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02 August 2007 @ 07:12 pm
Layouts, Prefects and Sorting (oh my)  
This post is very important! Please take the time to read and comment - you will see why below.

First, for those of you who have not checked yet, the new layout is up! Click here to see if you are viewing from your flist.

Congratulations to starbucks5721, aka Lynn, of Slytherin on their win! All the headers were terrific and unique. I can only anticipate our next layout contest. Lynn, if you could email me at metisnyx[at]gmail.com with your header(s) for the sorting community done in a complimentary style to your winning submission in the next few days it would be much appreciated! If you have questions feel free to ask.

You'll note on the side there is a welcome blurb (just a placeholder for now) and space for links. Those will be filled once the final touches are put on the communities and I know what links go where and to what.

Secondly, Prefects will be announced late tomorrow night!

Regarding hogwarts_ch (that of which has a new applicant!), there are a handful who have joined, submitted an application, have not been stamped, and may very well like to be apart of the community. Therefore sorting is open on all applications done in the past two months - they will be stamped, and permitted to join if they like (so head over and vote!). I am in the process of pruning this community's info, and it will be used as the proper member count.

Last, but not least, Kuri and I are currently brainstorming on the community rules, faqs and sorting application. This is VERY IMPORTANT, because here is your chance to provide input and direction in this, your community. We will be posting a 'final draft' of everything before it goes up officially and we revise the userinfos, but here is the best way to get your say in. If you DO NOT comment here with your suggestions or feedback on other comments, that's your problem if you find what we come up with doesn't float your boat. Speak now or forever hold your peace!

We're covering all the basics. What are we? Where do I go first? There is also a sorting faq (how to, squibbing, etc). What we want to know are what are some questions you have, or feel new members would have that need to be addressed. What information do you feel needs to be included to make sure people aren't confused?

General Community Rules
Here's a brief rundown of what we've got so far (in rough and simple terms):
  • This is an interactive community, NOT just for sorting - don't join and then disappear.
  • You must be 13 years of age; people won't cater to those newly into double digits. No one will be checking for age verification, but it will be plainly obvious by your application if you lack the maturity necessary to participate in a community inhabited largely by 'adults', and that of which which maintains a "PG-13" rating.
  • Members are not encouraged to be graphic or vulgar, but there will be no tyrannical censorship. LJ-cuts are to be used as often as possible - especially in the case of long posts or those including graphics/icons. Explicit warnings as to the nature of conversation, discussion, and regards to fanfic and art are required.
  • Respect each other; leave topics and discussion that might offend off public forums (like sorting) and instead in common rooms where members have the option of skipping your post if they choose to.
  • The Head and Deputy Head have the right to expel (ban) any member, by initiating a vote, who violates these rules in a way that causes disruption or shows blatant disregard for other members of the community. Also, inactive members after a substantial amount of time without alerting anyone to their hiatus may also be expelled.

    The Sorting Application
    Now that all 7 books are at our disposal, we have a huge well of information to draw from. So much so that leaving the questions up to just Kuri and I would be limiting the application's potential so I am asking you all to submit any and all questions you can think of that you feel would help truly gauge a person's sense of self and personality. I would like the majority to relate to the HP-verse, but we are not ruling out a section of "Real Life" questions, so please submit those as well.

    COMMENT TO ONE ANOTHER. If you really like a question or suggestion, let that member know. If you think one could be improved by adding another layer, swapping some words, etc, please do so - nicely. We are all striving to make the best community possible, so please do not take another member's comments harshly. All ideas are good ideas.

    Again, speak now or forever hold your peace! This will stay open for two or three days, so get your comments in!

    EDIT - Another new application at hogwarts_ch! Sort sort sort! You may need to friend the community to see some.
    Rachel Gobsessionful on August 3rd, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
    Lynn, love! Congrats when you see this :]
    Lynn: Slytherin Girlsstarbucks5721 on August 3rd, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
    Thanks :)
    Lynn: Slytherin Dressstarbucks5721 on August 3rd, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
    *eeep* You made it look good! :)

    Thanks, whoever voted that in!


    As regards the sorting application, I think I would like to see the question about Snape (Q.15) modified a bit, given the information released in the 7th book. Perhaps something along the lines of "Was Snape justified in his actions throughout the series? Is love justification for doing anything? Why, or why not?"

    Also, I'd like to see something like "Choose three top qualities about yourself that you feel are your best and explain why you chose them." and then a "Choose your three weakest qualities and explain why you feel they are your worst." This isn't to make the job easier on the sorter, but to put in a little more depth about the sortee. The other questions are great Potterverse-wise, but when you get the students who are very conflicted between two Houses, say a Ravenpuff or a Slytherclaw, knowing how the sortee views his/herself could be very beneficial.
    JC: Ravenclawjaimelesmaths on August 3rd, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
    I agree with regards to the sorting questions, though having the application incorporate DH spoilers this early is a bit premature. Maybe "Knowing everything you do about Snape's background, would you have acted any differently? If so, how? If not, why not?"

    Also, given DH, I would like to tweak questions 18 and 29. 18 I would tweak to say: "Suppose you had enough Galleons to buy one of the following WWW products (list). Which would you buy, and what would you do with it?"

    29 is now prone to just repetition of what was explained in the text. I also never felt as though it gave good insight into the sorting. I might change it to: "Complete the following sentence: I would most likely go seek a Prefect's advice about..."

    - Julien, Ravenclaw
    Lynn: Avada Kedavrastarbucks5721 on August 3rd, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
    Oh, and can I ask who drew the handmade banners? They were really interesting pieces...I'd love to know the story behind them.
    half dark, and a face so pale: Ravenclawkageneko on August 3rd, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
    Agreed. While they didn't seem right for me as a theme or header for a community, they were very nice pieces of art.
    leoin on August 3rd, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
    They were by ratifuk. :)
    Rosiethewatch on August 5th, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
    Congratulations to the winner for the design, it's awesome.

    Just a note on the sorting applications, when I went back to start adding them the house member archive there are ones from the beginning of the year that have not been stamped.

    Have they been sorted or were they never finished and so never joined?
    leoin on August 5th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
    If they haven't been stamped then I don't think they've been sorted. I'll go through and invite them to join once they have at least 15 votes (I haven't looked to see the state of them yet) and see if they would like to still be apart of the comm. Thanks :)