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POTTERSWORLD
TERMS OF SERVICE (ToS)
&
General Forum Rules

 

 

Board Management
 
Account Creation
 
Account Management
 
Conduct Rules


By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action, or removal from the boards.

 

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Legalities

The following Terms of Service (ToS) and General Forum Rules are intended solely for Pottersworld.org. It may not be copied in whole or part in any form (electronic or otherwise) without the prior consent of the owner.

Disclaimers

 

Potters World is an unofficial, not for profit RPG fan site, and is in no way connected with J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, Bloomsbury Publishing or Warner Bros. We are not endorsed by any of the aforementioned parties, and we do not stand with or support any of them in their opinions of bigotry or prejudices against the LGBTQ+ community, racism, sexism, and other hurtful and targeted views toward minority groups. Potter's World is an open and accepting community and we do not, nor will we ever, support acts mentioned above toward members in and outside our community

 

  The rights to characters and their images created by J.K. Rowling is neither claimed nor implied. 



I. Monitoring and Content

 

PottersWorld.org will make every effort to monitor its discussion boards, postings, and outbound links for material we consider inappropriate, but does not guarantee suitability of content for all readers. You acknowledge that PottersWorld.org is viewed/read at your own risk.

 

If you come across material which you find offensive or inappropriate, please contact the staff.

 

While the administrators and moderators of this site will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every post. Therefore, you acknowledge that all posts made to this site express the views and opinions of the authors and NOT the webmaster, administrators, staff, and moderators and hence they will not be held liable.

 

II. Links

 

Although we may provide links to other websites, we are not responsible for any material at these sites. You acknowledge that you visit these other websites at your own risk.

 


III. Our Privacy Policy

 

Any information given to us (email address, name, etc.) will not be given to anyone outside the staff of this site and will be used ONLY for contact purposes concerning this site. We will not email you unless it directly concerns this site. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent, the webmaster, administrators, staff and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised or corrupted.

 


IV. Removal of Material

 

Although PottersWorld.org encourages creativity and discussion, we reserve the right to remove, limit access to, or censor posts, threads, or other material that we believe are inappropriate for this website at any time based on the terms and conditions within this document or other administrative documents within the site.

 


V. Copyright Disclaimer

 

Copyright and Intellectual Property Disclaimer. By agreeing to become a staff, member, prefect, or any character classified as a "stock" character, you agree that all characters, graphics, assignments, documents, rules or textbooks created in the commission of Potters World and any of its affiliates becomes the property of Potters World. We reserve the right to reproduce, edit or delete any content as the need arises. Upon your departure of Potters World, you agree to relinquish all control to the intellectual property created in the commission of your association with the site and all property will be utilized how the site administrators deem fit. This disclaimer should not be construed to expand beyond the community of Potters World and/or any of its affiliates. Should you decide to post the character at another site, you do so with the understanding that this in no way diminishes the creative control Potters World site administrators exercise over the characters created at this site.

 


VI. Character Disclaimer

 

The staff at Potters World wish to acknowledge that your character(s) is/are yours, and you own the rights to the name, any artwork, and text you post with them. Because this is an interactive, role-playing community, by posting here, you give permission to the staff and other members to use your character's name and prior actions as part of the game,and as part of that interaction.

 

What does that mean?

 

Basically what this says is that by creating an account and posting on Potters World, you give up sole ownership of this character and its name but only under the following conditions:

 

Other characters are allowed to talk about your character within the context of the game.

 

If your character "dies" within the game, or is deleted (either at your request or by the staff), other characters can and may continue to talk about your character, using your character's name and events posted by you previously on the board (other characters will NOT be allowed to god-mode yours; in other words, give it actions that have not been created by you).

 

The staff of Potters World will make every effort to ensure that treatment of your character is handled in a sensitive manner, in good taste and within reasonable bounds. That is, once you leave our site, you can reasonably expect that what you have done here will not be exploited in a way that is unfit or unseemly for their character's reputation or yours.

 

Your Control

 

As a member of Potters World who runs on free and voluntarily service of its staff, your status as a guest entitles you to a reasonable (but not total ) amount of control over your creation. Because this is an "interactive" game -- not a personal story but an interactive multi-player activity -- it is impossible to expect 100% control over your creation. By posting here, you acknowledge that you give up some of that control.

 

 

Following is a copy of what you agreed to when you signed up an account:

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Forum Terms & Rules

 

Please take a moment to review these rules detailed below. If you agree with them and wish to proceed with the registration, simply click the "Register" button below. To cancel this registration, simply hit the 'back' button on your browser.

 

Please remember that we are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message.

 

The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this bulletin board. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.

 

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this bulletin board to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.

 

You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this bulletin board.

 

Copyright Disclaimer. Any graphic, assignment, or character that becomes a professor, shopkeeper, or ministry head becomes property of Potter’s World and any of its affiliates so, we maintain the right to reproduce, edit or delete any content if the need arises. The characters are your own creations, however, by using them and posting them on Potter’s World, you agree to a partnership of creative control. Upon your departure of Potter’s World, no matter the reason, all content will remain the property of Potter’s World.

 

 

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Revision History

14Nov2018 -- edited registration agreement on forum rules

03Jul2020 -- added to disclaimer to further clarify we do not stand with J.K. Rowling.

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Ratings

Potters World prides itself on being safe for users of all ages. While sometimes it can be hard for the limited staff to keep track of all Terms of Service/Forum Rules violations, we do our best in enforcing our rules and procedures. We also ask that our members help to dig up anything that may have slipped through the cracks.

Because Potters World is based off of the Harry Potter series of books by JK Rowling, all content should be based on this canon. That is, if it is part of the book-series, it can be part of Potters World. We will take our definition of what is allowed as far as sex, violence, and some plot lines from the books. For the most part, this also applies to use of movie-canon.

There are 2 levels of Ratings for PW: 15+ and Young Adult.

15+ Rule:

 

Where used:

If you are role playing a student, regardless of how old you are OOC, you must adhere to the 15+ rule in every IC (in character) area of the board no matter which other characters you are role playing with. All accounts must adhere to the 15+ rule when posting in OOC (out of character) areas, such as rules, sign-up topics, discussion topics, etc. 

 

What it means:

It may be more appropriate for children/members who have acquired the developmental skills needed to distinguish between make-believe and reality. Themes and elements in your posts may include realistic fantasy, strong violence, and blood. It contains little or no sexual dialogue or situations. A good example to follow is what is contained within the Harry Potter books. The level of violence in there is what is allowed in here, but as there is little or no sexual content, that will be followed here as well.

 


Young Adult Rule:

 

Where used:

The use of the Young Adult rating can only be used by adult characters, and only when role playing with other adults. While student accounts OOC may view this material, they cannot role play being IC witnesses or being involved in any activity of a sexual nature. When role playing with students, adults must adhere to the 15+ rating. 

 

What it means:

This rating means basically the same thing as the 15+ Rating -- with one addition: the ability to have moderately sexually suggestive material. Only adult characters may participate in such behaviour, as for the purposes of Potter's World, all students are considered "underage" and therefore any depiction or suggestion of minors engaging in sexually suggestive behaviour is illegal. Sex cannot be discussed with or between students. The way sex is addressed on PW should be in a mature, non-crude manner. We would prefer to focus on the 'before and after' instead of the 'during' when writing. Try and focus on the emotions of the moment instead of the physical aspects. Is your character nervous? Excited? Infatuated? As long as sex and intimate physical contact is addressed in a tasteful manner and does not occur in a public place (ie. park, workplace, shops, etc), it is acceptable on PW.

