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    Okay... to start with... three ads with fairly long lists bumped every 14 days okay??

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    How about one ad, formatted with lists of whatever sort you like, updated every two weeks. Remember that they will be bumped up the list every time there is a post, so if there are inquiries about various items from different parties, they'll get exposure. If we've got three ads from one person constantly receiving new posts, that's going to be too much.
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    If I list everything in one ad then it's going to be a very large and ecclectic mix. I don't see how any title is going to attract specific buyers. But I will abide. No member(s) will be allowed more than one ad at a time, right?

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    Yes, people will be allowed more than one ad at a time as long as it doesn't become obtrusive. A few ads that get a few posts and eventually drop off the list would not be considered obtrusive. Several ads with long lists of items that are constantly receiving new posts and that may be relisted for weeks or months would be considered obtrusive.

    If it appears that one individual is taking over the forum with classified ads that would be considered obtrusive, and in the past we've asked people with a lot of things to sell over a long period of time to become forum sponsors, rather than using the classifieds, which are mainly set up for occasional sellers.
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    David... I understand and agree completely. It's just difficult to know where to draw the line without hard/fast rules. I'm not trying to push or be difficult but a dummy like me needs hard-set rules to follow that aren't open to interpretation by the different Admins/Mods. I've been banned from other forums for breaking "non existent" / "unpublished" rules that vary from member to member as interpreted differently from one Admin/Mod to the next.

    I'm not saying that nonsense would happen here. You folks have been very fair, patient, and kind. "Hard-set rules" are good and "interpret-as-you-go" and "applied to members differently" are not good.

    Please forgive my candidness but, IMHO, we really do need "hard-set rules" that ALL members must follow.

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    Thanks David for holding down the fort while I was tweaking. Ok most of the system is now migrated and in place. I have just added classifieds to the forum exclude list and posted a site wide notice on how people can find the setting. Any further questions or suggestions feel free to ask. Thanks!

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    P.S. I'll try to hash out some rules today and get them on the ad posting page..

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    You guys ROCK!!

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    Part of the ethos of APUG has been to go light on hard-set rules and focus on the general tone of the forums. For some people that doesn't work so well, but we've also seen problems arise on other boards, because it's impossible to create a rule for every situation, and the moderators have felt that their hands were tied while just about every regular forum user could see that one member of the forum or the other was abusing the forum without breaking a written rule.

    Usually, if someone wants to do the right thing but isn't sure whether they're going to cross the line, they send a PM to the moderators and we try to figure out how they can achieve their objectives without causing a problem, much as we've been doing here, and usually it works out. Spammers aside, we haven't had to ban that many people from APUG.
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    Just a thought - how about the title on the sidebar linking to the Classifieds forum so it is more consistent with how the other sidebar items operate?

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