Okay, so we can do it here via PMs? I think we need one contact person who organizes the things; collects the list of memebers who participate and then keep the list updated about it who sends the gift to who. It'd be very disoragnized if we just started to PM each others and ask if you "User X" or you "User Y" can become my exchange friend. Very probably the messages would cross and finally we were in the situation in which there are people who haven't found a exchange friend, people who don't know who's their friend and perhaps people who have more than 1 friend. In the last year we had a contact person and I think it was very clear way to work.
So could we be allowed to set some username to our contact person here publicly so that interested users over 18 can contact him/her via PM? And then some kind of deadline so that you have to PM the contact person that you're in before it? After that we could run it all via PMs.
What do you all think about this?
EDIT: And I guess we're talking about just this Xmas now, not the more large exchange network?
But I would love to volunteer , I am 44 and a multiple business owner, I will keep a list and match , members to others, if you will PM me with address and post here your favorite color's and idea of what you like or dislike, that way, secretly your Secret Santa can come here and look at what you posted...I have done this before on another forum, it went great. Just thought I would throw it out there. Im a very honest and trustful mother.
^^I just meant it that we need a contact person who will take care of general things related to the gift exchange and to who we can PM or email that we want to participate. S/he collect a list of participants (not here publicly) and keep us updated about the list via PMs or email so we can find our partner without giving any personal information out on this public forum. S/he also checks that everyone has a partner. In the last year our contact person emailed us the list of participants and we picked out our partner ourself. Then everyone of us told to her via email with who we wanted to exchange and she checked if this person had still without a partner. Choosing a partner worked with a principle "first come, first serve" so if there were two people who wanted to change with the "user B", the person who picked her first out and told it to the contact person became her partner. For those, who tried to pick out a user who already had a partner, the contact person sent a list of participants without partners and it went on like this till everybody had a partner. After everybody had an exchange partner the contact person sent a some kind of "questionnaire" that we filled and sent to our partner so it'd be easier to him/her to choose a gift. The contact person also collect our email addresses and gave every participant to his/her partner's email address (in the last year we did this all through email). Then we could give our personal info straight to our partner via email, without giving it even to the contact person.
So that was how it worked during the last Christmas and I think it worked well. What was I asking is that what do you think about it now? Would it work now too? At least I'd prefer some kind of system in with a contact person, it'd be easier than just to start PM/email people on the forum asking "do you want to be my exchange partner?" without any kind of organization.
And if we want to pick a contact person we only need his/her username here because on HF we can PM somebody if we only know his or her username; we don't need any kind of personal information publicly. After picking a contact person out we could do it all privately.
I want your opinions. And IF we want to pick the contact person the first step (here publicly) is find an user who want to be the contact person and know his or her HorseForum.com username so we can start to PM his or her (obviously we already have one willing person to be this).
I think the fun in Secret Santa is not knowing who your gift is coming from, until you get it, or they don't say....after all it is Secret Santa.... In another forum I was on, Everyone emailed or PM'd....then I gave them one person info...who they are secret too, everyone posts here, as to dislikes colors, and what not. Some even asked for specific person. It went very well. And everyone who participated got a gift, I had one late entry, I sent them something myself. :)