The 2007 Quicksilver Quill Awards 2007 - Mod Version
by MithrilQuill @ 11/15/07 15:00
The Quicksilver Quills have been a huge success these past couple of years and they're a good way for the site to recognize the achievements of the users of MNFF. As you all know, however, moderators were not allowed to run and compete for these awards with the rest of the users. So, some of the site's professors began planning for a Modly version of the QSQs and now it's almost ready to launch.
There will be 14 categories and, unlike the normal QSQs, there are some pretty silly and lighthearted categories. The judging etc. will take place in a no-mod zone and, like the usual QSQs, will be as objective as possible.
Nominations will open on Dec 1st and all members of the site have the chance to vote and tell us who they think was the...is that "biggest fangirl mod" I see on the list? *raises eyebrows*
So start preparing your nominations and let's take this chance for the mods and authors to connect and have some fun!
If you have any questions they can be directed to one of the following lovely people:
Aaaaand, the list of categories:
- Biggest Fangirl Mod
- Best Mod Title
- Most Undercover Mod
- Strictest Mod
- Most Hardworking Mod
- Best HoH/Prefect
- Best Novel Length Fic
- Best Romance Fic
- Best Poem
- Best Dark/Angsty Fic
- Best One-Shot
- Best Original Character
- Best Laugh
- Best Cry
For a complete list of all active/eligible mods and a link to their author page, please go here
Revealing the 2007 Quicksilver Quill Award Winners!
by Marauder by Midnight @ 11/01/07 23:10
The Winners of the 2007 Quicksilver Quill Awards
We apologise for our late revealing, but the decisions this year have been unbelievably difficult. Each person nominated has contributed so much to the site, and these Quicksilver Quill awards recognize the top MuggleNet members in each category. Please give your congratulations, a round of applause, and perhaps a kind review to each of the winners and runner-ups. Winners and runner-ups, please check your inbox for your award! Email me 'bethany [at] fanfiction [dot] mugglenet [dot] com' if you did not receive your award or need a correction made.
Please note that some of these links link to stories rated 6th-7th Years and Professors while others lead to our beta forums which may or may not be accessible to one without an account there.
Best General Story
Winner - Where Light and Shadow Meet by Ennalee
Runner-up - Mum, Dad, It’s Me…Harry by Mudblood428
Best Dark/Angsty Story
Winner - When Saints Die, The World Stops Spinning by forsakenphoenix
Runner-up – Counting to Five Thousand by Rhetor
Best Humor Story
Winner - 101 Ways to Woo Hermione Granger by katdiva
Runner-up - The Dark Lord’s Blog by Schmerg_The_Impaler
Best Canon Romance Story
Winner - The Wedding Ring by KASK
Runner-up - Wednesday Dates by belladonna_tb
Best Non-Canon Romance Story
Winner - Clair De Lune by Astrid Skywalker
Runner-up - All At Once by electronicquillster
Best Original Character Romance Story
Winner - Sins of the Father by TheVault
Runner-up - Do Be My Enemy For Friendship’s Sake by ByMerlinsBeard
Honourable Mention - Child of the Hunt by Snapes_secret
Best Same Sex Romance Story
Winner - Amanda by Purplemage
Runner-up - Pride vs. Prejudice by bittersweet_lullaby
Runner-up - Hollow by wicked angel
Best Alternate Universe Story
Winner - Curse of the Reapers by deanine
Winner - Escape by BlackClaude
Runner-up - Let Sleeping Wolves Lie by Foxy Wolf
Best Marauder Era Story
Winner - More Than a Feeling by Kerichi
Runner-up - The Upside of Being Down by Kimberley
Best Post-Hogwarts Story
Winner - Through Fields of Gold by Seren
Runner-up - When Darkness Did Surround Us by MagEd
Best History/Mystery Story
Winner - The Portrait Painter by coppercurls
Runner-up - One Last Golden Day by Gryffinpuff
Best Beta Reader
Winner - Colores
Runner-up - ms weasley
Winner - GreyLady
Runner-up – LadyAlesha
Best Performance by a Male Original Character
Winner – Lucas Malory in Vacillation and Volition by Fantasium
Runner-up – Patrick Thatcher in Patrick Thatcher and the Colonist’s Compass by Dean Thomas
Best Performance by a Female Original Character
Winner – Miriam Daniels in Fool Me Once by Crickette
Runner-up – Camilla Snape in Innocence Found by Accio_Brain
Best Fan Artist
Winner - A Cappella
Runner-up - Toasty
Again, a tremendous round of applause for these fantastic winners! Please be sure you visit some of these links and give them a review and a pat on the back!
