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Presenting...MyLeaky. Your Harry Potter.

Posted by: Melissa
January 30, 2009, 02:47 PM

All right. Let's try this again. Today, Leaky has been radically reshaped forever.

Presenting...MyLeaky. Your Harry Potter.

MyLeaky is now the largest Harry Potter social network on the Web. We have been talking about doing it for years and working on it for many long months and can hardly believe it's finally here.

Leaky has now become your central place for interacting with your Harry Potter friends. Through your profile, you can message your friends, create and join groups and events, and interact in ways that you will find similar, but definitely Potter-ized, to other social networks.

MyLeaky is FULLY integrated into Leaky. You must be a member to leave comments on the site. You will not leave the site while using it.

If you have ever signed up for an account at Leaky, you are already a member. Member of the LeakyLounge? Done. Have a LeakyLogin? Sorted. This means there are already more than 75,000 members waiting to join you online.

But that's the very beginning.

When you first sign in, you will assign yourself a house. Choose wisely, because your house will be like your family at MyLeaky. Nearly everything you do on the site, and on the main Leaky page, and soon to become every other area at Leaky, will earn you points for your house. Top earners will win rewards; we will award house cups, host scavenger hunts, and much, much more.

Also, for the first time EVER, Leaky now has house-colorized skins, which you can only currently access by being a member. These will work nearly site-wide and you can expect more to appear in the future.

Are you in a wizard rock band? Then it's definitely time to sign up at MyLeaky. Wizard rock bands can now have their own specialized profiles, with the ability to upload music, post your upcoming shows, gather fans, and much more. We already have some bands in there who are waiting for your fanship:

Harry and the Potters
The Remus Lupins
The Moaning Myrtles
The Whomping Willows
Tonks and the Aurors
The Mudbloods

And the best part is that MyLeaky is fully customizable, which means this is NOT the end of our development of the program: It is merely the first step. As MyLeaky grows, your input will be vital to its expansion, and to making sure you have a great experience.

Enough from me. If you want to experience MyLeaky yourself, go ahead. Sign in at the top, or here, or register here and join the tens of thousands of Harry Potter fans who are waiting.

We have longed to bring all our users together under something like this for a very long time. We have some people to thank.

All the staff have worked tirelessly on this project; John Noe has provided deisgns and tweaked every graphic and skin, Frak has provided sketches, and Ashley designed our headers. Sue Upton and Doris Herrmann and Nick Rhein provided endless technical (and tactical) support and a handful of dedicated mod testers and wizard rock bands have been helping us iron out the bugs for months.

Over the past few days Nick Poulden almost singlehandedly rescued us from a server overload.

But really, guys, I have to ask you a favor. If you have a moment, before you run over to MyLeaky and start having that ball, can everyone give a large cheer and thanks to Alex Robbin, our resident super programmer? Alex Robbin is 18 years old. He coded MyLeaky from scratch. He has been working to nearly all hours on this for several months, with an intensity and ferocity we've never seen. I've extolled his virtues so many times here, but really, words here really do fail. The only thing we can do is all stand up and cheer, and hope that enough voices join the chorus that it comes even marginally close to expressing how we all feel. You can also now do that via a MyLeaky group for that purpose.

Thank you, Alex.

Now go enjoy MyLeaky, and welcome!

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436 Points

Melissa, I hang out on the Poll Comments, and there’s been some concern over there that TLC has changed from a News site to a Social Network and its now being blocked by business firewalls. Has there been such a change? Will we get our names and avatars back on Poll Comments?

Posted by Dr. LEW on January 30, 2009, 02:51 PM report to moderator
733 Points

Laura, your account has been registering activity, which means it’s not blocked at all. All members who comment on Leaky have to have a MyLeaky account now. Enjoy!

Posted by Melissa Anelli on January 30, 2009, 02:57 PM report to moderator
1050 Points

Thank you so much for all your hard work Alex! I can’t wait to check out the features, but wanted to thank Alex (HUGE round of applause), Melissa, John, Sue, Frak, Doris, Ashley, Nick R and Nick P, moderator testers, and wizard rock bands, and all the countless others who made this a reality. My heartfelt thanks.

Posted by AimeeRose on January 30, 2009, 02:58 PM report to moderator
436 Points

Thanks, Melissa, its not me – my firewalls are low, but I’ll pass along word about having to sign up for an account.

Posted by Dr. LEW on January 30, 2009, 03:00 PM report to moderator
1067 Points

Yay! Thanks to everyone for doing this! I’m excited about it all! It’s going to be very fun! :)

Posted by eiVega on January 30, 2009, 03:02 PM report to moderator
1695 Points

ATTENTION ALL HUFFLEPUFFS! Now is the time to act! 2nd place currently and closing fast, Squee! :D
Sue, Hufflepuff proud :))))

Posted by SueTLC on January 30, 2009, 03:04 PM report to moderator
739 Points

This is A-mazing. Wow!! Love it!

Posted by LunaLovesPudding on January 30, 2009, 03:04 PM report to moderator
6352 Points

This sounds GREAT! VERY EXCITING News Melissa!

A HUGE THANKS to Alex and Melissa, John, Sue, Frak, Ashley, Doris, and Nick!!!!!

Posted by KB Prez [ROAR!] on January 30, 2009, 03:07 PM report to moderator
1052 Points

Squee! Thank you Alex! I just ran outside and shouted that at the top of my lungs in the off chance that you happened to be passing by. And thank you to everyone else too! You are all amazing!

Posted by Poufsouffle [*~SQUEE!~*] on January 30, 2009, 03:09 PM report to moderator
2408 Points

I. AM. LOVING. THIS!! Bravo Leaky for proving why you are widely considered the best Potter fansite out there!

Posted by KiwiMcI on January 30, 2009, 03:10 PM report to moderator
1249 Points

Very well done, Alex and the whole team at Leaky! cheers!

Posted by NDduLac [Dodo] on January 30, 2009, 03:14 PM report to moderator
759 Points

Rejoice! For Leaky has a social networking site! Not long after Mugglenet debuted its social site Mugglespace, many fans (myself included) wanted Leaky to do the same. And here it is! No offense to anyone from Mugglenet out there, but I’ve been on MyLeaky for less than ten minutes and I already love it more than Mugglespace. I LOVE the fact that you can sort yourself into a house (Ravenclaws, represent!) and that you can earn house points! Kudos to whoever decided on the Ravenclaw layout staying true to the booksand making it blue and bronze! I love that there’s going to be a wizard rock section. I love the fact that everything is integrated into the main site so you can have easy access to everything that makes TLC wonderful. To paraphrase Ollivander, “I think it is clear that we can expect great things from this site!”

Posted by Richie Gagen on January 30, 2009, 03:26 PM report to moderator
6352 Points

You’re right Melissa. This is VERY COOL. I feel like a 4 year old on Christmas morning!

Posted by KB Prez [ROAR!] on January 30, 2009, 03:27 PM report to moderator
1092 Points

to: Alex, Doris, Melissa, John, Nick, and anyone else who helped with this project; thanks! This is truly an amazing accomplishment.

Posted by Jeff on January 30, 2009, 03:28 PM report to moderator
404 Points

Awesome fun and some great groups! coughGalleries&Siriuscough

Well done!

Posted by Hagiographer13 on January 30, 2009, 03:31 PM report to moderator
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