Holiday Wishes, 2014-2015 Holiday Season!

holiday_wishes is officially open! Time to break out the wishes, gifts, Holiday spirit and good cheer!

The spirit of the Holiday Wishes meme is for everyone to put their hearts' desires out there, to wish for anything they could possibly want, no strings attached. The history of how it all started can be read here.

Since we are collecting all of these lists in a single forum, we do want to keep things as fair to everyone as possible. For that, we ask that you follow a few simple rules.  These are outlined below, but you can find the complete and detailed rules and posting guidelines on the community wiki.  Everyone who posts their wish list to this community is responsible for following these rules, as well as any updates given in mod posts.

Please note that, with the exception of mod posts, only wishlists are allowed to be posted in this community.  To thank another member for a gift, we recommend that you post in the holiday_thanks community.

When you post a wishlist, we ask...

  • That you post your wishlist once, and only once. Posting your wishlist twice may result in both wishlists being deleted.

  • That you keep your lists limited to no more than 10 wishes.

  • That you do not modify your wishlist once it's been posted.  You may not add or change items as wishes are granted.  Also, because people often use the number of comments a wishlist has received as an indicator of the amount of attention that list has been given, do not delete or screen comments containing offers of items.

  • That you wish for no more than one external wishlist (i.e. Amazon) and no more than 3 types of giftcards.

  • That you do not include a PayPal button or solicit general PayPal donations.  Asking for financial assistance for a specific reason (e.g. buying school textbook) is fine, but share your PayPal email address only.

  • That you tag your wishlist, at minimum, with your country or continent, and preferably with the types of items that you're wishing for.

  • That you do not change the default font size or color, and do not post images over 400 pixels.

  • That you do not use a cut-tag unless your wishlist is unusually long or has images.  (This sounds strange, but cut-tags make it harder for wish-givers to browse the lists!)

  • That for your safety, you do not post a home mailing address.  Although we will allow adults to include their home address if they choose to, we encourage you to use a P.O. Box address or to leave your e-mail address and only provide a mailing address upon request via private email to those you are comfortable giving it to.

  • That you do not solicit in comments for your own wishlist.  Do not comment on someone's wishlist with a link to your own list or otherwise solicit traffic to your own wishlist, unless the original poster has explicitly asked for a link to your wishlist.

When you want to grant a wish, we ask...

  • That you bookmark the wishlist of the person who's wish you're granting. That way you won't forget who wanted the last Coldplay CD, or who asked for the Battlestar Galactica icons.

  • That, when mailing something through the postal service, you include some sort of identifying information with your package or card (LJ username or e-mail address) so the recipient can thank you (unless you're trying to remain anonymous). Also, be sure to use proper packaging and check local regulations for items that may not be sent through the mail.

  • That you don't ask for anything in return.  This is not a gift exchange community; if you send someone a gift, they are not obligated to send one back. Also, note that no money is to be exchanged in connection with items distributed through this community. If you are selling something, please use another site.

When you receive a gift, we ask...

  • That you thank the person who gave it to you directly (via e-mail or commenting on their wishlist, or their journal), and if you wish (or if the gift was anonymous) thank them publicly on holiday_thanks (but please remember that not everyone watches that community, so the person who sent you the gift might not receive the Thank You.)

  • That you consider granting a wish in return and spread the love!

And finally, if a moderator asks you to edit your post, please listen to them. We are doing our best to keep this community fair and fun for everyone. Unfortunately, in a community of this size, this means we need to enforce our rules pretty strictly. Thank you for understanding!

If you have any problems, would like to report a problem with another community member, see a rules violation on a wishlist (i.e. someone who edited their post to include more than 10 items, or 2 wishlists that appear to be posted by the same person), please use the links on the left side of this community or contact a moderator through a mod post.  Please do not contact moderators on their personal LiveJournal accounts.

Your moderators,

bookaddict88, twilight2000, outoftime, kindergoth
I'm still not sure, exactly, what is meant by an "external wishlist". Could you explain further?
If you have wishlists somewhere else (say, an Amazon wishlist, or a gift registry, or a list on your own LJ, or anything else other than a post on this community where you list out things you want), you are allowed to link to it. You just can't link to more than one.

Let me know if that's still not clear!
I edited my post only to include my address which I forgot to add . Hope that's okay?
I've submitted my list but forgot to add my address so need to edit it x
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We're in discussions about it now, since she reached out to us. Hopefully we can figure something out, without setting a precedent of allowing wishes to be changed.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for big ticket things, though. This is from our posting guidelines (posting it again here, because I think it important for everyone to be reminded of):

"This community began in 2004 based on a meme running around LJ at the time. This meme stated that the wishes on your list "can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ('I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me') to medium ('I wish for _ on DVD') to really big ('All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.') The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want." Therefore, posting of "big ticket" items such as laptops, televisions, digital cameras, diamond earrings, etc. is entirely within the spirit of this community! Along with this, please do not berate anyone whose wishlist contains such items, calling them "greedy" or saying that they just want to take advantage of the community. Most people include such items not because they expect people to send them such items, but because it is something they "really, truly want.""
A friend posted a link to zir wishlist on zir open blog, but I got "access denied". Is this community readable only by members? If so, well, that's not a problem, but I wish you would mention it in this post. Yes, now that I think about it I know it's a standard LJ option for communities (right?), but not all communities apply it, and not all of us are familiar with all the myriad options. Please?
Hello - I just submitted my wishlist and got the message that it is pending in the queue - but unfortunately, while I ran out of items and decided to go ahead and list my Amazon wishlist as #10, I forgot to link to it! Should I resubmit, or will it be okay to revise the post (if it's accepted) just to add that?
Hi, I submitted my wishlist a while ago and I got the queue message but it hasn't shown up, was it rejected, or did my computer ate the post (again)?
Sorry about the delay! It seems all the moderators were on vacation at the same time, and we didn't communicate that well (also, we so rarely get posts after the 25th). It's accepted now.
A late thought as the season's pretty much over, but: Could you remove or update the broken code in the profile that appears as the ImageShack yellow frog? It makes the place look neglected which it really isn't.

Thanks for hosting a great season, hoping to see you all later this year!
The anticipation is killing me LOL.. I can't wait for it to open this year either.. already have a few more people coming.
Question re: Gift Cards?
Can we ask for specific gift certificates in lieu of a gift card?
There are a few sites that I cannot afford but they offer gift certificate options, so I wondered if I might perhaps list them instead of the gift card option?

Edited at 2015-11-09 02:07 am (UTC)