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11-26-2010, 11:08 AM
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How about adopting a similar approach as DP? Forget seperating 'Looking For / Wanting to Sell Products' and 'Services Offered / Looking to Hire' and make it one combined forum 'Buy, Sell and Trade' (or something alike). Then have the sub-forums for all the different categories (design, sites etc) and you'll have a more streamlined, straightforward marketplace in my eyes.

You won't need labelling then but can still encourage it, after a while people should start picking it up if a majority are using it. Could also add a noticeable message on the New Thread page regarding the different types of label and how it's beneficial.

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Chris, when I mentioned labeling - the idea was for labeling to work in the community forums, not the marketplace. For example, our programming forum has many sub-forums on niche coding subjects. Merging them now into a single forum now would prove too chaotic and unorganized. If we could label threads before merging them, then we can all easily identify the main subject of the discussion, and should the need to separate them later on appear, it can easily be done as well.

As for the marketplace, I thought of DP of course, but I realized that merging them into one at this stage would be a bit difficult and without direct benefit (we won't end up having any less sub-forums) as most listings are still separated into two categories: PRODUCT or SERVICE.

Especially that we will be redesigning the marketplace completely in 2011.

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Update:

The Photography and Imagery forum was merged into the newly renamed Graphic Design, Multimedia and Photography forum (old name: Graphic Design and Multimedia), available here:

http://www.talkfreelance.com/forumdisplay.php?f=6

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