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Announcing Poniverse's 2016 Secret Santa event!

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Happy holidays, everypony! I'm here to introduce a brand new Poniverse holiday event - Secret Santa!

 

I'm going to try and keep this post short - most of the important details are included in the dedicated page I'll be linking here.

 

I recently had the idea to host our very own Secret Santa event, and with the help of @LadyMercury and @Feld0, we quickly put it together.

If you've never been part of an online Secret Santa before, it works like this: People sign up, provide some information about themselves to help out their Secret Santa, and then when the time comes, they're matched with someone else to give a gift to. Everyone mails out their physical gifts, and everyone ends up having both received a gift and sent out out to another user.

 

Sounds pretty fun, right? Get the in-depth details and sign up here! The more participants we have, the more fun it is.

 

Any questions? Post here, send me a PM, or e-mail us at secret.santa@poniverse.net.

 

FAQ (will be added to as needed):

What happens if I'm the only one in my country, and I've chosen to only send a gift to someone in my own country?

This will be handled on a case-by-case basis. I'll e-mail you and ask why you only wanted to send to your own country. If the concern is shipping, I'll try and find someone in a nearby country to match you with, so shipping won't be too much of an issue. If the concern isn't shipping, then I'd probably be willing to match you with myself, so you're certain to have a match! (I'm not participating normally for this exact reason.)

 

Can I send something for which the recipient is required to be a certain age? (eg: alcohol)

Yes, on two conditions. First, the recipient must have explicitly stated that they are of the required age to possess that item. Second, the item must be legal in both your country and the recipient's, and be legal to mail in both countries. The item must also be in good taste. (No drugs, nothing sexual, etc.)

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Woo! Glad to see that Poni Secret Santa will be a thing this year. :D I've signed up and I hope lots of others do as well!

 

Thanks for organizing this, @AppleDashPoni!

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I have a lil question, it's expensive for people in the US to send stuff to people in Europe, Australia etc and vice versa. If I get a secret Santa who lives far away from me and this person does not want to pay the extra shipping cost, what happens? I'd gladly do so myself since it's such a fun event, but the only solution I can see is to match up people who live relatively close to each other, however that takes away from the fun :/

 

It's not a fortune or anything but maybe you should make users aware of the possibility that extra shipping might be added when they sign up :)

 

Not saying that I'm gonna participate or anything.... *cough* *cough*

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I have a lil question, it's expensive for people in the US to send stuff to people in Europe, Australia etc and vice versa. If I get a secret Santa who lives far away from me and this person does not want to pay the extra shipping cost, what happens? I'd gladly do so myself since it's such a fun event, but the only solution I can see is to match up people who live relatively close to each other, however that takes away from the fun :/

 

It's not a fortune or anything but maybe you should make users aware of the possibility that extra shipping might be added when they sign up :)

 

Not saying that I'm gonna participate or anything.... *cough* *cough*

 

There is an option at signup for people to opt to only send to those in the same country as themselves :)

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What are the chances that no one else from my country signs up? Shipping could kill for overseas

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What are the chances that no one else from my country signs up? Shipping could kill for overseas

 

If nobody from the same country signs up, and you have elected to only send to your country, I will e-mail you and then try my best to manually find you a match from a close by country to which shipping shouldn't be an issue :)

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This is a fun idea I just hope I don't get killed with shipping costs.

So on the drop down list for the countries it keeps defaulting to Canada after i choose United States. I wonder what i should do. 

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Is it too late to add an optional favorite pony section to the Secret Santa page? I think that would be fun. This is a pony site, after all. Otherwise, I guess people could fill it in as they deem necessary.

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This is a fun idea I just hope I don't get killed with shipping costs.

So on the drop down list for the countries it keeps defaulting to Canada after i choose United States. I wonder what i should do. 

 

 

I think I know why - don't worry, you're actually set as being from the USA. It's just showing up wrong - I'll fix that ASAP.

Is it too late to add an optional favorite pony section to the Secret Santa page? I think that would be fun. This is a pony site, after all. Otherwise, I guess people could fill it in as they deem necessary.

 

Slightly too late - I figured people would fill that out in one of the other fields :P

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So one group I hang with online mentioned this as an idea for our little group. I was intrigued by the idea. I have long put aside the notion that online interactions and relationships have less inherent value, so a Secret Santa on a forum centered around a show about friendship is something I find admirable.

 

Color me impressed seeing you all launching a Secret Santa for the community. Between this and the MCM you guys and gals have been firing on all cylinders lately. :D

 

Sure, why not?

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not sure if i should participate or not..... interesting event though!!!

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I tried to sign up but I can't do Mailing Address so maybe Next time though.

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not sure if i should participate or not..... interesting event though!!!

 

The fun increases the more people sign up - you've got until the 7th to decide though, so take your time!

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Hmm... im not sure, because they could use the address for malicious intent

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Hmm... im not sure, because they could use the address for malicious intent

 

That's your decision, but there's a reason there are account age limits in place. Keep in mind, they had to provide their address as well.

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okay.... i'll try it. It wouldn't hurt to give something to someone for once lel, I signed up. I can't wait, since the 7th is only 3 days after my bday.

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Would totally do it

problem is right

i don't have money

rip

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Keep in mind that signups for this event close on the 7th of December, so if you'd like in on the fun, now is the time to go for it!

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Probably a good idea for participants to briefly mention what kinds of gifts they already own, at least as far as MLP merch is concerned. That way, they don't get something they already have. 

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I've signed up for it. Can't wait! When will we get matched with our giftee?

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I've signed up for it. Can't wait! When will we get matched with our giftee?

I think the mail is supposed to go out tomorrow.

However, there is a confirmation page asking you to check back in an hour on the link in the OP. So ... not sure.

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I pushed the date forward by a day because we were supposed to have the entire 7th open up for registration. Sorry for any confusion caused :P

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