Static hogwarts
handbook

an easy guide on how we work!

Overview

We understand that joining a new site can be a bit overwhelming, so we have put together this document to help you navigate the site. There is a lot of reading involved, so hopefully you’ve put on your reading hats! Good thing you’re here to roleplay, a hobby based on reading and reading comprehension so this should be easy for you!

If you don’t want to take the time to read everything written below, please see the links at the bottom of this post to help you navigate through the site, though we HIGHLY recommend you read everything to ensure that our site is the perfect fit for you!

introduction

Welcome to Static Hogwarts - where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter! We’re a Post-Potter RPG that has been open on and off since 2004. Most recently, we’ve had daily activity since November 2013 and are still going strong! If you’re viewing this as a guest, you may not be able to view the member areas of the site with all the IC posts. Never fear! Once you’ve read this document and any of the links, you can register to join us!

Our unique site is set with a vague timeline which means we don’t know the year! This allows us to operate in a semi-modern, semi-AU universe that does not allow canon characters. We feel this gives our members the best chance at being creative. Plus, our characters have Hoots (think early iPhones) and many advances in technology (like credit cards, paying via Hoot, etc.), plus, blood purity has become a thing of the past – not that everything is peaceful in the wizarding world. Hoots technology is leading to more petty crime as businesses use it to accept payment! There’s lots to do at our site – if you’re interested in Students your characters can go to class and participate in school events. If you’re interested in Adults, we have a growing population of adult characters with loads to do at the Ministry. Play a criminal, a Professor, an Auror – we allow and encourage our members to contribute to our site canon. In fact, Hoots are a creation of a member! This is part of being a member of a site run by adults for adults who are intermediate to advanced writers.

If all of this strikes your fancy, read more about our plot HERE!

rules

Unfortunately, site rules always seem to be the same. We’ve done our best to keep ours short and sweet. Keep in mind, we do have a slightly more involved registration process so please take extra care with this. Otherwise, our rules are very straight forward. We ask that you read them because we know if you won’t, but to summarize – we are a 3-3-3 site with the expectation that members are intermediate to advanced adult (18+) writers. We have standard rules for member conduct on the board and in the Cbox. If you do not act accordingly you will be banned.

To read more about activity checks, post requirements for new characters, application expectations, graphic/face claim requirements, and our Gringotts Banking System, please read the rules HERE.

registration

Static Hogwarts utilizes OOC Accounts that we have dubbed Static Accounts. To make this easier to understand, we have broken this down into a five-step process outlined below. This may seem like a lot, but we promise, it’s VERY simple. The important things to remember is that your first account should be what you want EVERYONE on the site to call you – this will be your alias on ALL parts of the site and the only name you’re known by. It is HIGHLY recommended that your Static account be one word or name that you want to be called across the site - it is easier for tagging purposes. For example, our Admin both use their real names, Korine and Mandy, but our mod prefers to go by Ever. The three of us use the names for our Static Accounts, in the Cbox, and in the Alias field of our character accounts.

For reference, a Static Account should look like THIS and a character account will look like THIS. Please note that her alias on both accounts is the same.

Once you have created your Static Account, post in this thread. From there, log out and create a character account. Remember to register with a FIRST AND LAST NAME ONLY (under no circumstances will we permit a first name for your character) and with proper capitalization. If it isn’t how you’d write your own name, it’s probably incorrect!

If you’re still confused, we’ve also created some flow charts. You can look at them here and here!

FAQs

general

  • Why can't I see the in-character threads as a guest?
    Unfortunately, we've had an influx of guests coming in only to read the mature/smut threads, which made the majority of our members extremely uncomfortable. To combat this, we've locked down all IC threads - but all the information you need should be in the introductory sections!
  • Help! English is not my first language! Will I still be okay?
    For the most part, yes. We have a handful of members who are not native English speakers and are very successful at RP. However, we do hold everyone to the same standard, so please make sure your written English fits an intermediate to advanced role play site. If you’ve got any doubts of how you will fit, please register and PM Static Admin with an RP sample. We’re always willing to help and admire your desire to write in a language that is not your native tongue!
  • Why do you have Static Accounts?
    Static Accounts were implemented as a way to have a single point of contact for each member. PMs are only to be sent and received on Static Accounts and once you set your character’s images and profile information, you will only have to log in to the character account to update images or profile information! This will make everything so much easier for you because you only need to log-in to one account to post!
  • How fast does the site move?
    We try to do one month every 5 weeks or so, but this changes as members get busy or if we need extra time in a plot month. Usually a plot year (September-June) lasts about 15 months IRL. We try to be flexible with the passage of time and understand that sometimes things need to move slower. If you’re ever concerned with the passage of time, please PM Static Admin.
  • How easy is it to be included as a newbie?
    Very! Our members are all excited about new members and love plotting! If you really want to be included, consider a want ad so you have established friends. You can review them here. Feel free to talk with us in the Cbox to get to know everyone better! You’ll find someone to post with there. We also have a place for members to list open threads and look for thread partners! You can find that here.
  • How can I get involved? Can I really help build the site with my own ideas?
    Yes, you can! We have a plotting area for our members. Here you can share moodboards, character information, and build plots OR help build our site canon. You’re more than welcome to post there as soon as your character is accepted! We can’t wait to see what ideas you have!
  • Does the site require any coding?
    Just in the application! You need to be able to resize images and know what blanks to fill in. If you’re not confident with your ability to do code, we have a Google Doc version that just has you fill in the blanks!
  • This sure seems like a lot, are you sure it’s easy to get started here?
    Yes! Reading this document, registering, and filling out your application are the hardest parts of the site. Once you’re accepted, it’s all about the writing! Don’t be intimidated by all our start up information, we just want you to be well informed!

