Before answering the poll, please refresh your memory with what each type of auction actually means and feel free to leave questions in the comment section or email me directly at alysideburns at gmail dot com:
If you choose the "FULL AUCTION", that would mean we'd have all three types of auctions and the Moonridge Animal Adoption.
#1. The 'Bidding Auction' - This is held at TheFreeAuction.com site and in this type of auction, fans donate items (like stories, jewelry, crafted goods, artwork, fandom memorabilia, etc) so that other fans can bid against each other in order to win. Highest bid for each item when auction ends receives the item.
#2: The 'Special Auction' - this one allows fans to offer items (like stories, jewelry, crafted goods, artwork, fandom memorabilia, etc.) in limited quantities and/or at set prices, thus NO bidding required.
Example #1 of a Special Auction: "Jane Doe is offering a 20 page Hawaii 5-0 slash, h/c story featuring Steve/Danno to everyone who donates $25 to Moonridge. The story is completed."
Example #2 of a Special Auction: "Jane Doe is offering a copy of her watercolor on canvas art piece from Supernatural featuring Sam, Dean and Castiel (sample to right) to the first 25 who donate $15 to Moonridge. (See sample of artwork on the right)"
#3: The "Claim Auction" - In this type of auction, fans who want specific items (like stories or art work, icons, banners, etc.) will offer to donate a specific dollar amount if their request is claimed.
Example #1: "Jane Doe will donate $25 to Moonridge for up to 3 authors willing to write a White Collar slash (Peter/Neal) story of at least 5 pages in length. Maximum donation: $75"
Example #2: "Jane Doe will donate $35 to Moonridge for up to 5 artists will to do at least 5 icons each based on episodes chosen by Jane. Maximum Donation: $175."
#4: The Animal Adoption - This has been done every year no matter what else occurs. Moonridge provides us with a list of animals and their photos, which we put up at our official website. Each animal can be adopted by as many fans willing to donate the adoption fee of $25. For their donation, they'll receive a photo of the animal and an official Moonridge Adoption Certificate. The money they donate will go toward feeding and caring for the adopted animal/s.
If you choose the Special/Claim/Animal Adoption Auction, then we'd do only #2, 3 and 4 above.
If you choose the Special Auction/Animal Adoption only, then you'd be choosing #2 & 4 above.
If you choose the Claim Auction/Animal Adoption only, then you'd be choosing #3 & 4 above.
If you choose the Animal Adoption Only, then you'd be choosing #4 above.
Reminder: in 2011, we did the Animal Adoption only as the economy was in such poor condition and many authors were still working on stories from past auctions. Things are somewhat better this year, but there's no denying that our economy is still in flux and Moonridge still hasn't broken ground on the new zoo and, since I'm well aware of how fans are saving for when the new zoo becomes a reality (for both the trip to the zoo's opening and for the major and FINAL auction scheduled for just prior to the Grand Opening), well, that's why the decision for this year's auction is in your hands. :) Whatever you decide will make no difference to me, work-wise, I'm home all day anyway. :)
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What type of Moonridge Online Auction would you prefer this year? (since the Grand Opening will now not occur until 2013)