9:05 pm - J_W_L
In light of how erratic and cluttered Fortune’s Alley has become, we have decided to try and keep it more organized. Raffles will be a lot more fun if we can keep it precise and simple.
We have come up with new additions to our Raffle Rules as well as tweaking a few current ones.
Instead of expulsion for letting your raffle go beyond 30 days we have changed it to a three strike system.
Once your raffle goes beyond 30 days you will receive ONE warning by owl. If you fail to correct your raffle upon logging into Hex once the warning is sent you will be placed in Azkaban for three days. This means the first time you log in after the warning is sent, you must post in your thread informing users what you will be doing. We have a system for keeping track of warnings and Azkaban sentences, so we will be watching you. Also your store will be closed during your time in Azkaban so that no more tickets can be sold, Azkaban is not extra time for you to make money.
Raffles are not permitted to last more than 30 days. If your raffle has not sold the desired amount of tickets within 30 days of the date your thread is posted, you have two choices: You can hand out the prizes based on the tickets you did sell or cancel the raffle and refund ALL money to the buyers. This is something you need to take into consideration should you intend to begin spending your earnings before the raffle is over. The inability to refund will not be an excuse, you will simply be forced to distribute the prizes regardless of the amount of loss. If you fail to comply with this particular rule you will be entered into the three strike system.
After logging in after your stint in Azkaban you will be given TWO days to end your raffle. If you fail to correct the problem at this point you will be sent back into Azkaban for one week. This strike also applies if you go past 30 days on a second raffle. This means that if you are warned for a raffle once, you cannot do it again for another raffle. If you do so you will automatically skip the first strike.
Once you log in after your second stint in Azkaban, you will have TWO days to end your raffle, without selling more tickets. If you fail to do so, your account can and will be expelled. You will have already received two warnings before this point, so it would not be out of the blue. Also, if you go past 30 days on a third raffle, you will automatically skip strikes one and two. This means if you go past 30 for a third raffle you will receive NO warnings.
If you have any questions about this new policy feel free to owl Kitten050606, HPfan2006, or J_W_L.
As for the new 8 week/2 month rule:
We have decided that way too many raffles are being held at once. It causes some users to become bored and as such deters them from buying. There will be a new addition to the guidelines:
How often can I hold a raffle?:
You may hold a raffle once every two months. This is figured from the date you end your raffle (The date the raffle ends is the date you drew the winning numbers). So, for example, if you end a raffle on the 1st of May you would not be eligible for another raffle until the 1st of July. Remember, too many raffles, one right after the other, may make users get tired and not buy as much. Also doing so deters business away from other users hoping to have successful raffles. This is a guideline for ALL raffles. Anyone who has a raffle that has not ended within 30 days will be banned from having another one until it is resolved. The two months will not start until the date that the raffle is finally finished.
For basic raffle information, Check out: Raffle Rules, Guidelines, and FAQ
5:59 pm - laila123
A bit delayed but here is the 2009 year winner of HEX Idol!!
Please direct yourself to the this THREAD to find out who won.
Thank you all for voting and making this year as successful as last year.
2:17 pm - Pokie1
You're all needed in the common room NOW for our Back-To-Class theme. We have puzzles, and contests to get your brain cells flowing, and to get you meeting the new people that joined us recently
Don't miss out on the House Store Contest or on the events. Get active, and get involved!.
11:00 pm - Theny
Welcome to the Gryffindor Games Event! The house staff has been working since we stepped up with the idea of having a games event for you. Each member of the staff is hosting games for your enjoyment with prizes ranging from small for the games of chance to games for those who want to test your skill.
This event will last from Monday September 14 around 3 AM HEX time to Sunday, October 5 at 11:59 PM.
Your hosts for the event are an assortment of famous game characters. Welcome from all of us and most especially HAVE FUN.
2:56 pm - J_W_L
There are a lot of things going on in the common room that you should be aware of:
-The 2009-2010 Homework Incentive Program is in place, so head on over to the Study Forum to see how you can make money and help bring the House Cup back to Ravenclaw for a second year in a row. Also, the study forum mods have put together two contests that you will want to check out while you are there.
-Two new contests have also appeared in the main common room area that may interest you, as well as a mysterious thread that would be worth a look.
-The second issue of The Rave has been released. Click to view
-The boy’s dorm Pokemon Event is still in progress and will end on September 27th.
-Newbapalooza winners are posted, head on over to the newbie network to find out more info.
We hope to see you all in the Ravie Common Room.
2:07 pm - John
Congratulations to Ravenclaw for winning the House Cup for the 2008-2009 school year! The full results are as follows:
Ravenclaw - 336713.2 points
Gryffindor - 320386.3 points
Hufflepuff - 255103.3 points
Slytherin - 222240.7 points
If you attained 100 points or more in the 08-09 term, you have been moved up a year. Congratulations to all!
Note that the year move ups are final, so if you were barely under 100, you still will not be moved up. Do not owl any of the staff asking if we would please move you up, because it will not happen.
You can view all of your homework scores and total points, here.
Also, fourteen people have graduated this year! These people are:
Being a graduate on Hex requires many years of hard work, and is an achievement few have accomplished, so congratulations to all of the graduates!
