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Bumping closed ads discussion, please participate in the discussion.

Discussion in 'Questions, Problems, & Feedback' started by Trlsmn, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    A couple of us are talking about this in the mod section and the opinion is that 14.2 does indeed mean that an ad can't be bumped to the top without breaking the rule if the bump is sooner than seven day.

    There is nothing that says it's OK to bump your ad if the item has sold.

    We are of course interested in what the members think so please post a comment if you agree or even if you disagree. Thank you.
     
  2. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    I think it takes up space for one. It is useless for everybody else to know. It serves no purpose and plus all closed ads should be deleted. Thats where I stand and like others trying to sell something are on page 8 in 4 days because of all the bumps and closed threads.

    Closed threads serve no purpose and should be deleted and I will be happy to deleted them for everybody.
     
  3. glock.40

    glock.40 Orygun Active Member

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    It's a losing battle if one can't bump more than once a week, but individuals find 'loopholes' to get their items to the top of the list. But the bumping of closed ads is simply stupid for the sake of bragging that you sold your firearm, but I see nothing wrong with letting people know that the item is sold. I don't know how many pm's I've sent on items that have already been sold but the ad didn't say so.
     
  4. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Closed ads will not be deleted. Closed ads fall off rapidly as they are no longer able to be bumped so the only consideration is Server space which isn't a problem
     
  5. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    I hear you on the loophole people, I wish they would understand it's not about finding loopholes to be selfish it's about showing the other 13,000 members respect.
     
  6. miletwo

    miletwo Gresham, Oregon Member

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    I agree they should not be bumped. There is no reason to bubble it up just to say it's sold. The title should be marked "SOLD" in the original post and the thread closed.

    My $.02
     
  7. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    What if SOLD threads could just be moved to a separate "SOLD" forum once an item has been sold? That might clean up the classified threads while still making the SOLD threads available for research if one chose to. Just an idea.
     
  8. glorydays4ever

    glorydays4ever Happy Valley Active Member

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    Agreed, if the closed ads are not going to be deleted forever then let's have them automatically moved to a closed ad section. Then this would be a mute discussion. +1
     
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  9. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    I really like this idea too.
     
  10. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Unfortunately, moving the closed ads is not an option. Ads, whether open or closed, are very important in driving traffic to the site through Google and other search engines. If we move them, they lose their rankings, and we lose traffic. Once we get the new classified software in place it will be much more obvious that closed ads are closed.
     
  11. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Edit........ Joey posted as I was replying so my reply would have been redundant.

    So back to the original topic....

    I would like to take this thread back on track and deal with one thing at a time though. We are talking about stopping people from closing an ad with a bump instead of editing their first post then closing the ad.
     
  12. glorydays4ever

    glorydays4ever Happy Valley Active Member

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    If closed adds were automatically moved to another section then it would not be bumped to the top it would be moved. Hence fixing the topic of closed ads being bumped. I think that may be the only way that will change.

    You would still get the traffic to the site because those ads would not be deleted just in another section on the site.

    If you have noticed the trend lately, people are just deleting all the information in the ad and Title anyway. They do not help any traffic.
     
  13. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    The key word is "Automatically" the forum software does not provide for this function.


    That's not necessarily true, it depends when the search engine grabbed the page. It still may be directing to a page that was later modified. That's why you ofter see a "Cached" option as well as a link on Google.
     
  14. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    That does make it a pain then. That's a lot of manual work for someone.
     
  15. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    "not it!"
     
  16. glorydays4ever

    glorydays4ever Happy Valley Active Member

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    Bummer about the software. :( Forget it if it has to be done manually.
     
  17. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    I think one thing is member education. It seems that a lot of "bumping sold/closed threads" is because they are unaware of the proper procedure for closing a thread without bumping it. Unfortunately, it seems they become aware of their knowledge deficiency after they've done it wrong (at least once) and getting called on it.

    There also seems to be a second issue of adding information to a post within the 7 day period which would bump it. Personally, I would prefer that additional info is added at anytime, but I can see where overeager and/or unscrupulous members might take advantage of that.

    You'd think that with all the miracles of modern technology, it would be possible for the software to autolock a thread during the seven day period. Any inquiries between that time could be handled via PM/email. OTOH, that makes for a rather stale classifieds section.


    elsie
     
  18. WhyteCheddar

    WhyteCheddar East of Moscow by the Willamette Well-Known Member

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    Stiffen the penalty for breaking the rule.
     
  19. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    I'm with Elsie, in that I think that a lot of members are just ignorant and/or too lazy to read the rules of how to close thier ad. I also see a lot of "ooh, nice gun" B.S. bumping by members who know better. If your not asking a direct "I'm interested in buying" question, you have no business posting. Send a P.M.
     
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  20. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    i half read/half skimmed the thread.. but i'm confused- why's there even any debate? who thinks it's appropriate to bump a sold thread, and why?

    bumping a sold thread is absolutely nothing but bumping down a not sold thread.