Hi everybody,

so we are planning to do a (monthly, but pausing in August) community shave! We collectively choose a soap, and on D-day, everybody uses the same soap for their SOTD.

We need to know several things:

  • Who would be interested in participating? If you would like to join, respond to this message by including “I’m in!”
  • When will we do it? It would be best to choose a Wednesday, Saturday, or Sunday, to avoid clashing with the reddit theme days, and it would be easier to organize if we could avoid the beginning of July. Furthermore, it would be probably best to fix it once and for all (something like third Wednesday or last Sunday of the month). Opinions?
  • Finally, we need to agree on a soap. I don’t know how to poll this (I know you can do a poll on Mastodon, not sure about lemmy). The idea would be: everybody who participates nominates a soap, and if that soap is picked, that person agrees to send out smushes to everyone who doesn’t have the soap. In order to be on the safe side, we probably would want to have the soap picked three weeks before the chosen date.

There are surely things that I have forgotten. Any ideas, questions?

  • djundjilaMA
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    14 days ago

    Hell yeah!

    • I’m in!
    • I vote third Wednesday of the month
    • I nominate Abbate Y La Mantia – Don Josè

    Regarding the poll, I suggest to initially do it manually. Once we have collected participants and nominations here, we could make a standalone post with the options listed and participants give their ranked vote (first preference, second, etc) in comments?

    • PorkButtsNTaters666OP
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      Once we have collected participants and nominations here, we could make a standalone post with the options listed and participants give their ranked vote (first preference, second, etc) in comments?

      Good idea!

      One wrt Don José: Do you know whether they put in real bananas? I’m a bit worried, because banana gave me a angioedema 20 years ago, and I have avoided them ever since 😱

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        banana gave me a angioedema

        Ouch!

        Unfortunately I’m not sure. Is not in the list of ingredients of the new hard soap, but I have the old soft version, and can’t find a list it’s ingredients. I’d guess no, but can’t be sure

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          Thinking about it, even if there’s banana in it, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue: allergy tests apply the substance on the skin, and make a small incision. It’s just like careless shaving 🤣

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      14 days ago

      Don Josè is nice! I have a tin where I can help with distribution.

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    14 days ago

    I’m in!

    3rd week of July sounds good to me.

    No polls on Lemmy so we’d have to use a 3rd party website.

    Depending on the number of participants, one of the 1oz samples from Barrister & Mann would be interesting since it’s a new soap base, and new scents.

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      14 days ago

      Are you referring to vegan Omnibus? Are you nominating Roam Two?

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        14 days ago

        Yes and maybe. Pencil Pusher would also be good.

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    I sincerely applaud the effort and kudos for the great name you came up with! I’d be interested, but I really don’t want to do a subpar effort compared to the others who participate. Preparing and sending samples could also turn out to be a nightmare atm since german customs are cracking down hard on every parcel that’s non-EU due to the European football championship. I really don’t want them to delay everything so that nothing reaches anybody in time. However, I’ll cherish your SOTD review posts!

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      14 days ago

      Would you be down to receive a smush, though?

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        I personally think it’d be unfair if I only received something but never returned the favour. Plus, since customs officials grew increasingly suspicious of all foreign parcels from non-EU countries it’d be disappointing if someone scrapes out a few chunks of soap only for one of them to be destroyed. Hell, they even searched a parcel by Djundjila of various Catie’s Bubbles soap samples he sent me and he’s just from Switzerland! It got delayed for over 3 weeks.

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          Nah, don’t worry about it! Unless you don’t like the idea of used soap, I know that skeeves some people out.

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            I’ve got zero reservations about that. Soap is antibacterial by itself and since most in the hobby care better for their soap than anything else - I wouldn’t be afraid about any germs.

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    • I’m in!
    • I’m fine with the third Wednesday of the month
    • I tried a sample of Abbate Y L Mantia a long time ago and liked it. Don Josè seems like a great scent, but has menthol. Is there another interesting offering that lacks menthol?

    I like the name Buena Vista Wetshaving Social Club, btw. I have the Ry Cooder-produced album (Buena Vista Social Club).

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      I only have Ishtar left, and it does leave a slight cool feeling on the skin - not sure though whether this is because of menthol. In any case, Marduk does contain menthol (though not much).

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        If others want to use Don Josè the menthol is not a deal breaker for me.

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      I’d make a new post and then add a comment for each soap that was nominated. We can use upvotes as the polling (ignoring downvotes, but I’ll just ban anyone who downvotes! jk).

      Edit: maybe also make it a rule that you can’t vote for your own nomination.

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        Upvoting would allow anyone inethe fediverse to choose !unless you mods see who upvoted). It would adso allow for several votes per person.

        I don’t knok if this could be excluded if we do a Mastodon poll. I also don’t know if itewould be an issue in the first place.

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          Yes, we can see who votes how.

          Yes, mastodon polls can have their visibility set to “mentioned people only” like DMs

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          Multiple votes might be ok, like the photo contest on Reddit. Worst case we’ll need a tie breaker.

          We can see who votes so we can check for random upvotes.

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        11 days ago

        Why not vote for your own? We nominate soaps we’d like to share, so “winning” means doing volunteer work. That feels ok

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          If everyone voted for their own there could be 5 entries, each with a single vote (no winner). If you can’t vote for your own you have to vote for something else, so the higher chance of something getting at least 2 votes.

          With a small number of voters and a relatively large number of things to vote on, it makes sure there’s a winner.

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              I wish. Voting by upvote is a bit lacking compared to ranked voting!

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      We only a handful of people, so I suggest we

      1. Vote in text form because it allows for ranked voting that yields the right result without run off elections or similar shenanigans or
      2. A Mastodon poll knowing that it might require runoff polls if the winner doesn’t have a majority.

      Voting by up down votes suffers from every fedinaut being able to vote, not just participants

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    First off, great name!

    • I’m in!
    • I’m good with the third Wednesday
    • I nominate something from Dr. Jon’s
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      I had to double-check—for Dr. Jon’s, I can contribute either Flowers in the Dark, Rose of Phrygia, or Runaway.

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        I’ve always been curious about Flowers in the Dark!