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post #2386 of 14986
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Originally Posted by j
Maybe we should see if we can make this thread member-viewable only... might cut the competition and also prompt people to sign up... hmmmm...

Great idea in theory but lurkers can register to be members just to view the threads and continue to be lurkers without making any contributions to the forum.

We should take it one step further, make the thread viewable to approved members only.
post #2387 of 14986
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Originally Posted by PhiloVance
What do you all think of this shoe/boot? There is something not right about it to my eye . . . I'm not sure if it's the broguing matched with the construction boot sole.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Polo-Ralph-Laure...QQcmdZViewItem

I agree with your inclination about the broguing. It seems to be out of balance and the tan color juxtaposed with the heaviness of the sole is also quite off-putting.
post #2388 of 14986
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Originally Posted by von Rothbart
We should take it one step further, make the thread viewable to approved members only.

That's very London Lounge-ish and rather against the spirit of a public Internet forum. I get no joy from seeing shoes that are mentioned here (some which I am watching) bid through the roof possibly due to their being mentioned here but the current system works reasonably well and an "approved" members list can quickly become clique-ish (second "ish", a new record ).
post #2389 of 14986
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Originally Posted by von Rothbart
Great idea in theory but lurkers can register to be members just to view the threads and continue to be lurkers without making any contributions to the forum.

Statistically, people who sign up an account but have nothing to contribute immediately are much more likely to later contribute information or become a part of the community than if they had to sign up just to post a simple question. Once the hassle of signing up is done, people will usually, at some point, start talking. And that could mean... more shoe deals posted!

Either way, it also looks good to potential sponsors.

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We should take it one step further, make the thread viewable to approved members only.

I wouldn't want to do the approval (nor would any of the mods, well... maybe Fok ) and making it based on something like post count would encourage post spamming just to get to the necessary level.

Anyway, I'll look into it.
post #2390 of 14986
And now I have a great one...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Polo-Ralph-Laure...QQcmdZViewItem

I had no idea my boots were worth $450.
post #2391 of 14986
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Originally Posted by j
Statistically, people who sign up an account but have nothing to contribute immediately are much more likely to later contribute information or become a part of the community than if they had to sign up just to post a simple question. Once the hassle of signing up is done, people will usually, at some point, start talking. And that could mean... more shoe deals posted!

Either way, it also looks good to potential sponsors.

That makes sense. Let's do it then.
post #2392 of 14986
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Originally Posted by j
I wouldn't want to do the approval (nor would any of the mods, well... maybe Fok ) and making it based on something like post count would encourage post spamming just to get to the necessary level.
A low requirement (eg five posts) is low enough to encourage participation without really encouraging spam, assuming you want to go that route. I suppose I do somewhat support locking unregistered users out of threads (but not necessarily from viewing the B&S forum itself).
post #2393 of 14986
I have enjoyed reading this forum and AAAC for sometime having come across them in search of answers as to what to wear with a seersucker suit my wife bought me. Now she won't buy me anything because she says I've become too picky.

Exposure here has led me to move out Chaps and Bostonians and move in Isaia and Lobbs. First big deal was the Tom James deal of C&J handgrades for $150. Have also picked up a couple of other shoes that were mentioned first in either this thread or the regular Buying & Selling threads, so I guess I'm one of those lurkers being discussed.

My post count is low because I'm still learning and don't often feel I have anything to contribute. I do indeed feel part of the community, however, and hope to be accepted as such and not viewed as an outsider stealing tips.
post #2394 of 14986
Are any of these brands any good: Christian Dior, Barclay (vintage), Christian Lacroix? I don't see anything in the archives for SF or AAAC. And Prada is overpriced, right?
post #2395 of 14986
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Originally Posted by Jared
Are any of these brands any good: Christian Dior, Barclay (vintage), Christian Lacroix? I don't see anything in the archives for SF or AAAC. And Prada is overpriced, right?

I think Dior Homme is ok. Christian Dior, not ok - licensed junk.

As for the rest, probably not a good idea.
post #2396 of 14986
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Originally Posted by tsherry
I have enjoyed reading this forum and AAAC for sometime having come across them in search of answers as to what to wear with a seersucker suit my wife bought me. Now she won't buy me anything because she says I've become too picky.

Exposure here has led me to move out Chaps and Bostonians and move in Isaia and Lobbs. First big deal was the Tom James deal of C&J handgrades for $150. Have also picked up a couple of other shoes that were mentioned first in either this thread or the regular Buying & Selling threads, so I guess I'm one of those lurkers being discussed.

My post count is low because I'm still learning and don't often feel I have anything to contribute. I do indeed feel part of the community, however, and hope to be accepted as such and not viewed as an outsider stealing tips.

Since you are a registered member Tom, I don't think of you as a lurker or an outsider stealing tips. The links are posted here expressly so that other members can benefit, that's the point. We can't buy all the shoes we see (well, except for AP ) and know that other members will appreciate nice shoes and a good deal. If I really want something, I'm obviously not going to post it here so I am happy to see others take advantage of anything I post.

It's not as though I want to keep anything secret but since so many outsiders seem to benefit from the posts, I think j's idea of requiring registration is a sensible one so that at least SF can benefit in some way from increased membership. Perhaps the entire buying and selling forum should require registration.
post #2397 of 14986
Thanks, EL72. I wore the Aquascutum pocket square last weekend!

Tom
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This forum has enabled me to become a much better dresser and to truly appreciate well-made clothes and shoes. Whether it has been purchasing from members or competing among the many readers/users who have 10.5 size feet, I have made great strides in my wardrobe in the past year and a half, while making a rather large dent in my cash reserves. My only fear is that people like myself, who don't post much in deference to those who know much more than I about quality men's fashion, would lose the benefit of your knowledge and generosity.
post #2400 of 14986
If posting frequency depends on knowledge, I've got to cut way back. Why didn't I get the memo?!?
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