While participating at Kin Speak, it is important to know that some of the content you read here may be upsetting. The aim of this blog in its incarnation, and its continual purpose, is to provide a safe place for otherkin people to share their thoughts and feelings. This, ironically, also will include thoughts and feelings which may be their nature make others feel unsafe or challenged.
We would like to be a place where otherkin may leave, share, or explore their thoughts and not have those thoughts forever reflect on who they are. Thus, we are on the whole an anonymous medium.
At the same time, we welcome challenge of those thoughts, but that must remain challenge of the idea not the person despite that we are an anonymous medium.
Hard ideas, controversial topics, and upsetting discussions will always be welcome at Kin Speak. There is no other place for these things, currently, and there needs to be a place where otherkin can express what they feel they need to. To preserve this means we cannot serve every need of the otherkin community, and so we hope that other people continue to be inspired to create other resources which can better meet our diverse needs.
Below are outlined the general policies on warnings at Kin Speak. These policies are always under revision. Please feel welcome to provide us feedback on how we might improve.
What will have a warning?
Anything which might contain content that is often upsetting will contain a warning in the title. It will usually look like [warning for possibly upsetting content] with the title describing the subject discussed. These sorts of submissions will not but cut ‘read more’ unless requested.
What will be trigger warned?
Anything which a user has made a judgement call on and included a warning with the submission, will include a trigger warning as posted submissions are never edited.
On the whole, moderation seeks to preserve the meaningfulness of trigger warnings. We will make a call to include trigger warnings on content which describes an act or event, the effect on the survivors, etc, will usually be warned.
Trigger warnings will usually look something like [trigger warning: topic] and be in the title or first line.
Content may be cut ‘read more’ on request or prior to. Graphic, unsettling images and media will be cut regardless.
Mistakes will be made. Please let us know if something needs cut or a warning.
Could I send in a lists of topics I find very upsetting?
Please feel welcome to do this, we would find it extraordinarily helpful. We have requested in the past, but unfortunately were not taken on the offer. Please feel welcome to share with us what to watch out for, so your stay here is more comfortable.
Why do some topics have vague warnings?
Kin Speak’s moderation tries to maintain a neutral position on controversial topics. Please feel welcome to think of us as a very fallible, sorting machine that often needs code rewrites.
I feel something should be warned and cut, what do I do?
Please just send us a quick note. (:
Why are there sometimes posts which are hateful towards otherkin?
If a strong negative opinion is expressing anti-otherkin sentiment is shared but maintains a degree of respectfulness and constructiveness, we will sometimes post to allow the community an opportunity to answer that how they will. We strongly believe we are in a positive position to open dialogues about otherkin with interested non-kin.