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SORTING HAT RP IS OPEN! *confetti*

1. THE GAME IS OFFICIALLY OPEN ON DREAMWIDTH~!

After some retooling, Sortinghat is set up and ready to go! From now on, posts will go on sortinghat_rp instead of in character journals, and we've already set up tags for your character's names! When you comment on another character's post, remember to tag it with your character's name.
Prose logs will go on sortinghat_logs as before, and the other communities to join are, again shooc_up for the OOC comm and felixfelicisoverload for the crack comm. Also! Our DRESSING ROOM COMMUNITY IS dressrobes. SO JOIN ALL OF THE COMMUNITIES LISTED ABOVE! They're important. '^'

2. Let us know of any of our links aren't working so we can fix them, and also let us know if you need assistance with moving your characters over to a different setting, IT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR.

3. There have been some changes to the application as well, namely in allowing people to link their canon backgrounds, and giving people a few more options for how they would like to do their samples. Check it out, it's rad.

4. We're opening today, but activity is waved for the month of January. HOWEVER, if you haven't told us your dreamweaver username by the 15th, you'll be swept. :( And no one wants that.

5. Lastly: HAVE A BLAST!!! And that's an order. :3

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New Year, New Possibilities

Happy New Year, Sorting Hatters! I come bearing really important news.

As you probably could have guessed from looking at the polls, it's been officially decided that we are in fact going to be moving to Dreamwidth, as well as changing our game style to community-based. Sooo... now comes the actual move! This is going to be interesting.

First off, we're going to be putting the game on hiatus for the next week, in order to give us mods time to get everything all set up over there, and to get everyone migrated. That means please don't post for a little bit! Of course, if we get everything done in less than a week's time, we'll come off hiatus early. You're still welcome to submit applications during the hiatus, although we won't get to them right away. BUT, we're going to be introducing a new (hopefully simpler!) application when we reopen, so you might want to wait for that.

Secondly: we need your dreamwidth accounts. PLEASE PLEASE comment to this post listing your current active accounts in the game and what accounts they correspond to over on DW. Also your personal DW accounts for the player contact list. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT, SO EVERYONE NEEDS TO DO IT.

Here's a form for you to fill out:

Obviously add more or less character journals as necessary

Once you've commented, go ahead and join the main community, the logs community, the OOC community and the crack community. If you join them before you've commented here we won't know who you are, and we won't let you in, so don't forget to comment!

Our second big announcement is: we have decided to jump the setting of the game to right after Voldemort's attack on infant Harry Potter. IF ANYONE HAS ANY MAJOR OBJECTIONS TO THIS, please let us know. We will take your opinions into account. Otherwise, have some flavor text to get a feel for the new setting:

The Wizarding World has just come out of a ten year war. For the majority of Hogwarts students, it has been such a large part of their lives that the time before Voldemort's reign is no more than a hazy memory, if they can even remember it at all. Many lives have been lost, both wizard and muggle.

Then, last year, late on Halloween night, Voldemort was-- miraculously-- defeated, and by none other than a toddler. The entire wizarding community celebrated that day-- and for several days after. Everyone knew the name of Harry Potter-- the Boy Who Lived.

But two months later, as a new year dawns on the wizarding world, things are not yet completely at ease. There is still the matter of Voldemort's followers, of course-- though many were arrested proceeding Voldemort's defeat, and many others claimed to have been under the imperius curse and made to follow him against there will, there is still tension and distrust within the community, especially from those who lost loved ones in the course of the war. It is still hard to determine where the loyalties of certain players lie, and no one yet feels completely comfortable speaking the name of You-Know-Who aloud.

At Hogwarts, school still carries on, although even here nothing is the same as it was before that fateful Halloween. It's hard to believe that the long, hard-fought war is over just like that, especially at the hands of a little baby. Rumors fly fast and loose about what really happened that Halloween night, but nobody is entirely sure. Dumbledore, as always, maintains a stoic neutrality and an upbeat demeanor, stating that while they may never know how the child Potter was able to stop their powerful enemy, the fact remains that he is now gone, and that that is a fact to be celebrated. In the meanwhile, learning must persist.


Obviously this means that if you had Death Eater activity in your AU background, you can keep that, as well as any dead parents you may have accumulated. We're going to give you free reign here to adjust your AU backgrounds as you see fit/if you choose to: just edit your profile information as necessary, and maybe give it a mention if it's something really big.

We hope everyone is satisfied with these new directions for the game, and again, we always encourage all our players to speak up and make their opinions known! We want everyone to be as happy and have as much fun here as possible.

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Hello everyone, and happy holidays. This is probably the last thing you'd want to see on Christmas, but it's quite necessary, I'm afraid.

