For what it is worth:
As previously discussed with you via PM, the Mods, myself included, are simply following and enforcing the rules that have been, over time, created and implemented by the admin and ownership of this forum. They have specifically told us No FS/WTB threads outside of the classifieds or the Vendor's specific subsections.
While these rules, or ones very similar, have been in place for a long time (even before the forum was bought a few years back), it was always rules that were loosely enforced. That is a mistake on the current and previous Mods and we readily accept that. But, given the number of us on at any given time and the number of members on and sheer volume of content passing through, it is very hard if not impossible to catch everything. That is why we have tools in place to allow users to help us to help them.
That being said, several months back the ownership spoke with the Mods about the situation and that they wanted to begin being more proactive on rules enforcement because at that time, the forum was starting to have a lot of clusters pop up on a regular bases, sales/buys included, that were giving the forum a bad name and reputation as well as causing a lot of headache on the backend and management of those systems. The current Mods (myself just being accepted in at that time) understood the request and agreed to do better in that regard. We of course voiced our opinion on the matter and, also, at that time brought up the current rules and needed changes to those rules to allow for better function and use of the forum due to the dramatic increase in size that had occured over time that was one of the key causes to drive such change.
So, after a long debate and a few conference phone calls, we hammered out the new rules that were more evolution than revolution of the old ones that had always been in place and are, for the most part, standard across most forums. Once all were in agreement and the ownership was happy with the proposed changes, we put them into place and began to be more religious in checking various forum locations for things that broke the rules, moderating as needed, and then informing the member of the changes and why they had occurred so that they could understand and, hopefully, follow the correct processes later on.
Well, as with any changes and or renewed vigor in enforcement on current rules after a long period of a more loose approach, some members found that they did not like the changes. We, again, explained to them the reasoning (i.e. ownership among other things) and why we were now being more picky about the situation to them. Some understood and took it in stride to which we haven't heard from them since; some didn't like the changes and posted as such within the allocated forum feedback section that is routinely checked by the admin and mods; and others either did not like the changes or chose not to deal with the changes and moved on to other outlets (other forums, facebook, etc.). We understood this and dealt with any major incidences as best we could given each situation.
With regards to your concerns, yes, whenever I browse areas or receive reports from other users about sales thread in the wrong place, the Mods will typically move them out of courteousy and sometimes PM the OP what occured (I usually just left an expiring link from the original section where it was incorrectly posted that would last a month). Again, though, we can only see so much of the forum at any given time and heavily rely on our members to help point us to things in question. I admit that I was on and off the forum at various and random levels of activity. Sometimes I would be in the Texas subsection everyday for a week straight other times I would not hit it save for subed threads for a month or more. When I do go in, I always quickly scan the first page of threads for anything that doesn't fit the rules and take care of it as needed. If this meant it appeared I was picking on your and your threads, that was not the intention, I just noticed yours during and sweep, usually among a few others I also moderated, and it was addressed per the rules and guidelines we are to follow.
With this new enforcement, we have found new issues and concerns that were brought up that we in turn spoke with the admin about. This brought about additional modifications to the rules, such as now FS/WTB threads needing approval before they go live, again to further allow us to avoid the clutter that develops with duplicate or incorrect FS/WTB threads that did not follow the rules. The result? A classified section that is streamlined and easy to search/browse that is much easier to manager and keep clean and on point. Yes, there is a learning curve and changes that have to be adjusted to by both the Mods and the members. But, in the end it will be beneficial across the board.
I'm sorry if you feel like this is the Mods, or more specifically myself, attacking you. Again, that is not the intention. If you ever feel this is the case, by all means, PM the admin and voice your concerns with him. He will look into it and let us know if we are doing something incorrectly and we will adjust accordingly. Either way, best of luck to you and with your sales. If you would like to discuss anything else, feel free to post or PM me and I will be more than happy to answer them to the best of my ability.
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