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 Post subject: Classified Ads section of the forum - Info
New postPosted: March 30th, 2009, 3:49 pm 
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Please read this entire post.

In an effort to increase the quality of ArizonaShooting (AZS), and to reduce the number of users who have come to AZS merely to buy/sell things and not be contributing/productive members of the forum, ArizonaShooting has a policy to regulate access to the classified ad section of the website. However, in order to reduce the likelihood of people "gaming" the system, we are not publicizing the requirements, nor will we tell you what they are except to say that it is NOT a function consisting solely of post count. If/when you meet the requirements, you will find that you have access to the classifieds. Until such time, you do not. If you've previously had access to them and suddenly find you do not, it means that you do not meet the current criteria. There is no "grandfathering" of users. We strongly suggest that you continue to be active in the forums and on the site in general, as we may modify requirements down the road.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. However, while one of the main purposes of the board has been to promote the free-market exchange of legal goods and services, there have been a number of users who have taken advantage of the nature of the board to the disadvantage of other users. Short of policing every transaction, something the moderators and board owner are unable to do, this policy has been created, hopefully for the benefit of all involved and will help to return the trust and satisfaction that users experienced in the past when using the classifieds. This does not replace common sense in dealing with someone that you do not know. Do your own research.

Additionally, as a reminder for those who do have access to the classifieds:

- The classifieds are not discussion forums. Except in rare circumstances, the only one to post in the ad should be the seller.
- If you have a question for the seller, you can either PM them or post it up in the forum, especially if it's a question that might be of general interest to others. This doesn't mean, though, you can post stuff like "Did you know you can get it for less at XYZ store?" or things like that.
- Purchase offers should be done via PM or email them, but please do not post "PM/email sent". "I'll take it" is fine to post, however please no follow ups like "darn, I am always too slow", etc., even if, darn it, you always ARE too slow.
- If the rules in the classifieds are not followed, you may receive a warning via the board. If you get enough warnings, you will lose access to the classifieds area.

For those who do not have access to the classifieds:

- There are no exceptions to gaining access if you don't have it. None. Don't ask. The process is automated and once you meet the criteria, you will have access.
- Trying to game the system with 10,000 "+1" or "I agree" posts will not only still not get you access, but may earn you a ban from the site. If it's obvious that you're posting with the intent to raise post count and not contributing anything to threads you post in, you risk being banned from the site and/or having your account "reset".
- If you make "for sale" posts (or "want to buy" posts) in another forum, you will be permanently banned from the site.

These changes have been implemented in order to try to provide a better experience in the classified ad section for all AZS members - not just people who sign up for accounts on AZS. Thanks.

NOTE: There are absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS.

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