New Ad Types

Today we added the first new ad types in a number of years. The new types are ‘For Trade’ for people with something to trade and ‘Want in Trade’ for people looking for an item for which they would like to trade. Happy bartering folks!

Thanks,
Chris

Updates to the site

This week saw the release of our top rated ads and searches. You can see the ads viewed the most frequently, and the searches most frequently run since the top of the hour. Also the guidelines page has not only been brought up to date, but is now tied in with the categories such that the guidelines page will update automatically with changes to our listed categories.

Thanks,
Chris

Thumbnails and Thumbnails

Today we rolled out the newest feature for paid ads, thumbnails. Now on searches and category listings you can have a thumbnail instead of the traditional *pic* marker. To accomplish this, you need only submit a picture with your ad, and choose some paid enhancement. It doesn’t matter which one, bold for 75 cents, highlighted for $1, or a featured ad for $10 will all score you a thumbnail.

You must upload an image with your ad to get the thumbnail. Remotely hosted images do not trigger a thumbnail. Currently there is a bug where if you change the image via editting the ad, the thumbnail will default back to *pic*.

In other news…. I posted an ad for a piece of furniture recently, and someone replied to it asking me if I wanted to sell home interior cr*p. No. I don’t. If you ever email me back, I’ll consider removing the block from your account. Thanks for playing.

Thanks,
Chris

Edit Bug Fixed

Earlier this morning I fixed a bug that was preventing some people from editting their free ads. If you tried to edit an ad and encountered an error message stating that you were over your limit of free ads for that category, please see if it doesn’t just work now.
Thanks,
Chris

Bug Fix

The paid ad / thumbnail / edit bug mentioned previously is patched, not fixed. If you change the picture in a paid ad, the thumbnail will revert back to a *pic* tag for a while, and then eventually it will change back to the thumbnail. Might take the better part of a day. I’ll fix it right soon.
Thanks,
Chris

More Categories

More Categories

In the last week we’ve added a few more categories. ‘Halloween’ is temporary, just for the duration of the holiday. The automotive section was broken up into actual vehicles, and a new group for parts, with a ‘Car Audio’ and an ‘Automotive Tools’ categories added in for good measure. Paintballers and RC fanatics both have their own categories now. There seems to be a constant stream of those things, and not really a good place to put them until now. We also added a ‘Medical Equipment and Supplies’ category. Tech Support assures me that there is a demand for it.

I’m finally getting a few tomatoes out of the garden, just in time for frost around the corner. We’ve got a ‘Local Produce’ section for those who have a surplus, or those like me who came up short in the garden this year. It’s time to get things winterized now that the kids are back in school. Happy Birthday to my boy, he turned 9 this past week!
Thanks,
Chris

Flagged Ads Update

A relatively minor update to the way flagged ads are handled caused a few minutes of downtime this morning around 8:30 as I hammered some kinks out of the code. Now if you flag an ad it not only moves it a bit closer to being removed from the site, but it will also immediately remove it from the listing that _you_ see.
Thanks,
Chris

More Categories

I put in a few more categories today. Some new stuff, some that was just splitting older categories into more manageable groups. I apologize to anyone who noticed that A little after 10 am I took down the site. It was only down about 3 minutes, so hopefully it didn’t inconvenience anyone too much.
Thanks,
Chris