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The otherlink flag[1]

An otherlink (aka 'link or linktype) is a voluntary identity as an alterhuman or fictional being, adopted for various reasons.[2][3] Someone who has a linktype is referred to as an otherlinker, and the action of having a linktype is called otherlinking. The term "otherlink" can also be used as an umbrella term for linktypes from specific causes/reasons.


Otherlinking is a broad and easily accessible part of alterhumanity, and allows newcomers to experience alterhumanity for themselves. Having an otherlink is always voluntary and requires the awareness of the possible-otherlinker.

Adopting a linktype may differ from person to person, but it tends to follow a similar pattern; it must start with a "want," reinforce or justify that "want," and slowly build a connection with the potential linktype, whether it be through affirmations, behaviors, or something as simple as clothing.[3] Eventually, that linktype will grow stronger and become integral to the otherlinker.

Similar to otherkin, otherlinkers may experience linktypes in various ways and frequencies, whether it be shifts, noema, or dysphoria. An otherlink can be experienced constantly, in bursts, or in gradual growth and decay. These can also be involuntary, voluntary, or influenced by stimuli. While these experiences are common, it is not required to have shifts, noema, or dysphoria to maintain an otherlink.[Citation needed]

In rare cases, a linktype may become a permanent identity, whether by choice or involuntarily. In these cases, one may identify as choicekin, otherfix/otherspin, linker-turned-kin, or otherkin.[Citation needed]

Specific Labels[]

As an umbrella term, there are more specific terms for certain linktypes, such as (but not limited to);

  • Aeslink: Formed for the aesthetic.
  • Copinglink/C'link: Formed as a coping mechanism.
  • Fictionlink: Broad term for otherlinks formed with a fictional being.
  • Cladelink: A link that is a clade rather than a distinct species.
  • Paleolink: A prehistoric link.
  • Funlink/F'link: Formed for fun or related reasons.
  • Paroulink: Formed as a coping mechanism or disconnection from humanity.
  • Supportlink/S'link: Formed to help support traits or behaviors.[Citation needed]

Dropping a Linktype[]

It is possible to drop a linktype if one does not need or want it anymore. There are a few reasons an otherlinker might drop a linktype, from it causing harm to personal preference. The process itself can range from easy affirmations to complex procedures.[4] Removing an otherlink can also have unintended consequences without precautions, more specifically for trauma- or coping- based otherlinks.


The otherlink flag was posted by Tumblr user dozth on March 9, 2019. The following describes the intended meaning of the flag, as stated in the original post:

  • Off-white: Represents humanity
  • Mint: Represents self-shaping
  • Cyan: Represents identity
  • Symbol: Alteration of the Otherkin symbol[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 dozth: "Flags (reblog)" (March 9, 2019). tumblr.com.
  2. victiim-of-changes: "Otherlinkers are not "Kin but voluntary"" (January 26, 2018). victiim-of-changes.tumblr.com. (Archived version). (Archived on March 25, 2018).
  3. 3.0 3.1 chordata-on-alterhumanity: "The Chordata Guide to Otherlinking" (June 7, 2021). tumblr.com.
  4. link-for-link: "Dropping a Linktype" (October 31, 2018). flock-of-changes.tumblr.com.