And a delema it will continue to be, PD, because no one has those types of answers. At least not now, and not from what i'm seeing. What i'm seeing is a concerned thread over something that has been happening for a while and will continue to, which is why I presented those two solutions.
As Tiger said
Quote:A community can either make decisions together/compromise, or fracture. As an extension of the previous, this is usually represented by said empowered individuals whether there is significant call to fracture or work together/compromise.
-If it fractures, it can either be considered another community or still a community with the other via an originating link (I.E. both communities are about therianthropy or being "not human".) This hearkens back to the definition issue.
-Members are not necessarily restricted from being part of both communities if a fracture occurs, further muddying the fine line between the two
This is a natural thing. If we do decide to split, we should understand the consequences of doing so, not just be in a mad rush to get away from the "kinnies". If you completely isolate the therian community then the more likely it is we will be forgotten about as a whole. Our community is smaller than the greater umbrella term (which yes, we are a part of an umbrella). Separating us will expedite the erasing of our relevance as a community-- not a sudden influx of kinnies. They've been here for years, and yet people gravitate towards the more serious side of therianthropy as they get older. Most kinnies are young.
These views are shared in that 'Rise of kinnies' thread, so even in reading that, i'm willing to bet there will be several who do not want to isolate in one community or another. Again, We are a melting pot. We can only offer resources and advice regarding therianthropy. Terms can be used differently depending on the community, and can be highlighted as such. People aren't 'stealing' our 'culture'. We are therians and therefore we are a part of the greater kin community.
If you think we should be purist in our terms, or if you're fearing what has been happening even back in the Alt.horror-werewolves time (kinnes were those who identified with,not as, and often were their favorite animal. They existed, exist now, and we lived through all that), then perhaps the community as a whole is no longer what you seek. What you seek, with restrictions and pure pursuits is more along the lines of, and yes i'll say it, a cult by upholding traditional values and worrying about outsiders changing things. Worrying to the point of 'we need to separate to protect what we made'. I hope it is realized that that's what a cult is by definition, and NO it doesn't have to be a bad thing. But as I said, the separation will expedite the erasing of our history faster than what "kinnies" are doing. Let the community breathe and change and go from there.