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    Character Clinic Rules and Questions Thread - PLEASE READ!

    Lately I've noticed that the rules have been hard-to-find and comprehend. So here are ALL the rules for the Character Clinic so you don't get any nasty surprise point docks.

    General Rules:
    The Character Help forum is for discussion and questions pertaining to canon characters, character relationships/dynamics, designing and developing original characters, writing different aspects of characters and characterisation, etc.

    + This forum is not for fangirling/bashing/shipping. All threads are places of in-depth discussion, so as to help those participating to better understand characters and pairings in order to better write them. Statements should not be made without reason, and posts should not be made in threads simply to state love or loathing for the character on topic. Threads/posts that are not discussion-oriented or are not backed up with reason will be considered spam and will be deleted. The posters will then have points deducted.

    + To emphasize, do not participate in pairing threads if you are only expressing your opinion about the pairing. Pairing threads are for fan-fiction related discussion. At MNFF [and in the fan-fic world in general], we are open-minded to the possibility of most pairings when well-written and well-developed. “You can try, but it’s not canon/never will be canon/won’t ever happen in the canon-universe” is not an appropriate comment, as it helps nobody, and we aren’t discussing what may or may not happen during or after the books, but looking for ways to enable the pairing in fan-fiction, and retain characterisation and believability.

    + As always, be polite and courteous. Use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. No flaming or netspeak.

    + Do not alter the size/colour/font of your text for entire posts or for regular posting purposes. I haven't been keeping a close watch on this rule, but I will now. Please make your posts in the default text format, which is almost always easier to see than any fancy text formatting. Some text formatting may be used at discretion to highlight small portions of your post that need to stand out.

    + When titling threads be specific to the topic, and concise. 'Would this ever happen?' -- not helpful. If it's a character or pairing, include the name/names. [Liam Connolly; Pairing - Harry/Ginny; Tom Riddle]. We should be able to get a general idea what the thread is about before reading the post.

    Creating Threads:

    On Canon Characters -- be sure there isn't already a thread discussing the specific character. There is no need to create a new thread asking one question that can be addressed in an existing thread.

    - Minor Characters -- These characters play a minimal part in the Harry Potter series. Though the definition of 'minor' and 'major' here is subjective, for the purpose of these forums, we will call those who do not play active roles in the books 'minor.' These characters include, but are not limited to: the four Founders, Madam Pomfrey, Theodore Nott, and Susan Bones.

    - Major Characters -- These characters are the "stars" of the series. They are crucial in Harry Potter's journey and include but are not limited to: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, and Professor McGonagall.

    Due to the thin line between major and minor characters, no points will be taken off if what is considered to be a minor character was posted in the major character forum and vice versa.

    On Original Characters -- Keep it simple. Please label your thread with your character's name. There are a lot of authors with OC's 'My New OC' and 'Is she a Mary-Sue?' don't help posters differentiate your thread from someone else's.

    On Pairings -– Pairing threads are to be named simply with the pairing in the standard format [Harry/Ginny, Sirius/Lily] and should be placed in the Canon Character forum. Threads should be limited to the discussion of one pairing, which should be two canon characters [the actual pairing does not need to be canon]. If you wish to discuss several pairings/romantic possibilities of one character, please direct your questions to their Canon Character thread. Discussion of pairings involving Original Characters should be directed to the OC’s thread. [If the OC does not have a thread, create one as you would normally, and note the pairing as a topic you would like help on. Do not create a Mary-Sue/Harry Potter thread and expect forum members to do their research].

    Discussion Threads -- These threads should pertain to the topic of Character Help and should not be addressed in an existing thread. Essays should not be posted without moderator approval. Points will be taken off if these essays are seen. Read this announcement for more details.

    Canon Character Forum Rules:
    + Before asking a factual question, check Which Wizard: Who's Who in the Wizarding World first. It is an excellent collection of all the canonical facts of every character introduced in the series.

    Original Character Forum Rules:
    + Character Forms, as they are called, are not to be posted in the forums. Any thread containing a character form will be deleted or edited at moderator discretion; points may be taken. An example of a character thread and sample questions may be found here.

    + Threads posted for the sole purpose of naming a character are not allowed, as such threads can go on for quite a while without getting much accomplished. If you need help finding or choosing a character name, read this thread for ideas. You are, however, allowed to develop the characteristics of a nameless character while asking for help finding a suitable name.

    + You may double-post in your own original character thread if your thread is not active (rule-of-thumb is a week of inactivity) or if you wish to add more information.

    + When replying to responses on your character, you still need to write everything in one post. You still need to use the edit button if you wish to add or clarify on something. But if you're adding completely new information, an excerpt, etc, you may double-post.

    + You are allowed more than one thread at a time. If you are developing multiple original characters at a time, I'd rather you have information of all of them neatly divided so that it is easier to find.

    + Do not feel forced to answer every single question.. Answer only what will help you. Do not invent facts that do not need to exist.

    + You are allowed to post excerpts that will reveal more about your character. Excerpts may not be longer than 300 words. Excerpts that do not pertain to your character and focus more on plot/detail belong in the Excerpts of Murlap forum.

    + Inactive threads (no response for more than 4 months old) will be graved. I don't think I need to elaborate on that.