 


By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.
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Revision History

02JUL2020 -- removed 12+ rule and changed where/how each rating is to be used

10NOV2018 -- removed mentions of affiliation with FANFICTION.NET
11JAN06 -- reposting; formatting changes; changes to ratings (RP areas to 15+; OOC areas 12+)

 

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Forbidden Material

Posting or sharing of pornography, racist, sexist, transphobic, homophobic or otherwise discriminating or prejudicial remarks, threats of harm, material that breaks any law or otherwise totally unacceptable posts or links to pages that contain inappropriate material will not be tolerated. Such material is entirely at the discretion of the staff to judge.


Forbidden material can be (but is not exclusively):

 

  • rape
  • sexual deviancy (paraphilia)
  • suicide or suicidal threats
  • self-harm/cutting
  • physical child abuse (see below)
  • physical spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend abuse (see below)
  • incest
  • student-teacher relationships
  • mental illnesses including (but not limited to) anorexia and ADHD (see below)
  • expressions/actions that are bigoted or phobic toward a person's sexual orientation or gender identity (including but not limited to homophobia and transphobia)
  • expressions/actions of racism

  • expressions/actions of sexism

 

Romance

 

Where there is a young male and female student body, there are bound to be romantic encounters, and that's just fine. However, keeping in the mind the HP Canon Rule and what has occurred in the books/movies, you will need to contain the... vigor with which you describe these encounters. The following rules will apply:

 

  • Hugging, snuggling is fine but rubbing may get you into trouble. Keep the rubbing to hair, arms, faces, backs.
  • Please keep your descriptions of physical contact to above the waist (for females, the chest area is off-limits)
  • Dancing in the Harry Potter world consists of the rather old-fashioned but charming "ballroom" type dancing. If other dancing takes place, it should never consists of "descriptive grinding".

 

Marriage/Engagements

 

Marriage and engagements are allowed in the books, so it is considered 'canon' and therefore allowed here. Marriage and engagements are permitted only between adult characters. A student must have graduated from Hogwarts before being allowed to be engaged.

 

Arranged Engagements/Marriages:

 

In canon, it's hinted that some pure-blood families, especially of a higher social position that could be considered something like the wizarding world's nobility, participate in arranged marriages. However, we want to be careful that this doesn't cross into a forbidden material like grooming or semi-slavery. If you want to work in arranged engagements/marriages into your plots, you must follow these rules:

 

  • An underaged student (one who is still at Hogwarts) may discuss their parents/relatives' desire for an arranged marriage for them.
  • This should not be something that has actually been arranged; students cannot get engaged or married -- only the "wishes" of their relatives can be discussed.
  • the student should not "agonize" over this. They can be irritated, angry, indifferent or even all for it, but they cannot be terrified, trembling, wailing, begging to get out of it. We don't want implications of "forced" engagement/marriage while they are students.
  • once a student reaches adulthood, the parents/relatives can force the issue of an arranged engagement/marriage, but the only threats that can be used are of disowning or disinheriting.
  • No physical violence or false imprisonment can ever be used as intimidation techniques by family to force an engagement/marriage.

 

Please read the +Adult World ToS for further information on marriages (student characters will not be able to view the Adult World ToS).


Same-Sex Relationships

 

Same-sex romantic relationships should be treated in the same way as the heterosexual relationships. Kissing is allowed, but no touching below the waist. This forum is not the place to push any political or moral agendas, so please be tasteful.

 

In our world, same-sex romantic relationships are accepted. We do not want to see students agonizing over "coming out" because in this world, these are accepted ways of life. Again, we just don't want to see anyone pushing any larger social agendas here.


Pregnancy

 

Pregnancy and pregnancy scares (even joking about them) are not permitted among student characters. Adult characters are permitted to have children but must follow the rules for such laid out in the +Adult World ToS (student characters will not be able to view the Adult World ToS).

 

Illness & Death

 

Characters are allowed to only get and role-play the usual temporary illnesses -- colds, flu, etc. Nothing of a profound or lasting nature will be allowed except by specific permission of the staff.

 

For characters referring to their NPC (non-playing character) relatives, they should avoid using terms like "cancer", "heart-attack" or any other life-threatening illnesses. We would strongly prefer that you use your imagination and come up with a magical illness, or keep your descriptions very vague.

 

Example: 

'wasting disease', 'blood disorder' etc.


Severe allergies are not permitted to be role played on board. This includes any type of food/consumable allergy and/or anything that leads to severe symptoms including but not limited to: breathing issues, major swelling and severe rashes, death, etc.

We ask that allergies remain mild and non-life threatening. Minor allergies, such as ragweed or some sneezing/itchy eyes to cats or plants are fine for example. As long as the effects are mild and not overly dramatic/severe it's not a problem. Some examples include:

 

  • Allergies to pets w/ lots of sneezing/watery, itchy eyes, etc
  • Allergies to pollen w/lots of sneezing/watery, itchy eyes, etc
  • Very minor allergies to other things which result in mild rash/watery, itchy eyes/sneezing that go away pretty quickly

 

Violence

 

Conflict will be a key element at Potters World as it also is in the Harry Potter novels. Good vs. Evil make for really exciting interactions and Potters World will provide many venues for that. Tough matches on the Quidditch Pitch, practice duels in the Dueling Arena at Hogwarts -- all are places that have a potential to bring some harm to your character or others.

 

  • Descriptions of wounds are allowed. Blood may be mentioned but try to keep the 'gore' down. You don't want to make your readers sick.
  • Physical fights between characters are allowed, but try to keep the age of the participants in mind. Younger fighters will probably be doing mostly shoving, while the older characters may get into more serious fights. Think of what the books have.
  • Any fights taking place at Hogwarts will be treated by the Prefects and Professors accordingly. As a general rule, fighting is not permitted in British boarding schools, so anyone fighting should be prepared to suffer the consequences from the Hogwarts staff. Fighting in public areas (open threads) WILL be noticed. Fighting in private areas (closed threads) may not.
  • Battles between characters should also avoid descriptions of terrible wounds. This will be easier in magical battles, but old-fashioned fist fights between opponents should concentrate on the conflict and the feelings (rage? fear?) of the individuals, not the various damage done to their bodies. Descriptions should be brief and then move on.
  • The Unforgivable Curses cannot even be attempted by students, even in jest. Adult characters wishing to use the Unforgivables will have to get permission from the staff via the Private Communication forum first.

 

Abuse

 

Abuse is a touchy area. Of course, Harry was most probably psychologically abused at the Dursley's, however, it never went to physical abuse. Therefore the following applies:

 

  • Physical abuse is defined as any physical harm cause to an under-aged individual by an over-aged individual
  • No mention of prior physical abuse is allowed, even if it's in the distant past.
  • sexual abuse is defined as any abuse of a sexual nature (rape, forced groping, forced kissing) by any individual of any age.
  • No mention of sexual abuse.
  • Students cannot play out the "forced kissing" game.
  • As Harry and Merope both experienced abuse at the hands of their parents we allow neglect and psychological abuse to be mentioned on the board. If the staff deem the content to push the boundaries of appropriateness, it may be removed.
     

"neglect"

-- to pay little or no attention to; to fail to care for or attend to properly

 

"abuse"

-- to hurt or injure

 

Domestic Violence

 

Domestic violence refers to violence, abuse, and intimidation between people who are or have been in an intimate relationship (white ribbon organisation definition). This can be in reference to spouses, boyfriend/girlfriends, sexual partners, or ex-partners. This is not allowed to be RPed or referred to on PW. Slapping/hitting/throwing objects/hexing while in extreme anger is not permitted by either gender; a girl cannot slap a boy for drama. Just think if it would make you uncomfortable in the situation if the male was being the aggressor, then it would not be allowed for the female either. This is up to the discretion of the staff. Playful punching, poking, tickling, etc. is, of course, allowed.

