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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2006 08:17:00 AM »

i am a swap participant who has felt a little ripped off by the apparent lack of effort on the part of my partner in the quality of their crafts. while i recognize that everyone has their own strengths and abilities, i do not commit to a swap unless i am sure i can produce a good quality product, and i put in time, effort and sometimes quite a bit of money into my swaps.

and it would be nice to recognize the swappers who put in that extra effort, which i really try to do on my own. maybe a 5-star rating system, similar to those used to rate sellers on ebay or books on amazon. the recipient would be able to *optionally* rate their partner to the organizers, to their partner's profile, or something like that.

this kind of system would help to "motivate" people who may be thinking of winging something off to try that extra bit, and maybe even weed out people who are potential flakers.
i think such a system can be so easily abused, just like on ebay, if someone hasnt sent they could leave feedback first so that it appears that the one who did send didn't and the flaker could play the "well i didnt recieve first and he/she is just covering her own butt by saying i didn't send"
i think if we had a system like this it should be run throught the orginizer

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my idea is that we just add a extra paragraph to the swep thing that has to be on the first page saying, e.g. "your current swap moderators are Pete and Bob. if you are unhappy about feedback, please contact them via PMs and further discuss it with them." kinda like an appeal system, like ebay have with NPB's so if a good swapper gets bad feedback or vice versa, it can be better handled.
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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2006 11:25:52 AM »

you could tell the organizer how you feel, and they can post it in their feedback. when i have a good swapper, i say so.
If one of my swappers was having problems with their partner in communication, i would want them to tell me so i can put that in their feedback. I don't want my swappers to be unhappy. But i'm not going to know unless they tell me.

So if you're having a problem with a partner, TELL your organizer. If the organizer doesn't do anything about it, contact a mod. we can add stuff into the feedback.
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2006 11:49:03 AM »

thanks for everybody's feedback - it's nice to have some solidarity with this topic. i will continue to stay in touch with my organizers and mods on swaps and hopefully they will accurately document the problems. i love craftster and i appreciate all the work that goes into making it run as smoothly as it does, especially when it's all done on a volunteer effort of so many people.
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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2006 12:42:27 PM »

i am a swap participant who has felt a little ripped off by the apparent lack of effort on the part of my partner in the quality of their crafts. while i recognize that everyone has their own strengths and abilities, i do not commit to a swap unless i am sure i can produce a good quality product, and i put in time, effort and sometimes quite a bit of money into my swaps.

and it would be nice to recognize the swappers who put in that extra effort, which i really try to do on my own. maybe a 5-star rating system, similar to those used to rate sellers on ebay or books on amazon. the recipient would be able to *optionally* rate their partner to the organizers, to their partner's profile, or something like that.

This is a tricky issue because I know I have had thoughts about how much effort exactly went into the swap package I have received. But then again there are swaps where I have sent out a package that I've spent so much time and effort on, thinking that they were the greatest crafts in the world and then looking at everything else in the gallery and feeling like I just don't measure up. Times like that I wonder if my partner is sitting there wondering if I just rushed out a package on their behalf. I agree that I never commit to a swap unless I am sure I can produce a good quality product, but then again, what seems like a good quality product to me, might not seem that way to my receipient.

Maybe we are talking about when it's super obvious? Like an IKEA mug with stickers on it? Tongue

Also, w.r.t. informing your organizers, what would you say? "Hi, I've received and I think my partner didn't put much effort into the package..." In cases like these, how would the organizer verify that the package was subpar? If the package really was subpar? (IMHO a truly subpar package is one where the swapper didn't put effort into the items. Not one where the items themselves aren't that great). Gosh. All this talk is giving me swap anxiety...
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