Project Gunwalker

Whenever there is a conversation about the most popular items on the PW Classifieds, it invariably comes up as automotives, all terrain vehicles, and firearms. Much of the PW Classifieds vistors are from rural areas, as are pretty much all of the people who have been employed by over the years. Atlantic Broadband may have the occasional city dweller, but there are still plenty of us comfortable on the trap field hollering “PULL!”. So yes, we have an interest in ways to get from getting around in an area where bus runs are few and far between, in areas where the quickest route to sanity involves a 4′ wide trail through the forest, and in firearms.

I’m curious how many are aware of the ‘Project Gunrunners’ story that has been quietly growing for the last few months. I’ve heard a lot of noise in the last couple years about US firearms showing up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Now I’m not quite clear on what a drug cartel with access to full auto weapons needs with a beat up Winchester 94. Have you checked out the selection of Uzis at your local retailer lately? I didn’t think so. But apparently there is some truth to US firearms crossing the border into Mexico, despite the ATF being alerted.
CBS ran essentially the same story as the above link to the Tucson Citizen.

There is also a follow up from the Tucson Citizen. For more information, you might want to follow David Codrea, the fellow who broke this story.


Transient images

I am currently experiencing some difficulties with my image hosting server. Pictures are sometimes loading, sometime not. It looks like they load more often than not, but I’m working to get them to load 100% of the time. My apologies for the inconvenience.

UPDATE 14:59 It looks like everything is back to normal. If you are still having a problem with an image loading, please go to ‘My Ads’, select the ad, edit it, and re-add the picture.


Email Delays

Between 9am and 10am ET this morning mail from PW Classifieds to multiple servers began to be delayed and in some cases rejected to multiple domains. This is because spamhaus has blacklisted a wide range of Amazon EC2 servers, which is where the PW Classifieds is housed. Replies to your ads show up under ‘My Ads’, as described on the FAQ.

I’ve contacted tech support at Amazon. They are aware of the issue and are working to clear it up as soon as is possible. In the meantime, please check ‘My Ads’ for responses to your ads.

UPDATE 15:25 My understanding is that as of about 3pm this afternoon the root cause of the problem has been resolved. Amazon’s automated communication with one of the major black lists had failed, and needed to be updated manually. It may take some time for the delayed email to be delivered. I would still recommend that if you have ads listed, you carefully inspect the ‘My Ads’ area in order to make sure you didn’t miss any responses.

I’ll continue to monitor the flow of mail to make sure that things are returning to normal. I’m also going to look into ways to minimize this sort of problem in the future. My apologies to all of you, and thank you for your patience.


News Letter and Bad Hardware

On Feb 14 I sent out the most recent edition of the PW Classifieds newsletter. If you received it, and didn’t want it, you can use this link to tell me never to send it again. If you didn’t receive it, but wish you had, check to make sure you didn’t already opt out of it.

In the news letter I mentioned three features I was contemplating adding to the classifieds. I promised that whichever feature drew the most feedback was what I would work on next. Here are the results:

  1. Ability to repost ads: 28 people favored this
  2. An email notive when ads expire: 8 people favored this
  3. A google map embed in each ad: 4 people favored this

I want to point something out here about the google map. I have no intention of ever sending someone to your door step. If I put a good map in the pages,
it will be similar to the google link that is already there at the bottom left of the ads. It will be to the zipcode, not to a street address.

I think it is pretty clear that the majority of the responses were interested in the ability to repost ads without starting over from scratch. That is
what I’ve been working towards for the a good portion of this week, and I hope to make it available sometime in the next few weeks.

In less positive news, Saturday morning I had a web server crash. I have the replacement just about ready, and I hope to be able to install it this evening.
Late last week several people emailed me about blank pages and difficulties with the web interface. Those issues seem to have abated with the removal of the bad machine. I greatly appreciate your patience.


Paid Ads Update

For quite a while I’ve been asked if there was a way to pay for an ad that was created earlier, but then not completed. Until now the answer had been no, it has to be created and paid for all at the same time. This morning I added the ability to pay for an ad created earlier but not completed.

The 14 day time on the ad begins when it is paid for, not when it is created.

Free ads are the same as ever. I did not change anything with free ads.


Quotes part II

One of the many advantages in posting changes here is that I get feedback telling me what works and what doesn’t. Thank you, Arny, for pointing out the fact that at some point in the past I managed to remove the quotes from the site altogether. I’ve located the bug that caused this, and fixed it. Unfortunately now I can hardly run a contest for people to notice the new ones because, well, they’re all effectively new.  You still get $20 of advertising credit if I use a quote that you provide.


New Quotes

I hadn’t added any new quotes to the site in a while, so this morning I spent some time looking at a few and adding maybe 15 or 16 news ones. $5 in advertising credit if you can identify one of the new quotes. $20 in credit if you give me a quote that I end up adding to the website.

I’ve closed the credit offer, thanks to those who participated! — 2012-04-13 21:07