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What is Ranking?

Hello, traveler! Doubtless you’ve come here to read about WR’s very own ranking system. We’ll be explaining a few concepts of the system in this post, and, as you scroll down, get into more specifics about the process itself. If you have any questions as you read, please don’t hesitate to hit up any member of the Review Team!

The Ranking System

The ranking system (“ranking”) was developed essentially to to help writers of all backgrounds improve both their writing and character development. This means that when you put your character for ranking, at each stage, members of the Review Team will be giving you some tips and suggestions to get to know your character (i.e. through rewriting their profile), develop your character (i.e. through plot arcs), and improve your writing (i.e. tone, word choice, vocab expansion, style).

Ranking is optional. It is entirely up to you whether or not you want to partake in the system or just RP on WR for enjoyment, to relax, to unwind, etc.! Ranking does not pit you against any other writers, nor does it make any character better than another character. We do it for you, and you alone, and only if you would like us to help you grow as a roleplayer.

Currently, there are five stages of ranking: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Elite. Everyone on the site defaults as Unranked when they register, and will remain that way unless they decide to apply for ranking!

The ranking system is open to these types of characters without any prerequisites:

  • Hogwarts-age characters (AKA students)
  • Hogwarts professors and staff

Ranking is also open for the following special character types in beta mode*:

  • Clash Only characters
  • Ghosts
  • Hogsmeade Residents
  • Beasts and Creatures

*The Review Team is still working out the kinks for structuring ranking these character types. This means that at any point in time until further notice, the requirements for ranking these characters may change. However, you will never lose any ranks you have already achieved, and any special requests you have obtained at any point in time will not be rescinded.


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So how does it work? A step by step tutorial

To make the process easier to digest, let’s break it up by rank*.

* Please note that we do not allow you to skip ranks! Each character must go through all five stages.

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Once you decide to embark on ranking, start a topic in the general ranking board. Your topic title should be formatted as Character Name -- Unranked. The body of your topic will be the Beginner Application (located at the bottom of this post). You can start a topic and work on the application as you go, or post it all at once! When your application is filled out, go ahead and edit the topic title to include a star (*) in the beginning like so: * Character Name -- Unranked.

If you add the star to your ranking app later - because you posted an unfinished draft or else - please contact a review team member letting them know you are now ready to be reviewed. This will help the review team not to overlook any applications and makes the ranking process smoother for both parties.

To be approved for beginner, two members of the Review Team will have to approve you. These two reviewers will give you feedback on both your profile and posts in equal measure.

Once you have two approvals, there’s a required wait time of one month before you can move onto the next step. This is both for the sanity of the team and to ensure that you have enough time to soak in all of the suggestions, react accordingly, bring up any questions you might have, etc.

To signify that you’ve achieved Beginner status, a member of the review team will edit your topic title to be Character Name -- Beginner and you will be placed into the appropriate member group. Please do not make any changes to your application while ranking is going on, including editing the star out of the title. Please also do not edit your profile during the current review period.

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The Form


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[b]Rank Applying For:[/b] Beginner
[b]Link to character workshop topic:[/b]
[b]At least two of your recent role play topics:[/b]
[b]Commentary:[/b] (Why you feel you should move up, any specific concerns you want to address or that you’d like the reviewers to pay special attention to, any special points you’d like to bring to reviewers’ attention)


What we’re looking for at Beginner

  • At least 4 posts by your character over 2 threads. Your most recent post must be made within three months of the date of your application.
  • Have your character profile in the workshop with at least one revision of each section posted by you. (If you choose not to include an appearance section at sorting, you must include it when you post your workshop profile, and then provide a subsequent revision for this rank).
  • At the beginner rank, we are focused on building up your character. We will give you suggestions on how to expand your profiles and posts, particularly in regards to content, in order to gain as complete a picture of your character as possible. We're looking for a general grasp of grammar (punctuation, paragraphs, apostrophes, etc.) and spelling, and that you follow the rules by giving us at least five lines per post. Additionally, we'd like to see that you have made an effort to expand all areas of the profile (i.e. not just personality or not just history).

