1. Be advanced in your roleplaying.
This is the only way we all stay sane. Advanced roleplaying skills are sorely needed if you wish to join here. Advanced roleplaying doesn't just mean one is accurate in grammar, spelling, capitalization, etc. You need to be good. We're looking for quality, not quantity. If you can write three pages per post, that's fine, as long as it isn't complete nonsense filled with fragments. However, we don't want you to write three-sentence posts littered with way too many adjectives. Basically, your audition if for us to be able to see if you're compatible with everyone here skill-wise, but that doesn't mean if you're accepted that you can slack off and use crappy roleplaying skills. We'll be sure to let you know.
2. ATTENTIONWHOREDOM IS NOT WELCOME
I find this rule to be the most important besides the 'advanced' one, which is why I posted it second. This is put up as a sort of disclaimer on all sites, but most of the time itís overlooked or ignored. We mean it. Iím not going to go into details. Youíre all big kids now.
We don't have a problem with it. Just don't have your character banging another one in the halls. It will harm our retinas.
If you have problems with another roleplayer here, don't bring your baggage. We don't want to listen to bitching and moaning. However, Gryffindor/Sytherin house feuds are common, as are common character spats, and we guess they're okay. Don't pick fights. You'll most certainly get one, and then we'll all be in a world of trouble.
5. AIM screennames
It'd be really nice if you'd make a screenname for your character on AIM. The newest version has a really easy way to link screennames; therefore, it should be simple to do. However, if you'd rather not have an in character screenname, that's fine, but know that you're missing out. Some of our best material comes via AIM. And besides, it's easier to interact that way. A list of our characters' screennames will be posted for referance.
6. Be active.
I really can't explain how important this is for an effective site. Going away? Tell us. Don't want to participate anymore? Tell us. If you're not active for two weeks at a time without any explanation (via AIM, character journals, Chat, email, etc.), you will be deleted.
7. Character Limit
One boy and one girl character per person period. Doesnít matter if theyíre canon, or both original, or a mixture of the two, as long as you can handle it.
8. You must audition to join.
Sorry. It's the way of the world. You'll have to be accepted by two of the three administrators.
9. Stay relevant to the era.
Yes, we know we kind of shy away from the 70s theme a lot, but it's only with the whole computer thing. Don't have your character bouncing about listening to her iPod.
10. Yes, there's history here. No, we're not being a 'clique'.
We've been here for awhile now, and yes, we know each other very well, but don't let that intimidate you. We're nice people (for the most part), and we're not intentionally being cliquey, if it seems like it. We'll be sure to fit your character in nicely. Please don't get angry with us for being old members. It hurts our feelings.
11. We are canon.
Made-up characters are accepted, but see the above rule for character limit. With a made-up character comes extra responsibility. It is your responsiblity as a roleplayer to fully incorporate your character into the canon characters' worlds. Don't come in and expect to be loved instantly. If you're playing the whole, " _______ attended Hogwarts with the Marauders..." please realize that it isn't fair to expect the canon characters to pick and up create all this history for your character in two days. It takes time. It's more more realisitc to have your character weave himself in in a more creative way. We're not trying to ignore you. We're just not into godmoding, either.
Note: By the way, after you've auditioned and been accepted as a member, the other categories and forums will become accessable. Some people were getting confused with that..