How to offer a box

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So you've received your box and written about it. What now? You still need to pass the box on to someone else.

Who do you send your box to?

A proposed recipient should be someone you suspect of having a critical mass of (or at least sufficiently interesting) electronics junk, should have a non-zero online presence, and should be reliable enough that you think they actually will send it off again within two weeks.

Each TGIMBOEJ box has a book of names in it (which you're supposed to add one to), so you should have some good choices. We also have a list of people who have requested to receive a box-- you can probably find someone to send it to there. This is not chain mail. You do not send it to "the next person on the list." You send it to a worthy recipient, as determined by your own judgement

If you can identify someone who meets these criteria and you think might be interested in participating, contact them and see if they want to participate and are willing to follow the TGIMBOEJ guidelines. Here is a suggested format for your contact E-mail:

Dear Alice,
You have been nominated as a potential recipient of The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronics Junk!

What is The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronics Junk?

	The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronics Junk is a progressive lending library of electronic components. 
An internet meme in physical form halfway between P2P zip-archive sharing and a flea market. It arrives full of 
wonderful (and possibly useless) components, but you will surely find some treasures to keep. You will be inspired 
to look through your own piles, such as they are, and find more mysterious components that clearly need to be 
donated to the box before it is passed on again.

Recipient Conditions for The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronics Junk:

	* Take out and add as much electronics junk as you like 
             (but keep it small enough to fit in  a USPS flat-rate Priority Mail box).
	* Write up, photograph, document or otherwise publish in some way online at least one thing you took out 
             (suggested flickr tag: TGIMBOEJ).
	* There is a little book in the box. Add a checkmark by your name to show that the box has been to you.   Also 
             propose a future recipient by adding their name and e-mail address to the book.
	* Within two weeks pass the box along to one of the people whose name is in the book. Before mailing it to them, 
             send them this list and make sure that they want to participate.

You can read more about The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronics Junk at

	Please let us know, ASAP, if you would like to participate in this project.  If you do, we'll need your mailing address 
and you can expect to receive the box within the next week.  If not, that's okay too, but please let us know-- it's also 
possible that someone else will ask you again sometime further down the line.

May You Die with Honor!

Note 1: Substitute the potential recipient's name for "Alice" and your name for "Bob."

Note 2: You may also wish to change the valediction "May You Die with Honor!" to something more appropriate, especially if you are not a member of a warlike race from Star Trek.