 

Mental Illness

 

Mental illness is an extremely touchy issue and so should be treated with maturity and compassion. With this in mind, the following applies:

 

  • No student account can suffer from a mental illness. This includes (but is not limited to) anorexia, depression and ADHD.
  • No adult account can suffer from any mental illness except exhibition of defective reasoning ability, memory loss, loose grip on reality, especially as the result of magical accident, malady or battle. Depression is permitted by adults. Extreme cases must be applied for at the +Private Communication forum
  • Mental illness displayed by non-player characters should be kept to a tasteful level. Please do not glorify this -- make one mention of a parent having a mental illness and then move on.

 

'Joking' about mental illness
 

Please be tasteful with your 'jokes.' Any joking around that seems to be intended maliciously will be deleted. If the joke is harmless in nature and done in good taste and fun, they will be left alone.

This is entirely at the discretion of the staff to judge.

 

Example of 'good' joking:

-- "Are all Gryffindors as insane as you are?"

-- "Do you know what? You're making me crazy!"

-- "He's absolutely mental!"

 

Example of 'bad' joking:

-- "I think we need to send her to the mental ward. She can wear a straight-jacket and drool in her jello."

-- "He's a complete mental case, if you ask my opinion. He should be committed and pumped full of anti-psychotics."

 

Swearing

 

No severe swearing.

 

No profanity is allowed. Note that posting a single letter plus several asterisks (*) following it to simply indicate swearing is considered the same as swearing, and it will result in a warning.

 

Following are the only swear words that will be permitted:

 

Arse, Ass/Asshole: "Don't be an ass, James." "Goyle couldn't find his own asshole with a map and a flashlight."

Bastard: "I don't care what you think, Draco. You can be a right bastard at times!"

Bitch: "I wish she wouldn't act like such a bitch."

Bloody: "Bloody hell, Ron. Where did you get that?"

Bollocks:"That's bullocks and you know it, Ron!"

Bugger: "Bugger off, Fred."

Crap: "Ah crap, I tore my Charms essay!" "Well that's a load of crap!"

Darn: "Oh, darn! I forgot my Potions book in the common room. I'll be back in a minute."

Damn: "Damn it! - my pencil broke." (putting "god" in front of this word is NOT acceptable)

Hell: "Go to hell, Malfoy."

Poop: "I hate Care of Magical Creatures," exclaimed Parvati. "Just look at my new shoe, it's covered in unicorn poop!"

Piss, Pissed off: "Piss off, Granger!" "Once she hears about that, she's gonna be real pissed off!"

Sod off: "I told him to sod off."

Sucked, Sucks: "That test today really sucked!" "Did you hear he made the Quidditch Team? That really sucks!"

 

PLEASE NOTE!

 

Some words are also censored (meaning you are not allowed to use them) that we do not consider appropriate for use on this board in any discussion, but that may not be considered a vulgarity. Those words are: retard, suicide, pot head, wtf, skank, and other words that could be considered slurs.

 

 

Drinking/Drugs


Drinking


Drinking is permitted for Adult characters. Addictions to alcohol or displays of alcoholism are not. Alcohol is considered in canon as a social outlet, not as a commentary on real life societal issues, and that is something we would like to maintain on Potters World. Adult characters are free to consume alcohol at their leisure, and even to drink in excess if wished, but should avoid any physical or emotional reliance on it. Alcohol can be consumed by adult characters and NPCs in the presence of students, however any outward or excessive signs of drunkenness cannot be violent or threatening, or endanger the health and safety of the student.

Smoking

 

Smoking is allowed ONLY by adult characters and NPCs. They may do so in the presence of students, however not in a manner that would jeopardise the health and safety of the child. No student may partake in smoking, pretend to smoke, or fantasise about smoking. 

Drugs

 

Drugs are not allowed. This refers to regular, real-life street drugs. Magical potions, etc. are the exception; these of course are allowed within reason, but no addictions are permitted.

 


By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.


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Revision History

02JUL2020 -- adjusting the drinking/smoking rules to make them permissible in student-viewable areas and added to forbidden material section

10NOV2018 -- moving of the 'Drinking/Drugs' section from the Adult ToS to the General ToS
08JUL2017 -- updates to the 'spousal abuse' section to widen it to 'domestic violence'
16Mar2017 -- Updates to the terminology used for same-sex relationships.
28NOV15 -- changes to Illness/Death rules to include guidelines on allergies
11JAN07 -- reposting; formatting changes; changes to forced marriage rules, to reference to illnesses rules, separation of "forbidden materials" from ratings.

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Character Creation Rules

In any role-playing game, keeping good track of active players is essential. Please read through the following rules, then enter your character in the Character Role-Call thread in The Characters forum. All characters in this forum will be considered active unless further designated by the staff.

 

Guidelines and Rules for Character Creation

 
Choosing a Name


-- When registering, please use only the first and last name of your character. No middle names, titles, or initials are allowed. You are permitted to have a hyphenated first or last name, but bear in mind the space in the side panels only allows so much and may result in parts of your character name being cut off in the display of it to other members.
-- The following last name prefixes are permitted with a space between them and the last name:

 

  • De
  • Del
  • Der
  • Dos
  • El
  • La
  • Le
  • St
  • Van
  • Von

 

-- Anything beyond this list (that isn't along the same vein as the examples given above) must have staff approval before registration.
-- Your display name will be your character name. So please be sure that you enter the name of your character as your display name.
-- Do not register a canon character or surname without prior permission from the staff.
-- You cannot claim any sort of kinship or relation to any character (whether listed below or not) from the Harry Potter books without special permission of the staff.

Surnames (last names) on this list are never to be used:

 

  • Black
  • Crabbe
  • Dumbledore
  • Dursley
  • Goyle
  • Granger
  • Krum
  • Lestrange
  • Lockhart
  • Longbottom
  • Lovegood
  • Lupin
  • Malfoy
  • McGonagall
  • Moody
  • Patil
  • Pettigrew
  • Potter
  • Quirrell
  • Riddle
  • Snape
  • Tonks
  • Umbridge
  • Weasley
  • Zabini


Choosing a Face


For instructions on choosing your character face (also known as a 'play-by'), please read the first post of the +Character Face Masterlist.

 

Special Note: Under special circumstances you may be allowed to change your face claim early and not have it count toward your one allowed face change in the Adult World. These circumstances include, but are not limited to, your chosen face claim dying, them being convicted or accused of a crime that makes you or other members uncomfortable, or their gender identity does not match your character's binary gender. If these instances happen and you wish to change your face claim please reach out to a member of the staff and they will let you know if the face change and new face claim are approved.

 
Your Character's Backstory


-- All characters are unique individuals, but you should not start with any of the following to try to distinguish your character as different from the rest:

 

  • descendant of a founder
  • descendant of canon character
  • part-anything other than human (we are all humans here, not vampires, not veela, not centaurs, giants, or other creatures as noble as they may be. The only exceptions are if these traits are in your family history, i.e. your great grandmother might have been a veela, but that doesn't mean that you have remarkable sway over men).
  • having remarkable powers (no animagi, legillimens, occlumens, you can't start fires because you're mad, you can't freeze water with a glance).
  • bizarre physical characteristics, like amazing eye colour that changes, hair that grows or shortens on its own, or any other physical attributes outside of what is in the "real world".
  • mental or physical disability of any kind.
  • having relations IC to anyone of a high status profile figures (such as anyone of royal decent, famous Quidditch players, world-known scientists etc)


 

Adoption/Guardianship


Under-aged characters (those who have not yet graduated from Hogwarts) may be adopted or taken under the guardianship of an on board adult character only under the following conditions:

 

-- You cannot advertise for an adult character to adopt you via the Help Want Ads forum or the OOC Forums.

-- You cannot mass-PM members controlling adult world characters to 'adopt' you.

-- You must properly set up and RP the set up for this by your character prior to the adoption (no "snap" decisions).

-- You cannot be "unadopted"; once the arrangement has been made, it cannot be undone unless the adult is deleted or dies.

