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#592476 Gringotts Wizarding Bank

Posted by Prof. Chauncey Clemenceau on 24 April 2014 - 09:28 AM

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Greetings All!

It is with excitement that I announce the official opening of Gringotts Wizarding Bank! This banking system has been promised for the better part of 2 years. (Since we moved away from JCink). 

 

There are so many new features that are being added by this that the governors are still working through all of the settings and I assure you that we will be working out the details as time progress so please keep that in mind if things seem to be out of order.

 

Here is a list of some of the features:

  • Banking (Checking & Savings)
  • Credit Cards (Wizcard)
  • Loans
  • Lottery
  • Welfare
  • Shopping

Take some time to familiarize yourselves with the banking system. I've awarded all members 100 galleons to get started. Very shortly those of you on staff at any of the schools, ministries, or hospitals will be paid. 

 

I will spend some time today sorting through the new procedures that will need to be established to assure that people are paid. I will post details as they arise.

 

Special thanks to Prof. Alden Harrington for locating this module and asking for its installation!

 

Best Regards,

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#706072 What Keeps Ho Going? Spring 2015 Academics Address

Posted by Guest on 11 April 2015 - 02:05 AM

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What Keeps HO Going?

Spring 2015 Academics Address

 

 

To the Members of the HO Community,

 

I wanted to take this time to say a few things that you need to hear.

 

Thank you for your patience this term as we waited for the office to get fixed for class enrollment. Class enrollment is now open for all schools! If you see any errors in the office, please report them to me and I will fix them as soon as I see them. There may be some mistakes. (I accidentally put in a class called "Prof. Gavril Lazarov," but let's be real, I would take that class.)

 

Students, you may now enroll in your courses. Go out there and have a kick-butt term!

 

Professors, please go into the office and edit your class (click the blue book with the pencil on it, the second to last button on the right) and edit in your class information, including years required, the description, the quill requirements, and especially the link to your classroom forum (when it's available; we will be working on the forum edits over the next few days). Also change the status of your class to Active, open for enrollment so that we know you're an active professor.

 

Now, I know we have been having a bit of a struggle with classes lately. This has always been a problem on HO. Students struggle to keep up with classes, and professors struggle with keeping their students actively posting in classes. So this term, I would like to ask professors at all schools to take it easy. Lower the stakes a little. Maybe consider having only 3 lessons instead of 4 (or as many as you can get to, but don't feel like you need 4). Try to keep your class as fun as possible. Be the teacher you always wish you had. Be considerate and understanding. Your students are the most important people in the room.

 

Students, if you are struggling with your classes, talk to your professors or a mentor that you trust, or come see me. Professors, if you are struggling with teaching your class, you have a wide variety of people you can go to: your Department Chair, the House Administration or Headmasters/Deputy Headmasters at your school, or me. 

 

It does not matter which school you're at, or whether you teach or not; if you want to come talk to me, please PM me. If you ever feel like you need support, remember what I've said before: I see you. I hear you. And your words matter to me.

 

I was talking to some of our members this evening and the topic came up of what keeps HO going. Do you want to know what really keeps HO going?

 

I'll tell you what keeps HO going:

 

You do.

 

Be kind to one another,

<3 Alden


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#383841 Anti-Bullying Psa (Ooc Concerns)

Posted by Prof. Sorcha Logan on 19 September 2012 - 09:25 PM

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It has come to the attention of the Governors of Hogwarts Online that personal bullying is occurring in high volume in the associated social venues of the site (i.e. the chatroom, facebook, and YIM). While HO's harassment policies are limited to actions that occur on the hswcw website and direct contact between two or more members, it is still essential that all members of the forum act in a respectable manner and remember the Golden Rule. For those who do not know the Golden Rule it is as follows:


Do unto others as you wish them to do unto you.


(Basically, don't treat other people like crap because karma will hit you in the big one.)