I'm sure you've noticed that things have slowed down. The holiday season doesn't help, and the addition of the recent problems with Livejournal has made this many times worse. As some of you may know, some roleplays are going to Dreamwidth, where as some are staying at LJ. Sorting Hat is struggling right now, so there is a good chance that we'll lose players making the switch, but an equal possibility that the obstacles with the current layout/general idling would make that happen anyway.

Some of the reasons we might decide to move include the issues with long threads being next to impossible to navigate, icon selection is difficult (especially for those with slow connections/many icons), people have problems viewing the layout without getting migraines, and general problems with some of livejournal's staff. Reasons to stay would be that we've always been here and invested a lot of time and money in being here for 6 years, people would have to navigate a whole new site, with new coding, and we're certain to lose players/past CR in the relocation.

We've also been considering, if we do end up making the switch to a community based game. We know we've mentioned this possibility before, and decided to stay the way things were, but there are a few reasons we're considering it again. Since SH has been on livejournal for such a long time, before community-based games were a thing, it would have been a hassle to change everything over. However, as a move to dreamwidth would require a lot of change in and of itself, right now would be the time to make such a change, if we were going to. Community-based games seem to be much more popular than journal-based ones in the current RP culture, and might make it easier to attract new members.

After much discussion, what we want to know is what you guys want to do. We want you to be honest with us, so please don't be shy and comment as well if you feel compelled to! Just know that what you decide will determine what we do.

Poll #1805665 Sortinghat Changes

Should we move to Dreamwidth?

Yes
7(23.3%)
No
2(6.7%)
I will go with the game either way but I lean towards yes
12(40.0%)
I will go with the game either way but I lean towards no
3(10.0%)
I will go with the game, but I have no opinion
5(16.7%)
Undecided
1(3.3%)

If we do move, would you be interested in a change to community-based?

Yes
11(36.7%)
No
1(3.3%)
Either is fine
18(60.0%)


One of the other things the mod team has also discussed is, whether we move or not, if we should consider a setting change. Right now the setting is during the first Wizarding War, but it's been difficult to maintain such a plot since everyone is at school. What we were possibly thinking was keeping all of the relationships within the game the same, but moving the setting to after the Wizarding War. It would change some things, but it would be a fresher take on the setting in the Wizarding World.

PLEASE COMMENT. What you say and decide will determine the fate of the game.

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Merry Christmas!

Your present is that Activity is being waived, so to those who have been a little bit inactive, you're getting a free pass! But the catch is that just because it's being waived doesn't mean that gives you a free pass to skate by this December and do nothing. So we just ask that you try and be as active as possible so that this Christmas will be nice and lively and fun! Deal?

Or else you get coal. <;

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Event! Wizard Crackers!

Wizard Crackers! They whizz and bang and cause excitement and fun!

But enchanted ones do a bit more. They'll be at all the tables during meals for your characters to pull and get wonderful things from them. They explode like a canon and you get actual Santa hats from them, things like grow your own warts kits, wizard chess sets, white mice and non exploding balloons.


But there's a catch, when they were manufactured, some of them were enchanted with Holiday themed spells that were cast on one or both of the pullers of the cracker. Both don't have to get hit, unless it's the mistletoe.

The spells range from the list of the following

- You're enchanted to start singing Holiday songs.
- You're suddenly sporting a lovely set of elf ears or Reindeer Antlers.
- Mistletoe pops out of the cracker and won't let you leave until you kiss the person you pulled the cracker with.
- A Snowman appears and follows you around until they melt or you take them outside.
- You have the urge to act out a Holiday story. (You don't have to act out the whole thing, just maybe parts of it.)
- You have the urge to spread good will towards all that pass you by. You'll be a walking ball of positive feelings and encouragement.
- Glitter everywhere, all over you.
- One of the twelve days of Christmas spells appear.
- Enchanted Gingerbread Men will follow you around, climbing in to your pockets and bags.

These pesky Wizard Crackers will show up on December 5th and be around until December 16th, when a good batch will arrive for the rest of the Holiday season. Why are they around so long? Because you get to pick two of these spells for each character and when it will happen to them.


If you guys have any suggestions for Holiday/Winter themed spells, we will be glad to add them to the list. You don't have to let us know which one you're picking, we're going on the honor system that you'll stick to two. These spells will range from a few hours to a few days, it's up to you guys.

ALSO, TRY NOT TO HAVE EVERYTHING HAPPEN ON THE 5TH! This is a two week long event!

And enjoy Hogsmeade, you Hogsmeaders.

