Following that, there will be two days for people to browse through and decide which offer(s) they'd like to bid on, and then...
Bidding period: will open at 6pm (UK time) on Friday 28th June, and close at 6pm (UK time) on Monday 8th July, at which point all offer threads (except the ‘Requests’ post) will be frozen and no further bids will be possible. To see what this is in your local time, the world clock converter is here: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/c
NB: The ‘Requests’ post (the post for bidders seeking something not offered in any of the other posts) will stay open past this date to allow writers/artists/podficcers/etc who didn’t get any bids (or whose bidders have dropped out) to browse it and make their claims.
If you have sold… once bidding has closed, you need to PM your winning bidder to discuss details of precisely what sort of thing they have in mind, when you think you'll be able to deliver it, whether your situation has changed and your offer can no longer stand, etc. You may want to ask for proof of their donation before you start work, but it's up to you. If you have a moment to PM me and let me know how much you 'sold' for then that would be great, as it would be interesting to see how much we collectively manage to raise from this auction.
If you have not sold, or are just feeling ambitious… you may want to check out the Requests post to see if there’s anything that tickles your fancy.
You may want to hold off from donating until you've heard from your writer/artist/podficcer/etc and had confirmation that their offer still stands. If you've not heard anything from your writer/artist/podficcer/etc and have already tried contacting them (unsuccessfully), please send me a PM via this comm and I’ll try to get in touch.
Once you’ve heard from your writer/artist/podficcer/etc and had confirmation that they’re good to go, please make your donation. Following that, if requested by your writer/artist/etc, please screencap either the donation confirmation page or the confirmation email sent to you by the organisation to send to the person you’ve won (remembering to black out any identifying information that you don't wish to share).
If you have any questions about the above, please leave a comment in the Q&A post and I’ll get back to you.
1 - this works basically on an honour system. Obviously it’s impossible to track people down and stand over them while they either make their donations or write/draw/make their fanwork, hence there's no real way to guarantee either that people will donate the amount they've bid or that an offerer will produce whatever they promised. So I'm counting on everyone's goodwill to do what they say they will.
Therefore, much as it would be great to raise money for the appeal, please don't a) sign up to the offer post(s) if you're unsure you'll be able to make good on your offer(s), and b) bid more than you can afford!
2 - before you bid on a physical item (e.g., keyrings, knitted toys, etc) in the Miscellaneous offers post, please consider whether you have a postal address (either home address or elsewhere) that you would be happy disclosing to your offerer if you win them. If you don't then, sadly, there's not going to be any way for your offerer to send you your item and you won't get anything for your bid.