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  March 2023 Mewsletter
Posted by: Zefer Nezumi - 2023-03-18 15:44 - Replies (2)

Howldy, folks!

The TG Staff Team has some commewnity news, upcoming events, site changes, and tips and tricks to share!

If you're a TG forums member and you're interested in more information about one of these things, make sure to click the related links below!

Upcoming Events

For now, most of what's on our radar has to do with Howls, or in-purrson meetups (usually camping trips!) that are several days long.

Some of these may not be accessible to some members due to age or transportation restrictions - sorry about that! - but for those who meet age requirements and can travel, give these a look-see if you might wanna try to attend!

Howl Notifications As Of 3/18/2023

Spring 2023, Illinois (USA)

Summer 2023, Pacific NorthWest (USA)

Fall 2023, Virginia (USA)

TBD - Alberta Howl (Canada)

Did Mew Know? that you can also subscribe to the Howls subforum to get notification updates when new threads are posted there? If not, take a look!

Don't know how to subscribe to the subforum? Check out the next section!

Forum Tips & Tricks!

Subforum Subscriptions/ New Post Notifications

I just posted the first tip a few lines above! But this is a handy tip some critters may not know about that could help them remain more a-were of what's going on in the forums!

Head to your favorite subforum, and just below the "New Thread" button, you should see this linkamajig!

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(How 'bout those famcy art skills?!)

If you click that, you'll get notifications whenever a new thread is added to that subforum! You can manage your Forum Subscriptions here, and your Thread-Specific Subscriptions here!

You can also toggle some settings for whether you get an on-site notification or e-mail as a notification style once the threads or subforums on those pages receive updates!

Suggested Subscriptions

If you're interested in helping to welcome in new members or making sure they're giving enough information for the staff team to activate their accounts, you might want to subscribe to the Introduce Yourself sub-forum!

If you're interested in trying to meet up with other therians in real life during a Howl or a Meetup, you may want to subscribe to the Howls subforum!!

If you're interested in receiving instant notifications about upcoming Serious Therianthropy Discussion Chats, make sure to subscribe to this specific thread, so you won't miss out on event information and news!

Upcoming Changes to the Meet the Staff Page

There seems to be ongoing confusion about who members should reach out to with questions about site problems, conflict resolution, or other things. The staff team has discussed some ways to help with this and one of them is to revamp the Meet the Staff page!

We're going to include basic information about what each staff level is usually focused on (Mods/ Super Mods/ Admin) and which group it makes sense to go to when a purroblem pops up! We're hoping to get this update out soon and just wanted to give you all advance notice.

We hope this helps people see the staff team as more of a team, and to also help some staff members not feel overloaded by members always going to them first while other staffers feel like nobody is coming to them for help!

WereAreWe Pawdcast Update

For critters who like to tune in to the WereAreWe Pawdcast, you can check out our new sneppurrsode here as well as on YouTube and various other places!

Even if you don't like to listen to the podcast, you can still reach out to the crew (including BearX and myself from the TG staff team) to suggest community news, let us know about Howls or events, and other similar things!

We hope to help support and purrmote community efforts and that can't happen without members making us awere of the things that need to be shared! XP

Forum members can also subscribe to this thread for podcast updates or to give direct feedback, suggestions or to bring our attention to community stuff we might wanna talk about!

Last but not least, something that needs to be addressed immediately...

- ZN

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  New TG Teams and Staff Rework!
Posted by: Werewulfra - 2022-09-28 20:42 - Replies (6)

As many of you have probably seen by now, TG's staff has recently been overhauled to add several new members (myself included). We've been settling in quite well all things considered, but we've been very busy at work with new developments. Part of these developments is an overhaul to the staff teams system—and a very exciting one at that!

This overhaul, of course, comes with new teams for the participating staff, but it also include tweaks to the existing teams as well. For ease of access, I'll list all the teams and what they stand for here.

All of the pretty colors and banners in one place!

@BearX's Camp X: Summer camp for the gifted. BearX is known for his relaxed and open-minded approach to life. He's been a part of the Therian community longer than most of us and has returned to share his wisdom. Though as a bear therian, he is solitary by nature, his team will nevertheless be a sanctuary for those to whom who find this way of thinking comfortable or appealing. If you just need reasonable and open-minded people to talk to, this may be the team for you.

