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Pottermore Insider Answers Questions About Beta Testing and Welcome E-Mails

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Stephanie_J
August 25, 2011, 03:35 PM

A new blog post has gone up on the Pottermore Insider following the latest batch of welcome e-mails which were sent out today.

Several frequently asked questions about the beta process are covered in this latest update as well as the timeline for receiving welcome e-mails. The Insider also denies the rumor that welcome letters will be sent out sooner to those who have been friended by other Pottermore users.

Beta phases are fluid and it’s important to watch and see how a site reacts to increasing amounts of users and activity.

Every time more people are added to Pottermore, we take a pause and look at how the site is responding to see if everything is working as we expect it to and whether we need to make changes before we let more people into Pottermore.

We are planning on giving more people early access over the next week or so and then we will pause sending Welcome emails for a while so that we can see how things are going.

Unfortunately, we can’t create a schedule to share, as we need to respond to what we learn with each group of new users. That’s also why there are gaps between the batches of Welcome emails; it all depends on what we’re learning from those who are currently on the site.

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@cb160 you are totally right it really helps because we are all going through the same thing

Posted by mencia on August 30, 2011, 04:23 PM report to moderator
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@cb160 you are totally right it really helps because we are all going through the same thing

Posted by mencia on August 30, 2011, 04:24 PM report to moderator
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@cb160 you are totally right it really helps because we are all going through the same thing

Posted by mencia on August 30, 2011, 04:26 PM report to moderator
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@ mencia Have you read on http://seekerrose.wordpress.com about PM cheats?

Posted by cb160 on August 30, 2011, 04:28 PM report to moderator
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@cb160 which house would you like to be sorted into?

Posted by mencia on August 30, 2011, 04:30 PM report to moderator
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@ mencia She says there she email PM about it. I wonder where did she emailed it.

Posted by cb160 on August 30, 2011, 04:30 PM report to moderator
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@ mencia Difficult question! Feel with Gryffs, suspect I’ll be Ravenclaw, interested mostly in Slytherin and at last in Hufflepuff. But, wherever! just gimme my letter, for God’s sake!!!!

Posted by cb160 on August 30, 2011, 04:34 PM report to moderator
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@mencia: I guess we are too eager now and we are trying to find out any little piece of information that might give us some clue concerning our welcome letter! Glad you noticed the huge differences between the two pages…

Posted by Halfblood Princess on August 30, 2011, 05:03 PM report to moderator
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@ Halfblood Princess We are eager enough to be annoyed by a comment like this (I just found it on Tweeter):“i really don’t understand #Pottermore… or i understand it, and its just really simple and boring?”!!! Think I’m gonna go to bed now, I’m waisting electric power to loose my minds!

Posted by cb160 on August 30, 2011, 05:11 PM report to moderator
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@ Halfblood Princess Forgot to mention: the comment belonged to a beta.

Posted by cb160 on August 30, 2011, 05:13 PM report to moderator
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GOT MY EMAIL!!!! 11.46am BST, but annoyingly it’s only just come to my account now!!!! Since 15th August being trying to sign in every few minutes, gave up doing that in despair 2 days ago, it’s now 11hours later and I have to work tomorrow, I know EXACTLY what I shall be doing tomorrow evening though… Have hope people, day 2er getting in now!!!!!! Will try and keep an eye on the thread and answer any questions, GOOD LUCK ALL!!!!!!

Posted by pottyloveslooney on August 30, 2011, 06:51 PM report to moderator
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@cb160

Read the PM cheat blog. That just makes me sick. What’s the point in ruining it for everyone else?

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 30, 2011, 07:40 PM report to moderator
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That article makes me sad to be a Slytherin….. please note we’re not all like that, just a small percent… ___

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on August 30, 2011, 10:28 PM report to moderator
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@S Palms – I figured such. It’s probably a small group of friends (my guess less than 10 at the moment) that think they’re being cool. Based on the screenshots, it’s the same people over and over. But, as the author mentioned, they won’t be the only ones. This is going to cause others to do the same as a retaliation. And then the circle continues…I hope the PM team finds a way to stop people from deliberately trying to sabotage others. Difficult thing to do.

Posted by purplehogwarts on August 30, 2011, 10:56 PM report to moderator
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@purplehogwarts I suppose they’ll look at each account and see their stats (how much points they earn and lose for their house) and they can deal with the ones that have been only losing points.

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on August 30, 2011, 11:50 PM report to moderator
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