar to Twitter which allows people to make microblog posts of 140 characters or less. TurtleSeed is unique, however, in that it is built from the ground up with an eye towards privacy, eliminating trolls, encouraging positivity, and even the ability to designate certain words as triggers in one's user settings. By default, turtleseed posts expire after 3 days, for privacy reasons, though one has the ability to change that setting on an individual level.

There are already a wide variety of otherkin "clans" on TurtleSeed.  These are roughly equivalent to facebook groups or livejournal communities, organizing around a particular discussion topic.  Some of these are public, while others require approval to join.  Some are permanent, while others have a set duration they will be in existence.  And some even allow all posts to them to be made anonymously.  One of these clans, /otherkinchat, already boasts ~328 members despite just having been created on August 20, 2014.  And it's more active than most otherkin groups I've seen, on any medium.

The otherkin clans of which I am currently aware are:

The communities there do seem to have been influenced, IMO, more by tumblr otherkin culture than the culture of the wider community, but the activity level definitely makes it something to keep an eye on.

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Several months ago, I decided it would be wise for me to stop working on Otherkin News like it was a full-time job. I can't afford to spend several hours a day researching and writing news articles, as I had been doing for love and no money. This project matters to me so much, but I had to re-evaluate my priorities and get practical. I'll resume writing articles here if I someday earn something resembling at least minimum wage for all the work that I do to help the otherkin community. My Patreon (where people can donate) is a very long way off from that goal. That's why I haven't been writing new articles here.

In the meantime, I had set the blog to run scheduled "previously on Otherkin News" posts. I meant these as a courtesy to the readers, instead of letting the blog fall completely into silence. (Granted, something did go haywire with the scheduling for September. It wasn't supposed to be like that.) Still, I may be mistaken about how the "previously on Otherkin News" posts are seen by the readers. I thought most of you enjoyed these, but maybe you are more of the opinion that old news is merely a nuisance. Please vote on this by leaving a comment. Comments are open to anonymous readers as well as registered ones.

If you want to continue seeing scheduled "previously on Otherkin News" posts, say yea.

If you never want to see another one of those, say nay.

I'll count the votes on October 7, so please enter them before then.

[ETA 2014-10-09] I counted the votes and found three nay, five yea. Yea wins, so the "previously on Otherkin News" posts will continue as scheduled.
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[Sorry about the scheduling error. This entry was supposed to appear on September 26.]

Twenty-three years ago (1991) in the Otherkin Timeline, R'ykandar Korra'ti publicly posted an announcement about the Elfinkind Digest, a mailing list for otherkin.
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[Sorry about the scheduling error. This entry was supposed to appear on September 1.]

One year ago in Otherkin News: Furry podcast interviews therian deist, otherkin fursuiter.
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Last Monday, US Senator Mitch McConnell's Wikipedia entry was briefly vandalized to include a passage claiming that he was "the first openly Otherkin member of Congress." The anonymous editor's IP address came from in Congress.
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On September 11th 2014, an article titled “O Is For… Otherkin” was posted on the website, Alphabet Britain. A website specifically for talking about unusual subcultures in Great Britain.

The article itself includes several interviews with various people. One of whom is Kim/Luna, who also appeared in the 2013 documentary, What?! I Think I'm An Animal.


Source -
Lucy, “O Is For… Otherkin.” 2014-7-11. Alphabet Britain. http://alphabetbritain.com/2014/09/o-otherkin/
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Seventeen years ago (1997) in the Otherkin Timeline: about thirty therianthropes in the alt.horror.werewolves newsgroup seriously plan to buy some land and make an intentional community for therianthropes. They planned to call it the Heart's Dream Werecommunity. However, these plans never came to fruition.
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Seven years ago (2007) in the Otherkin Timeline: On BBC Radio 4, broadcast of a play about “otherkin.” It’s called Looking for Angels: Otherkin, by Laura Wade. A description of this work of fiction:

“Ash is a displaced spirit, an angelic whose phantom wings require her to rip holes in the back of every jumper she owns. Her human body looks quite ordinary but her true form is more beautiful than anything dreamed up by fantasy writers. She meets Neil, a dragon who needs help to unlock his memories.”
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Fourteen years ago (2000) in the Otherkin Timeline, Baxil created The Tomorrowlands Project site, which is about real otherkin and therianthropes, as well a body of fiction in which they gain supernatural shape-shifting abilities.
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Three years ago in Otherkin News:
A convention of mermaids and mermen.
Starseeds at UFO convention.
Performance artist becomes cat, horse.

Seventeen years ago (1997) in the Otherkin Timeline: therianthropes and other participants of the alt.horror.werewolves newsgroup held an in-person meet-up called EuroHowl.
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Thirty-nine years ago (1975) in the Otherkin Timeline, the Elf Queen's Daughters published "The nest gives way to open sky" in Green Egg Magazine, speaking of "our Elven Peoples."
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The mirrors of Otherkin News on Tumblr and Twitter will now return to their activity.
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The Otherkin News blog will now go on a partial hiatus for about three weeks. I'm not going to be researching or posting new articles during that time. I'm also not going to update the Otherkin News mirrors on Twitter or Tumblr during this hiatus.