We would now like to take the time to thank the individuals involved in the judging process. Without them, this project would not have been possible.
wendelin the weird
The Half Blood Prince
Red and Gold
Just Beyond The Veil
In addition to these committee members, we’d also like to thank the heads of the committees who helped guide discussions and decision processes.
Marauder by Midnight
Last but certainly not least, thank you to everyone who participated in some way, shape, or form. We look forward to working with all of you next year for the third annual Quicksilver Quill Awards!
Remember, you can always visit the Duelling Club at the beta forums to ask all these authors and more about their writing! Note that you must be a registered and Sorted forum user to access the Duelling Club.
NOTE: Those who participated in the judging only judged in categories where they either forfeited the possibility of winning or had no stories on the database in the area. All judging was done as unbiased as possible.
Welcome New Mods!
by Anasuya @ 10/15/07 19:25
Well, the decision you've all been waiting for has finally been made. On behalf of everyone at MNFF, I'd like to welcome the three new members of our moderator team:
Red and Gold (Andi)
snapes_secret/ Snape's Talon (Sandy)
A huge thank you to everyone who applied. You didn't make our decision easy. And remember that we're constantly growing and looking for new mods, so we look forward to seeing you all apply in the future.
by Anasuya @ 10/03/07 19:35
The mod applications are now closed. Apps received after this time will not be accepted. We will take some time to deliberate over the candidates. We'll have a list of new mods to you as soon as possible.
Good luck to all those who applied!
EDIT: Just a notice that the decision is nearly complete and the emails should start going out this weekend.
by Anasuya @ 09/19/07 14:44
Well, it's that time again: MNFF is looking for new moderators.
We're looking for three new moderators and will be accepting applications for the next two weeks.
Now I'm sure you're all excited about applying, but first off I'd like to warn you that this is a very time-consuming position, one that is not for everyone. However, if you feel that you can handle the task, we await your applications.
Please fill out the following form when applying:
How long have you been part of MNFF?
Stories on MNFF:
Qualifications (Beta work, PI accreditation, RL qualifications):
Possible Problems (Anything you see that may hinder your ability to mod. Please be honest):
Why you want to mod:
In addition, you'll also be required to include three recommendations from other site members. Remember that the best recommendations are ones that are objective and highlight both strengths and weaknesses. Many members are willing to give constructive recommendations, including some moderators. Please though, respect the availability of mods and members when asking for recommendations.
Applications should be sent to Anasuya@fanfiction.mugglenet.com NOT the staff email. Also, all recommendations should be sent directly to me, not through the applicant. Please be sure that the recommendations are clearly marked, with the subject line reading 'Mod Recommendation for (username).'
Applications will be open until October 3rd.
Quicksilver Quills 2007
by Bethany/Marauder by Midnight @ 08/20/07 22:08
It's time for the second annual Quicksilver Quill Awards!
Last year's awards had been a success, and MuggleNet Fan Fiction moderators have decided to hold the Quicksilver Quills 2007, or QSQs 2007.
For those of you who were not with us last year, the Quicksilver Quills is our way of honouring outstanding stories, authors, reviewers, betas, and artists.
There will be seventeen categories this year in which you can win an award in. Rules and further information will be posted in our beta forums in about a week's time.
