2015 secret quonsar: sign ups are open! October 31, 2015 9:05 PM   Subscribe

It's secret quonsar time again! Participants will find out who they have drawn on Thursday, November 12, and the gift send by (or on) date is Tuesday, December 1*. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, November 10. The spending guideline: $10-20.

secret quonsar (wiki) is the MeFi holiday-adjacent gift swap. Each participant sends a gift to an awesome Mefite; each participant receives a gift from an awesome Mefite. Awesomeness and gifts abound.

Signing Up
There will be a link at the end of this post. Follow it. We need an actual MeFi username, an email address you check, your name & mailing address, and some good guidance for the person who draws your name.

You will get a confirmation email within 36 hours of signing up that will show you the information you submitted. Please check your spam/junk mail folder. If you do not get this confirmation within 48 hours, send me a memail. If you have not gotten a confirmation email, you may not be signed up or you entered the wrong email address. We can fix that. Fun Fact: Every year, several people accidentally typo their own email addresses, which leads to confusion and consternation, and sometimes no gift for someone until late in the season.

You will get your draw via email. It will contain key information about the person you will be gifting: MeFi username, a real world name, mailing address, and hopefully helpful guidance from the person you drew. It should allow you get off to a running start.

If you are having trouble putting together your guidance section, ocherdraco put together a list of questions a few years ago to help you focus. You don't have to answer all (or any of) the questions, but this is a good place to start if you are stumped by the Guidance section.

We will not share, abuse, sell, or spindle your email address. The person who draws your name will not get your email address. We will delete all emails sent and received at the end of the sq season.

The Rules
If you failed to send your giftee a gift last year (without working it out with us), don't even bother signing up. You've been banned from this year's festivities. If you do try to sign up, your name will be yoinked from the swap. You can try again next year, but two strikes and you will be out. If you don't send a gift this year, you will be banned next year. You will get only one second chance. If you sign up anyway, you will be removed from the list and you will hear from me.

If you find that you can't participate after signing up but before the draw, after all, then send me a MeMail or an email to the address below. I'll remove your entry. If you find that you can't participate after all after the draw, please send an email to that same gmail account as soon as possible so we can contact the folks who drew you and whom you drew and redirect or reassign as appropriate.

If you do not think you can mail a gift in a reasonable amount of time, please do not participate. It's not OK to plan now on finding and sending your gift after your life calms down in January or late December or on Valentines Day.

Hey! You have a question!
We're happy to serve as anonymizing middlemen if you have a question for your recipient, to send messages to your recipient on your behalf, to find out if a package has been sent or has been received. Send us an email at our google address (see below), and we'll see what we can find out for you.

A Note About the Swap Groups
The list has changed slightly from last year. If we do not get enough people to do a swap in a group, I will contact folks in the underpopulated swap groups to see what can be done before the swap.

A Note about International Swapping
We STRONGLY recommend mailing as early as possible if you are going to send anything internationally, especially if the US is involved. Customs holds up lots of packages for varying amounts of time (with some, it seems forever.) If you sign up for the International/Anywhere option, please be aware that shipping times may stretch out longer than you'd prefer.

Signing up for the international swap does not guarantee that you will get a gift from and/or will send a gift to someone outside of the country in which you live (particularly if you live in the USA).

Communicating with us
Unless you need to contact us specifically about one of the organizers, please use our gmail account secretquonsarswap. This will help us make sure we don't overlook anything and can be as efficient as possible.

Who we are
This year, the quonczars are arcticseal, phunniemee, and me. If you drew one of our names and need to contact us anonymously, contact one of the other quonczars to get your answers.

*Send Date
We have set the send by date to be Tuesday, December 1. Because this comes at the end of a high-travellin' shopping-friendly holiday weekend in the U.S., we understand that some folks may need an extra day to get that package out. We do expect folks to have their gifts in the mail or on their way to the post office at the very beginning of December. This is not a free pass to mailing it out the next weekend.

Opera Users
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The signup link
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posted by julen to MetaFilter-Related at 9:05 PM (333 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

YAAAAAAAY!!!!! I've been looking forward to this. : )
posted by SisterHavana at 9:15 PM on October 31, 2015


This makes a super tough weekend at the end of a really rough week seem a little less awful. *KERMIT ARMS*
posted by jeoc at 9:19 PM on October 31, 2015 [7 favorites]


Okay!

All of the signups are open! notification emails have gone out. We had two bounces, and one typo.

Whee.
posted by julen at 9:43 PM on October 31, 2015 [2 favorites]


IN. IN. IN. IN.

THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING. (and the *best* birthday present for real)
posted by bibliogrrl at 9:45 PM on October 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


I always forget about this coming up, so the reminder email is THE BEST. Thank you for that and for all the crazy organizing you do!
posted by exceptinsects at 9:50 PM on October 31, 2015


Signed up!
posted by IndigoRain at 9:55 PM on October 31, 2015


YAY I completely forgot this was coming tonight!
posted by kostia at 9:59 PM on October 31, 2015


Signed up for my first time! I am crossing my fingers that I will be able to find an awesome gift for my giftee.
posted by Neely O'Hara at 10:06 PM on October 31, 2015


I do so love this, Julen, thanks once again. On this sultry Sydney afternoon, I now have a lovely tingle in my Quosnads.
posted by smoke at 10:12 PM on October 31, 2015 [8 favorites]


This has not been a good day. But SQ makes it all wonderful! Thank you, thank you.
posted by angiep at 10:41 PM on October 31, 2015


Signed up and already thinking about what I can get for my, as yet undetermined, Quonsee! Thank you for all the hard work in organising.
posted by neilb449 at 12:25 AM on November 1, 2015


Such fun!
posted by jaduncan at 1:07 AM on November 1, 2015


Signed up! Thank you so much!
Tiny critical note: I wish there was a way to sign up that did not include telling Google alll about my likes and dislikes...
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:11 AM on November 1, 2015


Firefox, click on the link and I get:

Secret Quonsar 2014 - Sign Up
The form Secret Quonsar 2014 - Sign Up is no longer accepting responses.

Try contacting the owner of the form if you think this is a mistake.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 3:05 AM on November 1, 2015


It just worked fine for me on Firefox.
posted by peppermind at 3:28 AM on November 1, 2015


Woohoo!!
posted by billiebee at 3:39 AM on November 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh happy day! :)
posted by firei at 4:07 AM on November 1, 2015


Does happy dance. Shopping days scheduled, can't wait to hunt for my Quonsee!
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 4:31 AM on November 1, 2015


Yay, so excited!
posted by needlegrrl at 4:47 AM on November 1, 2015


Woohoo! Thank you!
posted by Pardon Our Dust at 4:48 AM on November 1, 2015


Ooooooh, I love sending gifts to strangers!!
posted by heyho at 4:57 AM on November 1, 2015


WOOT WOOT I am in!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:00 AM on November 1, 2015


thanks for organizing!
posted by tangaroo at 5:11 AM on November 1, 2015


My First Quonsar!
Thank you already!
posted by Gotanda at 5:12 AM on November 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yay! I'm in without any hesitations because I've got a new part-time job this year that pays better than my former one!
posted by TrishaLynn at 5:15 AM on November 1, 2015 [5 favorites]


Signed up and already vibrating with excitement.
posted by arcticseal at 5:56 AM on November 1, 2015


Signed up for the first time!
Thanks for organizing--I can't wait to find out who I've drawn!
posted by bookmammal at 5:58 AM on November 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


Really excited for this year. I even have something I've been saving to add to a quonsmas box to send.
posted by sciencegeek at 6:08 AM on November 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Signed up and ready to quons the dickens out of someone!
posted by easily confused at 6:24 AM on November 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


The first 64 sign up confirmations juuuuust went out. Whee!

If you click on the link and see:

Secret Quonsar 2014 - Sign Up
The form Secret Quonsar 2014 - Sign Up is no longer accepting responses.

try force-refreshing the page or clearing your cache; a fresh copy of the page would reference the year 2015.
posted by julen at 6:24 AM on November 1, 2015


Are we supposed to reply to the confirmation email or only if it's wrong? If you don't hear back do you just assume all is in order? I can't remember how it worked the last times and also I'm overthinking it because I am TOO EXCITED!
posted by billiebee at 6:28 AM on November 1, 2015


It's the Quonnnnnsiiiiest tiiiiime of the yeeeeeeeear!
posted by introp at 6:31 AM on November 1, 2015


Signed up, received conformation, drank some coffee, and waiting for waffles. It's a good morning.
posted by Gygesringtone at 6:32 AM on November 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


Are we supposed to reply to the confirmation email or only if it's wrong? If you don't hear back do you just assume all is in order?

