the thing that makes me mad the post in the B/S/T forums, are the rich kids (not saying everyone who went to camp is spoiled, im sure some of them earned it and are good people at heart) who not only got to go to windells,momentum or any of those camps but also come back with stuff they either bought, won or took from pro skiers, then come and try to sell it for a high price.
I think some 13 year old kid tried to sell a shirt or something that he got off steve stepp and was bragging about it like crazy, that really grinds my gears to be honest.
Personally if a pro i looked up to gave me something, id keep it and be happy with it
Nomen, you're the fucking man.
I agree that the member quality of this site has deteriorated. The real "content" is usually only provided by an elite few.
In addition, the B/S/T forum is out of control, and now that you mention it, I notice that there isn't really any good natured "hook ups" going on anymore. It is one thing to price your merchandise highly if it means a lot to you (aka Feelers) but to price your shit high to profit from it is something else. Whoever said NS is no longer a community is right, at least in this regard. Ripping fellow NSers off clearly does not earn us the label of a "community".
There are still some members looking to give out good deals, or at least fair prices, and I've been lucky enough to find some recently, but yes, on the whole, people have become more profit minded. NS shouldn't be a business community. It's a place for skiers, and skiers should hook up other skiers.
I like this idea, but the only problem with it is that, like a mod above said, the B/S/T forum is barely regulated. It's a place for members to deal with members, and a change like that - like you said - is site-wide, as opposed to being limited to B/S/T. It means NS intervention there, which goes against the overall stance that the mods and the NS staff have taken with regard to B/S/T.
The feedback in profiles is one thing - it applies to the member as a whole, not just his buying/selling legitimacy. But to see this sort of thing under every post (imagine seeing something like this all the time, like in LM or Media/Arts) doesn't fit the bill. NS is a skiing forum moreso than it is a transaction site. Ebay is a transaction site, that's why they have that system.
What does TGR do to keep their system running so smoothly? Do they regulate it more than we do on NS?
(sorry for the second post. I slept on it.)
However....contrary to my original post about this^ we could expand the feedback system so it could give ratings. In essence, the feedback system is member comments, which could be expanded/simplified by having every member give a thumbs up/thumbs down when commenting.
...then the only problem is it'd be harder to comment on the overall NSer, like the quality of their posts and stuff, which is something I do more often than I comment on someone's buying/selling.
The thing is, the system and the ideas get very complicated when one tries to implement these seemingly simple ideas...
i totally agree with you blondie. newschoolers.com is not a transaction website, ebay is, if you want to sell go to ebay. but i, and most members on this site enjoy selling on this site and the "hassle free ness" of it.
until as of late.
all im suggesting is that it seems like NS NEEDS to implement some sort of security feature for transaction to go smoothly, and since that wont ever happen, the feedback rating is in my eyes the next best idea.
and i thought about your TGR question all night, and the only thing i can think of is exactly what nomensteven suggested earlier when i spoke of the demographic of this website.
TGR caters to a older and hence more mature crowd. which are capable of using paypal, not asking perental permission to buy or sell, and driving themselves to the post office. its not that TGR is monitored more then newschoolers, its because it is self monitored.
and again, dont get my wrong, its not like the minors of newschoolers are ruining the B/S/T forum of newschoolers. i just believe it takes a certain level of maturity to treat other online how you would like to be treated
all im saying is i along with alot of other members probably dont know about that feature.
if each member had a link under their name and icon (much like karma) that led to their feedback profile, maybe it is a feature that would get used alot more often and thus help to sort the legit from the scammers.