Welcome to the Ackerly Green Community Forum!
Below you’ll learn about how the forum works, including helpful rules, trust levels you can earn, how in-world and out-of-world functions, and how you can choose how immersive an experience you’d like to have!
We pride ourselves on a supportive, creative, and nurturing environment. We have leaders and leader-mods who help keep our community operating at peak performance, but we expect new readers to read the rules, and adhere to them. If you run into problems or are having trouble, please reach out to a mod or your Guild Leader. That’s what they’re there for.
Visit the Welcome Topic and introduce yourself to the community.
Already read the Primer and the rules but still have questions about the community or narrative? Ask them here!
You can also reach out to a community leader who will be happy to answer any questions you have or guide you in the right direction! Here is the Current Leadership Roster.
Trust Level Zero: Newbie This is where everyone begins. You’ll be able to read and contribute to out-of-world categories like Meet, Greet, and Discuss, the Creationary, Bookish, and the out-of-world Community Projects. You’ll also be able to read the immersive In-World categories that take place within the narrative of the Magiqverse. You’ll also be able to catch up with The Monarch Papers Archive.
Trust Level One: Recruit Trust Level One won’t grant you complete access to the immersive Age of Magiq areas of the forum, BUT it will grant you access to the in-world Guilds category where you can begin your in-world adventure, explore your guild, and get to know your guild leader and fellow guild members. This level is the (relatively short) time period where you can get fully caught up with the events, inhabitants, and community of the in-world Magiqverse.
During this time you’ll find it really useful to have caught up on The Monarch Papers, The Secret Society, and The Search for Magiq narratives so you know what’s going on and how the community works. You can do that on the forum, with the wiki, or by reading The Monarch Papers: Flora & Fauna, and The Monarch Papers: Cosmos & Time.
Trust Level Two: Member At Trust Level Two you’ll be trusted with the ability to contribute to all of the in-world categories, which have their own set of creative categories, projects, and immersive rules. Whatever happens here is happening inside the narrative of the Ackerly Green Magiqverse novels.
Trust Level Three: Regular At Trust Level Three, you’ll gain access to the hidden Discord server where readers can have more casual and constant out-of-world discussions and better get to know one another. This server has rules for participation and posting, but it’s a fun, casual place to stay in touch with your friends and fellow readers.
Lots of people get confused when they first sign up, thinking they’re hopping into this really cool interactive story thing, and then get disappointed when they can’t immediately post in certain areas of the forum. Please understand that this is a safeguard that is in place for a reason.
Although what we’re doing here is narrative-based and has a specific structure that we set, it sometimes helps to think of how it works in terms of a game. Imagine you were already in the middle of a game, and someone else wanted to step in. New people are welcome at any time in this game, but if they don’t take the time to learn the rules and catch up on what’s already happened, they won’t really be able to play along very well and it could negatively impact the game for everyone else.
The Forum Worlds
The front page of the forum is a complete out-of-world (OOW) experience. It will give you a near-complete overview of everything happening on the forum.
But keep an eye out for categories and topics that are colored purple, because they are in-world (IW) and designed specifically for IW creation and discussion.
While you will be able to read them when you first join, you won’t be able to post in most purple categories until you’ve reached Trust Level Two, which requires getting involved in the community and having joined for a short but required amount of time (about two weeks.)
This requirement allows you to get the lay of the land and understand how the worlds work and what you can post where. The In-World categories are all happening within Ackerly Green’s literary Magiqverse.
Once you have access to Trust Level Two and can post in the IW categories, you may choose to see the IW view as the front page of the site. To do that, simply click on the preferences gear in the main menu:
In the left menu, click “Interface”, which will take you to a page of options. At the bottom, you’ll find this checkbox:
Which will swap your front page default to the in-world view.