The categories are as follows:
Best General Story
Best Dark/Angsty Story
Best Humor Story
Best Romance - Canon Story
Best Romance - Non-canon Story
Best Romance - Canon Character/Original Character Story
Best Alternate Universe Story
Best Marauders' Era Story
Best Post-Hogwarts Story
Best Same-Sex Pairing Story
Best History/Mystery Story
Best Beta Reader
Best Male Other Character
Best Female Other Character
Nominations will open on September 1, 2007 and close September 14, 2007. Winners will be announced on October 31, 2007.
Until then, start thinking about who and what should be nominated!
by Anasuya @ 08/13/07 11:37
Please note that submissions to multiple categories or those to the Romance category will be deleted without notice. Please submit to only one category and select a Romance subcategory.
Deathly Hallows Spoiler Policy
by Anasuya @ 08/09/07 9:14
The ban on Deathly Hallows spoilers has been lifted. Spoilers are now allowed in usernames, avatars, signatures, graphics and other such things on the forums. Also, they are permitted in summaries and titles on the archive.
Thanks for your patience!
by Magical Maeve @ 07/27/07 4:03
Just a quick note to all our new authors who may not be as familiar with the workings of the site as our old hands.
Please make sure you read the submission rules carefully before you even think about submitting your chapter. We have rules about things like chapter word count that some of you are not following. Our other major issue at the moment is category submissions. We are seeing a lot of multi-category submissions and submissions to categories that are master categories rather than actual categories - mainly the Romance category.
For those struggling with romance category selection here's a quick run through(although this is also relevant to other categories, but it's romance we are having the most issues with). Highlight the romance category in the category selection drop down menu. Once you have done that the drop down menu will change and reveal all the romance sub-categories. You then need to click on the drop down menu and select the appropriate sub-category. Only when the sub-category is highlighted in the catgeory selection box do you hit select. There should now be a category in the larger box below the drop down menu. If there is more than one category showing then you have done it incorrectly and you need to clear the form and start again.
Please help us to help you. It takes time to reject stories that are incorrectly submitted, time that could be spent on stories that are where they should be. If we all work together the queue should be a happy place for us all to be. :-)
Open for Business
by Anasuya @ 07/24/07 11:40
The queue is now open and we are accepting submissions once again!
You'll notice that you can select two new warnings when submitting stories: Book 7 Disregarded and DH Spoilers. The B7D warning is only is you're disregarding elements of DH. If you're creating a plot that's completely different, where different characters live and die, please submit to AU instead.
For the DH Spoiler warning, please refrain from using it until August 1
. We will not
be accepting submissions containing DH spoilers until that time. Anything that does not comply will be automatically rejected.
Please remember that the regular submission rules still apply, so in your haste to put up new material, please be sure that you're only submitting one chapter at a time and also that you're submitting your best work.
by Elysa @ 07/17/07 19:18
is a few short days away, as is the (temporary) closing of our queue. Therefore, and in light of this being such an intensely emotional time for devout HP fans, we here at MuggleNet Fan Fiction feel rather compelled to say something wise and profound for your comfort. As such, we leave you to embark on this one final ride with Harry armed with the most significant words we, or anyone, could ever utter:
Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!
And may Merlin, like our thoughts and condolences, be with you.
The MNFF Staff
Forum Spoiler Policy
by Elysa @ 07/17/07 19:06
Hullo folks! (Brace yourselves for another long
post!) As promised, I come bearing the DH Release/Spoiler Policy for our Forums.
It's very similar to the one for our main site (here), except in the fact that it's completely different. Let me break it down:
1. The Forums will remain open throughout the entirety of the DH Release, including the dates in which the queue is closed.
2. However! Only "Sparkly-Poo" and the Hogwarts forums will remain open, and all others will be closed and invisible. This will take effect the night of FRIDAY JULY 20
. Sparkly-Poo will contain DH spoilers
, because we wanted to leave something open for authors who wished to discuss the book immediately with fellow MNFFers. As such, DO NOT look in Sparkly-Poo until you have completely finished reading the book. The Hogwarts
forums, however, will be strictly devoid of all spoileryness. (Yes, I invented a word, thankyouverymuch.)
