Okay, I feel like I've explained myself many times before-- but I need to make it clear again, to everyone who's been using Barter primarily. Lestrade's is NOT a satellite of Barter. It is a competitor, it is not an enemy, both userbases are different, and no one has evil intentions. Those who keep using Barter mostly do it out of habit, and that's understandable. Now, for about a year before Lestrade's was born, I was regularly asked to build a replacement for Barter because of the admin's disappearance, and I said yes, but I also said I wouldn't do a pure clone, I'd do my own thing, with my ideas on top of Barter's. I was forced to open the site to the public too soon before it was ready for mass use, because Barter had stopped working. Turns out that made the Barter admin come back, but I wasn't going to throw away all of my work just for that. So, the Barter admin and I agreed to link to each other on every game page, and we'd be at peace. Most Barter users stayed there out of habit. Half of them have an account here, of which about a half use it regularly. That's fine with me.
Now, these users who stayed on Barter out of habit, they do the same thing I used to do at Barter...
That is, like them, you're used to adding games, and them tag them manually one at a time, reloading the page for each tag added, having to start over and remove all tags if you click the wrong tag, etc.
When you want to find matches across the whole site, you go to your profile, then Wishlist, then Matches, then the Match button (so that's 4 actions), then you wait for 2 minutes, sometimes more, for the matches to show up. When you want to match for one game, you need to go to the same page, and select the game manually from a large dropdown (so that's 5 actions). And wait just as long. When you want to match for a game you don't own (or don't have in your wishlist), you have to add it to your list first, then match, then think of removing it from your list. We're looking at a dozen actions here, for one purpose, which is a single action (single click) at Lestrade's.
These are all part of the reasons why I stopped using Barter. It just gets so tedious after a while. Do you know where most Barter users come from? SteamTrades. And why did they start using Barter? Because it was easier to find potential trades. Lestrade's is the next logical step, making it as easy as possible to do that. It doesn't have SteamTrades's 100.000 active users, or Barter's 1200, but that's okay, it still works, I've done 60+ trades in 4 months here, and I've been too busy to send offers like when I was on Barter and didn't have Lestrade's to work on. I built LT with the idea that it would be the next step for hardcore BVG traders like me who just couldn't cope with the slow matching anymore. That's why users all get a nice big 'Matches' button on every page. You click it, and a second later you get a page with all your matches. Then you find a potential trade, and you start thinking, "okay, out of those 2 possible games of mine, is there one I can get more easily..?" So you start pressing the 'Takers' link on both game pages, find more possible trades, then it helps you determine which game you'll offer to whom. Feeling restrained with a 1:3 offer you're sending? You can send a second, even a third offer to the same user, with a 1:2 ratio and different games. User gets to choose which configuration they prefer, accept that, and decline the others.
If you ask me, that's just fantastic. Instead of being a chore, trading became a fun hobby again for me.
Now that we've established all of this, you're posting here, taking some of my time to ask for me to implement a way to automatically sync your lists, because it's too hard to press a button and wait for a couple seconds, when everything at Lestrade's is instantaneous, and built for your enjoyment.
Maybe you could simply press 'Decline' when you get a dummy offer.
You've been there a few months, you received a total of 7 offers
, not all of them for outdated tradables (in fact, ALL of them were fair and balanced offers!), and each time, all you had to do was to click 'Decline' and move on. It should have taken about one minute of your life overall... Maybe 2 minutes if you also took the time to click the outdated tradable's name, then press 'Remove' on the Tradable line. Apparently, my work on making things easy to use is not fully appreciated. That's fine. Let's say you don't want to waste 5 seconds every other week on a dummy offer. Let's compare apples with apples. How many unbalanced offers do you receive weekly on Barter..? Do you complain to the Barter admin when you receive those, too..? I'm just curious.
Or, if you wanted to save time and energy
, you could choose to make Lestrade's your main base of operations (or at least use it equally as much), and invite all your friends to it. You certainly wouldn't be the first to enjoy the improved features here. But if you choose to remain on Barter mostly, I'm not going to judge, but don't try to convince me that you're not enjoying making your trading life more *complicated*. In fact, if you don't enjoy pressing a button every once in a while, and want even more automation, then I don't know what you're doing at Barter. I would expect you to be asking for me to make the whole process more complicated... Like, adding a 2-minute delay to the import tool. Again, I'm not judging.
I'm open to suggestions, but this one, while technically perfectly doable, just doesn't make sense for me in the current context, with you asking, and me being on the receiving end.