We recommend replying if you want us to fix or update something. Otherwise we will assume everything is good and ready to go.
posted by julen at 6:36 AM on November 1, 2015


wahey signed up for first time! Europe group helloooo!
posted by runincircles at 6:37 AM on November 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Also! If you sign up twice (hit the submit button twice? sometimes the net is slow!) and I don't notice it, you will get 2 signup confirmations. If you get two signup confirmations (or more), drop us a line so I can make sure I clear out the second submission!
posted by julen at 6:46 AM on November 1, 2015


Signed up and looking forward to it! Thanks Quonsczars.
posted by Miko at 6:49 AM on November 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


Signed up and ready to go!
posted by thomas j wise at 7:05 AM on November 1, 2015


Signed up, whee!
posted by cozenedindigo at 7:07 AM on November 1, 2015


Signed up!!!
posted by kimberussell at 7:09 AM on November 1, 2015


YAY QUONSMAS.
posted by deezil at 7:20 AM on November 1, 2015


I am so excite for my first quonsmas!
posted by batbat at 7:22 AM on November 1, 2015


Signed up for my first secret quonsar!
posted by metaquarry at 7:33 AM on November 1, 2015


Signed up! I and my secret quonsar are grateful for Ocherdraco's list, without which my guidance section would have read i don't know maybe a book STOP ASKING ME QUESTIONS
posted by inire at 8:16 AM on November 1, 2015 [5 favorites]


Now it is time for the annual reminder that if you search your email archive for "quonsar" you can find the text of your guidance from previous years if you want to cut-n-paste.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:34 AM on November 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


Yay!
posted by kalessin at 8:52 AM on November 1, 2015


Quansmas is my favorite holiday. So much fun!
posted by monopas at 9:07 AM on November 1, 2015


I'm in like Flin
posted by patheral at 9:14 AM on November 1, 2015


I didn't get any confirmation (yep, checked my spam) and my email was autofilled so I'm pretty sure I didn't make a typo. Anyone else have this problem? The email address I used is in my mefi profile.
posted by desjardins at 9:26 AM on November 1, 2015


Also, I should have added "no vegemite/marmite" if I get matched with an UK/Australian person. I've already tried it, sorry.
posted by desjardins at 9:27 AM on November 1, 2015 [6 favorites]


Clearly time to begin playing again the wonderful holiday music I received last year!
posted by beaning at 9:39 AM on November 1, 2015


desjardins, I think the confirmation is manual, so give it a day or so, maybe?
posted by kalessin at 9:42 AM on November 1, 2015


I sent the last set of signup confirmations about two hours ago; if you've signed up since then your confirmation has not yet been sent.

In addition, google sheets only lets us send 100 messages from a sheet in a 24 hour period, so some folks who sign up today will have to wait until tomorrow to get their confirmations. (There's always a rush on Day 1!)

Desjardins - I've updated your entry; when I send out more confirmations in a while, you should see it reflected there!
posted by julen at 9:42 AM on November 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thanks once again for putting this all together, quonczars. You're the best!
posted by msali at 9:43 AM on November 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


So 104 people have signed up so far (People who signed up in the last 10 minutes and later today will get their confirmations tomorrow morning!), which is a definite uptick from last year. It'll be interesting to see if that's tied to the uptick in people signing up for the confirmation email or if more people came back from trick-or-treating or parties hopped up on candy corn and BooTinis this year.
posted by julen at 9:55 AM on November 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


First quonsar, woo!
posted by holborne at 9:55 AM on November 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


Yay, I am excited!
posted by bile and syntax at 9:55 AM on November 1, 2015


yayayayyayayayyayayayaYAYYYYY
This is my favorite part of the holiday season!
yay
posted by sockermom at 10:27 AM on November 1, 2015


Oh hooray! Thanks so much, julen, arcticseal, and phunniemee, for making this happen again this year!
posted by jessypie at 10:38 AM on November 1, 2015


I LOVE QUONSAR. I love all of you. Love love love love love <3
posted by hansbrough at 11:03 AM on November 1, 2015


Yaaay!
posted by bondcliff at 11:08 AM on November 1, 2015


It's Quonsmas time! Thank you quonczars for brightening my day!!
posted by amelliferae at 12:17 PM on November 1, 2015


This is the best. Thanks to Julen and the rest of the Quonsmas team. Merry fishpants!
posted by theora55 at 12:32 PM on November 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Signing up for my first Quonsmas! Big hugs to ocherdraco for that amazingly useful list of questions!
posted by Hellgirl at 1:12 PM on November 1, 2015 [4 favorites]


I've done Secret Quonsar 5 times at this point, I believe, and every time it's been delightful! Thanks, Julen and the other SQ organizers, for setting things up again!
posted by ferret branca at 1:17 PM on November 1, 2015


It's been three minutes. Where's my confirmation and the name of the person I'm buying for?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 1:22 PM on November 1, 2015 [6 favorites]


Oh my goodness, yes, nthing all the thank-yous to ocherdraco! That list of questions let me turn a terrified "oh god what do I like? I have no interests or hobbies, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I WANT" kneejerk response to the blank space on the form into a cheerful list of interests, hobbies, and preferences that (hopefully) gives plenty of ideas to whatever delightful person who winds up being my Secret Quonsar.

Now, of course, I'm sitting here on tenterhooks waiting to find out who my quonsee is, which seems like the most fun aspect of the whole thing.
posted by sciatrix at 1:30 PM on November 1, 2015 [4 favorites]


It's been three minutes. Where's my confirmation and the name of the person I'm buying for?

If you sign up for MetaFilter Quonsmas Gold, we'll beam your confirmation directly to your brain. Quonsmas Platinum comes with a personal elven shopper who will pick the perfect gift.
posted by arcticseal at 2:15 PM on November 1, 2015 [7 favorites]


I love this tradition! Thank you quonczars for putting in the time and effort to make it happen.
posted by PorcineWithMe at 2:38 PM on November 1, 2015


I don't think you're going to sell many of those Quonsmas Platinum memberships....isn't picking out the perfect gift 3/4 of the fun?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 2:48 PM on November 1, 2015


So, quonczars, sorry if I'm missing this, but I assume the confirmation email won't tell us who we're buying for. When do we find out who we're buying for?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 2:57 PM on November 1, 2015


There's also the quonsmas coal package, in which we tell your elf of scandinavian descent you didn't leave out any porridge, and there's no butter.

So, quonczars, sorry if I'm missing this, but I assume the confirmation email won't tell us who we're buying for. When do we find out who we're buying for?

The confirmation email is there to make sure you got your information right (most common error: putting your home zip code on a work address or vice versa).

Signups will close on November 10. We will email each person the mefi handle, name, address, and guidance information for the person they have drawn on November 12.
posted by julen at 3:03 PM on November 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Add me to the list of people who needed some cheer. I'm in.
posted by deadcrow at 3:19 PM on November 1, 2015


YAY!
posted by thereemix at 3:26 PM on November 1, 2015


Wooooo!!
posted by sarcasticah at 3:48 PM on November 1, 2015


SQ for everybody! Yaaaaaaay!
posted by mochapickle at 4:29 PM on November 1, 2015


For those of you signing up internationally - please do feel free to say if you want local-name knick-knacks! I live in a particularly city-name-on-EVERYTHING place (bonjour Paris) and there is no fun quite like knowing it's okay to send someone a Star Wars Paris t-shirt, for instance. (Just in case anyone thinks I'm joking.)
posted by fraula at 4:30 PM on November 1, 2015 [5 favorites]


... and it's great if you specify it because the flip side is wondering whether the person will groan at getting their fifty-seventh Eiffel Tower keychain.
posted by fraula at 4:31 PM on November 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


It's the most quonserful time of the year! I am getting pumped!
posted by capricorn at 6:31 PM on November 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


I would not cry if I got a CityName keychain, but shot glasses are better!
posted by zennie at 6:35 PM on November 1, 2015


Also I am expecting food and liquor and the fulfillment of my fondest dreams. No pressure.
posted by zennie at 6:39 PM on November 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


I would totally love a shotglass or coffee mug with CityName since I don't have enough of either. I am pretty easy to please I guess, just go to the airport.
posted by desjardins at 6:51 PM on November 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


signed up yet again.
Just want to add - as someone who has had some awesome gifts and one year a horribly lame let-down - getting something off someone's wishlist somewhere is NOT a bad thing! Quonsmas can be all about the fun and creativity of organising a super-original gift package if that is your thing, but getting something off a wishlist is also in the spirity - it shows that you really wanted to make sure you got something your Quonsee wanted. Don't feel stressed, go with whatever option works for you.
posted by Megami at 8:55 PM on November 1, 2015 [5 favorites]


After watching Quonsmas from the sidelines every year as a broke student, I have finally signed up!!! Hooray for being an Adult!
posted by switcheroo at 10:34 PM on November 1, 2015 [5 favorites]


Just signed up for the first time! I'm excited!
posted by Skybly at 3:07 AM on November 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


Signup is done with a request for tacky tourist kitsch for me, please. Shot glasses and keychains (or keyrings as I called them in the form, coz I'm an Aussie yobbo) particularly welcome.

This is always so much fun. And now I will go to bed, where my very first ever Quonsmas gift is hanging on my wall. And I will stop stressing about not hearing about the job I applied for. I will instead wallow in the joy of Quonsmas.

Merry Quonsmas to all, and to all, a good night.
posted by malibustacey9999 at 3:13 AM on November 2, 2015


Yay!
posted by Captain_Science at 4:26 AM on November 2, 2015


Signed up! Hooray!
posted by ocherdraco at 4:47 AM on November 2, 2015


SO EXCITED! I can't wait to stalk a MeFite!
posted by MsVader at 5:14 AM on November 2, 2015 [5 favorites]


Hooray! I just signed up, with the most ridiculously long explanation of what I like to receive, but seriously, don't worry about that if you get it, I'm happy getting anything and even happier finding things for my quonsee!
posted by xingcat at 6:12 AM on November 2, 2015 [3 favorites]


Woop woop!

I'm ready to dash to get the gift and get it on the way out of Japan!
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 6:18 AM on November 2, 2015


Now that the high holiday is over (Hallowe'en), I have signed up and am super excited about learning who my quonsee is!!! Thanks quonczars!!!!
posted by Sophie1 at 6:58 AM on November 2, 2015


Woohoo!
posted by schleppo at 7:57 AM on November 2, 2015


This will be my first Quonsar, and I am giddy with excitement! Gift-hunting is my FAVOURITE! I am so excited to research the crap out of my recipient!!!!
posted by Dorinda at 8:26 AM on November 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


Fired up! Ready to go! Thanks so much; Quonsmas is such a bright spot in the year!
posted by carmicha at 8:52 AM on November 2, 2015


Squeee!
posted by Harald74 at 9:01 AM on November 2, 2015


Very excited about this again! Happy Quonsmus to all!
posted by craven_morhead at 9:05 AM on November 2, 2015


Every year I mean to sign up. This year I finally did! I'm finally in a life position where I feel like I'm able too. Looking forward to figuring out an awesome gift for my match. Getting gifts is great but I much prefer the gifting part!
posted by Jalliah at 9:17 AM on November 2, 2015 [5 favorites]


I missed last year but on checking my old emails it looks like I missed the year before also!
So I am overdue. Back in the Quon-game this year.
People should totally give t-shirt sizes and colour preferences, btw.
posted by chococat at 10:15 AM on November 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


I know international mostly means "to and from the US" but it would be nice if there were a non-negligible chance of someone from not-US sending or receiving not-US.

