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I'm Testing Nairalist.com: What Do You Think?

Hello,

I'd like you guys and gals to check out my new website: http://www.nairalist.com/

It hasn't yet been tested extensively, so feel free to give it a good smacking.

Suggestions and critiques are welcome.

Seun Osewa.

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so where do we go from here ?

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Okay o, barrister - if you say so!

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How can an antelope fights and elephant ? The antelope must turn himself to elephant before it can fight.

So my dear brother, there is no issue of battle on this matter. This is a clear issue without any debate.

Naijacentral needs to run to meet nairalist first and not to go to battle now, otherwise it will crumble. prematurely

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Not sure if you guys are aware of this yet - another site seems to have appeared in the online classifieds arena:

Naijacentral.com at www.naijacentral.com.

So the battle is now:

Nairalist.com vs [nairalist+s].com vs Naijacentral.com.

Interesting!

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I don't understand what you mean. It's obvious that Nairaland topics are on the left and Nairalist ads are on the right.

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@Seun

To me it is a great job you're doing over there at Nairalist. The only thing I can criticize about the site is the fact that it is not as organized as one will desire. But since it is still in beta state, I guess it will simply get better. Keep up the good work. Cheers.

I almost forgot, I love the way it integrates seamlessly with Nairaland, but I don't like the confusion the integration causes in the Home page of Nairaland. Oftentimes, one clicks a topic that looks so promising and end up with a classified ads. Well, that is just my personal observation.

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Sure

Let me know what it entails

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Thanks. Would you like to help moderate Nairalist?

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@ seun

I think nairalst need to be moderated.checking out overseas dating.i can see people putting Nigerian states there.i thought it was reserved for overseas only or something.Its looks too messy

Just my thought

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They have been removed on your behalf. Thanks a million for using Nairalist.

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I like the craigslist concept!

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Thanks, guys, for your continuous reviews and suggestions.

@Lekel: I made a decision to start this way because I felt it would be easier to attract people to post on a limited number of sections. I didn't think too much about the future when making that decision, and it may turn out to be a mistake. But there is a way I can improve the categorization without adding major sections to the website. We'll see how that turns out.

The issue of delisting is another thorny one. Due to the deliberate unstructured nature of the site you have to email for express deletion of any post. Also, we don't really want people to delete their posts, so, there's a perverse incentive not to implement it. There is a plan to automatically expire posts after 3 weeks or so, though. How about that?

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1. You get money from Google.   OK

2. Prevent spam association with your webserver. UNDERSTANDABLE

3. Stronger spam control. Suggestion - NOTE THIS DOWN FOR THE FUTURE DEPENDING ON TRAFFIC

4. People contacting each other. WELL, I DIDNT REALLY THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT THIS. I THOUGHT EVERYONE IN NIGERIA SITS AROUND THEIR COMPUTERS ALL THE TIME LIKE I DO.

5. Pagination. OK

Obviously you are more familiar with the Nigerian IT scene, so you have a better understanding of how things work. Good luck

Additional Suggestion

A. For the items that have prices like Housing, For sale, create another column for the price listing. so you can have

TITLE LOCATION PRICE DATE

or however you choose to arrange it. Present information easier to the eye to scan.

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Interesting stuff. Copycatting at best.

Further interesting info:

nairalist.com - registered dec 2008 - owned by Seun

[nairalist+s].com - registered feb 2009 - 'who is' this

All along while Seun has been putting in hard work and doing some planning, an unscrupulous smart Alec 'living in Boston' has been scheming. Where's the damn originality in this.

Anyway the ball is in Seun's court - could we potentially be looking at the first? pursued internet copyright case in Nigeria.

Also a good moral - if you have a good domain name and going live with it for commercial purposes, make sure you spend a few bucks more and reserve all similar sounding names otherwise you'll be up against plagiarists like Chukie.

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In my opinion, I will advise you to

1. Create a custom search engine for the site instead of using the Almighty Google.

2. Hide poster's email address. This is because email harvesters can harvest and start spamming the poster.

- generate a random string in email format

- the new string is only valid for the duration of the post

- match strings to provided poster email

- send mails if info matches

3. Though I read you tried simplifying the captcha, I shall advice you look for a stronger spam control captcha. What you have currently can be read easily

4. In the dating section you requested for users to post phone numbers. I may may consider no phone numbers . People can do prank calls. Even in other sections do not permit phone numbers.

- you can block post by looking for numeric strings above certain length

- if they have white spaces, use a replacement string.

- or look for people trying to type alphanumeric and replace all strings.

These all depends on how you look at things.

5. I would include a numeric pagination in addition to the existing previous and next buttons. So users can jump to pages as they wish. It annoys me for sites that have only previous and next. I do understand the need to try to force progressive or regressive flow of information. But sometimes, having the option to skip pages is great.

I think all for now. There are many other things to be done but it is a work in progress

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Thanks. I've also implemented site search using google, and I'm working on keeping the index fresh.

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Nice job. Keep the upgrade flowing and well tidied up.

