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« on: December 11, 2005 01:39:39 PM »

Here's a problem I have been running into with swapping:
It seems like the sign up time is really long compared to the time we have to craft something and send out.
I like to make things that are useful to my partner, so I don't want to start until I am matched with someone and have read their questionaire. Then I only have about two weeks to make my items, which sounds like a lot of time, but if anything comes up or you choose an ambitious project you could end up being late. and I just really hate, hate, hate being late.
In all of the swaps i've been in the i think everyone participating already knew about the swap so we didn't need a two week sign up period.  i think a one week sign up and three weeks to send out is good.
Has anyone else had this problem?
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2005 02:06:47 PM »

I'm late on one of my projects, even tho the crafting time was long. This was due in part of the fact that the other two swaps I signed up for had shorter crafting times. I think it's a good idea to have a shorter sign up period and a longer crafting time (3 weeks is good). that way you're not waiting forever for a partner, and you can craft your heart out afterwards.

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2005 05:12:23 PM »

It all depends on the organizer. I find that more time means procastination for lots of people so I sometimes only give a 2 or 3 week crafting period.

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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2005 08:45:04 PM »

yeah, I guess I can see that. I definitely need deadlines.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2006 04:59:52 PM »

it does seem like the sign up periods are waaaaay long....! sometimes i feel like instantly crafting...and shorter sign up times make it happen alot quicker!

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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2006 07:52:31 PM »

Hey, this is just the subject I was looking for. I signed up for my first swap on craftster and the sign-up period is one month and fifteen days long whereas the crafting period is two weeks long. There is still a month to go before the sign-up period is over. I want to get started on my items, but since I don't know anything about whom I'll be paired with I just kinda have to sit on my hands and wait.

So what I am wondering is would it be rude to ask the organiser to start pairing people who've already signed up?

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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2006 10:33:38 PM »

hey leibs!
i know that it is hard to wait for sign ups to close and partnering to happen....
sometimes sign ups are long to accomodate people or to wait for other swaps to end...
organizers have many reasons to make sign ups long and they want to give everyone a fair chance to join in on the swap. 
i personally wouldnt pm the organizer about it.  you might kindly ask why the sign ups are so long, but i would not ask to be paired up early or anything.  being your first swap and all, i know that you are super excited to get goin' on it!  but be patient my dear!  or join a different quicker swap for your first swap!  but do let the organizer know if you are going to join a different one...they need to keep track of your swap participation until you have completed your first swap!
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