OK folks...here's the deal. I'm sure there are some of you "out there" that have been involved in bad trades...giveaway issues...or even auction problems. What is happening is these problems are not being reported to the moderators.
The moderators are aware in general of grumblings regarding a few members. But that's all it is...vague "grapevine" griping. This tends to come around via hearsay..."I heard..."..."I know of someone...", etc. We are not being contacted DIRECTLY with FACTS regarding problems. And so we cannot act on them.
All of you out there who are complaining among yourselves...you have no one to blame but yourself. Say for example you have a bad trade with Person A. You think..."Well, its just ONE trade and I don't want to rat out Person-A." But you may be unaware that Person A is stiffing 5 other people who are ALSO saying the same thing YOU are. So instead of getting 6 bad trade reports...we get NONE.
In order to take action, and be able to warn the membership about anyone who is CONSISTENTLY causing problems in trades/giveaways, etc., we HAVE to know about it! And we are not being told.
There isn't a moderator here who wouldn't go to bat for ANYONE to protect them from bad experiences. Its bad for individuals and the forums as a whole to have bad transactions. But as long as you all grumble among yourselves...we can do nothing to help you.
I've been asking for bad trade reports...and I've gotten 2. That is not enough to put a person on the Deadbeat Traders list. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes with trades (myself included!) so we can't jump the gun on one or two mistakes. We need to know who is **consistently** irresponsible on deals.
Please understand that to make a report does not mean someone is going to get banned or slapped onto the Deadbeat list. It just means we will be AWARE of what's happening so if we see a PATTERN with any particular individual, then we can address it. We know that "crap happens"...people forget, they get sick, have accidents, tragedies, births, deaths...things that may take one away from the computer or restrict packing/mailing time. So we all have to bear that in mind too.
We don't want to see ANYONE put on the Deadbeat list. We will do anything we can to avoid that BUT...it is the RESPONSIBILITY of each individual to handle their trades/giveaways with their partners in a timely manner and pack your plants well. Communication is a big key. If you've had a problem, just say so! Accidents happen, etc. But keep in contact and answer any PMs you receive. There is nothing that will frustrate a person more than being ignored.
SO...if you haven't been able to resolve an issue privately with your trade partner, contact a mod. We will try our best to help you. But we still need to know of *each bad transaction* so we can track who might need to be added to the list as member protection. No one will be added without JUST CAUSE.
It is your responsibility to let us know what's happening privately so we can work to protect you.