-- The adopting adult character must apply through and adhere to the rules in the +Adoption Registry (viewable only to adults)

 

Once proper permission has been obtained, you can begin to RP this adult person as your adopted parent or guardian. You may meet them at the common student-adult areas such as Hogsmeade, the Owlery and Diagon Alley.

Offspring/Children

 

As Potters World continues to grow, so do the on board families. To avoid confusion and difficulties with generational lines, please review the guidelines listed below for both on-board and NPC families:

 

  • No two generations may attend Hogwarts at the same time. This means, no child can attend Hogwarts at the same time as their uncle/aunt.
  •  For PW purposes, one generation includes any and all siblings (including half-siblings, step-siblings, and adopted siblings). This no longer includes cousins.
  • Once all siblings have graduated, generation rules between those siblings and their children no longer apply. If the children of one sibling all graduate, this does not effect the ability of other siblings to birth/adopt children, though please still be sensible about the amount of children born to a family and when they come on board. This amendment to the rule may be revoked if familial lines get out of hand once again.
  • Should a character marry into another family or be adopted into another family, they will take on the generational lines of their spouse or new siblings as well as their own line- to include the spouse's siblings.

 

-- Please be sure to check family lines before submitting marriage applications as your spouse's children may affect your character's ability to birth or adopt a child and vice versa. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have checked this thoroughly, though the staff are certainly available to answer questions on specific instances.

-- A divorce or other familial separation will not void generational rules, unless the marriage involved no children (regardless of whether those children existed before or after the marriage, or if they were with another partner).

 

  • New students/siblings cannot be brought onto the board after the youngest existing student character in the family has graduated and is now in the Adult World. What that means is that if your character is currently the youngest student member of their family (or the only member) and they graduate, no additional siblings can enter Hogwarts.

 

-- The only exception to this rule is children born IC to existing families on the board. Parents can birth/adopt children up until the point that the youngest student child graduates - these new children can be brought onto the board.

-- Please keep this in mind when communicating with the handlers of family members and planning your own character's family. Communication is key, especially with larger families!

 

  • At this time, each adult may birth or adopt up to FIVE (5) children total. This includes all biological children, adopted children, and step-children that are acquired during a character's lifespan on Potters World. Per the above generational rules, familial bonds- to include that of parent/child- cannot be severed due to divorce. This means that children and step-children from previous marriages are included in this number. To accommodate special circumstances, please apply through the Private Communications forum.

 

To make this crystal clear:

 

  • Your character has older siblings (or is the only member of the family who has been in Hogwarts) who have already graduated and is currently up to a sixth year: the following term (said character will now be a seventh year) a new sibling can be born/adopted into the family and will be permitted to be registered as a student character, and go through Hogwarts
  • Your character has older siblings (or is the only member of the family who has been in Hogwarts) and is currently a seventh year: the following term (said character will now be an adult) no new siblings/students can be registered.
  • Your character is currently an adult and has no younger siblings - a new cousin  can be registered as a first year

 

Children of previously existing characters cannot be brought on as new characters when both parents are deleted characters. This applies to both staff-created child accounts and accounts created by members.


Sorting

 

Please be aware of our procedure for the Sorting into the Hogwarts Houses. Characters will not be able to choose their own House. They will be assigned to a House by the staff. This will take place when a student posts in the Sorting area in the Great Hall Tuesday after registration has closed to new accounts and an admin is available to do them.


Originality


The character you create should be your creation. Rehashing your favourite character/s from fiction/TV shows/movies is not only copying, it is also dangerously close to copyright infringement. If the staff feels you are modeling your character's traits too closely to that of a famous character, you will be asked to change it or be subject to account removal. This applies to close alliterations. If you decide to call your character "Larry Cotter" and give them an interesting scar, it will be greatly frowned on.


Gender
 

Out of respect for the lived experiences and trauma experienced by the transgender and non-binary handlers within and outside the Potter's World community, at this time transgender and non-binary characters are not to be role-played on this board. We value the safety of all our members and this rule is in place to ensure our members do not become targeted or hurt by the harmful stereotypes that can come from writing a character going through these experiences when one hasn't gone through them themselves. 


Blood-Status


As you know from canon Harry Potter lore, a person's blood-status (also known as blood purity) refers to a concept within the wizarding world that distinguishes between individuals whose family have different levels of magical members. Because the idea of whether one's blood is "pure" or not could sometimes result in prejudice and conflict --  and because it was such an important part of the HP books and their plots -- we have decided to implement its use here. This may lead to future private or board plots in which your character's blood status (or lack thereof) could have an important impact. whatever your character's blood status is, is entirely up to you! The staff won't be watching to make sure your character "behaves like a pure-blood". This is for your use, and may come into future board plots but beyond that, the staff won't be much concerned with how you use this.

 Therefore  you will be able to add (or not) your blood status to your character panel (the sidebar area in your post that shows your avatar, your Year/Job, House, etc.), just like you do for your character's "location. To change this, go to Your Character's Name (in upper right hand corner) > Profile > Edit Profile > Blood Status.

For our purposes, there will be 4 classifications of blood status:

Pure-Blood -- Those individuals who "claim" that their family tree it pure and free of muggles. This would usually apply to those within 2 generations, though most families who proclaim themselves 'pure-bloods' may have the occasional muggle or squib in their family, but the family would disown such a disgraceful member and deny any knowledge of them. This is mostly a state of mind rather than actual biology.

Half-Blood -- Those individuals who are magical but have at least some family members within 2 generations who are muggle.

Muggle-Born -- Those individuals who are magical but have no magical family members for 2 generations are considered muggle-born.

Unknown -- Those individuals who, for whatever reason (personal plot, etc) have decided they are not going to reveal their blood status IC (in character). This can also apply to those characters who are adopted and/or do not know their blood status, or apply to those who don't really give a wet slap about blood status (despite what their family may think).

"2 Generations" -- defined as yourself, your parents and your grandparents. This also applies to anyone who is in the same generation as your parents and grandparents (for instance, your mother- and father's siblings, and your grandfather- and grandmother's siblings).


Twins


Twins are not permitted to be registered except by prior permission of the staff, obtained through the Private Communications Forum. If special permission is granted, it must be under the following circumstances:

 

  • Twin accounts will only be awarded to current, experienced players who have excellent activity records
  • The 2 accounts must be created and maintained by different players/handlers
  • The players/handlers must live in different households in order to avoid confusion with IP addresses. No exceptions.
  • If one twin fails to pass to the following year and the other passes, they will cease to be "twins", and be merely be siblings of different ages. 

 

Relatives


Being part of a family may be extremely important to some characters and their development. There also appears to be a driving need among some members to bond together with other members and characters, and some have found the best way to do this is through creation of varying degrees of family.

Following are some rules and guidelines when having characters who are relatives.

 

  1. No two characters with the same last name can register in the same term unless they are twins that have received special permission to do so.
  2. No two (or more) siblings, half-siblings, step-siblings, or adopted siblings can enter Hogwarts in the same term (except for twins; see the "twins rule" above).
  3. If an older sibling is held back due to inactive status, the younger sibling may move up as usual, even if it means they are in the same year. However, if an inactive character returns to find they are in the same year as a sibling, they will be required to either sever family ties and choose a new surname OR  or they may choose to wait to until promotions to return to active status and become the 'younger' sibling. Please be sure to contact a staff member immediately if this situation occurs.
  4. This rule also applies to siblings, half-siblings, step-siblings, or adopted siblings who "don't know about each other" for whatever reason.
  5. "God-parents" do not count as relatives.
  6. It is highly recommended (though not required) that there is at least one term gap in between siblings and relatives with the same surname. The staff will not make exceptions or take responsibility if your sibling lines are held up because an older relative fails to progress through the school years

 

Record-keeping


Sometimes, there is confusion between characters about who is related to whom. In order to share information about your family with other members (and cause less confusion for the staff), there is a place for you to enter your family information. This is located in +My Family Tree subforum (viewable to members only).

