every year, the site has a big review event in the run-up to our annual writing awards. this year, our theme is a return to the fairyland we all traveled to for the december wishlist event, and the first round officially starts at noon EST on January 22 (though you can join after that, too). if you want to head over to the forums and join one of our three teams (frost kittens, ice otters, and snow foxes), everyone is very welcome to take part!
we've very sorry to say that MuggleMaybe has stepped down from the forum moderator team - thank you so much for everything, Renee!
we're happy to welcome victoria_anne to the validator/event coordinator team, shadowycorner to the community coordinator team, and magemadi to the social media coordinator team!
we're sorry to say goodbye to just.a.willow tree (validator), Veritaserum27 (forum moderator), belgian quaffle (community coordinator), and singmetothesun (community coordinator) from their respective teams. pirate grumpy cat is also leaving the event coordinator team, but is remaining on staff as forum moderator.
congratulations, Bianca, Eli, and Madi! thank you, Eva, Beth, Sarah, Kate, and Kris! <3
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!