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!
It's not usually mad/rude ones that are the problem ... I find misleading comments to be a big issue. Example: someone asks "why is your traffic so low." Well, the traffic is stated on the auction so that question adds no new information ... it just biases other potential bidders who can see how much traffic there is for themselves but might wonder why someone else thinks it is low.
Competitors leave sabotage comments - it's as simple as that. The SitePoint marketplace is like any user forum on the internet: lots of hecklers, spammers and idiots. Why not give moderation powers to the person who made the auction and paid for it? No change is needed here.
I would also add: when you sort auction by 'ending soonest' don't display completed auctions or make their display optional - it is a real pain to have to scroll through all of the finished auctions when you are just looking for still-open auctions you might want to bid on.
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?
Last one I promise: one of the problems with this new system is the legally binding aspect of the new SitePoint. Imagine I accept a top bid but the bidder doesn't get back to me or tries to scam me somehow. Technically I'm obliged to sell. I'd rather have the option of saying 'look, you seem like a scammer, I'm going to the second bidder' after the fact. Thanks and sorry this got so long :)
[In the first comment I meant 'talk with the bidders' - not 'sellers']
I much preferred the old system which I think is better for both buyers and sellers: it lets the sellers have the option of going to the second-tier bidder if the first one falls through and it lets buyers know what other bids have been placed rather than them having to 'bid blind' because some bids might not have been accepted/rejected yet
Yup, this is a huge problem for me actually. I used to be able to just accept all bids and the auction would work like a normal auction with everyone seeing what the previous person bid. Now I have to refuse to accept bids until I talk with the seller and verify they are legitimate. Now the top bid showing on the auction at any given time is inaccurate and people don't know what to bid as a resultDomainerator shared this idea ·
This would be a great idea. With the new SitePoint requirement that sellers sell to the highest bidder I have seen so many auctions have to be relisted because the seller couldn't make sure the bidder was serious - they simply had to accept the top bid. With a downpayment there wouldn't be the same high level of deadbeat bidders that plagues the auctionplace.
As long as there aren't too many ways to back out like there are on Escrow ... buyer not satisfied? They back out ... time wasted, auction relist forced. Pain.
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.
View counters are nice ... let's you see what folks are interested in.