Originally Posted by inimitable
How about a general B&S discussion thread on the main MC forum?It would highlight the better deals that sometimes get missed and offer some conversation and gentle encouragement for people to kop.
You should start this thread. In SW&D the "Someone should buy this" thread is one of the most popular and active. Other members highlight a deal on a desirable or interesting item either in B&S or elsewhere. It has the old community vibe to it that people say is missing from B&S, esp if there is a reco for someone specific who you know would really like something.
Originally Posted by Holdfast
I don't really mind the presence of lots of Affiliate threads, etc on the CM forum. Commercialisation and monetisation aren't bad words IMO.
I agree. The affliliate threads are usually run by long standing forumites who are willing to share knowledge and participate in other ways besides selling goods (not everyone of course). It's easy enough to scroll past the more commercial threads if you want to -- plus any ad blocker will bring back that simple Styleforum v1.0 look if you're feeling nostalgic.
Originally Posted by othertravel
Long story short, too many B&S threads have diluted the experience.
It may have diluted the social experience -- the ability to browse your favorite poster, get a bro bump or find a surprise nugget buried in a thread with a lot of other things -- but the new system is much better for finding a single specific item. HOWEVER, I totally agree the search funtion could be improved (filter searches by size, brand, open listings, etc).
improving B&S may or may not be an objective for SF mgmt.. I don't know if they ever wanted to get into the online marketplace business. I do like having the B&S and usually check there when I'm looking for something. I also like the idea of trading within the SF community. But I also will shop anywhere and will just as easily click away to google to look for something I'm after. In the end, it's about finding the item vs. having an "experience".