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Fellowship of Specific Item Collectors

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This is a social network for people that want to collect specific things that are often overlooked. Each participant agrees to satisfy one individuals "thing" requirement per month. Some simple rules govern the magnitude of object that you would like to collect. ex: while the sender would typically bare the burden of the shipping cost. If it costs more than a postage stamp to ship the particular type of item that you seek you will have to support financially the process.

As an example I am partial to lost pet signs, I would post this requirement and people could send me lost pet signs.

vfrackis, Jun 02 2010

http://www.foundmag...seaction=finds.home [normzone, Jun 03 2010]

Ad Campaign based Around Lost Dog Posters http://www.marketin...ds/?DCMP=ILC-SEARCH
For vfrackis - a tale of lost pet signs abused for commercial ends. [Aristotle, Jun 04 2010]

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       You did say _social_ network, didn't you?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 02 2010
  

       How many lost pet signs have you accumulated? Do you keep them in binders that you bring out to show dates or other visitors you have lured into your home? Perhaps the posters decorate your abode? Either way I am quite interested and would like to hear more about this fascination you have.
rcarty, Jun 02 2010
  

       You could probably make a great book out of it. Some artistic black-and-white photos of the signs in situ, and a few paragraphs about the owner, pet and outcome. Or you could get a life.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 02 2010
  

       Is there some kind of mechanism that tells me as a participant, who I have to satisfy this month? If not, I can see that the person who collects used fag-ends will grow their collection much faster than the collector of unusual high denomination banknotes.
pocmloc, Jun 02 2010
  

       //I am partial to lost pet signs//
You should get together with a collector of lost pets.
PS: s/bare/bear/ but I forgive you, on account of //to support financially the process//
mouseposture, Jun 02 2010
  

       What if you collect cancelled postage stamps?
RayfordSteele, Jun 02 2010
  

       I collect discarded cat whiskers.
xenzag, Jun 02 2010
  

       I don't "lure" anyone into my home. I have many in a notebook. I have considered a coffee table book however it seemed cruel to exploit misfortune.
vfrackis, Jun 03 2010
  

       What if people want to collect gold bars or helicopters? How would you ensure that the gift giving is reciprocal?
Aristotle, Jun 03 2010
  

       I was using lure denotatively and not necessarily connotatively as you have interpreted it. I have been lured a number of times into seeing and hearing about others' personal hobbies that are not at all interesting. The worst was tumbled rocks where I was described every detail of rock morphology and the polishing process. I don't remember how I got into the situation but it wasn't by an offer to see a rock tumbler. Oh and the rock tumbler was on the whole time.
rcarty, Jun 03 2010
  

       //exploit misfortune// contact 8th, there's lots of "missing cat" posters in his neighborhood
lurch, Jun 03 2010
  

       "//exploit misfortune// contact 8th, there's lots of "missing cat" posters in his neighborhood"
Only for a short while after he moved in.
  

       "What if people want to collect gold bars or helicopters? How would you ensure that the gift giving is reciprocal?"
They get photographs or fridge magnets of those things, of course. Maybe the occassional shot glass, etc.
phoenix, Jun 03 2010
  

       //it seemed cruel to exploit misfortune// by removing lost-pet notices to add to your private collection for your personal gratification, are you not already exploiting misfortune? Or do you first call the owners to ensure that they have had their pet returned and so no longer wish their posters to remain in public? Or maybe you just take photos of them?
zen_tom, Jun 03 2010
  

       You could actually kidnap the pet, wait for the posters to appear, photograph the cat, return it, photograph the grateful owner, and ask for a copy of the poster. Then you'd have everything you need for a book.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 03 2010
  

       oh good grief
dentworth, Jun 03 2010
  

       Or a lawsuit.
RayfordSteele, Jun 03 2010
  

       // photograph the cat, return it //   

       Does the cat have to be alive ?   

       Even a little bit ?
8th of 7, Jun 03 2010
  

       i only take weathered posters they seem more charged with energy. i will keep my eye on a particular poster for several weeks. i think happy endings or people who experience some definitive resolution return to remove their posters.   

       on the issue of gold bars or helicopters. if you want the site to work for you you will need to manage your expectation and have an open request for items that are reasonably attainable and cheap to ship.   

       on the issue of taking cats and returning them dead or alive. i feel it would be more entertaining to return the animal under some shadow of doubt that it is actually the correct animal. for example a well placed subtle tatoo or spot of hair dye.
vfrackis, Jun 04 2010
  

       "You seem quite handy. Do you have any hobbies?"
"I collect spores, molds, and fungus..."
RayfordSteele, Jun 04 2010
  

       I collect heart-shaped rocks, but finding them myself is the special part. I have gotten fake ones as gifts from people, who obviously don't understand that ones from nature are imperfect and that's what I love.
Please don't send me any, as the shipping costs would be a lot. I must say, I collected a lot of laughs from these annos!! and that's free.
Thanks.
xandram, Jun 04 2010
  

       //manage your expectation//   

       This phrase embodies everything that is sick with society, and is the reason I am working on a death ray. Manage this.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 04 2010
  

       Step into our office [MB], we have something you'll like...
8th of 7, Jun 04 2010
  

       Ah yes. About your office. The one with all the "No smoking" signs. It's now a smoking office.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 04 2010
  
      
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