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Topic: The points system vs. general swap guidelines: what do you think?  (Read 13352 times)
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« Reply #90 on: November 25, 2009 06:32:29 AM »

I do like the point swaps, that said I always send over the requirements. Even with a size requirement swap, I did get disapointed. I received one of those construction paper bookmarks as a small, that did not disapoint me as much as the sheet of copy paper with words written on it for a medium, or the previously superman decorated hat with swap theme words added to it for a large. I consider that a three point package.

Obviously, there are varying degrees of skills and we all interpret things differently. By the most part I have been thrilled, wowwed, and excited to receive what my partners have sent.

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« Reply #91 on: May 07, 2010 09:11:50 AM »

 I have to say I am a Points girl too!! When I org. I use the points now always Smiley


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« Reply #92 on: May 25, 2010 07:38:15 PM »

As a craftster who prefers the "one tiny thing" swaps and someone who carves stamps, I think the points system is a great idea, if it can be implemented.  Sometimes my rubber stamps take about 5 hours/lots of time per day, but I will never count them as large, unless the item is mind-blowingly annoying to do.

So, yeah.  I generally will not join swaps that have "large" in the swap requirements.  What's to say if I sent an incredibly detailed piece as a large and my partner disagrees?

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« Reply #93 on: February 28, 2011 01:17:31 PM »

Am I the only one who would seriously not mind receiving all small items in a points-based swap, in exchange for (fewer) larger items, as long as those small items obviously had thought and effort put into them?  I mean, a bookmark that I will use/love is worth far more to me than a quilt that I wouldn't, despite the fact that the quilt is obviously much larger.  Point being, if the items were obviously crafted for me, I will be happy with them.

And someone asked why requiring larger items would preclude people from doing the crafts they're good at ... well, it depends on what you're good at.  As a paper crafter, and one who is clearly not an artist, I cannot conceive of anything I could make that would be considered a large.  (I also happen to sew some, but let's just stick with the papercrafting for illustration purposes.)  That means that I would be effectively omitted from any swap that required a large, whereas if the same swap allowed for various point combinations, I would be fine.

I also agree with what RubyCopperhead said:
There is a number of reasons for this. One is, that I am not so confident about my crafts.
If the swap requirement was, send something you are happy with, I wouldn't be able to swap, because I am so overly critical of my stuff, and I am never happy when I send a swap package. I love swapping, the whole process - except the stage where I actually send.

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« Reply #94 on: February 28, 2011 01:48:32 PM »

A kickass set of bookmarks = large. I've done sets of smaller things as a large before, and no one have complained yet... So I don't see why you couldn't join a large - medium - small swap. If you write what you can make and the organiser does the job right you shouldn't have any problems. And even if you're partner only lists huge sewn objects in the form it could probably be sorted by PMing them. I don't always put a lot of papercraft things in my wishlist but that doesn't mean I hate papercraft and would hunt you down for sending it to me... I just forget... Or run out of space...

I guess I just don't get why there's a need to create a new system when the old one works in all situations I've heard described as reasons to use points. A set of themed somethings can easily add up to a large or medium. If the swap called for one large and I got a big box of decorated note cards or letter paper I wouldn't be upset (try the opposite). You can still craft large paper crafting stuff... You just have to let go of the notion that you have to make ONE huge object as your large.

I think I'd rather go *craft craft craft* "Hmmm... These things together look like a large to me. Done!" instead of counting how many points the individual things make up.
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