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You always have an option, if you see a fishy offering/buy by a seller you've had a bad experience with, to send a pm to the buyer with a heads up warning. A word of mouth thing.
But I would miss being able to bump the thread, if I want to keep it on top and easy to find while I make up my mind. Also being able ask public questions and that stake holder post - "pm sent".
Besides, it would be a bitch to set up and police, probably.
I think it might be time to step back, whistle Dixie and let things roll.... after all, the recent bruhua are NOT that prevalent as a % of transactions.
If you wanted to tightening things up a bit, maybe you could require full profile disclosure by sellers, that is fully documented where you live, email and phone number.
And it seems to me.... just to comment on said bruhua......IF a seller get's a negative post, wouldn't it be best for the seller to proactively post "I am addressing this issue directly, by pm and phone to the buyer. I want my buyers to be confident they'll get my best attention, if there are any problems and issues with the stuff I sell" --- or some such.... Rather than NOT responding to negative post at all. That would diffuse the issue. In public at least.
There are a lot of options to resolve these issues. Transparency being the best. NOT communicating being the worst.
I'd say keep it all open, like it was, let it all hang out, and let people duke it out.
Bad actors will be revealed the fastest that way. Both sellers and buyers.
But we must distinguish between negativity and honesty. That's a tough call in many situations.
IMO conveying accurate factual information, even if it appears negative, benefits everyone.
Kirk... I wasn't going to post again tonight because I'm not communicating well at the moment. I didn't intend to accuse. I was trying to make a point. I failed at it and I'm sorry. It was a devil's advocate type of thing.
Generally I find the moderators here amazingly patient and liberal...... basically you can carry on as long as you don't insult or threaten others. Anything else of course would require endless parsing worth Solomon. When the moderators get tired of the horse pucky, door should close. By and large that works. Better than most "rules".
Moderation is a thankless job. Minimizing its demands on one's time is a factor in making policy decisions.
I'm a moderator on an unrelated forum, with an activity level very similar to LFPF. I spend way too much time moderating.
If you want more ethical behavior, requiring everyone to use their full legal name and location would help a lot. It would kill a lot of trolls too.