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PugetSound5
January 6, 2002, 05:29 PM
Some kind of setup (if technically possible) to allow the poster of an ad to remove or modify it at any time and for any reason. This way only current, accurate and active ads would be displayed, no matter how old.
Anyway, archiving and keeping the ads serves no real purpose, so there's no downside as I see it.
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C.R.Sam
January 6, 2002, 09:22 PM
As is, poster can edit ad to show sold, and they can ask Administrator to pull the thread.

Kinda klunky tho since some don't bother to do anything when the item sells.

Sam

TheBluesMan
January 6, 2002, 10:37 PM
Actually, archiving the old ads does serve a purpose. It can be used as a reference to determine how much a certain type of firearm or accessory is worth.

If I wanted to buy or sell a Remington 870, I could do a search of the gunshow forums and find out how much other members have asked for or paid for a similar shotgun.

PugetSound5
January 9, 2002, 03:50 PM
Actually, archiving the old ads does serve a purpose. It can be used as a reference to determine how much a certain type of firearm or accessory is worth.

Yes, I had not thought of that. However the downside is that we are still looking at a big pile of ads not really knowing which are active unless we read them. Unless the inactive ads were put in a different refence directory, it's still a bit kludgy for the advertiser and reader alike.

Re: C.R. Sam, the onus is presently on the admins to clean up the obsolete threads, but this is contingent on the goodwill or care of posters. The latter is not easy to solve, unless people start systematically modifying the title of their ads to signal its status.

The problem could be circumvented by systematically moving ads to a different directory ("past or obsolete ads") after a set period of time (maybe this could be done automatically by the system based on the timestamp of the last post on the thread?) unless the thread initiator requests otherwise. That's a bit kludgy too and I can think of a few things that would be a hassle with that.

Oh well, maybe it's a solution in search of a problem :rolleyes:

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Mal H
January 9, 2002, 04:33 PM
You have a legitimate observation concerning old/outdated threads, PS5. Your suggestion in one form or another would, no doubt, be implemented if the Gun Show was our main attraction here at TFL.

But, my take on this whole TFL Gun Show set of forums is that they should be considered as if they are a huge community bulletin board hung up and sort-of watched over by Spartacus and others. It is not our intention to be or to become an eBay type of site with regards to the GS. Members are free to post their wares and wants and to remove or edit them (an email/PM to Spartacus may be necessary at times to do these things.)

In other words we don't want to and we don't put a lot of effort into them. They are for the members use and it is the members who have the greatest responsibility in maintaining it.

PugetSound5
January 10, 2002, 02:13 PM
In other words we don't want to and we don't put a lot of effort into them. They are for the members use and it is the members who have the greatest responsibility in maintaining it.

Understood. And I can see where more new problems could crop up while trying to correct existing deficiencies. It's not a major deal anyway.

Thanks all for the feedback

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