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Tie Swap-Box Idea

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by WRAdvisor, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. TheWGP

    TheWGP Senior member

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    Keep it simple, guys... mktitsworth's post above is a good guideline. As far as quality: whatever's in the box is whatever everyone wants to put in, but don't put in Towncraft and take out Kiton, obviously.

    Box 2 is just a concurrent running of this, with some different folks involved. Whoever wants to participate is fine, and some overlap is to be expected. In fact, as the boxes make the rounds I imagine everyone will be interested in following along with updates on both boxes. The element of surprise and interest here is part of the attraction, not JUST tie swapping.

    Box 2 guys need to get their address or at least city & state to mktitsworth so he can start drawing up a preliminary list by geography... Box 1 guys, be thankful that Canadian Thanksgiving is over! :devil:
     
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  2. Achilles_

    Achilles_ Senior member

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    Will there be a certain pink cashmere attolini in either box? :nest:
     


  3. hikari013

    hikari013 Senior member

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    This is a great idea! I'd like to sign up to participate if its not too late.
     


  4. mktitsworth

    mktitsworth Senior member

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    I'm going to answer this in parts, AFAIK, and then present options, as I see them - hopefully in a clear, straightforward manner that makes sense.


    As currently envisioned, Tie Swap Box Number 2 (TSB#2) will be completely independent of Tie Swap Box Number 1 (TSB#1). The two will not be destined to cross paths or have anything to do with one another. Should someone choose to participate in TSB#1 that is their prerogative. Should someone choose to participate in TSB#2, that is their prerogative. Should someone choose to participate in both TSB#1 and TSB#2, that is their prerogative.

    I see these as the basic bits, but I'm going to expand, maybe tweak, them and provide some analysis.

    Option 1


    I agree. This has the potential to get out of hand very quickly and it is almost there.

    The simplest way for this to be dealt with would be for those in the TSB#2 list to wait until a new round for TSB#1 to get started. One box, one rotation. The upside of this is that it is incredibly simple and keeps the lives easy for those on box one already.

    The downside to this is that it's however long the first rotation takes before those who also want to join in can get in. Moreover, keeping everything with one box means that as new people are added, the time between the box coming back to each person on the list goes down - assuming that more people are allowed to join as new rounds start.

    I'm going to call this the baseline and compare everything to it for the rest of this post.

    Option 2


    I think that this is second easiest option. Have TSB#2 be independent of TSB#1. If people want to participate in both, that is their prerogative. In this case, I think that we should set up a second thread for TSB#2 so as to minimize confusion.

    The advantage to this is that there is another box going around for those who would otherwise be waiting an undetermined amount of time to continue. As one of those people, I'm rather fond of this option. This also allows for the lists to remain approximately the same size as new people are added, thus cutting down on the problem of adding new people as the list goes on.

    The downside is that there are two boxes to keep track of. This means that those on TSB#1 will miss out on the contents of TSB#2, and vice versa. There could end up being cool stuff in each that others might like to contribute, and those who are on both lists are split between what to contribute to each.

    This is the situation as it stands currently.

    Option 3
    This one will probably be the most controversial and require a bit of explaining. The basic idea for this is to have two boxes going around one large list, each starting at a different point on that large list. For example, if there are 30 people on the Tie swap box list, then the first box starts With person #1, and the second starts with #16 and they loop through.

    So as to make this clear I will lay out an example in a numbered list so as to make things apparent:

    EXAMPLE
    1. A list of contributors for TSB#1 is compiled . Let's say it is comprised of Spoo, Levoosh, and allaboutshoes. (Remember, this is just an example).
    2. A list of contributors for TSB#2 is compiled. Let's say it is comprised of Sugarbutch, DerekS, and ThinkDerm. (Remember, again, this is just an example).
    3. Spoo seeds TSB#1 with three ties and sends it to Levoosh. Sugarbutch seeds TSB#2 with three ties and sends it DerekS.
    4. Levoosh takes one tie from TSB#1, puts one tie back in, and sends it to allaboutshoes. DerekS takes one tie from TSB#2, puts one tie back in, and sends it to ThinkDerm.
    5. allaboutshoes takes one tie from TSB#1, puts one tie back in, and sends it to SugarButch. ThinkDerm takes one tie from TSB#2, puts one tie back in, and sends it to Spoo.
    6. SugarButch takes one tie from TSB#1, puts one tie back in, and sends it to DerekS. Spoo takes one tie from TSB#2, puts one tie back in, and sends it to Levoosh.
    7. DerekS takes one tie from TSB#1, puts one tie back in, and sends it to ThinkDerm. Levoosh takes one tie from TSB#2, puts one tie back in, and sends it to allaboutshoes.
    8. ThinkDerm takes one tie from TSB#1, puts one tie back in, and sends it to Spoo. allaboutshoes takes one tie from TSB#2, puts one tie back in, and sends it to SugarButch.
    9. From here the list repeats, adding new people as needed.

