Thanks to everyone who's contributed to the conversation about hphet
's future so far, and also to the comms that boosted the signal.
To sum up:
- Soft moderation/work stuck in queues is an increasing problem in many comms. (I would say this is not a problem in hp_het or hprarepairs - two major alternatives to hphet - but more generally speaking, I agree this is a problem).
- Monthly pairing spotlights were suggested. I love that idea, but my only concern is that monthly might not be enough. That will only give us a smattering of OTPs. So we'd need to think about how else to do it.
- Comment was made that artists and vidders are explicitly or implicitly restricted from posting in many comms. As an occasional artist and frequent vidder, I agree. (I always allow art and vids in my comms).
- Recs were embraced, especially thematic ones.
In view of all that, plus the content in my earlier post, how about this for the beginnings of a mission statement? (Let's agree on the sentiment before we tackle logistics).hphet is a place dedicated to het-themed Harry Potter fic, art, vids, and other media. It is for posting or recommending these works, and also for posting resources for locating these works elsewhere. Posts may be ad-hoc or in the context of structured themed/spotlight activities. Works with queer themes are welcome, as long as the work has significant het themes as well.
We have a special emphasis on communicating the current usability of resources for both creators and readers.  We do not see hphet as being in competition with other het-themed HP comms on LJ, except to the extent that we would like to offer something different that makes membership worthwhile. We see ourselves as a partner to other comms and fen in general, by helping to overcome some of the fragmentation in HP fandom and by helping readers and writers to connect the fandom dots across sites and forums.
 To give an idea of how I see this working in practice, a Lucius/Narcissa spotlight, written today, would identify lucissa
as an actively managed place to post, while Blonde And Blonde would be identified as an archive that is no longer updated, but remains a useful source of content for readers. As far as I know, there are few current resources that make this sort of distinction, and it's an important one for readers and writers wanting to post or keep up with new work.