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« on: June 21, 2011 09:47:01 AM »

My own personal swap rules state that the swapper must post in the thread at least once a week so we know they're "alive and crafting."  In short, so we know their not flaking.  After several reminders, this last group of swappers I had still didn't get it.  2 of them went on vacation without telling anyone, one of them sent late and wasn't going to say anything until I PMed her.  One sent a partial package (another pet peeve, and against craftster rules) without notifying me.....

Sometimes the only way to do a swap you really want to is to organize it because no one else will.  But after all the heartache and trouble us organizers go through, is it worth it?
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011 01:32:51 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011 09:40:29 PM »

Thanks.

In all my organizing, an excuse I get all the time for not communicating is "I'm really busy."  I realize we're all busy.  But if you're that busy, shouldn't you not be doing a swap (or several as the case may be)?
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2011 07:19:57 AM »

That sucks, I wouldve thought that people would be more excited for the swaps they are in. I havent gotten past the signup stage for my frist swap, so im not sure how well the communication will be after they get partners, but hopefully it'll be strong. Ive joined swaps that said to communicate one a week, Im not sure if I did do it every single week, but I definately tried to, even if it was something really small and almost pointless lol. One of my last partners didnt really talk at all though. I asked her what something was on her questionaire and it took over a week for her to get back to me, i replied with another question and she just never got back to me. I didn't hear from her until she thought my package was lost in the mail because it took more than two weeks to get there. When i got the package she gave me i told her and thanked her for it, but she never even responded to that one. When someone does that, it makes me think that they dont really want to take part, and they just really care about receiving their gift...I think it definately took a bit of fun out of that swap, but i was lucky to have 2 partners. If they were my only partner, I dont think I wouldve had fun with that one though.
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2011 06:46:21 PM »

I have seen swaps posting that they will turn down swappers if they have "poor communication" or "late sender" in their feedback.  I am organizing my first swap and am hoping I don't have any flakers. 

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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2011 09:09:53 AM »

That is a REALLY good idea, Larissa.  I probably won't organize any more swaps after the 2 I'm doing now, though.  It's a big pain.
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2011 02:34:55 AM »

I know what you mean... I've done one and know I will have to wait a whle to recover before trying to organise another one.

The worst thing is, as organiser, you feel guilty for the good swappers who invariably get partnered with the "oh no I couldnt get to the post office today, maybe next week/month/year"* people.

I also found it frustrating that no matter what, unless someone falls off the face of the earth completely they still get 'positive' feedback... thank god for the comment section!!

I will CERTINALY be considering rejecting applicates with multiple instances of 'sending late' or 'bad communication' in their feedback IF I organise another swap.

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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2011 07:27:16 AM »

It's been my experience that the swappers who have consistent "poor communication/sent late" in their feedback are not a good bet to have in a swap. 

I've also noticed that, just like in 'real life'  Roll Eyes, some people "JUST DON'T GET IT"! (i.e.-If you sign up for a swap, that means you are agreeing to abide by its requirements! DUH!)

I've had a terrible organizing experience and will not be organizing/co-organizing for a good, long while.

(But...I do have to say, that when it goes good...it's great!)
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2011 09:38:40 PM »

Aside from some issues at the start, my video game swap has been going great.  The one I started slightly before the video game swap just went so awfully that it turned me off to organizing for a good long time.
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2011 01:31:10 AM »

If they have poor communication, note it in their feedback. And when you approve people to your swap, really look at the comments and if there are a lot of that kind of thing, don't let them in. Swapping's a privilege, not a right.
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