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    Quote Originally Posted by raspritz View Post
    The problem is more one of archaic site organization that functions less well given increasing traffic. This is a good problem to have; the site has become victim to its own success. This site overall operates in a classic bulletin board format, with only 5 sections, very few subsections, and a search function that is global to the entire site. The For Sale section here has no subsections, and all threads are listed sequentially with no overarching organization. The Bird has better organization overall, with the For Sale section having 7 parts subsections and (most important) a search function that is specific to the subsection one is viewing. TheSamba is similar. The 356 Registry For Sale section has no subsections, but that site sees much less traffic and again, the Search function is specific to the For Sale section rather than global for the site. This is not a complaint, but given current organization the For Sale section here has become fairly useless given its high traffic.
    That's very good info. Thanks.

    So is it time to start a new site or can this one be fixed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmiked View Post
    I'm 4.5 years into what looks to be a 10 year restoration on my '67S. Please forward a few names of some good shops that are slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soterik View Post
    I didn't say they were any good....., I just said they were slow...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Beck View Post
    Nothing wrong with people selling parts that we need.
    (I purchased a part this morning from the seller who motivated me to post this thread. Priceless! Thank you sir.)

    Maybe I've got it all wrong? Perhaps members and ESR freeloaders want thousands of trinkets listed weekly?
    So Frank, as someone who enjoys the hunt as well as capitalistic bartering, what kind of parts are people looking for? Stock, aftermarket, rare, NOS, cores?, wheels etc?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jos.hall View Post
    So Frank, as someone who enjoys the hunt as well as capitalistic bartering, what kind of parts are people looking for? Stock, aftermarket, rare, NOS, cores?, wheels etc?
    Jos, I’m a hoarder not a seller so I can only speak for myself. (When I do sell my $5k min order separates the sheep from the goats so my sales are probably outliers.) I buy rare parts and the mundane. I rarely “need” any of it.
    I freely confess that I have a sickness.

    FWIW: I believe there will always be a market for NOS as long as the 2 percenters are around.

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    Parts here are moving as fast as we can advertise them, and 356 cars are moving. 911's and 912's are dead right now, at least project ones. They are beginning to stack up in the yard. You just have to shift with the market, the last few years 9 series stuff was moving at record prices and the 356's were stacking up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Beck View Post
    That's very good info. Thanks.

    So is it time to start a new site or can this one be fixed?
    I suspect easily fixed. I think the only current problem is the For Sale category. A few well thought-out subcategories, maybe even some hierarchical sub-sub-categories (though that seems like overkill), and most important make the search function category-specific. I think that would be enough. I don't know the technical details, but it can't be too difficult since many other Bulletin Board-style sites are set up that way.

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    So....

    What new sub-sections are of interest?

    I have to laugh. Got all sorts of complaints when we split out WTB from FS in early parts.

    Looking forward to your suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 72targa View Post
    I have to laugh. Got all sorts of complaints when we split out WTB from FS in early parts.
    Separate issue (and still a bad decision). It reduced the visibility of WTB ads by at lest tenfold. Probably a hundredfold. To make matters worse, posters were advised to no longer begin their titles with "WTB" making their ads confusing to the huge percentage of us that use the "new posts" functionality.

    As long as were on the subject of improvements, why don't we do something really useful and get some mobile functionality going on around here before it's too late and some enterprising individual decides to create a competing forum that actually works for the 50% of Internet users who are on a mobile device. Hell, I'd even pay for it.
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    Create an ebay like bidding system here. I missed the NOS door striker yesterday

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