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Today I implemented a RSS feed for the junkies who want to keep on top of the markets:

http://feeds2.feedburner.com/nairalist <-- please subscribe!

I also simplified the captcha to make it easier for newbies and people who use glasses, heh.

Now I'm ready to respond to all the suggestions on this thread that I may have missed.

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Nice one Seun!

The site is the BOMB jst like Craigslist.

1 stuff missing, uploading of pics incase u wanna show wat u re selling or waNT,

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I think the site should be low-graphic, it makes alot of sense that way, and as for search, i have a very powerful search algorithm which i never completed, but somehow i feel it will work well with nairalist, when next i see you online i will discuss it with you - who knows, it may come in useful.

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Good job!!!I like it,simple and straight @lst for now.I'm sure it's going to be repackaged soonest.

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I think the layout of the site is excellent. It is even easier to navigate than Gumtree, but I guess that is only because this is a new site and everyones needs can be catered for on one page - We don't have to click more that twice to find whatever section we are looking for. It's also very simple. No heavy graphics, no one doing cartwheels on the front page. . . Quick straight forward if you as me. I'm not too too much of a techie, so I'll leave the techie part to those who are blessed with the girft of techie-ciousness.

To be honest, I can't critique the website very much, as it appears to have been very very well planned (Kudos). My only suggestion is that it could benefit from a photo-display facility - especially in the auto/sales sections. 

Secondly, I think that it would be a good idea to also have a general "Wanted" section, to reach out to people who cannot seem to find what they are looking for.  

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Sales. I didn't feel I could spare an entire section for computers or electronics. If what you say is true about computer ads being popular, then it will definitely dominate the sales sections. Example

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As the site gets bigger you are going to have to add more sub categories. For dating for example you can't just have them all on one page. There is going to have to be "Men looking for women", "Women looking for men" The same applies for housing and other stuff as well. Imagine having to wade through thousands of ads to find what you are looking for. If the "Men looking for women", "Women looking for men" are all mixed together it is not going to be fun wading through them Also separate the ads by date added.

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Seun, thanks for heeding to my call by adding all the states. You're the main man.

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this a step in the right direction,a wonderful idea.

I would suggest that the site should not be flooded with heavy graphic that would make loading slow.

Nice job,keep it up.

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The site has been getting great reviews and i understand. but good reviews is not what you will need, you need sincere reviews so let me give it to you. I don't know but i believe you took more of the craiglist idea than the gumtree idea or even the alibaba idea. of course all have their advantage or otherwise. so here is the thing i have against the site. If i am looking for where to buy computer (which is the popular thing of sale) which column do i check out. That is what a site should do react not just respond. As the post begin to get bigger and bigger, then it will be an issue.

secondly someone talked about a search included in it. I don't think it is a minor suggestion. No site can survive without one.

Finally i like your work and am a big fan of yours just realize i no mind stealing your beautiful idea so act fast and smart.

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All the states have been included.  Have fun! www.nairalist.com

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Hi Seun, I love your job, I have been following all the trends of your sites recently.

Questions, how do intend to turn this to money. Offline payment or online payment by advertisers in Nigeria?Perhaps yu may be looking at direct payment to the bank before allowing advert on the site. Really thinking about that.

Good Job.

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@admin i sent u a mail about MobileNigeria but u never reply?

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Nice work admin,bt i suggest there should b rum 4 images thou nt necessary to b uploaded to ua server instead a kind of image board code.

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I am wondering if webmasters like me will be able to pull feeds from there or something that can add value-added services for our clients,

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Seun, i'm from Enugu State.

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having all the states included will make the site more popular.

just my opinion.

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Nice job Seun. I thought someone needed to make a classifieds website for Nigeria. I hope you become the Sergey Brin of Naija.

Still, I think the site could be made easier to use by dividing everything into subcategories instead of lumping everything into one.

Anyway, check out gumtree.com, their service is really easy to use. If you could replicate that, then its all systems go.

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Pretty good and simple. What do you think about any poster being identified with a userid? Somehow it builds confidence and sense of security. Just making an opinion sha.

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Hello Omnipotens, thanks for your comments!

The pages are compressed so they are quite small. I can reduce the CSS size further if necessary.

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Anyways, The website is nice and simple, that's what a website should look like.

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Seun, why are all the states not there, no eastern state.

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@Seun, I commend you for Nairalist concept. It will surely be a success. I love the simplicity of the site. I believe it will be in love with major search engines like Google, Yahoo! and MSN just like Nairaland. Please do include the very important "technology market" as one of the categories that will handle all IT related ads. Yes, it will also be good to have any advertiser identified with an id by registration.

The Lord is your strength.

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NOPE!!Just asking!!

Do Ya thing!!

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I dont get it.

Do You wanna have 2 sites?

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I suggest you have a section for general or others category as what you have now (job, autos, etc) is limited.

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Will anyone be able to post an ad from anywhere else on Planet Earth, or will it be restricted to within Nigeria?

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good job, just like craigslist

I think all u need is quick marketing so people know about the website and post ads there.

But you have to be careful about scams or things like that.

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