December 26th, 2010, 5:02 am

Mr Aids Interview

Mr Aids Interview

What was the best part of being involved in the management of Secret Santa 2010?

Seeing the reaction of people with the gifts. Not just necessarily their gifts, but appreciating the effort put into other people's gifts. It's so nice seeing the community really getting together for the event.

What was the worst part of being involved in the management of Secret Santa 2010?

Seeing the amount of scrooges that turned up. I thought there would be more than last year because of more participants, but not as many as there was. Some had genuine reasons for lateness, but the rest of you...sssshhhhaaammmmeeeee.

What role did you play in the management of Secret Santa 2010?

Well I went into the Secret Santa stating I would do the template, and I spent around a week working on it. Having previous template experience made it much less frustrating than it should have been, and Pyroman providing help when I needed it made it easier for me. xKrazydog also helped with the banner, and it really made the site layout so much better. We also went back and forth with what the template should look like, and thanks to her it turned out better than I ever expected it to be.

I also offered to make a list of gift elves and participants to put up on the site, so I handled that as well. I also would add a link to each user's profile with each gift uploaded, and resize the gifts that went over 850px in width.

What was it like working with the other Head Elves?

It was really good, I felt quite lucky to work with such great people. Avian-Reader was really into the Secret Santa, he pretty much organized everything and got really fired up when participants were being really lazy with their gifts. xKrazydog was also great, she helped me out with the template and comic profile and handled the scrooges and grinches really well. Tezzle was always there when we needed him, ready to help us out with whatever we needed.

What was the hardest job, and what was the most tedious task?

The hardest job was the template, I'm not quite skilled enough to have expected for it to work perfectly on my first try. Although the most tedious task was the participants list.

Easiest job?

I found the easiest thing was dealing with users and issues. When Avian needed an opinion I was only too glad to share mine, and it seemed to have helped him out.

Were there any hurdles that you didn't forsee?

Well, I knew before starting the template there would be problems with it, but I didn't forsee what the exact problems would be. There was an issue with space being at the bottom of the footer which I couldn't get rid of due to the baubles at the bottom of the template, and there was also a space between the header and the content of the page that I had trouble getting rid of. But I got there in the end, yay.

Would you do it all again next year? If so, is there anything you would do differently?

I probably wouldn't do it again next year. Not because I didn't enjoy it, but I want to keep the tradition of a new team handling the Secret Santa each year. To anyone reading this, I would highly recommend you consider managing the Secret Santa next year.

But if I were to do things differently, it would probably be that the updates should have been spaced out over a longer period, perhaps over a couple of weeks. I would find myself spending an hour or so each morning having to deal with author comments and resizing gifts, it would have been more ideal to only spend a few minutes each day over the 2 weeks doing the same work. Also the work could have been more evenly distributed than it was, which I would suggest for future organizers to consider.

Comments:

sunflowershideaway, December 26th, 2010, 5:11 pm

avatar Mr Aids! He was so polite in answering my annoying questions.
Well done, Mr Aids! Well done, Secret Santa team 2010! Thank you for setting this up for us!

Mr Aids, December 26th, 2010, 7:14 pm

avatar I was just happy to make thing easier for you in some way, I didn't find your questions annoying at all.

darkenergy, December 27th, 2010, 6:44 pm

avatar Yay! Not that I'm overly eager or anything (/lies), but are there requirements before one can be a head or gift elf?

Mr Aids, December 27th, 2010, 7:33 pm

avatar No requirements for being a gift elf, but to be a head elf you should be an active member on the forums.

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