December 26th, 2010, 5:33 am

avian-reader Interview

avian-reader Interview

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

Not having to draw a gift. I feel much more confident in my admin than in my drawing.

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

The responsibility pressure. If you mess up as a santa, you've scrooged one person; if you mess up as a head elf, you've scrooged over a hundred. On that subject, I wish to give my sincere apologies to InvasionEd, aimeexvenom, amymist and BrokenLioness for the delay in their gifts. I went to bed without submitting a set of gifts for the morning, and by the time I did it there had been a two-hour gap.

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

I helped answer queries and send notifications, partnered the Santa's and helped send the recipient PMs, and collected, processed and posted the gifts.

What was it like working with the other Head Elves?

Really good, I think we've made a good team together. We've tried to discuss everything with each other every step of the way, and keep each other up to date with what's going on. Everyone has put in a lot of work, especially Mr Aids, which is ironic considering he was only planning to advise us and code the site (only xD).

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

Sending mass PMs, until our wonderful Admin turned off Smack Santa's PM recipient limiter, for which I would like to give him a massive thank you.

Easiest job?

Partnering the Santa's, once I'd learnt how to randomise lists in excel. If you're interested, you type "=RAND()" in a column next to the list, corner-drag it so that you have an equal-sized list of random's next to your list, select both columns, click Data and then Sort, sort by the column with the random list, and hey presto!

Were there any hurdles that you didn't forsee?

The non-mature group. I still can't entirely see the point myself (apart from Mosama's work, no one should be forced to read through that xD You know I love you really!). But it was what people wanted, so...

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

I'd love to, however like Mr Aids I think it would be good for other people to get a chance to try. The most I see myself doing next year is putting out the call for that year's Head Elves and Gift Elves; like Zordon, but with more hair.

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