questionsare you interested in joining the wootizen merry…

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Step 3: Around Dec 21st you will receive a wootizen's name, wooter id, and street address. (more information pertaining to crap regulations will be given at a later date)
Step 4: Send your wootizen white elephant BOC to your wootizen.
Step 5: Wait patiently to receive your crap in the mail.
Step 6: Love the wootizen community!

Emails and woot "ask the community" questions will be utilized in order to maintain communications and provide information regarding the exchange.

IF you have any suggestions or ideas for the exchange, PLEASE provide them. Merry Crapmas.

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Also I don't know if this was brought up at all last time, but STAFF is definitely allowed to join. Come one, come all.

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Yep. Elephants are too expensive to ship and break the rule against "living" things, but I am in anyway.

AND...a big thanks for your effort. It is appreciated.

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Thanks for organizing such a fun event for the holidays!

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Must send e-mail! I'm so in for this!

Greatest way EVER to clean out my excess stuff!

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@inkycatz: My pleasure. Are you or any other staff interested in joining up this time!? Because you totally should!

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Yay! Totally in :) I had hopes of organizing the next one, but life got in the way so thanks for stepping up. Maybe I'll be in a better place logistically in a couple months so I can take on the challenge then.

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You said white elephant and I immediately thought of the common steal "someone else's or pick a new one" and wondered how that would work. I'm glad it is just a regular BOC exchange like before.
I'm moving so I have been through all my stuff recently and found plenty to put in for a some (un)lucky recipient. Count me in.

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YES!

I've missed the last couple, but did participate in the original one from the Deals side (I think it was the first...) I still play with a couple toys from that one - including my mini thinking-slinky.

Email sent :)

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YES!! THANK YOU!! I've been building a BOC hoping for an exchange opportunity! GOOD TIMES!!

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Awesome effort, count me in for the Crapmas Exchange!

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Count me in again...thanks for planning this!

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@chellemonkey: No worries, tattled to change the name to remove any confusion :)

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I will play. Plenty of crap lying around to bestow. Email on its way.

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In this round again. Had a blast last round. Thanks for putting this together!

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@studerc: I'm not in, but we'll see what the others think! :)

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sent over the email, but reiterating here. i'm in. I have so much random crap to give away it isn't funny :D. Can even send two well equipped boxes, if anyone drops out last minute.

Suggestion - might be too much to handle/organize, but can we take a basic list of likes/dislikes/family situation? For instance, if i knew the person i had for this, had children, i could totally pimp out that box with fun kid's stuff... vs if i knew my target recipient was a gamer, and so on and so forth. General guidelines, and completely optional type of thing.

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I'm in and the email is on the way!

@goatcrapp: I agree that it would be helpful to have a little info about our recipients. Last time around I drew @baybei and snooped around her past comments and questions to find out more about her. I felt like a DW stalker, which was really rather fun. All I really found out about her was that she has cats, which would be obvious to anyone who reads her posts, especially since she has posted some pictures of them. If I had drawn someone who was less involved in the DW community, I might not have know even that much!

What does everyone think? Should we ask participants to provide just a few basic facts such as whether they have kids (Small, grade school, older, make, female.), pets (cats, dogs, flying monkeys), hobbies (sports, tech, crafts, gardening), or that kind of thing.

Too much?

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@belyndag @goatcrapp

I dunno, I'm conflicted. Firstly, having this information would allow us to create personalized BOCs that would appeal to our wootizen.
But on the other hand, doesn't that take away from the BOC experience? Just getting a random box filled with stuff. We'll see what others think, perhaps if people WANT to give a paragraph they can, but if they opt to not provide anything, they will just have to be content with what they get??

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@studerc: LOL! Sorry to conflict you. AND sorry for trying to complicate things. Carp is carp and if no one wants to provide or use this kind of info, any unneeded carp can just be passed along the next time around. (Is "re-carping" a word? If not, I call dibs!)

