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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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348 Points

This is AWESOME!!!!! THANK YOU to all those who’ve worked on this project…Melissa, John, Sue, Frak, Nick,Doris and of course Alex!!! You guys really really rock!! I’m loving this!!

Posted by Prenz13 on January 31, 2009, 06:16 AM report to moderator
1141 Points

I was a bit sad at first to lose my old ID on the comment board and my avatar. But all credit to Super Alex for making it simple to add back an avatar. The only thing lacking is instructions :) Those having problems , click on your profile name at the top then click “Edit your profile” against your profile name. Then click on tab called Avatar. I think the avatar has to be maximum 200px by 200px. Click browse, then browse to your jpeg, or gif file. And thats it!

Posted by Professor Potter on January 31, 2009, 06:31 AM report to moderator
397 Points

Wow i love it !!! Its soooo awesome :D :D

Posted by spiritbound on January 31, 2009, 06:42 AM report to moderator
45 Points

Arg, MyLeaky is blocked in China for some reason. But nevermind, I already have an account, funnily enough. So commenting is good enough for me!

Posted by burningpumpkins on January 31, 2009, 06:49 AM report to moderator
1884 Points

This is amazing!! Well done to all!! I’m just worried that I’m gonna get even less sleep now- being on Facebook’s bad enough!! :o)

Come on Gryffindor!!!

Posted by Neil in Scotland * ROAR! * on January 31, 2009, 06:55 AM report to moderator
1435 Points

Absolutely brilliant! Thank you SO much to everyone who helped get this going!

Posted by The Whomping Willow on January 31, 2009, 06:58 AM report to moderator
6352 Points

I can’t figure out how to ask someone to be my friend. Can someone please help??

Posted by KB Prez [ROAR!] on January 31, 2009, 07:38 AM report to moderator
460 Points

I was a bit sceptic at first, I have to admit. Especially because MuggleSpace has just started. But I LOVE MyLeaky! The points system is great.
I just hope that maybe there’s a way to connect MuggleSpace and MyLeaky or that you guys could work together.

Posted by grey_nightshirt on January 31, 2009, 08:20 AM report to moderator
1265 Points

Thank you alleeexxxx! I’m having a blast on MyLeaky! Thanks for the post Melissa, y’all are the best!

Posted by scarletti1 on January 31, 2009, 08:47 AM report to moderator
258 Points

It’s very awesome indeed!

Posted by SwedishWrocker on January 31, 2009, 08:56 AM report to moderator
1695 Points

Hi KB Prez. To friend someone go to their profile (example, if you see my photo pop up-click on my name underneath). Once on the profile page, on the right side (middle I think) there should be a link/sentence with something to the effect of " add as friend" . Click that, an owl is dispatched to the person, and once they get the owl they can accept or reject. Hope this is of some help :)

Posted by SueTLC on January 31, 2009, 09:00 AM report to moderator
6352 Points

THANX Sue!!!

Posted by KB Prez [ROAR!] on January 31, 2009, 09:05 AM report to moderator
28 Points

wow this is awesome thanks abunch !!!…

i think it would be better if it had links to leaky lounge and the leaky cauldron though!.. u guys should conisder making my leaky the control panel for the the leaky lounge though

Posted by r10ant23 on January 31, 2009, 09:39 AM report to moderator
375 Points

This is AWESOME!

Posted by Shalott on January 31, 2009, 09:55 AM report to moderator
119 Points

Woohoow! I’ve been strolling trough different groups and it is fantastic!!!
Thank you so much Leaky Staff!! Well done!

Posted by Karrelien on January 31, 2009, 10:47 AM report to moderator
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