I do get the drawbacks of the old system; I really do. And I get that, in the end, it is rarely (if ever) possible to make people behave voluntarily. However, the freeform nature of the old sales forum was something I, for one, really valued for that specific reason, and was actually proud of. The casual, personal, 'I'm dealing with a real human being' nature of it was a big part of the reason I'd prefer to go here than eBay. I suspect the same is true of a lot of those who are objecting. Perhaps we are overreacting.
I dislike the new system for basically the same reasons. It simply seems overly rigid and complex. It's like the web 2.0 version, easier for people who lack common sense perhaps, but more of a hassle for those who do. And, though it is more like ebay, I fail to see how it will necessarily require less moderation. After all, people still get scammed on ebay, though perhaps there are other reasons it will require less moderation.
Edited by antony6555, 22 May 2011 - 15:17.