character related

  • What if I want to be a relation to a canon character?
    Sorry! We don’t allow any canon relations! Please take care not to use any canon surnames, but we’re fine if you want to make a character who uses one of the first names, as long as you don’t take anything from the book. When in doubt, please ask in the Cbox – our members are well versed in our rules and can help answer any questions you have about names!
  • Do I have to start as a first year?
    No! As long as we aren’t limiting a specific year or house, your character can be any age you’d like. You can double check character restrictions here.
  • Do I get to sort my own character?
    Yes! We would prefer you decide and justify a character’s house yourself. Very rarely will the admin suggest you change a house or ask you to further justify why a character fits somewhere. If you feel your character may not fit a house currently but would have when younger, just specify how they’ve changed and why in your application to make everything clear!
  • Can my character have a pet?
    Of course - Hogwarts allows the usual pets: owls, cats, and the occasional toad. But, most of our members find it cumbersome to have to keep up with their pet in their posts so you won't find many here. Plus, with the invention of the Hoots technology, owls as a method of communication are slowly becoming obsolete.
  • Are transfer students allowed?
    Yes, we allow 3 from each house to keep things realistic. You can check what’s available by checking the character restrictions here. We do ask that you PM the Static Admin account prior to applying so we can verify the reasoning. Keep in mind that you must be able to prove why it is necessary for the character to be a transfer student - “because it’s interesting to me” is not a sufficient answer.
  • Does my character have to go to class?
    Nope! We recommend you go to class to earn knuts and house points, but it is not required. You can decide what works best for you! Classes move at whatever rate members post and are often great ways to move plots forward or participate with a large number of members, but are a matter of personal preference.
  • Can my character create their own club?
    Of course! You can check out this thread here. We encourage creativity here at Static Hogwarts!
  • Can my character have a special ability?
    Abilities are limited to what you can pay for with Gringotts Banking. You can read more about it here. If you can afford it: claim your knuts, update your app, and PM the Admin to review your revised application. You can do this after you’re accepted, but keep in mind that you may be asked to revise your ability. If you’re concerned, PM Static Admin first!
  • Do you limit special abilities per member or per character?
    Nope! We use the knuts earned in the Gringotts Banking System to avoid a multitude of overpowered characters. The more you earn, the more you can have. This is to reward members for being active on our board. If you want an ability, take advantage of the different opportunities to earn knuts posted here.
  • Can my student be a Prefect or Head Boy/Girl?
    Maybe! We select one Prefect per house and the Head Boy/Girl that we feel best fits the qualities of the house. We try to limit this to one per member. If you’re active and your character is a good fit, they may be made Prefect! If you're playing an adult, you can use knuts to fill that position. If you aren't sure if someone already filled that role in their graduation year, please PM Static Admin
  • Can my character play Quidditch?
    Yes! As long as you sign up for a position, participate in games, and post once every 30 days, you’re a great fit for Quidditch. Find out which positions are available here. We love Quidditch players and allow both students and adults to play. You can see adult players here.
  • My character is a blood-purist, how will this fit in?
    We recommend you find something else for your character to be a jerk about. Our site canon is established so that it’s considered racist and archaic to believe purebloods are superior to others. You can learn more about muggle and magical relations here.
  • So, does that mean I can’t play someone evil?
    Not at all! We would love a few villains around on the site. We have a few want ads and ideas, so if you’re interested, please PM Static Admin. Because this would be integral and important to the site, we ask that you please take time to work with the Admin Team to build something that works for the site - but you’re welcome and encouraged to do something amazing!
  • What job can my adult have? Are there any restrictions?
    Your adult can have any job you can imagine! For positions of power we request that you spend time explaining how they got the job and make sure they are an appropriate age. We know there’s a trend in the RP world to have a 30 year-old Head of a Department in the Ministry, but our preference is that they be a very established career person. If you wish to do otherwise, please spend lots of time explaining why they’re so special in your application and do not be upset if we ask you to expand upon it further! We ask that characters be as realistic as possible.
  • What happens after characters’ graduate?
    They go into the workforce! We’re trying to establish training programs for careers for young adults. If you have ideas about this, you can participate once your character is accepted! So far we have some things in the work for Aurors and Healers, but would love more ideas! Post-Hogwarts education is growing more essential to the site the longer we’re open.
  • Is my character required to graduate?
    Not at all, but we do recommend you consider how staying the same age will affect your character’s plots and relationships. Most of our members decide to have their characters age, so please take this into consideration.

posting

  • What about “forbidden” areas from the books like the Forbidden Forest? Are they forbidden for my character too?
    Not necessarily. This is open to post in but it’s considered a Risk! Area. Not sure what Risk! is? Check out more information here and enter at your own risk!
  • So, you’ve mentioned that Risk! thing and I’m fascinated – how does it work?
    You can read more about Risk! here, but a brief overview is that it’s a way for us to designate which areas can get your character into trouble. But, the trouble they encounter is up to us - it could be a boar in the Forest or a Professor when sneaking around. It’s always an adventure and not for the faint of heart.
  • How active is this site?
    Very! We have anywhere from 5-50 posts per day, depending on member availability! There’s generally someone around to either talk to or post with. Static Hogwarts can be as active for you as you’d like it to be - you can take on one thread or fifty - it’s what you make of it!

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