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Next Steps: Novice

So, it’s been at least a month. You’re ready to go again? Excellent. To continue ranking, reply to your thread with the Novice Application form (bottom of this post), and edit the topic title to include a star (*), like this: * Character Name -- Beginner.

The reviewing process is similar at this stage: two approvals are all that’s needed. Like at Beginner, these two reviewers will look at your posts, specifically at style, characterisation, and plotting.

Starting at Novice, you may formally apply for a Special Request for your character. For a list of some common Special Requests, please refer to this topic here. At the end of your Novice Application form, please also include the Special Request form if so desired. (Don’t worry, we’ll tell you where!) If at this point you do not have a Special Request in mind, that’s okay! You can request one at a later date.

Just as in Beginner, when your two reviewers have finished reviewing you, they will edit the title of your thread to read “Character Name - Novice” and you will be placed into the correct group.

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The Form


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[b]Rank Applying For:[/b] Novice
[b]At least three of your recent role play topics:[/b]
*** INSERT YOUR SPECIAL REQUEST AND JUSTIFICATION FORM HERE IF APPLICABLE. IF NOT, DELETE THIS LINE ***
[b]Commentary:[/b] (Why you feel you should move up, any specific concerns you want to address or that you’d like the reviewers to pay special attention to, any special points you’d like to bring to reviewers’ attention)


What we’re looking for at Novice

  • At least 9 posts by your character over 3 threads.
  • Some variation in who you're posting with (ie. threads should not all be with the same character).
  • The beginnings of a long-term plot arc, or at least an idea of where you would like to see your character move towards.
  • A special request (if you'd like one) and your justification for the request. Make sure to highlight any changes you have made between Beginner and now.
  • At Novice, we are focused on consistency in character and writing. At this stage, we will take a break from your profile, and look solely at your character’s threads and plots, with a focus on your character as they have now had time to interact with others. Having had time to develop your character, you should be comfortable writing some common situations they find themselves in. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation should also be consistently correct at this stage, if not always perfect.

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Intermediate

At least another month has passed, which means you are now eligible to apply for Intermediate! To do so, reply to your ranking topic with the Intermediate Application form (bottom of this post), and edit the topic title to include a star (*), like this: * Character Name -- Novice.

At this stage, there are a couple of changes to how the reviewing process will work. Instead of being reviewed by two members of the Review Team, you will be reviewed by three members of the Review Team.

Just as in previous ranks, when your reviewers are done reviewing you, the title of your topic will be edited to Character Name - Intermediate and you will be put in the right group.

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The Form


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[b]Rank Applying For:[/b] Intermediate
[b]Link to character workshop topic:[/b]
[b]At least four of your recent role play topics:[/b]
[b]Commentary:[/b] (Why you feel you should move up, any specific concerns you want to address or that you’d like the reviewers to pay special attention to, any special points you’d like to bring to reviewers’ attention)


What we’re looking for at Intermediate

  • At least 12 posts by your character over 4 threads. *
  • Have another revision of your character profile in the workshop. Some suggestions given at Beginner, as well as any other workshop review suggestions, should also be incorporated into the profile revision.†
  • A thread in which you use your special request (if you have one). We will evaluate the use of your request and give you tips on how to improve. This thread can count towards the topic number requirement.
    **Please note that the Review Team reserves the right to revoke a special request if it is being misused. We will only do this under extreme circumstances, but we do reserve the right to do so.
  • Continued variation in the people you're posting with (this refers to both characters and writers).
  • The beginning, middle, or end of a long-term plot arc. Preferably, but not necessarily, a continuation from the one used in your Novice application.
  • At Intermediate, the focus is on development. While this doesn’t mean that your character needs to have changed drastically, we should begin to see them come out of their comfort zone. Consider the way their relationships with others have affected them, and how their plot arcs will begin to shape them. You should now have an idea of the direction you want to take your character, and your plot arc should reflect this direction.
  • By now your unique style should be more apparent and consistent. We are looking for writing that matches the mood and pace of the thread. Grammar, spelling, and overall post structure should have improved from Novice, and apparent errors should be minimal.
  • The content of your profile should contain more depth than that of your profile at Beginner. While we do not expect perfection by any means, we are primarily looking for an expansion that highlights how the character has grown since the last revision. The profile should feel more cohesive and polished than the Beginner profile and make use of the suggestions given by the review team in the first set of reviews if still applicable. Grammar and spelling, at this stage, should have minimal errors.
  • As you are developing a voice in your posts, think about how your character reacts to their environment, and consider their inner dialogue, vocabulary, memories, etc. These are all things that contribute to your character's unique voice and will help develop your characterization.

