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Questions! And a request!
JustMyType
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.
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I've just noticed some of the misplaced bids are being screened.
Should I delete the, now screened, replies I made to those bids or can I leave them alone?

If they're screened, just leave them there. :o) And thank you for doing all this!

How would we show proof of our donation if we donated through Starbucks?

Just in case you haven't seen this post yet, it says:

To confirm donations via Starbucks, all you'll need is a scan or photo of your receipt with your email address written on it in ink.

:D

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Eeee, yeah, it happens. No worries, and thank you!

I'd like to do an offering of art, but is it possible for me to offer in addition to match the winning bid?

So if my art sells for $5, the winner donates $5, and I *also* donate $5 on top of making my art?

Thank you so much for organizing this! ♥

Gosh, you're welcome! And you definitely can - you should say so in the Additional Info section. What a lovely gesture (but you might want to cap it at your donation max, whatever that is, or if someone bids $2000 for it, you could have Issues).

Oh hey, completely lost track of where i posted this bid....help?

Not sure what you're looking for. Do you get emailed confirmations of your posts? Would searching those help?

Is it okay to make a donation after the 20th or to mail donation instead?

Yes. The Offeror shouldn't work on the work, or send it, until after confirmation of the bid is in, but nobody can default until after February 3, 2010.

I posted to offer 4 astistry items yesterday page 23 on artistry and had an reply, but I can't see my comment today. Do I need to post it again? Where? Thanks for all your work.

Edited at 2010-01-19 06:19 am (UTC)

Hello! Is it this one? It's on page 22, but sometimes the pages shift due to added/removed comments. And a whole bunch of comments have just been screened, so it's likely your bid was moved to an earlier page. :o)

If that's not it, do you still have the URL of the reply you received?

Quick question. I won't be able to access a computer on the 20th and there's an offer I really really want. Im winning right now, but Im afraid someone could come up last minute and outbid me, can I leave a comment basically saying that if I will bid up to a certain amount and that the lowest it goes to is my final bid?

Ex: right now I've bid 50$ but Im willing to go up to 100$ and let's say someone was to bit 60$, then I would go up to 70$ even though Im not physically there to actually do it. And 70$ would be what I would pay. Kinda like what ebay does with max bid.

Can you ask someone to bid for you? You can still make the donation and they can even put into their comment that they are bidding on your behalf. But we are going to be flooded tomorrow with management of the closing and notifications and confirmations, and I can't offer to take this on given the system we're trying to put in place. WIsh we could have an eBay style bid-up system, but we can't do that manually.

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Did you click on the thumbtack/track button at the top of any posts? You're probably tracking each post - but you can change that here. Let me know if that's not the issue.

Hi, I have a quick question. I'm bidding on a fic from arlad and yesterday I noticed that one of the earlier bidders had edited her earlier bid of $10 to $15, which is my current bid. Is that allowed? Shouldn't she bid higher than me? Am I still in the lead?

I'm confused.

The link for the thread is: http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/3155.html?thread=1060179#t1060179


She is offering two stories, so the top two bidders will win. So you're ok for now - and if one person bids more than $15, the one who bid $15 first will win. If two people do, neither you nor the other $15 bidder will win.

Does that help?

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http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/1225.html?thread=5163721

I have no idea what this in relation to. If you could give me a hint I will think about redoing it.

You placed a bid, but we can't tell what you bid on because you accidentally replied to the main Graphics post. You need to figure out what you initially wanted to bid on and either re-bid, or decide it's now too high for you. In other words, what you posted can't count as a bid, since we can't tell what it's in relation to.

I wanted to bid on something, but didn't know what exactly (there's so many lovely things!), so I went ahead and donated to the Red Cross to bid later. I just realized this might be a problem because the donation date would be before the bid's. Would that be alright or should I refrain from bidding?

Any donation after January 12 will qualify. And thank you!

Edited at 2010-01-19 07:50 pm (UTC)

Silly Question I'm sure, but, I posted an offer in Fiction. How do I deliver to the winner? Post to their lj page? to the fandom? Sorry new to this, but I want to help.

Generally people either email it to the winner, or post it on their own LJ and send the URL to the winner.

And thank you so much for helping!

Does the creation in question need to be already made, or can the bidder request what they want when they win the auction?

Hello! I don't know what kind of thing you offered, but, in theory, the aim is to have it made by February 14th, because there will probably be a new round of auctioning sometime in February. However, you don't have to begin work on whatever it is you offered before your bidder has sent through a proof of donation (it might be advisable not to if it's not someone you know, but that's for you to decide), so if the time you have left is too short, you could probably come to an arrangement with the person who wins the bid.

As for them being able to choose what they want: well, that depends on what you said in your offer. :o) As a general rule, for fic and art, for instance, the bidder will get to give you a character/pairing/prompt. Exactly how far you want to take it is up to you.

If you've got a bit of spare time (<- yes, I know, not funny *g*), here's a last batch of misplaced comments. I don't think it will matter anymore after this. Thanks to ziplocless who's been hunting down misplaced bids and was kind enough to add a bit of text to her reply, they merely need screening, though:

http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/1823.html?thread=5084703#t5084703
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/1823.html?thread=5246751#t5246751
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/1823.html?thread=5271071#t5271071
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/1823.html?thread=5320223#t5320223
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/3155.html?thread=5461331#t5461331
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/3155.html?thread=5197139#t5197139
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/3155.html?thread=5211731#t5211731
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/3155.html?thread=5227603#t5227603
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/6394.html?thread=5232122#t5232122 (has been reposted to the third post)
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/3155.html?thread=5249875#t5249875
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/3155.html?thread=5254227#t5254227
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/3155.html?thread=5304147#t5304147
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/6394.html?thread=5172730#t5172730
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/6394.html?thread=5301242#t5301242
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/6394.html?thread=5420538#t5420538
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/2706.html?thread=5404050#t5404050
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/822.html?thread=5240118#t5240118
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/822.html?thread=5481782#t5481782
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/1225.html?thread=5359561#t5359561
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/1225.html?thread=5168585#t5168585
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/1526.html?thread=5274102#t5274102
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/1571.html?thread=5407011#t5407011
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/2138.html?thread=5366618#t5366618
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/2138.html?thread=5394010#t5394010
http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/2138.html?thread=5427290#t5427290

But if you don't have the time, I don't think it'll be a problem at this point. ;p Actually, I hadn't realised that the en masse screening I did yesterday would shift the page numbers, which of course cause some problems. :/ It wouldn't matter for these though.

Also, let's definitely encourage the offerers to reply to the winners of their bids, because I've filled out the two first columns of the spreadsheet for some of the shorter posts, and, um, it takes forever. *g* There will be four of us doing the confirmations?

Also, so how are we going to deal with anon bidding? Some of them have included their e-mail, but there's also for instance this thread:

http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/822.html?thread=31030#t31030

There's not much we can do except for write it down and hope the anon contacts the offerer. Should we leave a note to the offerer to ask them to contact us and see if that does indeed happen, or just wait to see if the offerer does or doesn't confirm on the confirmation post?

Edited at 2010-01-20 02:44 am (UTC)