Speaking of re-carping, I think I have a fruitcake around here someplace I can toss into a BOC.....

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The last one was great. Email sent. I'm in!

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I'll probably join in this time as well. I've already got a bit of crap laying around.

Question: Would it be appropriate to include stuff that we received in past wootizen BOCs if those items may be more of use to someone else? I got a couple things that I either already owned some version of, or had no use for at all. I'd like to just pass them down to someone else until we find someone who can use them.

And as far as giving info on ourselves, I rather like the randomness of sending random crap to a total stranger. If I pick the things I send based on what the recipient lists as things they like, it's not exactly a BOC.

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@purplefeather: Absolutely keep the crap moving...sooner or later someone might actually get something that they sent somewhere else. I guess "recrapping" would be the current version of "regifting".

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@purplefeather: I feel re-crapping is a part of it....sooner or later all crap will find a home and no longer be crap. Everyone will be crapless (crap-free?)

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I'm in! I missed the last one, too much going on but I already started my pile waiting for one to start, so I can't wait, seemed like it was fun! Thanks studerc for all the effort!!

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Yep, I'm in. You are a saint among, well, the less-sainted for taking this on; thanks!

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I missed it last time because i was busy with my move and felt bad. go ahead and count me in!

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I'm in! I'll be sending my email tonight (when I have access to my home email account).

One thing I would suggest is to give a reasonably long window (a week plus the weekend) for sending the boxes. My thinking is that there are probably going to be people away from home for the holidays and possibly not able to send their boxes until the the first weekend in January. I know that I'm gone for over a week, won't be returning home until 31 Dec at the earliest. Then with the getting caught up from being gone and getting back to work and all of that it will probably be 4 January before I could send my box.

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My email has been sent!

I have to go to the thrift shop to get the perfect white elephant gift. I saw it there last week and was a fool to not buy it.

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Email sent! It was fun last time. Thanks for setting this up!

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Just to let everyone know, we are currently at 38 participants for the Merry Crapmas BOC Exchange! I believe last time we had well over 50 so we still have a ways to go. Make sure to tell your friends!

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@studerc: That's so cute that you think we all actually have friends!

I'm in!

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I think I want to do this. Can we make it 'mandatory' to post what we received?
Is it 1 per household? My wife may want to too.

I agree with no personalization, this means I can pack a box now and have it ready when the 16th comes around.

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@caffeine_dude: Truthfully, I believe that I (and the community) have enough pull to "heavily encourage" people to post their stuff, but by no means would it have to be mandatory, some people just forget and its not like we can penalize them or anything...

I actually like the idea of being able to send one or more packages and one or more people per household can participate. It may create a logistical nightmare for me when creating it, but I'll see what I can do. Perhaps it will be that if you want to send multiple packages you will have to receive multiple packages, and vice versa. That way everyone is accountable for sending one package to receive one package.

I think I'm going to make "personalization" optional. If people want to provide a paragraph to their sender about their interests, why not right? But it would in no way be a requirement for people to follow such guidelines.

I'm fiddling around with some other stuff, but more of that later :)

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In for three.
But seriously, great idea! Thanks for organizing this!

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I've already got a box going. Glad we're waiting until after Christmas, Lord knows what my mother-in-law will give me this year. One of her gifts went in the box last round.

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Already in. Just reading the above posts and adding my two cents....

Personalization.....I am leaning toward no. Fun idea but takes away some randomness. Not against and I would lean toward things that might fit the profile if I did know a bit about the person.

At least a week and both weekends to mail....YES! It is a busy time for all. I will be at the post office every day but remembering to bring the darn thing with me, well.... (I work at the post office.)

Multiples to one address....Sure, send one get one, send two get two. I sent and received two last time because we had an odd number. It worked out good.

Re-crapping....Of course! That is part of the fun in the box. I think all that I mailed last time was re-crapped from one source or another.

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@studerc: I can totally share, I would rather it go smoothly for you, and share.

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forgot to mention that I am in