So, I just realized that I announced this on Dreamwidth and Livejournal and Twitter but I never said anything here. Sure, you might notice the new tab at the top of the page, or the new widget in the right-hand sidebar, but just in case you haven’t: Dreamhart.org now has discussion forums.
I’ve made these forums for a few reasons. First, most of the otherkin message boards, IRC channels, mailing lists, and other online venues that I used to frequent have gone silent. The members are still there, but they rarely say much of anything. Rarer still anything with actual content. I am looking around at other forums, hoping to find signs of life again, and I have found a few with some promise… but I’m hoping these forums might attract discussion from some of the people who already know me who aren’t active elsewhere in the community anymore.
Second, even in the days when online otherkin venues were more active, there was a lot of noise and comparatively little signal out there. Once you got past the off-topic posts, the one-liner replies, the onlist conversations that would better be handled privately offlist, the downright silly and intentionally fluffy posts, the trolls and flamewars and harassment, and all the other obvious noise you would find there just wasn’t a ton of substance left. People were trying, and there were sparks of something Real, but very seldom did those sparks ignite into a blaze. In many respects, we never really moved past Otherkin 101, even on lists that touted themselves as dealing with advanced concepts relating to otherkin and magic. I’d like to work on changing that, on getting somewhere deeper and seeing what we can bring back to work with.
Anyone else up for trying?