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      January Bulletin   12/31/2017

      January's bulletin is up! It includes information about recent staff/prefect bumps, the upcoming FROGS, some special awards, and more! You can check it out +here.

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  1. How Does HPFT Staff? (and how do I join?)

    We've been copy-pasting a lot of the information regarding staff apps into the application announcements every three months. Instead of continuing to do that, we wanted to streamline the process a little by making the information more accessible - and the bulletin less lengthy! How Does HPFT Staff? (and how do I join?) Every three months, HPFT posts an application on googleforms and opens up applications for all site staff roles. Any staff vacancies that exist either when we post the apps or come up over the course of the following three months are filled using that application. Members are encouraged to apply to as many roles as they'd like - it's all on one application, and we don't have any restrictions on post count or time spent as a member. Previous experience might be helpful and you're welcome to reference it in your application, but there's also a lot of guidance available, so don't hesitate to apply just because you don't have any experience. If you're not available immediately, that's okay, too - there's a place to specify that, and we'll only consider you for bumps after that point. Roles include: Auror: Expected to validate 5-10 chapters a week, participate in semi-annual CA reviews/discussions about potential archive changes, grade applications every three months, and pitch in on sitewide activities. (Minimum age: 18.) Gamekeeper: Expected to participate in brainstorming and coordinating forum activities/events, including keeping tabs of prefect/staff activity discussions to make sure they don't conflict and get done in a timely manner, as well as grade applications every three months. While Gamekeepers are not expected to run all or even most site activities, they should be at least tangentially aware of most activities happening on the site and take a leadership role in activities more often than other staff members. (Minimum age: 16.) Muggle Liaison: Expected to make regular posts on the site's social media (including both reblogging and creating original content), assist in outreach to other sites where applicable, brainstorm new ways to improve our social media presence, pitch in on sitewide activities, and grade applications every three months. If time permits, they may also help with individual houses' social media accounts as needed, especially tumblr. (Minimum: 16.) Muggle Liaison Assistant: Expected to assist the muggle liaisons in social media outreach. This may involve (but is not necessarily limited to) making picspams/other graphics, coming up with fic recommendations, and identifying good things to reblog/retweet/etc. (Minimum age: 13.) Prefect: Expected to contribute to certain site activities (i.e., the Order or Merlin, the site story of the month, and seasonal writing competitions) and common room activities. The specifics may differ depending on the culture of your specific common room, but could include posting monthly/annual competitions and contributing to the house newsletter. (Minimum age: 13.) Professor: Expected to moderate the forums ~2-3 times a week (including approving new members, checking posts on the forums to ensure they follow the rules, modifying posts that break the rules, and contacting members where necessary), pitch in on sitewide activities, and grade applications every three months. (Minimum age: 16.) In conjunction with that, staff members/prefects are expected to maintain a basic level of activity most months - i.e., ~10 posts a month just about anywhere on the forums/archives about just about anything (including-but-not-limited-to posts, status updates/replies, reviews, new chapters, and nominations). Everyone is allowed an occasional no-questions-asked skip for the month, but it should be infrequent. As a rule, full staff positions probably require 3-5 hours a week on the site, and prefect/muggle liaison assistant positions probably require 1-2 hours a week on the site. That's not a hard and fast rule, though - as long as you're checking the site regularly, completing your ten posts, and fulfilling whatever other duties you have, we'll be happy. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to any member of the staff privately or ask in a reply here! <3
  2. Hey, HPFT! We're opening applications for staff/prefect positions again. Here's how this works: we post our application every three months. Each applicant identifies all of the roles they're interested in - you can choose as many as you want - and answers the relevant questions. Once applications close, all staff members review and discuss the applications. Any vacancies that exist when we post applications or that come up over the course of the following three months are filled using that application, so if you're interested in any position(s), even if you don't think there's an opening right now, you should absolutely apply. You are also welcome to apply even if you haven't been on the site for very long or if you will only become available partway through this time frame (e.g., if you'll only be available after November 15) - there's a space to specify the latter on the application. If you have applied in the past and are still interested, please apply again. The following are some basic explanations about what each position entails. Please note that the hour requirement is a guideline for most weeks - if you have to take time off here and there for whatever reason, that's totally fine, but we'd like for that to be the exception rather than the rule (i.e., every month or two). All staff assistants (i.e., prefects and muggle liaison assistants) must be at least 13 years old. They are expected to devote 1-2 hours a week to their duties, including: A prefect is expected to work with staff members and other prefects to help run certain site activities (i.e., the Order or Merlin, the site story of the month, and seasonal events). They are also expected to contribute to common room activities. The specifics may differ depending on the culture of your specific common room, but may include running monthly/annual competitions, the house newsletter, and seasonal events. A muggle liasion assistant is expected to assist the muggle liaisons in social media outreach. All full staff members (i.e., aurors, gamekeepers, muggle liaisons, and professors) are expected to devote at least 3-5 hours a week to their duties, including judging sitewide contests and applications; participating in planning site activities; and brainstorming new directions to take the site. Gamekeepers, muggle liaisons, and professors must be at least 16 years old, and aurors must be at least 18 years old. Please note that handbooks and/or extensive guidance are available for all of these positions; experience is helpful, but it's in no way necessary. ) In addition: An auror is expected to work with other validators to validate submissions to the archive. Aurors should plan to validate 7-10 chapters a week. They are also expected to interface with members who reach out with questions about our archive rules via the validator email account, the forums, or twitter. A gamekeeper is expected to streamline communication between prefects and staff members, serve as a resource for prefects as they brainstorm and carry out site activities, and help coordinate forum activities/events. A muggle liaison is expected to make regular posts on tumblr, including both reblogging and creating original content like fic recommendations; perform outreach to other sites; and brainstorm new areas to take our social media presence to. A professor is expected to work with the other professors to moderate the forums (~2-3 times/week), including approving new members; check posts on the forums to ensure that they follow the rules; modify posts that do not appropriately; and contact members where necessary. You can find the application +here. Please do keep in mind that we really do take your answers on the application seriously, so answer thoughtfully - while we don't automatically bump the strongest application, the only times to date that we've ever ended up bypassing someone with a stronger app for someone with a weaker one was when there were serious concerns about activity levels. If you have any questions at all, you're welcome to ask them here or PM me. If you would like to apply, please do so by October 10, 11:59pm GMT. Thank you!
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