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CODE OF CONDUCT | CHARACTER POLICIES | CHARACTER CREATION GUIDELINES | POSTING GUIDELINES | ROLEPLAYING GUIDELINES
Code of Conduct
Don't flame. Flaming is when you post or chat anything this site (including private messages) or our Discord server with the sole purpose of putting someone down or hurting them. Similarly, no harassing people IC or OOC - people don't come here to be nagged about posting or to receive an inbox full of complaints and criticisms. Hogwarts School maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, and takes abuse very seriously.
If you have a problem or suggestion, we are open to hearing it, including suggested solutions to problems. However, criticism and suggestions should be presented in a courteous, constructive manner.
Administrator and moderator decisions are final. Please do not attempt to bypass the decision of one administrator by asking another.
Giving anyone access to your user account is a severe breach of security. Do not do it. You might not think that it's such a bad thing - but remember, you will be held accountable for anything that person does while logged into your account. Lying to any staff member about the activity on your account (e.g. the player behind the account) is a bannable offence.
We are primarily a role-playing site. To ensure your privacy, please refrain from discussing personal issues extensively on the boards, private messages, and our Discord server. If you give anyone here your personal contact information, the administrators are no longer responsible for what happens afterwards, or any interactions that that happen off-site and off of our Discord server.
We also ask that you do not solicit or advertise for other sites, groups, or individual entities within our network of boards outside of the Advertisements forum at the Summer Board. This includes our Discord server as well as the private messaging system.
No portion of our rules, graphics,* storylines, or any other protected content may be duplicated without permission from the administrators.
*Note on graphics:
All the branding images, graphics and codes on this site, including the background and the badges and icons, are private property, and should not be reappropriated for any personal use without explicit permission. This includes use of branding logos and designs from the site in character avatars, plot pages, etc. Using codes created by other players is plagiarism and is strictly prohibited without explicit permission from the creator. Please note that 'using codes' can mean looking at another player's code with the intention of copying their code/the visual effect created or taking another player's code and modifying it in some way. If you like another player's use or style of coding, always ask before attempting to recreate a similar design.
Hogwarts - Staff & Students
At the Castle, all players are permitted one student character at any given time.* Additionally, should you be selected to teach, you may have a Professor character in addition to your student. However, if at some point you decide you would like two student characters, you may purchase one with your Gringotts points.
*As a result of site transitions, existing players who were members prior to October 2013 may have a second student at no charge to their Gringotts' accounts.
As of Dec 1, 2013, all character restrictions in Elsewhere have been lifted. You may have as many Elsewhere characters as you feel you can play actively. This includes Elsewhere characters employed with the Elsewhere institutions (St Mungo's and the Ministry of Magic).
In theory, a character may only be fully employed at one place. But if your character works full/part-time at one institution and part-time at another, they may be employed at two places. If you can manage six threads per term, you can pass both Institutions, just as you could pass two classes at the Castle with one character.
This applies only to a character that has already been played in the past, but the player wishes to 'restart' - that is, interrupt the character's existing timeline to either move the character forward or backwards for whatever reason.
e.g. A character that has already graduated but wants another go at the Hogwarts experience; a character that had been a 5th year and should technically be going on to 6th year, but the player wants to redo the character as a first year.
If your character falls into the category described above, you will not be allowed to re-apply with the same character (i.e. same name, face claim, history). This is out of consideration for players and their characters who may have interacted with your old one in the past, and also because we would like to encourage creativity and writing here on this site. Choose a new face claim and name, and shake it up a little!
Deleting a character
Deleting accounts is something only Admins can do on this site, and so it's not something to be taken lightly. We will only delete your character's account if and only if all the steps in the Retiring Characters process (see below for details) are followed.
How to retire a character:
A Retired character is a character that has been played previously on this site, but will no longer be played. They may be referenced in posts, included as general characters in larger plots, but the player has no intention of utilizing their account again -- and thus, it can be deleted.
If you're interested in retiring a character, here are the qualifications & the process (what we expect/what you should expect):
Please see here for a more detailed, step-by-step guide to retiring a character.
Please don't feel like your character's story ends after graduation! There's a whole new world of roleplaying out in Elsewhere, and just because school is over doesn't mean the character's history has come to an end.
Character Creation Guidelines
• Don't create a superhero. You character is not the strongest or smartest wizard of all time. We encourage creative characters, and of course your character will be very good at some things, but not everything. Make your character balanced; super-hero characters make for boring role-playing.
• Please try and stick to the spirit of the books and maintain a sense of realism in your roleplays. While this is a 'magical' universe, your character may not morph into an elf or suddenly be teleported into some different world, etc. Remember, most of you are students. If you do have an interesting idea for a roleplay, you may ask your House Head (to find your House Head, please click here). We are happy to consider requests, and will gladly approve them if they are deemed feasible and in good fun.
• Given that this is an alternate universe of Harry Potter, no characters from the books (nor their relatives) will be accepted. You are not allowed to have Potter anywhere in your character's name, nor are you related to him in any way.
• Please do not take names or characters directly from other books, series or movies and apply as them here. Also do not apply as a celebrity or real person. We are a roleplaying site interested in your original characters, not reinterpretations of pre-existing and copyrighted ones.
• All applicants should be human in race, and should possess character features (ex: hair color, eye color) typically found in nature. In addition, neither tattoos nor excessive scarring are typically permitted. However, if you wish for your character to have unusual physical characteristics, you may submit a special request. Please bear in mind that special requests are not always approved.
• This roleplay takes place during the 1950s - as of May 2019, we will be in the 1956-57 term. Technology and historical references in your application should fit the era.
• Magical artifacts of any kind, special abilities, and any magical creatures other than a cat, toad, rat, or owl are allowed with pre-approval from the administrators only. Please contact an administrator if you would like to request a pet (other than those listed), ability, or artifact. We do our best to work with each individual request, but cannot always accommodate every request.
RELATED PAGES: Special Abilities Request and Special Requests FAQ.