Now, I'm not making this announcement because of karma. I am making the announcement because every so often, as new waves of members become active and things on the site grow and change, it has become a pattern that OOC bullying occurs more frequently during these times. I would like to iterate that you are not required to like anyone on this forum. However, you are encouraged to give respect to all members of the forum, no matter who they may be and no matter where you encounter them. If you are having a personal issue with a member that cannot be solved in a civil manner, seek help of a Hogwarts Online administrator if this problem is interfering with your ability to either A)remain active on HO or B)complete a job on HO. We advise that you do not advertise your woes and personal problems in a public venue, for this will only generate additional controversies, complaints, misunderstandings, and quarrels.


OOC Bullying and harassment is taken seriously at Hogwarts Online as we have a zero tolerance policy and if you feel you are truly being bullied, please feel comfortable in contacting any of the Governors. If you feel it is a Governor that is bullying you, and you are worried your opinion or situation will not be heard, I would like to personally advise you to still seek the aid of a Governor. We work as a team and are looking out for the best interests of everyone.


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Thank you and best regards,

The Governors of Hogwarts Online


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#789447 Adoptions

Posted by Prof. Anya Callaghan on 29 January 2016 - 10:43 PM

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Dear Members,

 

It has come to the attention of the site administrators that there have been an unusually high number of adoptions taking place.  We do not wish to make any rules on adoptions; many of us agree that adoption should be kept between writers because it is a very personal matter. However, it appears that people are engaging in adoptions a little haphazardly without thinking about the details.

 

Very few school-aged students would have two dead parents and no relatives to live with. Should you choose to have your character adopt, it is more feasible if they are a working adult (preferably in a family with two working adults, or with one stay at home parent).  It would make little sense for someone who just graduated from school to adopt someone, either. So essentially, we'd like to remind everyone to please keep this process realistic.  If adoptions continue to take place at this frequency, we may have to start an application process, but we'd prefer not to have to do that at all. 

 

Thank you.


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#695508 Change In Pride Months At All Schools

Posted by Guest on 27 February 2015 - 09:27 AM

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Dear Members,

 

One of the school administrators came to the governors with a new idea and asked for a change. They talked, and we listened! The vote was unanimous amongst the school admins in each country. Here's what's going to happen:

 

1. Pride Months at Hogwarts will now be open to students and staff of all schools! That means Hufflepuff Pride Month, beginning March 1st, will be the first international pride month we've had in a while!

 

2. Beauxbatons and Durmstrang will no longer be having pride months. Instead, all the member groups in each country will work together to plan and execute one international event to celebrate the whole country. So they will each be having one Countrywide Pride Month per year! That means Shopkeepers, Ministry Officials, and all other adults will be working with members of the school to put on an even bigger event.

 

We would like to thank the Tyr Administrators, Prof. Gavril Lazarov and Prof. Veronika Zalesky, and Bellelune Head of House Prof. Alana Auberjonois for their wonderful pride months.  We'd also like to thank the past House Administrations at Beauxbatons and Durmstrang who have put on some truly fantastic and incredible pride celebrations. Thanks to them, we've been to Neverland, 1920s Chicago, Wonderland, Camelot, the Circus, and even around the world in 80 days.

 

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I hope that these changes will help bring us all together again. Let's all continue to work together to make HO a great place to be. 

 

Love is Louder,

<3 Alden and the School Admins


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#852752 Appointment: Supreme Mugwump And Regional Representatives Of W.e.m.o.m.

Posted by Prof. Deidré Greeff-Montespan on 04 January 2017 - 01:34 PM

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Dear Members of Hogwarts Online

 

It gives me great pleasure to announce that we are have appointed the executive team

for the Western European Ministry of Magic.

 

After carefully considering the applications,

we wish to congratulate the following members on their appointments:

 

Supreme Mugwump Shannon Harrison

French Regional Representative Tsvetko Joseph

Swedish Regional Representative Maximus Sainreal

UK Regional Representative Zaira MacSween

 

We look forward to what they have in store for the Ministry and for HO!

 

I would also like to take a moment to thank the W.E.M.O.M. Task Team who put a

lot of hard work into making this a reality:

 

Prof. Victoria Monteiro

Prof. Veronika Zalensky

Prof. Yves Drasche

Prof. Natasha Vasilyevna

Minister Zaira MacSween

Prof. Alaina Apking

 

The pips were designed by Yves and the logo by Zaira.