3. Even during this time, when DH spoilers are allowed to be discussed in Sparkly-Poo's threads, spoilers of any kind will remain strictly prohibited in "Hogwarts," forum profiles, avatars, signatures, and the like. To be perfectly clear: Sparkly-Poo (and PMs-- see below) = Yay for Spoilers! & Everything Else = Mod Wrath of Doom
If You Even Consider It.
4. Speaking of PMs: Yes, you will be allowed to receive and send PMs throughout this time, as usual. However, your PMs may NOT contain DH spoilers in the subject line. Furthermore, if the content of the PM contains a spoiler, the subject line must clearly and boldly read "DH SPOILER INSIDE," even if you 'know' the person to whom you are sending it has already read the book. This will be strictly enforced, and no warnings will be issued prior to a ban.
5. Sparkly-Poo will close and the rest of the forums will return to normal on August 1
. Therefore, beginning on August 1, DH Spoilers will be allowed to be discussed only
in pre-determined threads that are first approved by a moderator. Additionally, any threads that contain a DH spoiler must NOT state the spoiler in the thread's title, but MUST state that a spoiler is inside. Please be sensible about this. A thread title like, "Shippiness in DH," is fine, whereas, "ZOMG CAN YOU BELIEVE THE REMUS/DRACO IN DH?" is painfully
Do NOT post any thread that pertains to DH in any way
without first consulting a moderator. Failure to do so will be punished harshly.
6. Spoilers may NOT exist in profiles, signatures, banners, avvies, or anything else except noted threads and PMs until we alert you
(via news post/the Announcement thread) that it is okay to do so. Again, do NOT take it upon yourself to decide when enough time has passed, or you will be subject to a permanent ban.
Spoilers on our forums will be treated in the same way as spoilers on the archives: with permanent bans and harsh measures. Therefore, please be very certain that you are clear on these rules, and PM or e-mail a moderator if you even think you might be somewhat confused.
We pray that, for those who finish the book within a day or so, the Sparkly-Poo forum will serve as a familiar, friendly place for you to go rant, discuss, and remember the final book of the series. With emotions sure to be high on this last ride, our hope was that we could provide a comfortable place for you to laugh, cry, and fall together. Though, as we said earlier: while we will be on high guard and doing everything we can to prevent spoilers from leaking, we cannot guarantee that you won't see one before we catch it. Therefore, we strongly advise that no one visit the forums (or any HP site, for that matter) until you have finished the book.
As always, thank you for not falling asleep whilst reading.
by Anasuya @ 07/04/07 15:30
As you all know, the release of Deathly Hallows is fast appraoching and as such, we at MNFF know that we will be facing a very busy time. Knowing that, we decided to take on a few new moderators to help us through this busy time. Our staff selected from the talented pool of authors we have here and have hired three new mods:
Elle- Sly Severus
Congratulations and good luck ladies!
And for the rest of you, don't fret. We're constantly growing, so look out for a site-wide hiring in the near future!
Deathly Hallows Release Policies
by Elysa @ 06/27/07 21:18
Hello everyone! Well, I'm sure you lot don't need reminding, so as we all very well know, the final installment of the Harry Potter series comes out July 21. *Allows pause for site-wide squee'ing* Naturally, we here at MNFF are hard at work preparing for said release, and we've recently decided precisely how we'll be handling it. Please read carefully, as we cannot stress enough how fundamentally crucial this information is to both authors and readers alike.
- MuggleNet Fan Fiction will be closed from July 19 thru July 23. To be clear: this means that the queue will be closed and we will not be accepting any submissions, nor will we be readily available to assist users in any capacity, from 12:00 midnight the morning of July 19th thru 11:59 p.m. the night of the 23rd. Therefore, the queue will reopen at midnight, July 24th. Please note that stories already validated and posted on the site will be available to read during this time. Only the queue is closing.
