How to get started as a new tester?

Hi! I’m new to Ribblr and have probably 0 karmas (I don’t really know how this works) and I’m understanding that having low karmas often means you won’t get selected to be a pattern tester… but you also have to be a pattern tester to get karmas, I think? Are there any recommendations to get started so I can start getting karmas and get accepted as a tester? Thank you!!

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If you reply to the tester call saying that you have no karma, but you would love to test it might help you get picked.

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I would suggest start posting “makes”/journals of projects that you’ve finished. Basically get a pattern (or several) and make the project and once you’ve finished, leave a review with a high quality photo(s).

As a designer, I will look at all my applicants makes and sometimes read a few of their journals. The quality of the makes are more important than the number of makes. If you have a few high quality makes, that would personally be more appealing than dozens of lower quality makes. This also includes the photos you take for the journal.

You do need to complete test to gain karma. However, I will say that I personally don’t base to heavily on karma, I have found it’s not always the best indicator of how good a tester is. I have have people how have 0 karma be better than those who have 30+ karma.

Overall, I think having high quality makes and photos make you more likely to be picked as a tester. At least that’s how I tend to pick most of my testers, others designers may feel differently.

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Oh that makes sense! Make it more personable so they know I’m not a bot lol

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Yeah! When I do pattern tests, and someone comments that they have no karma but would love to test etc., I like to choose them because then they start getting karma!

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Haha great! I’m gonna go ahead and follow you just so I’ll know when you post a test next :smiley:

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I’m new to Ribblr (and crocheting) as well, and when I apply to test out a pattern, I will add a comment on the post letting them know I am new but really excited to try out their pattern, etc. I’ve been lucky and have been chosen to test a few awesome patterns so far. Good luck!

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Awesome, thank you so much! I’ve been crocheting for a long time, but I’m new to Ribblr. Feel free to reach out if you ever need crocheting tips, I love teaching!!

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Awesome, thank you, I will follow you and if I have any questions, I’ll message you!

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Am I allowed to post makes from patterns that aren’t from ribblr? I started crocheting a few days ago and I’ve made a few small projects before I stumbled upon ribblr. Seeing as I can only post pictures of them, but no actual journal/feedback, I was a bit unsure if that would be fine or not

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You can only make journals with patterns on Ribblr. But when you apply to a test, you can leave a comment with pictures of things you have made before, so you have more chances to be picked. Personnaly I choose anyone who seem motivated to test, whether they have karma or not :slightly_smiling_face:

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You can, however that might end up getting buried in your post history. Basically makes are different from making a post, makes are journals/review of a pattern that you have purchased from ribblr. So at the very end of a pattern you will see a “Leave a review on rhis pattern” or something like that and you are able to upload a photo of the project and leave a review on your thoughts of how the pattern was written, how easy or hard it was, what you liked about the the finished project, etc.

If you have already made some projects not from ribblr and have posted them on another website (like instagram) you can reply to tester calls saying something along the lines of, “hey, Id really love to test, but I don’t have very many makes on Ribblr. However I do have an instagram that I have posted other projects on. My instagram is …”

But not every designer may have the time to look up your instagram, so I would really suggest making some journals of your makes on ribblr. And not every designer will look in your profile for your posts about your makes, its easier for designers to look at “makes” there is quite literally a button that says “my makes” when you click on anyone’s @ handle.

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I don’t think karma is important, if you have something in your makes to show your art. If you don’t, you can attach some examples in comment. I started with testing not long time ago, and got picked to everything that I wanted (except one big project) having 0 karma :slight_smile:

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I agree that karma isn’t the best indicator, sometimes testers with tons of karma are bigger down with many projects and take a long time to finish! I always choose at least one applicant with zero or low karma to hear new voices and because we all have to start somewhere. I don’t have very much ribblr karma but I’ve added many designs. As a designer I’m also more likely to accept engaged applicants who comment on the post indicating they read the requirements or showing a picture of the yarn they use or mentioning something specific about the design.
Thanks for applying to test my sandwich cookie, I look forward to seeing your journal! And welcome to Ribblr! It’s such a fun, positive environment.

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It’s so great to hear from you!! Thank you so much for accepting my tester application :heart: I hope I did well!!

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You are very welcome and you did great, I replied to your PM. :blush:

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