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#827484 Newest Governor!

Posted by Prof. Keifer Diderot on 26 August 2016 - 11:53 PM

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Members of the HO Community,

 

The governors have decided to add an international voice to the governors' board. And that voice is none other than...

 

Prof. Deidré Greeff!

 

Deidré has been a member of the site for many years and has been instrumental in not only coordinating France, but also giving a voice to those members who primarily write in France and Sweden. As a recent recipient of a Golden Apple Award for Professionalism, Deidré has shown a tremendous amount of maturity as a leader on the site, as well as ample passion for France and compassion for the people she works with every day on HO.

 

As a governor, Professor Greeff will be the Director of International Relations and will help represent the membership of France and Sweden on the governors' board.

 

We are very excited to see where this will take us in the coming terms! Thank you, Deidré, and a big thank-you to all the Directors and Admins of France and Sweden who have dedicated so much time to looking after their countries. We see you, we hear you, and we're listening...with more ears this time around!

 

Congratulations, Deidré!


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#826453 Golden Apple Awards -- Recognizing Outstanding Teachers

Posted by Prof. Keifer Diderot on 20 August 2016 - 02:37 PM

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The Golden Apple Awards

Recognizing Outstanding Teachers

 

For quite some time now, the Directors of France and Sweden and I have been trying to figure out more ways to bring greater prestige to the professoriate on HO and to find some way to reward them specifically for their contributions to the Academics commission and to their schools overall.

 

I decided to create The Golden Apple Awards to recognize writers across all 3 countries who have teacher characters to let them know that I see your outstanding efforts and appreciate your contributions to the Academics commission, as well as other projects under my supervision. It would be impossible for me to recognize everyone who are deserving of these awards, but the people below are just a few that stuck out to me this term. I hope to continue awarding these every term to come, and to recognize different writers each term for their teaching excellence and capacity for leadership.

 

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The two recipients for the Golden Apple Award for Student Outreach are

Prof. Ryan Carter & Prof. Aqua Rye

 

Ryan is receiving this award for his outstanding dedication to serving all three schools and for having one of the most popular courses at Durmstrang this summer (Archery!). Aqua is receiving this award for her many contributions to the Eleventh Anniversary celebration, particularly for having such a creative and popular Underground Chamber Task (Merlin's Fury).

 

 

 

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The recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Creativity is

Lek. Callum Dellinger

 

I think I'd be in remiss if I did not recognize what is probably the most hilarious course title I have ever seen: Netflix & Chill: A Look at the Modern Day Muggle Zombie. Thank you for making me laugh, which broke up the tedium of putting classes into the office.

 

 

 

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The recipient of the Golden Apple Award for School Development is

Prof. Aurora Hathaway

 

There is no possible way we could let this person slide away without any recognition. During the past few terms, Aurora has shown such great initiative, knowing when to step up as well as when to step back. She came to me multiple times to offer to help with professor applications at both Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, and she continues to be a positive, active presence at all three schools. A week does not go by without her contributing more and more to the growth of Étoile House. Thank you for your contributions, Aurora.

 

 

 

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The recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education is

Prof. Ashlee Black

 

Ashlee is a long-time member of HO, and the work she's done upon her return this summer continues to wow many. Not only did she maintain some of the most active and popular classes at all three schools, she has contributed a tremendous amount of assistance to Ravenclaw and Étoile House. She also has amazing plans for the Defense Against the Dark Arts department at Hogwarts, and I can't wait to see her continue on.

 

 

 

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The two recipients of the Golden Apple Award for Leadership are

Prof. Natasha Vasilyevna & Prof. Veronika Zalesky

 

Although Natasha's efforts are already well known to the students and staff of Beauxbatons, I feel I'd be in remiss if I didn't give her special recognition myself for her leadership efforts at Beauxbatons. Both Deidré and I were in awe of her extensive and detailed statistical evaluation of Beauxbatons's summer classes, which Natasha later used to make recommendations for further improvements at her school. As for Veronika, what can I say? I continue to be amazed by her efforts, her capacity for her leadership, and her wise decisions even though she has only been in her DHM role for a short time. I particularly wanted to recognize her for taking care of Durmstrang and all of Sweden while Victoria was away. During that time, Veronika not only managed the students commission, but also facilitated professor applications and other projects for the staff and towns of Durmstrang and Sweden.

