Archive warning changes

There are two big updates to the warning system that you all need to be aware of.

The first and smaller change is the renaming of the Substance Use/Abuse to Substance Abuse. This will be a new focus for this warning, in that it should be used for Abuse rather than Use as well. Please read the tutorial here for details on how to use this warning.

The second and larger change is a reclassification of the profanity ratings. The Mild Language and Strong Language warnings are now combined into one, Contains Profanity. This warning can be used at any rating - 12+, 15+, or Mature - and a separate list of profanity allowable at each rating is in the new combined Contains Profanity staff tutorial here.

We have also changed the ratings on several curse words. Several words were removed and will no longer need a warning and several others were downgraded in rating.

For your existing stories: You'll notice you can still see the old Mild Language and Strong Language on your story shells. If you leave them alone, they'll stay like that (which is perfectly okay, and you will not be in trouble for leaving them). As soon as you click "edit" on your story shell, you will need to make sure the new warning is applied.

You may update your stories' ratings to reflect the new profanity lists, or keep them at the higher ratings they are now. Remember you will never be rejected for having too high of rating/warnings on your story. None of the words were upgraded in rating, only downgraded, so you will not need to bump your story to a higher rating, only a lower one if you choose.

WeasleyTwinMom on 2014.04.26 - 07:44PM

HPFF Easter Egg Hunt and Prize Giveaway! is partnering with to bring you this exclusive Harry Potter-themed giveaway! Next week begins our two-week Easter holiday Egg Hunt, with riddles, quote hunts, and an egg hunt. Signups and details will be on the forums this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled! The winner of this event will receive, courtesy of, a $30 gift certificate to be used on any of their Harry Potter-themed accessories - and believe me, they have a lot of great stuff! You can check out the offerings here. This prize is for US members only! Get ready to find some eggs and win that prize!

WeasleyTwinMom on 2014.04.04 - 10:53PM

At the end of March, will be opening. A website for audio books of all fandoms, it will cater to all tastes and will hold as many types of story as you want to listen to. If you have a story you want the team to make into an audio book or you already have a fanfiction audiobook and are looking for a home, then FFAB is the place for you. If you want further info while waiting for the site to open, please visit the (still being worked on) forums at

FFAB Staff on 2014.03.23 - 03:34PM

Valentine's Speed Dating winners!

We're happy to announce the winners of our Speed Dating competition. We were completely overwhelmed and delighted at the number of you who entered or attempted the competition. Hopefully you all had fun doing it and made some new friends to boot. First Place MissesWeasley123 & ElysiumJayne Red Silk Chapter 1 & 2 (M) Second Place Singularity & writeyourheartout Yhprum's Law (15+) & Murphy's Law (12+) Third Place Debra20 & tabula_rasa A New Life (15+) & A Poem for Petunia (M) Congratulations to all the winners and participants! The winning stories will be featured on the archive homepage.

WeasleyTwinMom on 2014.03.19 - 09:10AM

Winter Writer's Duel 2013

'Tis the season to be jolly - here at HPFF we're getting into the festive season by holding a brand new Writer's Duel! We're encouraging you to get into the spirit of winter celebrations by writing a one-shot on the theme of winter and winter traditions. The staff have created three prompts for you to choose from. Each member who wishes to participate in the duel must select ONE prompt around which to craft their story. Authors may only compete in ONE category, so select your prompt carefully. See the Staff Messages section of the forums for the prompts and more information!

Gryffin_Duck on 2013.12.08 - 07:12PM

Staff vacation and queue closure.

This year's staff Christmas vacation will be held in a small Swiss ski chalet from December 20th to January 3rd. The queue will be closed to all non-Trusted Authors during that time.

All the staff at HPFF wish you a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

HPFF Staff on 2013.12.04 - 11:10AM

It's National Novel Writing Month!

November is Novel Writing Month, and many of our members are plugging away at works both fanfiction and original. Want to join in the fun? Come visit the Loony Lounge in our forums! During NaNoWriMo, we like to remind all our members that our validating staff is not only your go-to for all things archive, we're also authors ourselves. Many of our staff are participating in NaNoWriMo this month in addition to their validating duties, so we ask you to have patience with all of us until November ends and we've all achieved NaNoWriMo glory. Good luck, and may the word count be ever in your favor!

WeasleyTwinMom on 2013.11.09 - 12:07AM

Email issues.

It seems a lot of people are having trouble receiving emails from us when signing up with a hotmail account. If you use a hotmail account to register and have not received a message within a few hours, please send a mail to with your penname and the email you used, and we will manually send a password to you.

We apologise for any problems caused, but our mailing system is working fine, this would seem to be a Hotmail issue.

Staff on 2013.09.16 - 07:19PM

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