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Welp

Without further ado, the following people are on the inactivity list for the month of December:

caninepranker
dr4gonolog1st
dustjinthewind
geceleyin
genki_ni_yuuki
guitarloev
healernotnanny
icyhowitis
intomyownhands
jasminofthewest
magical_stutter
slytherachnid
vampauxiliatrix
vertulpen
waitsallthetime
wanttoseemywand
wrestlingwitch
yanderedere
yourejustaweso

Now, I know November tends to be an awful month in terms of time, and December isn't any better, so I want to remind everyone that you may post a hiatus for any reason if you feel that you don't have time for RP right now. And after all, it's better to post a hiatus and make activity anyway than to not post one and then end up running out of time! I don't want anyone to end up idling out just because the holidays came and time got away from them.

These people must provide THREE posts, threads, or logs during December to remain in the game. If you are on hiatus for more than two weeks in December, you won't be required to post, but you will stay on the inactivity list for January.

IN ADDITION, if you're on this list, we'd like to hear from you in some way, whether that be PM, comment here, IM, email, or just having your character post, to let us know that you're still interested in the game (IC comments to another character's post do NOT count, simply because it is very easy for us to miss them). If we don't hear from you by December 15th, we'll assume that you are no longer interested, and your character will be swept.

Tis the Season~!

The Holidays are coming up next month, and with them, people might want to get gifts for their friends and family! Well this weekend is the last trip to Hogsmeade for the year!

It's a good chance to get gifts, have cute Holiday dates, or generally enjoy the town! Because next Monday? Get ready to get your CHRISTMAS CRACKERS on.

November has 30 days, so get YOUR ACTIVITY IN.

Also, we noticed much, much less people commented around on the pre-established CR meme this time around, and it's a really good chance to make some connections! Either friends or enemies or whatever else! Use it to your advantage and don't be afraid to poke people! Chances are, they're just as afraid to poke you!

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Late Night Quidditch!

We have a point-form match this month.

- The game is off to a good start. Mizuki snatches up the quaffle and barrels down the field for a quick Hufflepuff goal. The score is 10-0.
- Ravenclaw takes possession, but Natalya nearly knocks the Ravenclaw chaser off their broom with a well-timed bludger. She recovers, but loses the quaffle.
- Hufflepuff scores two more goals. Score is 30-0.
- Mizuki grabs the quaffle and heads for the goal again, but a Ravenclaw chaser blocks her way. Mizuki steps over his head to make the shot, earning a foul for Hufflepuff.
- Ravenclaw makes the penalty shot. The score is 30-10.
- Natalya snaps at Mizuki for such an obvious foul-- and misses an opportunity to block a Ravenclaw goal. Score is 30-20.
- Natalya takes her anger at this out on the Ravenclaw team, eventually earning herself a foul.
- Ravenclaw misses the penalty, and the score remains 30-20.
- And Coraline's seen the snitch! She dives for it, agilely avoiding a bludger from Natalya.
- Suddenly, Xion appears out of nowhere! Coraline is momentarily startled, and the snitch disappears again.
- More goals are scored. The score is 50-50.
- Xion spots the snitch again and races for it, but Coraline manages to catch up with her. As the two are neck and neck, Coraline bumps Xion's broom, knocking her off course. A foul is called.
- Hufflepuff makes the shot. The score is 60-50.
- Xion has managed to recover and takes off after the snitch again, but Coraline is in hot pursuit.
- Trying to avoid another foul, Coraline hesitates at the crucial moment, and Xion grabs the snitch!

HUFFLEPUFF WINS, 210-50!

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It's an event!

From the 18th to the 21st of November, we'll be having a...

TRUTH EVENT

Some House Elves accidentally knocked a bit of a truth serum into the pumpkin juice they were brewing. Unaware of their mistake, they went on concocting, and so the drink reached various levels of potency in certain drinks... That's right, certain drinks, meaning this event is optional. (Though we encourage participation!) This particular serum doesn't just make people answer questions honestly, it can also make them speak the truth without any prompting... And it will effect their writing, as well.

TL;DR: You have the choice to have your character be any level of open in their speech and writing during the event.

Have fun with it; use it as a chance to tag new people and find new plots!

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So who's sick of Christmas music already?

It's your regularly-scheduled HMD!

This is a post where you can see how you're doing in the eyes of your fellow roleplayers. This can be how well you're playing your character, as well as playing in general.

1. You can post your character, their journal, and their canon in any way that suits you.

2. Be open minded, no one is above learning to be better, not even the mods.

3. Give some constructive criticism! Do it in journal or anon if you feel more comfortable. Absolutely positively no bashing and being unhelpful. On the other hand, don't take crit as a clue to OMG LEAVE AND NEVAR COME BACK or reason it all away as character development without listening to it. Improving is a good thing!

4. It's up to you to let people know what you think. This is your chance to tell people what you think of how they're playing, Even if you don't know the series, you can tell a player how you view the character based on how you've played them and they can compare it to canon. This can be in the form of, "Post moaaaar~" or "We never finish plots! :<" or even "You do a good job at following HP canon!"

