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!
How about if sellers need to state "reasons for comments deleted" to every comment he deleted? If all the warning comments keep on coming and he keeps on deleting them for the same reason, wise potential buyers would be able to see that there's something wrong. Plus, showing how many comments have been deleted is also a very good idea!!
Logician, are you talking about "DP" or "SP"?
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!
What?? Though it may sound good for potential buyers, i think it wouldn't be possible since seller might and usually have more than one site using particular adsense account, and probably some are using url channels and the others are not.
and, if u could pull something like that out of someone's adsense account, wouldn't it be insecured??
Good idea! Would an icon next to auctions with BIN available be enough, or do you definitely want to sort/filter (significantly more work to implement)?
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.
Bringing back view counters will be a technical challenge, but it is a very high priority on our list. We currently hope to have this feature back within the next few months.
I don't mind not having listing view counters. If a user views a listing and doesn't do any action while viewing, wouldn't it be the same? It's just going to show listing popularity anyway.