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I think the only problem is if a lot of the people are like me on this site... they'll keep things because they'll "use them eventually".
QuoteI think the only problem is if a lot of the people are like me on this site... they'll keep things because they'll "use them eventually".Yes, I agree entirely with this statement, and must plead Guilty, to being a hoarder in the first degree!!
I'm sure everyone here, that has passed beyond the level of 'first Bot' has, at least to some degree a Bits Box, with items no longer relevant to the latest project/design, but still useful in their own right, to someone out there!
Having a trading section within the forum, I think would also be to the overall benefit of the forum too, as it may encourage the '2 posts, and gone' type visitors to stick around longer, and for the community as a whole to 'bond' at another level?
Only downside I can think of is spammers...
I'm not sure if this has been suggested, but perhaps a new forum that might be nice is an 'exchange' forum to sell or trade robot parts? For example i have a 3d accel, i2c compass and that lovely Venus GPS that I want to sell. I'm sure many members here have some old robot parts they want to get rid of, but are two... unique to be put on ebay, as they wouldn't reach an interested customer as it would on SoR.
Not enough people sell stuff to be worth a new forum section, you aren't the first to suggest it . . . this is what I recommend for a subject line:[for sale] sensors, gps, compass, etc.Those interested in buying that stuff will notice. Actually, I was thinking of selling my Venus as well . . .