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|began=December 2014
 
|genre=Community resource
 
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<onlyinclude>'''Kinmunity''' is an online community and resource website for [[otherkin]], [[therians|therianthropes]], the [[other-hearted]], [[vampires]], and other individuals whom have non-human identities. It replaces the now-defunct [[Wulf Howl]]. The site is primarily centered around its library and forums, but also contains unique features such as; KinSpots, live chat and user-to-user instant messaging, member-run blogs, and social groups. Like its predecessor, it is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere and wealth of features. The site is frequently updated by its administrators in response to user feedback and is considered an online home to many. The site is powered by Invision Power Services Community Suite, with customized plugins and features developed by [[Shiro Ulv]].</onlyinclude>
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<onlyinclude>'''Kinmunity''' is an online community and resource website for otherkin, fictionkin, therians, vampires, plural systems, the other individuals who have non-human identities. It replaced the now-defunct [[Wulf Howl]] in 2014. The site contains both resource and community sections.
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==Purpose==
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Kinmunity was initially founded to to be both a resource hub and friendly community for otherkin, therianthropes, and vampires. As time went on, the site grew to support various other identities within the alterhuman community, including but not limited to: [[fictionkin]], [[Multiplicity|plural systems]], the [[other-hearted]] and [[animal-hearted]], [[soulbonding|soulbonders]], and [[copinglink|copinglinkers]].
  
==Purpose==
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==Site Layout==
Kinmunity was founded to be a friendly and welcoming online community resource for [[otherkin]], [[therians|therianthropes]], and [[vampires]]. The site aims to help guide those who have newly awakened, as well as provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for otherkin in general. While being extremely tolerant of individuals who are new to the concept of otherkin and therianthropy, Kinmunity requires that its members possess a sound and logical sense of their identity. The site functions as a both a hub and social network.
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===Community Features===
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* '''Forums''' - Kinmunity's forums are organized in the usual way; nodes called forums contain topics, which in turn contain comments. they have forums dedicated to a wide variety of topics of interest to the communities we serve, as well as those for general discussion.
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* '''Clubs''' - Users on Kinmunity can create their own mini-communities called Clubs, very similar to "Groups" on large social networking sites.
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* '''KinSpots''' - KinSpots are markers on a world map that correspond to the approximate locations of Kinmunity members. Members can post, edit, and share them.
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* '''Gallery''' - Image gallery focusing on artwork and photography.
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* '''Blogs''' - Members of Kinmunity can host their blog on-site.
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* '''Discord Server''' - Kinmunity has a Discord chat server available for use by members only.
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* '''KinCash''' - Users of Kinmunity earn a digital currency called bones for contributing to the site, which they can then use to buy digital extras.
  
==Features==
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===Resources===
* '''Library''' - An articles directory. Library articles are written by more experienced members of Kinmunity and contain a wealth of information on a variety of otherkin-related topics.
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* '''Library''' - Kinmunity's library contains various articles regarding the non-human community that are authored by both staff and users.
* '''Forums''' - Discussion Boards. Members of Kinmunity can post threads and replies.
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* '''Calendar''' - Kinmunity's calendar allows Kinmunity members to see, plan, and request RSVPs to events.
* '''KinSpots''' - A member map. Members of Kinmunity can mark their location on it to find otherkin in their local area.
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* '''Links Directory''' - Kinmunity's links directory provides links to other resources.
* '''Blogs''' - Member-run journals. Members of Kinmunity can get their very own blog hosted by the site.
 
* '''Live Chat''' - A multi-room chat system. Members of Kinmunity can use it to chat with others in real-time.
 
* '''Instant Messaging''' - A fully-featured IM system. Members of Kinmunity can instant message their friends on the site.
 
* '''Social Groups''' - A group system. Members of Kinmunity may start their own social groups, which gives them their own forum and private discussion area.
 
* '''KinCash Economy''' - A virtual economy and rewards system. Members of Kinmunity get rewarded bones for participating in discussion. They can use bones to purchase digital content on the site.
 
* '''Resources Directory''' - A links directory. Members of Kinmunity can share and promote outside otherkin-related resources.
 
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
Kinmunity was first founded as [[Wulf Howl]] by [[Shiro]] in 2011. On November 25th 2014, Wulf Howl's Facebook page was updated with a message indicating that its server hosting provider terminated its account without notice and that a server move and restore from backup would be attempted. On November 27th 2014, [[Shiro]] announced that he had lost access to the decryption key in order to restore Wulf Howl's backup and that the site would be rebuilt from scratch. On December 26th 2014, Wulf Howl's Facebook page announced that Wulf Howl would be rebranded to Kinmunity and that the new site was now accepting members. Shiro has stated that he retains copies of the backup key for the new site in multiple locations.
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Kinmunity was first founded as [[Wulf Howl]] by [[Naia Ōkami]] in 2011. On November 25th 2014, Wulf Howl's Facebook page was updated with a message indicating that its server hosting provider terminated its account without notice and that a server move and restore from backup would be attempted. On November 27th 2014, [[Naia Ōkami|Ōkami]] announced that they had lost access to the decryption key in order to restore Wulf Howl's backup and that the site would be rebuilt from scratch. On December 26th 2014, Wulf Howl's Facebook page announced that Wulf Howl would be rebranded to Kinmunity and that the new site was now accepting members. Ōkami has stated that they retain copies of the backup key for the new site in multiple locations.
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==Security Measures==
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In order to provide maximum accessibility and instantanous access for most users, Kinmunity utilizes an automated risk assessment system that assigns a risk score to each registration. Legitimate users are generally able to register with no additional hurdles, but a few users might need to have their registration manually approved by a community manager. Users behind proxies, anonymous VPNs, and disposable email addresses will have their registrations outright rejected by this system.
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Once registered, users must be confirmed before they are able to enter the Discord server or use instant messaging functionality. Currently, this involves: being registered for seven days, posting at least fifteen pieces of content, and maintaining a reputation score above five. Confirmation occurs automatically once this threshold is met.
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[[Naia Ōkami|Ōkami]] has stated that they believe such measures are more user friendly than requiring manual approval for each registrant, which other otherkin-centric websites have had to resort to.
  