Also I missed those qs last year and am answering them now. Is there a way to save my "notes to quonsar" for the future quonsees?
posted by jeather at 10:16 AM on November 2, 2015


Is there a way to save my "notes to quonsar" for the future quonsees?

Last year they emailed me a summary of my submission, which I just used to submit this year. I'd imagine they're doing that again.
posted by chococat at 10:30 AM on November 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


I have signed up for the very first time and am stupidly excited to be part of it this year! :)
posted by culfinglin at 10:40 AM on November 2, 2015 [4 favorites]


Last year they emailed me a summary of my submission, which I just used to submit this year. I'd imagine they're doing that again.


Oh, good. I didn't see it last year, so I never filled it out before.
posted by jeather at 10:45 AM on November 2, 2015


Just signed up, and I think my guidance section could qualify for NaNoWriMo. Two birds with one stone!

(srsly, I am very easily pleased. I like almost everything. the fact that random internet person is gifting me is amazing enough! SO - no pressure if I am your giftee)
posted by Fig at 10:48 AM on November 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


I wrote my "notes for quonsar" in a style reminiscent of a dating profile. While I am pleased with basically all gifts except poop (exception: coprolite), I thought giving a feel for who I am (narcissistic?) might be more helpful and fun (I <3 surprises) than a list of wants. This is my first Quonsmas, so I guess I'll find out!
posted by congen at 11:21 AM on November 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


Just signed up for my first swap - can't wait.

Thanks to all who help coordinate this cool event!
posted by Twicketface at 11:21 AM on November 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


I know international mostly means "to and from the US" but it would be nice if there were a non-negligible chance of someone from not-US sending or receiving not-US.

Yeah, the International swap option isn't perfect. Because the MeFi population overall is so US-heavy, it follows that the folks who want to ship internationally group is also US-heavy, and everyone wants to send and receive gifts from our MeFites in any one of 14 other countries (and counting!). There's no real good way to put my thumb on the randomization to make everyone happy. Which is why the randomization is - well - random.

In slightly brighter news, the region choices this year seem to indicate more (US of) Americans are choosing USA Only than in the past, including names I recognize as having gone international in the past. So maybe the chances are slightly better of drawing someone in a country pleasing to folks? (I make no promises, especially based on trends compiled from 38 hours of data )
posted by julen at 11:53 AM on November 2, 2015


congen: "I wrote my "notes for quonsar" in a style reminiscent of a dating profile."

I'm using this year's NaNoWriMo to write next year's instructions to my quonser. Hope you like curling up with a good wishlist!
posted by Rock Steady at 11:57 AM on November 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


OK. If you've signed up by now, you should have gotten a signup confirmation message.

229 people have signed up so far!

(I sent a bunch of manual signup confirmations overnight to get around google's rule that we can only send 100 messages per day from a spreadsheet)
posted by julen at 12:08 PM on November 2, 2015


Confirmation email received. LET THE QUONSING BEGIN.
posted by sparklemotion at 12:09 PM on November 2, 2015


I'm here to chew bubblegum and quons, and I'm fresh out of bubblegum. It truly is the most quonsarful time of the year!
posted by Diagonalize at 12:25 PM on November 2, 2015


Just sent in my sign-up - woohoo! Can't wait to see who my quonsee is.
posted by DingoMutt at 12:42 PM on November 2, 2015


Just signed up

::bounce::
posted by Faintdreams at 2:12 PM on November 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm so excited for quonsing! I wish there was a quonsarful song so I could sing it.
posted by zennie at 2:17 PM on November 2, 2015


♪ ♫ It's the most quonsarful time of the year
When the MeFites start shopping, and crafting, and stalking,
(And some might send beeeer!)
It's the most quonsarful tiiiiiiiiiiiiiime of the yeaaaaaaaar! ♫ ♪ ♬
posted by mochapickle at 2:22 PM on November 2, 2015 [16 favorites]


I've had two - count them, two - most wonderful Quonsmases so far, and I'm so in. Seriously, being Quonsed by a random stranger is the bestest of best things!

Also, I'll be glad to sign up again as a second chancer - I feel like the second chance gift I sent out last time came together even better than my regular one.
posted by RedOrGreen at 2:45 PM on November 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


♪ ♫ It's the fish-pantsiest season of all
With warm schmoopy feelings and de-lighted squealings
You got a great haul
It's the fish-pantsiest season of all ♫ ♪ ♬
posted by Rock Steady at 2:53 PM on November 2, 2015 [6 favorites]


RedOrGreen, I've added your name to the Second Chancers list. Thank you!

For newbies, a Second Chancer is a super awesome MeFite who volunteers to send out a second gift to someone whose gift never arrived, was stolen, trampled by postal camels, or is otherwise lost. We'll send out an email in mid-late December to make sure folks still can and want to be a second chancer. We usually have more second chancers than folks who need a second chancer, but it's wonderful to have lots of options so we can optimize the second chancing.
posted by julen at 3:01 PM on November 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


All signed up!

And I'd be happy to help out as a second-chancer as well.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 4:09 PM on November 2, 2015


I just signed up -- I'm a newbie!
posted by OrangeDisk at 4:24 PM on November 2, 2015


I want to participate for the first time but my fear from previous years - that my gift selecting abilities are subpar - still haunts me. Somebody tell me it'll be ok. I want to quons.
posted by valleys at 5:33 PM on November 2, 2015


Do it! It's so fun! You will do great!
posted by mochapickle at 5:45 PM on November 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


It will be OK. I would request you as my quonsar if I could, valleys.
posted by sparklemotion at 6:07 PM on November 2, 2015


Do it, valleys! I double-dog dare ya, do it do it do it!

Seriously, it's really, really hard to screw up Quonsmas: darn near never-sent-the-gift-I-promised hard. Do you do any kind of art or craft? Do you know of any local foods or snacks? Or just wait and see what sorts of goodies your Quonsar likes and wing it: but. Yes, please do sign up and join us!
posted by easily confused at 1:14 AM on November 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


Oh, btw, I'm happy to second chance if needed!
posted by firei at 3:24 AM on November 3, 2015


I've just realised I've spent the last few days thinking of gift ideas for my SQ and no time at all thinking of my actual partner's birthday which is this weekend... I'm sure he'll understand.
posted by billiebee at 4:24 AM on November 3, 2015 [3 favorites]


Heh, okay you folks convinced me. I'll sign up this morning. Thanks!
posted by valleys at 5:52 AM on November 3, 2015 [7 favorites]


Also happy to be a second chancer!
posted by E. Whitehall at 6:12 AM on November 3, 2015


Now I'm trying to figure out why I'm more in to finding a gift for some random person, somewhere in the world, then for my own friends and family. I'm so excited!

Human psychology is weird....
posted by Jalliah at 6:38 AM on November 3, 2015 [5 favorites]


Thanks Hairy Lobster, Firei, E. Whitehall ... I've added you to our second chancers list!
posted by julen at 6:48 AM on November 3, 2015


Whether you’ve signed up for secret quonsar and are stuck on the fact that there are still 8 more days of signups and 10 days until you get your designated quonsee or you're pretty sure you'll be spending each and every day until the deadline crafting your guidance as if it were a perfect bonsai, the days stretch long before you. Here’s some stuff you can do until you find out who you’ll be sending a whole limburger cheese to…

Plan to participate in the Annual Cookie Exchange. Explore your options. Test drive cookies. Become the sort of cookie critic that endears you to all and sundry.

Plan to participate in the Annual Gift Drive wherein we help kids (and sometimes schools) have a happier Christmas.

If you are in Northern Virginia (Arlington/Fairfax/Alexandria), easily confused is up for some Santa Clausin’. You should contact her if you are in need (or want) of someone with a suit and a jolly mission to see if your schedules match up.

Follow the Gavle Goat on Twitter to find out when this year’s model goes up for the annual celebratory display (and associated “has someone set it on fire yet?” watch).

Browse the MeFi Mall, wherein your fellow Mefites sell awesome things.

Hey, there's a new podcast, and a long backlog of podcasts you might not have listened to…

The Metafilter Wiki has all sorts of good stuff, and can always use your updates.

And if you haven't done so (recently), spend some time with the awesomeness in MeFi Music.
posted by julen at 7:03 AM on November 3, 2015 [11 favorites]


I'm actually doing it this year -- hooray!!
posted by theredpen at 8:48 AM on November 3, 2015


I really need to get more active here again. I miss y'all, and it's all my fault.
posted by theichibun at 12:49 PM on November 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


I signed up and I'll offer to be a second chancer too.
posted by jeather at 2:04 PM on November 3, 2015


I'm happy to be a second-chancer if needed.
posted by robcorr at 6:02 PM on November 3, 2015


Thanks jeather and robcorr!
posted by julen at 6:54 PM on November 3, 2015


*squeee* Just signed up again. Damn but I love Secret Quonsar.

♫ ♪ ♬It's the Quons-, Quonsiest time
Of the yeeeeeeear.
There'll be Amazon orders
And homemade surprisers
And giving galoooooooooooore!
It's the Quons-, Quonsiest time
Of the yeeeeeeear. ♫ ♪ ♬

So what's the deal with Second Chancers? Is there usually a big need for them?

