Prepare for this to be lengthy, I've fostered passionate opinions about it for a while, hehe. So, I believe it may have been mentioned in the past, but I am here writing this because I have an avid belief in the possibility for a World of Potter site to take off in Australia. How does World of Potter AU sound? xD
Yes, it would be another English site, to add to those that are pre-existing. However, the Harry Potter Australian fanbase is huge and extensive, something I can easily vouch for, and seeing advertisements for WoP even all the way down in the bottom of Australia is what brought me to these sites almost a year ago now. Australia might seem small and very far away from Europe, but there is almost 25 million people – more than some of the WoP sites that already exist!
Many Australians I know, including ones I met in real life, have started accounts on various World of Potter sites only to be deterred by the fact that they are built for other countries, not “for them”, with drastically different timezones. While many users sleep, we are awake and active; when we sleep, the sites all hit their peaks. I am an incredibly active user on various sites that operate with EU timezones and I adore the communities there, but it took a lot of time and effort for me to become an integral part of them. There have been sleepless nights on my part, in which I have stayed up until five in the morning, or woken up at three in the morning and gone to work afterwards, in order to play the games of Quidditch that are at terribly late hours. Not to mention that it can be very difficult for me when I don’t encounter my friends from the site for days on end due to the time differences which have them working while I sleep, and going to bed when my alarm goes off in the morning. We also have a very different currency which undeniably has an effect upon the purchasing of VIP.
The WoP community definitely has room to grow in Australia and reach and attract a much wider range of fans who can finally be part of a site which caters to them. I am committed to finding people to back this (starting a poll if necessary), assisting with funding, and being part of this site’s growth and development. There are actually several people who I have discussed this with in the past, for months now, who have already told me that they would be happy to be part of the site’s staff, regardless of where they’re from.
Some key benefits of World of Potter AU include:
A more comfortable, “homely” environment for Australians to connect to people who share their country, states, cities and even understand their general culture, which can be much more different than people realise;
Fewer language barriers, and greater ease of communication;
Pricing for VIP converted to Australian dollars, representing an accurate cost while simultaneously increasing the likelihood that Australians will buy from a currency that they know and trust;
Attracting many more Australians who have previously been deterred by sites which are specifically for Europeans, Americans or the British, but don’t include them;
Games of Quidditch at reasonable hours that we can participate in and attend, without having to sacrifice any reasonable sleeping schedule;
A community of likeminded RPers, and the possibility for a tight-knit WoP presence ‘down under’;
Peak time of the sites, and therefore more user activity, occurring at a sensible hour rather than very late into the night; and
The existence of a domain such as www.worldofpotter.au, making it far easier for users from Australia to find the website and join (fun fact: when I first searched World of Potter, I actually spent over half an hour searching for an AU domain before I eventually joined EU!).
Hopefully it’s something you at least give some consideration to. Thank you for your time!
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