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  1. What is the difference between a postal single and a postal ring?
  2. What's a postal tracker?
  3. I can no longer participate in a postal ring, who can I contact for financial support?
  4. What do the attribute icons stand for in a postal tracker?
  5. How do I delete a tracker once a postal tracker is closed?


What is the difference between a postal single and a postal ring?


In a postal ring, each recipient makes a postal. So instead of one box going around to a handful of people, every person involved in the list gets a box created by everyone else. Postal rings are often built around a theme, such as games, books, pets, or movies and each person's stamp and logbook must relate to that theme.

A successful ring usually has a list of participants with their addresses arranged in any order the ring creator decides. Each participant sends out the postal that they receive to the same person on the list. For example, let's say Fred, Joe, and Andy are in all participants in the same ring. The postal Fred made would be sent to Joe. Joe's box would go to Andy, and Andy's box would go to Fred. After they have all stamped in, they each mail the boxes back out again in the same order. Fred would have the box that Andy made, and would send it out to Joe. Joe would have the box that Fred made, and would send it out to Andy. Andy would have the box Joe made, and would send it out to Fred. And the process repeats until everyone in the ring has received all of the postals that make up the ring and the postals finally return to the original owners.

As you can see—in the case of Fred, Joe, and Andy—each person paid for shipping three separate times. Be sure that if you get involved with a postal ring that you can afford the shipping costs of however many participants are involved! If 15 people are signed up in the ring, you will need to pay shipping for 15 different postals. It can get expensive if you aren't careful.

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What's a postal tracker?


A postal tracker is a listing of boxes and people. It is most often used for rings, but has been used for singles. Postal trackers make it easier to see all of the boxes in a ring and there for making it easier to log finds. When a new tracker is listed it is advisable to reorder the tracker so that people are not confused by where the boxes are.

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I can no longer participate in a postal ring, who can I contact for financial support?


Contact Littlemonkey or Kaaren of DavidandKaaren. They'd be happy to send you a prepaid box and get the postals to their proper owners. There is no shame in asking for help, just the fact that you ask is awesome]

Larva Lady of the Zelie Zips will be willing to help as well.

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What do the attribute icons stand for in a postal tracker?


Subtypes

AttributeDescription
A postal single is a single postal box that will be mailed to a group of people, one at a time. Only the owner of the tracker may add boxes—everyone else is just along for the ride.
A postal ring is a concept where each person who joins the ring contributes a postal to be mailed in a circular fashion. Person A mails a postal to Person B who mails to Person C, and eventually returns to them from Person Z. All members of a postal ring can add boxes, but they can only add postals that have them as the listed owner. The ring leader may add postals from anyone.
No subtype is the wild, wild west of postal trackers. It's not a single nor a ring, which are the most common organizations, but what it is is anyone's guess. Any participant can add postals they own, and the tracker's owner can add any postal they need to, much like a postal ring, but the organization of who mails what to whom may not follow conventional rules of rings.

Subtypes

AttributeDescription
The postals in these trackers have a movie attached! Stamp into the box, then watch the movie!
The postals in these trackers have music attached. Stamp into the box while listing to the CD included with it!
Surely you know where this is going, right? There's a book to read with these postals. These trackers will probably move a lot slower than most if participants actually choose to read the included book.
These trackers include an altered book with the postal.
The postal in these trackers can be anything under the sun—whatever floats your boat, and who knows what others might do.
These trackers have a theme that everyone is expected to follow.
It's okay to reuse an old postal for these singles or rings.


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How do I delete a tracker once a postal tracker is closed?


There is no need to delete a tracker. If you are the owner or admin of a tracker, you can retire it from the tracker details page when the postals have run their course. Trackers can be deleted by the owner or an admin of the tracker, but unless it should never have been listed in the first place, it's usually best just to retire the tracker to preserve its history for those who were a part of it.

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