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paul wheaton
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I think work trade stuff is fun and cool.

My concerns in this space is the stories I've heard about:

44) the work traders show up for the event, but seem to not be able to show up for their assigned work trade

45) the work traders really suck at the work they are assigned

46) the work traders will get a discount such that the math works out that they are getting $30 per hour for minimum wage stuff

47) some work traders need so much management that the manager could have gotten it done in less time than it took to manage the task

The super professional events I've been to didn't have any work trade options. They paid people to do the stuff that needing doing. And that money came from the people that attended the event.

And I still think work trade is a cool thing. It can work out. I just think the work needs to be done long before the event. And as the event nears, then there might need to be a talk like "I don't think we're gonna get enough hours in to be able to meet the full ticket price." Maybe if we get to the point that we have enough events, people can chip in to a previous event so they can attend the next event.


 
jacque greenleaf
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Paul, I think the answer to this question lies in "how long does the work-trade agreement last?"

Here where I am, we do it by 1) limiting the work-trade to a week or two and 2) focus the short-term work-traders on things that we'd like to get done, but won't be up s---t creek if they don't. After that week, then you will know the individual better, and can offer a longer relationship.

Then you are talking about internships/provisional membership or just a longer work-trade agreement on something more critical to the mission.
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