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Mail Tag Pen Pals

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Mail Tag Pen Pals
Swap Coordinator:ragingrainbow (contact)
Swap categories: Letters & Writing  Newbie 
Number of people in swap:11
Type:Type 2: Flat mail
Rating requirement:4.95 (unrated swappers allowed)
Last day to signup/drop:March 25, 2016
Date items must be sent by:April 3, 2016
Number of swap partners:1

This swap is for finding a new pen pal, and to start a game of mail tag with them. (There is an explanation further down if you don't know how mail tag works.)

Send you partner:
1. An intro letter of at least 2 A4 (one-side) pages; if you use smaller paper just adjust number of pages to add up to roughly this length. Tell your partner who you are, about things you like, check their profile for common interests etc. - basic things to get a correspondence started!
2. Include a note with 5 mail tag questions for your partner to answer in their reply.
3. Decorate the envelope - this doesn't have to be mail art, stamped images, washi/deco tape, stickers or other decorations are fine too; just make it some fun happy mail to receive!

What is mail tag?
"Mail-tag consists of an exchange of postal correspondence between (2) people. The first person begins the game by requesting one or more desired things. That person then mails those requests to the other participant - who interprets those requests, writes a list of their own requests for the other participant and sends them back. You can take as much or as little time to compose and send back your reply, ask for a few or as many things in your requests and generally interpret requests in whichever way you see fit."

Participant Requirements:
* Please only join this swap if you want to gain a pen pal for ongoing conversation and are interested in continuing a game of mail tag for at least a couple of rounds, since this is what the swap is for.
* Newbies are allowed, but please have a well filled out profile. It is very helpful to your partner for finding common topics to write about. As a rule of thumb, I should have to scroll to read all of it.
* Min rating 4.95, with no recent or unresolved 1s or 3s, unless they are obviously unfair ratings. I will be checking profiles and banning if anything looks dodgy.

I will angel this swap, but only after you have attempted contact with your partner and rated accordingly. Please give at least 4 weeks for international mail to arrive - sometimes it's just slow.

Questions? It's usually best to send me a PM if you want a quick reply, but I do always check and reply to comments on this page at least once before assigning partners.

Happy swapping!


tarinaaa 03/19/2016 #

Hiya, just trying to figure out how this is newbie friendly but need minimum rates to join? How can a newbie get ratings to qualify for swaps if they can't do any swaps to gain any ratings? Thank you :)

ragingrainbow 03/20/2016 #

@tarinaaa Sorry unrated swappers should have been allowed - ticky box mustn't have taken and I totally missed it. I have changed it now, thanks for pointing that out! :)

tarinaaa 03/20/2016 #

Oh cool, thanks for the reply. I have just joined the swap. Excited to find out who my partner will be so I can send it off. :)

Ladyluck44 03/24/2016 #

Hi. I still do not understand how this works. I want to join but.

ragingrainbow 03/24/2016 #

@Ladyluck44 You write your partner a normal pen pal letter and include a note with 5 questions for them to answer as part of their reply. Then when they wtite back, they include a note with questions for you to answer and so on. Does that make it clearer? You can write other things in your letters too of course, the questions are just a fun extra game. :)

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