While FanficTalk has always been a multifandom community, the Harry Potter series has clearly held a special place in it. We know that for many members, the author's persistent attacks on the trans community in recent months has brought concerns about her history of bigotry to a head, and they're trying to figure out where their place in the Harry Potter fandom is. Our staff team has heard the concerns and discomfort that many of you have expressed, and we're committed to finding a way forward that makes more room in our community for members who are feeling disillusioned or uncomfortable in the fandom as well as for members who are still engaged with it. For more information, please stop into the forums; if you have any feedback on what you'd like to see in this community moving forward, we'd love to hear it. (There's an anon feedback form if you're not comfortable saying it in the thread directly.)
we're making a couple changes to the archive as well as some tweaks to the themes. the biggest changes are:
content warnings: this is a new, optional tag category that authors can choose to warn readers when there might be some triggering content in the story that either isn't covered or is more specific than something in our advisories.
tropes: our old themes category is getting a glow up.
representation: our inclusivity category is getting renamed.
in addition, we've deleted all unused tags and will be requiring that ships have at least five fics on the archive to be given a tag.
after a lot of discussion over on the forums, the community has decided to rename the site to "fanfictalk" (or FFT for short). thanks so much to everyone who participated in the process! we're very excited about the new name, and will start changing assets and urls soon. (your old links will redirect, though, so you won't need to do anything on your end!)
sinnersandsapphics is stepping down from her positions as muggle liaison and gamekeeper. maraudertimes is joining the gamekeeper team in addition to her current role as auror, and renacerá is returning to the prefect team.
thank you so much, sam! congratulations, lo and emily!
this year's house cup finale is now underway on the forums. it will go on for the next month and include a variety of minigames; we hope you'll stop in!
We're very excited to welcome maraudertimes to the Auror team! Congratulations, Lo!
FROGS voting is open until March 15 on the forums - head over to vote for your favorite stories!
We're thrilled to welcome down-in-flames to the admin team and Ineke to a full senior staff position! Congratulations, Taylor and Ineke!
Unfortunately, we have to announce that Unwritten Curse has stepped down from her position as Auror - thank you so much, Gina!
Alopex has also moved from her role as Headmaster to Headmaster Emeritus.
Our annual FROGS awards are going on on the forums now - check them out and nominate your favorite fics/authors!
Our annual reviewing event is going on at the forums! If you'd like to stop in, read some great fics, help cure magical people of terrible diseases like the Fairy’s Curse and the Ghostly Phage, and help your house win points for the house cup, you can click the link to the forums at the top of the page! <3 (If you're new to the forums, make sure you post in the sorting thread so we can give you access to your house's common room ASAP.)
We've finalized our rule changes, including:
Our staff tutorials have also been revised to reflect and elaborate on this.
Please note that with these changes, some of your M-rated stories may no longer require an M-rating or some of your advisories; while you are not obligated to go back and change them, we do encourage it, so advisories are more effective.
We're running a gift-giving event throughout the month of December on the forums - stop in and make your own wishlist (and just wander through other peoples' lists) if you'd like to participate!
We're considering a number of archive changes, including combining several advisories and loosening our requirements for when certain content requires advisories. Please check out our post with more details and the full draft of the new rules on the forums in the Suggestions and Feedback section by December 16th if you'd like to give input.
We're very pleased to welcome justawillowtree to the archive validator team and down-in-flames and Ineke to the forum moderator team (in addition to their other duties)!
We've noticed a significant increase in spam reviews over the past week or so. We think we've identified the problem and are working on fixing it; in the meantime, please report any spam reviews you see so our archive team can delete them. Thank you!
NaNoWriMo is underway! Whether or not your goal is the official 50,000 words or something smaller, we'd love to see you over at our crazies' cafe on the forums!
Happy writing, and good luck!
We're sorry to announce that TidalDragon has stepped down from his position as forum moderator and event coordinator and that Chemical_Pixie has stepped down from her position as archive validator. Dojh167, grumpy cat, Ineke, and sibilant have also joined the event coordinator team in addition to their existing roles.
