Some Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My post count has suddenly gone down a lot. What happened?
A: Your post count increases when you post in threads in certain forums but not others. If your post count has fallen, it is because the thread you have posted in has been deleted.
Q: What are the messages beneath my screenname?
A: These messages are just little fun scenarios from Harry Potter. As your post count increases, the messages change. The only way to change this message is to increase or decrease your post count by certain amounts.
Q:Why do only some of my posts count?
A: Only posts in the help forums count toward your post count. This is to help cut back on people spamming to increase their post counts. Please make your posting about the quality of your input and questions, not about a number.
Q: My fiction has been in the queue for over a week. Shouldn't it have been moderated by now?
A: Moderators are busy people. We try to see as many fictions as quickly as possible but some categories are busier and therefore slower than others. Be patient. Your fiction will be read soon.
Q: Can I change my username or my house?
A: Short answer, no. Once you are sorted that is your house. Your screenname cannot be changed.
A Forum-by-Forum guide to the Beta Boards
These three forums reside in the Ministry of Magic. These are the places where the moderators can tell you members any news, events or changes that have been made to the forums, as well as answer your questions and award house points. The House Cup is awarded each term, with each house competing for the title. You can earn house points by offering good, well thought out advice or taking part in one of the many challenges around the site. You can also earn points by taking part in our very own Hogwarts School, where our own professors teach a variety of Fanfiction-friendly subjects designed to help improve your writing and HP knowledge.
The Beta Wanted forum is the place where you can go and create a thread asking for a beta to come and read your fiction. Please read the rules thread before posting as it gives you information about what to post in your thread.
The Beta Services thread is the place to go and offer your beta services if you do not have a PI Accreditation
number. Please only post your services here if you have the time to follow up with your offer. Check your thread regularly in case of new posts.
The Beta Guild is the home of the PI Accredited betas. These are members who have taken the test from Perfect Imagination and passed. If a member has passed this test it means they have exceptional spelling, grammar, plot and general fiction skills that are useful when betaing for other authors. These are the Elite betas. They’re happy to help.
The Character Clinic is the place to go if you are having trouble with characterisation or general character information. There are threads devoted to different characters in which you can find out a lot of ideas and information, or post your own question regarding that character. Please make sure that a character has not been posted before when posting a new thread. Read the rules before posting.
Similarly, Skele-Gro Plot Potion is there to aid you with your plot troubles, writers block problems or general plot walls that you may come across. If you are unsure of a plot twist and want to have new ideas and opinions on how you should write it, post in this forum and receive opinions from all different readers, writers and betas.
The reference desk is the home of all canon Potterverse information. If you have a question but you can’t find your copy of Half-Blood Prince, post in there and find out all you ever wanted to know. The Reference Desk is also home to ‘The Language and Cultural Corner’ where you can find out about different cultures and information that you can use in your fiction, ‘The Fortnightly Foray into the Fandom’ which is a discussion forum based on specific chunks of Harry Potter information. These are judged on content and points are often awarded for the best thoughtful posts.
Excerpts of Murtlap is our fiction critique centre. This is the place where you can post a short section of your fiction and receive feedback on its pros and cons. It is also the home of the Restricted Section where the heavy duty discussion takes place on subjects which are not suitable for younger readers. Again, please read the rules carefully before posting.
General Fanfiction Discussion is the forum in which you can discuss all fanfiction and why you write it. You can discuss what works well in fanfiction and what you think JKR would think about it all.