*-- While we are looking at a cumulative number of posts, we will take into account how far each thread has progressed, so offering up 9 posts in one thread and three starters probably isn’t the best way to go. Please also note that oneshots will not count towards this total, as oneshots do not highlight interaction with other characters.

†-- If your character previously achieved Novice rank when profile rewrites were still required--that is, if you provided a profile revision at Novice--you do not need to complete a profile revision at this stage.


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Advanced

A month after your last approval for Intermediate, you are now eligible to apply for Advanced. Once again, reply to your ranking topic with the Advanced Application form (below), and edit the topic title to include a star (*), like this: * Character Name -- Intermediate.

At this stage, there are a couple of changes to how the reviewing process will work. Instead of being reviewed by two members of the Review Team, you will be reviewed by three members of the Review Team. Furthermore, at this stage, we will stop looking at your profile for a while, and focus solely on your threads and plots.

Similar to Intermediate, we will be focusing solely on your threads, plots, and character development.

After the review process is complete the title of your topic will be edited to -- you guessed it! -- Character Name - Advanced and you will be put in the right group.

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[b]Rank Applying For:[/b] Advanced
[b]At least FIVE of your recent role play topics, including a group thread:[/b]
[b]What are your three biggest RPing tips for any member?[/b]
[b]Commentary:[/b] (Why you feel you should move up, any specific concerns you want to address or that you’d like the reviewers to pay special attention to, any special points you’d like to bring to reviewers’ attention)


What we’re looking for at Advanced

  • At least 20 posts by your character over 5 threads. *
  • A group thread** with at least 2 posts by your character. This thread will count towards the total five threads and 20 posts required.
  • The beginning, middle, or end of a plot arc that spans over multiple threads. While only one plot arc is required, multiple plot arcs are encouraged, especially arcs which are connected to each other. Continuations of previous plot arcs are encouraged, however, not mandatory, since time lapses tend to be greater between higher ranks.
  • At Advanced, we are looking for the full-package character. This character should be three-dimensional, nuanced, and have depth. Your plot arcs should highlight this roundness of character, as well as any changes from previous ranks. We should see more of what is going on inside your character's mind in addition to your character’s reaction to outside stimuli.
  • Grammar, spelling, and overall structure should be near-perfect at this stage, and reviewers should not have to comment on any issues. We will look for your distinct, identifiable writing style, as well as a distinctive character voice projected through this style.

*-- As in Intermediate, we will take into account the progress and distribution of these posts across threads.

**-- A group thread is defined as a thread with 3 or more players. Official Quidditch games and classes (unless you are ranking a professor) do not count as group threads, although they may be used as supplementary threads.


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The Final Stage: Elite

At least another month has passed, and you are finally eligible to apply for Elite!! One last time, reply to your ranking topic with the Elite Application form (below), and edit the topic title to include a star (*), i.e. * Character Name -- Advanced.

For Elite, three Review Team members will look at both your threads and your profile in order to determine whether or not you have achieved this final rank.

After the review process is complete the title of your topic will be edited to Character Name - Elite and you will be put in the right group. We will then move your topic into the Showcase, where it will stand proudly and gather dust along with other completed ranking topics.

