Following on from a couple of threads discussing the Christmas appeal over the weekend, I thought we should post our thoughts on things.
First we're really sorry if not being nominated for this year's appeal has made anyone feel bad or left out. Obviously it's the opposite of why we do it but the truth is there will always be deserving people who, for whatever reason - frequent namechanges or pure and simple oversight - will be overlooked.
Over the years the Xmas appeal really has brought a lot of joy both to the givers and receivers of gifts - this is a typical post/mail from a giver:
"It is a wonderful thing this Santa business. It totally dispels the idea that Mumsnet is no more than words on a screen and shatters the notion of the pit of vipers. Since being matched with you, not a day has passed when I haven't thought of you and your family. Your posts shine with warmth, humour and love for your family. You are a remarkable woman. For me, it has been more than sending a little something: you have made me really think about what Christmas should be. So I thank you too, and will raise a glass to you and yours on Christmas Day. Much love to you all"
As Christmas becomes every more about consumption we think the appeal for many is a reminder of what it is really all about. It certainly is for us at MNHQ and consequently we are very happy to put a lot of MNHQ resource into the operation; SandyMumsnet pretty much devotes a month of time to it.
Clearly it doesn't operate optimally for everyone, but net net, it really is a good thing I believe. That said we'd value suggestions about how you think we could do it better. We took over the operation of the appeal only because it was becoming too big a job for any individual - but it was conceived by Mumsnetters for Mumsnetters and exists pretty much in the same form as that original idea.
Do let us know your thoughts and suggestions here.
I've taken part in the last couple of years. These are my suggestions:
- change the name to something less indicative of helping those in need.
- have the nominations and donations pages as a form only, not a thread where people can comment.
- put a link the forms on each board. Again, no comments.
- set up an official received/thankyou thread in Site Stuff and have that as the only thread allowed on the subject.
Having read various threads on the subject, I think the nasty comments directed at posters who felt left out/ had anything but 100% praise for the whole thing were unnecessary and I'd prefer not to see that again next year.