New Mtbr Classifieds!

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  • 01-11-2007
    gregg
    New Mtbr Classifieds!
    Hello All,

    Mtbr has now launched a brand new Classifieds system. This new system has many great features and more security than our old system. Please read about the features, and if you have any questions/comments/concerns, please post them to this thread here.

    Link to the New Classifieds is:
    http://classifieds.mtbr.com/index.php

    Some of the new features are:

    1.) Registration is the same as the forums (and photo gallery). No more separate usernames and passwords

    2.) Better security through a more thorough registration process, seller feedback ratings, and forum reputation/post count as a guide to the user's reliability

    3.) You can now use Paypal to pay for your ads

    4.) You can utilize Paypal within the ad, for product payment

    5.) New Categories! Including 29er bikes, Vintage Bikes, and Vintage parts

    6.) You can enter your zip code to see distance of seller to your location

    7.) We still have the "Latest Ads Posted" page (aka Daily Market) with RSS feed!

    8.) The old "checklist" feature is now known as the "Watch List", to help you mark certain ads to keep track of.

    9.) You can post comments directly to the ads

    I'm sure there are others, and I will be adding more info to this thread, as is needed.

    Stay tuned.

    Thanks,

    -gregg, MikeG, and the Mtbr crew
  • 01-11-2007
    Low_Rider
    It sounds great Gregg!

    The better payment options and increased security should be a real advantage. Are advertisement prices going to change at all?

    How are you going to implement the new system - will it be run side by side with the old system until the old advertisements have expired, or will you be transferring them all over to the new system?

    Keep up the great work guys! :thumbsup:

    Dave.
  • 01-11-2007
    gregg
    We'll run both systems side by side for a two week period. After that, the old Classifieds system will be read only for 1 month.

    Ads will not be transferred, but we expect most people to start using the new system right away.

    Pricing has not yet been decided, but during the beta-launch, placing a basic ad will be free, upgrading to highlighted (darker grey background) is $2.00, upgrading to bold is $2.00, and upgrading to italic is $2.00.

    No more Gold or Platinum priority placements.

    -g
  • 01-12-2007
    Becane73
    Bravo!

    I must have flagged down about 15 scammers the last few weeks. The feedback rating, and associating it to the site user features would definately be a huge plus.
  • 01-17-2007
    gregg
    The Username and Password for the New Classifieds is the same as the Forums!
    Please note that the Username and Password for the new Classifieds is the same as the Forums.

    If you are not registered in the forums, you can register here:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/

    And click on the "Register" link. This will be easier, since you will have one username and password for the Mtbr Forums, Mtbr Photo Gallery, and Mtbr Classifieds.

    No more having to remember a separate login and password.

    Thanks,

    -gregg
  • 01-17-2007
    29Colossus
    Good looking stuff! Thanks to all involved for the update. It was really needed and is much appreciated!
  • 01-18-2007
    Ryan G.
    Wow killer improvements, thanks! Mike G. you gonna sell that Nomad to get a Niner now :)
  • 01-18-2007
    Homebrew
    Ditto on the complements. Looks great! Thanks for the hard work.
  • 01-18-2007
    kstine71
    Really like the format.

    Does this system have the capability of sending listings updates through email like the "auto notify" feature on the old system?

    Thx.
  • 01-18-2007
    crisillo
    Looks much better!

    Great job! :thumbsup:
  • 01-18-2007
    MikeG
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kstine71
    Really like the format.

    Does this system have the capability of sending listings updates through email like the "auto notify" feature on the old system?

    Thx.

    yep. Drill down to any category listing page like this ...
    http://classifieds.mtbr.com/showcat.php/cat/3

    Search for the text "Subscribe to Category" :thumbsup:
  • 01-18-2007
    kstine71
    Thanks MikeG.. got it!
  • 01-19-2007
    Homebrew
    Change requests
    Can you add the category to each record (e.g. frame vs. full bike) in the Latest Ads Posted?

    Since you can now have an open forum for comments, you're going to have things like "Don't buy his, I'll sell for less", etc. Are you going to post up rules for this type of thing or is it anything goes?

    Thanks.
  • 01-19-2007
    gregg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Homebrew
    Can you add the category to each record (e.g. frame vs. full bike) in the Latest Ads Posted?

