Just something I have been pondering a while, and may or may not turn into a project of sorts. If there was a new variation of the old werecards, but rebuilt from the ground up for stuff you'd actually want to find out about another therian, what would it be? I'm thinking that name, theriotype, country/state/city and community affiliations would make sense, but practically speaking, what else would you ask someone you've just met in the community? http://therian.wikia.com/wiki/Werecard thats the old werecard - other than a variation of the format, I'd probably dump *all* the things there.
Can't think of a good way to deal with gender identity, but it needs to be there, so meh. I'm thinking of this from the database design POV - you could probably take this werecard design and plug it right into a database with nice normalisation and crap.
Something like this is what I have in mind - there's some odd features, but there's a good reason for it. Notes in brackets.
Primary Identity: Geek
Alternate Name: Faileas Grey
Alternate Name: Spark
(Where there's more than one value, use seperate, repeated fields)
Gender Identity: Genderfluid
Gender Identity: Straight Male
(not the best way to deal with gender identity, might be ambigious. I like the field name, just not how this handles odder situations)
(Mispellings would be bad here. And of course for safety's sake, keep it as non specific as possible)
Theriotype/Otherkin Identity: Grey Wolf (For real creatures, use as generic a name as possible - wikipedia entries perhaps - and leave the details for details)
Theriotype/Otherkin Identity: Angel (yeah, I need a better field name. For database purposes, these get stored together)
Community Affliation: Therian
Community Affliation: Otherkin
Additional: I tend to switch between feeling 'wolf' and a sort of winged-human like thing - I've termed it as 'angel' for simplicity, and since the mental image most people of a angel get is of a winged human. I don't 'shift' suddenly from feeling totally human to wolf or angelic. Its usually gradual, and I'm often feeling either one of my sides to an extent. I'm not very specific about what kind of wolf I am.
Probably need a field-type for spirtuality as well