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Hey OneFora!

We are currently working on a classification system that will help us better understand marketplace items. If you are a moderator or admin whose community would be looking for a deep level of classification to help users find the right item, then we want to hear from you!

First, let’s clarify - we are not necessarily talking about the forum structure. Forums may be structured in many ways and those structures may overlap with this system. Instead, we are talking about a hierarchical taxonomy that helps users understand what this specific item is. Google Product Categories is one example of this kind of system. This is then later used to do an advanced search to find a specific item.

Based on the verticals of California sites, categories will be classified into two types: Primary & Secondary.

The Primary Category will be a curated list of categories fully owned by VS as shown below
  • Automotive
    • Vehicles
    • Autoparts
  • Power Sports
    • ATV/UTV
    • Motorcycles
    • Snowmobile
    • Marine
  • Home & Garden
    • Tools
    • Furniture
    • Household
    • Garden
    • Appliances
  • Entertainment
    • Video Games
    • Books
    • Movies
    • Music
  • Clothing & Accessories
    • Bags & Luggage
    • Women’s Clothing & Shoes
    • Men’s Clothing & Shoes
    • Jewelry & Accessories
  • Family
    • Health & Beauty
    • Baby & Kids
    • Toys & Games
  • Pets
    • Dogs
    • Cats
    • Fish
    • Birds
    • Reptiles
    • Small Animals
    • Farm Animals
  • Electronics
    • Electronics & Computers
    • Mobile Phones
  • Hobbies
    • Bicycles
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Sports & Outdoors
    • Firearms
    • Musical Instruments
    • Antiques & Collectibles
  • Classifieds
    • Garage Sale
    • Miscellaneous
This will be a form field in the Marketplace Buy/Sell form for the users to select before posting their item to the marketplace.

Apart from the aforementioned standardized list, we will let the communities choose the specific subcategories that will only be applied to their communities in future iterations. We want this system to appeal to enthusiasts and niche communities that might be looking for more specificity than a general marketplace. For instance, bows as a category on an archery site would likely not be sufficient.

Questions to get us started:
  1. Do you have any questions on the above taxonomy?
  2. Can you give examples of specific categories?
  3. What are your concerns?
 

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What is this? (I assume you meant "verticals.") Can you give us more information?
That's right @OldGnome, it was a typo. Based on all our existing sites we have come up with a list of primary categories. We would like to know if you find the category that's relevant for your community or if you have any suggestions to update.
 

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GEAR as a category for the Powersport Communities. Often members will order riding gear online that’s not returnable and will post for sale, trade and sometimes even free if size was wrong.
 
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Hey OneFora!

We are currently working on a classification system that will help us better understand marketplace items. If you are a moderator or admin whose community would be looking for a deep level of classification to help users find the right item, then we want to hear from you!

First, let’s clarify - we are not necessarily talking about the forum structure. Forums may be structured in many ways and those structures may overlap with this system. Instead, we are talking about a hierarchical taxonomy that helps users understand what this specific item is. Google Product Categories is one example of this kind of system. This is then later used to do an advanced search to find a specific item.

Based on the verticals of California sites, categories will be classified into two types: Primary & Secondary.

The Primary Category will be a curated list of categories fully owned by VS as shown below
  • Automotive
    • Vehicles
    • Autoparts
  • Power Sports
    • ATV/UTV
    • Motorcycles
    • Snowmobile
    • Marine
  • Home & Garden
    • Tools
    • Furniture
    • Household
    • Garden
    • Appliances
  • Entertainment
    • Video Games
    • Books
    • Movies
    • Music
  • Clothing & Accessories
    • Bags & Luggage
    • Women’s Clothing & Shoes
    • Men’s Clothing & Shoes
    • Jewelry & Accessories
  • Family
    • Health & Beauty
    • Baby & Kids
    • Toys & Games
  • Pets
    • Dogs
    • Cats
    • Fish
    • Birds
    • Reptiles
    • Small Animals
    • Farm Animals
  • Electronics
    • Electronics & Computers
    • Mobile Phones
  • Hobbies
    • Bicycles
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Sports & Outdoors
    • Firearms
    • Musical Instruments
    • Antiques & Collectibles
  • Classifieds
    • Garage Sale
    • Miscellaneous
This will be a form field in the Marketplace Buy/Sell form for the users to select before posting their item to the marketplace.

Apart from the aforementioned standardized list, we will let the communities choose the specific subcategories that will only be applied to their communities in future iterations. We want this system to appeal to enthusiasts and niche communities that might be looking for more specificity than a general marketplace. For instance, bows as a category on an archery site would likely not be sufficient.

Questions to get us started:
  1. Do you have any questions on the above taxonomy?
  2. Can you give examples of specific categories?
  3. What are your concerns?
What about adding Recreation Vehicles (RV's), Utility Trailers, Farm Equipment ( Tractors), Shop tools/equipment?
 

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Can the Primary Category be set to a certain default on a site?

For example, almost every single classified item on AVS would be "Electronics" so we'd want that to be the default instead of making users scroll through a long list scratching their heads over why clothing & birds are listed as option.

They'd then dial in on the future subcategories.

Even better if sites could "uncheck" categories that would never, ever apply to their site.
 

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Can the Primary Category be set to a certain default on a site?

For example, almost every single classified item on AVS would be "Electronics" so we'd want that to be the default instead of making users scroll through a long list scratching their heads over why clothing & birds are listed as option.

They'd then dial in on the future subcategories.

Even better if sites could "uncheck" categories that would never, ever apply to their site.
That's a great suggestion @Mike Lang. I completely agree with you on having a default instead of a long scroll and having the ability to check/uncheck primary categories.
 

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GEAR as a category for the Powersport Communities. Often members will order riding gear online that’s not returnable and will post for sale, trade and sometimes even free if size was wrong.
I think GEAR should be a sub-category under the type of Powersport as it will change depending of the type.
 

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Automotive would be the only thing applicable to our forum (UP.net).

Maybe a technology for automotive as well for things such as GPS, dash cams, OBDs things that drivers use to maintain their vehicles. Automotive accessories such as floor mats.

I don't know that this is the feedback you're looking for but that's what I've got.
 

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Can the Primary Category be set to a certain default on a site?
Yes it can be set to a default.

Even better if sites could "uncheck" categories that would never, ever apply to their site.
We plan to first roll out all categories and then collect feedback around category suppression. We don't want a lack of a category to be a blocker to a user.
 

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Is there going to be a way to just search what is new? Or will the user have to check through each category to see what is new? A search by location would also be good (or a sort by distance).
 

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Is there going to be a way to just search what is new? Or will the user have to check through each category to see what is new? A search by location would also be good (or a sort by distance).
If you head over to marketplace (home as we call it) under /marketplace/.

You can find all the marketplace listings on that community and sort, filter, search. And closest to me (more to be added)
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If you head over to marketplace (home as we call it) under /marketplace/.
When will these filters be in the real nodes? No one is going to classifieds via the segregated Marketplace link. They all get there by clicking on the actual node from the list. They don't match so it's confusing.

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Also - "Clear All" is gray text on gray background in dark mode...

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When will these filters be in the real nodes? No one is going to classifieds via the segregated Marketplace link. They all get there by clicking on the actual node from the list. They don't match so it's confusing.

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In discussion right now for outside of marketplace home.
Also - "Clear All" is gray text on gray background in dark mode...

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As for the dark mode issue, let me take a look then log.
 
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