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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Here are brief explanations for some of the questions that you may have about the ShopDirt Classifieds.

How does this system work?

On the front page for the ShopDirt Classifieds, you will see several buttons that allow you to view, post, modify, or delete ads. Please click on one of these buttons, depending on the action that you want to take. If you post an ad, you will be asked to select a password for that ad. You will also be given an ad number. In the future, anytime that you want to modify or delete that ad, you will need to know the ad number and password. Therefore, please make a note of them.

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How do I post an ad?

From the main page, click on the "Place Ad" button. and logon as described above. You will then be taken to the "Post a Classified Ad" page. Here, you will see a form with many fields. You will also be asked to select a password for that ad. When you have filled out the form, click on the "Post my ad" button. You should then see an acknowledgement page if your ad was successfully posted. You will also be given an ad number. Please make a note of your password and the ad number, because you will need these if you ever want to modify or delete your ad.

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Do I have to use my real name when posting a message?

No. Even if you use your real name when you register (and we encourage that), you do not have to use your real name when you post an ad. The script will simply publish whatever you put in the first and last name fields. If you feel more comfortable, you can use a nickname or pseudoname.

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Can I put HTML tags anywhere in my posts?

No. You can not use HTML tags in the body of the message. If you put HTML tags in your message, the script will just throw out everything in between the <>'s. You do have the option, however, of putting a link to a picture of something if you have posted it somewhere else on the Web.

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What should I put in the "Text of Ad" box?

Please describe the item that you are trying to sell, buy or trade in as much detail as you can. If you are selling fill dirt, let them know if loading is included or do they have to load themselves.

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Why didn't my classified ad show up?

Your classified ad most likely did not show up because either you were in the wrong category or you specified search criteria that don't appear in your ad. If so, please verify that you selected the correct category and then broaden your search by leaving more of the search fields blank.

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How do I modify my ad?

At the side tool bar of every page you will find the "Modify Ad" button. If you click on this button, you will see a search form. The form will ask for the ad number and the password that you entered with this ad. Once you have entered these, click on the "Search for Item to Modify" button. If you entered the correct information, your ad will be displayed with a modification form beneath it. The current information from your ad will already be filled in, so you only need to modify the fields that you want to change. Once you have filled in the form, click on the "Submit Modification(s)" button. You should then see an acknowledgement page if your ad was successfully modified.

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How do I remove my ad?

At the side tool bar of every page you will find the "Delete Ad" button. If you click on this button, you will see a search form. The form will ask for the ad number and the password that you entered with this ad. Once you have entered these, click on the "Search for Item to Delete" button. Narrow your search by filling in the fields with information specific to your ad (such as your last name, etc.) and click on the "Search for Item to Delete" button. If you entered the correct information, your ad will be displayed with a warning beneath it indicating that you are about to delete it. If you are sure that you want to delete this ad, click on the "Delete This Ad" button. You should then see an acknowledgement page if your ad was successfully deleted.

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Why didn't my search turn up any hits?

Your search criteria may have been too narrow. Go back to the search form and leave more of the search fields blank, or click on the "New Search" button and do a general search. For the broadest possible search, simply click on the "See All Ads" button.

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How do I navigate the search results page?

The results of your search will be displayed on the search results page. To see more of your search results, you can click on the "See The Next X Hits" button beneath the ads displayed on this page.

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How do I contact someone who has posted a classified ad?

All of the classified ads will list either the e-mail address of the person who posted the ad or their phone number. The e-mail listings are also links, so you can click on the person's e-mail address to send the person a reply message.

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