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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.

You'd think I'm dumb but I fail at things like Eastern Standard Time...6:00 AM (EST...well,I've just added two more items and I think I'm late!I just wanted to know if I have to delete them or I'm still in time!Thanks!

You are perfectly on time! In fact, you have an hour to spare. :D

If you want to leave a bid and you work for a company that matches donations, do you bid the matched amount or just what you're actually donating without the company matching? For example, my $40 bid is actually worth $80 to the Red Cross. (I have email from my company confirming this.)

To keep everything organized, we are going to ask that people bid what they are personally going to donate, and not include/incorporate the matched amount. In part this is because countries like Canada are matching all funds up to a set amount, and if we have to put that into our equations it's going to get more complicated than our spreadsheets can really handle.

For the next round we will try to build this in from the beginning, though.

I know this is super-late in the game, but I totally meant to put something on my offer to extend it to the top 5 bidders, and I didn't. Would it be acceptable for me to comment in reply to my offer post stating this?

Hm. heidi8 would obviously get the last say in this, but I think she'd be OK with it, in principle, because it would get more money for the cause.

However, there's the issue of your bidders. They may have assumed they were outbid and offered money elsewhere - and no longer have the funds to support the bid they made at your thread. So I'd go with - OK for those bidders who can confirm they still want to enter their bid before the deadline. As far as the others are concerned, they won't be registered after the auction closes, but you can still make a separate agreement with them unrelated to the auction. It wouldn't make their donation any less helpful to the people who need it.

If you do end up getting some confirmation, please post a comment in reply to your offer to tip us off that we should look for more than one bid. :o)

I'm wondering something.

If someone makes a misplaced bid just before the deadline and doesn't have the time to correct it, is that bid going to count as the highest bid if it's traceable to the offer?

Edited at 2010-01-20 04:30 pm (UTC)

There's no practical way to trace things back, unfortunately. Just be careful in your last minute bids...

Question--a bid came in at exactly 12:00 EST and was screened. Can I make an alteration to my original offer to add a third story so to accomodate the top three? As the last bidder was really on top of the deadline there.

Thread: http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/3155.html?thread=1101651#t1101651

Sure - there is no downside to giving more than you offered. THANKS!

Quick question: Is there any way I can offer a story to my 2nd highest bidder as well? I'm not sure how that would work with the whole notification system you've got set up, but more money is always better...

Sure - there is no downside to giving more than you offered. THANKS!

I've received an email saying that I misplaced my bid (bid URL here -- http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/1823.html?thread=6262815#t6262815).

I posted this bid at 11:58 EST, but I had to post it as a reply to a previous bid because the comm would not accept my bid when I tried to post it as a comment to the actual auction post! I tried several times (beginning at 11:53) to place my bid in the approved way, but it wouldn't register on the comm; I just kept getting returned to the very start (page 1) of the comment thread. And my bid didn't appear. So the only way I could get the bid to register before noon was by using the reply function.

So what do I do now? Have I lost the auction because of this?

I see the author has already resolved the problem. :o) Thank you for participating!

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Can I get in touch with my winner yet, or do I need to wait? :)

You may have done so already, but you can get in touch with your winner whenever you like. :o)

Hello, I just got email notifications of posts of a bid in the lightning round that I can't see in the LJ because it's screened. Should I wait to respond to them?

I've gone through the post to unscreen any comments screened during the brief lockdown yesterday evening. It is, however, quite possible that I missed something, so if it's still screened, please give me the URL and I'll unscreen it for you. Thank you for your patience! :o)

I actually made a donation via personal check which was mailed. I'm waiting for the thank you/confirmation letter, but not sure when it's coming in. If that's not acceptable, I'll make another donation to cover the two things I've won, but was wondering what the procedure for that would be. Thnx.

Also, I had multiple items up for auction and got three bids. I would like to honour all three of them since I never specified how many bracelets I'd make (though the bid was up to four per person) and the total would be five. It would be silly to deny one person a single bracelet, especially when the extra money for charity is a good thing.

Edited at 2010-01-20 09:06 pm (UTC)

As long as you can get the confirmation in before February 5th (which leaves you a couple of weeks still), it should be fine.

And thank you very much for your generosity - it's much appreciated! :D

I have a strange problem - I don't know who won my bid. The thread is here: http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/3155.html?thread=1141331#t1141331

I had one person bid $45, and another person add $20 to that but she said the total was $60. I had another person bid a flat rate of $60. Who wins my offering? I think the first set of bids may have just had some confused math, in which case the total would be $65 and they would win, but would like clarification.

Even if they did just both bid $60, the first bidder would win, so it's singer_s_lament either way. :o)

Is it firm that there'll be another round? I was sure I'd seen a note to that effect, but can't seem to find it now…

If there is, I have categorization question. If there's another round, I intend to auction off a musical composition written just for the winning bidder, but I don't have the means to record it. Would that go under "Offering Something Interesting," or would it still fit better under "Audio"?

I'm not the one who gets to decide that, but it does seem pretty firm that there will be another round in February. :o)

I think your offer would be best suited - and would probably get the most attention - in the 'Something Interesting' category, though if you'd post it to Audio, I don't think anyone can fault you, either.

Okay, I have my confirmation of donation scanned and ready to send to you. The question is - who am I sending it to? I think that there are two different people who need to get notification. Should I PM them?

It all depends on whether you've won one or more bids. If you've won a single bid, then please confirm to the offerer and have them reply reply to the confirmation post here. If you've won multiple bids, then please cc your proof of donation to all of your offerers and the mods at helphaiti.lj@gmail.com. For more details, you can consult this post. Thank you very much for donating!

I'm an offeror. I've received a screenshot of my winning bidder's receipt for her donation to the support organization of her choice, and have replied requesting her prompt. This is the first fanwork charity auction I've participated in. I know the help_haiti rules are that the work is to be delivered to the winning bidder by February 14, but is there any notification to be made to help_haiti that the delivery has been made?

Notification is not required, but we will have a comm coming out today where people can share their creations.