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Something like "woodlots" where you look to buy and sell trees/logs.

Could have an on offer and wanted categories.

I know this sort of covers firewood,forestry,milling and carving but would be good to have one place to go to see.

 

much like arbtrader but for wood? Have considered that, and I will do something at some point...at the moment I don't know if I can be hassled with trying to make people actually use it in place of the forum...it would be the 'please use arbtrader' scenario all over again

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Is it possible to have it set up so you can reply to the email to message the person back?

So I can do it on my phone, becuase signal here it too bad to log on to arbtalk on my phone browser!

Or is there another way to PM people that doesnt need you to go on the main site?

 

app would be the easiest answer for all of those questions

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Steve - I can't see the whole content of an advert when viewing the trade directory' date=' only the first few lines are visible. I'm using an iphone - should this matter?

 

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what trade directory?

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That presents a few issues, mainly how many people are going to want their actual yard addresses listed publicly, and anyone listed would probably need a waste license of sorts I would assume

 

I prefer to talk to people before giving out exact locations. We use all the chip that we are given on the sites I represent so I don't think a licence is necessary. :001_smile:

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much like arbtrader but for wood? Have considered that, and I will do something at some point...at the moment I don't know if I can be hassled with trying to make people actually use it in place of the forum...it would be the 'please use arbtrader' scenario all over again

 

I like the idea of a wood/timber buying and selling area.

 

On the subject of Arbtrader though, it doesn't quite work for me. I think it's because it is too detached from the main site (doesn't even appear in the top menu bar of Arbtalk) and doesn't really let you scroll through listings by date etc. Is there an opportunity to make it better integrated alongside the site redesign?

 

On the tip site question, it would probably be enough to list general area of the country. I am always able to take chip, as are some others (eg Felixthelogchopper) but knowing to drop me a PM to get exact location if you need a site in the vicinity is probably enough.

 

Alec

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I like the idea of a wood/timber buying and selling area.

 

On the subject of Arbtrader though, it doesn't quite work for me. I think it's because it is too detached from the main site (doesn't even appear in the top menu bar of Arbtalk) and doesn't really let you scroll through listings by date etc. Is there an opportunity to make it better integrated alongside the site redesign?

 

 

The link to arbtrader is above the banners on the right. This will be different on the new site though.

Why do you need dates on the ads? Free listings expire after 15 days and aren't shown anyway...premium ads 30 days. When the ads were on arbtalk before, people would bump 2 year old threads trying to buy whatever was being sold. The Arbtrader set up is far better.

 

Interested in all feedback...if I can make it better I will

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The link to arbtrader is above the banners on the right. This will be different on the new site though.

Why do you need dates on the ads? Free listings expire after 15 days and aren't shown anyway...premium ads 30 days. When the ads were on arbtalk before, people would bump 2 year old threads trying to buy whatever was being sold. The Arbtrader set up is far better.

 

Interested in all feedback...if I can make it better I will

 

I wasn't aware of the expiration times, perhaps it would be an idea to make this clear on arbtrader so those viewing the ads know they are reasonably current, without a date an ad on the internet could be of any age.

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The link to arbtrader is above the banners on the right. This will be different on the new site though.

Why do you need dates on the ads? Free listings expire after 15 days and aren't shown anyway...premium ads 30 days. When the ads were on arbtalk before, people would bump 2 year old threads trying to buy whatever was being sold. The Arbtrader set up is far better.

 

Interested in all feedback...if I can make it better I will

 

OK, now spotted the link. I look in that column for forum sponsors, but across the top on the yellow buttons for forum-related content. I think this is why I didn't notice it before - it just wasn't where I was expecting.

 

This is purely a personal view, but to me Arbtrader is far more complicated than it needs to be. There are currently 8 main categories and eight subcategories, to handle 38 adverts. I can't comment on whether that is an increase or decrease in volume over the pre-Arbtrader days (as I wasn't on long under the old for sale/wanted system and can't remember the volume) but if it is the anticipated volume it could be slimmed right down into a simple list, or just stick the main categories down a side bar to the left? Having got round to looking properly, the content is actually there but it's so far down the page I haven't noticed it before. I compared it with Gumtree, and I think it's that the top much more compact (partly due to the categories being in a side bar) so you are straight into the adverts.

 

A suggestion would be to keep the strip of buttons across the top but squash the top up a bit to make it fairly narrow, then categories down the LHS and featured adverts in a narrower scrolling banner, then straight into adverts in date order (as currently). I reckon you would then see the first three or so adverts straight on the page and it would be more apparent what's there?

 

Alec

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