5. This is NOT MANDATORY. It is however, HIGHLY encouraged for everyone to participate in. Sometimes it's helpful to get input from people who have seen you in action, so try not to be afraid of it. You might hear good things as well!

6. You guys are full of love, feel free to say that you like someone's character. Just do it constructively, give reasons why you like the character, no just "I love your Muse and you're the best one ever!" Everyone has room for improvement.

7. Please don't spam. We love you, but there are plenty of other places for that!

8. There is a mod hmd for crit regarding us specifically and a general game hmd for anything from "Too many of you are whores and you don't use enough British slang" to "We want more crack events '^' ". So this is for general stuff you'd like to see in the game from fellow players (without pointing fingers) as well as how you'd like to see the game improve how it's run.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Activity check!

Link your two posts, two threads, or one post and a thread/log here. Remember if it's a thread, it has to be at least TEN COMMENTS TOTAL and not in the post you linked. This is MANDATORY FOR ALL PLAYERS.

This excludes characters that come in after the activity check.

If you're on hiatus, post it on the hiatus post, but you have to have been on hiatus for a MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS DURING THE MONTH TO BE EXEMPT FROM THE ACTIVITY CHECK. If you're on the inactivity list for the month, but happen to take an extended hiatus that month, you won't be required to post, but you will still be on the inactivity list for the following month.

You have until DECEMBER 1ST PST to post your links here. We'll be reminding you throughout the month!

The following people are on the inactivity list for this month:

with_a_ribbon
wrestlingwitch

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And as always, if you have any feedback for us, don't hesitate to let us know!

Hey guys.

Things have been rather slow lately and while we're doing all we can to keep things moving, it's not just up to us. Player input is extremely important too!

BUT I understand that going to mods about anything can be incredibly intimidating, so I'm just going to link the suggestions post for your use.

Yes, despite the fact that it's used and listed as a complaints and issues post, it actually doubles as a suggestion post too! Comments are screened for your privacy and we always get back to you to discuss said input, so please make use of it if you have any suggestions or ideas!

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Quidditch!

Guess what guys! It's quidditch again next weekend! And yeah, this post is late 8D;;;;

Anyway, this month's match is HUUFFLEPUFF vs. RAVENCLAW, and the input page is HERE. (And there's a pretty sad amount of people on both those teams, so everyone better do their input!

Also I know there's been an influx of Ravenclaws lately, so it's not too late to put them on the team if it suits them!!

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BONFIRE NIGHT!

If students look outside on the Hogwarts grounds, they'll notice a very large blue bonfire outside. Students can physically pick up the flames, put them on their heads, wear them, bring them inside, make them float across the room, throw their cats into them! And the flames will just tickle them a bit; they're completely harmless.

BUT THEY WILL MAKE YOUR PAPER BURN RED. So have fun putting your homework in there and having to do it over~!

The bonfire will last from tonight into tomorrow night. Have your own personal revolution!

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Exciting stuff!

Hey all you cats and chicks! We have some new news for you!

First of all, anyone who's apped recently may have noticed that we've gone over 5000 comments on the app post, meaning reCaptcha turned itself on. Well that is really annoying, especially if you are trying to submit several comments worth of app! So we made a brand shiny new app post, for all your captcha-free needs. All the links SHOULD have been changed to link to this new post, but if you happen to catch any still linking to the old one, please let one of us know!

Second, the new app page comes with a small change in the app itself. We've added a new suitability section for teachers. This is for the teachers that make people go "Dumbledore hired THEM?" and it's your opportunity to explain... why Dumbledore hired them. This is outlined more in the application guide.

And finally! We've added a new page, called the Getting Started Guide! Everyone should check it out, whether you're a new player or not, as it has important information about disabling custom comment pages, setting up an HMD, and backdating posts.

Now have a lovely weekend :)

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Good morning, good morning!

Inactivity time! The following people are on the inactivity list for the month of November:

camelliamagic
italianscanspar
lncendio
punchedalive
runeish
vesselofagod
wanttoseemywand
wearhiscolours
with_a_ribbon
wrestlingwitch

These people must provide THREE posts, threads, or logs during November to remain in the game. If you are on hiatus for more than two weeks in November, you won't be required to post, but you will stay on the inactivity list for December.

IN ADDITION, if you're on this list, we'd like to hear from you in some way, whether that be PM, comment here, IM, email, or just having your character post, to let us know that you're still interested in the game (IC comments to another character's post do NOT count, simply because it is very easy for us to miss them). If we don't hear from you by November 15th, we'll assume that you are no longer interested, and your character will be swept.

All the important reminders!

You guuuuys. October is almost over, which means you only have a few days left to get in your activity! A lot of you haven't yet!

