Maybe make a the FS/FT section a "sticky" at the top of the forum? That
way, all of the posts around those topics are contained in one area?
I also feel if you want to sell on this list and benefit from its
membership, you should be willing to give you actual name and have a
minimum number of posts/responses (non-sales related) to participate. This
list "runs" on goodwill that has been built over years of participation by
like-minded members. Allowing anyone to post, especially where money is
involved, so people can get "deals" seems to be a risk to the group that is
not worth it in my opinion.
On Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 1:46:39 PM UTC-4, Cyclofiend Jim wrote:
> I've had a couple of people mention issues in transactions of late. Folks
> flaking on payment. Deciding for unclear reasons not to respond, pay or
> I do think we're better than that.
> But, to my mind there's a slightly larger issue - one I won't solve this
> week, of course. To start off, I wanted to tee up the topic and see what
> others think.
> "How much of the buy/sell/trade/wanted stuff do we want in this group?"
> I realize it's seasonal - less riding in the winter, spring cleaning,
> bike/bit upgrading, that sort of thing. But over the last year or so, it's
> outweighed the other topics. (Honestly, in the last couple months, that
> seems to be correcting itself, which I think is a good thing. Signal to
> Noise ratios are always best corrected by increasing Signal.)
> And I'd rather enjoy ride reports, technical help, musings on models,
> experience and gear evaluations than wade through a bunch of buyers and
> sellers. But, I do understand it's helpful.
> One thing I see as Admin which most don't: Folks whose first post is a
> FS/WTB and who never return again.
> I'm not sure how to fix this other than be more strict on what gets
> through and not pass along any moderated FS/WTB posts. That is, since folks
> basically get unmoderated by creating posts of Quality, or by reaching out
> to me, those people who are moderated and only posting Buy/Sell items are -
> by one test - taking advantage of those who donate time and expertise to
> this group.
> Maybe that's a good first step.
> (Working on a couple projects this week, so may not be able to quickly
> - Jim / Admin
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