Originally Posted by razl
I totally understand the mods frustrations - that a forum was never intended as a market place. But instead of embracing a marketplace as the answer, I think they missed the opportunity that a forum as a marketplace
is something special in and of itself. I never found another B&S corner of the internet anywhere near as cool, informative, fun, and with great deals as SF B&S. Mods should be looking at how to take the best of that to the next level, rather than throwing it all overboard for ebay lite.
We are rolling out a new version of the classifieds that will allow you guys the freewheeling feel of the old format, while making the system much more accessible to newcomers.
It's not that the old format did not have its charm, but the forum is actually pretty daunting to newcomers, and fewer and fewer people are familiar with forum formats, especially for B&S, so even though it felt dynamic, our base of potential new users was diminishing, and the barrier to new users staying long enough to become a part of the community was at the same time increasing.
We clearly threw out the baby with the bathwater in B&S 2.0, but with the help of powersellers, we hope hat B&S 2.1, which should launch later this week, will recapture your attention, while keeping the general format much more accessible to any new users. I love you guys, but if we don't have new members, in 85 years, spoopoker, Doc Holliday, and I would be sitting around saying "Kids, just want everything in 3-D, what's the sense in that?" and be working in VB 10.0, which would be the equivalent of punchcards in 2096.