Those of you who caught a glimpse of our new classified system during our last trial know that we've been developing this system since late last year. The main developer for this system (not someone we hired) has been very flaky, so development has been slow. On Monday I sent out our a conversation requesting feedback from our members, which began rolling in shortly after (thank you!). The initial (and subsequent) replies left no doubt that classified section improvements should be our top priority. Surprised by the number of people mentioning the classifieds, it's obvious we can't wait any longer for the developer. I'm no developer myself, but I believe the system is 'close enough' to being complete that we can make it work for us. I've spent around 40 hours since Monday working on getting this to the point where we could put it in front of you guys and get some feedback. This new system is something I've been looking forward to more than any other feature, so I'm pretty excited. As I said, I'm no developer - I promise you there will be bugs! I can also guarantee you quite a bit of confusion, especially when we go to make the transition from our old system to the new one. To make things as easy as possible, we're going to be running the two systems in parallel, only deactivating the old system once the bulk of our members have begun using the new system. Feedback from those of you reluctant to switch are especially important. Of main importance with this new system is ease of use, so please keep that in mind. Also keep in mind that anything may change here as this is still very much in development. The point of opening this up to members is to consider new ideas. The new classified system can be found at https://www.northwestfirearms.com/classifieds. When a new classified is created a new discussion thread is also created in the New Classified System Test section, located under the existing classified list. Once we make the transition to the new system threads will be posted in the appropriate section, we're only putting them all in one for now. There are no limits on how many ads you can post, so please feel free to put the system through it's paces! All feedback is appreciated KNOWN ISSUES The system lacks the ability to mark ads viewed/read. Titles remain in bold even after they're viewed. The bump system does not work. This is something the developer is going to have to tackle. Training. We need to make this as easy to use as possible! Members aren't able to change their ad status from pending to completed. Pending ads must be re-opened first, then marked completed. NEW FEATURES Ad Expiration This feature should address a variety of complaints we've received over the years about people closing their ads, closed ads remaining on the classified list, receiving reminders for not closing classified ads, etc. For now we've set ads to expire every 7 days, at which time they can be renewed with the click of a button. Ad States Ads now have four states: Active, Pending, Complete, and Expired. Active - Active ads are normal, open ads. Pending - Members can now mark their ads as Pending, for situations where an item is tentatively sold but has not sold yet. Complete - These ads are done (sold, traded, found, no longer wanted, etc). These cannot be re-opened. Expired - As mentioned above, ads will now automatically expire after a certain amount of time (TBD). Expired ads can be renewed again with the click of a button. Classified Self Moderation Members can now moderate their own classified threads, deleting comments which they'd prefer weren't there. Adios threadcrappers! Advanced Sort / Filter / Search System The new sort and filter system is nice! Sort based on: Recently Bumped Submission Date Expire Date Price Views (popularity) Advertiser's Name Title (alphabetically) Filter based on: Ad Status Ad Type (Sale, Trade, WTB) State Search based on: Location Ad Type(s) Categories Classified Conversation Metrics Average Seller Response Time and % of Messages Replies are two new seller metrics which are generated when a member contacts a seller and that seller replies. A conversation tab is also added to the classified ad. Featured Ads At the top of each category is a section for featured ads, for members who'd like to contribute a bit of cash for extra exposure. Vendor Designation Ads from our Supporting Vendors will now be clearly marked on the classified list.