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Posted on Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:53 am
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As I'm here, having recently bought some wire from a fellow mailler and having recieved an order of rings through the mail, I was thinking thoughts.

I would like for MAIL to have a "Consumer Reviews Forum" / "Vendor Ratings Forum". I already have immediate plans to write a review of the ring/wire/rod/coil shipment I just recieved, including service, quality, and comparison with other vendors I've dealt with. I am sure that it would be helpful for everyone, especially for those new to purchasing from vendors.

I would also like a white/black list forum. In this forum, which would be organized by the seller's name. (I admit, this would require some sort of moderation, which, if noone else is jumping at the opportunity to take on, I would very willing do.) As far as whitelists, it would be a list of positive feedback/experiences. With blacklists, it would be a simple, flame-free set of posts indicating that the seller: Owes someone this/that in such a quantity and value, or that they didn't ship this/that for 6 months, or that the item was not as described/ etc.

I am thinking, however, that we could possibly only need a blacklist of some kind, and that the seller could simply provide their own heatware or ebay info if they want credit, when selling.
Just something vaguely along these lines. I believe that they would be really helpful for anyone.

I've seen something similar done at GruntvillE:
http://www.gruntville.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=10367 This is something of a blacklist.

http://www.gruntville.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=4&sid=4b2f60ede2eccf0455e7563e0a05b728 This is a little vague of a vendor ratings forum, but an example nonetheless.

Soo... hit me up for comments. What's on your noggin?

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Posted on Fri Aug 05, 2005 5:00 am
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I brought this up a year or two ago. I suggested we have a "Good, Bad, & Ugly" forum where people could post their experiences with suppliers and dealers. Support was mixed. I remember Bative didn't like it much, he only wanted a place where people could say nice things.

http://www.mailleartisans.org/board/viewtopic.php?topic=2016&forum=1

.. *rereads* Hrm. You were one of the first and most active posters there.

I still think it's a good idea. It's got my vote.

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Posted on Fri Aug 05, 2005 5:15 am
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I think it might get to some vendors.. especially since some of them browse the boards. It might end up in flame wars of arguing haggling and such, especially wth some of the experiences ive heard with some vendors.


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Posted on Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:02 pm
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I think it's an idea - however, with something such as this, a set struture might be an idea to discourage random ranting and flaming.

Hocky, I understand your concern, but if people are selling items, then they should be prepared to deliver goods, and receive criticism. Customer feedback is a valuable part of business - both the good and the bad. How would a business fix problems if no-one brought them up?

Let me clarify that the 'blacklist' would not contain personal comments about the actual people who do the selling (eg Lord Charles, Jon etc) but comments on the business dealings. It would not be an open slather for flaming. (see definition here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flame_war

It would be constructive criticism - if what the vendor is doing (or not doing) is not keeping their customers happy, then they're not going to sell product!


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Posted on Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:17 am
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hockywierdo55 wrote:
I think it might get to some vendors.. especially since some of them browse the boards. It might end up in flame wars of arguing haggling and such, especially wth some of the experiences ive heard with some vendors.


If it gets to some vendors, then good. Their good service should be praised and their poor service made aware of to both them and other consumers. As far as flame wars go, well, that's what moderation is for.

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Posted on Mon Aug 08, 2005 2:25 am
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Laughing
I agree but some sellers are obstinate, and will never admit.

have you used ebay lol. some really crazy people on there.

Its a good idea dn we do have a surplus of mods to watch altho osme of use *cough mecough* may be biased. hah.

there is a unused forum that we Could convert....
I think we may have to take it to a member vote though.


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