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  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Brand new video! Scammers... beware
  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    I've been thinking about that video ever since I watched it and pondering if I should suggest this or not (the idea comes from a taxidermy forum as there are just as many scams and bad businesses in that field as well) and I figured why not, the worst that can happen is "No!": Maybe we should create a file/forum/post/something, where we can collectively create a list of links to online/mail order seed companies (with our country/biosecurity zone listed with it) that we've used and had good results from (that are not on Ebay, Wish, Amazon, and other such marketplace type sites). That way we can help each other avoid the scammers and give a little thumbs up to the companies that have done right by us.
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  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    Maybe as one post/article per country where people can comment their favourite seed/garden companies where they can explain what they bought, how easy the site is to use, whatever, and then the first post of the forum string/first page of the article gets regularly updated by whomever started it, as just a very simple list of recommended companies by members with their location, what they sell, and a link to their website as the comments roll in. It would require keeping an eye on it, as scammers are likely to invade and try to recommend their own stores, but that's where community collaboration comes into it. If someone else comes along and claims a store is bad, we can look into it, see if anyone else also has the same opinion, and not add bad ones to the list, and remove from the list, any stores that have proven bad, gone out of business, no longer take online orders, or whatever.
  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    Maybe even have a policy of the more members that comment positively about the same company in their area, the higher on the list the company gets placed.
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    That is a good idea @Grandmother Goose . We have tried this before in the past, but links got outdated very fast. Outdated links harm the ratings of the forum and how (for example) google might present them. I've been manually, 1 by 1, adjusting and/or removing links. I've still got hundreds to weed through. Even links going to Mark's own website have broken over the years as he's done upgrades and adjustments to both forum and website. I'm currently waiting to adjust those as I know he's actively working on upgrading the website as we speak.
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    In saying that, I do hope people might post their preferred websites under the new video.
  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    If links are a problem, then don't have links, maybe just give the full proper name of the company and its location so people can google them?
  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    Actually, posting under the new video would be an ideal place to put that sort of info. I'll go and make a comment with my little list of where I've bought stuff from now.
    +1
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    I look forward to your recommendations :D
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    And links are generally good! It helps people out a lot. It's just that I don't have the time to necessarily mantain it and keep it up to date 24/7
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  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    How is everyone doing this fine weekend? :D
  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    Cold. Rainy... well, rain has stopped now but everything is still mud. And cold. And wet.
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    It's gotten cold here too as of last night. Well, compared to the past few weeks. It was about 12C 😇 :ROFL:
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    It got down to 10C last night, I could finally keep the windows open as it was dry and use my warm blanket 😍
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Last night our dog puked over the warm blankets :thumbsdown: It lasted a day.
  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    I'm a sympathy vomiter, not good it happened to you, not good it happened to anyone, but very glad it didn't happen to me or I would have puked all over the warm blankets as well.
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    I was gagging with every step of cleaning up 😷
  • D daveb:
    another option if the set up allows it make it so members under a certain length or time or level cannot post web links
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    @daveb we used to have that in the past actually. Only it was causing issues and glitches among new members. And it meant that they had to find other ways, like uploading in the Media channel, etc. And sometimes they do create accounts and only post on them a month later. I must say, their dedication to spam is surprisingly large.
  • D daveb:
    well most of the accounts that spam are bots , so about only other way would be a verifier, there are numerous styles and types buyt thats a bit of a rework of site
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    True, It's just that some of the members are part of an aging population that aren't too tech savvy. Verifyers can be too hard on some of the members I've seen, and I will do my best to keep the forum as accessible to all ages as possible
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    How is it that the weekend always seems to go by so fast?
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    I might be unavailable tomorrow (and possibly the day after). But don't fret! I shall be back :p

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