Additionally, and with the rather lackluster member participation in the Date Auction, we would like to remind you all that the Halloween Masquerade is coming up on October 30th. It will only be as good as you all make it, so you all better make it fantastic!

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Sup

Hey guys! The auction is now closed, and here are your results!

Soul Eater Evans: Xion Tristesse
Rose Lalonde: Fife Nairn
Touya Hikari: Jin Kiernan
Tavros Nitram: Terezi Pyrope
Amelia Kirkland: Ellis

Those who were not bid on in the auction (Naveen, Georgia, Kisara, Puck, Graham, and Roxanne) can either have been sold to NPCs, or not sold at all, depending on what the player prefers. (And next time, guys? A little more participation maybe? We all have to work together to make this game fun.)


Additionally, Cierra is now Ravenclaw's Head of House.

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Two Things

THING ONE: The date auction has been extended until WEDNESDAY NIGHT, so please take advantage of it! Get in there and mix it up; maybe interact with someone you've never interacted with before. Remember, even if you already have some plans, a little spontanaiety always makes things more interesting!

THING TWO: We have another Head of House app to vote on! This voting will also be up until Wednesday.

Full Character Name: Cierra
House: Ravenclaw
Year or Teaching Position: Charms Professor for Ravenclaws and Gryffindors
Position: Head of House
Why: She's always been a supportive teacher over the years, even to students that aren't in her house. She goes out of her way to make sure that they feel comfortable confiding in at least one authority figure about any troubles they might have and loves to impart extra knowledge on those that seek it.

Poll #1789470 Head of House

Cierra for Ravenclaw HoH

Yes
7(70.0%)
No
3(30.0%)


(And don't forget, Slytherin's HoH spot, is also empty, and there's a butt ton of open prefect and quidditch positions! Snap those up, guys!)

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Auction times!

Yes, as Dumbledore just announced, we're going to be having a date auction this Friday! In the past we've had quidditch players and prefects auctioned off, but this year we've decided to open spots up to everybody! 20 spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis (which I know can be a little annoying for our players outside of North America, but don't worry- this isn't going to become a regular thing). We ask that each player please only choose one character to sign up, to give everyone a chance. Also, students being auctioned off can't bid on other auctionees, so keep that in mind when making your decision.

The auctionees will accompany their bidders to the dance, but they're not your slaves. Please be reasonable about this.

We're not opening the auction up to teachers this time, but never fear! We'll have something fun for just you guys sometime soon.

If you would like to sign your character up for the auction, please fill out this form:


Auctionees:
1. Naveen Pruto6. Tavros Nitram11. Roxanne Ritchi16.
2. Amelia Kirkland7. Kisara12.17.
3. Rose Lalonde8. Puckasaurus Rex13.18.
4. Georgia Nicholson9. Graham Specter14.19.
5. Soul Eater Evans10. Touya Hikari15.20.


If you have any other questions or comments, feel free to ask in this post.

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We're gonna CRASH!

Because it's your regularly-scheduled HMD!

This is a post where you can see how you're doing in the eyes of your fellow roleplayers. This can be how well you're playing your character, as well as playing in general.

1. You can post your character, their journal, and their canon in any way that suits you.

2. Be open minded, no one is above learning to be better, not even the mods.

3. Give some constructive criticism! Do it in journal or anon if you feel more comfortable. Absolutely positively no bashing and being unhelpful. On the other hand, don't take crit as a clue to OMG LEAVE AND NEVAR COME BACK or reason it all away as character development without listening to it. Improving is a good thing!

4. It's up to you to let people know what you think. This is your chance to tell people what you think of how they're playing, Even if you don't know the series, you can tell a player how you view the character based on how you've played them and they can compare it to canon. This can be in the form of, "Post moaaaar~" or "We never finish plots! :<" or even "You do a good job at following HP canon!"

5. This is NOT MANDATORY. It is however, HIGHLY encouraged for everyone to participate in. Sometimes it's helpful to get input from people who have seen you in action, so try not to be afraid of it. You might hear good things as well!

6. You guys are full of love, feel free to say that you like someone's character. Just do it constructively, give reasons why you like the character, no just "I love your Muse and you're the best one ever!" Everyone has room for improvement.

7. Please don't spam. We love you, but there are plenty of other places for that!

8. There is a mod hmd for crit regarding us specifically and a general game hmd for anything from "Too many of you are whores and you don't use enough British slang" to "We want more crack events '^'". So this is for general stuff you'd like to see in the game from fellow players (without pointing fingers) as well as how you'd like to see the game improve how it's run.

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I'm on a hiiiiiiighway to--

ACTIVITY CHECK!

Yeah, I don't do funny. Anyway!

Link your two posts, two threads, or one post and a thread/log here. Remember if it's a thread, it has to be at least TEN COMMENTS TOTAL and not in the post you linked. This is MANDATORY FOR ALL PLAYERS.

