A Fandom Auction to help Haiti recover

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Questions! And a request!
heidi8 wrote in help_haiti
If you have a question about which category something fits into, or about the bidding process, please ask it here.

ETA: If you don't specify the currency for bidding, we will automatically presume that it's US dollars. If people want to use a currency converter, to keep things even we can use the cnnfn.com one, or Paypal's automated process.

And is anyone able to do some simple "Help Haiti" icons that people can use on LJ, DW, etc.? Much appreciation to anyone who can!

At this point (5 PM on Wednesday) I am not monitoring all comments to every post - I've turned off LJ's emailing to me all the comments for all the offering posts (except the lightning round), so if there's something I need to see, make sure it's a comment to one of the other posts.

THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE for offering, bidding, pimping and cheering people on. The news out of Haiti is so grim - hopefully this will be a way for so many people around the world to help.

Sorry for all the edits and deletions - apparently my brain isn't working today!

No problem! Thanks for participating!

Hi there - sorry if I've missed this info somewhere, but should I assume that all starting bids with a $ sign are in US dollars? And is that the currency for the entire auction, or could I make an offer with a starting bid in UK pounds?

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Oh, they're fantastic! I'll post to share them later tonight.

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I'm a little concerned that the "Something Interesting" thread could get hard to search through if it's popular. Perhaps think about ways to compensate if it gets long? I'm planning to add at least 3 textile related offerings to it, personally, so I have an interest in seeing it remain easy to look through.

It could - if anything has lots of offers, it might be possible to have an "index" post? But I think by putting what you're offering into the Subject, it should minimize problems.

Can I ask where, precisely, the money would go? Red Cross, Doctors W/O Borders, UNICEF, what? Or does it go to the charity of the artist's choice?

It will go to whichever entity you choose from the final list - I've asked people to add to this list with recommendations for other charity/service organizations, so if you have any groups/orgs to recommend, please do!

ETA Barring something unexpected happening, everything on the draft list right now will be on the final list, too. And if people know of issues with any of the orgs listed, it would be great if they could post about such problems.

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Before bidding (I have seen some interesting things already) I would like to know the way of payment (paypal? credit card?) and where the money will go.

Payment will go directly to one of the charities or organizations (including Red Cross and Red Crescent, as well as other organizations) - some will accept cash payments, others paypal or google checkout or amazon payments or even checks, while others will require credit cards. You'll be able to choose from a list which will include at least all the orgs listed in the post I made earlier today here - and we're going to ask for payments to be in by the Saturday after the auction closes (ie January 23).

We'll probably be able to post a bit more about each entity sometime in the next week, but you can read up on them by following the various links, to see how they pass the donations they get onto those in need.

I was going to ask the same question as rivasilvercrown. How do we pay and to whom? And, also important for me, as I'm waiting for a new Visa card after mine had to be blocked, when does the payment have to be in?

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Payment will go directly to one of the charities or organizations (including Red Cross and Red Crescent, as well as other organizations) - some will accept cash payments, others paypal or google checkout or amazon payments or even checks, while others will require credit cards. You'll be able to choose from a list - and we're going to ask for payments to be in by the Saturday after the auction closes (ie January 23).

Hi, I'm hoping to bid for a couple of items, is there a JustGiving page I can donate to to show proof of donation, or if it was a charity where I had to forward the conformation e-mail, would it show any personal info?

Sorry for being awkward, I'm a bit once burnt, twice shy when it comes to money related online things.

Thanks in advance

One thing you can do is take a screenshot of your confirmation webpage or email and redact your personal info - perhaps leaving visible the first letter of your first and last name? - by blacking it over in a paint/art program, and use that for confirmatory purposes.

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I would love to offer things here, but my turn-around time is likely to be slow. I doubt I will be too much faster in another month or so, so waiting for the next auction won't really help turn-around time for the recipient. Can I still sign myself up (with the distinct note that turn-around time is likely to be slow), or would that be considered not appropriate?