The top point earners for the 2008-2009 term have tied, and they are J_W_L, LittleB, and scully. Congrats! All of them have been given 5000 galleons!
The next top five point earners are as follows and all will receive 1000 galleons each:
2) Shining Star
All other top point earners were third years this past year, so to recognize each year individually for top point earners that did not make the first list: (all will receive 1000 galleons as well)
1st year - Jon Sirius
2nd year - Phoenix101, Podlet, Caldera Gates (tie)
4th year - kittyll
5th year - Rogue
6th year - Morgan_the_enchanted
Classes will begin tomorrow!
Congratulations to all!
1:27 am - John
There have been lot of happenings lately on Hex, so the staff thought it was time to address some concerns brought by users and make a few announcements as well. So, this is an extremely long post, but very important, so please read all the way through it.
As I’m sure the site is aware we’ve been going through some changes. Change is a good thing and we’re hoping you will see our new staff changes as a move to the future.
The following users have been promoted to Admin positions: Kinken, AKA Kristen, Pixiechickie, AKA Pixie and Theny, AKA Theny. They have been users of our site for a long time and have over the years been invaluable behind the scenes – so while you may not always see them posting, they are always working.
Additionally, Salazar who is also a staff member is being given the status of "Honorary Staff Member". His real life commitments have made it difficult to be as active on the site as he used to be, and as he's been a invaluable part of the site both as a staff member and user over the years, so he has very much so earned this distinction. As such, he will retain his powers so don't be surprised if he appears now and then and does some work. Because of this, we were in need of a new House Admin for Slytherin, and we have chosen Anacrusis to fill that role.
Also, the following moderators are being promoted to the Staff Member position: quiet_fury87 - AKA Megan, Sarah7465 - AKA - Sarah and Anacrusis aka Rima. These positions carry with them a three month probationary period. We’re confident that the new staff members will be an invaluable addition to our staff.
The following users will be promoted to the global moderator position: J_W_L – aka John, and Podlet – aka Judith.
Congratulations to all new staff members and promotions!!!
Now, on to other issues. It has come to our attention that users have concerns about our moderating policies. We feel it is important to address that.
To protect the privacy of EVERY user, it is against our policies to publicly discuss how we address user concerns or discipline staff or users. Just because we do not publicize things does not mean that nothing is being done. This is done as a matter of privacy to all parties involved, regardless of the circumstance.
To that end, we are enabling a moderator reporting function, similar to the user reporting function. This will enable the site staff to review instances of what users see as a problem with the way our staff moderates the site. These reports will be viewable by Administrators and Staff Members only and your report will be kept confidential as always. To report a moderator, simply go to "Report" under the Navigate category. There is a new option in the drop down for it. I would like to emphasize that this tool should only be used for legitimate reporting, not tiny little things. An example of a report that would be ignored would be something like, "MODUSERNAME didn't agree with my views in a thread!"
If you have a problem with a staff member, owl an administrator. If you have a problem with an administrator, owl me.
There has been a question of what we mean by bullying and what our policy covers.
StopCyberbullying.com defines cyberbullying as:
"a situation when a child, tween or teen is repeatedly 'tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted' by another child, tween or teen using text messaging, email, instant messaging or any other type of digital technology."
As we at Hex cannot monitor all types of digital technology, the definition above holds true for any such actions witnessed on Hex only either in forums or in owls. Additionally, it holds true for both adults and children.
Do not mistake this policy for a way to tell on people that you feel are not being your friend, making a comment you don’t like, etc. It is for targeted and negative harassment only.
We hope that this will stop some of the rumors, and help us move forward with what all users will feel is a positive, inviting atmosphere, Where everyone can enjoy Hex and not feel be afraid to have a voice.
So to clarify once more, we have given everyone a defintion of bullying and what is NOT allowed. To this end, all users must stop using bullying as an excuse for every little thing. With the set policies defined, it is easy to tell just what is reasonable to report for bullying and what is not.
Also to clarify, the bullying policy applies to everyone. This includes administrators, staff members, global moderators--everyone. Because of recent occurences with global moderators, two have been issued warnings for their behavior. I realize that some of you will view this as a "slap on the wrist," but after many weeks of debate, this has been the decision that has been made and what will stand.
Classes will officially start on Monday, September 21st. House cup info and year move ups will occur some time this week.
And to close, here are the teachers for this school year:
Ancient Runes - Branwenn
Arithmancy - forgeweasley
Astronomy - lucala
CoMC - tarae55
Charms - sam13
Cooking with Magic - melamory
DADA - Tinuel
Divination - ohhero
Flying - christianchick29303
Herbology - tistaiore
History of Magic - Pheonixfyre
Legilimency & Occlumency - i3ingo
Magical Trade and Commerce - j_w_l
Medicinal Magic - laila123
Muggle Studies - ktcharton
Potions - xmooneyx
Transfiguration - daniah
Wandlore - Ronan
12:56 pm - hermionepotter
Hufflepuffs, please visit the common room. It's time to nominate the next house staff! If you want to run, please campaign here!
10:48 am - laila123
I have finally received the link for you guys to vote! So head on over to this thread and vote for your HEX Idol 2009!!!
4:56 pm - laila123
We are a tad late, but we do have some awesome contest over at the Contest Forum to celebrate HEX's birthday. Head on over now and participate!