This excludes characters that come in after the activity check.

If you're on hiatus, post it on the hiatus post, but you have to have been on hiatus for a MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS DURING THE MONTH TO BE EXEMPT FROM THE ACTIVITY CHECK.
If you're on the inactivity list for the month, but happen to take an
extended hiatus that month, you won't be required to post, but you will
still be on the inactivity list for the following month.

You have until NOVEMBER 1ST PST to post your links here. We'll be reminding you throughout the month!

The following people are on the inactivity list for this month:
vertulpen
broomscankill
plastic_spastic
genki_ni_yuuki
vampauxiliatrix
wingless_blade

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The search is over!

ATTENTION DUELISTS! Introducing the two newest members of our mod team!

*drumroll please*

James and Kabby! Please give them a warm welcome and a round of applause!

Please be patient with them while they're learning the mod-ropes, but don't forget that they are full mods just like Kris, Mozart and I, so please give them all the love and respect that you give us. Which should be lots and lots!

And I also want to thank all of you guys for making this a wonderful community and (for the most part!) keeping our jobs fairly easy. :) Y'all are great.

EDIT: And also we all get new mod icons, so that's exciting too!

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Hey, guess what time it is!

It's quidditch time!

Okay well it's two weeks until quidditch time! But we're posting early because it's the first match of the year, slash first match ever for a lot of you!

Our first match is GRYFFINDOR versus SLYTHERIN and this is how it's gonna go down:

If your character is on either of those teams (listed here if you've forgotten), go here to post your input as to how they did in the match! Try to give a good amount of detail, but don't go overboard. "They did good and really tried hard" is no good, but neither is four paragraphs of extraneous detail about their diet and excercise regimen leading up to the match.

The mods will roll a die to determine the winner of the match, but everything else-- how close the game is, who gets injured and how badly, etc-- is decided by your inputs and the creative license of our announcer. Your inputs will be due by OCTOBER 16th, so that the announcer has time to write up her account of the match, which will be posted on October 23rd. If you don't submit your input, your character gets to be kind of useless in the background.

And don't forget! There's still (and always is) time to sign up for both team positions and announcer spots! (Prefect spots too, although that's unrelated to this post.) Fill up dem teams!

HAVEN'T YOU EVER WANTED A PIECE OF THIS

Hey guys! This is a post to let you know that we are extending the deadline for mod applications until midnight on Friday to make sure everyone who might have wanted to has a chance to submit something. If you're willing and able, we want your apps!

Also don't forget: if you're on the inactivity list, give us a holler before October 15th so we know you're still here!

Here comes an event!

There's an upcoming event this week from October 5th to 7th!

CANON ABILITIES

That's right! Your character is going to gain an ability that they had in canon! We are limiting it to one ability per character. If your character has a god modding ability, you can't use it on just anyone, make sure you clear it with the other mun.

Not all characters have powers, that's why we're saying abilities. Abilities are a bit broader in terms of what they can do. Your character is a genius in canon? Suddenly Wednesday through Friday, they may notice that they seem even smarter, small details like that are good for this event.

If you're not sure about powers to use, ask around and see what people think. Some characters have more than one power and it's too hard to pick. You can ask here if you want to make sure your power is okay!

Your characters will probably be very confused at their additional skill depending on what power you have chosen. The IC reason for the event is that the wands had a glitch during a spell your character performed and blessed them with the power. Electronics still won't work in the castle.

Remember guys! For this event, canon ability doesn't have to be triggered by canon reasoning! Think outside of the box, and you can get some pretty fun powers!


ALSO; if there is anything specific you guys want to happen around Halloween, now is the time to start mentioning it.

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It's the witching hour

Happy October, y'all. Time for your monthly inactivity update. The following people are on the inactivity list for this month.

bloodandbrandy
broomscankill
genki_ni_yuuki
mocks_ministry
onlyapparate
plastic_spastic
rosetoclaim
slytherinserket
vampauxiliatrix
vertulpen
wingless_blade
wolfishwizard

These people must provide THREE posts, threads, or logs during October to remain in the game. If you are on hiatus for more than two weeks in October, you won't be required to post, but you will stay on the inactivity list for November.

IN ADDITION, if you're on this list, we'd like to hear from you in some way, whether that be PM, comment here, IM, email, or just having your character post, to let us know that you're still interested in the game (IC comments to another character's post do NOT count, simply because it is very easy for us to miss them). If we don't hear from you by October 15th, we'll assume that you are no longer interested, and your character will be swept.


And don't forget, if you've ever wanted to be a part of our team and run this lovely game, submit your applications TODAY!! We really need your help!