    Basically, there are two boxes going around the same big circle.

    The advantage to this plan is that everyone gets to participate. There are also more ties in the total rotation which means that there are more options for everyone to consider. This also prevents one group from being the "Big timer" group and one group from being the "small timer" group, and the stigmas associated with each. It also deals with the problem of adding new members to the swap box as the average amount of time between when you will receive a swap box is maintained. Moreover, versus the current baseline, those people set to get TSB#1 end up receiving TSB#1 in the same amount of time, but also receive TSB#2 in the mean time. In this case also, nobody has more than one person to whom they ever have to send either TSB#1 or TSB#2.

    The disadvantage to this is... Well, it takes a bit of thought. It also presents the problem of putting those who don't want to be involved in both in both, as well as doubling the total postage costs for everyone involved.

    Conclusion[/SIZE=5]
    Personally, I like the elegance and simplicity of Option 3, but that's the mathematician in me. It does make things more complex than some might want, and to a certain extent, I agree with the tough cookies bit that is atm. It happens. However, I would like to participate, and people will start another one if they want to start another one, so this at least lets everyone involved reap the benefits.

    This is what I see as the way things stand. What say the rest of you?
     


  5. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    Option 2
     




  6. DerekS

    DerekS Guyliner

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    HAHA!!!

    i dont care what happens...everyone has my address....I expect a box coming some day...:slayer:
     


  7. allaboutshoes

    allaboutshoes Senior member

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    +1 to option 2. AT LEAST FOR Now, I would rather have a simple system that works and miss out of a few ties from the "other box/rotation" then to end up with a system that ends up all screwed and the "seeders" never end up getting anything etc. One rule i always live by: KISS= Keep It Simple Stupid.
    Maybe once we go through a few TSBs via option #2 and it goes smoothly, then we can expand on the idea and try other options.
     
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  8. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    +1

    I am also under the impression that box 2 has nothing to do with box 1.
     
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  9. contactme_11

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    Wait! Am I alone? I thought everyone in the first round had to have at least a hundred? :fistbump:
     


  10. Imhoff

    Imhoff Senior member

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    Uh oh.... I uhhhh... :uhoh:
     


  11. Imhoff

    Imhoff Senior member

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    Just thinking aloud, and highly doubt this would ever be the case, but what happens if you get the box and there isn't a tie that you want? Add to box and hope the next time around has something you may want?
     


  12. IrateCustomer

    IrateCustomer Senior member

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    Yep, pretty much...or just send it off status quo. If I get the box and I have nothing that will compare to the value within, I'm sending it off as I received it. I'd rather do that than feel like a douche taking something awesome and having nothing close for additions.
     


  13. contactme_11

    contactme_11 Senior member

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    I sincerely apologize if I misunderstood you. I did not necessarily really want to be in on box #2 all that bad, but I don't like the idea of anyone being excluded when there seem to be exceptions to the rules. Plus I really felt as though I could be a good contributor.

    Although I do not envy the responsibility you have assumed, I strongly encourage you to start a new thread to discuss the details of TSB#2. It will just reduce so much confusion if it is kept completely seperate from TSB#1.
     


  14. contactme_11

    contactme_11 Senior member

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    EDIT: I have started a TSB#2 thread. Please move all ideas and discussion of this idea to it's new location so as to keep things simple in both threads and reduce much confusion.

    I would like to nominate member "mktitsworth" as the official keeper and organizer of that thread.


    http://www.styleforum.net/t/269813/tie-swap-box-2-idea
     
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