Amazon Payments

We are able to accept Amazon Payments once again. The same options you would use to pay on Amazon.com are now available to use for purchasing Pennswoods.ne tClassified ad upgrades. For those who are not fans of the Ebay/PayPal conglomerate, I am happy to be able to offer another form of payment.

Monday evening and again on Tuesday morning we had an outtage of the Pennswoods.net Classifieds. Our authentication server started to respond slowly, and then about 8pm it ceased to function at all. Unfortunately the first I heard of it was at about 10:30pm. After a reboot, the service was mostly back up and running by 11pm. The next morning there were still some errors cropping up, and a reboot of the webserver cluster fixed that issue as well. My apologies to all of you who were inconvenienced by this. I am working on replacing the single authentication server with a cluster of several machines. This should prevent a re-occurance of this sort of problem.
Thanks,
Chris

Screen names and indentity on the internet

Today brought the first of the upgrades that is a direct result of our recent meetings with PWC (PennsWoods.net Classifieds) users. Now there is the ability to set a screen name for your account. Doing so enables a “Member since…” tag, and a displayed rating. I can tell you that I’m not entirely happy with the way the rating system turned out. Tonight I’ll be modifying our servers so that a more direct formula can be used. I’ll update the formula description in the FAQ when I complete the changes.

Other than that, I’m pleased to offer the ability for members of the site to be able to brand their ads with their identity. Hopefully it will help bring an increased level of comfort and saftey in dealing with other members of PWC.
Thanks,
Chris

Couple of Things Bouncing Around My Head

We’re nearly a week out from having met people in Bradford. My sincere thanks to those who participated. We had a good time, and once again learned a lot from those who showed up. For those whom I offended in the Brookville area (I didn’t send any email until the day before, and the morning of the event) yes, you were correct, email notices in advance correlated with increased attendance.

On the way back, my beloved co-worker took mercy on my boredom and when we stopped in Ridgway to fuel up, we took a quick tour of River Valley Surplus, where I scored a pack of milsurp 7.62×25 to feed to my favorite tokarev. The folks there seem like down right good people. And if they happen to be reading this and want to knock another $50 off of that swedish rifle behind the counter, I’ll be making another run up there soon….

In unrelated news, during the first week of June I put into place a filter on ad submissions. If three ads are removed in a nine day period, no additional ads are accepted from that account until those removed ads are at least nine days in the past. I meant to make note of that here, but I apparently failed to do so. Until recently ads with paid upgrades were still accepted. A few individuals have made it clear to me though, that if I’m going to reject the free ads, it is best if I reject all ads, and that is now the case.
Thanks,
Chris

PS. I got called on my earlier blog (July 14). I’m not actually 18. (The folks at River Valley didn’t sell pistol ammo to an underage web developer). Apparently when meeting me in person, it is obvious that I’m not 18 anymore. And someone read my blog post!

PPS – July 29, 2010 – My sincere apologies to the good people of Ridgway for the fact that I misspelled Ridgway. I’m 51% geek, and 49% redneck, and it doesn’t take much for my spelling to fail me.

Bradford

I just want to clarify the location of the meet next week.
It is located at:
Bradford Township Volunteer Firehall 368 Interstate Parkway
Bradford, PA 16701-2730

My sincere apologies for any confusion over the location.
Thanks,
Chris

Pennswoods.net Classifieds Meet and Greet

Last week we were in Brookville. Leo and I really enjoyed meeting people, and we spent the drive back talking about the feedback we received. A little known secret is that those folks who participated also helped me celebrate my birthday. Would you believe I turned 18 that day?

Next week, on July 21, starting at 6:30pm, we’ll be at the Bradford Township Volunteer Firehall (368 Interstate Parkway in Bradford, PA 16701). Once again there will be no fee to participate. The fine gentlemen at the firehall will have the kitchen up and running, and their normal bingo foods will be available for a small fee. Proceeds from the kitchen benefit the Bradford Volunteer Fire Company.

If you’re planning on attending, it would be nice to know so we can plan for kitchen staff, etc. RSVP link.

We’ll be drawing four names from the attendees to win $100 worth of upgraded ads.

I hope to see you there.
Thanks,
Chris

Meet and Greet Announced

On July 7 at 6:30 pm we will be sponsoring a meet and greet at the Brookville, PA fire hall. If you’ve ever wanted to meet the people involved with making the Pennswoods.net Classifieds work, now is your chance. There is no cost to attend.

Vendors who would like to set up a table there should contact me, there will be a nominal fee for the table.

For those unable to make it on July 7, we’ll be having another a few weeks later further north.
Thanks,
Chris

Voting Day

Voting Day is today! Get out there and let your voice be heard. If there is one skill any politician has, it is the ability to be re-elected. If there is one thing that they will sit up and notice, it is the results from the polls.

Thanks,
Chris

Updates

Just a couple of quick updates. I hope everyone out there had a good Mother’s Day weekend. I’ve made a couple of tweaks to our email system to make everything run just a bit smoother. I’ve also changed the way reported ads get handled. Now the only consideration for removing or not removing an ad is the number of reports against it. This will make it easier for the average ad to be pulled due to feedback. To balance this I’ve increased the number of reports necessary before an ad is pulled.

Thanks,
Chris

Update and Apology

The good news is that one of the most frequently requested updates to the site happened last week. The ability to edit asking price, location, and the alternate email is in place as of the middle of last week.

The bad news is that in the process of making that change, I managed to break the payment system in such a way as to charge customers 100x the expected price of the ad. Four people were thus wrongly charged. More noticed the error and reported it. My thanks to those that reported the error.

My apologies and those of Pennswoods.net to the four people who were over charged, and to those who wanted an ad but encountered the error instead. All overcharges have been refunded in full. The error was corrected on Saturday, and steps taken to make sure it does not happen again.

Thanks,
Chris