This is so emotional for me

Hey guys. It's Jess here, as you all know today is my last day as a mod for Sorting Hat and this is my good bye to that time. I'm not leaving the game but it's still a goodbye. I've had a lot of fun modding the game with all my co-mods in the game and all the players who have come and gone in the game. This game wouldn't be possible without all the players to keep it going this long and I've been in this game for going on six years now. There have been highs and lows, but more highs than anything else. I remember when I joined and met my best friend here and all the awesome plots I've participated in. So I also want to thank all the people past, present and future for making this place so much fun for me.

Please keep on being awesome for Kris, Leafy and Mozart and I'll see you guys in the civilian side!


Jess

Ps. Go do your activity and app for mod spots

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Reminders!

Three things! TURN IN ACTIVITY by October 1st PST.

APPLY FOR MOD SPOTS by October 2nd PST

SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THANG by October 3rd PST.

That is all! Stay classy, Sorting Hat!

EDIT: Another thing! We fixed up the CLASS LIST page, so if you had trouble signing up for classes before, try now, all the links should work.

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Hello everyone! We finally have applications for moderators UP HERE, so if you're interested in trying for it, PLEASE DO. With school in-game and school irl, we are badly in need of some assistance now that our lovely, lovely, fatabulous co-mod Jess is stepping down. ;; /all of my tears

We will show you the ropes, but if you've ever thought you had a great idea of how to run the community, this is the time to show it.

(OH AND GET ACTIVITY IN HERE.)

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Homework! Everyone's favorite

Hey guys: I probably should have posted about this earlier in the year before assignments started to be due, I wanted to remind everyone that turning in IC homework is OPTIONAL. It's not optional for the students, obviously, but it is optional for you guys. People who OOCly submit their character's homework to assignments can earn extra points for their house, but for people who choose not to submit their assignments OOCly, that does not necessarily mean their character didn't do the work in-game (unless they left a comment on the assignment post that said "MY CHARACTER DIDN'T DO IT"). Real life homework (and other things) takes precedence over RP homework, after all, but characters shouldn't be punished because their muns are busy.

That being said, since this is a school game, people should be making the effort to mention how their characters are doing in school too! It isn't all fun and quidditch for them all the time, even if that is more fun to play. It earns delicious, nutritious house points, which have been pretty piddling recently. So get on it!
Hey guys it's Jess-mod. This is just an announcement post of two things!


1. I'm stepping down as a moderator as of October 1st. I've been busy with work and I just don't have as much time as I used to and I would rather spend my time playing in the game, than helping run it. I'm not dropping out of the game or anything like that though.

2. We'll be opening the mod apps soon. Most likely within the week it'll be up, complete with details on what is being looked for in qualities of a mod.

That's about it!

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HEY HEY YOU YOU

WE WANT MORE VOTES ON THIS HEAD OF HOUSE POLL! We only have 10 votes, people, and we want it to be more representative of the community at large!

In the same vein, ussssssse the HMD, no complaining to your friends about how so-and-so Isn't Doing It Right, go get results!

This week we have an Event to Sing to their Hearts Content! So get your plotting on and decide who is going to be serenading who.

One last post for today!

Super duper late again :V We have another head of house to vote on!

Full Character Name: Fai D Flowright
House: Teacher (was a Ravenclaw)
Year or Teaching Position: Charms teacher for Hufflepuffs and Slytherins
Position: Head of House for Ravenclaw
Why: Although he is very excited to teach the two houses he has, he does want to help his old house in some way. He is a very patient individual willing to work with anyone on problems they might have, and will do anything he can for his Ravens!

This poll is closed.

Ravenclaw Head of House

Yes
9(50.0%)
No
9(50.0%)

Party in the teacher's lounge

It's your regularly-scheduled HMD!

This is a post where you can see how you're doing in the eyes of your fellow roleplayers. This can be how well you're playing your character, as well as playing in general.

1. You can post your character, their journal, and their canon in any way that suits you.

2. Be open minded, no one is above learning to be better, not even the mods.

3. Give some constructive criticism! Do it in journal or anon if you feel more comfortable. Absolutely positively no bashing and being unhelpful. On the other hand, don't take crit as a clue to OMG LEAVE AND NEVAR COME BACK or reason it all away as character development without listening to it. Improving is a good thing!

4. It's up to you to let people know what you think. This is your chance to tell people what you think of how they're playing, Even if you don't know the series, you can tell a player how you view the character based on how you've played them and they can compare it to canon. This can be in the form of, "Post moaaaar~" or "We never finish plots! :<" or even "You do a good job at following HP canon!"

5. This is NOT MANDATORY. It is however, HIGHLY encouraged for everyone to participate in. Sometimes it's helpful to get input from people who have seen you in action, so try not to be afraid of it. You might hear good things as well!