    Miscellaneous Rules:
    + Follow the rules of the forum in general. This includes no offsite links, no unsafe Internet practices, and no posting unapproved essays.

    + If there is a problem with posting, i.e., a thread in the wrong forum or a need to delete a post, private message me. I cannot stress how important it is that when you do notify me, include a link. If you have double-posted and have realized your error, contact me. By doing so, I will be able to get rid of the double posts and will NOT take points off.

    + If your post does not show up, this may be because you have not been Sorted. Your post will then have to be manually approved by me. I am usually good about approving (or not approving) posts at least twice daily. Please be patient until I do my rounds. See the MuggleNet Fan Fiction Beta Boards FAQ for details.

    + Any questions I have not answered that you might have, please post here.

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    Hey, I was looking in the Original Character forum and the question/answer section looked extreamly useful. Not just for developing our characters, but for really getting into our characters brains and thinking about how they might respond to a certain question.

    Something like that would be a useful tool for developing canon characters as well. Especially ones that are more difficult to get into character with. Someone writing Luna Lovegood, perhaps, could request questions and can practice her dialog and manner of talking. (Those offering questions could give con crit on her characterisation.)

    It mainly appealed to me because I am trying to write an AU Harry Potter fiction where Harry grows up in the age of the founders, and I think that stretching my character out by having people ask him questions and him answer them would really help his characterisation, and therefore help him stay in character in the story.

    I'm sorry if there is already somewhere for this, or if I posted this in the wrong place. (Which is more likley the case) but you did say "any questions." And I just realised that this wasn't really a question...

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    If I'm understanding you correctly, you're asking if questions used to develop OCs can be applied to canon characters. The answer would be yes, you could. The canon forum is strictly for you to get help dissecting canon characters - a "what would he do?" sort of thing if you need it. However, to do so, you'll need to post in the character thread, in this instance, the "Harry Potter" thread, with specific questions. Like, "how do you think Harry would react to this?" There isn't a limit on how many questions you'd ask.

    Also, for further help, you may want to post an excerpt in "Excerpts of Murlap" and perhaps link that in the Harry Potter thread after you'd gathered some opinions.

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    + Do not alter the size/colour/font of your text for entire posts or for regular posting purposes. I haven't been keeping a close watch on this rule, but I will now. Please make your posts in the default text format, which is almost always easier to see than any fancy text formatting. Some text formatting may be used at discretion to highlight small portions of your post that need to stand out.
    I would, once again, like to draw your attention to the above rule. I already stated in my other post in the Original Character forum that I'm going to take points from everyone who's not following this rule. So far it's always only 1 point docked for each post, but for people who do it excessively, I won't hesitate to go higher.
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    + Do not alter the size/colour/font of your text for entire posts or for regular posting purposes. I haven't been keeping a close watch on this rule, but I will now. Please make your posts in the default text format, which is almost always easier to see than any fancy text formatting. Some text formatting may be used at discretion to highlight small portions of your post that need to stand out.
    After some consideration, I'm going to ease this rule a bit. The following colours and fonts are - next to the still preferred standard font and colour - permitted for entire posts:

    Fonts: Arial, Franklin Gothic Medium, Georgia, Lucida Sans Unicode, Microsoft Sans Serif, Tahoma, Verdana

    Colours: black and dark colours such as "dark green" or "indigo" for example. If possible, please don't use "navy", as this is the colour with which I usually edit your posts with comments and points.

    However, I would really prefer if you used the standard formatting and only change font/colour/sizes to hightlight small portions of your posts that need to stand out.
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    I don't have a question, I'm just here to dance.

    -dances-

    Just kidding, but you enjoyed my dance!

    Ahem.

    I'm falling back on a plot from quite some time ago, and one of the main characters is Carlotta Pinkstone. She was a famous witch who protested the ISoS, but, that's all that's said about her. Technically, she's canon, but considering she's never even mentioned in the books (appears on J.K.R's website and the video games), I was wondering if I could develop her a bit in the OC forum. Her entire personality is to the author's discretion, and that's what the forum is for, so I was hoping I might be allowed to jump through this loophole....

    Edit: Thank you! Will certainly do!

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    Go ahead, Ari. Maybe mention in your thread, however, that she's Jo's "invention" even though she never appeared in the books.
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    I have a question. I know that traditionally, we are not allowed to post links in our threads, but what if we were to post something that would aid in character development. Say a person were writing a character set in a historical fiction, and we found a documentary on of the time period on Youtube. Would something like that be allowed?

    What about images? Would those be allowed?

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    Links to offsites like youtube aren't allowed forum-wide, unless the videos are trailers for the stories of our authors. So no to links for videos on time eras.

    Links to pictures are fine as long as they are a) not hotlinked, meaning you need to upload them to your own hosting server, and b) they are properly credited, meaning if you drew them yourself, no credit is needed, but if someone else made a graphic for instance, then please properly credit the bannermaker.

    However, you can always simply PM the person and send helpful links and pictures that way.
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    Okay, I posted an OC thread about a certain character when I had one plot in mind. However, I have now changed the plot so she's at a different age, knows more about herself, and most of what I wrote in the original thread is now redundant.
    I'm the last one to post in my thread, so my question is, do I double post with a new introduction to the character, start a new thread, or simply edit the first post?

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