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Otherkin Timeline
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Orion Sandstorm, a draconic Otherkin, has created a timeline of important events through the history of the term 'Otherkin'. It's actually quite interesting to see when terms were created, etc. He's also asking for people to edit/update/share info for it. I already suggested adding OKP. <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink -->

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Very interesting read, also very depressing being able to take a look and see how the otherkin community went from growth and exploration, to massive fracturing, to the general state of stagnation there is now.

There's a big emphasis on mailing lists, whereas from 2002-2006-ish there was a lot going on in the world of forums - ER2 (as in not Elven Realities, no idea what the damn name was), Other Haven, and Hidden Lair being the obvious ones that spring to mind. This gives me a real urge to go through very old IRC logs and see if I can work out dates and such for when various forums came into being and faded away.

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It's definitely an interesting read, and I think that forums play a larger role than the timeline gives them. I think Orion simply lacks people giving him info on it at this point in time.

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Archer Wrote:This gives me a real urge to go through very old IRC logs and see if I can work out dates and such for when various forums came into being and faded away.

I'm sure Orion, and the community itself, would be very greatful!

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Aye, I say a link to it a few days ago and its really an interesting and cool idea. I haven’t really had a chance to read through it though.

I second Seraphyna though, it seems to lack more distinct online importance in certain ways. I’ll have to thoroughly read it though first.
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From what I remember of it, there was huuuuuge crossover amongst the mailing lists, ER, FAE (how I miss thee) and a couple of other places like Kinhost and OK.net. Likewise there was a huuuuuge crossover amongst the php boards (OH, ER2, HL, EM, FAE as well, and later on OKCom, OKA, and now OKP). There wasn't, however, a huge crossover between the two. I was on most of the big php boards (I say most, because I didn't know about them all (TFW) and some of those I knew, I lurked on), and I think all the Yahoo lists mentioned in that article, but there were verrrrry few people who I saw in both groups. When people did cross over, usually the forumers would restrict themselves to one list, or the listers would restrict themselves to one forum.

The real veterans of otherkin groups tended to be towards the list line of things, so things get skewed that way.

Anyway, what I'd love to see, and will contribute to myself a bit more when I have the chance to find/go through logs:

1 - Perhaps more information about who's who; eg where did the Crisses hang before Kinhost, and where are they now?

2 - Information on some mailing lists that weren't mentioned (I think I can think of two, off the top of my head, and I'm not sure why they aren't there - but I might have missed them as I didn't read in full detail)

3 - Information about forums: when they started, when they ended, who the admin were, etc

4 - Perhaps some sort of brief "history" as well as just a timeline, eg charting different "eras" - from the concept first arising, to expansion, to groups splitting up, etc

5 - Possibly the most difficult, though maybe not, as a huge amount of research has obviously been done already: a history of how focus has changed over time, most obviously from "do all we can to recover memories" to "huh? we're human here and now, deal with it"

All in all, this timeline is very, very cool.

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ER2 might be Enchanted Realms? I seem to recall a board by that name, although I could be misremembering...

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Arethinn Wrote:ER2 might be Enchanted Realms? I seem to recall a board by that name, although I could be misremembering...

Yep, you're right. It shut down (*whistles innocently*) in a bit of drama, then started up a while later and kind of fizzled out, I think. I haven't gone looking for it in ages, though, so it might still be up and about.

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