    Since you can now have an open forum for comments, you're going to have things like "Don't buy his, I'll sell for less", etc. Are you going to post up rules for this type of thing or is it anything goes?

    Thanks.

    Two excellent suggestions, Homebrew. Definitely we'll try and get the category back for the Latest Ads Posted page. The old one had it, so the new one should two.

    And yes, there will definitely be a need for guidelines for postings within an ad. Off the top of my head, the rules would be:

    1.) no spamming other people's ads
    2.) comments and questions would be restricted solely to the seller or their item

    Stay tuned.

    -gregg
  • 01-19-2007
    gregg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gregg
    Two excellent suggestions, Homebrew. Definitely we'll try and get the category back for the Latest Ads Posted page. The old one had it, so the new one should two.

    Thanks to our chief code monkey, MikeG, this one is done! Categories now showing on Latest Ads page.

    Thanks for the quick fix, MikeG!

    -g
  • 01-19-2007
    Biggie
    How about "Search by Country"?
    Because of the expense of shipping internationally it would be nice to see what is for sale in your particular country. There seem to be alot of Aussies and Canucks lurking around...
  • 01-19-2007
    Homebrew
    That was fast...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gregg
    Thanks to our chief code monkey, MikeG, this one is done! Categories now showing on Latest Ads page.

    Thanks for the quick fix, MikeG!

    -g


    Cool. Thanks!!!
  • 01-21-2007
    drumbum
    Just tried to place an ad with 4 photos totaling around 14 MB--page took awhile to load, then jumped back to "step one" of the ad placing process. My ad was not posted.

    Any idea whats up?
  • 01-21-2007
    Low_Rider
    With 14MB worth of photos I have a fair idea! :D

    I assume the same rules regarding image size in the gallery would apply to the classifieds? Perhaps that could be mentioned in the advertisement creation process?

    Dave.
  • 01-21-2007
    tscheezy
    I don't think a search of the old classifieds turns up results from the new classifieds, which is a bummer. I posted an ad in the new section but hardly anyone is going to see it because most folks browse the old ones. A good way to get traffic to the new area would be to make searches run in the old classifieds return items from the new area.

    Otherwise the spot looks good, and I posted one up just as easy as pie. Good stuff, and nice job implementing the pictures.
  • 01-22-2007
    SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    nice work......need to have something denoteing a picture ad
  • 01-22-2007
    gregg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tscheezy
    I don't think a search of the old classifieds turns up results from the new classifieds, which is a bummer. I posted an ad in the new section but hardly anyone is going to see it because most folks browse the old ones. A good way to get traffic to the new area would be to make searches run in the old classifieds return items from the new area.

    Otherwise the spot looks good, and I posted one up just as easy as pie. Good stuff, and nice job implementing the pictures.

    We're running the two systems side by side for 2 weeks, then shutting down posting to the old ones, which will remain read only for 30 days.

    To tie the searches together would require too much coding for something that will be going away soon.

    Judging from the number of listings, it looks like the new Classifieds have taken off very well! (of course, it just <i>might</i> have something to do with them being free....for now...)

    -g
  • 01-22-2007
    gregg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by drumbum
    Just tried to place an ad with 4 photos totaling around 14 MB--page took awhile to load, then jumped back to "step one" of the ad placing process. My ad was not posted.

    Any idea whats up?


    Yes, like the other member stated, 14 megs is wayy to big. I will work on getting the file size limit listed, so it's clear exactly how big the files can be.

    You will need to try and get your images under 200k each.

    Thx.

    -g
  • 01-22-2007
    Mr.Moto
    Hi Gregg,

    Do you know if the contact seller feature is working. I've tested it and received no email. Have not gotten a response on any of my ads. Pretty strange since I usually get at least scammers. Thanks.
  • 01-23-2007
    CharacterZero
    Gregg-
    Just a thought- the amount of information shown is overload for me when browsing. It it too difficult to discern what items are listed without taking in half of what people posted about the product. Could you cut that box down to a one line summary if more requests are posted?
    Thanks, and keep it up!
  • 01-23-2007
    wilks
    could you consider incorporating the following:

    add a size column for framesets and complete bikes - so you don't have to actually double click every ad (where the size doesn't show in the description) to figure out what size frame/bike is for sale

    add a steerer length column for the front forks section

    add an eye to eye / stroke column for the rear shocks section

    This would help wasting time opening up ads that are not applicable to the size frame you ride, if the fork, shock would even fit on your bike etc.
  • 01-23-2007
    sashax
    When posting a comment to someone else's ad, the interim page says something like "You've successfully edited your ad", which is presumably not right.

