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Welcome to the HPFT bulletin, where you can find all of our major monthly announcements and information about upcoming events! This month, we've also got an announcement about our upcoming second birthday celebration. If you're new, first and foremost: welcome to HPFT! It's awesome to have you with us. HPFanficTalk is a forum/archive - the forum is Harry Potter-themed (including a year-long house cup), but we talk about other fandoms, too, and the archive is multi-fandom/OF. We have a strong culture of support for other writers and feedback here, including a story help section, challenges, and reviewing events, so if you're a writer, you've come to the right place. A quick rundown to help you get started here on the forums: please post in the 'Welcome to HPFT' topic +here to say that you've read over the rules and understand them. You can specify your house in that post or in our sorting ceremony +here - once you do, we'll sort you into the right group so you can see a common room that only people in your house are allowed to see. You're welcome to post in your common room and/or in our introductions forum +here to introduce yourself if you'd like, and you may also find our +FAQs helpful. Enjoy your stay! @abhorsen. will be joining the Professor team part-time in addition to her main duties. There's a lot more activity around the site these days, and after some discussion, we decided to change our application process a little going forward. We'll still hold onto any applications submitted for three months before you need to reapply (i.e., until September), but we'll be giving people the chance to apply for the first week of every month. (Other than this one - for this month, applications will be open from June 11 - June 18.) You can find the application +here. A more detailed rundown on how HPFT staffing works can be found +here. If you have any graphics on the archive (or here) that are hosted on imgbox, please rehost them elsewhere; we'll be removing links in the meantime. (Right now, google is insisting that all graphics hosted there are malware, so we need to remove the links.) We're thrilled to announce that we've started a new area on the forums... Graphics Talk! We've had several requests for this over the past year or so, but we haven't gone ahead with it before now because we had concerns about not having the activity level from artists to sustain the structure of the requesting sections of graphics sites like TDA and Shadowplay. However, when @just.a.willow.tree suggested that we structure it as similar to the review requests instead, we started discussing it as a staff and decided to finally go ahead with it. So: now it's there. Enjoy! In addition, please note that we have a new prefects' challenge! The prefects' celebration challenge will run through July 15, and gives you several prompts to choose from. Keep in mind that entering and placing in prefect challenges counts for more than normal challenges if you're working toward your challenge badge - we hope you can get in an entry! Our four houses have all been in the process of running their house awards this month! Hufflepuff is just starting the nominating process, Gryffindor and Ravenclaw are both doing their reading week(s) prior to opening voting, and Slytherin just finished voting up. If you haven't stopped into your house recently, you should definitely check them out - and if you don't have a house yet, it's not too late to get yourself sorted by posting +here! Our second birthday is quickly approaching! We hope you'll join us for our celebration. Our first head student just joined our community here at HPFT in April, but she's a very familiar face to anyone who's spent time at TDA. She's quickly become very active in her common room and engaged with the community as a whole, and she recently put her first story into the queue. (Coming soon! ) She's already become a very positive presence in our community, and we're so thrilled to have her here. Please give it up for... @starbuck! Our second head student this month also recently found HPFT, but she was active on the HPFF forums, so we were happy to see that she'd found us! She's quickly gotten involved with the forums and has been very active on the archive, posting a novel as well as several shorter stories, and her nominations for her house's yearly awards were very well-deserved. Congratulations to... @ShadowRose! Congratulations again to both of you. We're all so lucky to have you in this community! Please PM me with which of your stories you'd like us to feature next month! The Prefects have decided to honor one of our amazing admins for June’s Order of Merlin, just in time for HPFT’s anniversary month! And the winner is…. @toomanycurls! You know her for amazing stories and her reputation of making everyone cry when she inevitably breaks your heart; but on and off the screen, Rose is a wonderful, hardworking fearless leader - on both the archives and the forums. This month especially, we can’t thank her enough for helping create this new home for us all. As part of the admin team, she’s so approachable and encourages honest communication and discussion while also