 

 

 

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The recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Professionalism is

Prof. Deidré Greeff

 

I have to say that Deidré continues to amaze me with her wise and mature demeanor as she looks after France and Beauxbatons. She has taken a lot of time to submit many rational and reasoned proposals to the governors, which we have accepted time and time again -- a testament to Deidré's wisdom, professionalism, and maturity. I'm particularly proud of her for her positive attitude and her outstanding initiative to bring positive reforms to her school. Not only that, but she's always the first person to lend me her shoulder and keep me going; she always reminds me that no matter how many times I get knocked down, I refuse to be knocked out. She fights for what's right, for truth and justice, and for fairness and equality. She is a true leader and deserves a lot more than this little picture, but hopefully this will do for now. :)

 

And to all the teachers and staff members at all three schools, thank you for your service. Continue to put your best foot forward and do your best. You may just be one of the people who gets recognized in November. I'll be watching... ;)


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#662811 A Welcome To The Governors Board

Posted by Prof. Sorcha Logan on 07 November 2014 - 08:20 PM

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In the wake of our openings on the Governor's board, it has been voted upon and decided that our latest addition will be none other than:

 

Prof. Alden Harrington!

 

Professor Harrington has been a returning member to Hogwarts Online for several years and has contributed in various areas of the site, though most notably to the Gryffindor House.

 

While Professor Harrington joins the Governor's board, he will continue acting head of Gryffindor house until the remainder of the fall term. It will be at that point that an announcement in Gryffindor house administration will be made.

 

Further, Professor Harrington will be taking on the responsibilities of Director of Role play!

 

Please join me in congratulating Professor Harrington as he is welcomed to the board of Governors!

 

 


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#845278 Important: Ho Ministries Of Magic Merger - Western European Ministry Of Magic

Posted by Prof. Deidré Greeff-Montespan on 30 November 2016 - 03:14 AM

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Dear Members of HO

 

The Governors of HO, the Directors of Countries and the Ministers of Magic (UK and Sweden) have had elaborate and intensive discussions on the way forward for the Ministries on the site.

 

We have carefully weighed many options against each other and have come to the following decision:

 

Both of the remaining Ministries, Sweden and the UK, will be merged into a single ministry of magic, which will from now on be known as the Western European Ministry of Magic and France will be given an opportunity to join as well.

 

Why?

  1. With the recent developments in Swedish Ministry of Magic, where there has been a regular change in Ministers, we feel that it is no longer feasible to have two separate Ministries.
  2. We feel that we want to give France the opportunity to get back into action in terms of having Ministry officials.
  3. It would be unfair to suspend another ministry, when it is clear that activity has waned in both of the remaining Ministries.

How will this work?

  1. The structure of the Western European Ministry of Magic will be based, in principle, on a merger of the two existing ministries
  2. To be fair and just, all ministerial positions will be re-advertised.
  3. Everyone who wants to join the ministry will be given an equal chance to obtain a job. No preferential treatment.
  4. This will give those who wish to move departments a way to do so.

What about the current Ministers?

  1. They will be known as Regional Representatives from inception.
  2. Zaira MacSween will retain her position, due to her steadfast leadership and activity.
  3. There will now be openings for the French and Swedish representatives.

When will this happen?

  1. We hope to have everything in place by 01 January 2017, if all goes according to plan.
  2. Hiring will start once our working committee has decided on the departmental structure.

Where will the new Ministry be based?

  1. We will create a separate forum for the Ministry, to ensure that there is no specific country affiliation.
  2. All countries are equal in this merger.

What happens to Raguel Fortresse de la Justice?

  1. This remains a separate entity from the Ministry and will serve as a training ground for Ministry staff, internships and many other aspects.

