Opening buy/sell thread requirement

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  1. BLD_007

    BLD_007 TPF Noob!

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    Can we change the requirement to open a buy/sell thread to a min of say 20-50? If you fall below it, either wait or PM a mod.

    I'm tired of these 1-5 post posters. I for one, will not be buying anything from them because they probably scams and as soon as they sell they leave.

    Just my 2cents
     
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    +1
     
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    One of the forums I am on has a requirement of 50 posts before the buy/sell forum even appears ... great idea.
     
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    I agree it's a good idea ;)
     
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    But, but... then the spammers will post all over the board.

    Wait, they already do.
     
  6. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    When all you have to do is ignore them, why does the forum need to change? :er:

    If you don't want to buy from them, then don't. It's your choice.
     
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    Mike, I can undestand that philosophy with regular posts... But if someone is posting something, then in order for us to see that they have only posted their one buy/sell thread, we have to open the thread...

    It could also be looked at as a form of "safety" for those of us on the forum...

    If someone is new to the forum and they see something they are looking for (nikon 70-300 lens for example) and the person is selling it for $50 (which would more than likely be a scam... too good to be true) and that person who is selling it has only posted twice before, that new person who wants to buy it could fall for their trick (not knowing any better... Not everyone is as internet safety savvy as some of us here) and lose $50...

    By making it so that a person has to have at least 50 posts before they can open a buy/sell thread, it could protect the newbies (like myself) from falling for scams like that ;)
     
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    I disagree... the less the forum tries to manage it the better off they are. Leave it as buyer/seller beware and be done with it.

    Post count has little to nothing to do with credibility.
     
  9. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's pretty much it. We have always had a 'hands off' attitude for the buy sell section. If we institute a 50 posts policy, it's might be construed that we are saying anyone with over 50 posts is trustworthy, when there is no easy way for us to validate that.

    I'm not saying it won't happen, but this has been our policy for a long, long time.
     
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    Be nice to see a post count without having to bother clicking on the ad anyway....
     
  11. jbylake

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    See your point BM, and it makes sense. But, if you wish, I can point you to other forum operator's, non-photography related, that can show real statistical data, that by instituting this "1" post policy, and requiring 25 or more posts, cut down rip-off's significantly.
    True, just because you have 50 posts, does not grant you "sainthood" into the "trustful zone". But a rip-off artist, is usually not going to put the effort in to post 25-50 significant posts (+plus 1's , thumbs up, and "yes") don't count as substantial posts. Not arguing the point further, just saying that this policy has and does work. On the other hand, I can't help to think to myself, "hey J, this is not your site, it's none of my business". And I take my own advice on this issue. So, i'll say no more.

    Thanks,
    J.:mrgreen:
     
  12. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Just to play devil's advocate, I think we had a guy show up here, who had acquired a but load of Manfrotto tripods and was just looking to sell them off.
    I think several members bought one or more of them, for a pretty good price.

    This forum ranks pretty high when someone searches for a photography forum....and if someone is looking for an easy play to sell photo gear, this is where they might show up.
    Of course, the might also attract the scammers too.

    I'll post this thread where is should have been put and then let the 'powers that be' know about it.
     

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