Also, I might be persuaded to come in as an international giver if there's a big shortage there. Is that usually the weak spot?
posted by wenestvedt at 7:15 PM on November 3, 2015


Last year the thread of Thank You notes was awesome to behold. Could there be a special segment in the January podcast maybe to focus on Secret Quonsmas?

I mean, for all the agita in MetaTalk this year, I want to believe we can maybe do some good via random gift-giving…and it would be awesome to emphasize that in the podcast.

WHAT HO, MODS & QUONCZARS.
posted by wenestvedt at 7:18 PM on November 3, 2015 [3 favorites]


So what's the deal with Second Chancers? Is there usually a big need for them?

People volunteer to be on standby to send out an awesome gift to replace one that never arrived. We use anywhere for 6 to 15 second chancers a year (the number has been going down over time) out of a pool that usually ranges from 12 to 24 people. We usually have a good distribution of folks across swap groups or countries, which means we can reassign quonsees smartly. Second Chance volunteers are pretty awesome.

Also, I might be persuaded to come in as an international giver if there's a big shortage there. Is that usually the weak spot?

Actually, the International giver group is usually pretty big. This year, it looks to be the second biggest group, in fact, behind USA Only.
posted by julen at 7:32 PM on November 3, 2015


I'm in I'm in I'm in.
posted by RainyJay at 8:43 PM on November 3, 2015


i'm in!

and of course after i submitted the form i thought of a few more things to write on it. (-_-;)
posted by emmling at 5:40 AM on November 4, 2015 [2 favorites]


Now rereading the answers I just gave to ocherdraco's list, it would appear that the best gift for me this holiday season would be a rainbow dinosaur made out of butter. Obviously this is impractical. People should never give me a free form list of questions.

Apologies in advance to whichever poor soul draws my name.
posted by phunniemee at 9:12 AM on November 4, 2015 [5 favorites]


Yes I just wrote a lot of answers to those questions. I don't really know if they were good answers.
Happy Quonsmas one and all.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 9:15 AM on November 4, 2015


I signed up. I'll happily be a second chancer as well because I love buying presents for people.

Also, whoever gets me: I am super not joking about those dill pickle cashews. Please send me an entire box of dill pickle cashews. They are very delicious and I will think of you every time I eat one. We will have a true meaningful connection that can only be broken by death or an empty bag of cashews, whichever comes first.
posted by kerning at 10:31 AM on November 4, 2015 [6 favorites]


I can't wait to find out who my SQ is! Last week I found something super cool that would be perfect for someone in a certain profession, and since that profession happens to be over-represented on MeFi I figured it was worth the chance since I'll just keep it for myself if it doesn't work out.
posted by Room 641-A at 11:38 AM on November 4, 2015


Thanks, kerning! I've added you to the list.
posted by julen at 12:48 PM on November 4, 2015


For those of us who are too paranoid to even use a work address, have people had success using a FedEx pickup location as the delivery address? This is a thing, right?
posted by delight at 5:36 PM on November 4, 2015


(I should add that I'm totally down to pay for the shipping if this is a pricier option)
posted by delight at 5:38 PM on November 4, 2015


Now rereading the answers I just gave to ocherdraco's list, it would appear that the best gift for me this holiday season would be a rainbow dinosaur made out of butter. Obviously this is impractical.

I am right now researching how to make this happen, in case I get you. I think it's do-able.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:55 PM on November 4, 2015 [2 favorites]


Expect to receive:

1) dinosaur jelly mold
2) several packs of butter
3) some food colouring
4) a small card which says "some assembly required"
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 11:28 PM on November 4, 2015 [6 favorites]


All signed up.
Ready to enquonsenate.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 1:05 AM on November 5, 2015


Also, in touchscreen-flubbing ocherdraco whilst dithering about on my gifty-guide, I think I wrote "oxherdtaco" at some point.
That's a free sockpuppet name for anyone who wants it.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 1:11 AM on November 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


*shakes out arms and legs, jumps up and down a little bit*

Interesting. A little crunchier with that c→x change and the r→t, but it still feels like me.
posted by oxherdtaco at 6:49 AM on November 5, 2015 [12 favorites]


I'll save it for special occasions.
posted by ocherdraco at 6:50 AM on November 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


For those of us who are too paranoid to even use a work address, have people had success using a FedEx pickup location as the delivery address? This is a thing, right?

I don't know of anyone who has done this (either for FedEx or UPS), but they may not have put down FedEx as part of the address. If you do this, I'd ask that you call the Fedex place and find out how it works, and then be detailed in your guidance section about what can and can't be sent there. I'm assuming they wouldn't accept mail on your behalf by anything but FedEx, for example, but if I'm wrong, then please please put that down.

You might want to consider USPS General Delivery instead (i.e. it gets held at the local main post office for you) as an option that offers more affordable options for your sender.

Either way, FedEx or USPS will require you to provide a full real name (Joe Smith, not Joe S. or Your Mefi Handle) and a legal ID that matches it to pick up your package.
posted by julen at 7:08 AM on November 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


ocherdraco
oxherdtaco


I think it was in that huge user name MeTa that I mentioned originally misreading "ocherdraco" as "ochodraco" ("eight dracos") and it could not be unseen. I think changing your user name to "ochotacos" is a compromise we can all live with.
posted by Room 641-A at 2:11 PM on November 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


I do like tacos... but perhaps not enough to buy two sockpuppets in one day.
posted by ocherdraco at 4:30 PM on November 5, 2015 [4 favorites]


THANK YOU, QUONSMAS ELVES

(shouted in the style of Rabbit in the lunch box story (Wish I May, Wish I Might) from Bear's Magic.)
posted by you must supply a verb at 5:10 PM on November 5, 2015


I initially wasn't going to sign up for this because Malaysia's postal system is terrible, but hey, local shipping and virtual options exist, and I could use some mail love!
posted by divabat at 2:13 AM on November 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


Signed up again. Hooray! :D
posted by halcyonday at 5:18 AM on November 6, 2015


Well, My First Quonsmas just gets better and better: until this moment, I did not know that dill pickle cashews existed. Is there no end to the Quomazingness?
posted by Hellgirl at 8:50 AM on November 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


First quonsmas hooooooooooray!
posted by minsies at 11:01 AM on November 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Hey-o, I'm in.
posted by box at 11:58 AM on November 6, 2015


I've been on Metafilter since 2007, and this will be my first Quonsmas. I just signed up. Gulp. I'm more excited about this than about buying/making gifts for anyone IRL!
posted by ImproviseOrDie at 12:19 PM on November 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


347 people have signed up so far! (Everyone should have signup confirmations in their email; please check them.)

Signups end on Tuesday night (midnight Eastern US time). We do have each swap group populated, but it'd be awesome if over the next few days one or two more folks signed up as Australia/NZ Only (in case 1-2 people have to drop out of the swap).

Lots of First Timers this year! Awesome!
posted by julen at 1:44 PM on November 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


I would be pleased to be a second chancer.
posted by key_of_z at 2:38 PM on November 6, 2015


Oh, yes, I'm happy to be a second chancer (US only please) if the need arises.
posted by craven_morhead at 2:49 PM on November 6, 2015


Awesome! I've added your names to the second chancer list.
posted by julen at 6:15 PM on November 6, 2015


OMG! I did it. I wrote a friggin' novel based on ocherdraco's questions and I apologize in advance to the person who has to read it. I hope I pick something really good for my quonsee! (This is my first time doing this--can you tell?)
posted by zorseshoes at 7:03 PM on November 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


This is my first one. I am super jazzed. Hopefully my novel of a Guidance section helps whoever gets me, and hopefully they don't get annoyed at me mentioning being vegan up front (plz no wool socks). I hope I get a novel from my quonsee so I can find them up something super cool!
posted by Gymnopedist at 8:13 PM on November 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


WHY? WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 8:29 PM on November 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


i have SIGNED UP and i am NERVOUS ABOUT IT

i wrote a novel, too, and apologise to whomever ends up with that. i'm trying to be helpful, but i may have gone overboard.
posted by MeghanC at 8:42 PM on November 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Signed up and I apologize for the bad grammar and crap typing of my answers. Also, happy to be a second chancer.
posted by jadepearl at 3:13 AM on November 7, 2015


I really can't tell you just how much that Quonsmas gift meant to me last year. I was in a new place, the windows were all taped up, my SAD was kicking in, and all of a sudden this box shows up with art, clothing and food.

easilyconfused, you really brought it. That Apollo 13 framed film piece is brilliant. Although my midsection could have missed the chocolate covered nuts.

Can't wait for this year.
posted by Sphinx at 5:06 AM on November 7, 2015 [4 favorites]


I signed up and am looking forward to dispensing Quonsmas fish cheer.
posted by graymouser at 7:10 AM on November 7, 2015


Hey, go ahead and put me down as a second chancer, also.
posted by Gymnopedist at 7:53 AM on November 7, 2015


For those of y'all who wrote a novel... don't worry about it. I'd much rather get a novel than "anything is fine, thanks!" That is way more frustrating to me because buying a present for a stranger isn't as easy as it sounds and I'd rather have a lot of guidance than none at all.
posted by patheral at 11:15 AM on November 7, 2015 [13 favorites]


*crosses fingers for patheral that they don't get me*
posted by billiebee at 1:12 PM on November 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


Anyone who didn't get specific is going to get seriously random stuff from me. I suppose if you're into that it's cool...
posted by bile and syntax at 6:41 PM on November 8, 2015 [5 favorites]


Folks who don't get specific also tend to get anonymized questions sent their way (you email us; we email them; we reverse the process!).
posted by julen at 7:26 PM on November 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


Anyone who didn't get specific is going to get seriously random stuff from me. I suppose if you're into that it's cool...

