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<div style="font-style:italic;">So what is going to happen Cynthia?</div>
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I'm juggling a few things at the moment that need doing now. I think we will definitely bring everything here and will wipe out the old list and start anew. So if you want to place a notice to that effect on the current page that would be a good start. I'll try to give this my attention over the weekend and hopefully we can get it all settled and started this week coming (Monday I hope) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I would like to offer my services in whatever way I can help.<br>
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It sounds like you are all covered but if you do need any extra help, I volunteer.
 

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Same with Juliacat, sounds like you have people.<br><br>
However, I am free <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I am proficient in HTML and all things related to websites. Plus I am a SAHM to one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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also available to help...just lmk if you need me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Thank you everyone for your offers of help. Very kind and community-minded of you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
meco, gossamer I'd like the two of you to manage the list. I'll leave it up to the two of you to take on helpers from those who have and who may volunteer.<br><br>
Now, let me ask. Is there really a need for a Diaper Fairy list separate from the MDC Fairy list? Can't these two be combined and be a general fairy project with members specifying their needs and givers giving based on the specified need?<br><br>
As for the setup Jen, do I understand correctly that the persons wishing to join the list submit their personal contact information and priacy protection of that data that is the need for the locked database?
 

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I also wanted to confirm/comment on the points I listed and a few of you replied about:<br><br>
1. We will start all over from scratch<br><br>
2. No specific requests other than size and need (such as asking for a soaker or a diaper). Allergies may be a problem for some but I think opening that door might be a mistake.<br><br>
3. Require confirmation of receipt - my concern here is the anger expressed by some that they did not receive a "Thank you, I received your package" I can see someone wanting to make sure their package reached the individual but I don't want it to become an issue that will mar this othewise wonderful asset to our community. Any suggestions?<br><br>
4. Remove a person from the list once she has been fairied -<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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One of the stipulations we set is that the list be open to everyone. With fewer givers than receivers it makes sense that a person should get once and step back for the next person on the list to receive. Or perhaps I'm not understanding the way the list has been operating? Are members picking and choosing who they fairy and who they don't?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Are members picking and choosing who they fairy and who they don't?</div>
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Yes, so they can help who they find needs it. It would add to the work if someone requests a name of some one with "such & such" size rather than name. With name they can find it faster. Otherwise they have to search through a lot more.
 

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Probably would increase the work but maybe we could work that out. Figure out how to make it run smoothly.<br><br>
Perhaps Gemini and Tracy could lend some input? I think the Holiday Helper project they run is a bit different. Maybe we could learn and borrow from them?<br><br>
But I'm not quite sure I understand what you're saying. Explain to me how this has been operating.<br><br>
You have a list of 500 receiving people on the fairy list. How do the givers get connected with them? Maybe a step by step explanation if you don't mind.
 

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Maybe instead of removing people, we could just kind of move them to the back of the line.<br><br>
My thought also is that personal information could be pm'd to meco or I and we can set up an excel spread sheet. So that all that is available on line is a list of names with size and type (prefold, aio etc).<br><br>
We could set up the excel spread sheet to keep track of how many times someone has been fairied, and to be searchable by size and type of diaper and username so that if some body wants to fairy a specific person, or distribute a specific size or type, we can keep track of who fits that description and who has recently been fairied.<br><br>
We can then pm or e-mail the information to the fairy.<br><br>
We could also have the person who was fairied just send us a quick pm to let the moderators know they received it and we can pass that along to the fairy. That way nobody feels obligated or angry.<br><br>
After all, if it is a random act of kindness, the public acknowledgement is not the issue, we just want to make sure packages are getting where they need to. And if we have not heard from a fairied, the moderators can contact them so the fairy isn't outed and there isn't the feeling of being obligated to gush etc. Am I making any sense at all?<br><br>
These are just some ideas.<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Maybe instead of removing people, we could just kind of move them to the back of the line.</div>
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Hmmm. Maybe. But it would reduce the list if people would be removed once fairied. And as the list reduces to a certain number maybe it could be reopend to those previously fairied?<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">After all, if it is a random act of kindness, the public acknowledgement is not the issue, we just want to make sure packages are getting where they need to. And if we have not heard from a fairied, the moderators can contact them so the fairy isn't outed and there isn't the feeling of being obligated to gush etc. Am I making any sense at all?<br><br>
These are just some ideas.<br>
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Is identitification of the fairy and fairied necessary?
 

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Are you asking me to clarify or are you asking other's opinions?<br>
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Just throwing the questions out there for whomever may have an answer or idea to offer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Here's another question.<br><br>
If members are posting to the Diaper Fairy forum with "Dear Diaper Fairy" threads for their own personal request, what is the need for an organized list or manager? Could not members who want to fairy simple browse the requests and fairy whomever they wish?
 

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I'm on the list because I like being the fairy, and I've done it several times. What I usually do when I feel the urge to fairy is this: I decide whom I want to fairy--and sometimes this is based on her saying she needs something, but MOST OF THE TIME it's just because I like that person and want to brighten her day--then I look on the fairy list. If her name is on it, I request her name, order something from somewhere and put her address in the "Send to:" field.<br><br>
Most people don't advertise their fairy requests, and anyway as I said, I usually do it to make the people I like happy, not to fill a need.<br><br>
I like the idea of having some way to tell who's been fairied and who hasn't, but I don't like the idea of taking people off the list after they've been fairied. Also I think the confirmation request sounds like more trouble than it's worth, but that's JMHO.
 

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I don't usually hang out here since DS was not cloth diaper <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
but I have heard about the fairies.....<br><br>
having slogged through the massive holiday thread...my suggestion would be<br><br>
1. only one fairy request thread.<br><br>
2. one document with names and addresses that is kept by the manager. A nice Microsoft Word document.<br><br><br>
3...now here is what might help. Because this could easily be a huge burn out for the manager. I would recommend that the manager do a 'tour of duty'. She manages for lets say...25 fairies. She collects the names and address of those who want to be fairy. Once she has 'fairied 25 moms. She hands the list over to the next manager. She simply emails the master document to the next manager. It sounds like you have got several people willing to be managers so you could probably spread out the work... it will really help...<br><br>
4. There should be a Thank you thread. Mommies who agree to be fairied should agree to post their thank yous on that thread. Sure, you can't force anyone but maybe a friendly reminder it is kind of rude not to say thanks..(In our helper thread I asked that the thanks be in that thread and not separate primarily because the thank yous usually inspired more helpers.. and also it was for a short amount of time. In this case the fairy list is on going....that's why I would suggest it is own thank you thread.)<br><br>
5. Once someone is faired they should go off the list. If they want more fairy items they should come back to the thread and post.<br><br><br>
just my thoughts.. good luck!<br><br>
hugs<br>
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