CLASSIFIEDS: Please read!

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  1. SIG_Fiend

    SIG_Fiend Administrator TGT Supporter Admin

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    This is becoming more and more of a problem lately. Lets recap:

    -Do NOT post in the classifieds unless you are a buyer/seller with a legitimate question!

    -Do NOT post in the classifieds to complain about someone's asking price!

    -Restrict your posting to relevant questions about the product being sold, traded, etc.


    When you post in a thread, it bumps that thread to the very top of the first page. In turn, this bumps the lowest thread on that page to the second page. What this means is, as you are busy posting high fives, congratulations, or other irrelevant posts in someone's classified, it is bumping people's ads off the first page and hurting their ability to sell their stuff. Make sense? Posts need to be kept to a MINIMUM in the classifieds! Where possible, the seller should make changes/additions to their ad by editing the original post, as this will not bump the thread to the very top.

    As far as thread bumps, until we come up with something specific, lets just keep it simple. Only the thread originator should bump their thread, and not more than once every 4 days. That interval may change, but for now I'd say that's fair. Bumping every single day, and sometimes more than once per day (it happens) is not fair to the other 14,000 users of this site that may be wanting to sell their items as well.

    People that do not follow these rules are going to start receiving warnings. For those that habitually break these rules, we can also start handing out bans. We don't want to do this, but it's becoming a serious problem lately. Please think before you post in the classifieds. Is it a question better done through PM's or email? Is it a question better asked through a non-classified section of the site? Lets keep things working smoothly for our fellow TGT'ers that are trying to sell their stuff people.
     


  2. majormadmax

    majormadmax TGT Addict

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    I understand everything you are saying, I would just like to suggest that you also allow any posts that would help in the sale of the item, e.g. positive, recommendations. For example, if someone is selling a GP100 revolver and I own one, it's OK that I post what a great pistol it is.

    However, negative comments should not be allowed.

    Just a suggestion....
     
  3. TexasRedneck

    TexasRedneck 1911 Nut Lifetime Member

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    Understand what you're suggestin' M2, but disagree. Someone might have a POS gun up and get a coupla buddies to help him "promote" it. Keep it clean as suggested....
     
  4. SIG_Fiend

    SIG_Fiend Administrator TGT Supporter Admin

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    I understand what you're saying, the problem is every single post bumps it back to #1 on the first page. That means posts need to be as restricted as possible. Sometimes there have been classifieds that have had 15-20+ replies of totally irrelevant info. That makes it so there is one less spot on the first page for legitimate ads, sometimes for days or even a week on end. It doesn't matter if it's a good gun or not, the buyer should do their own homework. It's the seller's responsibility to sell their item, not anyone else's. They have the whole other rest of the forum to research if that is a decent item or not, and if they find nothing, then they can post a thread in the relevant non-classified section asking other people's opinions on the type of item.

    Example: I severely dislike Taurus handguns. I recommend as many people as possible to avoid buying them as my personal experience over many years has shown me that they are not to be trusted. It's not right for me to go into every person's classified that's selling a Taurus, and post up a recommendation to others that they be wary of buying the gun because it's a Taurus. It's none of my business.
     
  5. majormadmax

    majormadmax TGT Addict

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    Well, look at the AR Texan2 is selling. His feedback score got wiped clean somehow, but many of us know he's an upstanding member of this forum. Why wouldn't we be allowed to say that?

    As for your Taurus example, that would be negative; but since I have had positive experiences with them that would only help the seller.

    And I seriously doubt there'd be any huge conspiracy to sell a bad firearm to some unsuspecting schmuck, we're good folk on here for the most part and I just don't see that happening.

    I'm not even sure why this is an issue, there are tons of other threads being bumped with bullshit comments, why is it a big deal in the classifireds?!?
     
  6. TexasRedneck

    TexasRedneck 1911 Nut Lifetime Member

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    I'd say because if you read the first post, the idea is to let the listing stay on top be the newer/more active ones based on potential BUYER interest...understand what you're sayin', M2, but I think the intent is that we not artificially keep one given thread "on top".
     
  7. SIG_Fiend

    SIG_Fiend Administrator TGT Supporter Admin

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    People generally do not go past the first page or 2 on classifieds, and heck a number of other sections as well. The more people's threads keep getting bumped back, the harder it is for them to sell their stuff.
     
  8. Jason

    Jason Well-Known

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    would pm more if space for pm's were increased...
     
  9. FlashBang

    FlashBang Active Member

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    Enforce the location in the title rule...... and whats up with the "I'm thinking about selling it if I get a good enough offer" crap? You are either selling it or you're not.

    I must be getting my period.. I'm grouchy today.
     
  10. Southpaw

    Southpaw SUPER OWNER TGT Supporter

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    +1 on the "I'm thinking about..." BS.
     


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