The Swaps area at Scrapbook.com is one of the highlights of the Neighborhood. We maintain a "hands off" approach to the swaps area of the board. All neighbors at Scrapbook.com are free to participate and organize swaps, but the neighbors must understand that they are "swapping at their own risk." Scrapbook.com neither endorses nor moderates swaps. [b]This means that if you don't get what you expect, or don't get anything at all, we cannot do anything about it.[/b]
Although Scrapbook.com does not get involved in the workings of swaps, we have had in the past, circumstances that have forced our hand at setting some ground rules. We expect and appreciate all the neighbors at Scrapbook.com to abide by these rules.
On the next page of this post, you will find a message called How to Host or Participate in a Scrapbooking Swap, written by Scrapbook.com President, Jill Davis. We highly recommend you read this article.
[i]"The Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have others do unto you) is a swappers motto. It's a good thing to remember that each participant has their own style and taste (if you are swapping layouts or cards) and you may get finished products that you wouldn't normally choose for yourself. That's the fun and variety of a swap!" [/i]
Please remember that others don't always have the same taste that you do. If a person is sending out items that are not to your taste or your standards, that's just the way things are. As long as a person is correctly participating and sending you what they have said that they would, then there should be no issue. This is what makes swaps exciting and also what makes them risky. Again, "Swap at your own risk."
[b]Please also remember the following:
Swap unto others, as you would have others swap unto you.
- Be civil, understanding and kind.
- If you aren't going to be able to complete a swap on time, don't participate.
- Comply with your commitments.
- Participate at your own risk.
- Do not post negative comments about other neighbors.
- If you are having a problem with somebody, contact them on your own. In most cases, it's just a misunderstanding.
- Do not post inflammatory comments about other neighbors. Scrapbook.com reserves the right to ban users from all participation at Scrapbook.com for inflammatory comments.
- If you are going to be late with a swap, let someone know. It's important to keep your word.
- We strongly recommend that all problems and issues be resolved directly among the neighbors through email or private messages (PMs). If you have a problem with a particular user and feel that other users should be warned about them, you must communicate this through PM or through email.
- There will be no tolerance for negative comments regarding the types of things you receive back in a swap. If you are not happy with the items you receive back, please feel free to communicate that through private emails or private messages. Any threads or posts made that are felt to be un-neighborly by the moderators or administrators of Scrapbook.com will be removed entirely. [/b]
If a hostess of a swap posted at Scrapbook.com does not return swaps items that they have committed to send, you can send an anonymous email to [Email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/Email] Please include the hostess' user name, the title of the swap, and the link to the message thread, if possible. We will investigate the situation and do our best to rectify the situation. This is not an email address to report flakers. This should be used only as a last resort. If you have a flaker in your swap, you would expect the hostess of the swap to handle that issue themselves. This is an email address for NON-COMPLIANCE messages only. All other complaints will be ignored and deleted.
Scrapbook.com may ban users from the swaps area of Scrapbook.com for non-compliance. We don't anticipate ever having to do this, but we reserve the right if it becomes necessary. These decisions will be made at Scrapbook.com executive discretion and without announcement or warning.
Scrapbook.com is known for its special, warm atmosphere and for the neighborhoods' general self-governance. We don't anticipate this changing. If, however, we feel that the swap board is creating more problems and maintenance than is reasonable, we will have no choice but to close the area.