I appreciate the discussion here about how to handle our problems and also say thank you to our organizers!
I've been quiet on these issues because I'm having internet access problems as well as personal problems and am simply trying to stay afloat. I managed to get online now, so I'm going to add 2 cents... warning, this may be a terrible and much hated idea!
There are a few problems here that are related. Too many points in the economy, and people leaving the swap with less points than they started with.
Craftster has a rule actually, that you can't receive in a swap without sending. If people are leaving this swap with less points than they started, they are technically in violation of this rule. This should probably be addressed.
Here comes the crazy idea: (which addresses both problems)
Now that we are in round 4, going on to round 5, we have a lot of people who just roll from month to month, taking points with them, why don't we say all new swappers who join start with 0 points. That way, they can't spend until they sell something. They can leave anytime, with 0 points. If they want to shop, they have to sell. But there is no pressure, they can play as much as they are motivated to. In the beginning this wouldn't have worked because we needed points to get things rolling. Well, the economy is really rolling now, with more than 3 points per person on average.
I'm okay if this idea gets trashed. I don't even know if I'm coming back.
But it does sound like taking points away from people who earned them is really unpopular.
Thanks again organizers, this can't be easy!