Speaking only for myself, that's exactly what I want. I feel like there's this thing that happens where people don't believe us vague folk that we really mean "any package in the mail will make me happy" when we say some variation of that. I understand that people want to pick out The Perfect Gift, I do too, but for me (and I assume others) The Perfect Gift is simply getting something unexpected. I hope that doesn't stress anyone out, but that really is how I want to be quonsed.

I mean, I've done this about four years, including this one, and have had fun picking out gifts for people with a list of specific kinds of things they're looking for, and for a person with pretty vague guidance. I've gotten nothing but gracious thanks for every gift I've given. Maybe people were disappointed, but I'm going to take them at their word that they enjoyed what I gave them. Likewise every gift I've ever gotten has been or is still is being enjoyed, all of them are things I would have never thought to ask for for myself.

I just ask that everyone please have a little patience with people who have a different style of filling out the guidance section from what you'd prefer. Writing a novel is great, and I've liked that insight into that person's taste when I've gotten it. I've also enjoyed the fun of hunting for a good random gift when I haven't. I just hope that no matter how brief or how long the guidance from a person is, we can trust them to know what kind of gifts they'd be happy to get.
posted by Gygesringtone at 8:33 PM on November 8, 2015 [8 favorites]


...I am now seriously hoping to send someone a box of truly random crap.
posted by bile and syntax at 3:36 AM on November 9, 2015 [4 favorites]


Yeah, I got vague this year. In the past I put specific suggestions and I felt like people took the suggestions too literally. I kind of felt like maybe I stressed them out by listing specific things. I enjoyed the gifts, don't get me wrong, but I felt this year I'd just put "go nuts" and see what happened.

As Gygesringtone said, just receiving a package in the mail is the fun part.
posted by bondcliff at 6:54 AM on November 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


On the subject of random crap vs. specific list, this highly relevant Daily Stat from the Harvard Business Review came through my inbox the other day.

To Choose the Perfect Gift, Think More About Yourself than the Recipient

In an experiment, people had greater appreciation for the gift of a mug emblazoned with an image from the Louvre museum in Paris if they were informed that the giver was passionate about France, as opposed to England (5.83 versus 5.27 on a 1-to-7 appreciation scale). Four such studies demonstrate that recipients appreciate a gift more when it refers in some way to the giver's core characteristics, says a team led by Gabriele Paolacci of Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Thus you might have better luck selecting the “perfect gift” if you focus on your own, rather than the recipient’s, interests, the researchers suggest. (Source)


Some of us REALLY DO MEAN IT when we say we'll be happy with whatever. The first year I participated in SQ I got an amazing little thing that my SQ had made because that's what he was into at the time. I love these little windows into other people's lives - it's what makes SQ special to me.
posted by hapax_legomenon at 8:03 AM on November 9, 2015 [4 favorites]


Thus you might have better luck selecting the “perfect gift” if you focus on your own, rather than the recipient’s, interests, the researchers suggest.

People will be very disappointed to learn that I have an extensive coal collection.
posted by Etrigan at 8:06 AM on November 9, 2015 [6 favorites]


In anticipation of receiving my first ever SQ assignment (yes, I am totally imagining myself as a Top Secret Cheer and Delight Agent), I'm wondering: Do any veteran QuonsStars have advice/hints/tips for doing Certified Awesome Perfect Gifts within the price range?? So many of people's favourite Quonsmas prezzies seem to have been handmade treasures, but I'm unfortunately the least crafty/capable person on the planet (which is why I have undying admiration for people who can create stuff with their own hands), and the only thing I know how to "make" is contemporary dance or academic writing (which does not ship well, and is not delightful, respectively), so I'm envisioning doing my Qonsar Elfing at Ye Olde Marketplace/Shopping Mall. I'm worried that the amount of delight I can purchase for $20 will be disappointing...and the non-handemadeness of it will reveal me to be a Quonsmas Imposter, who failed to adequately imbue the essence of my very soul into the gift I send.

I may be overthinking this.....BUT I DON'T THINK I AM!
posted by Dorinda at 11:10 AM on November 9, 2015 [4 favorites]


Signed up! YAY!
This is my second Secret Quonsmas... the first one was great because my Quonsar had written a book, and sent me a nicely autographed copy of the first edition.

I hope I wasn't too specific in what I requested. If my Secret Quonsar reads this, I want you to know that, just as bondcliff says, "go nuts" is a welcome option.

This is exciting. I just hope I can get something really excellent for my Quonsee. (It is also a little bittersweet... I mentioned in my submission that most of what I really really want is intangible, like peace in the Middle East, cleanup of the North Pacific garbage gyre and so on. My friend's kid had a pretty difficult childhood, and he's on his own for the first time, so I hope he is sober and happy.)
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 11:25 AM on November 9, 2015


Also, thank you for organising. I can't imagine how much work this must require.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 11:26 AM on November 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


Also, feel free to sign me up as a second-chancer.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 11:42 AM on November 9, 2015


Hooray! I love Secret Quonsar -- this will be my second time taking part.
posted by Annabelle74 at 12:00 PM on November 9, 2015


Thanks Multicellular Exothermic!

I always know when the deadline is approaching (~31 hours!) because there is an rise in the number of signups over time as we get closer. If I graphed it, it'd be like a ski jump.
posted by julen at 12:15 PM on November 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


Do any veteran QuonsStars have advice/hints/tips for doing Certified Awesome Perfect Gifts within the price range??

It's tough to say because not everyone has the same tastes. What might be loved by someone might just be "meh" for someone else.

First off, comb their Metafilter history, especially AskMe. You can often get an idea of someone's interests and hobbies.

Secondly, this is a gift exchange between internet strangers. Nobody is expecting an iPad or a personalized autographed picture of Donny Most. Expectations should be pretty low. Most people are happy with anything. It's really about the community building than anything else.

Other ideas:

Some treat unique to the area you live.

Some kind of physical representation of their username or number.

Remember there are a bunch of Metafilter people with Etsy shops or other stores. I think there's a collection of them somewhere. You don't have to make something yourself but it's a treat to receive something that was made by another MeFite. In that case you're connecting three people so it's an even stronger sense of community being built.

And for god's sake, when you receive something from somebody, acknowledge it somehow. Even if they don't out themselves with the gift there's usually a "thank you" thread.
posted by bondcliff at 12:19 PM on November 9, 2015 [9 favorites]


First off, comb their Metafilter history, especially AskMe. You can often get an idea of someone's interests and hobbies.

An awesome part of my last quonsgift was that my quonsinator used a six-year-old comment I'd made on AskMe.
posted by Etrigan at 12:22 PM on November 9, 2015 [4 favorites]


Some kind of physical representation of their username or number.

Uhh...yeah, please don't get me a penguin. Quonsczars, can you add that to me thing?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 2:05 PM on November 9, 2015 [6 favorites]


Done, If only I had a penguin!
posted by julen at 2:47 PM on November 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


what if it wasn't a live penguin

would dead penguins be okay? stuffed penguins? things made out of penguin? pretend penguin? small models of the Penguin from Batman?

where is the liiiiine
posted by sciatrix at 3:00 PM on November 9, 2015 [3 favorites]


Actually, a live penguin shipped with suitable habitat would be ok. Dead penguins, no.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 4:33 PM on November 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


*takes careful notes*
posted by sciatrix at 5:38 PM on November 9, 2015 [5 favorites]


There are 24 hours left to sign up!

If you think you signed up, but have not received a confirmation email:

Check your junk mailboxes/search your mail for quonsar to see if it was accidentally shunted off somewhere not-visible.

If it is nowhere to be found, check in with us at our gmail address, secretquonsarswap. We will check the signups/sent messages. It may be something as simple as a typo'ed email address. If we don't have a record of your signup, we'll help you get signed up.
posted by julen at 9:00 PM on November 9, 2015


Thankfully my better half reminded me this was upcoming, and I signed up just in the nick of time, it looks like.

My hand-picked collection of live genuine-Washington-State slugs awaits my lucky quonsee! The mason jars that contain these merry mollusks (there is one for every day of the holiday fortnight!) are positively seething with the damp, squishy spirit of the Pacific Northwest holiday season.

These slitherers keep on giving! Having safely shepherded them through the winter, release them on a lawn on the first warm day of spring, give them a few minutes to "hide", and then walk barefoot across the space. If you are lucky enough to "find" one of these guys, your reward will be the instant ability to correctly dance one of our traditional jigs--no matter how convinced you are you cannot dance!*

* Believe me, you will dance.
posted by maxwelton at 10:41 PM on November 9, 2015 [8 favorites]


I have leapt in at the last minute in order to ruin someone's day by setting them a series of restrictions that will truly annoy the crap out of even the most enthusiastic purchaser of gifts.
posted by longbaugh at 3:40 AM on November 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


julen & the quons-elves: can I request longbaugh? I love a challenge!
posted by easily confused at 4:55 AM on November 10, 2015 [4 favorites]


The matching is happening so soon! I am positively delirious with excitement! It is my first Quonsmas, and I leave for a nearly two-week trip on the thirteenth, so the odds of my quonsee getting something strange from Abroad are VERY HIGH. Aaieeeee!
posted by bowtiesarecool at 5:19 AM on November 10, 2015 [5 favorites]


Hmmm, I just realized I never got an email with a recipient's name. FIRE UP THE EMERGENCY DISTRESS QUONSIGNAL!
posted by wenestvedt at 6:04 AM on November 10, 2015


I don't think we get our Quonsees until tomorrow wenestvedt, don't panic!
posted by billiebee at 6:23 AM on November 10, 2015


billiebee: I don't think we get our Quonsees until tomorrow wenestvedt

What?! Oh? I… *checks email*

*finds gentle correction from julen*


*ahem*

Forgive me, for I was overcome with enthusiasm. To imply that the Quonsmas Elves had erred is serious enough, but to be mistaken about it in a way that impugns them is….beneath them. Looks like I just earned a piece of Etrigan's coal.
posted by wenestvedt at 7:34 AM on November 10, 2015 [8 favorites]


I wouldn't waste lignite on you, wenestvedt. You sicken me.
posted by Etrigan at 8:00 AM on November 10, 2015 [8 favorites]


Yay only 2 days left to wait!

