Greetings, all. We’ve made some changes to the Classifieds section that we hope will make your lives easier and make the site easier to moderate.
1) Users can now make one ad per week in any given sub-category. Previously, we limited users to two total ads per fortnight. This was done to limit the amount of over-posting (deleting and reposting of ads) and the number of duplicates. Both issues greatly annoyed site users and led to the section being less usable.
The new limits mean that many different kinds of ads can be posted at any one time with any given account, but with a limit of one per sub-category per week. If you have changes you need to make to an ad, edit that ad instead of deleting and attempting to repost. You’ll only be able to repost after one week in that sub-category.
Do not try to repost your ad in a different category to get extra exposure. Incorrectly categorized ads will be removed and repeat attempts to circumvent posting restrictions may result in your account being shut down.
If you have mistakenly deleted your ad before becoming aware of this policy, contact us at email@example.com and we can reinstate your ad for you to edit.
2) We’ve redefined what will constitute prohibited business activity in the Classifieds section. The Classifieds section is the most heavily used section of the site. It is used by a broad range of the community and it has proven to be a very effective resource. Part of what makes it effective, unlike many other classifieds site serving Vietnam, has been that we’ve diligently kept businesses and business activity out of it. Our volunteer moderators have gone to great pains to prevent both obviously well-established business from posting there, as well as more informal sorts of profiteering.
For reasons that involve both the nature of the ads being posted and the difficulty that our moderators face, we are now changing this approach a bit. Ads from any business that posts in the section will still be removed, but ads that involve private individuals will remain even if they involve obvious profiteering. The established standard will be that any ad that can be tied to an outside business presence (a shop/office, a commercial website, a commercial Facebook page, or a TNH Spot) will be considered a business and prohibited. Others may post, and, as always, caveat emptor.
If we find that this loosening of the business activity definition results in the section being overrun with spammers and scammers, expect the reins to tighten once again. For those with legitimate users of the site at heart, use it in a way that respects your fellow site users and notify us if you seen anything amiss by flagging suspect ads.
Feedback is welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.