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[b]Rank Applying For:[/b] Elite
[b]Link to character workshop topic (with original and revised posts):[/b]
[b]At least FIVE of your recent role play topics:[/b]
[b]Would you like to join the Review Team, if you have not already? Why?:[/b]
[b]Commentary:[/b] (Why you feel you should move up, what has specifically improved since you began ranking, any specific concerns you want to address or that you’d like the reviewers to pay special attention to, any special points you’d like to bring to reviewers’ attention)


What we’re looking for at Elite

  • At least 25 posts by your character over 5 threads. *
  • A final profile revision in the character workshop which includes plot arcs and character development over your time on-site.
  • A group thread** with at least 2 posts by your character. This thread will count towards the total 25 posts and 5 threads needed.
  • Engaging plot arcs with multiple people. Your plot arcs should reach a climax at this stage, although they do not need to, and should not, be the very end of all development for your character.
  • At Elite, we are looking for the full package, full stop. Not only should the character shine as a recognizable name on-site, but the player behind them should be an exemplary member of the board as well. You should be able to not only plot and write with a variety of different people, but also bring out the best in them as well. Your character should feel well rounded and have depth (inwards and outwards). We should be able to predict -- or be delightfully surprised at -- how they might react to a variety of situations from reading your posts.
  • Technical aspects of writing such as grammar, spelling, and structure should be near flawless. Deviations from standards should be clearly intentional--ie. part of one’s style or to make a point. Your style and character voice should be polished, consistent, and undeniably you.

*-- As previously discussed, we will take into account the progress and distribution of these posts across threads.

**-- A group thread is defined as a thread with 3 or more participants. Classes (unless you are ranking a professor) and Quidditch games do not count as group threads.


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summary, etiquette notes, & some helpful tips

Since all of this can be hard to take in at once, here are just a few basic things to keep in mind as you revisit our notes for each stage of the process:

  • Ranking, again, is optional. It is about you and your character and an invitation for the Review Team to help you grow, both in terms of character development, and as a writer in general. In no way does ranking place anyone above anyone else.
  • You may only have two characters up for ranking at a time.
  • Feel free to go above and beyond what is required of each rank! Link more topics, illustrate your future plans for your character. Think of the application form as a guideline to help you present your application in the best light and give both you and the Review Team a sense of where to build upon for further development.
  • We post our reviews in a public board, of course, but any discussion between you and your reviewers should be kept private.
  • If your application for a rank is denied, you will have to wait one month before you can apply again.
  • The Review Team reserves the right to demote a character from a rank. However, this will only be done under extenuating circumstances, after a discussion with the involved player.
  • The Administrators reserve the right to override reviews.
  • If you would like to dispute a decision made by the Review Team, we have an appeal process! Come right this way.
  • Our team makes every effort to get to every application as soon as we can; please be patient! We see every application that goes up for evaluation practically instantly, and will contact you privately regarding additional information we need, or modifications to be made if necessary.
  • Please do not request to be reviewed by specific people, or request that specific people not review you.
  • This is a two-way conversation; again, we encourage you to come to us with questions and concerns and even suggestions.
  • Please do not comment on other people’s ranking progress publicly. However, congratulatory notes are fine, and encouraged!
  • While profile revisions are not necessary at each rank, it may help you to keep your character’s profile up-to-date as you move through plot arcs. This will also save some time at Elite, when a last revision of the profile will be evaluated. While reviewers will not look at your profiles for Intermediate and Advanced, you can still receive official feedback on your profile. Please read this topic for more details!
  • There is no hard and fast cut-off date for how recent your topics must be, but keep in mind that anything you present in your application, unless specifically noted as supplementary, will contribute to how we read your character and application, so the more recent your post samples are, the more it is a reflection of your current abilities, and the better we can help you.