It's like Pre-quonsor, Quonsor
posted by Jalliah at 8:10 AM on November 10, 2015


I am really hoping maxwelton gets me, if there are special pacific northwest slugs in the bargain. We have slugs that somehow make their way into our house each year, and I actually looked up "what do slugs eat?" once and briefly considered keeping it as a pet instead of putting it back outside. however, the odds are not good that I would be able to safely shepherd them through the winter.. if my plants are any indicator!

two more days!!
posted by needlegrrl at 8:16 AM on November 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


I wouldn't waste lignite on you, wenestvedt. You sicken me.

*cower*

*snivel*
posted by wenestvedt at 8:28 AM on November 10, 2015


It's an easy mistake to make! And several have made it.

We'll be clearer next year.
posted by julen at 8:46 AM on November 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


I've been waffling on this, mostly because I've been even less active than usual this year. But I had a really, really fantastic time last year (both on the giving and receiving end), so what the heck... I've signed up again. Thank you all so much for your efforts in organizing this!
posted by cellar door at 9:09 AM on November 10, 2015 [5 favorites]


I used to consider the first time I heard Springsteen's Santa Claus is Coming to Town on the radio the beginning of *my* Christmas season. Not anymore. Now it all begins with quonsmas. 2 days until I get to go a-quonsmassing!
posted by headnsouth at 12:03 PM on November 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


My first quonsmas! I can't wait!
posted by Monochrome at 12:29 PM on November 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


I recommend that if you can't figure out the one big $20 item that will be the perfect quonse that you send a mini collection of smaller items, hopefully they will like some of it. I also think that it's hard to overdo it on the wrapping of the things, because you will see photos of these adorably wrapped and ribboned quonses, and you may think to yourself why didn't I gift wrap my box, I am the worst quonsar.

(Also I'm a no to slugs, yes to penguins)
posted by tangaroo at 7:17 PM on November 10, 2015 [3 favorites]


(Note to myself: Glue small wings onto slugs.)
posted by maxwelton at 7:42 PM on November 10, 2015 [7 favorites]


(Note to self: Develop appropriate reaction to melted butterflies.)
posted by jaguar at 8:00 PM on November 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Stopping back to say that I've been having a fairly crappy week at work so far-- and anticipating the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT on Thursday has provided a great distraction! I really can't wait to start playing detective...
posted by bookmammal at 8:22 PM on November 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


Signups are closed. All signup confirmations have been sent out. If you believe you have signed up and have not gotten a confirmation, please send our gmail account - secretquonsarswap - an email.

We'll be firing up the hamster wheels of randomization tomorrow, and people will learn who their quonsees are on Thursday!
posted by julen at 9:02 PM on November 10, 2015 [7 favorites]


I really can't wait to start playing detective...

It's always the plate of beans in the fishpants. Every. Time.
posted by arcticseal at 9:06 PM on November 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Eeeek! I just missed it. :(
posted by SisterHavana at 10:26 PM on November 10, 2015


On the first day of Quonsmas my Quonsee sent to mee.......
A pony built by pb.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 1:18 AM on November 11, 2015 [3 favorites]


If folks are interested ...

Right now I'm preparing the swap-group for the randomization: making sure the data is ready to go, waiting for confirmation on 2 pieces of data, making sure all the swap groups have enough people, feeding the randomization hamsters toast with raspberry jam and hot chocolate (their list of demands is ... thorough), and looking over my list of checks to make before finalizing the randomization.

Oh, wait, gotta go... the hamsters' masseur is here.
posted by julen at 6:28 AM on November 11, 2015 [8 favorites]


OH GOD I MISSED IT! :(
posted by youngergirl44 at 6:32 AM on November 11, 2015


So excited! How many people signed up?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:37 AM on November 11, 2015


It looks like we'll be at 433 people this year (pending a few last minute bits of information).
posted by julen at 6:56 AM on November 11, 2015


Right now I'm preparing the swap-group for the randomization: making sure the data is ready to go, waiting for confirmation on 2 pieces of data, making sure all the swap groups have enough people, feeding the randomization hamsters toast with raspberry jam and hot chocolate (their list of demands is ... thorough), and looking over my list of checks to make before finalizing the randomization.

I hope you're playing the appropriate looney-tune music while all this is going on.
posted by DingoMutt at 7:05 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


Quonczars, please post montage video of everything you are doing right now. Thank you.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:28 AM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


We'll be firing up the hamster wheels of randomization tomorrow, and people will learn who their quonsees are on Thursday!

Livestream
posted by Kabanos at 7:28 AM on November 11, 2015 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: people, feeding the randomization hamsters toast with raspberry jam and hot chocolate
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 8:11 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


433? That's great! So nice to have so many first-timers!
posted by mochapickle at 8:56 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


433? Great. We're all going to get nothing.
posted by Etrigan at 9:14 AM on November 11, 2015 [7 favorites]


Aw bummer. Too late to join the party. youngergirl44 want to do a non-randomized swap just us two?
posted by cubby at 9:24 AM on November 11, 2015


If cubby sees my memail offering him a slot in the swap (as I've offered other folks late to the signups) before 8pm, we'll be up to 435.

The Hamsters of Randomization (as they prefer to be known, their representative tells me) will be up from their naps by then and making oh-so-subtle comments about how beautiful the weather must be in Australia and it's a great place for a relaxing vacation.
posted by julen at 1:35 PM on November 11, 2015 [3 favorites]


I'll be darned.... I thought the Hamsters of Randomization preferred orange marmalade, not raspberry jam. Learn something new every day!

And do you have to cut the crusts off the toast?
posted by easily confused at 1:58 PM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


435 is no better.
posted by Etrigan at 1:59 PM on November 11, 2015


The crusts are actually reserved for the more aquatic mammals in the elven staff.
posted by arcticseal at 2:04 PM on November 11, 2015 [3 favorites]


Any chance you could add one more?
posted by Kevin Street at 2:34 PM on November 11, 2015


Yes, but at 436 you get 20,000 slaughtered Burgundians.
posted by mochapickle at 2:37 PM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


Kevin Street - check your memail.
posted by julen at 2:43 PM on November 11, 2015


Yes, but at 436 you get 20,000 slaughtered Burgundians.

I would like to not be in mochapickle's group, please.
posted by Etrigan at 2:50 PM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


There will be a Quonsmus after all! : )
posted by SisterHavana at 4:08 PM on November 11, 2015


thanks julen for the last minute chance to join! I've been trapped at a conference for days and missed all the reminders to sign up. Go Quonsmas!
posted by cubby at 4:46 PM on November 11, 2015


The Hamsters have retired to the Room of SwapMaking.

I'm not sure why one of them was carrying a parasol, but I've learned not to question their methods.
posted by julen at 5:00 PM on November 11, 2015 [7 favorites]


Just checking in to say OMG WE GET OUR MATCHES TOMORROW I AM SO EXCITED
posted by Gymnopedist at 7:12 PM on November 11, 2015


I got my match!! I got it! I got it!

Now holy crap, what do I get them?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:39 PM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]



The Swap Notifications are currently being sent out, one by one, region by region.

The Hamsters of Randomization are sprawled out on the couch, loudly demanding nuts of all ilks.

If you discover something wonky about your draw (I think I caught the only time the Hamsters tried to assign someone to themselves), please let us know ASAP. I'm talking region oddity (being X Only and getting someone from Y, for example), blank notifications, et cetera.
posted by julen at 9:41 PM on November 11, 2015 [5 favorites]


Super noob question: will notifications come through e-mail or MeMail? (Just so I know which page to obsessively refresh for the next 24 hours...)
posted by Dorinda at 9:51 PM on November 11, 2015


Definitely email!

If you don't get it in the next 12 hours or so, drop us a line, and we'll re-send it!
posted by julen at 9:55 PM on November 11, 2015


Got it! Let the stalking commence...
posted by billiebee at 12:05 AM on November 12, 2015 [3 favorites]


YAY! I had the worst day and then I spoke up and there was my match and now I am having a better day. Quonsmas miracles abound!
posted by Pardon Our Dust at 2:08 AM on November 12, 2015


Yaaaaaaaaaaay, let the festive trawling through posting history for possible gift ideas begin!
posted by halcyonday at 2:24 AM on November 12, 2015 [4 favorites]


Got it! Now for a day of pretending to work while actually being a creepy stalker.
posted by Ziggy500 at 2:26 AM on November 12, 2015 [3 favorites]


WOOHOO QUONSMAS IS HERE!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:02 AM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


I've been having just the most awful week, so it was a really lovely surprise to get my quonsmas match this morning. Thinking about what I'm going to give my quonsee has been a great mood-booster.
posted by specialagentwebb at 5:27 AM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yay! I love this part best of all.
posted by Gygesringtone at 5:34 AM on November 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


Sweet. I got someone whose name I've always liked. Ha! Now you all think it's you.
posted by heyho at 5:37 AM on November 12, 2015 [5 favorites]


Fun statistics of the morning...

Of the 3 instances (so far! *sigh*) where people drew themselves in the swap, I only caught 1 before the swap notifications went out. I'm going to have to find a way to better check for drew-yourselfs next year since this year's method was less effective than one might want.

I also missed one (accidental) double signup, and we're resolving that now.
posted by julen at 6:18 AM on November 12, 2015


The Hamsters have retired to the Room of SwapMaking.

