One feature that's kind of fun (if you test positive for the the nerd gene) at The Other Two Companies: the "waiting" threads in the forums.
At one company, incoming kits are assigned batch numbers, and someone starts a thread for each one. At the other company, a new thread is started every month.
What's the point of a waiting thread? To calm/cause OCD twitches and amuse statistics junkies, of course. :)
Generally, people make a post saying when they ordered their test, when they received it, when they mailed it back, and when they got a message that processing had started.
Later, they may report processing updates (although that's not applicable for Ancestry's autosomal test), and finally they post an update when the results come in.
But, really, everyone in the thread is just madly doing the math on everyone else's progress so they can try to guess when they'll get their own results. ;)
(That, and comfort each other through the waiting game.)
I'm not sure if such a topic would do well here, but since I *finally* just sent in my second kit and am now waiting, what the heck... why not post your data if you're in the tick-tock top-tapping club.?
(People seem to not find the DNA boards here until they have their results, which may mean that we're just not a waiting thread kind of community. That's okay. We'll always have our contentious private tree threads to keep us close.)
Family Member: Dad (second kit)
Kit Ordered: 9/17 (See below.)
Kit Arrived: Don't recall, but it was fast.
Sample Sent: 2/16
Sample Arrived: 2/20
Estimated Results: 4/03 - 4/17
Yep, I've had this kit since September! I made a big fuss here in the forums at the time because I didn't want to order a second kit, even at a reduced price, without any word from Ancestry on raw data and/or comparison tools. Then I caved in the final sale hours and decided that I may as well grab another one, just in case the final price later was enormous or more features were added soon. Good job, Ancestry marketing peeps!
I finally handed the kit to my Dad this past weekend. (I'm visiting my family before I move overseas, so sorting out everyone's DNA now is ideal... which is why I very very very reluctantly just ordered several kits from Another Company despite my love for the tree features here and my optimism that this will be the test to beat, but that's another story.) So poor Dad had to spit for this Ancestry test, scrape up a cheek swab for a yDNA test elsewhere, and later this week he'll spit for Another Company. I know he'll forgive me eventually.
However, I'm thinking this kit may be returned because a) Dad may have smoked too soon beforehand (as a non-smoker, I was only thinking of food and drink - duh!), and b) I'm not sure he gave the best sample. (I won't elaborate as some of you may be delicate, but you can use your knowledge of Dad's cigarette habit plus your imagination and go from there.)
Oh, and there's also c) the fact that while driving across country for this trip I was caught in a snowstorm in Flagstaff. I brought in all valuables from the car to the hotel room, as one does, completely forgetting the kit in the trunk overnight. Oops. One company (Ancestry?) says their kit will survive a very wide temp range (-114 F to 114 F, I think?), so maybe it's a non-issue. (Unlike the inability of the hotel restaurant chef to make a grilled cheese sandwich, which was totally an issue, but - oops - this isn't Yelp. Sorry.)