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  1. shimmystep

    shimmystep Registered User
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    Given the frequent requests for valuations in the forums from new folk to the MB, is there an argument for reviewing how it should be discouraged from the start?

    In fairness it is probably easy to miss the request to avoid doing this, given how frequently it occurs.

    Perhaps it can be made more obvious, less easy to miss before posting a valuation request in one of the forums?
     
  2. Bill Stuntz

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    I wonder if a reordering of the brief rules, and bold type might help since all new users are required to read them when they register.
     
  3. novicetimekeeper

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    I run a small forum, nothing like this huge enterprise.

    In my limited experience no matter what you do people will go their own sweet way. It isn't malicious, just that nobody reads instructions.
     
  4. Bill Stuntz

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    I agree. Just like they frequently post questions about clocks/watches in this forum. It's annoying, but no real harm is done.
     
  5. shimmystep

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    I agree, i don't think it is malicious, of course not.
    I think perhaps the request to not ask for valuations is missed by people, and perhaps in fairness to them it could be more prominent
     
  6. leeinv66

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    Many new users just don't read the rules they agree to when they sign up. You can make them look at them, but you can't make them read them. As they say, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink.
     
  7. Dick C

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    Is it really that big of a problem?

    The way it is, every time a moderator has to let the poster know that it is forbidden, every one that reads the post gets a reinforced message.
     
  8. Bill Stuntz

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    IMHO, not a big problem. The trouble is that the people who ask for values are almost always new users who haven't read any posts yet. The frequent reminders are a bit like preaching to the choir.
    Peter makes a good point in post#6.
     
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    Perhaps a refresher is in order. What is the problem with our colleagues discussing values on this site?

    David
     
  10. Bill Stuntz

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    1) We want to remain an educational MB, not a swap shop.
    2) Potential liability if value/quality/condition discussions here affect the selling price of items that are offered for sale/auction elsewhere.

    That's my understanding of the rationale behind both the "no value discussion" & "no discussion of active sales" rules.

    Values can be discussed here: http://mb.nawcc.org/forumdisplay.php?307-What-do-you-think-it-is-worth. Those forums are free for NAWCC members. Non-members can subscribe for a nominal weekly fee. Unlike our public forums, the value forums are NOT searchable via Google/Bing, etc.
     
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