fyi- classifieds tweaks in place, more to come

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  1. Sean

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    -recent classifieds are back in the sidebar
    -simple comments box added
    -recent classified images on the classifieds homepage

    There are a few other bits and pieces in the works so stay tuned :smile:
     
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    Thanks for the work on the sidebar—that's where I always look.
     
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    I love that you have added the comments back to the classifieds, but you have really hit me with the watch list being added again. I love that! Most of what has always been on my list sold by the time I got back to it, but it got me saving for new gear knowing the possibility was there. And I love buying new stuff.
     
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    Sean:

    If you click on the "Recent Classifieds" link in the sidebar (rather than one of the listings themselves) it takes you nowhere.

    I customize my APUG sidebar to put it on the right, with 4 Gallery Photos above Recent Classified above Recent Articles above Recent Chems (in case that matters).

    Matt
     
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    Same thing here, and my side bar is not customized.

    Paul
     
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    fixed, thanks for the bug report :smile:
     
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    Such great service - and with a smile too!

    Matt
     
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    The hard work is greatly appreciated. But, just a comment. I haven't had a single comment or sale since the turn-over. Maybe it just needs time. I used to have perhaps a 30% success ratio listing at APUG. fwiw......
     
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    i for one have cut down on my visitation to the FS ads here as i find the interface a bit awkward and not intuitive.

    i appreciate all the work that has gone into it but my experience stands.
     
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    Can you be more specific? Happy to keep tweaking the system.. we can pretty much make it do whatever we like. It seems to make sense to me. There is the home page, plenty of info on recent ads, and as you drill down into the categories everything is presented in list form most recent first. I'm not sure how else it can be done?
     
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    It would be nice when clicking on a picture to have a closer look that it would open in a new window. Now, when through looking to the enlarged picture, if I don't remember to use the Back button, but instead just close the picture window, I also close the entire ad.

    Thanks for asking.

    Jim
     
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    hi sean,

    sorry, i should have made some suggestions.

    IMO this page seems very cluttered. i think being able to go to the area you are interested in would be the best. so you see a list of cameras, film, extras etc. and them you click on what you want and then see the stuff that is listed.

    once you are into say cameras i like that there is a thumbnail but again i think all the seller info off to the right just makes it hard to read. i think a thumbnail, name of item, sellers handle and a price would be fine for a quick glance not in bold. just to make it easy on the eyes and brain. no need for the catergory, maybe put that on the page heading, we know that . views can be seen when we click on the ad. overall this page is not bad.....once you arrive here. but the above mentioned things that are in bold kind of take your eyes there.

    i am sorry if i seem overly critical. i do not mean to be. i appreciate your efforts. i enjoy the site and the classifieds and am just trying to help make it work nicely. thakns for your time.

    eddie
     
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    I noticed an issue with the comment feature. I replied to a comment someone left for me and my reply was listed first before his question. Its backwards.
     
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    I've noticed a couple of things:

    1) unless I've missed something, none of the ads show any date;
    2) unless you know better, you would assume that the listings on the Buy and Sell page here: buy-and-sell page are complete. Unless you click on one of the headings (e.g. "Darkroom") you won't learn that there are more, older listings. A link on the bottom of each section such as Older Darkroom Listings would help;
    3) does posting a query automatically send a pm or email to the person who posted the ad originally? It is not clear whether we need to send a pm or email to him/her. If so, a direct "contact" link would be useful - EDIT - I've just found the "Make Contact" link under the small "Options" tab - it wasn't easy!;
    4) are there any rules posted on how the search function works? I tried to search for Mark Fisher's ad for LED safelight bulbs. "LED" yielded nothing, "LED bulbs" yielded nothing useful, and only "safelight" helped.

    Hope this helps.

    Matt
     
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    yeah! the original posting date....i was just coming her to say that. good one matt
     
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    Just sent a new spec to my coder for some tweaking, stay tuned :smile:
     
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    Hey Guys,

    The latest updates for the classifieds are in place. It’s still evolving but the new update includes:

    -dates added to ad listings in all areas
    -on the recent lists a link to view all ads
    -comments now running most recent comment last
    -user PM’d when a comment is placed on their ad (haven’t tested yet but should be working)
    -had some stuff re-aligned to left alignment instead of center
    -had the ad “options” placed within the ad so people did not have to hunt for it and get frustrated about how to action an ad
    -the main ad pages used to be one wide list with 1 add per line, this wasted a lot of space and reduced ads per page so I had this split into two columns to maximize space

    I have not had a good test with the paypal integration, there could be a bug there so looking into it. Other than that keep the suggestions coming. My coder is away for 2.5-3weeks so I can have a new spec for him when he returns. There is also a lot of general site improvements I am preparing for him that are long overdue.

    Thanks,
    Sean
     
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    Thanks Sean!
     
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    looking good! thanks for listening.
     
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    One further thought.....

    A standard field for every ad giving the opportunity to list the location of the item or person wanting the item would be very helpful, even if it was left up to the subscriber whether or not they wanted to complete it.

    Matt