working hard to create a safe, open and diverse environment for us. After a series of unfortunate events unfolded in April, she spearheaded a new Review Transfer Tool, so everyone could save their beloved reviews from old sites and transfer them onto the archives. She also does a lot of the coding work on the archives, and is always around for anyone who has questions about site rules or if you just want to chat. Overall, we can’t imagine this site without her. Please take a moment and join me in congratulating Rose, and thank her for everything she does. - @dreamgazer220 June's SotM goes to... @just.a.willow.tree for her story an absence of sound! and then i am silent. banner by empyreal @TDA Every month, HPFT runs Fic Night, where a staff member reads a nominated fic from one of our members. You can check out @TidalDragon reading Two Months by @Levana for May's Fic Night +here if you haven't seen it yet! This month, we're featuring the story of the month, the fic night story, a recent head student fic, and some of the stories from our FROGS top threes and winners of previous house awards that have the longest titles, since they fit easier into these awards. (Click for links, though please note that some links you click on may be rated M.) June 3 - The Angst Alone Challenge by @Margaret June 15 - The Love __________ Challenge by @just.a.willow.tree June 25 - The Stop Shop And Rework It Challenge by @Levana July 15 - The Prefect's Celebration Challenge by the prefects July 31 - The Aurors Tale Challenge Season 4 by @StarFeather August 1 - The Vocational Challenge by @sapphicsunrise August 10 - The Anything But Harry Challenge by @scooterbug8515 And finally, we want to wish a very happy birthday to all of HPFT's June babies. Feel free to stop by their profiles/APs/writing journals on their special day! 1 - @Deeds 2 - @Slide 4 - @ImaRavenclaw; @manno-malfoy 6 - @clevernotbrilliant 21 - @TreacleTart 22 - @ichigopan 23 - @AngelEyez3954; @Rose Ameile Hunter 27 - @facingthenorthwind OoM written by @dreamgazer220. The rest of the bulletin write-up and all graphics by @abhorsen.. Please remember to rehost & credit if you'd like to save your awards!
Welcome to the HPFT bulletin, where you can find all of our major monthly announcements and information about upcoming events! This month, we've also got the results of our Fic Feud event and some announcements about new forum features and some major archive changes, including a tool to transfer any reviews you have back up from HPFF over to HPFT. (This is a bit of a long bulletin, so buckle up. ) If you're new, first and foremost: welcome to HPFT! It's awesome to have you with us. HPFanficTalk is a forum/archive - the forum is Harry Potter-themed (including a year-long house cup), but we talk about other fandoms, too, and the archive is multi-fandom/OF. We have a strong culture of support for other writers and feedback here, including a story help section, challenges, and reviewing events, so if you're a writer, you've come to the right place. A quick rundown to help you get started here on the forums: please post in the 'Welcome to HPFT' topic +here to say that you've read over the rules and understand them. You can specify your house in that post or in our sorting ceremony +here - once you do, we'll sort you into the right group so you can see a common room that only people in your house are allowed to see. You're welcome to post in your common room and/or in our introductions forum +here to introduce yourself if you'd like, and you may also find our +FAQs helpful. Enjoy your stay! Hufflepuff: 3449.5 Ravenclaw: 2200 Gryffindor: 1916.5 Slytherin: 1655 We already bumped the additions to the staff/prefect team from our April apps a week or so ago , but we'd like to officially welcome them to the staff team now (as well as announce a couple more changes)! @Levana and @victoria_anne have both joined the Muggle Liaison team! Maggie and Bianca both bring some great previous experience to the table, and our ML quartet is planning some amazing new things in the coming months. We're thrilled to have them aboard! In addition, @MegGonagall has decided to switch from her current role as Professor to being a full time member of the Auror team! @PaulaTheProkaryote is also joining the validating team part-time in addition to her Muggle Liaison duties, and @TidalDragon and @Alopex will be joining the moderating team part-time. We're also very excited to add @Slytherinchica08 to the prefect team; anyone who's seen Erica around the forums knows how friendly (and animal friendly!) she is, and we're psyched to have her help. Enjoy your new roles, everyone! Please note that in the original version of the bulletin, Paula, Meg, and Kevin had all joined the Auror team part-time, and we had no part-time Professors. We have a couple new features on the forums that we'd like to introduce you to! Skins. Our wonderful headmaster @Alopex uploaded two new forum themes/skins earlier this month, so you now have three to choose from (including the default). You can find the announcement +here, and the option to change your theme at the very bottom of the forums. Holly did an amazing job, and we're so psyched to have them! Badges. HPFT