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  1. Don't allow owner to delete member comments

    Don't allow auction owner to delete member comments in his auctions. It should at least apply to certain auctions like domain sellings where experienced members are warning about fake domain PR's of fradulant sellers. Even if you allow them to delete the comment, at least people should see owner deleted XX comments in that auction.

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      17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We’ve been discussing this at length here. Right now, comments as an anti-fraud measure always lead us to a no-win situation. If we take the side of the commenters, we see abuse of the commenting system. If we take the side of the sellers, we see abuse of the comment deletion system.

      Our approach in the short term will be to enhance the Marketplace with additional anti-fraud features that enable buyers to better gauge the legitimacy of listings (e.g. domain name ownership validation, site traffic verification, etc.).

      As we do this, we will continually re-evaluate our policies on comment moderation. If it becomes practical and sensible to remove the ‘delete comment’ feature for sellers, we will.

      Keep those votes and comments coming so we know your opinions on the subject!

    • Integrate an escrow service

      I suggest that Sitepoint integrate an escrow service into the marketplace. Something like the way rentacoder has. For a Buyer, they would have to deposit funds before they could bid on any item. This requires alot of think, but it's just an idea that I think should be considered.

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        planned  ·  7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Adult sites should also be allowed for buy/sell

        Every user watch porn/adult whenever he has time and i think sex is also a necessary part of our life like food, air and all. so i dont think there is any harm in allowing adult sites for buy/sell section. it will generate more business for all buyers/sellers + business for SP. (though i think they already have plenty of it. lol)

        267 votes
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          10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          One of the primary reasons we don’t allow adult sites (even hidden from users who don’t want them) is that SitePoint staff would be required to moderate those auctions. We do not currently have any staff willing to work with adult material on a regular basis.

        • Improved Search Functionality

          Allow searching by category, site name, allow sorting of search results by end time.

          136 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We recently introduced an Advanced Search feature that provides some of the functionality requested here. We’re not done yet, though!

            We are currently working on a major revamp of the Marketplace, where you will be able to filter your view by any aspect of an auction/listing. Additionally, you will be able to sort you view by many different properties, and end time will be one of them.

          • Restore listing view counters

            Marketplace 1.0 had a view counter associated with every listing. Users have asked to have this feature restored to Marketplace 2.0.

            118 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Verification of AdSense income

              Many sites are sold based on Google AdSense income; however, it is difficult for buyers to verify claims made by sellers about the amount of income being generated through AdSense.

              The Marketplace system should (with seller’s permission) reach into the seller’s AdSense account and pull out income information.

              87 votes
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                5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                As a few users have pointed out, automated verification of income may not be possible. We may instead provide a “SitePoint-verified income” upgrade that the seller could pay for, after which a SitePoint staff member would contact the seller and work to verify the stated income.

                Let us know what you think!

              • Let sellers require bidders to make a deposit before bidding

                since multiple account making is not new on SP or on any other popular webmaster forum, its just useless giving -ve feedback to anyone as he is free to make a new id anytime he wants and as regarding calling and verifying through telephone number, i feel this will also not work out. for example say i am in UK and some buyer is from say Australia and he is verified by phone by SP mods or admin or whatever. he bids on my auction and doesn’t pay. what do i have to do with his cell number? do i…

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                  4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide a list of Auctions Ending Soon on the homepage

                  Sellers have reported that their auctions only seem to get noticed when they are first listed, because once they slip off the home page of the Marketplace they are much less visible.

                  By providing a list of auctions ending soon on the homepage, we can give prominence to auctions as they near their end.

                  75 votes
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                  • Show current bid price and BIN price in lists

                    Follow eBay's example. They list the current bid price and BIN price in the search results. For buyers, this would be very helpful in helping to narrow the results based on the price I am willing to spend.

                    59 votes
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                    • Allow people to gift Marketplace Credits!

                      Say someone helps you in one of the coding forums, you can reward them with some of those sweet sweet marketplace credits.

                      59 votes
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                      • Lower prices for marketplacte credits

                        The marketplace gets to be very expensive for small business owners and I can not afford to utilize the services very often

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                        • Let users search for listings by username

                          Currently you must find a user’s profile page in order to see a list of listings they have created. A link to this page is not always easy to find. It would be better if we could just search by user name.

                          38 votes
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                          • Proxy bidding like eBay

                            Then I can set my maximum bid price and go away and the Sitepoint system can keep raising the bid automatically as and when needed.

                            36 votes
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                            • Don't Force Sellers to Sell to the Top Bidder

                              Right now there are a lot of auctions that have to be relisted because of deadbeat bidders who don't follow through. This wastes the time of the seller who is forced to relist and of other legitimate bidders who lose out on sites because someone outbids them and doesn't follow through. Let's go back to the old system and allow sellers to decide - it will work out best for everyone.

                              35 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Currently, sellers are able to reject any bids they don’t like. So you aren’t forced to sell to the highest bid, just the highest bid you have accepted. Is this not working for you?

                              • 33 votes
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                                • Show a user feedback/trust level icon next to every username

                                  Calculate the trustworthiness of a user based on their feedback profile and past Marketplace activity and show that as an icon next to every username.

                                  32 votes
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                                  • a way to get notified of new listings

                                    a way to get notified of new listings in categories of your choice ( maybe keyword related as well )

                                    27 votes
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                                    • Automatically get traffic/page rank details

                                      When a user creates a new auction, SitePoint should automatically grab unique/hits of the site, as well as PageRank, and Alexa, based on its independant source.

                                      27 votes
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                                      • Add Monthly Revenue AND Profit to the search listings

                                        It would make it easier to find sites that are of interest if we could see the Monthly Revenue and Profit in the search listings. So if we are looking for sites with certain levels of revenue and profit, we can easily see it. I look at too many listings only to find that they are making no money or too little. It would be great to be able to sort the listings by these values as well.

                                        23 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          We are currently working on a major revamp of the Marketplace, where you will be able to filter your view by any aspect of an auction/listing, including revenue and profit figures. Stay tuned!

                                        • Website link opens in a new window / tab

                                          The link in website listings should open in a new window / tab, helping everyone analyze the facts in the description. I always open the website link in a new window cause I like to compare what the seller says with the actual content in the website. Maybe others feel this way also.

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