It's November. It's Metafilter. Presents are fun. Let's plan for this year's secret quonsar swap! The secret quonsar swap is - for the uninitiated - our holiday-adjacent wintery gift exchange.
. Questions/Suggestions beneath the fold.
We need to settle some stuff before we start to swapping:
1. We need at least one more volunteer to help manage the swap and the followup, specifically from December 28, 2013 to January 28, 2014. This is the enforcement period, where we follow up with people, make the decisions about lost gifts and stiffed recipients, reassign to second chancers, help/encourage/push people to follow through, curse the many postal services and customs peoples of the world, and get good news almost daily. We manage the swap using a shared gmail account and google drive spreadsheets and scripts. If you are good-natured, vaguely organized, and/or like making things work, this may be up your alley. Drop me a memail for more info or to volunteer.
2. Participants can select a region to swap in. My proposed list:
International (Ship Anywhere, Receive from Anywhere)
Australia/NZ Only (is this a reasonable thing - or are mailing costs between the two no better than International? Do we want Australia Only?)
Do we need other regions? Do these regions suit our needs?
3. We will recruit second chancers (people who step in in cases of giftus interruptus) once the swap gets going.
4. Last year we had a $10-20 spending guideline. How did that work for you?
Look for signups to go live on Monday, November 11, 2012 (12 November 2012 in some locales). Signups will be open until midnight (EST), November 25th. There will be a metatalk post outlining the hows and whyfors of the swap at that time. Swap info will be sent out on Thanksgiving Day.
If you are concerned you might miss the announcement (due to exams, holiday stress, record-breaking pie-making attempts, work demands, or possible alien abductions), you can sign up for the Signups Are Open Notification Mailing List
When the signups go live, you will get an email letting you know. Signing up for this list is NOT signing up for secret quonsar - just to be notified when sq opens each year.