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Old 06-03-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Divine Secret Siblings - Join Our Group (August 2012)

DO NOT POST YOUR PERSONAL INFO TO THIS THREAD FOR SECURITY REASONS!!!!!

We're now signing up players for Round 2, 2012, which begins on August 1. The last day to sign up for this round is July 22!! No exceptions!

Let us begin by answering some Frequently Asked Questions about our Usergroup to get you familiar with us.

Q: WHO/WHAT ARE DIVINE SECRET SIBLINGS?
Divine Secret Siblings is a usergroup here on SCS. We are a group of stampers (demos and non-demos, SU! and many other brands, Non-Vendor Specific) who send cards and gifts to each other for a 4 month period. At the end of the 4th month, we reveal to our secret sibling who we are. Big Secret Siblings are the senders. Little Secret Siblings are the receivers. You will be both a big and a little secret sibling. This is *not* a normal swap!

Q: WHEN AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY SECRET SIBLING INFORMATION?
You will receive your secret sibling name and information as soon as we swap names; this is generally a few days before the new round begins. The information for your little sibling will be sent to you by one of our Divine Coordinators through your SCS "Private Message."

Q: DOES THE EMAIL INFORMATION NEEDED BELOW INCLUDE MY ANONYMOUS EMAIL?
No. We just need the email that you will use regularly. The secret email is just for your own use to be able to communicate with your little SS and not give away who you are. The email address we need is one that we can contact you at if there is an issue, and one that your big SS can use to communicate with you. Although, it is perfectly ok to use your secret email as BOTH if you wish! See Annymous Email info below.

Q: DOES THIS GUARANTEE ME A NEW BEST FRIEND?
Not necessarily. Some of our members love the program as a way to swap ideas and see a style of stamping that is not their own but may be a bit more reserved to share their personal selves. Some of us love to make a new friend right away, and some of us just enjoy a temporary penpal of sorts. Each round is a completely different experience, and we hope you get something out of each round you spend with us!

Q: WHAT GROUPS ARE AVAILABLE TO CHOOSE FROM?
We have 2 groups from which to choose, listed below in order of requirements. New sign ups before the round begins can choose any group. We don't limit the number of participants. Available groups:

Dynamic Duos: 2+ cards each month and a total of $15 in gifts over 4 months.

Ultimate Unos: 1+ card each month and a total of $10 in gifts over 4 months.

We highly recommend that any new player begins in the UNO group. This will allow you to learn our process and rules without the added pressure of additional deadlines.

The cards may be written in or blank. If you choose to send a blank card for your Little Sibling to re-use, please include a little handwritten note on a piece of paper.

Any Other Questions, Please ask!

ARE YOU READY TO JOIN?
Please follow these Instructions to join>>

**REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW PLAYERS **
New participants must meet a couple requirements before joining DSS. First, you must have joined SCS more than 6 months before the round start (i.e., your join date should be before February 2012). Second, you must have at least 100 posts, and some of those posts must be during June/July 2012.

These requirements are two-fold. It shows a desire by the member that they want to be part of the broader SCS community. Also, it protects the privacy of existing DSS members.

**RETURNING PLAYERS **
If you played in R1 2012 and responded to an invitation from your coordinator at the end of the round, you do not need to perform the following instructions.

1. PLEASE PM the INFO BELOW to kthaman [<-link to create PM]
* Group choice (Duos or Unos)
* Are you willing to send out of your country?
* What country do you live in?
* Regular (not secret) Email Address (not your postal address)
* Real Name (first and last)
2. Request Membership to our User Group - The Divine Secret Siblings
Go to your Private Message Inbox by clicking the envelope at the top of your screen, then click "Group Memberships" (in the left column towards the bottom), then choose to “join group” for Divine Secret Siblings. You will be approved after we receive your info. This will give you access to our special forum where you can read up on our Rules, get lots of information, chat, post your preferences and info for your SS to read, and post thank yous.

3. Set up an anonymous email account
When you receive the information with who you are sending to we ask you to set up a SECRET/Anonymous email with a free email provider (gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc...). This is for obtaining your little sibling's mailing information and discussing 'giving' preferences. This is also useful when you have a card or package going out a bit late and want to let your little ss know. We have a thread in our forum which explains how to set a secret email account up. You also may choose to continue an on-going communication with your little sis during the round.

4. Send the required amount of cards and gifts for the group you have chosen to join. Don't forget to reveal your identity to your little secret sibling at the end!

5. Post Thank You's for each card/gift received in our specially designated forum. This is so very important and has been made a mandatory requirement!


DSS Calendar - Upcoming Rounds:
Round 2 2012: August 1, 2012 - November 30, 2012 ** Accepting members now **
Round 1 2013: February 1, 2013 - May 31, 2013
Round 2 2013: August 1, 2013 - November 30, 2013
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