- When MNFF reopens the queue for submissions on July 24, it will be with a strict NO SPOILERS policy. This means that expressing and/or writing about anything that transpires in Deathly Hallows will not be permitted in the stories themselves, in author profiles, summaries, banners, "clever" e-mail addresses, or graphics/expressions of any kind. Spoilers include plot twists, characters' deaths, romantic developments-- anything and everything. A user discovered to have posted any spoiler in any part of his/her profile or story will have their account deleted and banned on both MNFF and the main site, MuggleNet.com. Do not even allude to a spoiler, as we will count this as directly stating one. For example: If one part of your profile says "I ship Luna/Neville!" and another part says "My ship finally sailed!" That is a spoiler. We cannot express how seriously we are taking this. ANY breach of this policy and your ability to so much as view any part of MuggleNet will be permanently withdrawn.
- Starting on August 1, and no sooner, we will begin to allow spoilers in STORIES ONLY. Expressing a Deathly Hallows spoiler in a banner, profile, story title, or summary will still be prohibitied and punished with a permanent ban. August 1 only means that authors can begin working the events of DH into their stories, and/or writing new fan fictions based off the events of DH. However-- stories that contain any sort of DH spoiler must wear a Deathly Hallows Spoiler Warning. (This warning will become available for use under the "warnings" category beginning August 1, so it will not be viewable/available before then.)
- We will alert everyone, via news post, when it is okay to begin expressing spoilers freely: i.e., in profiles, summaries, banners, etc. However, this will not be for a while. Do NOT take it upon yourself to decide when enough time has passed, or you will be subject to a permanent ban. Our enforcement of the above policies will be just as strict and unforgiving a month after the release as a week after the release.
A separate but very similar policy for our Beta Forums is still being ironed out, but we feel confident in saying that the forums will remain open (even when the queue is closed between the 19th and 23rd) in some capacity. We'll be reporting the full details on that very shortly, so stay tuned.
In closing, we urge everyone to exercise caution and compassion throughout and following the upcoming release of Deathly Hallows; not just here at MuggleNet, but wherever you might go, on-line or otherwise. We enjoy a good laugh as much as the next person, but please realize that spoiling the end of a long-lived series such as Harry Potter for fans who've spent years waiting for the end is anything but funny. It is only rude, hurtful, and a terribly pitiful display of immaturity. For those who would not even consider spoiling the book for someone else (because we know the great majority of you never would): we beg that you pay extra close attention in all your communications on MNFF so that you do not unintentionally let a secret slip. Furthermore, while we will do everything in our power to keep the secrets of the last book safe and off our site, it is perfectly possible that something might slip through the cracks before we catch it. As such, we advise that anyone who has not finished the book and is truly worried about being spoiled, simply not visit ours or any other Harry Potter related site until you have, indeed, finished it.
As always, thank you all for taking the time to read this extensive post. Please do not hesitate to contact one of us with any questions, comments, or concerns you might have. Happy writing!
Exchange of Information Policy
by Elysa @ 04/26/07 20:10
Recently, numerous members of the MuggleNet Fan Fiction community have acted irresponsibly and failed to respect the privacy of personal and sensitive information. These events have inspired new policy to be considered, in regard to how much information we will allow to be exchanged over our medium. A consensus has been reached, and we have decided that the following pieces of information-- and only
the following pieces of information-- may be given out freely:
- Your real first name
- Your birthday date
- General location (nothing more specific than your state/province)
- Your e-mail address
- Your AIM/Yahoo/MSN screen name
- Your personal website URL (not to be confused with linking to your fics on another site, which is not allowed)
Needless to say, you can continue to discuss your likes/dislikes, college major(s), musical taste, etc, in your profile. We only mean to ban the overly-personal subjects, such as exact locations, health conditions, last names, et cetera. Our site is not the proper venue for such conversations. That is why we allow the free exchange of e-mail addresses and screen names-- so that you can converse on those matters on your own terms, not ours.
