This is the post for general auction feedback (if you want the what-to-do post, head here). Behind the jump, I’m revisiting the topic of last-minute bidding as well as addressing some feedback I’ve already heard. I’d very much like to hear your thoughts on any other topics, as well.
I’m aware that the site got bogged down close to the bidding deadline, and I’m very sorry. For next year, I will investigate what server-side measures I can take with my hosting provider. This is also another factor weighing in favor of making a change to last-minute bidding procedures, as we previously discussed. So, I’d like to reopen that poll again (see the prior post for more detail):
In 2015, how should Con or Bust handle auctions with last-minute bids?
- No changes from this year. (30%, 8 Votes)
- If a bid is received in the last ten minutes of the auction, extend bidding until there have been no additional bids for ten minutes. (41%, 11 Votes)
- If a bid is received in the last ten minutes of the auction, allow all bidders to submit a final, private, eBay style "proxy" bid ("I will pay up to this amount") within an hour. (29%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 27
Other feedback I’ve heard:
There was some confusion over the deadline. I will address that by (1) putting a “what time is that?” type link in the boilerplate at the bottom of every auction post; (2) putting a countdown clock on the front page; and (3) investigating the possibility of inserting a countdown at the bottom of every auction post (that may lead to performance issues, however).
(Next year I will also make the deadline 4:00 my time, so I am not juggling dinner and bathtime as things close.)
And no-one’s actively complained about this yet, but because of a failure of foresight on my part, some of the response emails that went out last night didn’t have all the necessary information in them, for which I apologize (and one of them was just wrong, eep). I believe that’s fixed now, but you should feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if any problems remain.
If there is anything else that made the auction less than awesome for you, or would make it even more awesome, please let me know! Were you able to find things you were looking for—were the index and tags and search helpful? Would you like to see more of a particular kind of item (and have suggestions for people I might ask for donations)? Anything else that comes to mind?
Thanks—all feedback is useful feedback, and I want this to be a satisfying experience for everyone. (Reminder: if you have specific questions about the handling of individual auction items or what to do about your bid or offers, please use this post.)