 
==Administration==
 
==Administration==
Kinmunity is administrated by its founder, [[Shiro Ulv]]. Kinmunity's staff team consists of volunteer moderators called Guardians, while Chat Operators are given the responsibility of moderating the live chat and instant messaging systems.
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Kinmunity is administrated by its founder, [[Naia Ōkami]]. Kinmunity's staff team consists of volunteer moderators called Guardians.
  
==Operations ending==
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==Closure and Reopening==
In a post on social medias, it was announced on July 18th, 2018, that “Kinmunity has ceased operations and to ensure the utmost security, all associated data has been destroyed”.
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In a post on social media, it was announced on July 18th, 2018, that “Kinmunity has ceased operations and to ensure the utmost security, all associated data has been destroyed”.  On September 25, 2018 a new version of Kinmunity was opened for public beta. After a beta period, Kinmunity 2.0 went live on February 2, 2019.  
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[Wulf Howl]]
 
* [[Wulf Howl]]
 
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* [[Kinmunity (IRC)]]
==External links==
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===External links===
 
* [https://www.kinmunity.com Official Site]
 
* [https://www.kinmunity.com Official Site]
* [https://kinmunity.tumblr.com Official Blog]
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* [https://blog.kinmunity.com Official Blog]
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* [https://research.kinmunity.com Kinmunity Research]
 
* [https://www.facebook.com/kinmunity Facebook Page]
 
* [https://www.facebook.com/kinmunity Facebook Page]
* [https://plus.google.com/+KinmunityKin/about Google+ Page]
 
 
* [https://www.twitter.com/kinmunity Twitter Feed]
 
* [https://www.twitter.com/kinmunity Twitter Feed]
  

Latest revision as of 21:50, 11 June 2019

Kinmunity
Kinmunitylogo.png
Author(s) Naia Ōkami
Website
Status Active
Launch date December 2014
Genre Community resource
Rating(s)
Generally 13+, some areas are restricted to 18+ users only.


Kinmunity is an online community and resource website for otherkin, fictionkin, therians, vampires, plural systems, the other individuals who have non-human identities. It replaced the now-defunct Wulf Howl in 2014. The site contains both resource and community sections.

Purpose

Kinmunity was initially founded to to be both a resource hub and friendly community for otherkin, therianthropes, and vampires. As time went on, the site grew to support various other identities within the alterhuman community, including but not limited to: fictionkin, plural systems, the other-hearted and animal-hearted, soulbonders, and copinglinkers.

Site Layout

Community Features

  • Forums - Kinmunity's forums are organized in the usual way; nodes called forums contain topics, which in turn contain comments. they have forums dedicated to a wide variety of topics of interest to the communities we serve, as well as those for general discussion.
  • Clubs - Users on Kinmunity can create their own mini-communities called Clubs, very similar to "Groups" on large social networking sites.
  • KinSpots - KinSpots are markers on a world map that correspond to the approximate locations of Kinmunity members. Members can post, edit, and share them.
  • Gallery - Image gallery focusing on artwork and photography.
  • Blogs - Members of Kinmunity can host their blog on-site.
  • Discord Server - Kinmunity has a Discord chat server available for use by members only.
  • KinCash - Users of Kinmunity earn a digital currency called bones for contributing to the site, which they can then use to buy digital extras.

Resources

  • Library - Kinmunity's library contains various articles regarding the non-human community that are authored by both staff and users.
  • Calendar - Kinmunity's calendar allows Kinmunity members to see, plan, and request RSVPs to events.
  • Links Directory - Kinmunity's links directory provides links to other resources.

History

Kinmunity was first founded as Wulf Howl by Naia Ōkami in 2011. On November 25th 2014, Wulf Howl's Facebook page was updated with a message indicating that its server hosting provider terminated its account without notice and that a server move and restore from backup would be attempted. On November 27th 2014, Ōkami announced that they had lost access to the decryption key in order to restore Wulf Howl's backup and that the site would be rebuilt from scratch. On December 26th 2014, Wulf Howl's Facebook page announced that Wulf Howl would be rebranded to Kinmunity and that the new site was now accepting members. Ōkami has stated that they retain copies of the backup key for the new site in multiple locations.

Security Measures

In order to provide maximum accessibility and instantanous access for most users, Kinmunity utilizes an automated risk assessment system that assigns a risk score to each registration. Legitimate users are generally able to register with no additional hurdles, but a few users might need to have their registration manually approved by a community manager. Users behind proxies, anonymous VPNs, and disposable email addresses will have their registrations outright rejected by this system.

Once registered, users must be confirmed before they are able to enter the Discord server or use instant messaging functionality. Currently, this involves: being registered for seven days, posting at least fifteen pieces of content, and maintaining a reputation score above five. Confirmation occurs automatically once this threshold is met.

Ōkami has stated that they believe such measures are more user friendly than requiring manual approval for each registrant, which other otherkin-centric websites have had to resort to.

Administration

Kinmunity is administrated by its founder, Naia Ōkami. Kinmunity's staff team consists of volunteer moderators called Guardians.

Closure and Reopening

In a post on social media, it was announced on July 18th, 2018, that “Kinmunity has ceased operations and to ensure the utmost security, all associated data has been destroyed”. On September 25, 2018 a new version of Kinmunity was opened for public beta. After a beta period, Kinmunity 2.0 went live on February 2, 2019.

See also

External links