Round 44 Sign ups open: May 1 – 31 | Pairs sent: June 1 – 12
Round 43 Pairs sent: May 1 – 12
Learn about the New Pen Pal Sign-up Schedule we’re testing out.
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The New Pen Pal Sign-up Schedule
For the next 2 months, we will be testing out having our Pen Pal Round open for the entire month, not just half of the month.
Here is how the original system has worked:
And here is how the new system will work for the next 2 months:
As an example – with the original system, if you came to sign up for a Pen Pal on October 2, you would have to remember to come back to the site on October 15 because the Round would be closed. When you came back, you could then sign up for a Pen Pal and you would have to wait until November 1-12 to receive your pair. With this new system, if you came to sign up for a Pen Pal on October 2, you would be able to sign up for a Pen Pal then. You would still have to wait until November 1-12 to receive your pair.
We believe this new test system will remove 1 step on the path to receiving a Pen Pal, but the time you will have to wait to be paired may seem longer. In reality with both of these options, you may still have to wait up to 6 weeks to be paired – but with the previous system, it was a matter of waiting 2 weeks for the Round to open and then waiting up to 4 weeks to be paired.
There are pros and cons to both of these systems, but we’re hoping with this potential change in the time you can sign up for a Pen Pal, we will be able to increase the convenience factor for existing Iggles and potentially increase our Pen Pal pool by making it easier for new people to sign up right away, instead of feeling discouraged that the Round isn’t open when they get here and losing interest entirely.
We welcome your feedback while we test this new system out. All comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org – and we look forward to provide an awesome and friendship-filled experience to our wonderful community.