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A welcome to 17th Shard, and the rules.

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Hello everyone, and welcome to 17th Shard, the official Brandon Sanderson fansite and the home to his official forums. I'm Eric, and I'm the forum administrator. The staff and I are here to make this place a fun and interesting community to be a part of. If you ever have any questions, please let us know. This topic is here to give you the rundown of most all the site features.

Our site is named 17th Shard, well, because Brandon told us to. It's named after a group of people who jump between worlds in Brandon's adult novels. Brandon's novels--at least Elantris, Mistborn, Warbreaker, and Stormlight Archive are. If this is news to you, man! There's plenty to learn about this behind the scenes stuff in the cosmere. If you've read those novels and want to dig deeper into Brandon's universe, I'd suggest you take a look at the topic Cosmere 101, as it's a nice introduction, and then if you want to know more about the Shards of Adonalsium, look this article about them on the wiki. Warning, though, if you haven't read all those novels, I'd strongly dissuade you from delving into those topics (as well as going to the General Theories) boards, because there will be a heck of a lot of spoilers!

Aside from the information in this topic, here are a few resources from around the forums:

  • The About Page - Has all sorts of information on the history of 17th Shard and contact information.
  • Verified Locations for Sample Chapters and Unreleased Chapters - A list of all sorts of publicly available content from Brandon, including short stories and stuff from unpublished novels.
  • The Brandonothology - Compiled by the illustrious zas678, this is an archive of everything Brandon has ever said about the cosmere. It’s a huge document over a hundred pages long. Additionally, it contains all the annotations in an easy to search file.
  • The Ultimate List of Questions for Brandon - Every question ever compiled. Now you have no excuse when you see Brandon at a signing to not have a ludicrously long list of questions to ask!

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Site Layout and Features

17th Shard (abbreviated as 17S often) has

Home Page

This is where our news posts will be. Often, news posts will also be posted in the forums as well. On the main page, there’s a sidebar where you can find the latest blog posts, and also a Twitter feed for both 17th Shard and Brandon Sanderson.

The Forums

The community hub of the site, which has a few key sections.

  • Brandon News and Discussion - There are two forums where you can talk about all of his works: one is spoiler-free, the other is spoiler-tastic. This forum is the spoiler-free one, where you'll find recent news posts about Brandon Sanderson and his books. This would be the area to post polls like, what is your favorite Brandon novel, and etc.
  • General Theories - This forum is for in-depth discussion of Brandon's connected universe, the cosmere, which contains all of his adult fantasy novels. If you haven't read Elantris, Mistborn, Warbreaker, and the Way of Kings, there are going to be massive spoilers for you here. It's the place where we discuss for many hours all the minutiae of every novel. There are no spoiler tags here ever! So if you have more general topics of a less theory-intensive, spoilery nature, please post it in Brandon News and Discussion.
  • Individual Book Discussions - Fairly self explanatory. If you want to discuss Mistborn, post in the Mistborn forums, etc. For a spoiler policy, see below in the Rules post.
  • Dan Wells - We also host the forums for the illustrious horror author, Dan Wells. Not only is he a good friend of Brandon's, his John Cleaver trilogy is some of the finest psychological horror ever.
  • Related Works - This category has forums about Writing Excuses, a podcast by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, and Mary Robinette Kowal. It also contains Reading Excuses, an excellent online writing group inspired by the podcast. If you're an aspiring writer, consider joining!
  • Community - The area for discussion, fan fiction, role-playing, and everything else!

Blogs

The longer you stay at 17th Shard, the more you realize it's almost like Shardbook (more on that in a bit). To that end, you can post a member blog here, for all to see. Among our other members' blogs, we mirror Brandon's blog as well. You can comment and rate on all blog posts.

Have your own blog already? You can easily import your posts here via an RSS feed.

Gallery

This area is for fan art and all other images regarding Brandon fandom. Everything is welcome here, including cosplay photos. We'd love to see the awesome stuff you've done!

The Coppermind Wiki

This is the official wiki of the official Brandon Sanderson fansite. Everything regarding the cosmere and Brandon's works are here. It's a work in progress, yes, but it’s improving every day. Please us by expanding it!

Mistborn: The Inquisition

This is an advanced role-playing site set during the times of the Final Empire. Explore the times a century before the events Mistborn: The Final Empire here. This is another excellent section of the site if you are an aspiring writer. MBI focuses much more on the tension of the Final Empire than combat, however.

This Mistborn RPG is unrelated to the Mistborn Adventure Game by CraftyGames.

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Other Capabilities

Member Statuses, Friending People

Yes, you can post statuses here. I wasn’t kidding when I said that this site can function like Shardbook. On any member’s profile, you can add them as friends. By default, 17th Shard automatically accepts your friend request, but you can change that in your settings.

