Welcome to Volentia

July 31st, 2013

A plant-based diet is better for animals, better for you, and better for our beautiful earth! What’s not to like?

Volentia is derived from the Latin word benevolentia which means: benevolence, kindness, good will

Volentia is a world wide, indie, free to join, ad-free, online community for vegetarians and vegans with more than 15,800 members.

Thanks to the dedication of our volunteer moderators (Ben, Richard and Rand) and our active members Volentia is an important meeting place for vegetarians and vegans from around the world.

Please feel free to join us at Volentia.com, and remember to tell your vegan and vegetarian friends!

Ben Van Wyk – Founder Member of Volentia

Celebrating The Veg*n Journey

November 22nd, 2010

“I like ‘Journey’, no… I love ‘Journey’ :-) For me it really sums up what we’re about… we’re on a voyage of discovery, learning about ourselves, our fellow creatures (human and animal), and, often as a result, about the way we treat our planet.” ~Richard Molyneux – volunteer moderator and fan of a peaceful, compassionate and unified Volentia!

We should respect one another, but we should also respect the definitions.

Celebrating the Compassionate Lifestyle

November 21st, 2010

You are welcomed — with very open arms — to Volentia! Take comfort in the fact that there is a large, bustling network (thousands of members strong) who share feelings, concerns, frustrations, and hopes with you. This is a place for solace, a place for friends, a place for treats, and a place for hearts.

Volentia is a social network geared towards sharing, celebrating, and promoting all that is cruelty-free. It’s an ever-strengthening path, and the gravel beneath our feet is composed of any or all of compassion, health, environmentalism and nature. Every member is another component in our journey to make the world what it is meant to be — how it should have always been. This is what makes Volentia great; this is what makes the bond between our members — sometimes hundreds and thousands of miles between each other — unbreakable. We understand each other, and for many of those who abstain from meat and animal products, that kind of understanding is hard to find.

Volentia is about transition. We are about continually questioning and learning. The most valuable resource on Volentia is the members, through the continual effort to help, support, or inform one another. Vegetarians and vegans are welcomed, genuinely and wholeheartedly, to become members.

As you begin to get settled in, if you haven’t yet seen them, please take some time to watch “Earthlings” or, if pressed for time, “Glass Walls.”
Earthlings is available to view free at (http://www.earthlings.com/) and is about 90 minutes long.
Glass Walls is available to watch here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4YX_iVWIe0) and is only 13 minutes long.

The thinking behind Volentia, and the community it produces, is to end and eliminate all needless animal suffering and cruelty. We are here to help, support, encourage, and inform each other as we all celebrate our choices and our lifestyle. The site was made and maintained by vegetarians who didn’t even need to make a choice to happily transition to a vegan diet and lifestyle. The information and support of the community is both crucial and astounding.

Volentia wants to formally invite all vegetarians and vegans with open minds and curiosity for the things we may be inadvertently supporting in our everyday lives. Volentia welcomes all who wish to make the transition towards a cruelty-free lifestyle, and whether that means “giving up” meat or dairy, if you are open to the long-term goal or desire to step outside of general society’s contributions to torture, cruelty, and death, we are here to celebrate that choice right alongside you.

Contributed by Rand Foxwillow volunteer moderator.


November 20th, 2010

A ‘vegetarian’ (coined by The Vegetarian Society of Great Britain in 1847, before that people abstaining from meat were ‘Pythagoreans’) is “a person who does not eat meat, fish, or fowl, and who may or may not eat dairy products or eggs.”

The term ‘vegan’ was coined by Donald Watson in 1944 and adopted by The Vegan Society of England founded later that year. Their definition of ‘veganism’, accepted as the decisive standard worldwide, is “…a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.”

People who call themselves vegetarian but eat fish, or vegan but eat honey, are ‘pescetarians’ and ‘vegetarians’ respectively. Once you take on the definition to ‘describe’ yourself there’s really no excuse to give non-veg*ns ammo, or make it harder for those who follow them to the letter, by not sticking to them.

Yes, terms like ‘lacto’ and ‘ovo’ have their uses but, unfortunately, only add to the confusion…

Richard, volunteer moderator and fan of a peaceful, compassionate and unified Volentia!

I am new to Volentia. How do I meet new people and make friends?

August 21st, 2010

Here are a few tips and ideas for getting started:

Upload a profile picture. People like attaching a face to a name. People also enjoy looking at pictures, so if you feel like uploading a few photos, please do so.

Have fun with your profile page. Tell us a few things about yourself.
How long you have been a veg. Why you became a veg. Your hobbies, interests, pets, etc

Visit other member pages and take a look at what they are doing for ideas and inspiration.

Once you’ve pimped your page you might want to introduce yourself in the forum.

There are hundreds of very interesting Groups on Volentia. Join and participate in a few groups. You’ll meet other members that share your interests and passions.

Use the “Advanced Search” feature on the Members page to search for members who might live in the same city as you. (Never agree to meet someone new in a private place – always meet in a busy and safe public place, and take a friend with you. Safety first!)

Comment on interesting blog posts.

Comment on interesting discussion threads in the forum/groups.

Write on other members’ walls.

Send out friend requests.

Participate in the chatroom.

Welcome new members by writing something friendly on their walls.

Mostly people will read your posts, a few will respond, and sometimes a conversation will develop. Communicate with enough members, and over time you’ll find that you’ve made a whole bunch of wonderful new veg*n friends.

When people don’t get back to you right away they might simply be too busy. That doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate your comments, friend requests, etc. They do.

Most of all, have a fun time!

Let’s Celebrate the Vegetarian Lifestyle together :D

We are making the world a better place!

How Do I Add My Location To The Map?

August 20th, 2010

If you decide to map yourself please think about privacy and security!
It is possible to map your exact location, but you can also map your city, or a favorite place close to where you live.
Start by clicking on the Member Map tab.
Type an address into the search box
A complete address rather than just a city name will ensure that your marker shows up on the Google map.
Again, if you’re not comfortable with posting your actual address, use the address of some place nearby.
When you place your marker on the map you will have the opportunity to drag it to where you want it.
You’ll also have the opportunity to add a short profile description.
If you want edit or remove your location click on the Member Map tab and then click on the Edit My Location link.
Happy Mapping :)

I’m Having Problems Posting Comments

August 17th, 2010

We support Internet Explorer 7 & 8, Firefox 2 & 3, Safari 3 & 4 and Chrome 4. If you’re using a different browser (perhaps one provided by your internet service provider) it might not be compatible.

Make sure Cookies are enabled in your browser options/preferences/settings

and also enable JavaScript in your browser options/preferences/settings

It might also be useful to clear your browser’s cache

Also, it’s possible that you have other cookie blocking software enabled. Some ISPs, browsers, and security software offer cookie blocking functionality, and other users with similar problems have been able to comment after disabling this feature.

Also check your Volentia privacy settings and make sure that the appropriate boxes are ticked for the things you want to be able to do.

If you still can’t comment on some-one’s wall or in a forum/group thread after doing the above, please let us know by using the “Report An Issue” link at the right hand bottom of Volentia

How Do I Turn Off The Bleep Sound?

August 17th, 2010

Click on the IM (Volentia Chat) bar.
Look for the little Speaker Icon next to the Smiley face
Below the main chat window
You can toggle the sound on/off