Our Beer Trading System was house-built out of demand from the beer trading community who wanted a way to build trade histories and encourage accountability. Beer Trading: http://www.beeradvocate.com/trading/ (must be logged in) Feed of recent trades (feedback) Your beer trading stats Find Member form Top Good and Bad beer trader charts Sub-navigation links to Your Trades, Rules, Help, and Forums Your Beer Trades: http://www.beeradvocate.com/user/trades/ (must be logged in) Feedback: you've received Sent: feedback you've left for others Pending trades Open trades Your beer trading stats (or the trader's stats that you're currently viewing) Find member form Beer Trading Stats Once you start beer trading, you'll begin to create a history through feedback and the following stats. Reputation: a percentage based on your Good and Bad trades; rounded( (good / (good + bad)) * 100 ) % Trades: the number of feedback items received Good, Okay, Bad: the total number of each feedback rating that you've received Unique: the number of unique trade partners you've had Repeat Traders: the number of times you've traded multiple times with the same trader Pending: the number of trade requests waiting for a response Open: the number of trades waiting for feedback from both traders Starting a Beer Trade The feedback system assumes that you've already coordinated or completed a beer trade with another user in person (IP), through a private conversation, or in one of the beer trading forums. You shouldn't make unsolicited requests using the system. Use the Find Member form to visit the user's beer trade page, and then click the "Request Trade" button. The user will receive your request and may approve or deny it. Trades in this state are referred to as "pending." You may also cancel your pending requests before action is taken. If a pending trade is denied it's removed from the system. If approved it moves to an "open" state. Open trades are essentially ready for feedback, and it's good form to leave feedback immediately upon receipt of your trade package. Leaving Feedback When you're ready to leave feedback, go to your Open trades, find the trade item, and confirm that you're ready. The feedback form will then appear. Was the trade Good, Okay, or Bad? What stood out about the trade? Were there any issues? You only have 140 characters to use, so make sure that you're feedback is honest, concise, and helpful to the trader and others. You can edit your feedback too. Failing to leave feedback is bad form. Open Trades After 90 days, open trades are purged if they haven't received feedback from either user. Open trades that have received feedback from only one user will remain open, and tagged as "open" for both traders until the lazy trader has left feedback. We encourage traders waiting for feedback to remind their partners to leave feedback. Possible Future Updates Open trade cancel feature. Auto-reminders to provide feedback. Sent feedback stat. Happy beer trading. Cheers!