    +1 or having Frame size in the table view.
  • 01-23-2007
    gregg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mr.Moto
    Hi Gregg,

    Do you know if the contact seller feature is working. I've tested it and received no email. Have not gotten a response on any of my ads. Pretty strange since I usually get at least scammers. Thanks.

    Checking...

    Can you give me a link to your ad? Edit: Nevermind, I found them.

    -g
  • 01-23-2007
    AndrewTO
    Hey Gregg!

    Question - with regards to the Contact Seller feature - I found something i'm after, but it's "too good to be true". I sent the seller a P.M. before noticing the Contact Seller feature (i'm bright, eh?!?!?!?). Question is - does the Contact Seller feature go through P.M. or e-mail? I don't want to send another P.M. and seem ..... pushy (I know he's a busy man). :skep:

    As always, PATIA!


    And since i'm here - MikeG check you P.M. box please! :o


    Keep up the great work all! :thumbsup:

    EDIT - sorry, one more - if I place/open/start an ad now, can I add a pic(s) later, like 1 or 2 days after? Thanks!
  • 01-23-2007
    MikeG
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AndrewTO
    does the Contact Seller feature go through P.M. or e-mail?

    email

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AndrewTO
    if I place/open/start an ad now, can I add a pic(s) later, like 1 or 2 days after? Thanks!

    yup, you can change and add pics after placing an ad.
  • 01-27-2007
    eatsleeprunbike
    Could you make a frame size search?
  • 01-27-2007
    Low_Rider
    Gregg,

    I noticed the other day that you had implemented a user classifieds link under the user gallery link, but now neither is being shown?

    The gallery link has always been really useful, and even though only a small percentage of users would be posting advertisements, the classifieds link was interesting too. Do you have any plans to re-implement at least the gallery link?

    And welcome to MTBR eatsleeprunbike! :thumbsup:

    Cheers, Dave.
  • 01-27-2007
    Spongebob
    Zip code and price not required.....
    seems like you'd want to make this a required field?
  • 01-27-2007
    AndrewTO
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Spongebob
    seems like you'd want to make this a required field?

    I just posted 2 ads (sorry, not meant to spam) and missed the postal code (Canadian, eh?!?!) in one of my ads. It wouldn't complete the final step untill I entered it. :confused: Worked for me. The price I can't comment on as I had that correct from the start.

    And since it's been mentioned - any help for us Canucks that have a xxx xxx Postal Code format to help prospective purchasers "figure out" shipping? Just curious. Not sure it'd make a difference either way as "we" would have to/should get a quote anyways.


    And one more blab that I was going to post anyways .....

    CANADIANS!!!!! - please be sure to put the word Canada somewhere in your ad. We can find each other's ads easier. It doesn't matter if it's in the Description or the Keywords text, just get it in there somewhere. PATIA!
  • 01-29-2007
    MikeG
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Low_Rider
    Gregg,
    I noticed the other day that you had implemented a user classifieds link under the user gallery link, but now neither is being shown?

    Francis had me move these links to the profile page.
  • 01-29-2007
    MikeG
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wilks
    add a size column for framesets and complete bikes - so you don't have to actually double click every ad (where the size doesn't show in the description) to figure out what size frame/bike is for sale

    ...

    Done! :thumbsup:
  • 01-29-2007
    Low_Rider
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mike
    Francis had me move these links to the profile page.

    I hadn’t even noticed, it makes perfect sense though. Cheers for the hard work! :thumbsup:

    Dave.
  • 01-30-2007
    AndrewTO
    Hey guys!

    Question with regards to the Comments footer - is there any way these can be made to provide an e-mail notification? Or maybe they are and I missed it? I just noticed I received one and didn't have a clue it was there.

    I'm just curious to know if it's "our" sole responsibility to tend to or if we can get a little help.

