Originally Posted by phowell23
I agree with the posters above...this should be EARNED not bought.
Of course this type of system will take longer to approve / disapprove though but it may attract more and more users to pay for PbNation. You could also create a Trusted Buyer / Seller forum where only trusted buyers and sellers can post.
Some really good ideas as well as some we can't use. I don't see us ever interfacing with eBay feedback or coming up with a a system where we'd have to approve, disprove individually by hand. We just don't have the resources to do that.
However, I really do like the idea of earned Trust. We need to put some work into that.
We also never seriously considered making a forum for only Trusted members. Do you think people would use it? Were you thinking regular users wouldn't be able to view it? Or only Trusted members could start threads?
Originally Posted by other people
We've been working on discontinuing the old style of BST Trust for while now. That's why they haven't been advertised as part of the ASM program for quite some time and not one person even noticed. We kept issuing them with ASM in the hopes people would use them, but they just didn't. We love the idea of helping people to trust each other online, but our users simply never embraced it. It was amazing how many ASM users simply never used it. That's exactly why we felt we had to come up with a new program. We did make sure to build in a ASM discount on the new Trust program.
We tried to make this new program more effective and more noticeable in the hopes it would not only get used, but it would also help people sell their gear. The combination of the badge, header and thread icon really makes threads by trusted users stand out. Plus, this way people can have as many new threads as they need that are all trusted.