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« on: March 19, 2014 07:42:30 PM »

So as I am making partners tonight, for the Art Dolls 3 swap, I can't remember if I've paired two swappers together before. I tend to stay in the same themed swaps so I swap with many of the same people. I think from now on I will include a question on my questionnaires that asks "Who were your last 3 swap partners?" so I don't match Swapper A and Swapper J over and over again.....

Does that make sense? JillHogan - I know you know what I'm talking about....
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2014 06:37:41 AM »

I've seen this before. I think by MareMare in the MAQ swaps?

The question was along the lines of "Have you done previous rounds of this swap before? If you have, please list your partner(s):"

Actually, I looked it up, so that's exactly what the question was. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2014 07:23:56 AM »

I tend to have a lot of the same swappers in my swaps, too, so I generally include that same question. It really helps!
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2014 04:11:47 PM »

Thank you - that's very helpful. Glad I'm not the only old lady forgetful one on here!
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2014 07:14:18 AM »

I've had people request not to be paired with a certain person. Not because the two didn't get along, but because they'd swapped a lot already and wanted to try someone new. Very helpful for me when I paired people up!
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2014 06:52:20 AM »

I've had people request not to be paired with a certain person. Not because the two didn't get along, but because they'd swapped a lot already and wanted to try someone new. Very helpful for me when I paired people up!

I've also had that with people that like being partnered with a particular person over and over.  But, yes, that's a good question. I always worry about this when there are the international swappers, because I wonder if they get paired together a lot because of being international.
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2014 02:07:21 PM »

Along this vein I am curious how organizers feel about people requesting certain partners. I had heard of it being done then decided to browse through people's work and pick a partner for myself to try it out. The organizer seemed fine with this and even mentioned that others had requested partners too. In general, how do you feel about requests? Do you get bombarded with them? Do you find that some people will request the same person? Would you rather the swappers step back and let you do all the pairing? I am just curious about what this does for the organizer. Do you find this helpful, frustrating or are you indifferent to it? (I am not referring to two people choosing each other, but rather one person picking someone without the recipient's knowledge that they've been requested.)
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2014 02:34:18 PM »

I've never had your second scenario happen, about one person asking without the other person's knowledge.  The first time it happened to me that someone requested to be partnered with someone, it bothered me, but it can be helpful because you know that those people make a good pair.  I've only asked to be partnered with someone one time, and that was because in the swap thread, I had mentioned an item that would be a huge, most likely out of my receiving league, would be amazing and someone offered to make it. And, it ended up we did get pair, although that organizer was overwhelmed with requests and was annoyed about the asking. 

I think it's ok for people to ask, but they just need to understand that the pairing might not happen if a different pairing needs to take place.  I think it would be a huge compliment to someone to have a "secret partner" request!
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2014 02:37:09 PM »

I agree that sometimes it's really helpful to an organizer to get requests, but I always make it clear from the onset that I may not be able to fulfill everyone's partner wishes. I do my best, though!
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2014 11:14:19 AM »

I don't mind requests - which happened in the last round of the fabric art journal page swap.
But as racky said, I can't always fulfill swappers requests.

Thanks for all of the good advice and ideas. Looking forward to adding more questions to future swap questionnaires!
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