Well, the first image is mine, my id of a forum called hard2mano. It’s a closed forum, you enter in 2 ways, invitation, and another way, but it’s not the time to explain it.
As you can see in my profile you can see the wall of fame and there are collecting data such as when was the sale/purchase if it was positive/negative, a brief description of the treatment given/received and a brief description of the article sold/bought.
All of this helps users know whether to trade with the user. Imagine a user who sends everything on pizzahut wrapping paper, they exist!
This is also managed in SMF with Karma points. This would be a nice to have as an add-on, the possibility to rate users and every admin can choose what does that rating means.
Maybe a useful user with relevant answers, or maybe a trustable user in a marketplace.
Having the choice to only have the rating plugin active by category, theme author, things like that. The issue would be to do the plugin flexible enough for multiple uses/meanings without making it too complex.
Just an idea … but you could solve this also with Discourse badges. For example … after sale you show purchaser possibility to give thumbs up-down but you assign a custom badge to user.
As I said … just an idea.
Trading Buttons plugin doesn’t identify buyer when topic is marked as sold … there’s no “transaction” as such. This plugin is simple for a reason … full sell-purchase/purchase-sell system would be very very complex
Here’s a thought on the subject. There are a lot of ways user ratings could be used on a forum, largely dependent on the type of forum.
Could this overlap with a general rating system for a user’s topics and responses? With there being different forum styles, such as a Q&A, discussion, and buyer/seller ratings, would it be possible to have all of these in one plugin rather than 3+, or would it be necessary to have different ratings, one for one’s trustworthiness in the market, one for the quality of someone’s questions and answers (like Stack Overflow), and one for the quality of one’s discussions?
The need to leave reviews in a marketplace setting is obviously one place that would be divergent, but couldn’t that be handled by a plugin setting to allow user feedback on why they gave a rating in the first place?
It is a very useful plugin the truth and could be the base of a rating history. But we would still need the ability to make public a resume of the average sales/purchase rating as well as access to its history with specific data of who sold to, etc…
The topic plugin only allows you to rate that topic without generating a history.