Where we walk strange ways together.

Wanderingpaths is a general otherkin discussion list intended to discuss everything related to the subject of otherkin, from basic newbie and awakening information through advanced topics such as the details and adaptations of unusual otherkin magical practices. Membership is open to anyone, but new members will be on moderated status initially.  This document is an introduction to the list and it’s rules.

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Mailing List Rules:

Members may be either placed on moderated status or banned for disregarding these rules, the exact penalty to be determined by the moderator based on which rule is broken, the severity of it, and the circumstances in which it was broken.

  1. Personal attacks will not be tolerated on this list. Wanderingpaths is a list for discussion and debate. Personal issues being aired publicly on this forum would be disruptive, and for that reason should be left offlist.
  2. Posts should keep their content reasonably relevant to the subject of otherkin. Since there are a vast range of topics related to that subject, this should not be very hard to do. Exceptions may be made if a conversation leads off on a tangent that the membership of the list is interested in exploring, as long as it does not disrupt or detract from more on-topic conversations.
  3. If, for any reason, you wish to bring a discussion from another list to this one, or crosspost something between another list and this one, please contact me privately first to discuss it.
  4. Members may lurk, however if you decide to lurk when you first join the list, without making any introductory posts, please send me a private email letting me know this so that I know you are a real person and not a morph account of someone avoiding moderation.
  5. Do not post or attach copyrighted material, including text copied from web sites, without including a copy of the specific and express permission granted by the copyright holder to post the material publicly, *OR* a valid reason why your posting of the material constitutes “fair use”. This does not apply to linking to the material without posting it directly, nor to material in the public domain.
  6. Do not behave in a manner which the moderator or other reasonable members of this list will consider disruptive, offensive, or threatening. (A non-exhaustive list of behaviors that would be covered by this rule can be found here)
  7. Moderating should be left to the moderator, who will personally issue formal Mod Notes when necessary. Please feel free, however, to contact me and bring any violations of the rules to my attention if you think it may not have been noticed.
  8. On rules issues on this list, the decisions of the moderator are final.

Mailing List Guidelines:

This section is meant to introduce you to the atmosphere of the wanderingpaths mailing list, and the way the list operates. It is not a list of rules, as such, but it is recommended reading for all members of this list and anyone planning to join.

Debate Guideline: Wanderingpaths is a list focused more on open debate and discussion of ideas than many Otherkin forums. As such, disagreement is expected to occur quite regularly, and those who are not comfortable with having their beliefs challenged in any way will likely not be as comfortable on this forum as they might be on other lists. Likewise, those who are not willing to offer support for odd-sounding things they claim to be fact may also not be comfortable here. While this list supports the right of others to hold the beliefs and opinions of their choice, this does not mean that anyone else must automatically agree them. It is not intolerant to argue that factual beliefs are incorrect, or ask someone for the sources of their information, or even to state that you believe they are wrong (and reasons why). It is intolerant, however, to try to force them to change their opinions by repeatedly badgering them about those opinions, or to bash them for having the beliefs rather than simply challenging the logic of the beliefs themselves. This applies even to less popular belief systems such as Christianity: please challenge the logic of the beliefs, don’t bash those who hold them simply for holding them, and don’t bash entire groups for the actions of some individuals.

Specialized Topics Guideline: Even those topics which already have more specific lists dedicated to them are welcome here, as discussing them in a general setting might bring more insights than discussing them somewhere with a narrower focus. Also, sending all in-depth subjects to the lists that have been made specifically for them would severely cut into what there would be left to talk about that could be considered “general”.

Personal Information Guideline: Please do not give out private (offline) contact information for yourself through the list. If you want another member to have that information about you, it is best to send it to that specific person through private email. Sending it the the list would make it available to everyone currently on the list, as well as anyone who joins the list at a later date and reads through the archives. For obvious reasons, this is a safety issue.

Unacceptable Behaviors:

This is a non-exhaustive list of disruptive, offensive, or threatening behaviors mentioned in rule #6.

  1. Spamming the moderator or other members of this list.
  2. Using a morph account to access this list for the purpose of avoiding moderation.
  3. Threatening the mailing list, it’s members, or the moderation.
  4. Uninvited lectures on off-topic subjects.
  5. Messages in all capital letters, in “hacker language” (see google’s translation options if you don’t know what I mean), or making excessive use of “cute” or otherwise nonstandard grammar and spelling such as “Whatt kind ov kin r u?”
  6. Using gratuitous offensive language, especially blanket slurs against other groups.
  7. Posts including fighting words (otherwise known as flamebait). This includes, but is not limited to, boasting about how you can kick the ass of other members of the list either astrally or physically.
  8. Making frequent posts in which the previous message is quoted in it’s entirety needlessly, thus wasting the bandwidth of other members (some of whom pay by the minute for their internet connection.)
  9. Posting ads to other sites using the address of other members on this board or the moderator.