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The trouble with DP as a marketplace is that they are banning both buyers and sellers en masse for screwball reasons.
It's difficult to make a deal when the person on the other side of the bargaining table could disappear at any moment. It's difficult to run an auction when you, the auctioneer, could be removed from the auction without notice and for no apparent reason.
My first problem I had was not being allowed to be honest. Someone was asking about selling to people in Nigeria or some other country and I was honest and said that because of the religion in certain countries allows them to rip off infidels that we won't do business with those countries.
Donna gave me a nice infraction.
When DP started it was fresh, people were actually talking about the techniques that did work for SEO and it was open. It didn't take long until I forgot about seochat and would visit randomly only to find it started looking more childish and spammy with the karate belts and ads.
DP has been failing for SEO quality threads and the P&R just becomes a huge waste of time. I need to stay out of the P&R here as well.
I get let back into DP in about 5 hours. Maybe I can help save it. NOT.
One reason that a different forum failed is that they set a rule where no one could post negative information in a sellers thread.
A free market requires the free flow of information, both good and bad. Honest information protects the consumer, and that is what is most important to a successful marketplace.
Honesty is far more important than politeness.
The same is true for site reviews. A nice polite site review that doesn't really dig into the weaknesses of a site is useless. It's not worth the time it takes to read it.
A vicious detailed beat down is far more useful, even if it does bring the recipient close to tears.
Of course, I still hate to see forum members being mean to one another -- but I think that is a price that has to be paid in order to reap all of the benefits of free speech.
Probably just a typo on my part.