Important - Please Read - 2007-09-14
A Couple of Issues
While working on Hidbid's programming, the glitch was created that prevented a member's eBay login information from being saved.
Because of this, some members' snipes that were scheduled were not executed. We believe we have fixed this.
However, members that have registered within the last five days (9/10-9/14) and have set up snipes, may need to reenter your eBay login information in order for your snipes to be executed.
Also, a couple of members have managed to set up snipes without submitting their eBay login information. Hidbid's system is designed to require such information before processing a snipe to be scheduled.
We tested how this could be bypassed. It seems that if incorrect eBay login information is submitted and a user repeatedly tries to submit a snipe to be scheduled, eventually Hidbid will accept it.
Hidbid cannot place a bid (snipe) without having the correct eBay login information for the member setting up the snipe. Hidbid must essentially login to eBay just as you would, to place a bid for you. Any snipes scheduled that were set up using incorrect or incomplete eBay login information cannot be placed.
Any member that believes that they have submitted their correct eBay login information while scheduling a snipe, and that snipe was not executed, please contact us and let us know.
We are trying hard to identify any glitches in our system and correct them, and also make Hidbid as easy as possible to use.
Any input from our members is greatly appreciated.
Problem With International EBay Sites - 2007-09-10
Problem setting up snipes
We have been making some small modifications to Hidbid's programming and a member has pointed out that an error is shown when trying to set up a snipe for an item on an eBay site other than eBay.com.
Will be working to fix this problem as soon as we can.
Sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused you.
Hidbid is ready - 2007-08-25
We're now ready to execute your snipes.
All of the design and other small details aren't finished, but our sniper engine is functioning well. A couple of the snipes we've scheduled were executed 2 seconds early so we adjusted it a bit but then went back to the original settings. We figure having a snipe execute 2 seconds early occasionally is better than 2 seconds late.
*Note- during peak internet (and eBay) traffic times, it's best to adjust your snipe to execute with 8-10 seconds left in the auction, to hopefully account for any delay in execution. Check out our FAQ page for more information about sniping, possible risks, etc.
We'll be modifying the look of the site as well as a few of the features over the next few weeks or months. Our hope is to create Hidbid to have more useful features while keeping our site user friendly.
A few minor issues we have right now:
Our emails are sent out in html, not simple text. So, if you open a message using a webmail (and probably some other) client, you'll see the html code in addition to your message text.
We thought we had it fixed once, but it reverted back.
Our emails aren't consistently received when sending to Yahoo email addresses.
That's about it for actual issues (we really don't see the occasional early bid placement as an issue). Hopefully these things will be taken care of shortly, maybe by the time you read this.
We'll be playing with the design and trying a couple different color schemes, maybe shrinking some tables, small things like that. Also, our forum should be up shortly.
Play with the site a bit and see what you think.
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