It's a small Metafilter November 26, 2010 10:48 PM   Subscribe

In a new world record, I've already received my Secret Quonsar gift, 10 minutes after the final draw.

In the oddest twist of fate, my husband drew me as his quonsee and had the perfect $15 gift already.

Thankfully, I didn't know the person I drew.

So, thanks Secret Quonsar, even in your lack of secretness.
posted by Gucky to MetaFilter-Related at 10:48 PM (46 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

I'm very excited about the person I drew.
posted by ColdChef at 10:50 PM on November 26, 2010


What is a quonsar?
posted by hal_c_on at 10:57 PM on November 26, 2010


What does . mean?
posted by grouse at 10:58 PM on November 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


what did you get, what did you get!
posted by addelburgh at 11:06 PM on November 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


buwe wery, wery wieut.
posted by clavdivs at 11:13 PM on November 26, 2010


Oh, I got this t-shirt.
posted by Gucky at 11:16 PM on November 26, 2010


Hmm, I thought you were going to say you got a Kindle book, or an e-gift certificate.
posted by IndigoRain at 11:25 PM on November 26, 2010


That is great!

Grouse, if you mean the . at the end of someone's name you drew, it's a placeholder for folks who needed to put something into the second name field to be able to register. People also used dashes and exclamation points, etc.
posted by julen at 11:30 PM on November 26, 2010


I am highly amused by my giftee. The internet gods are weird.
posted by maryr at 11:42 PM on November 26, 2010


I'm very excited about the person I drew.

Every time I hear/read somebody say something like this, I imagine the recipient's gonna get a nice watercolor set, and a little note that says NEVER GIVE UP. Then she breaks up with Lee and kisses Tim.
posted by Rory Marinich at 12:23 AM on November 27, 2010 [5 favorites]


Crap. I bought a teapot with a tiny note inside.
posted by ColdChef at 1:08 AM on November 27, 2010


Then she breaks up with Lee and kisses Tim.

YM Roy and Jim. HTH.
posted by dersins at 1:09 AM on November 27, 2010


Fark, fark, farkiddy fark. So NOW I find out that I had to join a group on Elfster? My username wasn't automatically hooked up with Mefi? I didn't understand and fucked it up.

Damn. Shit. Oh well. If anyone wants me, I'll be in my trailer.

And I still hate dolphin-themed homewares. NOT THAT IT MATTERS NOW.
posted by malibustacey9999 at 1:56 AM on November 27, 2010


"Fark, fark, farkiddy fark."

It seems this may be the first use of this phrase on the internet. I give it my full approval.
posted by HuronBob at 3:25 AM on November 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


OH! I got someone who's name I actually recognised and am very excited to go stalk them!

(I have phenomenally poor name recognition on Mefi. On the plus side, every post you make is a Brand New Day with me...)

Wait... how do I do that? How do you find a member's profile by username, without their member number?

Dear God, I fail at #mefi
posted by DarlingBri at 4:13 AM on November 27, 2010




Thanks! Hey did you know you can also put ColdChef into the search box, and there's a Users tab in the results?
posted by DarlingBri at 4:28 AM on November 27, 2010


malibustacey, did you not get signed up then? If not, would you like an less-than-super-sekrit quonsar?

I didn't sign up because I can be terribly flaky, but I have an idea for a (hopefully!) pretty sweet wee gift for you that I can order online (reducing my flakiness factor by whoah). It will be sent from the U.S., so might possibly be a bit late, but will probably arrive during the floating 12DoQ (12 Days of Quonsar) period the temporal parameters of which are a sacred mystery determined by certain Pantfish Oracle determinations. :) I also have some collateral digital sub-gifties in mind, so let me know!
posted by taz at 5:03 AM on November 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


Dearest giftee,
You may have been smoking a spliff
But your profile pic is terrif!
Tis the season for cranky and tired
But now I'm more than inspired
And look forward to choosing your gif(t)!
Yours,
thinkpiece
posted by thinkpiece at 5:35 AM on November 27, 2010


I participated in the very first Secret Quonsar, but not any of the ones that came after (until now), and I'm so glad that people are making use of the "wish list" functions on their Elfster profiles. Like a good elf, I hunted through my giftee's user history and found a lot of esoteric interests that I had absolutely no expertise in. So I bought them fuzzy socks.

Which I might do again this year, but in my defense, they ARE asking for socks...
posted by Phire at 5:47 AM on November 27, 2010


Ooh, ooh! I apparently have crossed paths on MeFi with my giftee before... After looking at their posts/questions, I am rubbing my hands with delight at the prospect of getting a gift for this lucky person. Bwa ha ha!
posted by Sublimity at 6:13 AM on November 27, 2010


Hey did you know you can also put ColdChef into the search box, and there's a Users tab in the results?

SPOILER ALERT!
posted by ColdChef at 6:59 AM on November 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


What does . mean?

Covered in the FAQ.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:51 AM on November 27, 2010


In the oddest twist of fate, my husband drew me as his quonsee and had the perfect $15 gift already.

Who was he planning to give it to before he drew you? Or was he already planning to give it to you and you got screwed out of an additional gift?
posted by DU at 8:30 AM on November 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


Covered in the FAQ.

I love it when people don't get the joke.
posted by sunshinesky at 8:55 AM on November 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Dear sekrit quonsar giftee, please fill out your ElfSter profile a little so I don't have to get you something that you wanted on AskMe three years ago.

Your friend,

jessamyn
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:59 AM on November 27, 2010 [5 favorites]


It's kind of fun to commentstalk my giftee, which may result in lopsided gifting, but the randomness of Seekrit Q is part of the fun.
posted by theora55 at 9:14 AM on November 27, 2010


Who was he planning to give it to before he drew you? Or was he already planning to give it to you and you got screwed out of an additional gift?

