An AV Forums members directory?

Abbeygoo

Distinguished Member
Often wondered if it would be a good idea to get an AVF members directory going for us all to reference.

So, for example, if I needed an electrician in Manchester, I could find a fellow member on here and decide if I wanted to use him. It could be used almost as a networking site as people refer on to fellow members and so on and so forth.

Is this something that would be useful?

Reading plenty of threads about advice on accountancy, financial advice, kitchen fitting, plumbing etc etc .... and thought this might be worth a shot.

What does everyone else think?
 

Abbeygoo

Distinguished Member
Anyone need a plant and machinery salesman?
Will travel.

Damn ..... just bought a load of plants from the Garden Centre over the weekend :D

You see, if I knew you were in that game, I could have used you ....

:mad:
 

kav

Distinguished Member
A good idea in theory, but imagine the fallout the team would have to deal with in the event that a transaction went bad - they could put up all the disclaimers they wanted to, but would probably still end up having to arbitrate among members for things outside of their control. Potential nightmare.
 

Sniper Ash6

Distinguished Member
A good idea in theory, but imagine the fallout the team would have to deal with in the event that a transaction went bad - they could put up all the disclaimers they wanted to, but would probably still end up having to arbitrate among members for things outside of their control. Potential nightmare.
This.

Plus the mods would probably have more work to do in binning people joining up just to advertise etc.
 

Abbeygoo

Distinguished Member
A good idea in theory, but imagine the fallout the team would have to deal with in the event that a transaction went bad - they could put up all the disclaimers they wanted to, but would probably still end up having to arbitrate among members for things outside of their control. Potential nightmare.

Could it not be used just like a networking meeting / breakfast thing that I'm always getting invited to? The people running it organise the event, location etc and its up to you to get around, talk to people and open up business opportunities.

I can't imagine AVForums could be responsible any more than Facebook could. Or am I missing something here?

I want a painter and decorator in Manchester and Kav, you're on the directory, I could just get in touch like using the Yellow Pages.

Maybe I view things too simply.
 

Citizen J

Well-known Member
I think it’s a good idea. As long as it is made clear that the directory is not to be used to purchase goods but is there for individuals to provide a service then it could work. I think for it to work effectively members would have to be registered with this site for a minimum term before being authorized to participate.

It could work.
 

Abbeygoo

Distinguished Member
This.

Plus the mods would probably have more work to do in binning people joining up just to advertise etc.

Yeah good points Ash and Kav, I hadn't really thought about a load of new members joining for the free advertising.

I had recently seen some posts in the sports section from someone whose signature was pretty much an advert for their own business and it got me thinking ......
 

kav

Distinguished Member
I had recently seen some posts in the sports section from someone whose signature was pretty much an advert for their own business and it got me thinking ......

:eek: that sig won't last long
 

Dony

Distinguished Member
I can do a bit of painting Steve...I'll do it for you.

(kav doesn't cut in properly)
 

CDphobe

Active Member
I guess another problem would be where this would leave those members who have paid their dues to be acceredited as forum advertisers. At the moment, anyone who even makes reference to offering a service runs the risk of falling foul of the infamous "Rule 7". The suggestion to run a directory leaves those who've paid at a bit of a disadvantage. My other thought is that a lot of the benefit from networking is gained from actually getting to know people / how they operate / what their priorities are, not just that they work in a particular sector of business.

The issue of people joining just to have access to the directory could be overcome with a time and number of useful posts in a period requirement (eg at least one year membership, and at an average of least one sensible post per week with a removal from the register or charge of £x if the requirement isn't kept up - could be self governing so that the person concerned has to "nominate" their useful posts each month).

If it weren't for the advertisers I'd say go for it - I'm far more likely to trust someone with a common interest than I am just anyone from a phone book (other things such as qualifications/trade association membership being equal)

Al
 

qwerty321

Distinguished Member
it said something like "Assured Advertiser"

Those are different. They have permission from AVF to advertise as they are AV related companies. Im guessing they also pay and advertising fee.
 

Badger0-0

Distinguished Member
I think it's a great idea :thumbsup:

You do sort of tend to build up a relationship with members over a while and although you can't take everything at face value on the net, you do get a feel about what someone is like.
I mean, if I was going to get my gear calibrated for instance, it'd be by one of the lads on here.

But yes, I can see the downside in people coming on purely to advertise.

Maybe that could be got around with a minimum post count?

And it could be left outside the mods jurisdiction, but still use the feedback thing?
 

NooBish AbbZ 92

Distinguished Member
Anyone need CoD lessons in manchester? :D
 

paulktreg

Active Member
Sounds like a good idea as long as members are prepared to offer forum advice on their particular area of expertise free of charge. Anything further goes to PM's and it should be made clear at that stage that the AVForums take no responsibilty whatsoever and the moderators shouldn't get involved?
 

Hitby

Well-known Member
Graphic and web design and development here although I think this is probably a no go as I got told off for my avatar once :D
 

Hillskill

Moderator/Games Reviewer
I'll shoot your weddings :thumbsup:
 

kav

Distinguished Member
I'll ensure that the risks posed to your technology environment are appropriately managed. :rolleyes:
 

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