If our dev team can pull this off, starting next week, we will move from a private community to open registrations. Our current operating model stifles growth, so in order to for the community to grow, we will now allow anyone to register. We have actually ran into a problem of having too many sellers and not enough buyers. Since our members aren’t inviting others like we thought they would, we need to switch. If you’re worried about this move please keep in mind that our open registrations will come with a few safeguards. Our developer is currently working on a state-of-the-art SMS verification system for new members. This system will need an actual phone in order to register on our website, and it’s smart enough (or it should be) to differentiate between Skype/Google numbers, or any other web-based number providers. The second safeguard will be mandatory social profiles on file for all new members. People who do not have a problem verifying their phone and identity are less likely to cause problems. We believe this new system will be adequate enough to keep most bad apples away, but we do realize that once we open registrations, there will be an influx of “iffy” buyers/sellers. Even if that happens, please remember we catch everything during checkout tickets, so if you follow our rules, you will have nothing to worry about.
Hopefully, this move will kickstart the activity. Even though we are happy with the current progress, we know very well it could be a lot better.
P.S. Once we open registrations we will be on a lookout for moderators! We’re already eyeing a few potential members