What a terrible idea.
In my opinion, those who want to turn off comments have something to hide. If someone puts up an auction and everything is legit, they should welcome questions.
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!
Interesting idea. Another idea could be to require the seller to export and upload their adsense earnings into a csv file and then Sitepoint could generate a bar chart from this?
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!
100% agree with this feature. I tried to comment on an auction that a person claimed their directory was a PR5, their BIN was $200, so there is a warning already. I tested his site with 3 different services, the cache and info command ...and found him trying to scam this site on digitalpoint too. Site sold to a noob and they got screwed. We need this feature!!