Trying to elicit a discussion with the membership (over 30,000 members mind you) would be a nightmare to facilitate. Floods of opinions. We'd never satisfy everybody and the issue would go on and on, never to be 100% settled.
As such, the FPN staff has to make decisions based on what we observe, being the governors, and what resources we have to manage the activities there. There have been Marketplace rules in place since the beginning, and have been updated from time to time. The latest incarnation is not a significant change from what was there before. We already had an image inclusion requirement, set back in August. There was no objection to them then... maybe the membership wasn't paying attention or enforcement wasn't 100%?
The main thing is that the FPN marketplace is not a business. It is a "buy/sell/trade" privilege available to the membership at no cost. It is not meant as a high volume venue for people to sell pens. Of course, a private individual may choose to sell frequently... but they must abide by the rules to play fair. The photograph requirement is there to help protect both buyer and seller. Therefore, the item being sold must be "seen".
For the few people that are unwilling to photograph their pens or don't have a convenient way to do so, they can of course try selling their pens through other venues outside FPN. This requirement is for the greater good. We will not please everyone by having it, and risk upsetting those who were not providing photos in the past. But this photo requirement will help the majority. That is what we have to cater to.
Btw, we are making some updates regarding bumps. There is a new mechanism in place to do a bump--no posting involved.
Edited by MYU, 30 January 2010 - 23:27.