Bow-chicka-WOW-wow...
posted by Kabanos at 6:38 AM on November 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


The best day of Quonsmas is when you put your gift in the mail and breathe a sigh of relief that you have quonsed successfully.

The second best day of Quonsmas is when you get the box marked "From the Internet."

The third best day of Quonsmas is when you spend the entire day at work faffing through your Quonsee's post history and getting jack-all actual work done.
posted by Liesl at 6:47 AM on November 12, 2015 [8 favorites]


Yay, got my match!
posted by kalessin at 6:59 AM on November 12, 2015


Got my SQ match. Thank you for linking your Flickr and Instagram to your mefi profile otherwise I'd be SOL!
posted by desjardins at 7:06 AM on November 12, 2015


Super, super freaking excited about my quonsee!!! Let the quonsing begin!
posted by Sophie1 at 7:40 AM on November 12, 2015


I have such plans for my quonsee! This is going to be fun.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:43 AM on November 12, 2015


Thank you julen et al.! My quonsee was nonspecific in his preferences so I'm off to source local marmosets and organic bubblewrap.
posted by headnsouth at 8:59 AM on November 12, 2015 [4 favorites]


Realized I put "go nuts" but my son has a nut allergy so hopefully that suggestion won't be taken literally.

I can keep the kid away from nuts, so unless the box is coated with peanut butter, it's all good.
posted by bondcliff at 9:02 AM on November 12, 2015


Man, my quonsee has made this almost too easy! I mean, seriously, there are so many things I could send! Now I keep second guessing my first impulses thinking that it might be some kind of elaborate internet trap, and I really ought to be springing for the anonymous banjo instead.
posted by Diagonalize at 9:02 AM on November 12, 2015 [3 favorites]


Quonsee-stalking is so much fun! (But I am glad mine gave me plenty of guidance!)
posted by SisterHavana at 9:02 AM on November 12, 2015


My quonsee lives in a place that's native to yellow-bellied marmots! Oh, but how to catch one?
posted by mochapickle at 9:07 AM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


If you are having trouble reading the message that came to you (text scrollling out of frame), drop us a note, and we'll plain-text a word-wrapping version to you.

This is a side effect of having to use the PRE tag to format the message to make the entire message readable in the mail merge program we use to populate the emails; it is also #3 on my new list of THINGS TO FIX FOR NEXT YEAR.

For the record, it goes:

#1. Do Better at Detecting When People Draw Themselves.
#2. Do Better at Detecting Accidental Duplicate Signups
#3. Find a better formatting mechanism for the Emails that is readable.
posted by julen at 9:30 AM on November 12, 2015


My quonsee lives in a place that's native to yellow-bellied marmots! Oh, but how to catch one?

So, there's this great fishing spot on Mt. Evans right below the summit, the lower of the two Chicago Lakes. You could conceivable get there from the parking in the summit, and hiking down but there's a scramble involved, so the best route is a few hour hike up.

Anyway, I was fishing at that particular alpine lake and had taken off my hiking pack and left it a little ways off from where I was fishing. Along comes this marmot, and it keeps watching me, and then inching closer to my pack (which had the food I had brought). So there I am, fly rod in hand, without a good place to set it, and it the thing is right next to my pack, about to score itself some free lunch. The only thing I had handy that I was wiling to throw was my bright orange bic lighter. So I chucked it at the ground nearby marmot, hoping to scare it off. I guess it thought I was tossing it food, because the critter proceeded to grab it, run up to the top of a rock a little further off, and try to take a bite. It threw the lighter to the ground and chirped at my angrily for several seconds before running off.

Have you tried an orange bic lighter?
posted by Gygesringtone at 9:41 AM on November 12, 2015 [3 favorites]


Oh!

We've got a good backlog of emails that will be acted upon and answered this afternoon - we've been triaging them in terms of criticality in between appointments, so please bear with us.
posted by julen at 9:49 AM on November 12, 2015


Did I miss an email? I can help this afternoon!
posted by phunniemee at 9:58 AM on November 12, 2015


Just want to note quickly that I would actually be pretty stoked to get a marmoset with bubble wrap.

My quonsee and I are damn near perfectly matched, so that's cool.
posted by holborne at 9:58 AM on November 12, 2015


Woo! My quonsee has much, much posting history here and seems like a really cool person, so I feel a lot of pressure not to disappoint. We'll see how I do!
posted by Fig at 10:56 AM on November 12, 2015


My quonsee, on the other hand, is someone who had a very active presence here many years ago, but appears to have mostly drifted off / switched to lurking. Welp. I guess they're getting something they might have liked 6 years ago... Arghhhhh.
posted by RedOrGreen at 11:38 AM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Welp. I guess they're getting something they might have liked 6 years ago... Arghhhhh.

Hey, if you're going to send me myself, I was wrong about that.
posted by maxwelton at 12:01 PM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thank you so much! So exciting to get home and see my match in the inbox.

I already have a list of possible things after some stalking. Hee.

This is fun!
posted by Jalliah at 12:35 PM on November 12, 2015


This is so enthralling! I'm already looking for Certain Items of Fun for my quonsee; they gave me lots to choose from. What a grand time of year!
posted by but no cigar at 12:45 PM on November 12, 2015


The first thing my wife said to me when I woke up this morning was "our quonsee matches are here!" It felt all magical for it to have happened overnight while we slept. Very excited to start the gift hunt - thanks, Quonsmas Elves!
posted by DingoMutt at 1:21 PM on November 12, 2015 [3 favorites]


Just want to say, I have this thread in my recent activity and y'all are continually making my day brighter by being lovely folks. Yay for the Quonsczars and all you nice thoughtful SQs.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 1:57 PM on November 12, 2015 [15 favorites]


I'm so excited! My quonsee likes lots of things and gave me some good guidelines to I have so many fun ideas!! :) thanks quons-elves!! <3
posted by firei at 2:18 PM on November 12, 2015


In a way I wish everyone could read everyone's guidance section (even those folks whose sole contribution is "Go Nuts!") just because it is such a fabulous window on how interesting and cool and fun and lovely folks are. It's delightful (for us!).

And our interactions with you folks are awesome, even if I've done something boneheaded like assigning you to yourself (on the plus side, you did draw someone super-awesome)! Whether it's offering to be part of another swap group if it will help us, figuring out what to do with a "Go Nuts!" guidance, responding to our anonymized email with useful information, or letting us know you have to back out of the swap as soon as you find out, quonsing folks are awesome.

And now that we've gotten over this year's speed bump, fingers crossed for smooth sailing, happy customs officers, well-maintained delivery vehicles, and lots and lots of good gift ideas we can totally steal and look like excellent present-givers to non-MeFi family and friends.
posted by julen at 2:37 PM on November 12, 2015 [9 favorites]


Have all the emails gone out? I haven't received mine. :(
posted by Room 641-A at 3:53 PM on November 12, 2015


Room 641-A, I'm re-sending your swap notification right now!
posted by julen at 4:05 PM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


I happened to get my SQ match on a day when life is just not working and I was contemplating quitting my job and MeFi, but then I started reading my SQ's posting history and this person is just so cool! It's rather humbling to get somebody so much cooler and more insightful, not to mention possessed of more equanimity, than yourself and read the many smart things they've said over the years. It makes me feel a bit more connected to this place. I don't think I can manage to assemble a gift that does them justice, but I'll give it a shot. Thanks julen and the other quonczars for all the work you put in!
posted by thetortoise at 4:22 PM on November 12, 2015 [7 favorites]


I was so excited to see who my quonsee is. After the swapping is all done, I will post the story, because you know, SPOILERZ.
posted by zorseshoes at 4:34 PM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


This amazing thread might be helpful to help find people's interests.
posted by poxandplague at 6:11 PM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Can someone give a link or a primer on how to search for a member? I cannot find my quonsee on Metafilter!!!
posted by Tandem Affinity at 7:13 PM on November 12, 2015


This is the coolest thing ever and getting my quonsee made my day. :)
posted by culfinglin at 7:14 PM on November 12, 2015


Can someone give a link or a primer on how to search for a member? I cannot find my quonsee on Metafilter!!!

Just type their username into the "Search" box at the top of your screen there.
Then you'll get search results with comments, posts, users...choose users and you should see them.
posted by chococat at 7:15 PM on November 12, 2015


You can use the link below (put their username where mine is, of course, UNLESS I AM YOUR QUONSEE, in which case, stalk away):

http://www.metafilter.com/username/thepinksuperhero
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:16 PM on November 12, 2015


I sometimes search on a partial part of the user's name and then select from the list of users that match it.

This is especially true if folks have a paragraph for a name.
posted by julen at 7:38 PM on November 12, 2015


Room 641-A, I'm re-sending your swap notification right now!

Why is this message in Spam? It contains content that's typically used in spam messages.

Of course I didn't even think to check the spam folder. I'm super excited now!
posted by Room 641-A at 7:45 PM on November 12, 2015


I didn't get an email with my swap notification. Not even into my spam folder. I'm a bit sad.

Does this mean I've been fired? Oh, please don't fire me... I've had an awful Friday at work and really could use some Quonsmas cheer.
posted by malibustacey9999 at 8:09 PM on November 12, 2015


OK, that's weird, malibustacey9999; there's no sent mail to you in out my outbox even though you were assigned to someone. I'm sending you your giftee via email ....
posted by julen at 8:19 PM on November 12, 2015


Maybe the Hamsters got confused because I got an email re: changing groups, and they didn't think I deserved TWO emails.