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@DustWolf's Dusty's Pack: He may be a little distant at times, but you know that at heart he really cares about all of you. He is loyal to a fault and is willing to work hard to protect his own. Let his stars speak for themselves—he's been here for you for years. He doesn't believe in good and evil, but rather that every person chooses their own truth and should fight for it: May the best philosophy win. In his team, he'll be there for you, he'll run alongside you, and he'll fight for you, even if society thinks you're wrong. Will you run with him?

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@elinox's Eli's Tribe: Elinox is a spiritual therian and otherkin. She is a fun-loving and common-sense person. When we fight, she brings our community together. Though Elinox dislikes Discord, by joining her tribe you get access to a quiet spot on the forums where it's okay to talk about the spirtual practices you've become used to and share knowledge about how to use them—in a calm atmosphere free of conflict.

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@Zefer Nezumi's Team Stripe: Zefer is the fun, energetic, spiritual tiger we all know who believes in the power of goof and derp, and who truly wishes to help the Therian community. You may have heard his thoughtful podcasts or just had a good laugh with his puns, but you know what he stands for is good. If you want to stand with him, join his team, have a blast, get in touch with your spiritual side, and help make a better tomorrow for all therians.

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@AlphaLex's Lunar Critters: AlphaLex is a fun, spiritual therian and otherkin of a few kinds. She always wishes the best for members, staff, and the like. If she can help you with a problem, she will, and she always keeps an open-minded attitude. Her team is for those who want a safe place or somewhere to hangout idly for chats. Perhaps you could be that extra spark that heightens someone's howl here! So, pad on over if you wish to stand with the critters.

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@AgitatedSneaker's Agi's Taters: Agi is a positive, loyal, goofy woofer who legitimately cares how your day is! He may take a bit of warming up to, but he engages in meaningful conversations and forms very close connections with those he trusts. If you want to try and earn a close friend, or just have someone that will listen and try to lift your day, consider joining this group of taters!

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@Ræven's Sunning Buddies: Ræven is a cheerful, storm-loving, out-of-this-world Avaskish therian and otherkin—a true child of the sky. Are you looking for a warm place to rest your wings? Come join Ræven's Sunning Buddies and relax for a while. The sun is always warm, and, no matter if you have fur, feathers, scales, or something else entirely, Ræven welcomes you to join her flock!

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@Tornir's Tornir's Tree: What is it with big cats and derpiness? Tornir is a goofy-yet-kind leopard therian who's always willing to help out with things. Her tree is a place to hang out (and hopefully not fall out) while plotting to take over the world... which we can then stick giant googly eyes on! Hopefully... this will discourage AlphaLex from eating it. If you want to help out derp the folks of Team Stripe, join her in the tree.

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@Werewulfra's Wulfra's Collective: Though her nature is as elusive as a cryptid, she still finds her place within the therian/otherkin community and wishes to see it blossom into the future. She may come across as distant and scary at first, but once you get to know her you'll see there's a jovial someone who cherishes those close to her like a dragon does its hoard. She promotes growing your personal strength, delving into the depths to find yourself, and embracing who you truly are. If you're willing to venture into the unknown, join the collective, she'd be happy to have you....

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Staff Identification

We've done a lot of tweaking to get all the colors in place, but the results are more colorful than ever! Following this theme of colorfulness, we've changed how TG Staff are identified. On both here and the Discord, TG Staff now represent their own team color... TEAM PRIDE!

To still keep it easy to identify the impurrtent purrsonnel, TG Staff on the form will have an Underlined name. Nothing else uses the underline, so it will be immediately apparent who is who! As for the discord, TG Staff will be represented by a badge next to their name.

Joining Teams

As a reminder, or for those who haven't seen the original TG Teams Announcement Post, joining teams is easy! All you have to do is ask the Staff member, either by PM on the forums or in the Discord. There's no limit on the amount of teams you can be in if you have multiple favorite Staffers.

Once you've joined a team, you'll get access to their subform on the site, access to their special text chat on the discord, their banner under your forum profile, and you'll get to rep their color yourself!
On the Discord, the color choice is automatic—the team you have with the lowest member population will take priority in order to give the smaller teams more representation (although certain roles like pup, youngster, and others will override any team colors—this is not a glitch).
On the forums, the color choice is decided by you. All you have to do is go to your User Control Panel's Display Group page, then select whichever team you'd like to represent.

Thank you for bearing with us through all these tweaks and updates we've had to do.

We hope you'll enjoy the new, more colorful TG!