Because Kevin (TidalDragon) wasn't an archive validator, many people aren't necessarily aware that he was one of the staffers most instrumental in founding the archive - he stepped in behind the scenes and dedicated countless hours to brainstorming, planning, and executing our decisions regarding what direction we wanted it to take. The archive just turned three years old a few days ago; we wouldn't have hit that milestone yet without Kevin's help. Thank you so much, Kevin!
If you'd like to apply to join HPFT's staff team, you can find the application in a pinned announcement at the top of the forums - they'll be open until November 10th.
We're excited to welcome Dojh167 to the Muggle Liaison (i.e., social media) team this month, and bid a very fond farewell to something wicked, who has moved to the prefect team.
We are pleased to welcome sibilant to the Auror team! We wish Shreya the best of luck in her new position! grumpy cat has also joined the Professor team on the forums - welcome, Kristina!
We are pleased to announce that we have welcomed adorably_cute as our new Auror! We wish her the best of luck in this position!
Our official Camp NaNo event has opened on the forums! Head over to the Crazies' Cafe to start a NaNo journal, join rat races, and play a lot of fun games to get your muse ready to write!
Unfortunately, Renacera had to step down from her position as Auror. We're truly sad to see her go and would like to thank her for all that she's done for the Archives!
We are happy to announce, however, that we have welcomed Chemical_Pixie as our new Auror! We wish her the best of luck in this position!
Congratulations to this autumn's featured stories!
All Hallows Eve by MadiMalfoy
Bring A Muggle To School Day by Nix
Charlie Weasley And His Dragons by StarFeather
Cherry Blossoms by StarFeather
Coffee And Curse-Breakers by Pixileanin
Dear Katie by nott theodore
Empty by abhorsen.
Epitaph Of A Good Man by toomanycurls
Grim Encounters by M C Crocker
Heaven Can Wait by Pen2Paper
Hermione Faces The Beit Din by facingthenorthwind
Homecoming by dreamgazer220
I Hate Multicoloured Days: A Day In The Mind Of A Child With Autism by potionspartner
Immortal Misconceptions by Abraxan Unicorn
No Mercy by starbuck
Orange Cardamom by ShadowRose
Pocket Watch #1 - Bittersweet Homecoming by Diogenissa
The Prince And The Pirate by banshee
Rabbit Heart by Pixileanin
Some Things Are Meant To Be by 1917farmgirl
The Faces Behind The Frogs by Dojh167
The Faces Behind The Frogs by ShazaLupin
The Faces Behind The Frogs by sunshinedaisieswindmills
The Letters To No-One by esmeraude T
he Next Great Adventure by TreacleTart
The Possibility Of After by Unwritten Curse
The Skull Beneath The Skin by esmeraude
The Forest Cottage by MadiMalfoy
The Year Of The Snake by melian
To Boil Telephone Porridge by teh tarik
To Sleep Without Pain by pookha
Tom by Theia
Toward The Heights by Slide
Tragedy by LooneyLizzie
Trapped by clevernotbrilliant
War & Mint by sihaya
We, Lawbreaking Citizens by Rumpelstiltskin
When Dahlia's Bloom by dirigibleplums
You can find all of them in our 'featured stories' tab. For graphic awards and other site news, you can check out our monthly bulletin on the forums!
HPFT has finally gotten with the modern times and moved from http://hpfanfictalk.com to https://hpfanfictalk.com.
-Both the archives and the forums are using https now.
-Please update any bookmarks you have.
-There's a chance you'll have to clear your cache.
-If you have images (banners, sigs, etc) that have an http URL, it would be helpful to your fellow members' browsing experiences if you could update them to an https URL.
This change means the ugly notices your browser gives you about HPFT not being secure should be going away now. The exception is going to be on pages where there is mixed content, meaning content that is being served from http rather than https. I have updated everything HPFT-side I could find (images, fonts, site clock), but some of you have banners and signatures and such out there that have an http URL. If you visit a page that has one of those on it, you'll still get a warning--only now it'll be about part of the page not being secure rather than the whole website. :P
Let us know if you encounter issues that are different than normal and that don't go away after clearing your cache.