CandlePowerForums is going to have another branch. It is called the CPFMarketPlace. The purpose of this new forum is to break off all of the Buy/Sell/Trade forums from CPF proper and have them all located on a seperate site and server.
There are many members of CPF who primarily visit and utilize the B/S/T forums. This is not a bad thing. However, it does take away from the original intent of CPF which was and is the discussion and developement of illumination tools. The B/S/T forums have definately gotten large enough and popular enough to warrant their own platform.
In addition, with the B/S/T forums split off from CPF proper, we will be able to allow much more variety in those forums... beyond just lights and light related items.
There WILL be fees to use the Sell forums. I don't have those worked out quite yet but they will be in effect and posted both here on CPF and on the MarketPlace itself once it goes on line. Yes, there will be several options as far as length of subscription, purchasing additional PM's, and purchasing the ability to upload attachments.
The "trip" to the MarketPlace will be simple. Where you now see the category strip for "Buy/Sell/Trade", you will see "CPFMarketPlace" instead. You will click on that as if you are simply entering a forum on CPF and you will automatically find yourself on the MarketPlace forum. It will not be a sub-forum of CPF. It will be completely seperate forum, on a seperate server, with upgraded software etc. If CPF goes down, the MarketPlace will not... and vice-versa.
The Dealer's Corner will also be moved over to the MarketPlace. There will be fees for Dealers to use that forum.
Now the messy part... I'm not real sure what to do with the Manufacturer's Corner. My first thought is to move it too over but leave the sub-forums (Elektrolumens, Sandwich Shoppe, Peak, HDS/Novatac, Arc) on CPF proper. Or... they can all be moved as well. I'm not real sure what would be best for the members and for those manufacturer's themselves. Perhaps they can chime in here??
The Custom and Mod B/S/T forums will stay on CPF proper. They best represent the original spirit of CPF.
The Cheers and Jeers forum will be moved and hopefully expanded.
Now... the important part... I will be transferring all current CPF registrations over to the MarketPlace. Which means that if you are registered on CPF at the time that I "make the move", you will automatically be registered at the MarketPlace and all of your stats from CPF (postcount, registration date, profile, etc) will be transferred as well. From then on, your posts on CPF will not count towards your postcount on the MarketPlace and vice-versa. Also from then on, anyone registering new on CPF will have to register new and seperate on the MarketPlace.
In addition... and this is the VERY tricky part for me... I will be moving all of the threads and posts along with the forums that are being moved. This should make it easier for you all to make the transition and for ongoing sales to continue without interuption or the need to restart them. There will be no fees imposed on any threads that are moved over, however there will be fees on NEW sales threads posted to the MarketPlace.
I would like to do all of this over this coming weekend. I won't need to shut down CPF in order to do any of this. I will only need to suspend new registrations temporarily and suspend new posts to the forums being moved until they are moved. I will give you all a heads up when I'm going to do that.
I think that's it! If there's anything else I think of, I'll post it here.