So, those of you who attempted to attend the STDC probably wondered what happened.
When setting up the channel key, I accidentally set it to "-v" rather than "purplemountains." Because of this, no one (including myself, until I went to Mibbit's #help channel and got instructions) was able to enter the channel. By the time I got it working it was thirty past the hour. At that point, no one was going to enter, so I called it, and tried to reschedule for next week. Evidently I didn't pass the word on well enough, or just chose a poor date, because no one showed up for that one either.
I still want to do it, though, so I'm going to try and reschedule for June 30, at 7:00 PM Central Time. The questions are:
1) Regardless of whether or not therianthropy has some innate purpose, do you try to give it one and use it, or be inspired by it, in the service of a greater cause? For instance, a tiger therian might be inspired to help preserve their theriotype, or a therian might try and take up the pen or keyboard to foster a greater understanding or empathy for non-humans.
2) Fiction speaks to people because of their lived experiences. What fiction speaks to you because of your therianthropy, and how?
3) If therians are humans with nonhuman instincts/phantom limbs/identity/whatever, could nonhuman animals have similar experiences?
To join, go to http://www.mibbit.com
and click "launch Mibbit client." Type in your preferred nickname and type "#stdc" into the field called "channel." Click "auth," select "password" and enter "purplemountains." Then click connect. You may have to add some random digits to the end of your nickname; Mibbit is a large server and some nicknames will already be registered. Please note that when not in use the channel is locked. This means that outside of shortly before the chat starts, during the chat, and shortly after it ends (if people linger), it will be impossible to say anything in the chat.
Chats will be archived on the Werelist, as attachments on this
thread. Also, Therian Guide and Kinmunity both made a chatbot that's will allow users on their Discord to see what's being said in the chatroom and participate.