And the two prisons?

  1. The remain separate entities for the detainment and sentencing of prisoners.

What can I do if I am upset?

  1. Contact me. I will happily assist you in whatever way I can

​We hope that you will trust us enough to know that we did not take this decision lightly and

we carefully considered all options. Please support the concept and the plan.

 

Kindest Regards

 

Governors of HO


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#842832 Governor Resignation

Posted by Prof. Chauncey Clemenceau on 20 November 2016 - 09:10 PM

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HO Members,

 

I am writing to inform you that Prof. Keifer Diderot has tendered his resignation effective immediately. The writer behind Prof. Keifer Diderot has been a long time member of HO and made a substantial contribution to HO for many years. We are grateful for his efforts and contributions to the site, particularly in the area of Academics. He will be missed. 

 

When more information is available about his commissions, an announcement will be posted.

 

Magically,

CC


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#828917 Language Policy On Ho

Posted by Prof. Deidré Greeff-Montespan on 31 August 2016 - 05:22 AM

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Dear Members of HO

 

We have all written a character where we have felt the need to use cuss words as an expression of that characters personality and emotions. However, HO is a PG-13 site and certain words are simply not appropriate for our forum.

 

We have noticed increasing incidences where writers attempt to circumvent the language filters on the forum by 

using special characters such as: %^$^&. These are not acceptable as it ill-disguises the word that is intended.

 

We would like to request that members make every attempt to use other, more creative expressions to get the meaning across.

For example:

"Merlin's beard!"

"Fudgesticks!"

"Merlin's pants!"

[Beep]

 

Create your own, non-offensive words. Be creative.

 

In addition to this request, members are to take note of the new language policy that is now in effect on HO.

 

Language Policy:

 

For the first two incidences where words are ill-disguised by circumventing the language filters,

a warning will be issued in the form of a PM from the Governors.

In the third occurance, a 7-day suspension will come into effect.

 

We ask for your cooperation in this regard. Let's keep HO family-friendly.

 

Kind regards

 

The Governors

 

 

 


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#679754 Newest Governor

Posted by Prof. Sorcha Logan on 06 January 2015 - 07:07 PM

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In the wake of all of the activity on Hogwarts Online, the Governor's board came together and agreed that we were in need of another helping hand. It did not take long for us to come to terms on just who we should welcome to our ranks. It brings me great pleasure to announce that our latest addition to the board of Governor's is:

 

Prof. Alaina Apking

 

Please welcome me in congratulating Alaina on this accomplishment. She has earned her place on our board of Governor's by serving Hogwarts Online in many avenues across her different characters. Starting as a student and growing, becoming prefect in the Hufflepuff house and eventually, as a professor, deputy head of house, Alaina followed that accomplishment with her promotion to Head of Hufflepuff house just a few short weeks ago. Alaina also serves as the Deputy Headmistress at Hogwarts and, as such, master of ceremonies. These are just a few among several of Alaina's devoted roles here at Hogwarts Online and we know she will shine on the Governor's board too.


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#844999 Alumni Face Claim Rule Change And Reminder

Posted by Prof. Anya Callaghan on 28 November 2016 - 11:46 PM

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Hello everyone!

 

The Mirror Coordinator teams in all 3 countries have discussed the issue of alumni members logging in only to keep their account from going over the 60 days necessary for someone to claim the face in another country, and not posting reasonably often. You earn the right to your face in your country upon graduating and you are responsible for keeping that face active after graduation if you want your face to be reserved in all 3 countries (unless someone else already has it and is also active). We agree that the face hoarding is unfair if the character is not active with posting, and have come to an agreement about what defines "inactive" in the alumni mirror rules. 

 

Beginning on December 14th, 2016 (15 days grace period from now), the following rule change will be put in play for alumni faces. These next fifteen days will be a chance for alumni characters to make sure that they have all the necessary components as outlined below. 

