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Webkinz Insider Official Gift Exchange Information
Exchanging Gifts on WI
Do you want to exchange gifts with other WI members? Great! Please read and follow the instructions below and you will be giving and receiving gifts before you know it!
First, a little info on WI terms and abbreviations:
· Gift Exchange = GE – Where Gifted and Gift Gurus exchange items. · Gift Guru = GG – Gifted members who have more than 50 exchanges after becoming Gifted, 100 posts on WI, 30 days as a Gifted member, have shown excellent GE behavior. · Gifted – Title for members who are allowed to exchange gifts in the GE but do not have GG status. They may exchange gifts on threads only, not through PMs. · Gifted Trainee = GT – WI members who have applied to become Gifted, been accepted, and are in the process of learning how the GE works. GTs may only exchange gifts with other GTs, and GCs. · Gifted Coach = GC – Gift Gurus who have been chosen to teach and guide GTs through exchanging gifts on WI. · Training Section = TS – The section of the forum where GTs learn how to exchange gifts on WI. The TS is only open to Administrators, Moderators, GCs, and GTs.
That’s a lot of G’s huh? Don’t worry, you pick it up quickly and it will be second nature before you know it! Now on to the how part.
How to Become a Gifted Trainee
1.Please DO NOT offer exchanges outside of the GE. Exchanging items in the open forum is not allowed. DO NOT make posts about what you have, want, or will trade. It’s a big No-No and may result in a longer wait for you to be allowed into the TS.
2.Gifting privileges will only be given to members who contribute to the WI forum as a whole. As such, we require that all members post a minimum of 50 posts before applying to be a Gift Trainee. The management reviews EVERY post by EVERY applicant before accepting them as a Gifted Trainee. Posts that are considered "fluff" will not count toward your 50 posts. If your posts do not count and/or your application is denied, DO NOT pm the staff to ask why and complain. Instead, continue to make good, strong, informative posts,then reapply in 2 weeks time or as instructed.
~Also, each member is allowed as per WI rules, to have only ONE ACCOUNT, this does not mean you can have an account and let a family member use it~
3.You must be a member of the WI forum for at least TWO WEEKS before applying to the TS. Get to know our community before trading.
To see how long you have been a member, look at the "Mini Statistics" box on the top-right corner of your profile.
4.You must agree to work with the GCs. The GCs will guide you until you completely understand the Fair Gift Exchange Policy, how the GE works, and are comfortable with making exchanges.
5.Post your agreement on this thread once you have 50 good posts, have been a member for TWO WEEKS, and feel you can work with the GCs. Your overall member conduct here on WI and your posts will then be reviewed and a decision made.
6.Once your application has been approved, the TS will be unlocked for you. You must read the Fair Gift Exchange Policy, located at the top of the TS board, and post your agreement to follow the Policy. Once you’ve agreed, the next available GC will contact you and help you begin.
7. In order to ensure that all GTs are completely trained before becoming fully Gifted, the number of GT's will vary. This will be determined by the GTs' rate of learning and how many GT's the Gift Coaches can effectively maintain. If the TS is full, it may take a while for a Gift Coach to accept you from the GTS FGEP. You will be notified when space is available. Please be patient while you wait and take this time to review the sticky's and the WI GEV...this will be crucial to your training! If by the second month of you being accepted by a Gift Coach, you have not set up a gift thread, or traded, then you will be removed from the Training section. After which time, you may reapply, but will need to wait a required 2 months.
PLEASE NOTE: Becoming fully Gifted and moving on to the GE is NOT based on number of trades. The coaches will decide when a GT has a good understanding of the rules and exhibits good exchange practices and behavior.
We want you to understand that safety for all members is our number one concern. These guidelines are set in place so that all members exchanging gifts are having fun and enjoying themselves without fear of being ripped off or scammed. The GE is fast paced, exciting, and an absolute blast when you know what you’re doing. We want to ensure that you’re prepared and ready to jump right in!
##Post your agreement below##
PLEASE RESPOND ONLY ONCE, IF YOU RESPOND MULTIPLE TIMES, ALL POSTS WILL ALL BE DELETED!
