As you all well know, we mods are constantly searching for ways to keep VH hip, fresh, fun, relevant, and most importantly - accessible. It's not enough for us to run one of the largest and longest-running Harry Potter RPGs available on the internet. We want more - and we want more for you guys too! You guys are WORTH it. We did have this planned for a little celebration of ten years of VH being alive on the internet but we're just so excited, we couldn't hide it any more.
Ever since the end of HoNaRoTer, we've been discussing in private the importance of the eternal debate of quantity vs. quality. HoNaRoTer was a pretty great success, but it left us feeling uneasy. Were we pressing the quantity of writing over the quality? The intention of it, of course, was to make the words bear the brunt of describing your character development instead of images. But then those words ended up being far more numerous than we ever intended.
So we've made a decision. We'd like you all to join us for the next few months in trying something we're calling "Micro-RPs" for now. All posts from here on out must be 140 characters or fewer. We think this will be a great challenge for all of you - imagine how much more gut-wrenching and visceral, beautiful and humorous you will be when you make all your thoughts into something far more condensed.
HoNa meant no images, and we still feel pretty strongly about how well a lack of graphics fits VH. To go along with these shortened posts, we're also encouraging everybody to embrace our new minimalist skins and absence of signatures. Not only will VH load WAY faster for you now and be so mobile phone friendly, but your profile won't be encumbered by the shops and badges system we've been trying out for a while. Rumor has it that the shops system is part of the reason we've been having so many IPS Driver Errors! D:
We hope you're as excited about this experiment as we are!
PS. We're pretty serious about this, and we'd like everybody to participate. To make this a successful experiment, we need the entire mood of the site to shift. If you see anybody posting anything over 140 characters after the time of this announcement, please add a link to it in this thread. One of the moderators will take care of the extraneous text, and we'll reward our most vigilant Micro-RPers with something special!
PPS. If you're trying to fill out your sorting form, please select the IPB Pro skin by scrolling to the bottom of your screen, and selecting it from the drop down list at the very left. We're working out the kinks for the sorting form for this default skin as we speak.