Anyway, it doesn't matter now. Your notification email has been received with much gratitude, julen. Thank you!
posted by malibustacey9999 at 8:37 PM on November 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


This happens to me every year as an Elf; I'm already blown away by everyone's enthusiasm and have twice this evening had gift envy about the plans some of y'all are making. There's some lucky Quonsees out there.
posted by arcticseal at 8:47 PM on November 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


I know you're busy, Quonczars, but how is the montage video editing coming along?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:17 PM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh nice! Now I have a reason to go and browse around in shops that I really enjoy browsing around in, but I normally avoid them because there's nothing to actually browse around for.
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:04 AM on November 13, 2015


So this is my first time signing up--I was lured in by the giddy good will in this preparatory thread.

I read a lot of kids' books wherein the characters sneak around figuring out stealthy ways to be kind and thoughtful to others, and I find them insufferably mawkish. But when it's a bunch of grownups on the internet scheming the exact same way, somehow it's fantastic. (And rather sweet.)

Thanks Quonczars & hamsters! Now I just have to figure out what the hell to get my prolific & inspiring quonsee...
posted by miles per flower at 6:46 AM on November 13, 2015 [3 favorites]


I have begun shopping for Quonsmas.
I haven't started shopping for my family's holiday presents yet and Hannukah starts on the 6th of December this year.
This is because clearly someone from the internet is more important than my mother.
Please don't tell her.
(just kidding, mom. really.)
posted by sciencegeek at 10:23 AM on November 13, 2015 [4 favorites]


I know you're busy, Quonczars, but how is the montage video editing coming along?

We, uh, outsourced it to ... well, the Hamsters. There was a fistfight over screentime, and THEN someone suggested Tom Jones for the soundtrack; one of the Hamsters made a motion to recall the leadership block, another invoked Stalin, and that's when someone noticed all the Nutella was missing ...

It's going to be a while.
posted by julen at 12:39 PM on November 13, 2015 [8 favorites]


My secret quonsar gift is on its way to my quonsee. Happy Merry Secret Quonsar!
posted by schleppo at 1:07 PM on November 13, 2015 [3 favorites]


I've been so enjoying gathering bits and pieces for my quonsee this week. I'm getting a delightful amount of joy from this program. Thanks so much!
posted by Pardon Our Dust at 1:58 PM on November 13, 2015


Are you kicking yourself for missing sign-ups?

Good News! There is now a post-swap ad-hoc it's-not-too-late swap group.

If you want to participate in sq after all, you will need to send me a memail or an email to our gmail address, secretquonsarswap, that includes the following info:

Your mefi name
your real name
your address
guidance for your quonsar
your email address

You must be willing to send anywhere and you must obey the same guidelines and deadlines.

You must contact me by Sunday at 8pm EST (that's 46 hours away). It'll give me a good opportunity to give the Goldfish of Ranomization a shot.
posted by julen at 7:03 PM on November 13, 2015 [2 favorites]


I must needs skip Quonsmas this year--funds are too tight--but I'd still like to participate in the cookie swap. Any information about when or how to sign up? The annual family Cookie Baking Logistics meeting is tomorrow.
posted by Soliloquy at 11:13 PM on November 13, 2015


My secret quonsar has already made my day with a card warning me to be good!
posted by sarcasticah at 9:21 AM on November 14, 2015 [6 favorites]


I have sent one of two packages to my quonsee and have let the quonsczars know as well. Yay. :)
posted by kalessin at 2:05 PM on November 14, 2015


The Thank You Thread has landed! Wheeeeeeeee.

Please still use this thread for non-Thank You secret quonsar stuff.
posted by julen at 3:05 PM on November 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


My package is off! I'm working on less funds than usual so it's not an fancy as I would like it to be, but I hope my quonsee likes it still :)
posted by divabat at 8:38 AM on November 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


Now are that the swap is solid, let’s look at some swap-related numbers!

437 people are in this year’s secret quonsar swap.
221 people (~51%) signed up for USA Only group, making it the largest group this year.
17 countries are represented (at least 3 are new this year)
6 Canadian provinces are represented.
41 US States and the District of Columbia are represented.
4 Australian States and the ACT are represented.

42 is also the number of times the phrase “Go Nuts” appears in the guidance sections.
4.5 answers are just “go nuts”. (One has a little padding but is basically “go nuts”)
3:1 is the ratio of guidance sections that mention cats vs. those who mention dogs (some mention both!)
27 people say they are vegetarians
7 people say they are vegan.
5 guidance sections mention Cider.
3 guidance sections mention Dr. Who.
0 guidance sections mention H amsters.

2 gifts have already arrived — that we know of.
posted by julen at 6:47 PM on November 15, 2015 [10 favorites]


5 guidance sections mention Cider.

I read that as "Cher." Cider's good, though, too. I guess.
posted by jaguar at 6:53 PM on November 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


Numbers, delicious! Thank you, julen.

I'd enjoy more data posts. At the moment, I'm wondering:

Which U.S. states are not represented?
Which countries are?

How many participants are longest-term participants? How many have participated ever year?

Is there an annual compilation of quonsars' questions sent to quonsees?
posted by wonton endangerment at 8:11 PM on November 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


An anonymous blog of people's guidances to quonsars would be fun to read!
posted by divabat at 10:32 PM on November 15, 2015 [8 favorites]


Sadly, I can't answer most of those questions, either for privacy reasons (individual entries) and/or because we don't keep track of participants/their information from year to year, so I can't provide any sort of historical numbers. (We delete all emails, spreadsheets, etc. at the end of the season.)

It turns out, I was wrong, though, in some of those statistics.

42 (not 41) US States are represented. I believe the missing ones are:
Both Dakotas, Wyoming, Nevada, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Alabama, and Oklahoma. Speak up if I missed your state (as seen in your mailing address) and you are represented!

The 19 (in a classic American move, I forgot to count the U.S.A in the country-count when compiling stats, and then I forgot to count Canada, too, again in a classic US of American move) countries represented are:
Australia, France, Germany, Austria, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Denmark, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Israel, Finland, Norway, Canada, the U.S, and I counted Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland as individual entities.
posted by julen at 4:42 AM on November 16, 2015 [6 favorites]


The Cookie Swap has arrived. Some of you might want to mosey on over to that thread.
posted by julen at 5:51 AM on November 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Package sent to my quonsee on Friday, November 20th. And I got an amazing Quonsee.
posted by Altomentis at 8:41 AM on November 22, 2015


My quonsee seems pretty awesome, and so I got my quonsmas shopping done early. He should have his gifts before Thanksgiving, and I hope he will like them. I wasn't 100% sure about either item, so I hedged with two. Merry happy to all!
posted by JMOZ at 9:14 AM on November 22, 2015


For the numbers, julen - though my address is listed as the United Kingdom it will actually be sent to me in Turkey, so you can add that as an additional receiving country. However just to complicate matters I didn't send my outgoing gift from Turkey, so do I add two new countries or do they cancel each other out????
posted by Megami at 9:23 AM on November 22, 2015


How many participants are longest-term participants? How many have participated ever year?

Oh! I've done every year since 2008, except one. I missed 2010.
posted by mochapickle at 10:04 AM on November 22, 2015


For the numbers, julen - though my address is listed as the United Kingdom it will actually be sent to me in Turkey, so you can add that as an additional receiving country. However just to complicate matters I didn't send my outgoing gift from Turkey, so do I add two new countries or do they cancel each other out????

Oh, they both count! (Especially if I change the label of that category to "Countries packages sent to or received from"!)
posted by julen at 6:22 AM on November 23, 2015


Help me remember: when we send out our gifts, are we to remain totally anonymous? So "from the Internet" and not "from cubby?"
posted by cubby at 1:07 PM on November 23, 2015


You do whatever feels comfortable. Some people are totally anonymous, some people ask the Quansee not to reveal who they are, some people use their MeFi name and keep the other details anonymous, it's all okay! (I think most people reveal at least their user name?)
posted by Room 641-A at 1:34 PM on November 23, 2015


Room 641-A is right!

The sender can totally choose their level of openess/anonymity. We have people who choose every point along the continuum, and it's all good whether you reveal everything, nothing, just your handle, just your real-life first name, or a nom de plume that is totally unrelated to your MeFi Handle (e.g. your thank you notes have the engraving of Ethelbert Park, the Masked Raccoon of Saskatchewan at the top.). Just go with what you feel comfortable with.
posted by julen at 6:19 AM on November 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yes, my gift is in the mail now
Falalalala lala lala.
posted by Too-Ticky at 10:43 AM on November 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


I sent mine yesterday, hopefully it will make it to MO in time.
posted by robcorr at 2:00 PM on November 25, 2015


In time for what?
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:08 PM on November 25, 2015


World's ending on the 29th. You didn't hear?
posted by Etrigan at 2:09 PM on November 25, 2015


Too-Ticky: In time for what?

In time for the present-opening occasion of the quonsee's choice that would maximise enjoyment.
posted by robcorr at 7:43 PM on November 26, 2015


I am a terrible SQ'er because I only just now did my research on my quonsar. Once again, I wanted to favorite almost everything I read, which bodes very well. I was daunted by one of their requests, but another doesn't seem as daunting and since they specified that they're okay with handcrafted stuff. And the "easy buy" is a very easy buy because it involves going to a store I like that I was going to visit anyway today. Yes, I'm going out on Black Friday. The things I do for SQ...
posted by TrishaLynn at 7:00 AM on November 27, 2015 [2 favorites]


I am a terrible SQ'er because I only just now did my research on my quonsar.

I'm with you this year. I'll get the stuff sent out on Monday, but just barely. On the other hand, we're still obeying the rules, and there's no wrong way to Quans that doesn't involve shipping live primates in the mail. I think of it this way, we're just lengthening the Quansmas season.
posted by Gygesringtone at 6:51 AM on November 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


Damn. I was on track for mailing out tomorrow but one thing didn't turn out as well as I wanted in my Quonsmas workshop so I have to re-do it tomorrow and alas I will be one day late.
posted by chococat at 6:43 PM on November 30, 2015


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