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Topic: Shop the Swap AKA the Ongoing Backwards Swap AKA Shop the SweatShop  (Read 97104 times)
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« on: March 21, 2007 05:43:29 PM »

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I saw that there used to be an old ongoing backwards swap that didn't last long enough to get the kinks worked out.

And in the sweat shop swap thread a bunch of people were talking about a Shop the Sweat Shop Swap.

I was thinking, what if we combined the two into something that was sort of like the Shop the Sweat Shop Variant of the Sweatshop Swap, but ongoing.

I was kind of thinking it would work like the monthly 'Wishlist' swap but in reverse.  So people would have a list of  finished objects they had created, and people could then pick from each other's lists.

Obviously, there'd have to be some mechanics in there to make sure people were sending and receiving about the same amount of stuff.

I've thought about it some, and I have some ideas, but I wanted to see what other people thought!
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2007 05:49:31 PM »

Is that just like an offer what you have swap, but with all crafted things...no supplies or anything?

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2007 05:53:55 PM »

That's basically what the backwards swap was, but it stalled alot.

So I was thinking instead of being a chain like the offer what you have swap, it could be with lists, more like the Wishlist swap.

But yes, it would be with finished type items of some kind instead of supplies.
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2007 05:54:41 PM »

There was also a suggestion to have people list medium-sized goodies only.

Maybe there should also be a minimum number of items to list?
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2007 05:59:18 PM »

I think medium sized is a good guideline.  It's not so strict as to make it hard for people to list things, but it's at least some kind of guideline to get people started.

And I think saying people have to have at least 5 things in their shops would be a good idea.  Most of the ongoing swaps, I think, say you have to have 5 things on your list, so that seems like a good guideline.
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2007 06:07:38 PM »

I love the idea of this, since I'm always seeing patterns for things I'd like to try but would never use.  However, if this was set up like the Wishlist Swap instead of an Ongoing Swap, will there be a certain number of times you can pick? And what if for some reason, no one picks anything off your list?  Would you still be able to choose from another person?  Just wondering how this would work.


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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2007 06:12:40 PM »

I thought about that alot and I kept coming up with really complex rules for how it would all have to work, until I came up with the idea of a point system.

It boils down like this:

1. Everyone starts with 1 point.
2. Everytime you pick off a list, you spend a point.
3. Everytime someone picks from your list, you gain a point.

Person A joins the swap and posts a list, they get 1 point.
Person B joins the swap and posts a list, they get 1 point.
Person A chooses an item from person B, now person A has 0 points, and person B has 2 points.

So, person A can't choose again until someone chooses an item from their shop.

So, everyone would get at least one choice a swap basically 'for free', but if they want to continue getting picks, someone will have to choose from their shop.

Much like the other ongoing swaps, if no one is choosing from your list, you'd need to add more stuff.

Does that make sense?
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2007 06:15:46 PM »

I like how whether you can swap or not doesn't depend on other people (ie. people can only stall themselves but others cannot stall you).

But I feel sorry for the organizer!!!

Also, if everyone gets a free pick.. maybe it should be limited to people who have good history?
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2007 06:17:09 PM »

Raynbow I think that's a great idea!
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2007 06:21:55 PM »

That sounds perfect.  I'd love to do this swap.


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