Please note that this applies to both the main site (here) and our Forums. Violation of this policy will result in one warning for the first offense, but a second or third offense is grounds for a permanent ban and/or deletion of your account. Please take this seriously, as we sincerely
don't want to have to take disciplinary action, and know that we enforce this only with the best intentions of protecting our beloved authors.
Feel free to contact a moderator if you have any questions. And, as always, thank you guys for your support. This site wouldn't exist without each of you.
by Magical Maeve @ 03/05/07 9:25
The New Year Challenges have been judged and we have winners!
Overall Winner: A Hand in the Wolf's Mouth by ProfPosky
The Deathly Hallows - Fallen by StaceyLC
Myth and Magic - A Hand in the Wolf's Mouth by ProfPosky
At the Sign of the Green Dragon - Grim Decisions by Kehribar
Dreams - If You Were Me by the_evenstar
Belief - Clap Your Hands if You Believe in Magic by crazy_purple_hp_freak
Extra Credit - A Portkey to Safety by Gmariam
Well done everyone. A new bi-monthly challenge will be posted next week!
And the February One-Shot Challenge results have been announced:
1st Place - The Wedding Ring by KASK
2nd Place - The Weaker Vessel by Insecurity
Honourable Mention to - Messages of Heart and Mind by megan_lupin, and Priorities by Skipper424
Well done! And don't forget to check out the March One-Shot challenge over at the Beta Help Forums!
Help break a world record!
by ristan32 @ 03/01/07 21:46
There is a boy here in my town (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) who is currently battling leukemia at our children's hospital. Shane's 8th birthday is coming up in May and his wish is to break the world record for the number of greeting cards received.
The story has been getting around and he is receiving cards from all over the world. If anyone would like to send Shane a card and help him try to break this record, here is the link with the address to which you can send your cards, as well as more info on Shane himself.
I know he would appreciate it - he's a very sick little boy and he enjoys receiving a new bunch of cards every week. Hopefully he will get his wish!
by deanine @ 02/18/07 22:12
There are a few documents every user of this site should read. First, everyone should read the terms of service
. That document tells you core standards that you are held to. Recently we added a review policy that should help clarify some of the confusion on that front.
Everyone should also read the submission guidelines prior to trying to add a story.
A Student/Teacher Romance warning was added today. Any story featuring a romantic relationship between a student who is still at Hogwarts and their teacher should carry this warning. Such stories are considered sensitive subject matter.
by Magical Maeve @ 01/19/07 12:31
It is stated quite clearly on the submissions page that we do not allow stories in multiple categories. You are allowed to choose one category for your story and that is where it needs to stay. We usually pick up multiple category stories at the submission stage and reject them.
However, it has become apparent that some of you are editing your stories into multiple categories after validation. This is NOT allowed. Please be aware that editing your story into multiple categories could put it at risk of deletion from the archive. If you have a story straddling categories, please edit it back into one. Thank you.
Winter's Tales Result and New Challenge
by Magical Maeve @ 01/04/07 8:25
The entries into the Winter's Tales challenge were fantastic and varied. It made life incredibly tough judging them, but we do have an overall winner: Oh Little Town of Godric's Hollow by wicked angel
. The following were also individual challenge winners:
Christmas by Numbers - FeatherTrader; Conversation With An Angel - Kask; Lord Voldermort... and Bob? - Schmerg_the_Impaler; Christmas Eve With the Snapes - Hermione_Rocks; A Gift of Faith by Gmariam.
All the entries were wonderful and you should all be very proud of yourselves.
We now have a new challenge up that will run for the next two months. The New Year Challenge has a variety of prompts, from creating Deathly Hallows to having characters meet gods and godesses. You can find them in the Great Hall over at the Beta Forums. To see them you need to create an account, if you don't already have one, and then PM Songbook99 to be Sorted. So what are you waiting for - go check them out!
Edit: *giggles* You have no idea how many times I wrote or typed all the winners names out yesterday. I put wicked over on the Beta Boards, I put wicked in my notes... the one place I got it wrong was in the most visible. *slaps self*