I'd like to hear other members' opinions on something. Would you rather be asked if you would like to receive an add & pass, or would you rather just have them arrive in your mailbox without warning? 

It would be nice to hear from as many people as possible. 

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What attracted me to mail art in the first place, is its lack of rules. I love the freeeeeedom of mail art! 

I don't mind surprise mail either. I say if you have joined this group, you agree to add and pass mail. No extra steps required. ;)

I wasn't much into Add & Pass, but now that I've seen a variety of them, I think it is fun.  It is nice to know when your A&P is coming.  For instance, I had carpal tunnel surgery last summer and could not hold a tool in my hand.  That hand is still numb but I manage.  Now I expect some sort of surgery in my left hand as it is giving me sleepless nights.  I  don't think it is carpal tunnel.  Warn me so I can warn you if I can't keep up. Thanks, for asking, Carolyn Cline!

I’ll put you on my “pass to” list now! Sorry about the carpal tunnel pain. I’ve got cubital tunnel syndrome. No fun.  Maybe you can post when you need a break... or just hold onto them till you can.I’ve had a few come through from the Jurassic Era and started them back on their journeys thinking, “Boy, somebody’s gonna be surprised when they getTHIS back!

I am new to this site and was a little confused by the lack of rules.  I have been swapping mostly ATCs since Yahoo groups in the late 1990s.  Somewhere around 2006, I joined swap-bot (original member) and have been swapping there since.  Those swaps have lots of rules.  You have a deadline and very specific rules.  If you don't make your swap according to the rules and send by specified date, you get a low rating...too many low ratings and no one will swap with you.

I am liking the idea of just sending stuff and not worrying about having to rate or even keep up with what was sent.  I am one of those who just received an add & pass and was totally confused by what I was supposed to do with it.  Thanks to the discussions I have figured out that it doesn't really matter what I do with it...lol.  :-)  That does open the door to unlimited creative process.  

Totally agree with you Ramona. The lack of parameters is freeing!

I'm happy for them just to be sent along - its always a lovely surprise. 

At this stage in my journey I love getting things unexpectedly in the mail, but I can see it could become relentless.  Perhaps there should be some sort of white flag or stop sign when you've had enough.

I love surprise mail!  

I would like the surprise!




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