However, there won't be complete silence in this blog. I've set up queued posts that will continue to appear in the meantime. Those are just the "previously on Otherkin News" posts. There also might possibly be some guest posts. If you see some current events that you want to write about, please feel free to post them here.
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A therianthrope on Tumblr.com, Theangrylionshark, observed a new trend among otherkin on Tumblr. Some of them have started to call themselves otherkin in regard to things that they identify with, rather than beings that they identify as. Theangrylionshark sees this as misuse of the word, rather than semantic drift. Theangrylionshark wrote about all this in the article "Let's get something straight."

Examples of "identify as" include people who say "I am an elf," as otherkin have done for decades now. Examples of "identify with" are people who recently started saying they are otherkin because they feel a connection to a topic such as outer space, the ocean, or forests. These two things might be different enough from each other that it might be confusing to call them both "otherkin." I haven't heard them propose a word to call themselves by instead.

Some others on Tumblr have talked about this trend. Malchior (user-name Phasmovore) and Ash (Fuinseog) made a list of links to some of their writings about it in this conversation thread.

Source

Theangrylionshark, "Let's get something straight." 2014-07-10. Theangrylionshark (informal personal blog). http://theangrylionshark.tumblr.com/post/91364114706/lets-get-something-straight

Orion Scribner (frameacloud) and Malchior (phasmovore). Untitled conversation thread. 2014-07-14. Orion Scribner (informal personal blog). http://frameacloud.tumblr.com/post/91797968391/by-the-way-if-you-would-like-to-see-a-discussion-about

All above writings are linked here according to permission from their writers.

[Edit 2014-07-13: Changed article title, because I'm going to collect views on this topic from more than one author. Added a paragraph of my own observations on this new trend.]

[Edit 2014-07-14: Added a paragraph about some more perspectives.]
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Tomorrow, on July 9, the word "otherkin" will turn 24 years old. More information.
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Content warnings: Internet troll activity.

Short version: Don't look at the #otherkin tag on Tumblr right now, because it's full of disturbing pictures.

July. Anonymous participants of the web-site 4chan declared their summer plan to "invade the feminist tag" on a social blogging site, Tumblr.com. This means that Tumblr users checking the #feminist tag on Tumblr will mostly see a flood of shock images put there by the trouble-makers from 4chan. The shock images include disturbing topics such as photos of gore and animal abuse. 4chan participants then said that they would expand their attack to many other tags, including many LGBT related tags, many specific fandoms. They have also started doing this in the #otherkin tag.

(For context, the #otherkin tag has been trolled heavily and constantly for the past few years. Most of the posts to it are meant to be offensive and to make otherkin look bad. This even included elaborate hoax blogs that make outlandish claims about being otherkin in absurd ways. Many otherkin stopped bothering to read that tag years ago.)

I haven't heard how long this will last. Tumblr site administrators are unlikely to do anything about it.

Advice: It would be wise not to browse any tags on Tumblr for now. You can choose to either not post to the tags for now, or you can try to counter the attack by flooding the tags with positive content. The trouble-makers naturally don't tag their shock images with content warnings, so filters such as Tumblr Savior and Washboard.ws are not effective solutions for this particular problem. The Tumblr blog 4chancounterspam is posting updates about this attack as it happens. That blog gives lists of the usernames of 4chan troll blogs to block, and which tags they're posting to so far.

[Edit 2014-07-05] 4chancounterspam reports that participants of 4chan have furthermore declared plans to collect all self-portrait photos posted to the tags, paste the faces into porn, and then post these images. The same 4chan post expressed that a goal of this attack is to render Tumblr's tagging system unusable. I've also seen mention that 4chan participants are spamming tags for disabilities with images that can cause seizures. They've expanded their attack to all kinds of innocuous tags, so their goal is apparently not just an attack on feminist groups or any particular political alignment, but on Tumblr overall.

Here's 4chancounterspam's master list of blogs to block.
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- Orion Scribner
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Content warnings: The links have some graphic descriptions of mental illnesses and delusions.

March 2014. Jan Dirk Blom published an article in the academic journal History of Psychiatry. Blom's article "When doctors cry wolf: a systematic review of the literature on clinical lycanthropy" looks at 56 cases of clinical lycanthropy or zoanthropy from 1850 to present. These are psychiatric cases in which people believed that they were animals, or were becoming other creatures. A popular source, LiveScience, offers a summary of Blom's article.

Sources

Jan Dirk Blom. "When doctors cry wolf: a systematic review of the literature on clinical lycanthropy." History of Psychiatry 25: 1 (March 2014). http://hpy.sagepub.com/content/25/1/87.short doi: 10.1177/0957154X13512192

Bahar Gholipour. "Real-Life Werewolves: Psychiatry Re-Examines Rare Delusion." April 16, 2014. LiveScience (online magazine). http://www.livescience.com/44875-werewolves-in-psychiatry.html

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