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Prof. Dario Brighton

Welcome to Gryffindor!

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Hello new (or returning) Gryffindors and HOLers! I would like to welcome you to our House on the behalf of the entire Gryffindor staff. 

 

The purpose of this post is to try to answer questions you may have about our House and explain how the House operates. If this post is unable to provide a satisfactory answer to your question, you can click here to be taken to the Question and Answer section of this forum where our friendly staff will help you. Let's begin then! :D

 

WHAT IS GRYFFINDOR

 

Gryffindor is a part of HOL Virtual Hogwarts and it is subject to all its rules and regulations. You must own an HOL account to be able to sign up for Gryffindor.

 

Aside from this forum, Gryffindor is in charge of the IRC channels #gryffindor and #gqt on the irc.blitzed.org server. All rules apply there too. The channels are moderated by the Gryffindor staff (called OPs - people with an @ symbol before their name).

 

For more information about IRC or any other section of HOL, please make sure to refer to the appropriate HOL Handbook section here.

 

HOL and Gryffindor are in no way directly associated with Warner Bros or J. K. Rowling.

 

REGISTERING FOR THE FORUM

 

In order to become a member of this community, you will have to sign up using this form.

 

You will be prompted for a username, email and password. You will also be required to complete our security checks for the purpose of spam prevention.

 

  • You are required to use your HOL name as your username. The spacing and capitalisation must match as well.
  • If it were my student self who was signing up the following usernames would be wrong and rejected: darioDario1110DarioBrightondario.brighton, etc. The only acceptable option would be Dario Brighton
  • The email you provide must also match your HOL records.
  • Make sure you pick a complex enough and secure password. If you forget your password at any time there is a 'forgot password' link located on the sign in page.

 

Our administrators go through every application individually and then grant or refuse access to the board based on whether your username and email match your HOL records. Once your application is reviewed, its status will be posted here along with any notes about why if it had to be rejected.

 

TOUR OF THE DEN

 

We try to keep things as exciting as possible by offering a variety of things to do. Our staff will often organise a month-long activity for you to sink your teeth into. That doesn't just mean lions either: we like to invite all HOLers to join in on the fun! If there is an upcoming or ongoing activity, it will be located under the Current Activities category on the main page of the forum. When there are no month-long activities, you should explore our recurring activities such as Gone Questing or the mini games in Peeves' Place.

 

If you fancy a discussion with the lions or want to introduce yourself, the Fat Lady's Portrait is the perfect place for you! Any personal wishes or notices can be posted in the area labelled as Sir Nick's Notices. For those of you who are more oriented towards your magical studies here at Hogwarts (or those of you who need advice on how to earn points and battle for the House Cup), Madam Pince's Board is the right place for you. If you like to get creative, our bi-monthly newspaper, The Paw Print, is accepting submissions and the headquarters can be found in The Quivering Quill forum. Our Quidditch team lockerrooms are located in the Cubs with Clubs forum, why not show your support or even try your hand at Quidditch while you're there? (Lions only for that very last one, I'm afraid!)

 

Finally, our staff will use the Announcements forum to relay any news or changes, so it is always good to keep an eye on that.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

 

You must comply with HOL's stance on privacy (found in the Code of Conduct and expanded upon in The Privacy Policy). Both HOL and Gryffindor discourage giving out private information, be it in your profile or an official channel on IRC. This is especially important if you are a minor. Personal information includes your real name, exact location, your workplace, name of your school, name of your city/town, phone number, address and so on. You MUST NOT divulge any personal information about another person either, whether or not they're a member of HOL. If there is anyone who is asking you to divulge personal information, immediately contact a prefect or a professor. There is a section on your profile called Location. If you must enter something, please put only your country, province or state, but no towns!

 

AVATARS AND SIGNATURES

 

Your avatar must not be larger than 100 by 100 pixels and it must not be smaller than 50 by 50 pixels. Please remember to keep them HOL appropriate!

 

Your signature may contain only one image which should not be larger than 250 pixels in width and 100 pixels in height. You are allowed to use animated images. Your signature should not contain more than 4 lines of text. Any links that are not HOL related are strictly forbidden. Also, please do not go overboard with the text. Anything that can be considered spam or inappropriate will be removed immediately and further sanctions will be in effect.

 

INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT

 

We define spam to be any post or content that does not contribute to the topic or is irrelevant. That includes posting big pictures, one word responses or excessive use of repeated letters and symbols. Another form of spam is replying to many threads at once or posting to those that have not been updated in a long period of time.

 

Seeing as HOL and Gryffindor are open to all ages, genders, nations, identities, orientations and beliefs, it is one of our most strict policies to enforce a safe environment for all our members. Any sort of discrimination is punishable.

 

Explicit or sexual materials and language are not permitted.

 

WARNINGS AND SANCTIONS

 

Moderators of the forums, which include professors and prefects, interact with students and must enforce rules. When rules are broken, consequences must take place. If infractions occur, the following measures will be taken.

 

  • First offence - warning via PM.
  • Second offence - final warning and points deduction.
  • Third offence - being banned or expelled.

 

For more severe infractions, a first offence may be treated as the second offence.

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