 

Rules of the Alumni Mirror: (changes in red)

1. Official HOS Alumni faces are permanently reserved in the country from which they graduated.

2. If the Official HOS Alum character remains active, their face is reserved in all 3 countries.

3. Should the Official HOS Alum character ever go inactive (in other words, they have not logged into their account for 60 days or more) - in other words, they have posted fewer than 3 RP posts (must be at least 5 lines to be considered substantial enough) within the last 90 days - their face is still permanently reserved in their home country. However, it can be claimed in the other two countries.

4. If an Alum from another country goes inactive, you can ask Mirror/Governor permission to use it in your country.

5. If you are an Official HOS Alumni, PM the Mirror Coordinator for your country to get your face added to this wall.

6. Alumni must be re-sorted as an adult BEFORE you send in your face.  Graduating 7th years who send it in early will not be added, and will have to send it in or bump the PM once they are in an adult masking.

 

So to clarify, instead of it being 60 days from when the Alumni last logs in, it would be 90 days from when they have made at least 3 roleplay posts (OOC posts wouldn't count for this, this includes callboards), and the posts must be at least 5 lines long. That's about the size of this paragraph. This extends the time the alumni character has to be able to post, but still makes it possible for others to be able to use it if they aren't "really" active with their character and just log in to hoard the face. The face will always be claimed in the country where the character graduated, so this rule change only applies to the other two countries, as before. 

 

If, on or after December 14th, an alumni character does not have these 3 RP posts within the last 90 days, their face can be claimed in the other two countries. Until then, the old rule of 60 days since last login for alumni still applies. 

 

 

On another note, we would like to remind graduating/graduated students that once your character finishes their schooling, it is your responsibility to PM the Mirror Coordinator for your country and have them add you to the alumni wall. We do not keep track of who graduates, so you need to tell us to put you on the wall. You have to be sorted as an adult before you do this. 

 

As always, if you have any questions about this, please PM me or your local Mirror Coordinator - we made this decision together. 


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#752679 Fall Term Updates

Posted by Guest on 30 August 2015 - 09:05 PM

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My beautiful snowflakes,

I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer and that you’re settling back in well. This is an announcement to tell you about some major updates. This is part of my personal effort to keep you as informed as possible.
 

 

Global Updates

The Handbook

After over a year’s worth of work, the Site Handbook is finally updated and finished. Please read through the handbook again as some changes have been made. If you are confused about any of the rule changes, feel free to ask a governor.

One thing that changed was the rules for signatures. Please note this change:

  • You may have only two banners showing in your signature: your main character banner, and a pride or ability banner/button. Any other graphics you want in your signature should be linked.
     
  • You may have up to four (4) lines of text.
     
  • You may only have one (1) gif (animated image) in your sig.
     
  • Professors may have one row of class buttons.
     
  • Your entire signature should not exceed 600 width x 400 height.


I know that the Character Limit Rules have also been confusing, so I have written a simplified version so that they’re easier to understand (these also have undergone some changes, particularly for Sweden):

There are two parts to the Character Limit Rules:

1. Character Maximum: You may have up to 5 characters within a single region.
2. Creation Wait Time: You must wait at least 3 months before making another character within a single region.

 

These rules are now universal and apply to all regions (including Sweden).

Yes, in case you didn’t catch that, Sweden now has a character limit.

If you joined before July 2014, the only thing that’s different for you now is that you can have a max of 10 within a region. You can still follow the 3-month wait time in between each character.

For writers who joined Sweden/Durmstrang prior to July 2015: You are being grandfathered in to the old rules of a max of 10 within Sweden. There’s a limit for you now even if you joined prior to July 2015. If you had more than 10 in Sweden, simply do not make any more.

As always, Official Alumni do not count towards your maximum.



Teachers
There is now a new reward for teachers at all schools. If you turn in your quills on time at the end of term, you may have 1 quill per class you teach awarded to the student of your choice. Once you’ve turned in your quills, contact the Coordinator of Academics at your school to be awarded the quill(s), and make sure to give us the name of the student. (Me for Hogwarts, Riley for Beaux, Victoria for Durm.)



The Plot
1. A “teaser” opening scene took place at the end-of-term Masquerade Ball celebration at Hogwarts. You can read about it here: http://www.hswcw.com...lawns/?p=750895

Do you believe it? Maybe you don’t. Maybe it’s fake. The choice is yours whether or not you believe what Madelyn and Henry are saying that they saw.