It is your responsibility to communicate with your relatives when you wish to bring on new relatives. It's only fair that they have some say in the matter.

Order of the Phoenix/Death Eater Relatives

As far as your character is concerned, the Order of the Phoenix is known to the public only as an old organization from Harry Potter's time, and was long ago disbanded first when Voldemort was defeated, and again after the Battle of Havencroft. Nobody today would have any concept that the Order of the Phoenix is an active, underground party. They are part of history only. The Death Eaters, on the other hand, have been confirmed to be at large once more and characters are permitted to react to this based upon their own opinions and experiences. No character can claim to know or suspect that any other character is a member of either organisation without explicitly being told by that character.

-- As a student you cannot claim that any relative (past or present) has ever been a member of either organisation, nor can you claim that any relative has been attacked or approached by them. The only exception to this is claiming that a relative fought at the Battle of Havencroft, as a one-off event. No affiliated character can reveal to a student that they are a member of these organisations under any circumstance.
-- As an adult, you can only claim relation to a NPC Death Eater through the Private Communication forum. This cannot be done for Order of the Phoenix relations, or by students.

Issues concerning your relation to the +Order of the Phoenix

Issues concerning your relation to the +Death Eaters


By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.


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Revision History

02Jul2020 -- added special circumstances for faces changes and clarified rules on trans and non-binary characters.

8NOV18 -- changed blood status selection explanation to reflect new board
08JUL17 -- amended generation rules to remove cousins
16APR17 -- added inactive sibling information
11SEP22 -- added section on "Blood Status"
11AUG28 -- added note forbidding claiming relation to any canon characters.
11JUL15 -- added clarification about NPC parents in generational relationships.
11JUN20 -- added to rules regarding children of existing or past characters.
11JAN12 -- reposting; formatting changes; major changes to relatives rules.
11DEC12 -- added to "Generational" rules; included information on new siblings becoming students after youngest child has graduated
12JUL13 -- edited "Twins" section; lengthened to include the matter of birthing children.
15AUG18 -- readded rule about relation to high profile figures
16JAN01 -- clarification to generational rules
16FEB19 -- changed information on the Chapter of Cadena to the Death Eaters
16SEP28 -- added information on number of children
18JUN07 -- added information about relations to Order of the Phoenix/Death Eaters

 

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Account Management, Multiple Accounts, and Alters

 

You alone are responsible for your account(s) -- please do not give your login/passwords to anyone.


When the same player/handler creates more than one account, we call this having an 'alter'. The first character created is referred to as the "primary" and any after that are "alters".

The following rules are in place for creating accounts:

For all Members:

 

  • You may not register more than 1 new account per term. Likewise members may not have two characters in the same year.
  • You may not have more than 3 students at Hogwarts at any given time.
  • You may not have more than 4 accounts total without special permission from the staff (handling of stock accounts does not count).
  • Only one account per IP address per registration period. 

 

If you plan to request to have an account be deleted, or if an account is deleted due to inactivity:

 

  • You must wait one full term before you can register a new account.
  • You may not register a new account and then choose to delete a character during registration weekend or while London/School Holidays are open during the first week of term.

 

'On Hold' 

 

If you are believed to have accidentally or intentionally violated the rules above, or there is a question over your eligibility to create a new character, your account will be placed 'on hold' during sorting. You will then be contacted by an administrator or staff member to gather more information on your past characters and anyone else using your IP address. If the situation is explained, then your character will be sorted as normal. If you are found to not be eligible to create the account in question, it will be deleted and you will not be allowed to create this account (or a new one) until you are eligible. An administrator will explain the reason(s) why the account won't move past sorting and when you are eligible to create an account again. If you know that you may have IP address problems prior to sorting, please reach out to a staff member to avoid having your character placed on hold. 

 

 

A word about IPs


IP -- (internet protocol) - a special number assigned to your computer/internet connection; it is also a primary way for the staff to identify which accounts go with with member.

The only way the staff has to identify whether an account belongs an individual member is through the IP. Therefore, the above rules will apply to everyone's IPs. No IP will be allowed to register more than one account per term. No IP will be allowed to hold over 4 accounts to the same IP except by special permission of the staff.

The platform this board runs on is Invision Power Board (IPB) -- not to be confused with InvisionFree. IPB costs money to purchase and run, and therefore, it has far more to it than InvisionFree. We have the ability to link the IPs of accounts, and keep a record of which accounts are connected through the IP, including IPs that come from proxy companies and servers. However, your safety and privacy is of the utmost importance and this information will never be shared with anyone. 



By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.


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Revision History

02JUL2020 -- wording revision, added 'on hold' section, and combined 'Managing Your Account' post with 'Multiple Accounts or Alters'

11JAN12 -- splitting from character creation rules; adding more about separate IPs; adding/clarifying alter rules.
15JAN01 -- clarifying character deletion rules; including during registration weekend

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Signature/Avatar Rules

(how to show your character in the best light)

We've all heard the saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words". Once you have created your character, you may want to give him or her a face. Pictures (or graphics) are the easiest way to do this; they can be visually appealing (or menacing) to other characters and give a real flavor and dimension to your posts.

Below are the specifics of avatars, signatures and a guide to the information contained in your panel.

AVATARS/PROFILE PHOTO


The avatar is the small square picture that appears just under your display name in the upper left-hand side of a post and on your profile. Though small, this is a powerful picture; it is often the first thing a reader will see about your post. The following rules must apply to avatars:

 

  • must be no bigger than 200x200px (pixels) - note: this image will automatically adjust in size to fit your profile, side panel, and the forums
  • the image rated 15+ or lower
  • total file size used can be no bigger than 100kb

 

To set your avatar

 

  1. Click on your character's name  (ex. John Smith). This can found in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  2. Click on profile photo. This can be found on the left side beneath the first letter of your character's name.
  3. Locate the entry import url and the blank box next to it. Paste in the url of your avatar from your image hoster. Note: though the selection is still there, we do not allow uploading of images to PW; that function, if tried, will not work.
  4. Click save.

 

You should now see your avatar displayed. If you have done these things and you receive an error message and/or your image does not display, try the following:

 

  • Refresh the page several times to see if it will appear.
  • Log off your account, clear your cache and cookies and then log back on.

 

If this does not help, the following maybe the be the reason:
 

  • Your avatar file name may be too long. If you have your avatar image in a sub-sub-sub album of your image hoster account, it may have created a long file name, something the avatar loader will not accept. Try to move your image in your image hoster to a base album with a shorter name.
  • Your offsite image hoster link could be broken. Check the url name carefully to make sure it doesn't show up broken.

 

SIGNATURES


A signature is the area of pictures/text that appears at the bottom of posts. The area can house a larger picture of your character and perhaps links to your author's/artists's pages. It's a little piece of personality to follow your posts and in conjunction with the avatar, can really help define your character.


The following rules apply to signatures:

 

  • Images, links and text may be rated no higher than 15+. This means that the person in your signature (regardless of sex) cannot be showing uncovered skin below their 'nipple line' (including exposed back below this line, plunging neckline, and low sided shirts), or above their upper thigh (including midriff and buttocks). Pictures cannot be sexually provocative in nature or feature rude or inappropriate gestures. If you are unsure of whether a picture is appropriate or not, please ask a staff member. 
  • you must not have more than four lines of text.
  • simple, single color symbols are allowed within your four lines of text; symbols may not include emojis or moving/sparkling/color changing graphics
  • images/pictures alone must be no larger than 500x200 total. This means that you can have multiple images side by side on a signature as long as the total dimensions is 500x200. (see illustration below)
  • text appearing in the signature must be no bigger than the #14 setting on the font size selector.

