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Public service for Harry Potter fans

I have no idea if anyone else has already come up with this idea or not, I haven't read a Harry Potter fan community in ages, but as some of you know, I moderate ljtravel. I've declared July 14th through July 22nd to be Harry Potter Blackout Week, in which no posts to my community will be approved. This means that although people can post when it is convenient for them, the post will not be approved until after July 22nd, to give fans a bit of a safety buffer from trolls (and certainly if there is a troll post in that time window, it will get deleted so that no one ever sees it).

If you like this idea, please feel free to spread the word to other communities.


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Jun. 21st, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)
I don't read ljtravel, and for obvious reasons I'm sensitive to the issue of troll posts and book spoilers, but it seems unreasonable to me that the entire Internet should shut down for a week to shelter Harry Potter fans outside of HP-themed communities.
Jun. 21st, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
To be fair, most HP communities aren't even going that far. The most common thing I've seen is communities switching to being completely moderated until after the release of DH. All posts and comments are now being checked before they are posted to the communities. It's a lot of work for the moderators, but those communities are the only ones that are in my Book 7 filter on LJ. For the rest, I'll catch up once I've read the book:)

As a side note, spoilers have already started surfacing. This early it's likely that they're false, but I wanted to let you know that it's already begun. Thankfully I'm not on the community where the spoiler was posted, but I read that it happened on another community and thought you might like a heads-up.
Jun. 22nd, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
If the mods screen the posts, then don't the mods themselves run the risk of being spoiled?
Jun. 22nd, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
They do. I'm not sure how other communities are dealing with that issue, but I know the Atlanta HP group has a couple of people who don't care about being spoiled, so they're acting as moderators for any post by an unknown person. We've all agreed that we won't spoil each other, so the other moderators can help with posts/comments from known members. That community isn't terribly busy so it's a workable solution. I have no idea how some of the larger communities are dealing with moderated status...
Jun. 22nd, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
That's cool. If I had someone I trusted to do it, believe me, a sub moderator would be my first preference. Unfortunately, I've been burned in the past, and I don't trust anyone to do it who I don't know personally. If I knew someone with an LJ who posted actively but who wasn't interested in Book 7, I'd ask him or her, but I figure that you two most surely are interested in not being spoiled. :)
Jun. 22nd, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
I'm not saying that the whole internet should shut down, but, since I have the ability to prevent bad behavior on this, I'm going to do it. I'm just not going to give people carte blanche to be jerks. I avoided every community I thought might even hint at Harry Potterness last time, and some moron deliberately posted the AD spoiler in a cooking community. Just totally on purpose to ruin it for people -- just out of sheer meanness. I'm not going to just stand by and let that happen this time. I can't control the whole 'net, but I can at least prevent it on my watch.
Jun. 22nd, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
You know what the solution is, don't you?

Jun. 22nd, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Hee, hee, hee. :)

What I really wish is that I could turn it over to someone I know in real life for a week who didn't care about being spoiled -- that would be my first preference. That way, all the travel people could continue on with their regularly-scheduled program, but the HP folks wouldn't be spoiled. I just don't know who to ask, though, who also has an LJ and who doesn't have some interest in Book 7.
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