Please realize that by registering to Lumos Alliance you have agreed to abide by the entirety of this document to the fullest extent possible (to register, you had to agree to the Terms of Service). Broken terms on this page during any point in your stay will be dealt with accordingly.
Multiple Accounts - Multiple accounts are strictly forbidden and any discovered multiple account will result in all of the accounts being expelled, and your IP address banned. While family members are encouraged to join, you must state that a family member is already registered in the other comments section of the enrolment form.
Hacking - Any improper use of scripts on the website, or hacking in any way to the server of spacerich and Lumos Alliance will be dealt with according to the severity, to be judged by the staff.
Owl Spamming - Owl spamming is prohibited to the highest degree! Owl spamming is irritating, and takes away time for role-playing. This includes anything relating to: "Join this website," "Visit my store," "Buy my stuff," "Be my boy/girlfriend". Please refrain from this.
Age Limit - Lumos Alliance maintains a rating of PG-13, to appeal to the first generation of Potter fans (aged 14 and up). With this comes more freedom to do and say normal things. On the note of cursing, any word that is not in close vulgarity to the "f-bomb" (including the "F-Bomb") are allowed, though not in excess or without good reason. These words are allowed to be spoken to make a more realistic role-play and too much cursing is unrealistic.
On the note of sexuality, we ask that you be kind to fellow users and do not commit the higher acts in large, public places. We do limit you to making out in public forums, this includes houses, chats and owls. Houses, both chats and owls will be monitored.
Rights - Lumos Alliance is a privately owned website, and therefore the rights promised to you by your country (USA, Canada, United Kingdom, etc.) do not apply. You are allowed to do and say what the staff deem appropriate, and Lumos Alliance retains the right to deem what is appropriate.
Staff Respect - Staff members are to be respected at all times. The staff work hard to keep the site running smoothly for the users, and that is not to be overlooked in any case. This applies to your relationship with all other users. Respect and co-operation make the world go 'round.
Staff Decisions - While staff decisions are usually final, please feel free to use the Suggestions' Box (on the sidebar) to make any suggestions you have in mind, in a logical and polite fashion.
Netspeak - Though we cannot control how you type, Lumos Alliance asks you most politely to type without using "Netspeak" or any form of typing that is not "normal". This includes "L33T", please and thank you.
Prejudice and/or Disrespect - Prejudice is strictly prohibited! Any display of prejudice and/or disrespect (relating to race, sexual orientation or even one's choices) will result in suspension, or more likely, expulsion. Play nice!
Avatars and Signatures - Avatars are recommended to remain under 100x100 pixels (height x width). Avatars are automatically resized, so this should not present itself a problem.
Signatures are to be no larger than 400x200 pixels (width x height). Signatures caught exceeding the limits will be removed some time after a warning has been given, and multiple offenses will result in larger action being taken.
Animated gif signatures must be kept under 300kb. They should be simple and not have too much animation in them, please.
Post Format - While enthusiasm is always encouraged, please do not write your posts/post titles entirely in capital letters, and please don't overuse exclamation points.
Post Needs - Brand new topics are recommended to have a minimum of two sentences of relating material (ex. posting about lambs in a topic about cows just to define more sentences) and replies do have a limit of 300 words. N.B: This rule really only applies to RP threads. Chat threads can have as many or as little words in it as you wish. This, however, does not mean you can spam threads with nonsense.
Submissions - Being a private website, we retain the right to own all things submitted to the site. Once a submission is on our server, it is ours and we will not remove it if you feel it's yours and you don't want it online anymore. This includes scripts uploaded by our staff.
Advertising - Lumos Alliance forbids advertising of any website that we do not consider an affiliate or sister website. This includes direct links, owl links, images, or anything of the sort. The link/message will be removed upon staff realization.
This includes links to any illegal torrents, please and thank you.
Bidding - Bidding with fake and real items is very popular on the internet. To prevent users getting scammed, we maintain that any user who scams another (whether it be with product delivery or payment) will be expelled permanently from Lumos Alliance. Keep it fun, please.
Drinking - All underage (6th year and below) members of Lumos Alliance caught with/consuming alcohol shall be penalized. Note that giving alcohol to someone not of age is also prohibited.
Canon Names - No canon names from either Harry Potter or any other fandom are allowed on this site. This is also true of any "relationships" with canon characters. So relationship between you and Harry Potter will never happen. And having Sirius Black as your uncle is also a no.
Other Canon Names - No canon names from other fandoms are acceptable either. You can not be Bella Swan, or related to a character from another fandom. Also misspelling canon names like "Weesly" or "Dumbledor" is also not acceptable. All names that like this will be deleted as soon as they discovered and you will have to re-enrol with a new username.
Special Powers - Are not to be used on this site unless you have been granted permission after applying. These "special powers" include vampires, werewolves, the ability to shapeshift, seeing the future etc. Any threads seen with these or any other special power, will be sealed.
Use of Spells and Curses - A user may only role play spells that the student would know. So, if you are in first year, you can not use a spell that is taught in third year. There is a list of spells that can be used found here if you are uncertain which spells you can use. Unforgivable Curse are not to be used at all. Those caught using them will be penalized!
Role Playing of Ages and Year Groups - It is preferred that students not RP ages other than those of the year they are in. For instance, if you are a first year, please do not tell people you are 16. If you wish to by pass this, just don't mention how old you are in RP.
Account deletions - We do not delete accounts of any user for any reason. Please keep this in mind when applying for membership, as if you get "bored" of your character, you can not request that the account be deleted and start over. Because the characters on this site are not canon, that means you can change your plot lines or character history when you get bored.
If you do wish for a name change, "name change" tickets can be purchased with Donor Points from the Donor's Store.
Penalty Points - This site works on a penalty system for doing things that you are not allowed to do according to the ToS. This includes things like disrespecting the staff and student staff, going over our PG-13 policy and spamming.
The points system will earn you a punishment depending on the amount of points you have:
# Over 1 pp - warning + 5 house points off
# Over 10 pp - detention 15 lines
# Over 15 pp - detention 30 lines
# Over 25 pp - suspension one week + 10 house points off
# Over 35 pp - suspension one month
# Over 50 pp - expulsion
Finding "secrets" on LA - All "secrets" on LA are there for you to find and to enjoy finding. So this means that once a secret has been found, it can not be shared with your friends on the site so that they too might find it. Secrets that are found on the site are not to be discussed on the site or off the site.
While we can not monitor your discussions off the site, if we find out that you have told someone a location or have been told of a location and have collected it we are allowed to penalize you for it. Remember that secrets are meant to be just that, secret!