 

2. This is official now: You can get quills for any plot-related posts you make during this Fall Term. Keep track of the plot-related posts you make. At the end of the term, you will link to them in a topic for us to check through. If you make 10 posts, you will receive 1 quill. You can get up to 2 quills this term for plot-related posts. They can be anything plot-related.

 

3. Later this week, I will be making a forum in RP Central just for the plot. You’ll be able to sign up for parts in there and track plot-related RPs.

 

4. Keep an eye on Hogwarts Express… This is a very special Hogwarts Express Weekend. Hold on tight…



Local Update - Hogwarts Teachers

I just want to take a moment to welcome our new instructors at Hogwarts:
 

Master Kenny Samuel Winter

Madame Elizabeth Reston

Master Matt Weinberger

Healer Alba Lautrec

Madame Kate Marie Samja

Master Neville Longbottom


Prof. Felix Pendragon

Prof. Liam Nicholson

Prof. William Kane

 

 

And a warm welcome to all those returning after some time away:
 

Prof. Felicity Amello (Momma Lioness)
 

Prof. Reece Gibson


 

I’d also like to take this time to thank Prof. Stella Giordano for serving as Chair of the Advanced Studies Department. She has chosen to give the department Prof. Madelyn Fox, a new Hogwarts Alumna.

And, a big congratulations to the new Astronomy Department Chair at Hogwarts: Prof. Lorinda Whitsunday!

Have a fantastic term, and as I’ve said many times before:

 

I see you, I hear you, and your words matter to me,

Alden <3


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#843649 Academics Commission And The Oratorical Festival

Posted by Prof. Alaina Apking on 23 November 2016 - 06:52 PM

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Members,

 

The governors have discussed the matter, and we have decided to hold off on finding a possible seventh governor to fill Prof. Deidrot's role. This will give us a chance to regroup as a board.

 

In the meantime, Prof. Blake Balthazar and I will both be handling matters in the Academic Commissions together. Based on a list provided, we have contacted Hogwarts department chairs who still need to submit class lists. Beauxbatons department chairs should send theirs to Prof. Deidre Greef-Montespan, while Durmstrang department chairs should send theirs to Prof. Yves Drasche. You have until November 30th to submit these.

 

Professor applications for all schools will open on December 1st. A separate announcement and application will be posted by each school. The application period will close on December 30th.

 

With the Winter term beginning on January 5th, enrollment will open sometime between the 30th and the 5th. An announcement will be posted in the shoutbox and in the HO Facebook group when it opens.

 

In Hogwarts-specific news:

 

Prof. Anya Lancaster has been hired to run the OWL tests for fifth years. We feel that she is the best candidate for the job. Prof. Canry Hennings will continue on as the NEWTs proctor, as she has done a splendid job running them over the past several terms.

 

The Oratorical Festival that Prof. Deidrot was planning for November 29th has been canceled out. This was not a decision we entered into lightly. Rather, we have come to this decision out of respect for Prof. Deidrot. Thank you to all those who were interested in participating.

 

If you have any questions about something in this topic, send a PM to Prof. Balthazar or me (or both of us!), and we'll get back to you.


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#841628 Professor Training -- Fall 2016 -- Newest Professors!

Posted by Prof. Sophia Garland on 16 November 2016 - 11:42 AM

Professor Training Newest Professors!

 

Hello everyone of Hogwarts Online!

 

It gives me great pleasure to announce the newest Professors of Hogwarts Online! These members have gone through the proper training in order to become certified professors at their designated schools. I would like everyone to take a moment and to congratulate the new Professors on their hard work and we wish them the best of luck in their academic careers!

 

Our new professors of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are...

 

Professor Jackson Marama

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Professor Katarina Jackson

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Professor Stefan Lorens

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Our new Professors of the Durmstrang Institute are...

 

Professor Alexis Jordan

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Professor Hristina Dragonov

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Professor Elijah Mikhail Erikson

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Professor Oasis Nightengale

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CONGRATULATIONS NEW PROFESSORS!!!

