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#21 Dr Anne

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 10:28 PM

I didn't know you had to answer questions to register as I am a long-term member. If I had to do that I probably wouldn't have bothered to join!!

I am not very active on the site since the chat was discontinued.

Anyway welcome, I'm sure you will have a positive experience from using the site.


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Posted 26 December 2016 - 11:53 AM

Holy cow this thread is so funny. I registered in August (I believe)...the "question" was still there and I struggled with the same thing for a long while - and I know the books inside and out. I treated it like it was asking for a definition, and put School of Witchcraft and Wizardry...

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 09:18 AM

Your thread helped me as well. I tried "Where does Harry live?" and "Where is Harry Potter?" My problem with it is that it's a word, a statement at best, not a question. I thought I was on some twisted form of Jeopardy and had to answer in the form of a question, lol. Thanks for posting this and thanks to the admins for leaving it up for so long!

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 01:35 PM

I just got an anon messaging me to tell me they had trouble with this! So glad I found this thread.

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 07:50 AM

Wasn't a question, only a word.  And assumes everyone is familiar with Harry Potter.  Took me a bit to figure it out.

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 10:18 AM

Admin peeps please, please fix the Hogwarts thing!  "Hogwarts" by definition is NOT a question! Like the original poster, I struggled to sign in. Thank heavens for her post or I would never be registered. 


I   thought:

-it was a Jeopardy thing... I tried to create the question, "What's the name of Harry Potter's school?"

-then I thought Hogwarts must be the "title" of the security section.  So I tried a common security question:  "What is my father's middle name?"



Not once did I think "word association game."


Fix it please!

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 01:21 AM

Can someone who has control over this please change it to be an actual question? I too just spent a frustratingly long time trying to figure out what the site wanted from me. "Hogwarts" is not a question and making people guess what you want from them deters real people - not spammers (spam bots can try a thousand things in that box; users are only going to try a few before giving up). 


I tried several things ("is a wizarding school" being the one that made most sense to me) before Googling and finding this thread and getting the answer. 


Please make it easier for real people to get the answer. Phrasing it as a question "What book is Hogwarts in?" shouldn't make it easier for the spammers - just the real people.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 07:45 PM

Thank you OP for starting this thread and posting the answer! I was only able to register by searching and finding it. I thought it was some sort of glitch, since "Hogwarts" definitely is not a question. 

Please take a look at my query.

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 11:08 AM

I just kept on getting the error message and looked in vain for that illusive non-existent question. When I finally caught on that "Hogwarts" was a question, Harry Potter was my first answer.


For a site catering to writers and authors who are trying to write grammatically perfect queries and synopses, it is just SOOOO wrong to write a single proper noun and call it a question, without even using any punctuation! Might I suggest the admin either:


1. not call it a question but rather word association, or

2. form a question, such as "What do you associate with Hogwarts?" or

3. at the very least put a question mark after "Hogwarts" so we know at least where to find that hidden question!!!!!


If there are present members who only found the answer because they Googled this thread, how many more are there who just gave up?

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 12:35 AM

We have added those ten suggestions.  Thanks for helping out on that front.

Posting an actual question, instead of just "Hogwarts", would probably help. I'm only here because I searched the forum and found this thread.

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 11:55 AM

Yeah...you're the reason I managed to sign up. Thanks.


It was like being smashed with some bizarre logic bomb. 'Question: Hogwarts.'


But...that's... I mean, that's not even a statement... 

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 06:13 PM

Hi there,


I just got on this site finally after trying for an hour and half to get your registration question: "Hogwarts" correct. I don't understand how "Hogwarts' is a question and why the answer isn't Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. It finally took my friend who is not a writer and hasn't read all the Harry Potter suggesting that perhaps the answer was "Harry Potter," which it was.


I understand getting an agent is a difficult, capricious task. This Hogwarts thing took me an hour to figure out. Hogwarts was the one thing standing between me and an Agent Query account. I almost gave up.


If you want more writers to use your site, it would help if the registration question was phrased as a question, like "What book did Hogwarts occur in?" The simple phrase "Hogwarts" had me trying all of the different wizarding houses and pulling my hair out in frustration. I understand getting an agent isn't easy but simply getting on this site shouldn't be as hard as you are making it.


Many thanks for providing this service nevertheless. So glad I finally figured it out. 

Interesting. I answered "Ravenclaw" and got in. My first guess was just "Hogwarts" though. I thought perhaps it was one of those things where you're supposed to type the word written above.

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