**There is no longer a time limit as to when admin will get to your application. If your application has been unsuccessful, please do not post your agreement for two weeks. Instead, during that time, make at least 50 good posts on the WI Forum and when you feel you're ready, post your agreement then.**
Last edited by Webberlily; 10-19-2012 at 03:44 PM.. Reason: clarifying Rules
Re: Webkinz Insider Official Gift Exchange Information
Q: WHY ARE THE APPLICATIONS CLOSED:
ANSWER: Applications are closed due to the time required not being available for any of our volunteer administrators to review the applications as required, and the gift exchange not being ready to accept new applications.
Q: Does an administrator have to review the applications?
ANSWER: Yes, due to the information required to be reviewed our senior staff (or those with administrative powers) must review the application. Specific information is private from moderators (partially due to the systems limits), or require a specific training to review. Furthermore, moderators cannot change a member's rank or grant access to the trainee area/gift exchange.
Q: When will these applications reopen?
ANSWER: We have no specific date in mind. We will update it when we are ready.
Q: Can we trade elsewhere on the forum for the time being?
Answer: NO, all forum rules still apply. Offering trades outside of the Gift Exchange is against our rules, and will influence your application later on.
Q:Are applications closed because we don't have any gift coaches? can I volunteer to coach?
ANSWER: No, applications are not closed for any reason related to our gift coaches. We have a very dedicated bunch, they were very generous with their time, and enjoyed coaching. As explained before, it is related to the application process.
Q: Can't you just open the gift exchange and let everyone trade there?
ANSWER: We could, but we do not have any plans to proceed in this way. Part of what makes the Gift Exchange a sought after place to trade is the application process (and training program). It provides a more secure area to trade, with a tried and true set of rules/guide lines for traders to follow. Although no trading practice is perfect, we have had successful results with this process.
Originally Posted by MissGnomie
I'm going to try and give you an answer here, but I can't promise you will be happy with it. So... my apologies in advance -- this is going off what we *know* at this moment.
The Applications have not been reviewed for some time for a few reasons:
It has to be an Administrator who reviews the applications due to the process that is required.
That process takes time to complete--I can tell you the last time I did applications, it took over an hour to review half a dozen members.
Speaking on a personal level --- I don't have that amount of time in my schedule right now...lol. I barely make time each day to log in & update the trackers, check reported posts, etc. Daily maintenance on the site + issues that arise take up quite a bit of time.
I closed the applications when I realized how backed up they were. Ideally, we will deal with the applications pending, and setting up those accepted, before we open the applications to members again.
There are some discussions that need to happen about the way forward with the GE, and that information is privy to our staff members at this time. No, we will not be sharing what's going on, or what the issues are, etc. We will give you all a formal update when we are ready, but for the time being... We just ask for some patience while we figure things out in this area.
(To our current GE members: rest assured, we do not have a plan to shut down the GE at this time!).
Having said all of that -- it is also not uncommon for us to close the applications for a lengthy period of time (we've closed them for a few months in the past). If life is just getting in the way, we close them as to not let people hang around waiting for some sort of answer... It's our way of communicating "Hey, we're busy -- we'll be back to do this ASAP."
Last edited by MissGnomie; 09-03-2014 at 02:55 PM.. Reason: additional Q/A
Re: Webkinz Insider Official Gift Exchange Information
After careful consideration and discussion from the active/available staff members, we have made the decision to permanently close the current gift exchange application thread. We know this will be a disappointment to many members who have been looking forward to its return, please understand that we do this with a very somber heart as we dearly love our WI and gift exchange communities.
With that in mind, we found it inappropriate to leave our membership wondering when the applications would reopen any longer. This has been an ongoing discussion for the past few months, and we (unfortunately) could come to no resolution or plan to ensure that the delay of gift exchange applications would not occur again in the future. The applications takes a large amount of time to process, and our admin team (including myself) did not have the time to commit to this process. This, combined with a number of further concerns/issues, led us to the decision to close the gift exchange applications permanently.
Does this mean a new process is out of the question? Of course not, but at this time we do not have that process, or the time to dedicate to the old one, on the horizon. We know that our gifted members within the exchange will also be disappointed, but be assured the exchange will remain open for those who are currently Gifted.
In summary: Gift exchange applications are closed. The Gift exchange will remain available for those gifted. Trade talk is still not allowed on WI forums.
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