For those of you who haven’t played before: it’s what we used to do in elementary school, only with postage and better cards. In other (mostly BrattiAtti’s) words, we exchange real Valentine’s Day cards with other participating members and get a flood of fun mail instead of the usual ads and bills.
For your reference, here’s last year’s thread, which, in turn, contains links to previous threads.
[li]If you are currently registered on the SDMB AND if you are at least eighteen years of age at this moment, you may participate.[/li][li]To participate, you must send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:[/li][list=*]Real life name (optional for those who don’t care if mail is addressed to their board name)
[li]SDMB user name[/li][li]Mailing address[/li][li]Number of valentines you can mail.[/li][li]U.S. and Canadian members: indicate whether you’re willing to mail outside the U.S. and Canada.[/ol][/li][li]Send your e-mail by 11:59pm Eastern time on Sunday, January 30th.[/li][li]Optional e-card clause: I will make one list of email addresses from those of you who give permission to share that information with the rest of the group. Participation in the e-card exchange is not compulsory; however, if you put your email on the list, it would be nice if you sent out e-cards, too. Because this part is strictly voluntary, there are no quantity requests permitted for e-cards. Emailed cards are NOT to replace your assigned in-real-life cards. There will be no exceptions to this rule.[/li][li]Gender specifications/requests and other limiting requests (other than number to be sent) are not permitted and will not be honored. So, there! :p[/li][li]I’ll slice and dice information and distribute it no later than Saturday morning, February 5 (it is a pain in the patootie to do this, and takes much longer than I estimate, so I’m giving myself what I hope is lots of time; feel free to ask if I’m working on this during the week of the 31st.)[/li][/LIST]As far as the mailed cards go, it’s up to you what to send. Store bought cards are okay; homemade cards are fine, too. If you want to go wild and crazy with the glitter, go for it. Candy and silly toys are often appreciated. This is all about having a good time. It’s fun receiving the flood of mail, and it’s really fun to see what other dopers came up with. Don’t feel pressure to be creative, though; the most important thing is to send something.
If you live outside the US, please don’t hesitate to sign up. This is open to everyone, geographically speaking.
Let the fun begin!