has some of the most dedicated, hard-working, and talented writers/reviewers in the fanfiction community, and we've decided to add a feature that formally recognizes that. It's entirely opt-in. If you choose to participate, you'll be able to claim badges for various accomplishments and milestones that you reach, events you participate in, and leadership roles that you've filled. You can find more information about our badges and how to claim them in the new badge sub-forum +here; we'll be making them visible over the course of the next hour or so. 3. NaNo Nests. In addition, if you participated in Camp NaNo and would like your Novel Nest either moved to our +Writing Journal section (if you don't already have a journal) or merged with your regular writing journal (if you do), please post a comment in your NaNo Nest by May 7. If you don't comment by then but change your mind later, you can just contact any Professor - they'll be happy to move it for you, even if the Nest has been hidden. This month we have several notices, announcements, and reminders in regards to our Archives! Review Transfers from HPFF - @toomanycurls has been working on a system to make transferring of any reviews you'd gotten on HPFF to HPFT over the years much easier! With this system, you won’t have to copy and paste everything manually at the right story, but it gets done for you! You can find the post about it +here; if you follow the instructions there, your reviews will be moved in the next month of so (depending on demand). In addition, we would also like to remind you about +this poll in regards to possible new functions on the archives if you haven't seen it yet! Archive Advisories - There are two impending changes in regards to archive advisories that will be implemented shortly. The changes will be regarding two of the advisories: the Hate Speech advisory, and the Sexual Assault advisory. Based on member feedback a couple months and internal discussion, we shall be splitting the Hate Speech advisory into two advisories: Hate Speech and Derogatory Language. The first will be reserved for very serious slurs that are universally seen as problematic, and the second will be for other slurs. Changes will be implemented when it comes to ratings as well (some stories, for instance, will now be fine with a T rating instead of an M). Based on internal discussion, we shall be changing the Sexual Assault advisory into two categories: Consent Issues (Severe) - e.g., depictions of rape, mentions of child abuse - and Consent Issues (Mild/Moderate) - e.g., unwanted kissing, grey consent areas, etc. The second will be allowed at both T and M ratings. The new tags have been posted, and the site guidelines have been updated. You can also check the +consent issues tutorial and the +profanity/slur tutorial for further details. Reminders: Lastly, the Validators would like to remind you all to please read the emails we send you after we validate your stories. In all rejections and some acceptances, notes will be written in to point you to specific areas of concern. In rejections, those need to be changed for us to validate your story. Here are a few reminders for everyone to keep in mind: If you had a chapter rejected for a rating that needs to be changed or an advisory that needs to be added, please keep in mind that the software won't register changes unless a space (or something similar) has been added to the end of the chapter and saved. If this isn’t done, the chapter won’t go back into the queue. Please also keep in mind that if you throw in a lot of chapters of the same story into the queue (which is fine!) and we have to reject one of those, we will leave the rest of the chapters alone until the necessary changes have been made. This is to avoid having to reject multiple chapters of the same story for the same reason, as that would be very demotivating and unfairly impact your ability to get CA status later. Do keep in mind that the rejection/acceptance emails will sometimes come into your spam box. Do check that too if your chapter isn't up and it's been a week (for shorter stories/individual chapters) or two weeks (for novels). If it takes longer than that to get validated and you haven’t gotten an email or a previous chapter hasn’t been rejected, feel free to reach out to @abhorsen., @BellaLestrange87, @Ineke, or @Renacerá on the forums or email us at email@example.com! HPFT is now on facebook! You can find the page +here. It's yearly house award season! All four houses are either in the process of running their awards or are about to start them. Stop into your common room for more information if you already have a house. If you don't but would like to join one, contact @abhorsen., @Alopex, or @toomanycurls - we'll get you sorted ASAP! Our first Head Student this month has been wonderful on the archive and the forums over the past couple months! On the archive side, they've posted a number of reviews and uploaded more than a dozen great stories, and on the forum side, they're also posting all over the place, including starting some really interesting topics that we've all gravitated toward! <3 Congratulations to... @facingthenorthwind! Nix has also been keeping our