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- Do I have to register?
- What is required for registration?
- What kind of Login Name should I choose?
- What is my Publicly Displayed Name?
- How should I choose my display name?
- What sort of password should I choose?
- How do I get my registration request approved?
- Why hasn't my registration request been approved?
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Do I have to register?
As an unregistered user, you are able to view any topic of any forum. To do anything else, including posting, taking part in polls, sending and receiving private messages, etc, you have to register.
What is required for registration?
You are required to post your actual email address. Your initial login password will be sent to the email address you provide once your registration is approved. Failure to provide a valid email address will mean you will never get your password and won't be able to post messages.
What kind of Login Name should I choose?
It should be memorable and not overly lengthy for ease of use. It need not be formatted as a name, since your Publicly Displayed Name (see below) will be used to identify you. Please note that if you leave your Publicly Displayed Name blank, then your login name will be used to identify you. There is a 25 character limit for login names.
What is my Publicly Displayed Name?
Also known as your 'display name', this is the name that identifies you and your posts to everyone at Minas Tirith. Your display name allows you to change how you are identified without having to re-register and lose everything associated with that login name. If your display name is blank, your login name will be used.
How should I choose my display name?
Choose your display name carefully. You may change your display name at any time, but you cannot re-use a previous display name without intervention from Minas Tirith administration. This is to prevent others from using your name or repeatedly switching their name. Avoid all lower or upper cases since they look awkward in a message board environment. Also, please do not use underscores in your name. When wrapping a series of words in a small place, the breaks occur at the spaces. With no spaces, it can't break the word and forces the column to be too wide. Please use spaces instead of underscores. There is a 25 character limit for display names.
What sort of password should I choose?
Your initial password will be chosen for you. It will be a random series of numbers and letters and will be very hard to remember on a daily basis. It is highly recommended that you change your password as soon as possible to something more user-friendly. Choosing a secure password for Minas Tirith is no different than anywhere else. It should be something that can be easily remembered, but not as simple as a single word or a date. If you access Minas Tirith via a public computer, consider changing your password often.
How do I get my registration request approved?
Once you are registered, an email will be sent to you with your initial password. Also included in this email will be some questions. Simply reply to the email with your answers to these questions. It may take up to a day for your answers to be reviewed. If your answers show you are worthy of becoming a citizen of the White Tower, you will be approved and an email announcing this will be sent to you.
Why hasn't my registration request been approved?
If you never send your answers to the registration questions, your application will never be approved. Also, email sometimes doesn't get to where it needs to go. Check for delivery problems and re-send the email. If you answer the questions and over two days has passed, chances are your answers did not meet the standards of Minas Tirith. The purpose of these questions is to keep out those who are likely to be disruptive in some way. If you feel this is unfair, feel free to answer the questions again and your request will be reviewed. If I haven't received satisfactory answers within a month of your registration date, your registration will be deleted.
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The purpose of these rules is to provide some structure to the chaotic endeavor of role-playing. They were not created with the intention of taking away the freedom that makes role-playing so enjoyable. Many different cultures, ages, and experiences can be found in Minas Tirith, and everybody has their own ideas of how role-playing should be structured. These rules were created to fill the need for some common ground that we all can agree on.
Since strict enforcement of these rules would be difficult, they are to be considered as guidelines; A starting point from which to build.
1) The Thread Master is the originator of the thread. The final decision of the Thread Master in any matter of conflict can only by superceded by a moderator of that forum or the Minas Tirith administrator.
2) 'Word Aside' threads are required unless the Thread Master has a ranking of 'Guard of the Citadel', in which case they are optional. Only the Thread Master may create a 'Word Aside' thread.
3) Participation is by invitation only. This is normally handled in the 'Word Aside' thread. If none exists, it must be done by private message or email to the Thread Master and not in the thread itself. The only exception to this is if the Thread Master chooses to make the invitation process part of his thread. In this case, the Thread Master must signify in the story when invitations are being accepted and when the invitation process is over. A Thread Master may also declare that no invitation is required.
4) Signatures must not be included unless the Thread Master allows it, in which case they can be a maximum of two lines.
5) There are a number a situations where a post can be deleted without warning.
6) Additional guidelines will be created as they are deemed necessary.
In the message text of the first post, you must actually specify what your question is by making it bold and separated from any other paragraphs. Check previous topics for a real example. Here's a sample:
What is a good sample question to ask?
Also, please keep it to one question at a time. Even if another point is closely related, open a new thread. The questions have to be separate in their final form, so they must be separate when we discuss them.
Lastly, before posting a new question (especially your first question), read all the rules as well as the guidelines below. Read through some older topics and see if your question has already been answered. Above all, make it a question worthy of entry into the Library. Questions that don't belong will be removed.
This isn’t going to be a cut and paste job from all the old FAQs out there. We’re going to treat each topic like a new issue and try to present all the evidence in one place. The Council is where this discussion will take place. This forum is for presenting and debating evidence for the issues currently on the table, bringing new information about issues already submitted to the Library, as well as discussing the format and layout of the Library itself. It is NOT the place for asking questions or idle chat. That’s what the main forums are for. The Council is going to be highly focused on the goal of the growth of the Library. If your comments don’t add to the resolution of a topic, they don’t belong in the Council. The only questions I will accept are those made during an active debate that drive the discussion and those that are presenting a new issue for the Council to explore. If it becomes a problem keeping a flood of irrelevant posts out, I will restrict access to the forum to only those who request it personally. Hopefully, for the sake of the community, this won’t be necessary.
Whenever a topic has been explored to everyone’s satisfaction, I will submit an entry to the Library. The main page will show an overview of topics much like a table of contents. These topics can be resorted by a number of criteria, including Difficulty and Obscurity, Race and Species, Ages of Arda, Geographic Location, Source Text, and any others the Council decides on. This advanced sorting is a feature I haven’t seen anywhere else and should make looking up a particular question very easy.
Each topic will have a whole page devoted to it to give it the room it needs to be thoroughly explained. Once an entry has been made in the Library, the issue is not dead. If anyone has new information or a new point to make, simply add a response to the topic in the Council forum.
Another mistake made by many FAQs is to neglect to explain how there might be no definitive answer to a question. The Balrog wings question is a good example. There is no right or wrong answer to this since Tolkien was ambiguous in his explanations. Not only will we present each opinion on the matter with all the evidence, but we will clearly state that each side might be taken as a valid opinion and leave it to the reader to decide.
In a related point, very few FAQs differentiate between the validity of the various texts comprising Tolkien’s work. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings can be taken as gospel truth since they were published by the man himself. The Silmarillion, History of Middle Earth, and even the Letters of JRR Tolkien must be taken with a grain of salt as not necessarily being Tolkien’s last word on a matter. Many issues were still being resolved up until the last days of his life. The history of Galadriel and Celeborn is the most glaring example of this. Even Tolkien hadn’t decided on the ‘correct’ facts of their lives. Any issues that fall in this category must be clearly noted for the purpose of being thorough.
It might grow slowly at first, but as word spreads of what we are trying to do, we should draw the attention of every serious Tolkien scholar. The purpose of Minas Tirith has always been to have a place for in-depth Tolkien discussion. The Library of the White Tower will be a major addition to achieving this purpose.