Our forums contain many moderated discussions about cardboard Christmas houses and related hobbies. If you have a question about something on our pages, or if you have a photo, tip, or special memory that you’d like to share, please sign up and contribute often. A number of knowledgeable collectors and world-class craftspeople belong to our forums and often contribute, so it’s a great place to hang out. (Plus, we keep it a safe place to hang out as well - see below)
When I discussed setting this site up with my hobbyist friends, many explained their reluctance to join online discussions because they have seen too many forums taken over by scammers, spammers, or folks with an ax to grind. So have I. To me, it is critical to keep Cardboard Christmas a family-friendly, “safe place” for well-meaning people, even if we never have more than a dozen participants. For that reason, I insist that our members provide us a certain amount of real information, including real first and last names when they register.
Registration Update for 2013: Between November, 2011 and June, 2012, about a thousand spammers, mostly robospammers, signed up for the forums. I had other safeguards that kept their spams from showing up on the forum pages, but deleting spammers was becoming a full-time job. So I disabled the registration page and started using the Contact page for our registrations. This worked out very well - not one spammer has gotten through, but many talented and informed putz collectors and builders have joined. Better yet, they’ve joined in the discussions. Just as important to our community - the longtime putz enthusiasts have been friendly, welcoming, and helpful to every “newbie” who has joined. One of our moderators (usually me) checks out every new post. And I’m proud to report that since the forum was started, every single post and reply has been positive, courteous, and - where applicable - helpful. So if you’ve been hesitant to sign up because you’ve seen things go bad on other forums, it’s time to join the club. :-)
Note about User Names: Whatever user names you’re used to on other forums, please pick one that is appropriate to this list. You may be “sexybaby” or “zombiebait” everywhere else, but here you need to have something that relates to you or to the topics that interest you on this site. In addition, your user name is part of your login, which means you have to type it exactly the same way, capitalizations, punctuation, and spaces included. So “H. R. Puffenstuff” might seem like a fun user name to use, but if you leave out a space or period or spell Puffenstuff “Puffinstuff,” you won’t get in, no matter how many times you swear at the computer.
I also reserve the right to delete “User names” that are sheer nonsense. I’m sorry if this seems inconvenient, but imagine how inconvenient it is for me to spend an hour a day sorting through fake signups looking for clues that I might accidentally be deleting or ignoring a real person with bad judgment. If you’re a real person with real interest in the hobbies we represent, pleased don’t ignore the tips on our sign-up sheets, or use a user name like asdfljafk or drowningkittens.
If you attempted to sign up and you believe that your (legitimate) registration was removed accidentally, please use the contact page on this site to get in touch and we’ll get it sorted out. Of course, if you use the contact page to try to sell me fake Canadian pharmaceuticals, that will get deleted, too.
Remember, neither your name nor your e-mail address, nor any other private information will ever be seen by other members (unless you share it yourself). We also promise to permanently ban anyone who signs up with false information or who belittles or bullies other members in any way.
In other words, we just want to know that we are as serious about keeping your information safe as we are about making you feel safe when you join our little “club” and participate in the discussions.
If you have any questions about this policy or about our forums in general and you haven’t registered yet, please contact us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
To register for the Cardboard Christmas forums, please go to our Contact page and follow instructions.
To read the Cardboard Christmas forums, click here