Posted by jsturgis5866 on 11/29/2012 3:03:00 PM (view original):
Posted by soursurfer on 11/29/2012 12:10:00 PM (view original):OK, this would be better, except as a practical matter, I figure WIS *might* set a program to wipe it clean every xx days but it would never do it player by player.
What user problem? I'm of the mind that the Trade Block should be wiped as well. But I'd do it on a player-by-player basis. Like a classified ad: you can run this guy for 2 weeks, if you haven't traded him by then and you still want him gone, you have to re-list him. This prevents someone from putting a player on TB the day before Opening Day and having him wiped the next day, which would be silly.
And, sure, the block would still have the problems Mike listed, but that doesn't mean this wouldn't help. A bunch of guys throw guys on the block in preseason when the juices are flowing, then never look again, for two months. Even just one resetting at the beginning or end of ST would improve things.
What? Why couldn't they do it on a player by player basis? Speaking as a programmer, it's no more challenging to do either in this case, because the date the player was put on the Trading Block is already stored (you can view it on a player's Player Card Transaction list).
Mike, you're right that users will continue to use the trade block in stupid ways, but this can help mitigate it. Using the scenarios you listed:
Owners who put players on the trade block with no intention of trading them unless they're "wowed". Still a problem.
Owners who put crap on the trade block that no one would ever trade for. Not a problem to me, in this case. The point is to make the trade block more useful. If owners are listing crap I don't want, that's no big deal. I just want it to be easier to identify tradable pieces. Then it's up to me to determine what my needs are and make a selection. A simple sort on vR or whatever is important to me will move these players to the bottom of the list, where I won't look at them anyway. The issue isn't that the block doesn't often contain players that I want, it's that it contains players that actually are no longer tradable.
Owners leaving players on the trade block after they've made other moves making them indispensable. Having a 2-week removal period would reduce this problem.
Owners posting players as "available" in the trade chat when they have no one on the trade block. Still and forever will be a problem.
What I hope to get out of instituting something like this is that if I wake up one morning and think "Hey, I need a RP!" and see a guy that I like on the block that there's actually a high percentage chance that he is in fact available. You can't make the system perfect, but you can make it better.