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Sir Patrick
10-28-2010, 12:10 AM
Looking for some input, ideas ect. that members might have or have been thinking about. Lets bounce some ideas around!

I have been thinking a radio with ocean noise in the background of the swap could be cool......I dont have what it takes to do it, but think it would be cool. Maybe even a TV with planet earth- coral reefs playing??

Any thoughts/ideas out there? Or means of making cool stuff happen at the swap?

rosebud161616
10-28-2010, 04:04 PM
Not sure if you already planned this but name tags really help! I have been to so many swaps where they don't use name tags and it gets really frustrating trying to find people!

This is more for future swaps, but many swaps do incentives to get people on fragswapper. This really increases pre-sales and gets people excited and involved a few weeks before the swap. I know of many reefers that will judge a swap by whats on fragswapper, so if stuff is moving you might draw more people in. You could do a free raffle ticket for every 3 items listed on fragswapper or something along those lines.

Sir Patrick
10-28-2010, 04:42 PM
^ Hmmm....that might be a good idea!

Corvette Reefer
10-28-2010, 04:58 PM
CHOCOLATE FOUNTIAN!!!!!!!

And maybe some like type of fishy music in the back ground like some type of techno that makes you think of oceans??? (I could help with that) And laser/strobe lights!!!

I'll think of some other things that are very cool to get people!

ReeferRob
10-28-2010, 05:34 PM
Jager luge!

Seriously I like rosebuds idea..free raffle ticket for each post listing something HERE for sale!
Oooh, now Im rolling! Free raffle ticket to anyone wearing a bikini, scuba gear or hawaii shirt!
Have a 5 gallon bucket lifting contest. Who ever can hold it straight armed out in front or to the side wins a prize.

demonclownfish
10-28-2010, 05:52 PM
i like the bikini idea :)

weimers75
10-28-2010, 08:08 PM
Fragswapper is awesome! Takes a minute to get used to but after that it does all the work for you. Also eliminates the what are you bringing threads on multiple sites which makes it tough to keep track. I've never hear of using incentives but all presales are done there...think All-Ohio Swaps - sometimes 20 pages of NOTHING but listings.

Another idea would be a diagram of the layout where people who have table could write their name...that way if you're looking for someone you know where to head. Only 1 swap has done this, but man did it help!

jimsflies
10-28-2010, 08:53 PM
We'll have a table layout diagram showing where everyone is at. It will be posted a few days before the swap.

Sir Patrick
10-28-2010, 11:57 PM
Rob- all great ideas! Sound like fun!

Jordan (aka corvettereefer) the chocolate fountain sound great.....but palytoxin/coral bacteria, wet hands and community style liquid chocolate dipped fruit dont mix! Make a cd, and we will see what ya come up with. Find somthing calm and relazing, or maybe a beach recording with waves and seagulls or bubbles bubbling or somthing along those lines. mix it up a bit, and we can see what ya come up with. Maybe some regea tunes added in the mix. No laser lights....unless they are LED and built to go on a frag tank, lol!

rosebud and wiemers- I tried to incorporate fragswapper last year, but just couldnt figure it out. Jim has gotten it figured out this year. I am sure in the coming years, we will be utilizing that tool more and more. Its a pretty cool and useful site.

I am pretty sure I have enough name tags to go around too. I still got to check. Any other ideas?

weimers75
10-29-2010, 08:30 AM
One note about fragswapper...I think MMMC tried to use it recently but also did a ""what are you bringing" thread and another site similar to fragswapper. No one used it because you literally would have to post in three areas. If you use fragswapper, use only that...otherwise people will stick with what they know instead of trying a site that makes it easier.

jolson10450
10-29-2010, 08:54 AM
One note about fragswapper...I think MMMC tried to use it recently but also did a ""what are you bringing" thread and another site similar to fragswapper. No one used it because you literally would have to post in three areas. If you use fragswapper, use only that...otherwise people will stick with what they know instead of trying a site that makes it easier.

i think the reason most people do it here is because they also make sale threads too so people can pick up locally like i do. i have a hard time using frag swapper the last 2-3 times i tried but maybe once i get more familiar with it i will like it but who knows.

can we get a ps3 and call of duty going haha?

rosebud161616
10-29-2010, 09:34 AM
Fragswapper is a difficult website to figure out at first. It was very poorly designed and has a very horrible user interface. Once you get past that and actually figure out how to use the thing, it serves it purpose very well.

I just realized this is for a future swap and not the one coming up the weekend after this weekend. Oooops...

Maybe someone could have a learn to use fragswapper workshop at this coming swap! :silly:

jolson10450
10-29-2010, 09:36 AM
Fragswapper is a difficult website to figure out at first. It was very poorly designed and has a very horrible user interface. Once you get past that and actually figure out how to use the thing, it serves it purpose very well.

I just realized this is for a future swap and not the one coming up the weekend after this weekend. Oooops...

Maybe someone could have a learn to use fragswapper workshop at this coming swap! :silly:

no this is targeted towards the swap on the 7th...

weimers75
10-29-2010, 10:54 AM
I agree with rosebud. After you use it, it gets easy...heck on the last All Ohio I (and I was not alone) checked it all the time - the prime stuff would sell out in minutes.

Although it does leave out the local purchases if they can't make it to the swap, the benefits outweigh that cost (and the difficulty cost). Once you get in, it saves all of your listings, and you click a few buttons and can re-list stuff for another swap. It also lists how many are available, and keeps track of all of your sales and requests (no more editing posts to update quantities or things sold out). You can also view only frags that are still listed (as apposed to looking through 8 pages of listings, comments, questions, etc.), and it eliminates all of the "other stuff" like: this is my first time, what do I need to bring, etc. The pages you see are all listings and nothing else.

This is why I suggested not giving other options, like a what are you bringing thread. It forces people to figure out fragswapper (which really isn't that difficult and a tutorial can easily be typed up). Even for this swap there are different things listed here than on MIreefers and vice versa. One site = less problems and less to keep track of.

Thanks for the layout - it will make things run more smoothly:)

kev2me
10-29-2010, 12:38 PM
I helped set up INDMAS last year with fragswapper and made a little tutorial on how to use the site here: http://indmas.org/main/index.php?showtopic=4434

Maybe I could repost it here for those who need help with it :)

jolson10450
10-29-2010, 01:27 PM
I helped set up INDMAS last year with fragswapper and made a little tutorial on how to use the site here: http://indmas.org/main/index.php?showtopic=4434

Maybe I could repost it here for those who need help with it :)

kevin, please repost that here eventhough it does say the other groups name just post exactly what you have in a thread here and maybe we can get a sticky on it to show people how to use it in the swap forum. after reading it made it seem so much easier now lol