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HPforGrownups (a.k.a. Harry Potter for Grownups, HPfGU or HP4GU) is a Harry Potter mailing list founded in 1999. It started on Yahoo! Clubs and moved to eGroups on August 24, 2000, before ending up back on Yahoo! in early 2001 after eGroups was purchased to form Yahoo! Groups.

It was described as "a friendly, thought-provoking place for adults to enjoy discussions of the Harry Potter books. It is a moderated list with very high volume. Along with the extensive discussion board, HPFGU feautures polls, essays, jokes, as well as scheduled chat sessions."

This discussion list was very influential in shaping the Harry Potter fandom, and produced many BNFs that would found their own fanfiction archives. It was also infamous for its many ship wars and wanks.

HPforGrownups also sponsored Nimbus 2003, the first Harry Potter convention.

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September 7, 2020

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The carnival is coming to town! Our annual Stub September editing challenge is back this month from the 7th - 20th September.

Everyone, from seasoned editors to people new to Fanlore, is welcome to participate in the challenge. You can win shiny new badges for participating and helping expand our empty or short pages. There may even be an additional badge for editors who go the extra mile of adding lots of content to a page!

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September 2, 2020

Fanlore is pleased to announce that we've made some updates to our Cheatsheet for editors!

The Fanlore Cheatsheet is a quick reference sheet to help editors (both new and experienced!) with common types of wiki formatting. In the interest of making the Cheatsheet as useful and applicable as possible to editors, we've replaced some less frequently used formatting types with more common types of wiki formatting that weren't previously listed.

Some of the new additions to the Cheatsheet include:

  • How to offset quotations inside of boxes
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  • How to add footnoted asides with additional information in a dedicated 'Notes' section
  • How to use Displaytitle to change the capitalization of a page from title case (capitalized words) to lowercase
  • How to use Defaultsort to alphabetically sort a page by a letter other than the first letter of its title

We've also made the descriptions of what each listed type of formatting does more informative, with links out to additional Help pages for more information.

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