 

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To set your signature:

 

  • Click on your character's name. This can be found in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  • Click on account settings . This will appear in menu after step 1.
  • Select signature. This can be found on the left hand side of your screen.
  • Enter your text or create your links to your pictures. 
  • Click on save.

 

You should now see your signature displayed.

Signature Content


Because this forum is acting as a role-playing setting, please use only character-related or plot-line related material in your signatures. Graphics of your character or themes along those lines are fine, things that may show what your character is like. However, please do not put items that have nothing to do with the game or your character in your signature, i.e. your favorite rock-band's logo, your own website, your favorite TV show. The only exception to this is that you are allowed a an acknowledgment to the artist who did your graphics.

Members are allowed to use lines and quotes not written by them in their signature graphics (pictures) and in their text without providing credit to the original author. However, you are allowed only 3 lines of uncredited quotes per post. Three (3) lines can be as much as three full sentences from a story, 3 lines from a song or poem (that is to say three lines only - not sentences - and therefore this cannot be an entire stanza if it is longer). If you use 4 lines, you must provide credit to the author or musical artist (you are not allowed to use more than 4 lines, under any circumstance. If you are ever unsure, Google the lyrics to get an accurate representation of the number of lines something may have. AZ Lyrics (12+) is the most popular website when staff search the amount of quoted material, so more often than not, if this site says a quote has used three lines, we will accept it as three For poems, we will be using the official author's poem.

If you use a quote from another character, even if it is only one line to describe your character, please credit the writer. You may use up to four sentences to quote something someone else has said about your character, but you must always provide credit regardless of the length of the quote used. In addition, if you use a quote from your own character in your Character Library, please credit it so prefects and the staff are aware of the author and to avoid confusion.

Any quoted material from the Potters World site (to include Quests, forum descriptions, etc) must also be credited to the site and may only be up to 4 lines in length.

If a quote is used that is a one-line slogan from a company, this will need to be acknowledged. (ie. the brand name)

Requesting an Avatar or Signature


To request a signature set from +The Dark Arts, either sign into your TDA account or sign up, then follow their request instructions. If you request and are granted a sig set by an artist at TDA, it is in their rules that you must put an acknowledgment to the artist in your signature text. Alternatively, you could request a graphic in the +Graphic Request Area, following the rules laid out there.
 

 

By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.


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Revision History

02JUL20 -- added clarification on what a 15+ image refers to 

14NOV18 -- removed graphics for groups/clubs

8NOV18 -- updated signature/avatar instructions to reflect new site
11JUN04 -- removed reference to Graphics Central on this site; only TDA is now being referenced
11JAN17 -- reposting; format changes; rewording of reference to TDA and requesting artwork rules.
15JAN01 -- clarification of quoting guidelines

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Facebook and Other Social Media Sites

 

The staff would like to make it clear that we do not, nor do we plan to, step in on matters that happen off board on social media sites such as Facebook. We have OOC Forums that can be used for OOC communication here on the board and we encourage our members to utilize these forums to their advantage. However, we understand that social media can be a big part of the Potter's World experience but, by choosing to use Facebook or other social media platforms, we all run the risks of encountering bullying, harassment, and some downright hurtful/hateful material.  If these instances occur we highly recommend the use of the block features your platforms allow.

 

This being said, there are special circumstances where we can and will step in on matters that happen on Facebook and other social media sites. These instances include, but are not limited to:

 

1. Copying Our Material

 

The staff of Potter's World reserve the right to protect our copyrighted material. If we discover that someone has copied graphics or texts from our site to one of their own, we will take whatever action is necessary to have it removed. We reserve the right to the material that is on this board and people found in violation of this may find themselves receiving an official violation on the board with one or more of their accounts.

 

2. Revealing Private Site Information

 

The staff defines private information as information that is privy to small groups of people (such as staff, prefects, co-leaders, Quidditch players, affiliates, ect.) that is intended to be kept a secret. If it is found you are sharing information on Potter's World or social media (whether on statuses, group chats, or other means of spreading information) with people that do not have access to the same information as you, you may find yourself receiving a violation for breaking this rule and removal from the group in question. We take trustworthiness of our members entrusted with this sort of information very seriously and revealing private information may impact you for future OOC perks like the ones mentioned above.

 

3. Research for Potential Promotion

 

The staff may use outside information, such as instances that take place on social media, when deciding important positions such as (but not limited to) prefect, club leaderships, Quidditch positions, and affiliations. We do not condone bullying or harassment in any form and if we hear about it taking place on social media it could very well impact your chances of being granted certain positions on board that allow you access to information that only a handful of members on board have access to. These instances will be decided on by a case by case basis.

 

4. Safety Concerns and Illegal Behavior

 

The staff realizes this may sound like a catch-all instance and this is because we want to encourage you to report instances to us on board through the PM system. As a staff we do our best to ensure that Potter's World is a safe, fun, and friendly place for all it's members. To do this we need to be made aware of what is taking place off board when they cross major lines because it is impossible for us to see and catch every status that does. Instances that falls in to this category are (but not limited to);

 

--- The non-consensual sharing of mature material of a sexual nature.

--- Sharing someone else's full name (first and last), their address, or other private information.

--- Threats of harm toward other members.

--- Stalking another member in any form.

 

 

 

 

A final word on social media platform and discussion of private matters.

 

The Staff reserve the right to defend any decision made about a handler/character on a social media platform if that handler forces us to do so. Most of the time, information about decisions is biased, and the Staff have never chosen to step in, however with social media as the primary medium of communication and several messages on "unfairness", the staff can and will defend a decision made if the handler is the first person to bring up a biased point of view.

 

The above is with the intention to eliminate the barriers and calls of "unfairness", both to the members and staff alike, and to improve the communication between all handlers.

 

In addition, we are not advertising any social media platform on board. You are not allowed to reference them in public areas of the board such as the Help Wanted Ad and The Workshop unless for the purpose of discussion. 

 

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Your Panel

Your panel is the area to the left of your post. It contains all sorts of information about your character, most of which is placed there by the system. It's a good idea to glance at this area every now and then -- some things will change periodically, perhaps without your knowing it!

The panel is also a good way to see the status and information of other characters. You will know which characters are which, how long they've been around, what their house is, etc.

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A -- This is the name you registered under and will appear to all users.

B -- This is your Member Title. There are many sorts of titles, some assigned by the staff (like for stock characters), and some assigned by the system based on your post count (beginning player, novice, etc.). Adult characters are able to choose their own titles.

C -- This is your chosen avatar.

D -- This is your assigned User Group banner. There are many types of User Groups -- it would be a good idea to keep an eye on your user group banner, because it can change at any time, indicating that you can see areas of the board you were never able to before. Reasons for the group banner changing MIGHT be post count, tasks performed, promotion to the next year, a new job, etc.

E -- This area shows your personal member statistics (post count and account creation date). You can also enter where your character is from.

F -- This is your Affiliation. If you are a student, this will show your House once you are sorted when you reach Hogwarts (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin). If you are an adult, this will either be blank, a feather (to indicate a member of the Order of the Phoenix), or a Dark Mark (to indicate a member of the Death Eaters).

G -- This is the Governor's Quality Poster Seal that awarded to member's who exhibit excellent writing and RPing skills.


H --  For students, this may show a Prefect badge; for adults, these two icons indicate their job title and shop/department of employment.

 

I -- This is the Quest Badge awarded to students that have completed a Quest for every term at Hogwarts. A more sparkly version is the Blitz Quest badge for students that have completed a Blitz. Only characters that have completed all seven Quests in Hogwarts may keep their Quest/Blitz badges into the Adult World. 


J -- This is the Retired Citizen's badge for the characters that have successfully applied for retirement.

 


By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.


