As the 'ranting' seems to be getting more frequent, i've stepped up my efforts to get some coding done and implemented a couple of changes.
1) There is to be an enforced 5 day period between bumping threads. This is now handled by the software which will merge posts within a thread made by a single user during the 5 day period. This won't affect responses to questions etc. but will avoid some of the needless bumping. We're fully aware that there are methods of getting around this however as a result there will be a punishment for those wanting to play smart arse. People involved in bypassing the rules to bump ads will be temporarily blocked from accessing the classifieds area as and when caught. No amount of ****ing & moaning will be tolerated from anyone punished for doing so. Simple really, don't do it. If no-one responds to your thread then there's often a reason behind it. Either a few people have been inconsiderate and bumped your thread off the page or people just aren't interested. Hopefully we've not dropped that down to one reason
2) Users will be restricted to posting only 2 new threads within a 36 hour rolling window in each of the classifieds section. This is to try and avoid having a single user hogging the 1st page with multiple items when they could have easily been grouped into a single thread. Use your posts wisely as this is strictly enforced. This is also implemented as a 'live trial'. We may find that this actually has a negative impact on the site that requires it's removal. If this is the case then all we can do is say we tried
We would appreciate your feedback on these implementations, specifically the 2nd one.