I only use this site to do searches and I don't want other trades wasting their time making offers. Is there a way to set my profile as unavailable?
« on June 28th, 2017, 09:52 AM »
I think account parking is helpful in some occasions. Ex: Going on holidays for a long period of time, trading absence (most of the times traders come back), sickness, etc.
Whatever the reason is, avoids people sending offers, which are then unanswered and may 'damage' your trading image.
The author of the thread doesn't seem to want this feature for these reasons. In that case I suggest only being able to use the entire website if account is not parked. As soon as account is parked, the user can only see his profile and options within, nothing else.
Now, why is it a "waste of time" to get offers from other traders?
I mean, your profile says to use Barter or *SteamTrades*, which has a reputation of being a poor, very poor tool for trading...
Is there something at LT's that makes it impossible in your mind to make trades on, even worse than ST?
Now please tell me what justifies this thread, and your all-uppercase profile message...
In that case I suggest only being able to use the entire website if account is not parked. As soon as account is parked, the user can only see his profile and options within, nothing else.
It's a waste of other's time because I don't use this site for trading and won't see their offers. There is nothing wrong with your site of course. I just don't need a third trading site to keep track of. Two is enough for me. This site and barter.vg are similar enough already. I agree that functionally this site is far superior to steamtrades but steamtrades is popular and was the first trading site I used.
I don't see why it has to be an all or nothing approach. You're able to disable trade offers on barter and still use the site.
I'd still like to use the search function on this site.
I'm just trying to be considerate to other traders and not waste their time looking at my list and making offers I won't respond to.
Lestrade's is poised to do the same (especially with everything I have planned for it), so ultimately, while I think it's good to have several solutions available, it's in everyone's interest to have a high offer count in here as well and build a reputation with LT users who aren't on other sites.
But... To do what? What's Barter got that's not directly tied to trading?
While it's true that my search feature is preeeeetty good (:P), I don't really see how that function alone justifies the use of a site for someone.
Even if they're good offers..? :-/
If Lestrades eventually has more users than barter then I may stop using barter and use Lestrades.
I probably should have said game matching instead of search.
Barter's matching doesn't work anymore and when it did it was buggy.
Most of the people who have sent me offers are names I've seen before on barter. Seems like it's generally the same people.
Actually I was planning on using LT for trading when barter's site was having login problems
and we all thought the owner of barter was MIA but I gave up immediately after I couldn't figure out how to remove a game.
LT is clearly a better looking site than barters (which is pretty ugly)
but functionally they're quite the same. So when the owner of barter reappeared and it was apparent that barter was not dead there didn't seem to be a reason to use LT for trading because it felt redundant. If barter had died I think LT would have successfully assimilated its userbase because it felt like barter 2.0.
Maybe you need to redesign the site so it doesn't feel like barter's anymore. Having an attractive site is nice but most users will probably prefer function over form and if they both function and feel the same then they're going to stick with the site they're used to and is more popular.