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HOW TO: RANKING APP

Written by Lily <3

Hey WR! As we all know, the Review Team bases their decisions regarding each character's ranking on the posts and profiles linked in each app. The presentation of the application itself, however, can make a huge difference in how we contextualize each writing sample. So, here's a quick guide on how to best streamline the application process from your end! This is based on the skeleton application form, so Elite and Advanced apps will have a tidbit extra, but those sections are fairly self explanatory. ---

STEP ONE: BASICS

Rank Applying For: this has been filled out for you. DO NOT edit this field.

Link to character workshop topic: a simple link is fine here! of course, if a profile revision isn't needed, this field won't be included in the form.

STEP TWO: THREADS

At least x of your recent role play topics:

    So in this section, reviewers generally like to see a summary of your threads as well as the links to them. Many people format it like so:
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    Thread Name with [Thread Partner(s)]

    -- (summary here)

    It doesn't need to be a horrifically detailed summary! One or two sentences is fine. For example, "Character A and Character B have a fireside chat about the state of third world violence." Or, "Character A and their friends go to a pool party, where Character A's friend chokes on a pool noodle. Character A then employs recently learned life saving strategies to save their friend." If your thread has been marked [R], please include any relevant content warnings with your link.

    As you move up in the ranks, you might switch up the format a little to look more like this:

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    (Name of plot arc here):

    Thread One with (Thread Partner(s))
    Thread Two with (Thread Partner(s))
    Thread Three with (Thread Partner(s))

    -- (a summary of the plot arc as a whole)

    This helps the reviewer immensely, because now we have context and a chronology for each thread! With these summaries, it's good to refer to specific threads as you summarize so we know how each scene fits into the plot as a whole. Especially as you hit Advanced/Elite, it's also a good idea to talk about your character's development as you go -- tell us how far they've come, and we'll keep an eye out for the points you make as we read.

    Please note that if your plots have progressed further than what has actually been threaded, you can tell us what would have happened in a thread, and reference to it in chronologically later threads, but we cannot evaluate what hasn't actually been written out; at that point, we can only look at the later reactions and judge development from there.

STEP THREE: COMMENTARY

Commentary: (Why you feel you should move up, any specific concerns you want to address or that you’d like the reviewers to pay special attention to, any special points you’d like to bring to reviewers’ attention)

    So, commentary can be tricky. What if you've said all you needed to say already? What if you've already commented on why you think your character should move up in your thread summaries? No worries, read on!

    Commentary is the most useful section for the Review Team to look at. We look here to figure out what kind of feedback you want. Maybe you're running a master plan that you don't want to reveal all the parts to in your thread summaries. That's totally great! Let us know, so we don't misjudge your character. Maybe you're specifically worried about your handling of a literary device, the weight of a plot, your general characterization, or even tone consistency. Maybe you specifically want feedback on how you've been doing so far, but not so much on where you should take your character next. Maybe you're lost about where to go after having come a long way. This is the section where you let us know what you want us to look at. And the more detailed it is, the more helpful it will be for a reviewer. It will minimize someone spending needless amounts of time trying to give you (the ranker) advice about something you've already planned ahead for.

    Please don't think you're being demanding, or a hassle if you write a lot in this section. Honestly, when we see lots of commentary? We feel like you want us to help, and we're always happy to do so. (:

NOTES: SUPPLEMENTARY THREADS AND OWLS

Within your threads section, you can definitely include tidbits that are fairly light on the writing side. This would be threads that have gotten started which really showcase your writing, but not necessarily developed enough to count towards a plot! Threads that are older, so your writing isn't the best, but it contains important plot background! Oneshots! Owl exchanges that reveal something important for the plot!

The Review Team will read all of these threads for context, but depending on the content of them, it will not be evaluated as an actual, official sample. For example, really old threads which bring down the average quality of your writing. Keep in mind that supplementary threads can only help you, not hinder you! So definitely feel free to include them. ---

Hopefully this will help you see better what will most help you and your character get through the ranks with speed. Good luck!


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