I'm failing to see why you are trying to stop this?!?! It's about
trains which despite what the title of the group says, so is the
group! There is nothing wrong with ebay alerts pertaining to the topic
matter. You people really are starting to make me wonder...
On 12/22/2007 2:08 PM Big Rich Soprano spake thus:
So you're saying you don't mind this being turned into a spam zone, a
place where any and all commercial postings (provided they have some
connection to model trains) are welcomed? Have you thought through the
possible ramifications of that?
I'm saying that the few who argue about weather a 10k resistor is in
fact 10k of resistance have cluttered up ten fold more than an
ebayer's ONE TIME post here. You guys go on and on about who is stupid
and should - what did he say - foad - nice language by the way -
create ten times the clutter here then any ONE TIME ebay post! I for
one do want to know if Mrs McGuilicutty is selling her HO wash line
and the prefab house that goes with it on ebay...
Possibly because advertising your eBay auctions on newsgroups is inherently
Ya see; to sign up with eBay as a seller -or even as a buyer- you must
formally agree to abide by eBay's rules, and one of the rules you agree to
abide by says that you may not advertise your eBay auction on newsgroups,
among other places.
While I'm not offended to find ads for trains on the group, the fact that
these guys are knowingly breaking their word tells you something about them:
they're not trustworthy. They don't think that rules should apply to them.
Would *you* enter into an online deal such as an eBay auction with someone
who you already *knew* would bend the rules in his own favor? And would you
do so knowing that eBay is notorious for letting dishonest sellers get away
with all sorts of shenanigans?
The search engine on ebay is, well, flawed at best. I can search for
something and change one letter and find 10 more of the same thing so
if i had a big ticket item to sell you bet yer bippy i'd advertise
I've seen this mentioned here before, and maybe I missed it in the
ebay policies, but IS IT against their policies to post FA notices on
newsgroups? I found where it says ...
"The following are examples of content or actions not permitted in the
Community content areas (Reviews, Guides, Blog Entries, Wiki Articles,
and Member-Created Product Descriptions):
Promoting or advertising to buy, sell, or trade any product or service
listed or located outside of any eBay property (eBay, Half.com, eBay
Stores, eBay Express, etc.). Sellers may only promote their Store or
Sellers Other Items list, not individual listings."
But note that it says "not permitted in the COMMUNITY CONTENT AREAS",
not Usenet. Please show me otherwise if I'm wrong. I personally don't
have a problem with the occasional railroad-related post, but not a
steady stream from the same person.
It is against eBay policy, and is so stated in their rules. Problem is
that those rules are buried somewhere on their site; someone posted a
link to them here not too long ago, but I have no idea where they are.
I've seen them, though, and they explicitly forbid postings to Usenet.
Enforcing them's another thing altogether. Rotsa ruck with that one.
eBay basically doesn't seem to give a shit about their own rules, unless
they perceive direct harm to their bottom line (like the warnings in
email messages between members not to conduct business outside of eBay).
Then look for the other key word: FA or "For Auction". I'm not saying
it's 100% effective, but those are pretty common subject line
To me, the tinyURLs don't matter. They're in the body of the message,
requiring it first to be downloaded before it can be filtered. It's
just as easy to hit the "next thread" button and go on as it is to
figure out why the message suddenly disappeared.
Marching to the beat of a different drum is great... unless you're in
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