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~HPFF Forum Rules/Guidelines~

These forums have been set up with the main purpose of discussing Harry Potter and harrypotterfanfiction.com (HPFF). If you need to discuss something unrelated to either of these two subjects, please move it to The Off Topic section. Please remember to keep all discussion, posts, blogs, and images rated at 12+ (suitable for children 12 and older).
  • Do not arrange to meet anyone over these forums. Anyone found to be doing this will have their account deleted.
  • Do not give out or ask for any personal information. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • address or telephone number
    • location (regions and densely populated areas may be acceptable)
    • school
    • age
    • images that could cause you to be recognized or that are of a personal nature
  • Respect your fellow members. Rudeness, harassment, or abuse towards any member of the forums or staff is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • racist or otherwise discriminatory remarks
    • pornographic material
    • threats of harm
    • material that breaks any law or is otherwise unacceptable
    • linking to NC17 or otherwise inappropriate material
  • No swearing.
    • Censoring with symbols or acronyms is still considered swearing.
    • Words listed in the 15+ and M sections of the Profanity Tutorial (M) are not permitted on the forums and other public areas of HPFF.
  • No spamming. Spamming can consist of various things, including, but not limited to:
    • Non-essential, off-topic, one word, or empty posts.
    • Creating topics that are identical or very similar to existing topics.
    • Reviving old topics (this mainly applies to topics in Help Needed rather than discussion-based topics).
    • Double posting (making two or more consecutive posts). There is an edit button available for 30 minutes. If your edit window has expired, request an edit here (12+) or wait for someone else to post. Although it is discouraged, there are a few cases where double posting may be acceptable, such as:
      • Youve asked a question, figured out the answer before someone could help you, and your edit window has expired.
      • A significant amount of time has passed since your last post.
      • Managing a review or challenge thread (within reason, by staff discretion).
      • Bumping a beta request (as outlined in the rules for that section).
    • Avid posting (posting in such quick succession that it becomes a conversation between just a few members and makes the topic pointless and unreadable to anyone else who encounters it).
    • Abusing the PM system by sending out chain letters or mass unsolicited PMs.
  • Multiple accounts are permitted. However, using an alternate account to get around rules is not.
  • No plagiarism or posting copyrighted material, unless you own the copyright. All material you did not create (including images) should be credited, whether it is copyrighted or not.
  • FORUM linking rules:
    • Include a rating (12+, 15+, or M) beside ALL story and offsite links. Links to forum topics, author pages, or other public areas of HPFF are understood to be 12+, but its best to include a rating to be on the safe side.
      • Examples: Check out My Author Page (12+) and My Favorite Story (M)
    • No topics, posts, blogs, or status updates advertising other websites.
    • No linking to other Harry Potter archives. You may link to other fandoms, original fiction, or personal websites provided the material complies with HPFFs rules.
    • No linking or pushing to sites containing personal information or other material not permitted at HPFF.
      • Some sites may never be linked/pushed to, including, but not limited to: formspring, facebook, you.tube, and twitter (only staff are permitted to link to twitter).
    • The staff reserve the right to remove any links without prior notice if they feel the sites they redirect to do not comply with our site rules.
  • No posting, linking to, sharing, or offering to share unvalidated material (including poetry) except where allowed (such as the short, 12+ snippets allowed in the Previews thread.)
    • By extension, no round robins (topics or games in which each post continues a story).
  • Houses/Common Rooms:
    • Only enter the common room of the house you belong to.
    • No creating multiple accounts to obtain multiple passwords.
    • No switching houses to obtain all the passwords.
    • No giving out your houses password (only prefects and staff may do so).
  • Signature Rules:
    • The total dimensions of all signature images must not exceed 500 pixels wide by 200 pixels tall.
    • The total height of your signature, including text, must not exceed 300 pixels.
    • For complete details and examples, please see the Signature Rules (12+) thread.
  • Members are permitted to create one blog, subject to the Blog Rules (12+).
  • Do not use text talk. (The odd use of "lol" or similar is not an issue.)
  • If you have an issue with something posted on the forums, report it to the staff. There is a report button at the bottom of every post. If you wish to report something anonymously, send a trouble ticket by clicking here (12+)
  • Links to places that may answer questions you have:
We aim to be a friendly and safe site for all our users. If you need guidance on internet safety, we recommend you visit Safekids.com (12+) or Safeteens.com (12+). Both sites offer advice on safety on the net for younger users.