6. You guys are full of love, feel free to say that you like someone's character. Just do it constructively, give reasons why you like the character, no just "I love your Muse and you're the best one ever!" Everyone has room for improvement.

7. Please don't spam. We love you, but there are plenty of other places for that!

8. There is a mod hmd for crit regarding us specifically and a general game hmd for anything from "Too many of you are whores and you don't use enough British slang" to "We want more crack events '^'". So this is for general stuff you'd like to see in the game from fellow players (without pointing fingers) as well as how you'd like to see the game improve how it's run.

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Back to School Nite

ACTIVITY TIIIIIME~~~

Link your two posts, two threads, or one post and a thread/log here. Remember if it's a thread, it has to be at least TEN COMMENTS TOTAL and not in the post you linked. This is MANDATORY FOR ALL PLAYERS.

This excludes characters that come in after the activity check.

If you're on hiatus, post it on the hiatus post, but you have to have been on hiatus for a MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS DURING THE MONTH TO BE EXEMPT FROM THE ACTIVITY CHECK. If you're on the inactivity list for the month, but happen to take an extended hiatus that month, you won't be required to post, but you will still be on the inactivity list for the following month.

You have until OCTOBER 1ST PST to post your links here. We'll be reminding you throughout the month!

The following people are on the inactivity list for this month:

bingotothat
bloodandbrandy
empressive
magicalmiracles


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And as always, if you have any feedback for us, don't hesitate to let us know!

I've got a dream

Event time!

Next Thursday, September 22nd, to the end of Saturday, September 24th, your character will be compelled to sing. What will they sing? Any song that you can think of! Maybe a song off the billboard top 100 or some unknown hipster track. And it won't just be spontaneous songs that people break out in to, they'll be belting out their normal spoken words.

The cause? A young member of the choir club was far too over zealous and well, small children can't control their magic as well as the older students.

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Journalistic Integrity

HEY KIDS, ARE YOU TIRED OF ME POSTING YET?

Well that's too bad, because I am here to tell you about the first event of the school year!

Starting this Wednesday, your characters might notice something different about their ink. Like the fact that it is RAINBOW FABULOUS.

Well, sort of. Y'see, their ink will be changing colors to reflect their emotions! In fact, we even have a handy dandy color wheel for you to reference!


Click on it to make it bigger.

Of course, the characters won't know why their journals have suddenly decided to spruce it up a bit, or what the colors represent, but a little critical thinking might be able to figure it out.

The event will run until SATURDAY, and if you need help with coding font colors, I have some examples under the cut.

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I also have other news! Your quidditch captains have been selected!

Graham Specter will be captain of GRYFFINDOR! and is taking Thursday tryouts.
Natalya Arlovskaya will be captain of HUFFLEPUFF!
Noah Puckerman will be captain of SLYTHERIN!
RAVENCLAW still needs... more than one player. COME ON NERDS.

Captains will have received their letters before the term began, when the prefects did (sorry sorry we're so late ;;). QUIDDITCH TRYOUTS will be held starting this Thursday and continuing through Sunday, with one team having the pitch per day. Captains may choose which day they'd like to hold their tryouts.

Also Antonio Fernandez is now Head of Gryffindor House.

As usual, feel free to ask questions or discuss plotting in the comments of this post! Leafy out!

Captain Voting!

Hey guys, it's time to vote for quidditch captain!

Normally quidditch captains receive their letter of selection before the start of the year along with prefects, but unfortunately we're running late this year. However, if your character gets selected, you're welcome to assume they were informed of their captaincy last week.

There are also two Heads of House up for application, and the same goes for assuming they were already granted the position.

Voting will be closed on MONDAY. Everyone please vote!

1. Pick what you feel is the best choice, not what your friends are voting for.
2. 65% Approval is what is needed to gain the position.
3. You have until SEPTEMBER 5TH
5. PLEASE ONLY VOTE ONCE. Any additional votes will be discounted.

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I'll see you in September

Howdy howdy howdy. It's September! And the following people are on the inactivity list for this month.

bingotothat
bloodandbrandy
empressive
honourtousall
imawwizard
magicalmiracles
onlyapparate
sharpbite
signswgoldstars
strongestpuff
thesilentboss
zigzagstitches

These people must provide THREE posts, threads, or logs during September to remain in the game. If you are on hiatus for more than two weeks in September, you won't be required to post, but you will stay on the inactivity list for October.

IN ADDITION, if you're on this list, we'd like to hear from you in some way, whether that be PM, comment here, IM, email, or just having your character post, to let us know that you're still interested in the game (IC comments to another character's post do NOT count, simply because it is very easy for us to miss them). If we don't hear from you by September 15th, we'll assume that you are no longer interested, and your character will be swept.

Also, today is the last day to submit quidditch captain applications!! Get them in!

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