Added 15 regional stamps for special days:
Added 2 stamps for international days:
Added 2 premium stamp sets:
Added 3 regional premium stamps:
And at last, let’s get ready for 2024:
Added 9 regional stamps for special days:
Added 3 stamps for international days:
Added 2 regional premium stamp sets:
Added 6 regional premium stamps:
We are excited to announce the introduction of a new single sign-on (SSO) process for our feedback site. Now, all users can sign in using their existing Slowly account, which includes options such as Email, Google, Apple, Facebook, and the convenience of scanning a QR code with your mobile app.
This single sign-on mechanism is designed to provide a seamless user experience for everyone while providing our team with more context when reviewing feedback.
For users who had previously created an account on this site but had not linked it to their Slowly app account and wish to preserve their previous suggestions, comments, and voting records, we have a solution for you. Simply reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, providing both your login ID for the feedback site and your Slowly account. Our dedicated team will assist in merging your records, ensuring a smooth transition.
We appreciate your continued support and valuable feedback as we strive to enhance your experience on Slowly.
Thanks to all of your contributions, our stamp collection has now grown to over 1600 stamps, and it keeps growing. Starting from this month, we will list our monthly releases in this changelog, including links to the original requests and their authors. This way, you can easily track our progress.
Here are the stamps updated this month:
Added 14 regional stamps for special days:
Added 2 regional premium stamps:
Added a regional premium stamp set:
Added 7 regional stamps for special days:
Added 2 regional premium stamp sets:Added 7 regional premium stamps:
Added a new stamp into Sports stamp series:
Added 16 regional stamps for special days:
Added 5 regional premium stamps:
Added 2 stamps into Sports stamp series:
Added a new achievement stamp series:
Added 15 regional stamps for special days:
Added 2 stamps for international days:
Our feedback site has received over a thousand suggestions since its launch in May, and we truly appreciate your support. As traffic increases, our management policy also needs to be adjusted. The adjustment will apply to the following categories:
International Days- The International Days series that has been launched has reached a state of near excess, sometimes with more than 4 releases in a week. Some of them are interesting but lack recognition, so conducting a comprehensive review and adjustment is necessary. Besides, our data collection team has been gathering relevant data, which often overlaps with user suggestions. Therefore, we will stop examining requests in this category in the future to improve productivity.
Public Figures- There are many great people everywhere. Our team is not suited to the role of determining who is more important or memorable. We will leave these jobs to the relevant organizations or government. Therefore, we will only issue stamps for specific public figures: 1. with international days or commemorative days designated by the United Nations or other international organizations (global release); 2. with commemorative days or public holidays designated by the local government or credible organizations (regional release).
Religions and Mythology- There are many religions in the world. We do not intend to promote any one religion, and we do not want anyone to feel disrespected. The lines between religion and mythology are often blurred, and we are trying to establish guidelines to help our team differentiate between the two. Until then, the review and production of stamps with religious or mythological themes will be suspended unless it is a festival or public holiday (regional release) designated by the local government or a credible organization.
Lastly, we urge everyone to maintain online etiquette, communicate openly and inclusively, and respect the opinions of others.
User feedback has always been an important element in driving Slowly's continuous improvement. We have received lots of interesting suggestions from the previous stamp suggestion form, some of which have been adopted. Thank you for your overwhelming support 💛
With this newly created website, we hope to address several issues:
How to Participate?
If you have an interesting idea - whether it is about your own country or the world, you can submit it through the "Request a New Stamp" form. We recommend adding photos and links as supplementary information in addition to text descriptions, so that our team and other users can better understand your proposal.
Our system will automatically search for relevant suggestions when you enter a topic, so as to facilitate management and centralize the discussions. If a similar idea already exists, you can leave a comment to participate in the forum* directly, add information or upvote.
Upvoting can also help the system select and push trending topics to the homepage, so that more users can see them and help our team make decisions.
*Any comments not related to stamp suggestion will be deleted without notice
Currently, our team will roll out 0-5 stamps based on the number of active users in each region. Our future goal is to provide regional free stamps for each country and increase the coverage of regional premium stamps. Review and launch sequence will be prioritized with the numbers of local users and stamps already launched. Naturally, we will also consider other factors such as timing.
As for the review criteria, our team will consider the following elements:There are countless interesting things in the world, and we believe that getting everyone involved is an essential step.
Some concepts are indeed very precious, but not necessarily applicable to small stamps. Hence, our team is developing a new product to promote cultures around the world in another way. Stay tuned!
In the coming Christmas, in addition to the usual global festive stamp, we have also prepared 20 regional stamps introducing Christmas dishes from all over the world. Apart from the familiar dishes that many people know, such as British Christmas Pudding, Australian White Christmas and Italian Panettone, we also cover some less popular dishes, such as Venezuelan Hallaca (a type of food wrapped in banana leaves), Filipino Bibingka (a kind of cake baked with glutinous rice flour) and so on 😋
(L) Venezuelan Hallaca (R) Filipino Bibingka
When we received this idea from Ruth (She is also a Filipino translation volunteer for SLOWLY. Thank you!), we all liked it and started preparations without hesitation.
During the information collection process, we feel as if we have travelled all over the world to celebrate Christmas. Other than food, we also found some interesting traditions. For instance, we learned that Catalan in Spain would prepare a Tió de Nadal starting on December 8th, feed it food and water, and cover it with a blanket to keep it warm. Then, on Christmas Eve, the children will hit the tió with wooden sticks and sing the ‘Caga tió’ song. The lyrics literally mean ‘Shit, log!’. Finally, after a round of beating, the children will receive Christmas gifts from under the blanket.
*Caga tió! Source: Youtube*
Our team members attach great importance to cultural diversity and are excited whenever we learn a new tradition. We believe that SLOWLY users are also curious about the world, and food (and stamps) is a great way to bring us closer together.
Why do we need to learn about the cultures of different places?
By knowing the cultures of other countries, we can get to know each other on a deeper level: take into consideration where your pen pal comes from, their traditions and values. Sometimes, you will notice that different cultures have similar origins or interconnected historical relationships, and you can even relearn your own culture from them. Learning to accept and embrace cultural differences can also broaden one’s horizons and mind. Perhaps the next time you travel around the world, you will find that the various moments from making pen pals will bring you a different experience.
Collect Christmas stamps from all over the world