Server Upgrades and Browsers

Over the last few months the number of people using the classifieds has grown rapidly again, and for the last few weeks I’ve been extending the ability of the classifieds to handle to greater traffic. This includes the introduction of some new software as well as the introduction of more computers to the mix. I appreciate those who have run into glitches during the upgrades (such as the few minutes where I blocked everyone who wasn’t signed in, sorry about that) and the constructive feedback.

Occasionally the issue of browsers comes up. You’re welcome to use whatever browser you like. I develop the site largely in firefox (forefox 3.6 is what I’ve got installed right now) and I usually test it in Opera and whatever else happens to be handy at the time. Internet explorer tends to be the odd one out, and while a lot of people use it, I can not recommend its use.
Thanks,
Chris

Happy Groundhog’s Day!

Happy Groundhog’s Day to everyone! My sympathies if you you were at ground zero in Punxy when Phil predicted more snow. On the other hand if you stood around sober, you obviously missed the memo.

We’ve been working to bolster the site for the increased traffic we’ve seen lately, and today it looks like it has been running better. The proof is when everyone gets off work and starts browsing the sight this evening. If it isn’t much improved at that point, you can believe I’ll be working on it again.
Thanks,
Chris

Spammers and Scammers

Over the last few days we’ve had an increase in the amount of spams, specifically nigerian style scam emails, being sent out to people. Most of the emails were sent from accounts starting with john774416@ or eagertobuy@. The perpetrators found an unshielded server farm in Chicago, where they were signing up accounts.

For those still not familiar with it, wikipedia has a piece on the scams. According to wikipedia this sort of scam has become Nigeria’s major export to replace their oil industry.

I booted several accounts that had been used to send spam or were signed up from the same source and then I blocked off the Chicago server farm from accessing our site.

Thanks,
Chris

Search Options

I added a new search option today, for people that are registered. Remember that registering is free, and you can place ads for free as well. We appreciate those who choose to purchase premium ads, but you can place ads without any fee as well. Sign in, and see the option to set a maximum price on your search. You can search the Christmas category for gifts under $5, and you can search the car categories for vehicles under $10,000, as well as lots of other possibilities.

I’ve gotten positive feedback from the quotes that were added to the site recently. Quite a few of the quotes are from the works of Ayn Rand. Many people seem to recognize Ayn Rand’s work, but for those who do not, she was a Russian immigrant to the US at the age of about 21. She was outspoken against Communism, and believed strongly in individual rights.

I often get emailed reports when something fails to work properly. I appreciate those, and I regret that I don’t always have time to acknowledge them individually. Many thanks to those who take the time.
Thanks,
Chris

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