I have been going back and forth recently about whether or not to post this, but after seeing a post of mine deleted that brought up a legit concern I decided to put this all down and lay out some suggestions that I think can help benefit this forum. FIRST?please do not post nonsense in this thread. This is meant to spark constructive conversation, suggestions and ideas all with one goal ? to continue to improve the quality of BHW. I?m just going to dive into some suggestions? #1) Regulation on Market Place Thread Titles/Descriptions/Claims Ok, I get it that the title is a selling point and done to get a good CTR. BUT there is no reason why sellers should be able to post pure BS. While everyone is an adult and should use common sense, what happens when someone comes here and makes a purchase based on solely what he or she reads. Now, take this: Code: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/seo-link-building/632583-pr5-pr8-backlinks-approved-google-penguin-hummingbird-money-back-guarantee.html The title of the sales thread is: ?PR5-PR8 Backlinks Approved by Google Penguin & Hummingbird With Money Back Guarantee? The money back guarantee isn?t a problem ? if that seller wants to offer that then fine. BUT?the ?Approved by Google Penguin & Hummingbird? is comical and I am very surprise that this was approved like this. I even left a comment on the sales thread but it was deleted along with others by people that clearly saw something wrong with such a deceptive title. While some may say ?well you need to use common sense? ? I agree, BUT the sad fact is that a large majority of people lack what we call common sense. Also, someone new to IM may see that and think ?wow, approved by Google ? I?ll def order this? We know that NOBODY can guarantee rankings or results?and we sure as hell know that Google doesn?t approve services. I was really waiting to see a Matt Cutts tweet about this one, because I would be willing to bet they have and continue to have a good laugh about it. I think a more careful review of titles and sales page claims will benefit the forum, and not only the BHW members but those that come here and order services that are not members. The press release service that my company offers here is a prime example. I can tell you that the majority of orders on a daily basis are from people that are not even members here. #2) Raise Market Place Thread Prices and/or Implement Security Deposits $30 is ridiculously low. There is a lot of money to be made in the market place and basically anyone with $97 for a JR VIP membership and $30 for the thread fee can start a service. There has been an increased number of extremely low quality services recently. Again, people will say to weed through and find the gems. I think it would benefit everyone if the focus went back to quality over quantity. Raise the price for a thread to $500 ? I know many will say ?well this prevents a lot of people from launching a service? ? but the truth of the matter is this: if someone doesn?t have $500 then they should not be going into business. The market place thread owners are essentially business owners. They provide a service. Whether or not they have an actual business, they are now what I would consider to be a ?business owner? based just on the volume of eyes and traffic in the market place. This rolls into my next point. So many shit list threads have popped up recently because of refund issues. The accused pops in the thread and says, ?I will process it on (insert bs date)? and then never shows again and is banned. This is because they don?t have the money to issue the refund. Many service providers are not financially sound enough to have a thread. Imagine walking into Target or Macy?s and going up to the register and asking for a refund and them saying, ?Oh we will do it in 15 days ? we are waiting for some funds to clear because we don?t have any to give you right now.? If anyone was given that response by a retailer they would think they were insane. Now, there will be people who say well the forum makes their money on threads. Each one at $30 a pop isn?t a huge stack of cash. The larger fee will easily make up for it and it will help raise the overall quality. Some may complain about the price hike, BUT I can guarantee those that provide a really good service would be all for it. Another idea would be to have a $500 security deposit held by a third party while the service thread is live. Returned when the thread/service is closed after a specific number of days. This way BHW isn?t directly holding the funds and they are released when both parties agree. This would prevent sellers from promising to pay back and refund ?when they have money? and then disappearing. Yes, the raise in price and a deposit are more hoops to jump through, but it would help improve the quality. I can guarantee some of the lower quality services would not put up the $$$. It just helps improve the quality, which in turns help to ATTRACT quality to the forum. #3) Hire a Freelancer ? Move To JR VIP Lots of SL threads related to hire a freelancer. Freelancers that patrol that section can pick up some SWEET deals and make money. Why not make them pay up in order to access that info? Also, people looking to hire someone should have to pay to access it as well. They can save a ton of money so $97 is a small investment for them to be able to have access to freelancers here. Will this cut some out? Sure, but do the mods want to continue to monitor and police SL threads about people sending $10 via PayPal as a gift to someone that promised them a 10 page ecommerce website? Also, this will increase the JR VIP memberships and make that section more active. More revenue for the forum and less SL complaints and crap for mods to clean up. #4) Drop Shipping & Wholesale Hookups ? Move To JR VIP This section of the forum is a clusterfu#k of scammers. Sure there might be some legit people in there trying to make a buck, but as mentioned before they should pay up in order to sell. It doesn?t matter if they are selling $25 xbox codes or $1,000 items. Pay up. This also makes it very clear as to who can sell/offer services on BHW. You need to be Jr VIP ? no exceptions. Now it is crystal clear. This will also prevent a lot of fake accounts being set up in order to scam people for $5, $10 and $20 ? once they realize they need to upgrade they will quit and move on and infest somewhere else. Any legit seller will not balk at paying $97 in order to list their wholesale and drop shipping deals. Also, this will eliminate the huge number of people that mysteriously have warehouses full of the newest iPhones and game consoles when they are released at prices LOWER than big box retailers can purchase them from. Amazing Also makes Jr VIP more active and eliminates a lot of scams. CLOSING I really think focusing on QUALITY will really help keep the forum active with the right kind of discussion.