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#1 adamhanlon

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 02:01 AM

Dear Wetpixel community,

 

I am trying out a new policy for posts in the Classifieds forum.

 

It now requires a minimum of three posts (in any of the other forums) before members can post for sale ads or respond to posts in the forum.

 

There are two reasons for this:

 

1. Wetpixel is a vibrant community of individuals that willing and selflessly share their experiences and knowledge. The Classifieds section is there for members of our community to recycle their used gear.

 

We welcome new members to our community but we do not want to become simply a cheap way for people to sell used gear.

 

2. Practically, Wetpixel is a very safe way to buy and sell, with thousands of mutually beneficial transactions. However, like all online communities, there are those that seek to defraud people via fraudulent transactions.

 

Hopefully, requiring a number of posts prior to allowing interactions on the Classifieds forum will increase the security of transactions, and allow buyers/sellers to formulate better opinions about their prospective buyers/sellers.

 

I am relatively open minded about this new policy and will assess it and revise as appropriate. Please feel free to add any opinions to this thread too.

 

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#2 SwiftFF5

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 03:09 AM

I like this policy, thanks.  I am a member of another forum that requires 25 posts before gaining the ability to post classifieds ads, so this is still only mildly burdensome and should not pose any serious inconvenience to "real" members of Wetpixel.


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 12:58 PM

Three is too low; suggest at least ten valid and cogent postings!


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Posted 05 April 2018 - 05:49 AM

Three is too low; suggest at least ten valid and cogent postings!

 

I agree. Three posts is a bit if a joke.  I believe you are heading in the right direction but would think that at least 10 or maybe even 20 posts should be the minimum.


Edited by bubffm, 05 April 2018 - 05:50 AM.


#5 sunnyboy010101

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 07:56 AM

I too agree with 10 maybe 20 as a better minimum. It would also be nice if they had to have say 10 posts before they could PM to buy gear or post "Will you sell me" replies.



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:49 PM

And this post makes an even 20 for me lol. Kidding aside I like the idea of a minimum post count but I am not sure what a good number would be. I have been a member here since 2007 and only have 20 posts. I am usually a pretty quiet guy in all areas of my life so I tend to not post much. Lately I may average 5 or 10 posts a year on my own Facebook page. I'm not sure I agree with a minimum post count to respond to an ad. I believe there is at least a small number of people who come here to get started and one of the first things they may do after reading all about which system is right for them (cough, cough Canon dslr cough) they would likely try to purchase something. I also think the purchaser assumes more risk than the seller since they will likely send payment and wait for delivery. Just my quick thoughts fwiw.

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 03:28 AM

And this post makes an even 20 for me lol. Kidding aside I like the idea of a minimum post count but I am not sure what a good number would be. I have been a member here since 2007 and only have 20 posts. I am usually a pretty quiet guy in all areas of my life so I tend to not post much. Lately I may average 5 or 10 posts a year on my own Facebook page. I'm not sure I agree with a minimum post count to respond to an ad. I believe there is at least a small number of people who come here to get started and one of the first things they may do after reading all about which system is right for them (cough, cough Canon dslr cough) they would likely try to purchase something. I also think the purchaser assumes more risk than the seller since they will likely send payment and wait for delivery. Just my quick thoughts fwiw.

 

 

Except that this policy would not affect purchasers (unless they are trying to post a "WTB" ad), but rather the sellers - and is designed specifically in attempt to offer at least a little protection for the purchaser, since they are the ones sending money just as you say.

 

 

 

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#8 K9Shadow

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 09:37 PM

Except that this policy would not affect purchasers (unless they are trying to post a "WTB" ad), but rather the sellers - and is designed specifically in attempt to offer at least a little protection for the purchaser, since they are the ones sending money just as you say.
 
 
 
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I was responding to the above post about needing a certain number of posts before you could message someone to buy an item.

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 05:31 PM

I like the idea...helps validate the person is legit...



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Posted 04 June 2018 - 03:43 PM

I too like the idea however.... can it be displayed in such a way that newbies understand the "post x-times" before you can respond to Classifieds? I have too have lurked these pages for a number of years, before joining - and even that was a hurdle!- and only came across this post by accident today when I was browsing.... I had been wondering why I could not respond to posts in the classified section!  :clapping: 

All's good  :lol2:


Why did my post, above, get put in as a guest post???


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Edited by kat86, 04 June 2018 - 03:44 PM.


#11 TimG

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 09:41 PM

Hey Kat86

There’s a slightly weird quirk on the system that posts often appear initially as coming from a guest. But this changes quickly to the proper poster’s user name as, hopefully, you experienced.

Your point on making sure newcomers understand the rules on Classified advert posting is a good one. Over to the WP Administrator, Adam, to chew that one over.....

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:32 PM

Thank you new member here, from south Florida. Thanks

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 12:08 AM

My posts are still being made as guest , what i need to change? , as above was said , im following the forum for 1 year now  i ve learned a lot with it but now that i want to sell some gear  i am not being able to do it 



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Posted 21 June 2018 - 03:23 AM

@jacontente - if you just hit the "refresh" button, as @TimG mentions above, you will see that your posts in the classifieds section are appearing under your name.


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Posted 21 June 2018 - 07:28 AM

@jacontente - if you just hit the "refresh" button, as @TimG mentions above, you will see that your posts in the classifieds section are appearing under your name.

 

Thanks SwiftFF5, you saved me a post... No! Wait!!!   :crazy:


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Posted 06 July 2018 - 01:44 AM

thanks for the warning



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Posted 18 July 2018 - 02:48 PM

What do you mean by post? Selling something 3 times? comment 3 times? I am not sure how to do this. I have been a member for 8 years and have never posted anything and now want to sell my gear. Why can I not list on the classifieds?

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 09:39 PM

What do you mean by post? Selling something 3 times? comment 3 times? I am not sure how to do this. I have been a member for 8 years and have never posted anything and now want to sell my gear. Why can I not list on the classifieds?

 

 

Yep, you need to comment on something someone has written or write something yourself 3 times. You can then list items on the Classifieds. So comment 3 times will do it.

 

Hope that helps. If not, drop me a PM and I'll explain in more detail.

 

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Posted 19 July 2018 - 05:31 AM

Although I have have not posted much, I did post a classified.

My experience would have been much better and more community friendly had I been more familiar with the wet pixel community and how the website functioned. I agree with the new policy.



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Posted 19 July 2018 - 06:09 AM

Although I have have not posted much, I did post a classified.

My experience would have been much better and more community friendly had I been more familiar with the wet pixel community and how the website functioned. I agree with the new policy.

 

Thanks James

 

Finding your way around the WP website and using all the Forum's features does take a bit of practice! Some of it is a bit confusing sometimes - but, hey, the advice and the willingness of people to chip-in and offer some fascinating insights make it one of the best forums I have used. And, best of all I reckon, no-one slags anyone off!


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