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  • As-is. Pruned at 90 days...can repost at 90 days

    30 25.00%
  • Change to: Prune at 60 days...can repost at 60 days

    64 53.33%
  • Back to the old repliable, bumpable Wild West days

    21 17.50%
  • Other....explained below as a reply

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Thread: Lab Puppy Classifieds Change

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    Default Lab Puppy Classifieds Change

    This link will take you to the discussion made me run this poll: http://www.retrievertraining.net/for...=432756#432756

    For those of you who sell litters, please pick your preference.

    I'd like to see what the majority wants.

    Please keep in mind that you can edit your ad a limitless number of times and can delete your ad at any time. (but please don't delete it just so you can repost it! )

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    I voted other because I could care less either way as I own all boys.

    But that's not the main reason I voted other - I voted other because I see RTF as a FREE resource to those trying to sell litters and sometimes it seems that you take a lot a grief for a great online resource.....did I mention it was FREE to us?

    I figured do what ever makes your life easier and the heck with the rest!

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    Initially, I thought the idea of 60 days was good because it did give people more chances to post their ads, when the breeding was done and again when the pups arrive and again if there are any left after 60 days.

    However by dropping down to 60 days you can almost guarantee every single Lab litter will have 2 ads and some will have 3, so I agree with Chris, the new ones will fall further down the page because the number of ads will double. So I voted for 90 days. Even though I really liked the old days when you could reply...but I guess given how popular RTF has become, it isn't practical and a headache for the admin.

    Oh and what Lainee said...it is a FREE resource and a good one and shouldn't have to be a headache for those that maintain it!

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    Lainee and Julie,

    THANKS!

    I want to also point out that when it was repliable and bumpable, we had people with multiple accounts "talking to themselves" from the same computer in an attempt to keep their ad at the top. We had folks "helping out" their pals by making "nice litter" or "How many are sold" bumps to keep their buddies on top, as a reciprocal arrangement.

    It got out of hand and those who "played by the rules" were the ones who got run off the page.

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    If you left it just how it is now, but had the ads drop off every 30 days, I think it would be easier to monitor. You would have 1/3 of the ads to monitor for multiple posters. The ad board would stay cleaner also. No old ads where the pups have been sold for 2 months. Just my opinion.

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    I voted just because its fun....

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    Default Re: Lab Puppy Classifieds Change

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Atkinson
    Please keep in mind that you can edit your ad a limitless number of times and can delete your ad at any time.
    Did this change? Last I knew, you cannot delete your post, just change it.
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    Chris, I know that when the ads were repliable and bumpable it got abused, no doubt a victim of its own success. I imagine THOSE moderating days were more of a headache than the occasional person who tries to slip in an extra ad.

    Also I imagine just deleting 90 day old ads is MUCH easeir than having to PM, call or email folks to see if their pups were all sold. You'd probably have to do some of this if it changed to 60 days.

    Oh and Labman you can delete posts... I just did a test over on the Chessie puppy forum and was able to delete it. Just open it up and click the X next to the edit box. Altough it does say at the bottom you cannot delete posts, in fact you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie R.
    Initially, I thought the idea of 60 days was good because it did give people more chances to post their ads, when the breeding was done and again when the pups arrive and again if there are any left after 60 days.

    However by dropping down to 60 days you can almost guarantee every single Lab litter will have 2 ads and some will have 3, so I agree with Chris, the new ones will fall further down the page because the number of ads will double. So I voted for 90 days. Even though I really liked the old days when you could reply...but I guess given how popular RTF has become, it isn't practical and a headache for the admin.

    Oh and what Lainee said...it is a FREE resource and a good one and shouldn't have to be a headache for those that maintain it!
    Not accurate. This is not about POSTING every 60 days but pruning and (if they are still available) reposting. Its the same as it is now except moving it to a 60 day cycle rather than a 90 cycle.

    It just seems more logical to me based on, its 9 weeks of gestation.....then pups go home at 7 weeks.

    So you post an ad after the breeding, repost when the pups are born (first ad at time of breeding has been removed already) and then repost for any left-overs (most of the pups have gone home at 7-8 weeks of age) if there are any.

    The pruning will still occur and we will have less "dead" ads because those where the breeding did not take will fall off 30 days sooner or where are thepups are spoken for at 8 weeks, those too will fall off.

    Less follow-up for the moderators.....

    90days seems a funky number when you are talking about the relative length of a dog pregnancy and when the age of when the pups go home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie R.
    Chris, I know that when the ads were repliable and bumpable it got abused, no doubt a victim of its own success. I imagine THOSE moderating days were more of a headache than the occasional person who tries to slip in an extra ad.

    Also I imagine just deleting 90 day old ads is MUCH easeir than having to PM, call or email folks to see if their pups were all sold. You'd probably have to do some of this if it changed to 60 days.

    Oh and Labman you can delete posts... I just did a test over on the Chessie puppy forum and was able to delete it. Just open it up and click the X next to the edit box. Altough it does say at the bottom you cannot delete posts, in fact you can.
    You'd have to do much less removing of dead ads if you went to a sixty day cycle.

    Julie, please keep in mind....no matter what the cycle, the litters will still only have ONE ad at any given time.

    If the pruning is done timely (whenever Chris has time but say once a week), there will really be very very few ads that are duplicates and for the most part if the ads were pruned every day, there would be NO duplicates.

    WRL

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