If you put that info into the Additional Info portion of your post, then whoever bids will know the situation, so I think that's fine. Thanks so much for participating!

Could you disable the layout-style comments? Hard to read more than one page like this. :(

You could append ?style=mine or ?format=light onto the URL - I think that might fix your problem.

I am thinking of offering a fanvideo up for bidding - would that go in the "something interesting" post?

If someone posted a $15 bid, and then someone posted a $10 bid, should I reply to the $10 bid to tell them they got outbid, or should replies be reserved for bidding only?

Bidding only, to keep comments to a minimum. People can track the threads to make sure they don't get outbid - I'll do a how-to on this later today.

What category do I look in for Fanvids?

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Can you take a photo of your phone showing the donation or the State Dept confirmation? If not, if you can check your bill online it should be there within 24 hours - it is on my t-mobile bill but I know other carriers may vary.

I'm a bit concerned with the amount of people offering up fic in that there could be a chance for hitting the comment post cap. Maybe freeze the thread to new threads and open up a second post at some point for fics?

I'm not 100% sure how to freeze to new threads but that would be a lot easier than what I thought I would have to do when we get to 4000ish, which was close the whole post to new comments and re-post each Offering with the current bid amount, which I thought could take hours to put together.

Where are the instructions for freezing new threads, but allowing continued comments on those that are already there?

I also meant to ask. Could you possibly make a post where people could request certain items or rare pairings/fandoms and such? Like they'd make a post saying what they want and how much they were willing to offer and then someone that could fill it would respond.

Yes, I was also wondering about maybe a "weird requests" post. I'd love to donate for a vid with a (specific) rare source, but I'm sure I'm not going to come across someone offering it because the source is weird.

Just a thought!

This's probably something of a silly question, but I figure I should ask it anyway. I've already posted a drabble offer to the lightning round thingie, but I'd still love to add something to the larger fic auction. Am I allowed to offer fic in both places?


Definitely! And thank you so much!

Sorry if this was already answered somewhere... I was wondering if I'm allowed to offer fic in a language other than English.

Yes, absolutely! Just say so in the Offering section.

Just a quick question:

I'd love to offer up fanfic for this: is it too late to put myself in for the auction, or can I still do that?



Yes, you can add yourself to the Auction up through 6 AM on Wednesday, January 20 (Eastern Standard Time)

This is closed to fan art offerings, correct?

Do you mean, are original stories, art, etc allowed? Yes - some published authors have donated books in the WORDS section, for example.

Will I be contacted by the offerer if I win? I have to admit that I've lost track of all my bids!

By the offerer or by someone from the comm - we'll give a list of names of people who will be helping with this early next week here on the com.

You might be able to find your bids via your LJ Inbox, and then set up tracking things for the comments you've replied to.

I'd like to offer both an original fiction and fanfiction offer - as in, one of each. Should I list them both in the same bid or make seperate posts?

You should do separate posts so the bidding doesn't get confusing. THANKS so uch for participating!

I'm English, which means I'm not a dollar girl. Do I still say so and so dollars as the bid, or can I used pounds? Or can I use both?

I saw on a different post's comments that dollars are the default currency for this community, just to make things easier. But you can specify your local currency if you prefer. :) HTH.

I made a donation to Doctors Without Borders before looking at the comm ... and now I see a tasty treat I would have bid on. Would that previous donation still "count" as a bid? I have the confirmation email.


A lot of people donated before finding the auction, so it would be ideal if you donated again, but if you absolutely cannot, ask the Offeror if s/he is ok with it. If so, then that'll be okay.

My work is offering matching donations, so would it be possible for me to work something out with you privately if I win an auction? (I don't want my fannish name to become a known entity at work.)

Definitely! Confirmations can definitely be done by the Offeror, with the winner sending the info directly to the Offeror, or by me. I am trustworthy when it comes to real names.


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