Hey guys. I see a lot of complaints about buy sell trade threads taking a long time to get approved etc.. And with me possibly wanting to, admittedly, make my own thread soon, I was a bit put off by this... this is my humble suggestion (and please no one get up set, its just an alternative possibly). The main reason threads take so long to get approved, is a mod has to test out the service, I guess to protect members of the forum. Please no one take offense, but... that's sort of like our parents walking us to the bathroom... I think we, as grown adults, should be able to take our own due dilligence to know if we want to buy from someone or not, no? If I get scammed I get scammed, thats on me... thats honestly, my opinion.. But, I can see where blackhatworld owner / mods want to protect people.... So why not take some other precationary steps, that won't take 2 weeks to months to get approved? My humble suggestion, how about: 1) Charging $100 to make a thread... or even $200... (please dont blast me for this)... Hear me out... BHW is where the big boys play.. look at all the threads on the front page of Buy sell trade... scrape box... tweet attacks.. etc etc.. these are programs that have probably grossed over $100,000 each (at the very LEAST)... just off their thread here.. you mean to tell me it only takes $20 bucks to reap a $99,980 (at least) ROI? Charging a high price for the thread, will cut out 90% of the bs to begin with in my humble opinion.. Anyone want to sell for cheaper on a lower level, why not let them do it on another forum? Or, how about... Have 2 options: $20 put you in 2 week to few months queue... $200 skips you to the head of the line.. Maybe even have 2 seperate forums for this if you want? The minor leagues and the big leagues BST.. (my opinion would be to just have 1 forum where you pay $200... but im just saying you can make alternatives to make everyone happy..) Edit: 1 other alternative I just thought of... could make it so, whatever the price someone is selling their service for, they have to pay 3 to 5 times that for a thread. So, if I'm selling software for $100... I pay $300 for the thread.. Ok, this could be a little far out.. but the point is, if the first 2 ppl get scammed, the thread starter won't even break even . The first 2 buyers will come report the atrocity.. So thread starter made $200 on a $300 thread and a lifetime ban... sounds like fun eh? 2) How about, instead of a mod having to review the service, they simply just review the thread? Read the thread, see its ok, and submit... It should be up to us, the buyers, whether we are going to need a review copy or not... If a member only has 100 posts, just became junuir VIP.. its on him to give out 5 to 10 review copies to ELITE members, to gain others confidence... thats global commerce in it's most basic form... you work your way up the ranks... Their are 1,000s of music producers in the U.S. alone, who make better beats than dr dre... they can give their beats away for free, and might still cant get noticed... he can charge $100,000 for his... the point is, working your way up to gain client trust is something thats in every form of business around the world... why not black hat world? Let us, as adults, decide who we want to purchase from, depending on how agressive they are at giving out review copies... if we dont want to buy, they just wasted $200... and trust me, people are not going to submit a thread, unless they HIGHLY BELIEVE they will sell something of quality, after giving away 5 review copies to moderators and exec VIPS, they will not waste their money submitting rubbish to the forum for you to sort through 3) Make every member, before even entering a BST thread, be forced to read a pop up disclosure that says they fully understand they are buying / purchasing at their own risk. and that they agree to take the due dillegence to scout the seller and make a determination on whether they want to purchase their services or not.. make this a forced pop up before entering everythread.. and then give an option to forever waive the pop up going forward... 4) If you need even more protection for customers.. this is just some other things I'm throwing out there: -Require a video demo of the software of perhaps service to be posted -If someone is ever caught and proven to be scamming, they will be banned for life... So thats a $100 donation to the forum, 100 posts, 90 days of registration, and $200 for a thread gone down the drain... this is not easy to get back over night.. it probably wont even be worth it to them -perhaps, build in some type of escrow system into the forum? The new price of the threads could be used to cover this... Basically, maybe let a member escrow in their money, and then the funds are released upon completion of the service (this could be used for services only... I'll admit, this one is a little far out there, but Im just throwing ideas around now). basically, in the end... I think there are better ways to protect the great members of the BHW community than having moderators test things out first, which causes long delays in getting threads approved. I'm sure if we all, as a community, came in here and brain stormed, we could add on ideas, and come up with a better way. When you combine all of this with things like Itrader, reputation, legnth of time on the forum etc... this is FAR more than enough for us as adults on the bhw forum to make a sound decision in judgement on who we would like to purchase from. I think it's more beneficial for the site as you get more $ from the threads, you spend less time reviewing services / programs (most of which probably will never even make it up on the site), and buyers get the latest products / services when they were meant to be revealed to the public. all of this is just my humble opinion. If you agree or disagree you can let it be known. thanks!