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  Points store and new staff
Posted by: DustWolf - 2022-09-22 19:00 - Replies (7)

Hello everyone,

For those of you who are new to TG, you may not be aware that there is a points store:

The items at the top are purely symbolic, but at the bottom are items that do things. They either give your username a color, or they give you the ability to receive free therian merch, or at the bottom are tokens that will make us make a donation to some animal charity in your name. Smile

I realise times have been kinda hard and we've not been thinking about charity much, however these things really help the organisations we support and we've already sent thousands of dollars their way.

Here are some tips how to earn points. In short, all you have to do to earn them is be active on the forums and post interesting stuff. I invite you to collect these points and then use them to either help charities, or get yourself something snazzy from our merch.


At this point some of you may be asking yourself... If everything is free and only costs Internet Points, where does the money come from?

Well, it comes from the TG budget:

The budget is funded entirely from donations.

We realise that a lot of TG members are younger people who do not have an income and that's okay, you can keep your savings. Smile However if you're an older therian and you have a job and maybe want to contribute to TG, but don't have much time, consider donating funds.

To make things easier, you can either make one-time donations with Ko-fi, or recurring donations with Patreaon. I've updated the Patreon page so that you can donate as little as 1 € a month. Smile

I've also wanted to take this opportunity to welcome our latest recruits to the staff:
@Tornir, @Ræven, @Werewulfra, @AgitatedSneaker and @Zacchary

I have no doubt there will be a number of questions regarding why these particular people were chosen or that we were even looking for people to add to staff. As usual the answer is complicated and I will probably try to clarify it somewhat in a staff journal or so.

For my part I can say I wish we could just recruit everyone who has been helpful on TG, however we can't do that and also I want you to know that as an active contributor you fill a much more vital role in our community than anyone on staff.

I would also take this opportunity to congratulate our new additions and say that I am optimistic going forward. Thank you all.


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  Any questions?
Posted by: DustWolf - 2022-06-12 20:11 - Replies (22)


I would like to remind everyone that if anyone has any questions, you can always come to us on TG staff to ask -- use whatever channel you most prefer, and we'll do what we can to help you. (Of course questions regarding therianthropy are best answered by our members in the forums.)

Recent drama may have left some of you feeling anxious, and the fact that we have never responded to the drama publicly, may have left you wondering why that is.

The reason why we didn't respond is simple: We have no wish to feed the fires. We believe the actions of those who engage in drama should speak for themselves.

Delicate matters need to be dealt with appropriately. So if you have any questions about what happened and so forth, ask us and we will explain. But don't expect us to be broadcasting bewares in public spaces any time soon. We think by now the entire community should understand that therians are a relatively small group in the grand scheme of things, and that degrading any therian, degrades us all, in the eyes of the public.

I promise, that any threat to members on TG was closely examined and dealt with appropriately. You are safe here. If you have any concerns, let us know and we'll look into it.

We remain dedicated to being a home for all therians, and to help you learn how to deal with your therian experiences.


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  Thank you
Posted by: DustWolf - 2022-03-22 17:35 - Replies (6)

Hello everyone,

I hope you'll forgive me this rather self-serving and sentimental announcement. Smile

I've been with you here on TG for 9 years, 10 if you count the old TG where I was nothing more than a random outsider to TG. During this time, TG has been through a lot. There are many memories of good times and dark times, including many situations that seem rather unbelievable at this point.

I know some of you (the announcement is public and therefore visible to the world) may not be very fond of me still being around or some of the things you think I've done. Others, I've been told have appreciated my help here or even highly valued my loyalty to this community over the years.

As admin of a site this puts me in a somewhat authoritarian position where I decide the rules on TG. It's hard to say what the correct decisions would be in certain situations, yet seeing where we are now, I suppose most of them were not all that bad.

I appreciate everyone who's decided to stick with us over the years. As a community it's obviously true that this place would not be the same without you. I know even 5 years is a very long time for someone to stick around in an online community and yet here we are 10 years later.

I wanted to say I care about all of you and I wanted to thank you for sticking around for however long you've decided to stay with us, despite all those challenges.

I hope Therian Guide continues to deliver on being a useful resource for learning to deal with one's therianthropy. I certainly will continue to strive towards this goal.

Take care everyone.

For those who asked, the Wayback Machine has some snapshots of what the old TG forums looked like:

As you can see, the basic formula of TG hasn't really changed much. Tongue

I unfortunately don't have any backups of that place. (Click to View)

A lot of the people who were active at the time, weren't active anymore when the new forums started, and some of them turned out to not be the most agreeable people and were banned a few years down the line. Things change... I wish it could have been different.


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