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Revision History

14NOV18 -- updated graphic and section 'I' for Quest badge and section 'J' for Retired Citizen's badge
11FEB09 -- update graphic to include student & adult; updated some descriptions
12MAY31 -- updated section 'J' to include notes on how to determine how many posts would be needed for promotion
16FEB19 -- added Death Eater icon information

 

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General Board Conduct

(the following rules apply to every location within PottersWorld)

1. Purpose

 

These forums have been set up for the sole purpose of providing a setting for a role-playing game based on the Harry Potter series of books. If you need to carry on a discussion into something unrelated, please move it offsite or to our +Out of Character Area. Before you joined the forum you agreed to its terms and conditions. If you decide not to abide by these conditions, your account here will be terminated.


2. Personal Info

 

Do not publish or otherwise give out any personal information about yourself or others, such as addresses, telephone numbers or full names.

 

Following is the copy of the Privacy Policy you have agreed to follow upon Registration:

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Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available in our footer and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

 

Log files are maintained and analysed of all requests for files on this website's web servers. Log files do not capture personal information but do capture the user's IP address, which is automatically recognised by our web servers.

 

Our Commitment to Children's Privacy

 

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

 

Cookies

 

This website does not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission. Any cookies that may be used by this website are used either solely on a per session basis or to maintain user preferences. Cookies are not shared with any third parties.

 


3. Treatment of Others

 

Please respect your fellow members. Rudeness, harassment, or abuse towards any member of the forums is prohibited. This includes incessant requests for a certain member to post or forcing them to RP scenes of issues that they may not be comfortable with.

 

Please read the article about Harassment +here

 

Bullying/Player Coercion

 

Potters World is an RPG accessed by people of all ages and backgrounds, and while all of our characters may be around the same age, it is important to be mindful of the age gap that does exist in real life. Some members are legally adults and others around their mid-teens (or younger) and while the romance here is 15+, be aware that some may not feel comfortable involving themselves in that kind of expression.

 

It is also important to remember that while your characters are friends/dating/mortal enemies, those dedications do not extend outside of what is being played on the board. No single person is obliged to RP with someone if they have other pursuits they wish to do with their characters. You have no say in how they spend their time here. It's not worth getting angry over if someone isn't replying as quickly as you want them to, or they are choosing to RP with someone else over you.

 

Try writing in a partnership and be understanding that sometimes inspiration and time constraints are a factor. A person may feel a strong tug towards another character or thread that does not involve you. Trying to force people to RP with you is bullying and will not be tolerated.

 

If you have heard of or are the victim of this kind of behavior, please don't hesitate to contact a Governor and we will investigate the matter.

 

4. Treatment of the Staff

 

Respect must also be extended to the staff, and this included IC staff (prefects, professors, etc.) The staff work many, many long hours keeping this site working and thriving. Abuse to the staff will not be tolerated. If you ever have dealing with a staff member that you feel are incorrect or not fair, please contact another staff member. Abuse to staff also includes a term we call "stalking" where a staff member is pestered with continual questions or repeated requests. We are here to answer your questions, but please do not abuse this privilege.

 

5. Board Moderation

 

We understand the desire to help, but if you're not a moderator, please don't moderate the board. You can offer helpful advice, especially to new characters/members. But please do not tell characters/members if they are doing something wrong. We do not want to place people in the position of judging each other; that is the staff's responsibility. Please report any rule breaking to the staff.

 

6. Board Promotion

 

Occasionally, we may need to take on additional staff. Trust that we will notice helpful people, and will potentially promote. But don't PM the staff asking for a promotion - we will approach you if we feel that you would be a good fit.

 

7. Song lyrics/Poems/Other quotes

 

OOC

You cannot use more than 4 lines of 'quoted' text per source (i.e., per song or poem, etc.) in a post.  Quoted text is defined as anything that has come from an outside source; be it the internet, books, songs, poems, etc. that is not written by you as the author.

 

You can use up to 3 lines of quoted text without the need to credit the source. Most of the quoted text used on our site deals with song lyrics in the place of thread titles. While that particular title might be 'current', a good deal of the time it is actually a common phrase, or there are other songs that hold the same title.

 

If you are using the maximum of 4 lines of quoted text, it is considered specific enough -- and must be credited!

 

The exception to this rule is in the +Out of Character Area. Please abide by the rules laid out in that forum. 

 

IC

 

If your character is writing songs or reciting poetry, please keep it to 4 lines per post even if you, the handler, are the author. If your character is quoting another character (such as in a written article or broadcast) IC, you are not limited to four lines. However, you must credit either in the article itself or in an OOC note at the bottom.

 

Please keep serenading, song writing, crooning and balladeering to a minimum. While characters may have non-magical hobbies like these, this should not be the focus in your threads. 


8. Translating Non-English Words/Phrases

 

It is permitted for members the use of up to five non-English words in your posts, signatures, profile page and elsewhere without a translation. However, if there is any more than this (for example, a full sentence with more than five words), then you must provide a translation in English. This can be in the form of a small note at the end. ANY and all non-English words must be translated if greater than the permitted five words.


9. No spamming

 

Spam is defined as Silly Pointless Annoying Messages. Spamming can be described as posts that detract from the main purpose of role-playing; that of interacting effectively with other characters. Don’t spam -- it just ruins the experience for everyone else and is annoying. Following is considered spamming:

 

  • posts with under 50 words
  • posting in an old topic that hasn't been 'active' in over a month (31 days)
  • posting in an old topic whose character(s) has been deleted
  • posting in a topic, completely disregarding the people/setting/everything going on in it

 

Special Note: Any time the board is offline, either for a quarterly shutdown or for any other reasons, the spam dates are extended by that many days. For instance, if the board is offline for 7 days, then the spam date is extended 7 days. If the board is offline for 1 day, then the spam date is extended by 1 day.  

 

10. No double posting.

 

Double posting is making two or more consecutive posts. Doing this does not give others adequate time to reply. Edit your original post rather than make a new one if you decide you have more to say. There are areas around the board where double-posting IS permitted. Those will be marked specifically as such by instructions in that particular forum's pinned rules (example: The Owlry).

 

We do understand computer glitches do happen; if you accidentally double-posted the same thing, please report it in the Ask the Staff forum, to the pinned thread ("+Double Post Boo-Boo's"). It will be taken care of by the staff.


11. Linking

 

Because this is a role-playing game forum, linking to other websites is not permitted. The only exceptions are The Dark Arts (the-dark-arts.org).

 

No images may be put within individual posts unless you have prior permission of the staff. Characters may use handwritten signatures in letter posts only and images must be no bigger than 250 wide x 50 high. he lettering can be any color you wish but keep in mind legibility on board when choosing your colors.

 

You may not link to any threads you make in Potters World to "advertise" what you have written. The site is routinely cleaned out and so your link will at some point "die." Additionally, it's just not needed as the profile pages let readers follow your posts/topics anyway. The only exception is linking to your own Character Library thread.


12. Promotions of Other Sites

 

Topics and threads containing advertising or promoting other websites are not permitted, outside of The Dark Arts (the-dark-arts.org).


13. Staying Active

 

Potters World is an active board, and we want active members. You must maintain a certain level of active role-playing on this site or your account may be subject to deletion.

 

Information on long-term absence or Inactive status is located +here.

 

All accounts that have been placed on Voluntary Inactive status for over 6 months will be deleted if the handlers do not make contact with staff before the 6 month period is up. When an adult witch/wizard has not made an RP post in a period of 2 months they are to be placed on Involuntary Inactive. If the handler of this account has other characters, they will also be placed on Involuntary Inactive regardless of their activity. Involuntary Inactive lasts for 2 months. If no staff contact has been made in this time, the accounts will be deleted. If the handler returns and then receives a second involuntary inactive status, the abandoned account(s) will be deleted immediately.

