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Old 19.05.2014, 08:52
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I am with Adrian on this, do we really need the sales or giving stuff away threads? Maybe Jeff-Z could start a thread on this very subject?
I thought Adrian just wanted to eliminate the minimum posting requirements for the sales/free stuff threads not get rid of them completely.
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Re: New to EF - Rules

I noticed Jeffz's post on ski rental recommendations. I thought to myself "why would somebody even think to wake up a thread about ski rentals now?".

So I looked at his history, saw a list of ~10 posts all made recently. I clicked on a few, and every one I clicked on turned out to be a two sentence recommendation with a link to a commercial enterprise of some sort or another. If there was an intro post, it was easy to miss.

So I saw no attempt at a dialog, no advice beyond 'try this company', no attempt at humor, not even an attempt at trolling. It made me really wonder if he understood what English Forum was all about. So I flagged a post, mentioning the oddity, and apparently some mod agreed that he wasn't acting like a normal forum goer.

I wouldn't have been upset if the mod had decided to leave things be, and it sounds like his motives weren't quite as bad as I had assumed. He was 'just' in a hurry trying to get past the 10 post limit, rather than a producer of traditional link spam. But in general, I'd hate to see the forum turn into a collection of 2 sentence posts made by people trying to sell things or promote websites.

P.S. I do not envy the mods their jobs of deciding what is an isn't over the line.

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Old 19.05.2014, 09:56
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Re: New to EF - Rules

^^^Necrotic posting will get peoples attention - and then usually the mods - and then the delete button.
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Re: New to EF - Rules

I realize that some of the posts were short. But some people liked the posts before they were deleted.

Overall, I would encourage eliminating the 10 post requirement to unlock the marketplace. However, it is also clear that some people have had really ugly experiences with unethical people in the Marketplace. Difficult spot.
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Old 19.05.2014, 12:02
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Overall, I would encourage eliminating the 10 post requirement to unlock the marketplace.
If this requirement were lifted, there would be 300-400 additional ads per day initially, and this would increase as our reputation as a tat-whore grew.
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However, it is also clear that some ugly people have had really immoral experiences with ethically unclean people in restrooms.
Now you're posting like a real EFer ....
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I realize that some of the posts were short. But some people liked the posts before they were deleted.

Overall, I would encourage eliminating the 10 post requirement to unlock the marketplace. However, it is also clear that some people have had really ugly experiences with unethical people in the Marketplace. Difficult spot.
I started a debate on EF marketplace requirements a while back... Requirements to sell items on EF - vote away!
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Old 19.05.2014, 12:28
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Re: New to EF - Rules

thank your of the link. Just voted - clearly this is not a new topic on EF.

Results/votes are very interesting...

I like the idea of helping other expats rather than posting free items online like Ricardo or Tutti.com. Overall, these seems like nice forum and very user friendly
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As mentioned in my earlier post, I have been in Switzerland for the past 3 years. I just posted 10+ comments online only to have a "Mod" deleted them. Overall, the posts contained valuable recommendations.
You were given the chance in the PM conversation to explain yourself, and we'd have been perfectly happy to undelete the posts had you given reason to suggest that they weren't simply ten random web links you'd googled for to reply to random questions found on the forum, solely designed to get the required ten posts to qualify for MarketPlace posting.

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Not a great start to EF.
Nope.

<Thread closed. Further discussions on Marketplace rules should be added in the linked thread>.
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