validators busy (and very entertained!) with the stories she's been posting to the archive, and she's left many reviews over the past month as well. In addition, she's a great member on the forums, participating in a number of threads in both her common room and the broader HPFT forums. This is very deserved, and please join us in congratulating... @Nix! Congratulations again to both of you. We're all so lucky to have you in this community! Please PM me with which of your stories you'd like us to feature next month! The Prefects have decided to honor one of our amazing Aurors for May’s Order of Merlin! And this month, the winner is…. @Ineke! You know her for her undeniable enthusiasm, love for Cursed Child, and, of course, her outstanding dedication to our archive. When a series of unfortunate events rolled out, causing a wonderful spike in membership for both our forums and our archives, Ineke didn’t let that slow her down. She rose to the challenge and in the month of April alone, has validated well over 280 chapters! Please take a moment to thank Ineke for all she does on the forums, but especially the queue, for keeping wait-times down while always encouraging authors to submit new stories and chapters despite the high number of chapters in the queue. We can’t imagine our archive without you, so thank you for all you do! We are very excited to announce the winners of Fic Feud, this year’s staff-hosted writing competition! As a quick run-down, participants in the competition were assigned a partner, with whom they had to write a two-to-four chapter story, with four elements chosen for each chapter. To make it more difficult, they were able to sabotage another team by either assigning or blocking elements. Coming in with the top score overall are @pookha & @Levana for their story A Rescue In Space And Time (M)! This story really stood out to judges on the creativity/difficult elements front and scored strongly in that area. These two have each earned 75 points for their house (Ravenclaw & Hufflepuff), in addition to 5 points each for the chapters they wrote. Our runners-up are @Rumpelstiltskin & @victoria_anne with their story Mask of Truth! This story earned the highest score in cohesiveness. Each of them has earned 50 points for their house (Slytherin & Hufflepuff), in addition to the 5 points each for the chapters they wrote. Our other four entries are listed below. Each earned 5 participation points for the author’s house. This has resulted in 12.5 points for Gryffindor, 27.5 for Hufflepuff, 15 for Ravenclaw, and 10 for Slytherin. Marriage Isn’t A Fairytale by @Alexis Black & @forever_dreaming Decay Theory by @Dojh167 & @Aphoride Everlasting… by @StarFeather & @just.a.willow.tree The Madness of Magic (M) by @Pixileanin & @Phoenix Potioneer And just some additional recognitions: We’d like to extend our congratulations to @StarFeather, who had the highest focus-on-elements score by a decent margin. We’d also like to recognize the team of @Pixileanin & @Phoenix Potioneer for being the only team to write more than two chapters. For those curious about the scoring rubric/process: May's SotM goes to... @Chelts-rhj for her story Stand Tall! Alba Williamson is a cross-word loving Ravenclaw in her seventh year at Hogwarts. Pity is her nemisis, and pride is her guiding light. Determined to keep her head up through thick and thin, she struggles with the challenges of cerebral palsy. Though her best friend James helps as much as he can, things are sure to change with the Triwizard Tournament right around the corner. banner by @abhorsen. Every month, HPFT runs Fic Night, where a staff member reads a nominated fic from one of our members. You can check out @TidalDragon reading Constellations by @Unwritten Curse for April's Fic Night +here if you haven't seen it yet! This month, we're featuring the winner and runner up of our Fic Feud event as well as the story of the month, the fic night story, a recent head student fic, a few stories from our FROGS top threes, and a staff pick! (Click for links, though please note that some links you click on may be rated M.) Congratulations, @Chelts-rhj, @frombluetored, @Levana, @manno-malfoy, @MegGonagall, @Phoenix Potioneer, @pookha, @RoxiMalfoy, @Rumpelstiltskin, @Unwritten Curse, @val, and @victoria_anne! May 7 - The Soulmate AU and Random Prompt Challenge by @MadiMalfoy May 10 - The New Beginnings Challenge by @Crimson Quill June 3 - The Angst Alone Challenge by @Margaret June 15 - The Love __________ Challenge by @just.a.willow.tree June 25 - The Stop Shop And Rework It Challenge by @Levana July 31 - The Aurors Tale Challenge Season 4 by @StarFeather And finally, we want to wish a very happy birthday to all of HPFT's May babies. Feel free to stop by their profiles/APs/writing journals on their special day! 2 - @FireCrest 6 - @water_lily43175 8 - @Oregonian 10 - @bahneebee 16 - @LunaStellaCat; @magnifique 23 - @Dojh167; @esmeraude; @Gabriella Hunter 24 - @Aphoride 25 - @HeyMrsPotter 29 - @MeIsMoonie 30 - @DictionaryWrites 31 - @greisful; @SnitchSeer all awards by @abhorsen.. Bulletin write-up by @abhorsen., @Alopex, @dreamgazer220, and @Ineke. Please remember to rehost & credit if you'd like to save your awards!