Then, you can post status updates. If you’d like, you can integrate your Facebook or Twitter account into 17th Shard.

Lastly, on any member’s profile, you can also comment there, which acts somewhat like a Facebook wall.

Reputation Points

On the bottom right of topics, posts, and comments, you’ll see a + and - button. Here, you can upvote or downvote a post in the site’s reputation system. Think of these as ways you can regulate content as good or bad. If you think something is awesome, upvote them! And if you thought something was dumb, don’t troll a person (more on that in the rules section), but you could always downvote them.

Reputation points are carried throughout the site and are displayed whenever make a post. When you give out reputation, it’s anonymous to other members, so feel free to let your voice be heard!

Also, it is plain fun to see who can amass the most reputation points.

Rating Articles, Blog Posts, Gallery Images

In articles (that is, the stuff on the main page), blog posts, gallery images, and even member profiles, you can do a similar thing to reputation points, but rate things on a scale of 1-5. Just click on the set of five stars to do it.

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Your User Settings

On the top right hand of the screen, there’s the floating bubble which has your user information. If you click the box which says your username, a dropdown menu appears. There, you can access your profile, your settings, and your messenger. To the right of that dropdown menu is your notification box. In just a moment I’ll show you where you can change those notification settings.

Click Your Settings. Oh boy, plenty of settings here! Surprising, I know. I’ll describe it by each tab:

Settings

These are main site settings. Adjust your time zone. Change your email address, or your password. Want to change your username? No problem.

One setting that tends to get passed over is the View New Content Settings, under General Settings. By changing this, you can adjust how the View New Content button (right below the search box) operates.

Near the bottom are the various exciting notification settings as well. I recommend disabling “Show popup when I receive a new inline notification,” because it is sort of a redundant feature. Also, if you hate spam, there are a lot of email notifications that you should turn off. I know I did.

Forums

A few settings regarding the forum itself, if you happen to like Watching particular forums.

Profile

Here you can edit all aspects of your profile, like your About Me page, your avatar (and personal photo), your signature, and all that exciting stuff you’d expect. Your personal photo is actually different from your avatar for some stupid reason. I’ve set mine to be the same picture.

There’s also a spot where you can hook up your Facebook or Twitter profile to work with your account, so it mirrors status messages. Those options are labeled as Facebook Connect and Twitter Connect, respectively.

Blog

This takes you specific blog settings, if you have a blog on the site.

Gallery

A couple of Gallery settings which you probably won’t use.

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If you go back to that dropdown menu when you click on your username in the box on the top right, you can also go to your personal Messenger, and you can also manage your friends list.

One last thing: on the wiki and MBI, you’ll have to register a new account on both of those sites. For the wiki, you don’t have to, but I’d recommend it.

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17S Staff/Group Legend

Let me introduce you to all our staff, as well as explain all the pretty colors certain members’ names have. They represent different staff areas.

We have five main administrators:

Rubix, otherwise known as Josh Walker. He is one of the co-founders and the owner of the site. He and his wife, Mi’chelle, both live in Utah and primarily stalk Brandon.

firstRainbowRose, otherwise known as Mi’chelle Walker. We lovingly refer to her as Mi’ch. She’s the founder of the site, our public relations person, and moderates us in meetings. She likes making cryptic comments on the forums.

Chaos, otherwise known as Eric Lake. He is the day-to-day site administrator. When the site breaks, it is usually his fault. He spends all day on the forums and theorizes about the cosmere a lot. Sometimes, he works on the wiki obsessively, and is a co-admin on the Mistborn RPG.

Shivertongue, otherwise Will Raboin. He's our senior graphics design monkey and created all of our art on the site.

KChan, otherwise known as Kerry Stuart. She’s the Highprince of Stuff, and it’s hard to pinpoint something on the site she hasn’t worked on. She’s the co-admin of the Mistborn RPG, works on the wiki, and also skins the site.

In addition, we have other staff groups:

Global moderators manage all areas of the forums. We have one global mod, Eerongal.

Ardents focus in the Book Discussion boards, as well as General Theories. Our ardents are zas678, Andrew the Great, and Mad_Scientist.

Obligators moderate the Role-Playing boards--including the Mistborn RPG--and the fan fiction area. We have one obligator, Comatose.

Radiants moderate the community areas on the site, such as General Discussion. We have no radiants at this time.

Returned moderate the galleries. Those who have come back from death currently are MerryBerry and EHyde.

Soulcasters are our coding backups. Our two Soulcasters are Ryan and Moru.

Worldbringers are wiki administrators and moderate the Coppermind forums. Our one Worldbringers is Joe_ST.

The final user group isn’t a staff group, but you definitely want to pay attention to them: Team Sanderson. I shouldn’t have to tell you what people in this usergroup represent.

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