How can we improve the classifieds section on GeckoForums?

KelliH

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I would like any and all input on how to make our classifieds section better. If there is another website that has the classifieds set up differently than we do and you feel it is better (for any reason and in any way) please share. Thanks!:main_thumbsup:
 

BrightReptiles

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A few forums that I am on have a drop down for the state and it adds it to the thread title. Makes it so people may be more likely to check out an ad knowing its one they may be able to avoid shipping with. Thread titles would look like this:
FOR SALE: IL: Title
 

kkigs

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I think a form field style would be nice; as others have said, that would require or at least encourage more information, especially REAL name, location, and could even be used as a bit of a self-help type system with drop-downs for various species, morphs, etc. Hatch dates? Weights? Lineage? I'm a firm believer that more information is better when it comes to selling.

Unfortunately, I think you'd have to engineer and develop something to accomplish all of that. Not sure a BB system will do anything along the lines of a true classified ad type application.
 

OneFootedAce

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I think it would be cool to have the classifieds section divided in regions, so people living in different places in the world can view ads from just their country.
So have a section for Canada, one for Europe, US(maybe dividing the states up too, since the majority of members are from the US).
Something like you enter your country/city/state/province etc(from a drop-down or something) when you make your ad to divide it up.
And when viewing the classifieds you can just select your country and view just those ads.

Just an idea.
 

Dimidiata

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Definetly need more info. A feild form would be nice. Including the geckos line, where he/she originated and name and such.
 

justindh1

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I think overall the classified section is good. I do like the idea of having the state listed with the title. Also, maybe condensing the main classified page where it isn't as long would be good. The layout could be horizontal listings instead of vertical and a bit smaller text, making it easier to see all the classified sections at once.

I don't think that adding a lot and making things more complicated would work to enhance it. Any important information about a listed animal should be placed in the post by the author. Just because they have a drop down menu doesn't mean they will use it unless it is required.

Adding the location and updating the layout would be the only things I would change. Keep it simple but yet visually appealing.
 
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Enigmatic_Reptiles

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The classifieds on this forum are sufficient for the selling and purchasing of the animals. I personally like to see full names, location (for general reasons because shipping wont change much even if they are "local"), and full description (or link to) terms and conditions of the sale. The problem with a classifieds on a forums is ALL of this information can be fraudulent or fabricated to suit their scam. As for the classifieds on GF I think everything looks nice and runs good for the purpose. Anything else may be an overkill and although it may have some function I don't believe it will speed up or provide better means of "shopping" or selling.
 

animeavatar

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Require of the item or animal to see its conditions so we know if the animal is healthy or the item is damaged or not. Also, maybe require the person to tell the weight of the animal( maybe with proof so we know it isn't a scammer eg. pic of the animal on the scale)
 

LZRDGRL

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I'd be worried that people on such a list would start a law suit due to reputation defamation of their business. They might have 99% positive feedback, and then one customer makes a bad experience and they end up on the list...

We already have the "Business Inquiries" section, and although this is a bit more troublesome to look up specific people than an alphabetic list, I think it serves the purpose.

Chrissy

I'd also like to see a bad sellers sticky, with known bad seller makes/emails/phone numbers/etc.
 

Zeetrain

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I think the seller should be required to have their full name to post ads and having the location show in the drop down would be a plus. Also having to FS FT and WANTED as options to put at the beginning of the title. And pictures or links to a site should be required.
 

SaskiaMG

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I think that a picture should be required on site and not previewed on another website along with state, shipping costs, if they even will ship to you(some that I have seen don't want to), NAME, hatch dates, maybe a website. Shipping cost, name, and state are definitely good ones to add. Also, maybe search by price could be added or search by morph so it shows the posts that have one of those things in it, but it's more of a luxury rather than a need. :main_yes:
 
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