I wanted to repost this here as this question has come up...
| Do you think this will turn into a Craigslist type of feature? People will come here to sell their stuff and not talk about reef related topics. |
I don't think CR
will become Craigslist. The reason is, that the new area is separate from the forums. It is not part of the "get new", "get daily", searches. However, we will promote it on the home page and side column of the forum.
A few other considerations that have gone into the decision to add these features to CR
It's a reality that people visit the reefing forums for the sole purpose of buying and selling...typically reef equipment. Occasionally there are members that break the rules and offer up non-reefing equipment which then we delete. Of course they then need to find another source for selling their items. Most of the members that are trying to sell non-reefing items are our fellow reefers looking to generate additional money to fund their current addiction...."reefing".
I see the feature as a service to our members. In these current difficult economic times, people are feeling the pinch and some are downsizing or getting out of reefing. I would rather provide an outlet for members to buy/sell/trade non-reefing items than see them leave the hobby.
Also we develop relationships with each other as a community. I think it's only natural to want to buy/trade/sell with each other. Particularly in cases where items need to be picked up, it's nice to know the person coming to your house ahead of time. Or if your buying something it's nice to know that person outside of the deal. This is something you normally don't get with sites like Craigslist or Ebay.
Buying and selling helps our sponsors by generating additional site traffic. Traffic helps get our sponsors exposure to additional reefers. Traffic is both a direct benefit to sponsors through banner ads and forum posting but also traffic indirectly benefits sponsors through search engines. The more posting and content our site has, the more attention it gets from search bots. Those search bots visiting CR
also benefit our sponsor's websites by picking up their links and adding link weight to their site's rankings...thus their sites get higher exposure in search engines.
Feel free to ask any other questions or post any concerns you might have about CR
. I welcome the input. I think we all have a common goal to see the site be the best that it can.