 

Student accounts that have not advanced a grade/year level in 3 terms will be deleted (Read more on this policy located +here in the Student Handbook). Once deleted, an account is gone forever.

 

14. Absences

 

Everyone needs to be absent at one time or another. You do not want to leave the people you are RPing with hanging by leaving without notice, so please post in the Absence Thread when you will be gone. There are more explanations of this policy located in the first post of the +Absence Thread.

 

15. Ask the Staff

 

This document cannot possibly encompass all the variables to the rules. When you are in doubt that a particular action or plot line is ToS compliant, please feel free to ask the staff! The staff are any of the Governor or Magistrate accounts.

 

If you have a question, you can post it on the general board in the +Ask the Staff forum. If you have a question you wish to PM a member of the staff, you can contact them via the +Staff Contact list.

 

If you have a specific plot idea that you are not sure about, you can contact specific staff by PM, or you can submit your idea through the +Private Communication forum.

 

 

By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.


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Revision History

02JUL20-- added distinction between IC and OOC quoting

28JUN20 -- change to allowed handwritten signature size and color

02APR20 -- clarification on the spam date for threads.

14NOV18 -- adding the Privacy Policy agreement upon registration

06NOV15 -- updated image rules to include AW letter threads

22JAN15 -- further clarification on crediting of quoted material.
22JAN11 -- Simplifying lyrics/quotes rules; reformatting for clarity; clarifying spamming rules.

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Character Conduct

Two very important distinctions need to be made when entering the role-playing world. They are "character" and "player".

Character -- the entity you created for PottersWorld, the one you registered with. Most characters on this board will start at students at Hogwarts.

Player -- the person behind the computer screen controlling the character. The real you. Also referred to as the "handler".

In Character (IC) vs. Out of Character (OOC)

In Character ('IC') refers to within the world of the characters, rather than the world of the players. That is, you should make decisions about actions based on what your character would do, how your character would behave based on his/her past actions and experiences. A character talking to another character is an IC interaction, set within the IC world, while two players talking using the personal messenger system or the OOC discussion areas about a real life football game or their real lives is an Out of Character ('OOC') interaction.

 

All posting at PW needs to be IC except for the following forums:

 


By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.


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Revision History

02JUL2020 -- added link to OOC Area and removed unnecessary added explanation
04FEB11 -- reposting; formatting changes; rewording of what IC/OOC means to a player

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Student Conduct

Rules concerning conduct and play for Student characters can be found in the +Student Handbook.

 

In the Student Handbook you will find rules encompassing all underaged characters and Hogwarts students including:

  • Hogwarts Staff, Professors, and Prefects
  • Class List for students including electives
  • Student life including detentions, special lessons, access to the Hospital Wing, Chamber of Secrets, and the Forbidden Porest
  • Class promotion and graduation
  • Activities outside of lessons including Quidditch, clubs, and party rules
  • Student access including dormitories and Hogwarts grounds
  • Personal conduct guide on romance, hobbies, dancing and keeping pets
  • Disciplinary protocols on bullying, curfew, possession of banned items, and fighting on Hogwarts grounds
  • Spell casting rules and duelling guidelines
  • School holidays, Internships (Ministry and Shops) and Hogsmeade weekend rules
     

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Revision History

14NOV18 -- adding index for the student handbook
11FEB04 -- reposting; formatting changes; rewording of what IC/OOC means to a player

 

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Adult Conduct

Rules concerning conduct and play for Adult characters can be found in the +Adult World ToS. (note: this link is viewable to adult characters only)

 

In the Adult World Terms of Service, you will find rules for characters that have been allowed access in the AW including:

  • Character age guidelines for magical ability and standard age for reference
  • Relationship rules between adults and underaged characters
  • Ratings on sex, violence and mature themes
  • Rules on engagement/marriage, and divorce between characters including application
  • Rules on birthing/adopting a child and creation of child accounts
  • Spell casting and creation

 

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Revision History

14NOV18 -- adding index for the student handbook

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Disciplinary Policy

There are two kinds of disciplines at Potters World:

  1. Discipline that is real, the result of real rule-breaking of the forum rules. (OOC)
  2. Discipline that is part of the game, part of the role-playing at Hogwarts and beyond. (IC)
     

There are also two types of ways you can receive discipline:

  1. Warning - This is more of a 'heads up' kind of PM that will inform you of a mistake or a line that you may be about to cross. These warning PMs are to remind you of a rule so that you can rectify the situation yourself. Unless you are told that something will result in a violation being logged, you are likely receiving a warning (of which no permanent record is kept and it will not be marked against you unless you continue the behaviour you were warned to cease).
  2. IC/OOC violation or infraction - Violations, also known as infractions, are records made on your profile page for your personal and staff viewing only. You will receive infractions for breaking a rule to the point where a record needs to be made of it (eg. your character threw a Fanged Frisbee and was caught by a Prefect, or you tripped the word censor). By clicking on your Warning Points, you will be able to access your permanent record to view any infractions that you may receive (which will also include miscellaneous records like class promotion). If you receive a PM to inform you that you have received an infraction, it will likely not appear on your record until the end of term.



In Character (IC) Violations

If the message starts with IC, this means the post is being made "in character" of the role-playing. In other words, your character is being warned for perhaps a rule breaking at Hogwarts (teasing the caretaker's cat, being out after curfew, getting caught with a forbidden item from Zonko's, etc). These warnings can be taken as board disciplines, but primarily they are part of the game. Your character should roleplay that they are serious, perhaps a detention or other punishment is issued. 

 

Please note: IC violations (in-character) are given only when your character acts in a manner outside of school rules and used mainly for tracking and game purposes. Your character may receive an IC violation if they are 'caught' doing something against the rules and a prefect catches them IC. Alternatively, an IC violation may be received if you submit a plot to the Private Communications Forum in which your character would likely be caught and receive a consequence. Please keep in mind that while prefects (in real life and on PW) simply can't catch everything, if you receive an IC violation, it is not a 'black mark' on your record. HOWEVER, if you receive multiple IC violations (8...9...10 or so on) will be seriously considered before granting certain perks (like being made a Prefect). 


Out of Character (OOC) Violations

If a message starts with OOC, this is a warning for you, the handler. This can be anything from an over sized signature graphic to something far more severe. These violations are taken more seriously by the staff when it comes to considering your character for perks or entry to the Adult World. While having one minor OOC violation won't stop you from receiving perks, having multiple serious OOC violations reflects poorly on your ability to follow the board rules, and may result in you missing out on opportunities that require thorough understanding of the rules.

Major Offence

Depending on the nature of the offence, your account may be immediately suspended, deleted and/or your IP banned.

 

All rulings and actions against members will be entirely at the discretion of the webmaster, administrators, staff and moderators of Potters World.

 

 


By joining Potter's World you indicate that you have read and do agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in warnings, disciplinary action or removal from the boards.


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Revision History

04JUL2020 -- moved social media information to it's own post

02JUL2020 -- added clarification on ways to receive discipline and removed IC/OOC violation comparison

14NOV2018 -- editing Warn Logs to Warning Points to reflect the new board; adding note about advertising of social media platforms
02MAY2016 -- addition of information on Social Media Platform communication
2APR16 -- clarification regarding IC violations
11FEB08 -- reposting; rewording to update current policies, emphasizing staff judgment

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Role-Playing Rules and Guidelines

Rules for actual role-playing and how it's done on this board can be found in +How to Role-Play.

 

These are general board conventions we observe on board including:

  • Posting guidelines including post length, types of threads (open, closed etc.), tagging threads, editing, formatting, and previewing post
  • Using the quote box
  • Guidelines on writing a post including point of views, tense, grammar guidelines, and other board conventions
  • Tips such as avoiding god-moding and how to create a unique character
  • Role play terms commonly used on board

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