 

Sincerely yours,

Professor Sophia C. Garland

International Professor Training Coordinator


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#822514 New Calendar Schedule

Posted by Prof. Keifer Diderot on 30 July 2016 - 11:21 PM

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Hi everyone,

 

The governors and I have decided to move to a slightly adjusted calendar schedule starting in the Fall Term. With this calendar, we are tightening up the amount of in-class time and making Break Time (i.e., the time you can post off-campus between terms) more obvious to you. We decided to do this to be clearer about your off-campus posting time, and increase that time as much as possible so that you can "recharge your batteries" in between each term.

 

Most terms still last the same amount of time. Time spent in class for Fall Term has had a few weeks shaved off of it so that we can spend more time enjoying the holidays.

 

 

Fall Term 2016 — September 1-November 15 (10 weeks in-class time)

Dates:
September 1 - Fall Term 2016 Begins

September 1-30 - Durmstrang Pride Month (International)
October 1-31 - Slytherin Pride Celebration (International)
November 15 - Fall Term 2016 quills due
November 15 - End of Fall Term 2016
November 16 - Fall Term Move-Ups
 

Fall Break 2016 — November 16-December 30th (6 weeks off)

You can post off-campus from November 15th to December 31st!

Dates:

December 1-31 - HOlidays Celebration
December 1 - Winter Term 2017 Professor Applications Open
December 30 - Winter Term 2017 Professor Applications Close


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#810051 Some General Updates

Posted by Guest on 05 June 2016 - 05:41 PM

Hi everyone, here are some general updates...

 

As you've probably already noticed, we have experienced some data loss during a site maintenance attempt. The last 2-3 weeks are gone, so you may need to re-send applications or re-input points. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

Due to the data loss, I've asked the professors to be generous in their grading as we approach the end of the term.

 

At the end of the term, I am also transferring my governor duties to another character of mine -- Keifer Diderot. So you will see a new face on the governors' board, but it will be the same person who writes for Alden. Same writer, different face. Still me, just on a different account.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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#775025 New Swedish Administration

Posted by Guest on 19 December 2015 - 02:45 AM

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At this time, the governors would like to extend their most heartfelt thanks to Prof. Ekaterina Volkov for serving as Headmistress of Durmstrang and Director of Sweden. As a member of the site for over 8 years, Ekaterina has accumulated a wide range of knowledge of how the site works, as well as a vast array of experience in a great many jobs on the site. Under her leadership, we saw the appointment of Minister Harvey Oblansk and the growth of a Swedish "black market," among many other wonderful new initiatives for the people of Sweden. Thank you very much, Ekaterina, and we wish you all the best and hope you will stay with us as a staff member at Durmstrang!

 

We would also like to take this time to thank Minister Harvey Oblansk who has recently stepped down as well. Many thanks to his great enthusiasm and finesse at galvanizing the Swedish Ministry! All our best to you, Harvey!

 

 

 

And now, for the announcement of the new Swedish Administration!

 

 

 

The new Director of Sweden and Headmistress of Durmstrang shall be

Prof. Victoria Monteiro!

 

Victoria is another veteran member of the site who has worked tirelessly not only in Sweden, but in the other countries as well. She has a positive history on our site and I have seen her hard work and creativity firsthand. Approachable and diligent, she will lead Durmstrang to wonderful new heights!

 

 

 

As nominated by Prof. Monteiro and approved by the Governors' Board,

the new Deputy Director of Sweden and Deputy Headmistress of Durmstrang shall be

Prof. Veronika Zalesky!

 

Oh, it seems like just yesterday I was teaching this writer on another character in Basic Charms. Veronika is slightly newer to the site but has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge and experience in just a few short years. We have seen her work tirelessly to bring Tyr House to many victories as well as diligently keep the Durmstrang School Contests active.

 

Both of these ladies are simply magnificent. We are endlessly grateful for their contributions to the site and excitedly look forward to what they bring to Sweden in the coming terms!

 

Welcome aboard! <3


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