I suspect he had it waiting for me -- because he's been plotting to dig into the history of his quonsee. However, since he asked what size MetaFilter t-shirt I took a few weeks ago, I don't think I'm out of presents yet. (We never lack for presents.)
posted by Gucky at 9:49 AM on November 27, 2010


I feel like I should start commenting obsessively just so my poor Secret Quonsar will have more to go from. I like puppies.
posted by good day merlock at 12:33 PM on November 27, 2010


Dammit! Somehow I missed the quonsar sign-up thread! GRAR! JEOC ANGRY!

That'll teach me to miss a day of MeFi.
posted by jeoc at 4:05 PM on November 27, 2010


The sign up thread has been on the front page side bar since the 15th.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 4:28 PM on November 27, 2010


malibustacey9999: "Fark, fark, farkiddy fark"

You're on the wrong site. We don't do squirrel testicles here.

For the first time in my personal SQ history, I'm having the gifts shipped to me and assembling it into one package, rather than shipping it straight from the internet to its recipient. Yay me!
posted by IndigoRain at 5:18 PM on November 27, 2010


I love it when people don't get the joke.

Me too! Except I thought I was making one. Now I am just confused.

I like puppies.

Me too! Especially if they can fit in a slow cooker.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:28 PM on November 27, 2010


> Dear sekrit quonsar giftee, please fill out your ElfSter profile a little so I don't have to get you something that you wanted on AskMe three years ago.

Yes please, and also in case you're a relatively new member and don't have much of a posting history to be stalked.

Otherwise, you're getting a sputum culture. DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT, YOU SAID ANYTHING WOULD BE FINE.
posted by arachnid at 6:53 PM on November 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't read the sidebar on the front page. I used to, but it seemed like all the stuff that got sidebarred was overly wordy personal recollections of dubious relevance to the original post. It started to seem more noise than signal, so I ignore it.

It's like that time I was driving from LA to San Diego in a nuclear-powered Winnebago. I should have known better when I went to pick it up and the lead shielding took up most of the sleeping compartment. But I was young and focused on my goal of picking up several boxes of '70's era X-men comics from a friend of a friend.

[story redacted]

When I finally walked away from that Winnebago, I walked fast and I didn't look back. But I knew one thing - I would never look at Hell's Angels or marshmallow fluff in quite the same way again.
posted by jeoc at 7:22 PM on November 27, 2010


My giftee says I need to read all of his/her posts to know what to get him/her, and only put his/her ZIP code in the address field.

The temptation to make a gift to a literacy foundation in his/her name is almost unbearable.

Fill out your Elfster profiles, please!
posted by SMPA at 7:33 PM on November 27, 2010


I'm kinda scared what my match is going to get me, after my most recent comment in the TSA thread... (I kid, I kid!)

I just so happened to be at an indie craft show yesterday when I found out my match, and am stupid-excited about the fun thing I got for them...
posted by bitter-girl.com at 7:37 AM on November 28, 2010


Just sent mine. So hard to choose which things on my giftee's list to get -- this super cool SQ-ee made fabulous choices.

So love SQ. Wish we did this more often than once a year.
posted by bearwife at 8:16 PM on November 28, 2010


bearwife: " So love SQ. Wish we did this more often than once a year."

Me too. We need a Mefi Sampler.
posted by IndigoRain at 10:33 PM on November 28, 2010



Me too! Except I thought I was making one. Now I am just confused.


Wow, that was an exceptionally dry joke! I missed it.

Look who the joke is now! sadface
posted by sunshinesky at 6:30 PM on November 29, 2010


Er... maybe I should have read the rules, but what exactly *do* you do if your quonsee has no address, no wishes (or antiwishes), and doesn't use their mefi name so you can't stalk?
posted by ke rose ne at 12:33 AM on December 1, 2010


If you are getting no or only partial info from your pick, I'll be glad to follow up for you. Generally, anyone can mail me, tell me who their pick is, what info they need, and I'll follow up for you. (I can look it up, but it's quicker if I can just go).

Please note quonsaring folks: if you don't provide an address and ignore memails or email sent to the address you registered with, you won't get a gift!

Also note: the person who picked you may be using Elfster to ask anonymous questions. This is to help them narrow in on a good gift for you. Check your email for Elfster mail, or log into Elfster and look in the left margin - If there's a number next to "requests", there are some questions to answer. Please do!
posted by julen at 7:59 AM on December 1, 2010


What if we love sekrit quonsar so much that we want to do it again, right away?
posted by cior at 2:13 PM on December 1, 2010


I am so glad that the picks got randomized again.

My first pick didn't have anything in their profile! No wishes.. and their Metaprofile didn't tell me anything other then that she was a girl. T_T I was distraught. A girl.. okay.. What kind of girl? Girly girl? Punky girl? Geeky girl? Weird combination of everything girl? They seemed like a heavy lurker with only one askme relationship filter and a handful of favorites.

Then the sun shined down and the picks got redone! Yay~ My new giftee was totally transparent about what she wanted.. so I rushed out and bought them right away! It's making their way to her doorstep soon~

*apologizes to and sympathizes with the person who got her first pick.*
posted by royalsong at 2:53 PM on December 1, 2010


Thank you, mystery Quonsar, for the hand-carved wooden owl trio and scorpion lollipop!
posted by usonian at 11:55 AM on December 8, 2010


(Ooops, wrong post - I hope you will kindly excuse the double I'm about to post in the official thank you thread.)
posted by usonian at 11:57 AM on December 8, 2010


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