ediblelandscapingsc said:Why not mid November as a good time. and instead of listing a few seeds a day list them all in one day but let people pick and choose over a 1 or 2 week period.
That's actually how it is done. Seeds are supposed to be listed at the start of the swap and each day you get new tickets to claim dibs with. (This particular swap was set in the midst of harvesting time for a lot of members, so if you're noticing that a lot of people added to the swap as it was still going, that was why. That isn't typical, nor how it is intended, however.)
As for November, it would be a great time from a harvesting standpoint, but I find November is a difficult time for most people because of Thanksgiving. It is particularly difficult for me, too, as I'm often hosting Thanksgiving at my house and so I don't have the time (nor the dedicated table) for organizing seeds, even if everyone else in the swap somehow had November free.
Also I didn't understand the fraction thing with the seed swap. Everyone who gives seeds should get 2 or 3 picks off the bat then if someone gets a pack of seeds from you then you get another pick. Wouldn't that seem more fair?
The fraction thing is actually an ingenious part of it that Dave came up with! I can see how it would seem strange at first, but if you think about what would happen if everyone were awarded a full ticket for each seed pack they 'sell', most of the seeds would be gone the first night! It would just keep going on and on in an almost unending back-and-forth that first night. (Think of it this way...if I dibbed a seed packet from you and you got a ticket, you would dib on someone else's, and they would get a seed packet, and that person would dib on someone else's who would get a ticket and then [ithat[/i] person would dib on someone else's, etc...) The fractions allow for some relaxation between when tickets are awarded so that people aren't up all night feverishly waiting to see if they are the next person to whom a ticket will be awarded.
Also what happens to left over seeds?
Great question! Any seeds not claimed don't get sent in for sorting and redistributing. The original owner keeps them.
That said, however, in my swap we seem to have a trend going on that may or may not continue on to our future swaps: donating to the NARR. I'm tickled by the generosity of our members and several have already stated a desire to donate their extra seeds to add to a large seed gift I will send to a lucky winner in an upcoming NARR.