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    Where to discuss forum rules and guidelines?

    Hey everyone. I looked for an appropriate subforum to discuss rules, but I couldn’t find one. I apologize if this is the wrong place for this; please let me know the right place if it’s not.

    Anyhow. I’ve recently conducted a sale on Reddit via the r/WatchExchange subreddit. It was an overall great experience and I think there’s something to learn from their rules.

    Their most strictly enforced rule is that you must post a picture of the watch you’re selling with your username and date hand-written on a piece of paper placed under the watch. While this can still technically be forged, it is a pretty good indicator of authenticity. Not only does it support the user selling the watch, but it makes it much harder for scammers to steal and reuse photos.

    What I’m suggesting is to merely encourage this type of photo as an official “best practice.” I wouldn’t expect to change the way things are required to be done here, as people have been doing it as-is for years. But if people could be politely encouraged to do it this way, it would be a regular, common practice that benefits everyone.

    Thanks for reading! 🙂

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    Hello Gerry,

    It is easy enough. If you are interested in a watch just ask them to do that and any thing else that would satisfy you that they actually have the watch. Sellers will be happy to help.
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    Sure, I know you could always ask. What I’m saying is that there are stickied posts with rules and tips at the top of the trade/sale forums that completely miss this concept. It should be promoted as a best practice.

    I mean really, it should be a rule, but if it becomes a rule, it would need to have a transitionary period because of all the existing threads.

    By encouraging it (or enforcing it, as is done on Reddit), more people benefit from better anti-fraudulent measures. Not everyone will stop and think to ask a seller for this kind of picture, for various reasons. They could be tired on a Monday morning and they haven’t had their coffee yet, for example. Or maybe they’re just super excited about a too-good-to-be-true deal that they weren’t paying attention. Which is, by the way, how scammers succeed.

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    Re: Where to discuss forum rules and guidelines?

    the german Uhrforum has added the rule with the handwritten paper piece watch pic lately.

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    Re: Where to discuss forum rules and guidelines?

    That's a great idea.

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    Re: Where to discuss forum rules and guidelines?

    Does this site seem to have a problem with people selling watches they don't have?

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    Re: Where to discuss forum rules and guidelines?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catatafish View Post
    Does this site seem to have a problem with people selling watches they don't have?
    None that I'm aware of, and I've bought and sold more than 60 watches here in the Sales Corner.

    To the OP, your title suggests one train of thought (where to discuss rules and guidelines) but your actual comments simply raise the issue of a certain practice you feel would be useful in the sales forum (including a note with the day's date with the watch in the picture)--as a result, not sure what this thread is really about, but am pretty sure those who need such pictures can ask for them, and so, not really an issue either way.

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    Re: Where to discuss forum rules and guidelines?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catatafish View Post
    Does this site seem to have a problem with people selling watches they don't have?
    I wouldn't say it's rampant, but there were recently a couple of instances of people getting scammed after a reputable member's account was hacked.
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    Re: Where to discuss forum rules and guidelines?

    99%+ of the members who sell here have been great to work with over the years, IMHO.

    I have been a very happy buyer, as well as a seller at one time, here.
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    Re: Where to discuss forum rules and guidelines?

    We already invest a lot of time, with 7 moderators way too much time imho, to police the existing sales corner rules & guidelines. The lesson I learned is that people here disregard our rules & guidelines for whatever reason way too much. This makes me think that we can’t enforce the „piece of paper“ thing.

    Buyers are free to ask the seller for the „piece of paper“ thing even if they had not had their coffee on a Monday morning.
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