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  Integrity of Community
Posted by: LycanTheory - 2021-12-10 23:29 - Replies (2)

Hi there Hello

When Dust and I took the reigns of Therian Guide many years ago, we had a vision. Our vision was to provide a resource for therians young and old where everyone could have a positive, uplifting atmosphere to learn and personally grow into the best possible version of themselves. Our vision became the community's vision and it eventually spread out through other forums and various podcasts.

More recently, Therian Guide and those who have branched out from us to do their own thing and spread positivity, goodwill and service to others have drawn the ire of a few dysfunctional narcassists in the broader community. These individuals prefer to throw negativity at us, given their every waking opportunity, because of their own personal resentment and feelings of inadequacy due to our success in helping lift the community and it's individual members up. The thing I find most deplorable about this is that now they've elected to start attacking the merits and initiatives of our young members, our future, because in their mind - if they are unhappy and unsuccessful, if they are miserable it makes them a victim of everyone else who is happy and successful. In truth, it is self-victimization because they will not take steps to better their own lives or circumstances.

My purpose in posting this is to inform everyone that if someone is using their platform to tear others down, it is a reflection of just how miserable they, themselves, feel inside. I also would like to humbly request of everyone, please do not engage in or enable these sorts of pathological behavior. We don't have a problem with it here on TG because we are quick to remove those sorts of people so they don't poison our community but it is becoming disturbingly prevalent in social media and other places.

Let's keep the therian community supportive of one another, encouraging of one another, uplifting, considerate and positive. We will have to work to maintain those principles but the effort will be worth it.

Lyc

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  Community Podcast News!
Posted by: Zefer Nezumi - 2021-10-20 17:44 - Replies (3)

Howldy!

Therian Bedtime Story Podcast Series

Last year, the Therian Bedtime Stories Podcast project began but got a little sidetracked. I'm excited to report that there seems to be renewed investment in this project, along with a new recent episode (submitted and recorded by @callistowolf) and hopefully more to come, soon!

Please check out the link if you're interested in possibly writing a story for the series or narrating for it! You don't have to do both; whichever you're comfortable with!

It could be an amazing opportunity for you to get your voice or writing out there for the community to enjoy! If you're interested, please listen to the first few episodes so you can get the general vibe they're going for, and update the thread or nom @OakLeaf's ear if you have any questions about the process!

Click here for the Therian Bedtime Stories Podcast on Podbean!

Click here for their content on YouTube instead!

Cheetah Chirps Podcast

@Bubbles has decided to start a new shortform podcast (I think aiming for 10-15 minute eppurrsodes),which you can find more information about in this thread!

The first episode sounds solid and I'm glad to hear content coming from a younger therian that isn't super cringy (XP). Please give it a listen and some feedback!

Click here for Cheetah Chirps on Podbean!

Click here for Cheetah Chirps on YouTube!

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I think sometimes people don't realize how much feedback can mean for these kinds of projects - even a quick "Hey, that was cool!" can help a lot!

If you like their content, let them know! The critters running these projects are very friendly, so give them some boops on their snoots for jobs well done!

I'm glad to see community members investing in these sorts of positive content creation! I think these are good demonstrations of steps in the right direction for the community. ^^

Go show your suppurrt! :3

- ZN

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  Scroll through TG with feeds :)
Posted by: DustWolf - 2021-07-31 17:15 - Replies (4)

Hey everyone,

There's been a few questions around since today everyone uses social media, if forums like TG are becoming a thing of the past. Well, we talked about that with the staff and I've also asked you guys, etc. We came up with something that I think you'll like. Smile

I present to you, a scrollable feed of latest posts on TG, in a format you are used to from social media:
https://forums.therian-guide.com/feed.php#content

The link to it is also above on the "Feed of Latest posts" button.

Basically if you open this on a mobile phone, you can just scroll and read whatever interests you. If you want to see the whole thread or reply or such, just click the title and you'll be taken into the old forum page with all the posts and buttons.

If you've read everything, just click "Load more" at the bottom of the page, and you'll get more (older) posts to scroll through. To get the latest posts, click the "Feed of Latest posts" button again.


And finally if you liked TG the way it was before this addition, you can just use it like you used to, and ignore this feature. Tongue

LP,
Dusty

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  Online harrassment/bullying and the therian community.
Posted by: LycanTheory - 2021-06-30 16:51 - Replies (9)

Hey everyone,

I'm not sure how many folks know of the recent news regarding what happened to a legendary gaming developer named Near/Byuu. Essentially, they were doxxed, harrassed and bullied to the point of committing suicide by a notorious hate forum full of the internet's most vile people.

If anyone would like to read the last words of Near, they can be found here. I typically am against CW/TW type stuff but proceed to that link with caution. Those words resonated with me deeply and it hurts to know that someone else knew a similar pain. It hurts to know that it swallowed someone whole.

The reason for this announcement is because I have observed a similar culture forming in the therian and otherkin community as the one which lead Near to take their own life. Unironically, the largest bullies in our community are also a part of Kiwifarms, they do engage in doxxing and harrassment and they support and enable the harmful, sometimes fatal, mistreatment of others.

Our community is composed of so very many individuals who are sensetive, who've lived through abuse, hatred, neglect, abandonment and we really don't need to let a type of culture ferment which enables and encourages mistreating others "for the lolz" or for any other reason. We must stand tall, in unison, and draw a very clear line in the sand.

Hate has no home, here and neither do those that perpetuate or enable it.

It can be frightening, standing up to hate or intolerance. Malicious people will always try to coerce or intimidate you onto their side, their bandwagon. "Join us or you'll be the next victim" is the mentality often fostered. Don't ever think that's your only option, don't ever feel like you're all alone in wanting to be a good person and treat others well. Stand on the side of love, compassion, understanding and acceptance. We're the stronger side and we're going to win.

For Near, for you and all your friends, for our entire community. For everyone who's ever been treated like crap for being different.

Stand tall, stand proud, stand together and stop the hate, stop the harrassment and stop anyone else from becoming a victim.

Be kind to others, you might just be a hero for it.

Lyc

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  Help me keep TG working
Posted by: DustWolf - 2021-06-20 10:37 - No Replies

Hey all,

I've reset the stock of the TG support token in our points store:
https://forums.therian-guide.com/newpoin...70#content

As you know, donations to TG go towards a budget used to pay for things like donations to nonprofits working on helping animals, and getting you guys merch and stuff like that. What the budget is spent on is determined by you: The items you get in our points store direct what the funds are used for.

We normally don't use the budget to pay for our expenses like hosting, etc, because we want you to be in complete control of the funds. It is the TG support tokens that will direct budget funds towards those expenses.

The tokens just cost points and all you have to do to get points is post on our forum. Smile


I realise in these times, there isn't really a whole lot of money floating around, but it is likewise the same for me. If you could get some of those tokens it would be much appreciated. Heart

If all 20 are brought within this year, I will put in the work on getting TG into a newer and faster server (HTTP/2).


If you have any questions, feel free to ask by replying in this thread, or asking elsewhere at your convenience.

LP,
Dusty

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