Friends Near and Afar

Friends Near and Afar, Letters we Share and Cherish.


Slowly users tend to be both Cat and Book lovers

All the Cat-themed stamp issues did well – my favourite being the gorgeous 'Purrfect Holidays' set, still available via the Time Machine.

I thought of a suggestion, for a set of stamps presenting both of those passions. I follow a great account on Twitter called 'Reading with Cats' and delight on the imagery she posts and shares on this theme.

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It arrived quietly, in late April

And was not promoted by the Slowly Team at all, other than adding a new 'Stamp Request' button in the Web Client. Which offered direct link to a new 'Feedback site'.

Now, a month and a half later, there are many success stories we can talk about. I first wrote about this new site and feature on April 29, here on our Slowly subReddit.

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We have recent Reddit and Blog posts

...with an updated list of the many countries which still do not have their own Stamps.

  • Some have a Flag but no Location stamp, which is super important.
  • Some have commemorative stamps, but no Location one.
  • and some did not get ANY stamps at all so far.

You can see the detailed inventory of these countries, and who is missing what, here:

World Countries still without a Slowly Stamp ? June 2022 updated list on Reddit, or here in the prettier Blog format.

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Could we have a Slowly stamp for...

The other day, a new user posted a topic at our Slowly app Reddit sub, inquiring about a stamp for Paraguay — which is one of two South American countries I knew are still missing a location stamp of their own.

This topic is an update of my original post from August, 2020 in our SLOWLYapp subreddit, which is also present in my Blog here.

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A new 'Slowly Stamp Suggestions' site arrived

In late April, without fanfarre or being announced, promoted. I think that was for testing purposes, to make sure things worked.

Somehow I found out about it, and started spreading the word.

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A new feature just appeared on Slowly Web Client

A button in the Stamp Store, going out to a 'Stamp Request' new site. Introduced on Slowly Web Client version 3.2.9, one click on Stamp Store takes you there. And the site can become quite active if we join...

They imported a number of received suggestions from past emails (for example, there's an entry for a request for Anzac Day stamp, which was accepted and issued recently).

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Some good news to report !

I am happy to see these, and to know that our Reddit community had a role in bringing these to life.

About two months ago we had some discussions about people receiving 'letters' (more like messages, indeed) in languages they have no knowledge of, and which are not listed in their profiles at all.

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A new month brings new stamp releases...

We were waiting, the collectors community looks forward to the usual release batch arriving near the end of a month, with stamps which will be unlocked soon, in the next month.

That happened, and it is a large batch – ** 16 new stamps in total**, and here they are. 😎👍

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And when it rains, it pours!

We were chatting in another topic yesterday, the collectors community looks forward to the usual release batch arriving near the end of a month, with stamps which will be unlocked soon, in the next month.

That happened, and it is a large batch – 24 new stamps in total, I could not even post images for all of them at Reddit, as it allows only 20 images max in a post. But here they are. 😎👍

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The official word is in, here is how this process works.

We had various recent topics with users who had unpleasant experiences, and wanted to report the offending accounts. We discussed the best way to do that; although it wasn't fully clear how the process worked.

I sent my Slowly contact person a letter and received a prompt, professional and well written reply. This being the official word, now published here so we all understand better how to do it.

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