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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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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2014 04:08:16 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.)

I've never hosted before but here is my view. I think it's fine to request someone maybe once if you've never been partnered with them before and you admire their work, but I think it's unfair  and rude if you request that person many times over. Just because you are then limiting the other swappers to experience that partner, and I think the whole craftster swap process is meant to be so that you can experience many different artists work. If there is a craftster that is well known and has great work that Many people admire, I think their would be many who want to be partnered with them, and it would be unfair if they had the same partner each swap.
Sometimes you can look at someone's past craft and think it may not be your cup of tea, but then you get partnered up and they just go and wow you!
Just my view as a fellow swapster!
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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2014 08:28:43 AM »

I totally agree with you, Alittlemusthave.
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« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2014 04:11:29 PM »

I agree that mixing up partners is awesome!  I requested someone once, mostly because it was going to be a personal swap but we could make it official since we were looking at some big stuff so that worked out great.  I do get worried sometimes, though, when I see *so* many people partnering up that I'll end up unwanted  Embarrassed

I think that's one reason I've tended to gravitate towards OWS and SSS since returning last year to craftster after a hiatus.  I always feel really insecure about no one wanting to partner with me, even if it's just based on their preferences for other people rather than any aversion to me.  I've just noticed that the asking for particular partners has become much more common lately and honestly, sometimes I hesitate to join a little bit.

(Any of you doing the Beloved Pet swap are just SOL though, someone out there's getting stuck with me on that one - I'll risk embarrassment for things of my pups  Wink  Cheesy)
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« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2014 04:29:58 PM »

As an organizer and a swapper, I can't say that I've been witness to a lot of people pre-partnering. I'm sure no one would feel "stuck" with you, rockmygypsysoul.  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2014 05:41:31 PM »

As an organizer and a swapper, I can't say that I've been witness to a lot of people pre-partnering. I'm sure no one would feel "stuck" with you, rockmygypsysoul.  Smiley

I agree. Anyone would be lucky to have you as their partner!
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« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2014 06:14:40 PM »

Believe me, rockmygypsysoul, no one is fibbing when they say that YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I would love to be paired with you in a swap!

I have occasionally asked for a specific partner for a swap, but that is b/c I was a close Craftster friend of that person, and we hadn't swapped in awhile and missed each other.  Wink  Also, for awhile there, I was being partnered with people that I didn't have anything in common with and that is a great stressor for me.  Tongue  So choosing a person that I was familiar with his/her likes or dislikes was a relief for me.

Also, as an organizer, he/she has to look at variables such as where the participants in a swap are willing to ship (domestic or international), allergies, wants/likes, etc... so that is something to consider.

And you know, I now recognize that I have improved in some areas in my ability to craft.  I also know that I need to improve in other areas.  But I do think that people can tell when effort, time, and thought are put into what was sent to them, and that is what makes the items special...not necessarily crafting talent, "extras", etc...
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« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2014 03:36:01 AM »

Right now I am wishing I had requested a specific partner in a swap - not because I really want a particular partner for their amazing skills, but because I signed up right after the swap opened and the wait for partners is killing me. It isn't even a terribly long sign-up period, but I want to start crafting for it already. Sometimes requesting a specific partner is more about wanting to get started than it is about anything else.
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« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2014 07:40:10 AM »

That's why when I organize, I have a short signup time and limited swapping spots available. I want a swap to fill up quickly. No patience, I guess. Cheesy
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