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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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339 Comments

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1636 Points

crosses fingers I’m going to take a shower and when I come back, my email will be there! Maybe! Hopefully!

The article they posted on the insider keeps me sane for now. :P

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on September 02, 2011, 02:02 PM report to moderator
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673 Points

I’m too scared to check my inbox I know it won’t be there

Posted by mencia on September 02, 2011, 02:21 PM report to moderator
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Yep still no owl for me

Posted by mencia on September 02, 2011, 02:32 PM report to moderator
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1636 Points

@mencia Same here…

Posted by Sara Greengrass (S Palms) on September 02, 2011, 02:42 PM report to moderator
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ditto (day 3-er here)

Posted by Rosalinda Rosmerta on September 02, 2011, 02:53 PM report to moderator
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75 Points

Same – day 3 – no owl :(

Posted by LilynLuna on September 02, 2011, 03:06 PM report to moderator
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Just tried to sign in…no luck. Looks like I’m waiting until at least next week.

Posted by GNewt23 on September 02, 2011, 03:23 PM report to moderator
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From our friends who are in: any update on the number sorted? I can’t seem to find a recent head count on twitter and I wanna see how big this batch was.

Posted by Rosalinda Rosmerta on September 02, 2011, 03:41 PM report to moderator
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The “sorted” count is 144,310. It is probably a bit early for the new intake to have been sorted yet in any great numbers.

Posted by roonwit on September 02, 2011, 03:52 PM report to moderator
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362 Points

Nothing!!!!! Still no mail! We really have bad luck, don’t we?

Posted by Halfblood Princess on September 02, 2011, 04:15 PM report to moderator
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Weirdly the sorted count is now 144,309 – it has gone down by one! I think it might be broken.

Posted by roonwit on September 02, 2011, 04:20 PM report to moderator
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agreed. i have heard it takes some time to get up to and through sorting. however, i have a bad feeling from the greater number of “haven’t gotten mine” vs “yeaaaaay got mine” tweets, that the batch isn’t as big as I’d hoped. Lets hope I’m wrong!

Posted by Rosalinda Rosmerta on September 02, 2011, 04:31 PM report to moderator
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675 Points

No owl for me either. And the second update doesn’t say a word about next batches or the pause, as if the betas outside PM don’t even exist.

Posted by cb160 on September 02, 2011, 04:36 PM report to moderator
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This might be wishful thinking- but i’m still going to hold out hope that perhaps these past 3 days with no communication were the “pause.” We’ll see if that proves to be the case on Monday if they send more emails.

Posted by Rosalinda Rosmerta on September 02, 2011, 05:12 PM report to moderator
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@ Rosmerta I very much doubt it, even if at this very moment they have welcomed on PM as much as about the 1 Day amount of ppl (remember that inside are ppl from various days, so I don’t know if all Day 1ers received their letters).

Posted by cb160 on September 02, 2011, 05:27 PM report to moderator
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