WELCOME! its_a_tqc_xmas was created with the sole intent of hosting the TQC gift exchange extravaganza! Or something. It is exclusively for members of TQC, so you must be a member of that group prior to joining this community (yes, we will check). Membership is moderated. Here is a glossary if you need it.
2016 APPLICATION AVAILABLE UNTIL NOVEMBER 30, 2016!
TQC XMAS RULES: --- You must be at least 18 years old BEFORE Christmas. We need to see at least a birth year on your user info page when you apply. --- Be sure to add the comm to your "watch" list. We make mod posts from time to time that are meant to be seen by all members. If you don't see it because you're not watching, that is your responsibility and you will have to face any consequences. (Didn't see the post to sign up in time? Too bad, try again next year.) Don't worry, it's rare that anything is posted February through September, and most of the posts are in December—you won't have to watch a ton of posts all year long. --- You must add "firstname.lastname@example.org" to your e-mail contacts. If you don't and e-mails from us disappear into your spam folder, you will still be held responsible. If you suspect you haven't been getting our e-mails, contact us ASAP. Do not continue to wait to hear from us. --- Play at your own risk. If your Santa doesn't come through for you, we'll give you their username and you can follow up with them. How you choose to do that is between you two. Just remember, crying isn't sexy. --- By signing up you agree to send a gift of $15 dollars or less in value to another member of its_a_tqc_xmas. The $15 is in YOUR currency, whatever it may be. Who that person will be is determined once sign-ups are closed. --- You can choose to be a part of the Christmas card exchange, the small gift exchange, or both. --- We will have a specific post with instructions on where to fill out an application. Please do NOT make a separate post for it. --- You can post on just about anything related to the exchange. However, please refrain from being a jackass if you don't like something. If you have an issue, please be adult about it. --- We, the mods, will randomly pick out exchange partners for everyone participating and you will receive an e-mail with your giftee's information (from the application) within a week of closing day. --- Any applications filled out after the cut-off date will be ignored. If you missed it, try again next year. --- You will go buy or make whatever presents you want to send to your person. The SPENDING CAP is $15, excluding shipping. That means $15 or less, so go crazy and be creative. Should you choose to go over that, that's all on you. Don't expect the same in return. --- Please note that shipping is likely to be expensive, especially if you ship overseas. Keep this in mind when noting on your application where you're willing to ship to—once you set your boundaries, we will hold you to them (your boundaries are your max; you might not be asked to ship that far out). For example, if you said you'd ship anywhere and then balk at the $40 international shipping price because your package is heavy, you'll still be expected to send your person a gift. Once you sign up, you are expected to follow through with your promise. --- Your gift and/or card should ARRIVE BY CHRISTMAS (that's the 25th, folks), so you should probably mail it before December 15th or so—earlier if you're shipping overseas. If it arrives the 26th or later, IT IS LATE. If you have a legitimate excuse (you're very sick, someone died, aliens came and abducted it, etc.), contact the mods as soon as you realize it'll be late, NOT at the end of December. Keeping us in the loop is vital. Bad Santas will be banned from future exchanges in early January. --- Tracking is REQUIRED. In the US, please use Delivery Confirmation. In other countries, please check with your post office to see what is available. Whatever you use, please send the tracking number to the mods as soon as your package has been sent. --- Intangibles are a great way to take part if you can't afford to ship a package. Extra userpics, 2 or 6 months of paid time, a small donation on your giftee's behalf to a charity, and gift certificates are all great examples. (If you go this route, please notify the mods. We will be looking for your tracking number e-mail otherwise.) --- Once you've received your gift or card, post to the community about it! (Yes, both gifts and cards!) Pictures are preferred, but at least make a text post letting your secret Santa know how much you appreciate their gift. This also lets us confirm that YOU received it. Failing to acknowledge receipt of the gift can also be a reason for banning. --- Once banned for failing to send a gift, you will not be permitted to join again. However, if you're banned for failing to properly thank your Santa (see previous point), it may be possible to be reinstated. If this happens to you, talk to the mods.
STANDARD COMMUNITY RULES: --- Be nice and don't start trouble (aka: trolling). But seriously, we're an offshoot of TQC. If it happens it happens. Just try and play nice or one of us will just freeze replies. --- No off-topic posts—they will cheerfully be deleted! :) --- Please refrain from advertising your community in here. That's not what the group is for, and is completely inappropriate when the community is not postcard related or is basically a clone of this community. If you have a really awesome swap- or postcard-themed community that you think we might like, leave us a comment or send us an e-mail and ask if it would be okay to make a post about it. --- No "spam" posts. Do not post links to get a free iPod, to unrelated eBay auctions, etc. --- Posted photos must be relevant to the community. Large photos (over 450 pixels either direction) or numerous photos should be placed under an LJ-cut tag. You may also include a link to an off-LiveJournal photo album instead of including photos in your post.
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