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I justed looked at the MyLargeScale classified section and there are a lot of items listed that have been sold. If they are sold, then delete the bloody post. I know that some of them have an expiration date, but why can't you delete it early? Or for those who don't have an expiration date, delete it when its sold. Personally it a huge pain to have to search though them to find one that is actually still for sale. It is a turn-off. If I am going to have to search though them, then I just won't waste my time. And I am sure there are others out there who feel the same way......
 

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Been commenting about that for a while..... does not seem to make a difference.... and it is actually easier to delete the post than edit it to say Sold......
 

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These have already been sold:
Locomotives -
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/228/Default.aspx
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/227/Default.aspx
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/211/Default.aspx
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/80/Default.aspx
Track/Roadbed -
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/219/Default.aspx
Live Steam -
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/255/Default.aspx
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/236/Default.aspx
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/66/Default.aspx
Misc -
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/242/Default.aspx
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/208/Default.aspx
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/201/Default.aspx
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/109/Default.aspx
Rolling Stock -
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/124/Default.aspx
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/49/Default.aspx
Wanted -
http://www.mylargescale.com/Shopping/Classifieds/tabid/61/agentType/View/PropertyID/247/Default.aspx

For bloody sakes, get rid of these posts!!!!!
 

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why can't you delete it

Snoq,

The reason is that Shad is dealing with a fulltime job, a large, young family, and trying to keep up with all the problems of this complicated website.

If there were more 1st class members (hint) contributing to the upkeep, he might spend a bit more time dealing with the issues.
 

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Posted By Pete Thornton on 12/23/2008 8:29 AM
why can't you delete it

Snoq,

The reason is that Shad is dealing with a fulltime job, a large, young family, and trying to keep up with all the problems of this complicated website.

If there were more 1st class members (hint) contributing to the upkeep, he might spend a bit more time dealing with the issues.


I don't think the "You" he was referring to was "Shad"... people place adverts themselves without help from the site admin, so when the item gets sold, the seller, the one who created the advert, should delete the advert.

Editing the advert to indicate the item is sold is maybe a courtesy to those that might have been contemplating purchasing the item that was for sale, but even after that as been there for a while, the whole advert should be deleted after a while.

Personally, I think that the "Sold" edit is rather superfluous because if the advert goes away, that should be indication enough that the item is no longer for sale.


Maybe the forum software could be modiffied to automatically delete all adverts after 1 week or 1 month or some other well thought out time period and that would clean up the classifieds and end the frustration of potential buyers running into defunct adverts.
 

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Dang, sorry, I'm doing it.

even after I rewrite it I still get e-mails asking if I have it still for sale.
I think its better to see it SOLD that to go back and wonder where in the world I seen the add tring to find it again.
And there is NOT that many things for sale. couple pages at the most.

There !!!!!I cleaned it up!!!! Iguess I never noticed the delete button before or gave it a thought that it made some peoples life so bloody bad.
 

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Don't worry about it, Marty. Some folks just aren't real happy unless they are whining about something. You see this on every forum and discussion group.
 

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I should not have responded that way, I just used the same wording.
Some of us are still learning the little details of computers.
Same with spelling, I'm a two figure typer and they are fat figures.
 

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Each forum has it's own personality. Some are "policed" better, and some have clear rules, some do not.

This is just not a big enough hot button to make a lot of people irritated. If it was, then peer pressure would help keep it under control.

Another example of differences: some forums let newbies ask a FAQ no matter how often. Others, (more normal for the Internet) ask newbies to use the "Search" function first before asking if battery is better than track power on their very first post.

Not using the search button is my prime beef.

Regards, Greg
 

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I think that some folk write down what they find in the classifieds, fully intending to write an e-mail "soon" to ask about the item for sale, and then procrastinate for a long time before actually getting around to writing to the seller and do not re-check the classifieds to see if something is still available at that time.

Then again, some folk don't actually READ, but see the photo or title and jump to the conclusion that if it is still there it must still be for sale.

But, I would expect that if the seller is still being contacted that they should realize the advert should go away now.

I once responded to a newspaper ad from a fellow that was buying trains. I was in dire financial straights and decided to sell my old Lionel train set (ouch, oww, ouch, oow... I'm still KICKING myself for doing that!). I called him, he came to see it and we agreed on a price and it was gone. I was sad, but my family could eat.

I continued to get calls from him every couple of months for over two years because he had written down that I had a Lionel train set for sale and he wanted to know if it was still available. In that two years I got back on my feet financially and tried to buy it back from him... he never called me again.



As for the Search button... yes, I sometimes wish folk would use it a bit more, but there are still folk out there that are new to the internet and forums and have no idea that a search function or an FAQ exist or even know what FAQ means (Free Action Quote?) so they don't know to look for one. Then there is the mental block of what key words to search for and the fear of being inundated with irrelevant information that would take too long to wade through or missing the one piece of information that is relevant because they used the wrong search terms... so they just ASK for the answer instead of LOOKing for the answer.

And then, sometimes, asking again can bring out another viewpoint that is worth considering and makes the repeated question a worthwhile thing.
 

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Here's the results of my email to Shad concerning the lingering (sold) items in the classifieds:

Thanks for the email. I’ve purposely left the older ads in so that people can see that items actually sell in the classifieds. I’m looking into a way to expire ads after a certain number of days.

From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 9:32 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Message from desertrat53 on myLargescale.com


From: desertrat53
Subject: Classifieds "housekeeping"

Hi Shad - Like a lot of your readers, I frequent the classified ads and can't help but notice that there are a lot of ads where the item is marked as sold but are still posted. This forces the reader to move to an additional page or two or three (which in some cases they either don't see the option or they ignore and miss those additional items). How about putting a "refresher" note in the forum someplace to remind readers to clean out their ads (as in "delete") once the item is sold. I don't think many of us care to see what has been sold or by whom, right? The plus sides are that it frees up your site a bit and possibly keeps those of us with on-going ads on the first page where we are more easily seen. And again, thanks for the good job!

myLargescale.com http://www.mylargescale.com

My thoughts were to suggest that he add a "reminder" (or be the "Classified Police - you choose) that classifieds are at their best if they are maintained as current and that like others in this post I don't really care if Joe Blow sold his item or not - I visit there to see what is currently for sale or being listed as "wanted" - guess he missed the take on my note. But it looks like this thread will bring it to light and maybe the classifieds can again be something we look forward to browsing.....



My 2 cents worth....at best.
 

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Okay I just got rid of my last sold listing!

Look at it this way please....
I like to leave sold postings up for a few weeks after selling an item to keep my disclosures available to the buyer. I don't want to be in a situation where someone claims I did not mention something in the listing that I actually disclosed. However, I do mark sold listings as "SOLD" to make it clear to other shoppers (both in the title and listing). Ebay keeps your auction listings on file for years for this very reason.


 

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Shad makes a good point.
 
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