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Updated Classified Rules, Policies, & Procedures

Discussion in 'Questions, Problems, & Feedback' started by Joe Link, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Joe Link

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

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    I'm sure we're going to get a flood of inquries as to why people can no longer post in the classified ads of others. No, you're not banned, we've changed how the classified section works.

    For more information please read this :thumbup:
     
  2. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    I like this idea for many reasons. Good choice
     
  3. jackrocks59

    jackrocks59 tigard Member

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    I post ads on many other sites, ebay, craigslist, bp, ect.....I never seem to have a problem. Even after reading your rules Iam still totaly in the dark how to even click something to get started on placing an ad. Very difficult.
     
  4. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Go to the proper area that matches what you want to buy or sell Handguns, Parts etc. Click the right area, then at the top of the listing click "New Thread"

    And you're set to go.
     
  5. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    Mr. Link, this defies convention.

    So, now the seller has to answer 6 - got pic's, 3 by PM and 2 by e-mail and 1 by phone. Add a dozen for counter offers and another dozen for possible trades. THEN, the seller has to figure out which "I'll take it" came first. Was it the IM, e-mail or the phone call and how to prove it to a wounded buyer. Its going to be a mess! Good luck.
     
  6. fingolfen

    fingolfen Oregon Member

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    I tend to agree - general protocol is to post an "I'll take it" on the thread and follow up with PM or email...
     
  7. StrkAliteN

    StrkAliteN Western WA - Snoho co Member

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    This.
     
  8. stitchclimber

    stitchclimber St. Louis Active Member

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    Joey, all due respect.

    I can't stand the new set up. it defies traditional forum practices, as well as making information harder to find.
     
  9. A2theK

    A2theK Olympia Member

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    It also allows highest bidder gouging. No more first come first served here.....
     
  10. stitchclimber

    stitchclimber St. Louis Active Member

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    agreed
     
  11. dave

    dave Independence Member

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    I very much dislike the new system. Im not opposed to change, BUT.
    Like posted above, the pm's will be overwhelming. If the person that started the thread on the classifieds could delete responding threads to his post that were degrading or not in the best interest to his sale, it would accomplish more. People often ask great questions that are not listed in ads. Also, it is very informative to see how well something sells and roughly at how much it sold or traded for.
     
  12. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    If you check out the WTS area, I have many items for sale in one post, and am doing well keeping up with everything.

    There are some forums that have gone this route, and it keeps the threads clean.

    The problem we have are people posting that they could get it for a cheaper price new somewhere, or "Nice _____ wish I had the money" etc. Which does nothing for the thread, just clogs it up.
     
  13. SDR

    SDR Clackamas County, Oregon Silver Vendor Silver Vendor

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    How about those few get the restrictions,Or a warning from above to STOP....Give them a suspension if they don't comply....Kinda like a grounding for not following the rules....It is nice to see the competition....
     
  14. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    There is nothing in your example that is not on topic nor against the goal of the sight. Makes me wonder what the real problem is that Mr. Link is trying to address. Is it server related? Too much disk space related to the classifieds? What? I'm confussed!

    ETA: When money or goods are involved, people banter. If its such a big problem just remove the classifieds.
     
  15. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    I gave you the reason, it was discussed with the whole admin., if you choose not to believe me, there's nothing more I can say or do for you.
     
  16. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    "Clog" is what I can not believe.


    Oh, you mean like our last 2 posts. :(
     
  17. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    Without my morning vodka, it took a while. I think I figured it out.

    "Clog" means a free BTT/bump given by members supporting the Origional Poster in an ad.

    Seems to me, getting an ad post to the top of the listings would be very desirable by the OP's. There is a time minimum before an OP can bump their own origional post. YMMV.
     
  18. dave

    dave Independence Member

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    1500 members here, seems like 30-50 "know it all members post all the chat and bickering in the threads. I think the rest of us are here for the classifieds. Give control of the classifieds to those of us that use the classifieds. Let each member police his own ad! Kinda like a grown up place
     
  19. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    The trouble I've run into is a Group Buy thread where I was not the OP but where I did provide a lot of the "updates" to the thread since it was an "off-site" GB.

    With the new policy in place I can no longer post updates. Not a big deal in and of itself but I tend to agree with previous points regarding questions asked in the classifieds, offers made and knowing what is SPF, free BTT on the items in question, etc. Things that WERE possible under the old policy.

    Then there is the fact that the way it is now an item might get posted but since no one can post in the thread except the OP or mods it will "drop off the list" if you don't see it right away. And I am not in the habit of searching through an entire week of "new posts" just to spot an "old" WTS item from six days ago.

    I guess I am fuzzy as to what the original reason was that prompted the change in the first place? Was it OP's complaining about threads being hijacked? Was it mods not "liking" possible off-topic posts in the classified thread, was it server related, or something else entirely??

    Just curious.
     
  20. stitchclimber

    stitchclimber St. Louis Active Member

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    yeah something will have to be done about this.