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« Reply #40 on: November 19, 2012 12:51:10 AM »

I have sent her quite a few messages with more questions and it did help some but I still felt like the answers were pretty general. I feel like this is something that I should bring up with a moderator after the swap is over. I think I'd be able to better evaluate at that point.

« Reply #41 on: November 19, 2012 06:18:24 AM »

The 'general answers to specific questions' came up before in another thread. I remember a few people saying they give general answers because they think it's more helpful to be more open to what their partner wants to make instead of being so specific that their partner is really limited. 

Maybe that's what she thinking? Could you PM her and say you WANT specific answers instead of general 'oh, whatever you want is fine' kind of answers.

« Reply #42 on: June 19, 2013 11:25:05 PM »

I have felt nervous about this being new to swapping. I was inspired by Samsara, another craftester member, and created a page for swap partners on my website: http://paperbeau.weebly.com/craftster-swap-info.html

that way I know I've given as much inspiration to my swap partner as possible, and have definitely said I don't want my top 4 pet craft peeves.

Perhaps you (any reader who is nervous of a badly paired swap) could consider doing something like this - to help guide a partner towards items you would be overjoyed with! I would be very happy to see a similar list for my swap partner.

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« Reply #43 on: June 21, 2013 09:42:56 AM »

Good ideas here!

I would take a mismatch with a grain of salt...I sometimes ask organizers why they paired me with someone and get the most surprising answers Grin...mostly that I was the only one willing to pay international postage! Grin

I love swapping so I have to take the little bad with the mostly GREAT!

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« Reply #44 on: June 21, 2013 06:30:40 PM »

It's seems hard to accommodate for everyone's quirks and such in their questionnaires.  So far, I have only done two swaps, and I find I always leave myself as the leftover so I can pair everyone else up as best as possible - based on their wants/likes/dislikes/craft abilities/allergies/shipping requests, etc.  I can't imagine what it would be like running some of the huge swaps.

On the plus side though - sometimes a "mismatch" is a challenge to learn something new and push personal boundaries.  It can be pretty inspiring.

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