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I'm bumping this up since I've started working on it again, and should have a site running in a few days.

A lot of factors prompted this, but the short of it is that I hope to have a working alpha very soon.

How this is released is also up in the air. It will most likely require a full Link SQL license, and there is really no reason to not go that way. The amount of time to try to bypass that is not worth the effort. It would mean rewriting many of the core functions of links, and that defeats the whole purpose. Right now it uses the Links categories, custom templates, search engine, etc, *and* should be able to use the standard links plugins to expand capabilities -- advanced search loggers, user tracking, etc.

Right now I'm converting it from a Links 2.0 beta format, to the current 2.12 community-enabled version.

Don't expect any code release for several weeks, but the demo should be up and running as soon as I get the domains pointed over.

I'm open to suggestions, the list of things that are going to be in it, as time allows (or are already in it):
  1. basic ebay-like, amazon-like, etc functionality
  2. • Unlimited categories and items (per links sql)
    • Suggest a new category
    • Number of open items per category listed in the Category listing lists (per links sql, template configurable)
    • Automated e-mail validation registration (per links sql)
    • All outgoing e-mails configurable and customizable by the administrator (per links sql - template easy to edit tags)
    • Lost password look up (per links sql)
    • Lost user handle look up
    • purge inactive users after x-time.
    • Encrypt user passwords (per links sql)
    • Non-registration mode to allow posting/bidding by anyone (not supported, but may be possible in later version)
    • Editable User Contact information
    • Buy It Now feature for auction items with no bids placed yet! (on/off)
    • Dutch fixed price auctions for Multiple items (on/off)
    • Dutch variable price auctions for Multiple items (on/off)
    • Item preview before an item is actually posted (bid/post confirmations, quick forms)
    • "Reserve" prices supported which allow a seller to set a minimum amount that he/she will accept (configurable display)
    • Seller determines minimum bid increment and length of the auction (configurable in setup)
    • Each item is given a unique ID number and URL, so sellers can advertise their auctions in newsgroups or via a link (per links sql)
    • Item display lists bidding history and product information (templates can be edited to show what info you want)
    • Easy bidding with a configurable quick bid form
    • Current server time displayed above closing time
    • Bid and Outbid notice sent to buyer and seller (selectable, customizable)
    • Closing E-Mail sent to buyer and seller (configurable)
    • sniper protection: auctions can close a configurable time after the last bid and the designated closing time
    • Integrated search engine allows search by any fields, (per links sql)
    • Users can view closed auction history and contact information - bidder, seller, loser, winner, etc (configurable via templates)
    • Auction items may be deleted by the system administrator/editors (per links sql)
    • E-mail sent to both high-bidder and seller on auction close
    • Fast re-posting of items that were not sold
    • Potential for quick import of off-line text files for "power listers"
    • Featured picture gallery (extra cost options and automatic)
    • Main page featured auctions (extra cost options and automatic)
    • Category featured auctions (extra cost options and automatic)
    • Standard, Bold, and Bold Background Listings (extra cost options)
    • Listing attention grabber icons (if people want to make some)
    • improved Ebay like auction item display (editable templates, customize look/feel you want)
    • Auction bidding confirmation display (configurable quick/confirm)
    • Payment / Condition / Shipping / Display
    • Ask the seller a question Q&A Forum Style
    • Seller and Buyer FeedBack, planned advanced "reviews" system (per links sql)
    • Seller can ban a user from bidding on their auction items (configurable)
    • Sellers can edit their auction item description (configurable)
    • Mail To A friend
    • View sellers other auction items
    • Billing receipt and info sent for new items posted (on/off)
    • Auto Delete Closed Auctions after X days (configurable)
    • Report Fraud
    • Problem seller form & censoring
    • Problem bidder form & censoring
    • New user registration credit (configurable, credit system and/or cash system)
    • Registration referral credit to the referring registered user (configurable).
    • And Much More!
  3. Planned
    - Gallery Listings with thumbnail generation -- (almost ready)
    - WYSIWYG HTML Editor for item descriptions (??)
    - Users can watch items without bidding
    - A "My Auction" page, summary page for all activity on the user, favorites, etc.


The above is in no major order, but pulled from old notes, other programs, feature lists, requests, etc.

Currently the program does the basics, and everything Links can do, which is far more than most auction programs out there at any price.

Most features can be added in as templates, and a few globals, or a back-end .pm file.

Most "additions" to listings are simply a database field.

Different categories can have different listings using the custom templates option, for example a trading cards area can have fields for year, series, manufacturer, card number, signature, etc. Beads can have a size, color, shape and materials field.

For now, all these features are stored in the Links table (yes it could get large) but once this is on it's way, the "arbitrary tables" feature will allow linking to an associated table for the "extra" data in each link, beyond the basic system needs (post time, end time, open price, close price, bids, etc).

Major features, like accounting, invoicing, user tracking, etc, will probably end up being plugins, as I doubt I'll ever get around to all that.


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