    PATIA!
  • 02-01-2007
    Chris130
    Hi guys,

    I'd like to leave postive feedback for a seller from a recent transaction. Can you tell me how to do this? I've been looking all over, but maybe it's right in front of my face somewhere?

    Thanks! Great work on the classifieds, BTW!

    Cheers, Chris
  • 02-02-2007
    tdilf
    Cables
    Where would I find cables in this new format?
  • 02-02-2007
    Low_Rider
    “Other Components” or “Other Accessories” sounds logical to me. :thumbsup:

    The search function could come in handy too. ;)

    Dave.
  • 02-02-2007
    tdilf
    cables
    oops, found it in the old classifieds.
  • 02-03-2007
    AndrewTO
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Chris130
    Hi guys,

    I'd like to leave postive feedback for a seller from a recent transaction. Can you tell me how to do this? I've been looking all over, but maybe it's right in front of my face somewhere?

    Thanks! Great work on the classifieds, BTW!

    Cheers, Chris

    Hey Chris, you have to click on the sellers username to access their "profile" (it says "For Sale By" then their username is below). That'll take you to another page - it's there that you will find the option to leave feedback. :thumbsup:



    As for my Q - I think I found it. Same area where you select the option to Edit Ad or mark SOLD IT!. I'll give it a shot and see what happens. Someone wanna do me a favour PLEASE?!?!??!?! Go to my ad for seatposts and put something in the Comments box so I can see if it worked????? PATIA! :thumbsup:

    Here's a link to make it handy (NOT meant to be spam :nono: just a test).

    http://classifieds.mtbr.com/showprod...ct=389&cat=500

    PATIA!
  • 02-03-2007
    AndrewTO
    WOOHOO!!!!! It works.

    THANKS drumbum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbsup: :cool: :)

    Mods/Admins - THANK YOU! Awesome system you've got. :thumbsup:
  • 02-04-2007
    MaVoK
    Quick question what's the best way to call "dibs"? should an email be sent to the seller or will a quick reply added to the ad be the best way to get an item first.
  • 02-05-2007
    CraigH
    Hey Gregg & Mike:

    Any way to make it easier to search for ads for items in Canada? (Shipping used stuff across the border can be a real pain in the...)

    The distance by zip code doesn't work for us since we have postal codes instead.

    If you added a "Canada" location button or something I think you would get a LOT more Canadians posting ads.
  • 02-05-2007
    gregg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MaVoK
    Quick question what's the best way to call "dibs"? should an email be sent to the seller or will a quick reply added to the ad be the best way to get an item first.

    Really up the seller, I would think.

    For example, even though buyer X is not the highest "bidder" or "first" person to respond, the seller may choose to go with buyer X over buyer Y because buyer X is local.

    So, given scenarios like that, I think it best to go with seller's choice instead of purely on a first response "system".


    -g
  • 02-05-2007
    AndrewTO
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CraigH
    Any way to make it easier to search for ads for items in Canada? (Shipping used stuff across the border can be a real pain in the...)

    If the sellers use their noodle and put the word Canada in their ad somewhere (like I pointed out above) then it's taken care of. IMHO, and I know it means little in this case, it's up to the seller. :) I know, I KNOW, not the same as what you're talking about. I believe you might be referring to something more like a flagging system of some sort?

    You have problems shipping to the U.S.????? :skep: :confused: REALLY?!?!??!?!??!? I can understand receiving from the U.S., but sending???? REALLY?!??!?!???!!? Please, DO share. :skep: :confused: (or just send me a P.M. if you don't want to hi-jack the thread)
  • 02-06-2007
    gregg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mr.Moto
    Hi Gregg,

    Do you know if the contact seller feature is working. I've tested it and received no email. Have not gotten a response on any of my ads. Pretty strange since I usually get at least scammers. Thanks.

    Hey, Mr. Moto,

    This feature is working now, please give it a test (either send yourself a message, or have a registered friend send you a message via the "Contact Seller" link).

    Sorry for the delay, it was intermittent and a little hard to track down.

    Please LMK if you are still having any difficulties.

    -g
  • 02-11-2007
    LarryG
    2 fast questions:

    1) How do I remove my ad once I've sold something?

    2) Is there any way to make it easier for the buyer to leave feedback? Right now, he/she has to navigate several screens, and most buyers aren't motivated to do all that.