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« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2013 02:49:43 PM »

That is exactly what I was thinking. Oh well. All of our good intentions will have to find another outlet.

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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2013 02:51:56 PM »

Not at all personal. Those rules have been in place since September 2009. We have had issues in the past with that kind of format.

I'm sure you all can come up with some other viable option. Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2013 03:01:10 PM »

It's always fine to send someone something as a personal swap without expecting anything in return! If you have a Craftster friend who is down, ask them for their address and surprise them with something nice. We just can't sponsor an ongoing, organized swap of this sort. Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2013 03:15:23 PM »

This may seem silly but what if we do an anonymous swap where the gifts are wrapped, pictures are posted anonymously by the organizer/moderator, and submission of photos and receipt of a package by each member qualifies someone for positive feedback.  Then each participant can simply keep their package until they are having a difficult time.  Then they could open their package (which they wouldn't know what they were getting until they opened it) and share how it made them feel.

I think that's a dumb idea and probably doesn't really serve the purpose but I'm not sure how else to do it in line with the rules.  But I think the initial idea is really great and I totally hope we can find a solution!
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« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2013 03:27:18 PM »

This may seem silly but what if we do an anonymous swap where the gifts are wrapped, pictures are posted anonymously by the organizer/moderator, and submission of photos and receipt of a package by each member qualifies someone for positive feedback.  Then each participant can simply keep their package until they are having a difficult time.  Then they could open their package (which they wouldn't know what they were getting until they opened it) and share how it made them feel.

I think that's a dumb idea and probably doesn't really serve the purpose but I'm not sure how else to do it in line with the rules.  But I think the initial idea is really great and I totally hope we can find a solution!

I don't think that's a dumb idea, but I do think it would be a nightmare to organize and still ultimately not fit the rules. I definitely think something like this would be best via personal message.
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« Reply #25 on: August 29, 2013 03:33:32 PM »

It could be done as a standard swap called Caring Package or something and partners craft a little pick me up package for each other....
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« Reply #26 on: August 29, 2013 03:35:35 PM »

Well that's what it sounds like it needs - rather than be an official swap, someone who was willing to volunteer their time could just keep a list of everyone who has expressed a willingness to contribute.  Then when someone contacts that person (whether for themselves or another member), they send out a message to the top person or two on the list.  When someone contributes, they can do so once and then opt out or if they're willing to do it again later, they get moved to the bottom of the list.  And if anyone on the list just isn't able to do anything at the point they're contacted (due to schedules, finances, etc), the organizer would just send the message to the next person on the list.

Does that make sense to other people?

It would mostly take some time by the organizer and people would have to be genuinely willing to contribute without any strings attached.  But if people are willing to do so it can just be an internal network rather than an official swap, right?
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« Reply #27 on: August 29, 2013 06:24:07 PM »

There was a swap along those lines awhile back...the avatar for it was a sea of smiling happy faces and one sad one.  I think the term "pick me up" was used in the title, or at least some of the words.
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« Reply #28 on: August 29, 2013 06:44:26 PM »

Here you go: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361793.0#axzz2dPd7hUTj
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« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2013 07:07:54 AM »

Since you mentioned in your first post that sending cheers you up as much as receiving, you could organize some kind of "I haz a sad, let's cheer each other up" swap. Just a thought.
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