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    Fear and Arrogance jrrl's Avatar
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    Merchant Offline for how long?
    This might be a FAQ (in which case, sorry), but is there any way to find out how long a merchant has been "temporarily offline"?

    Also, shouldn't the merchant blurbs just be to promote their affiliate program? I found one merchant's description page that includes links to casino affiliate programs (non-SAS, even!), paypal randomizer spam, etc.! I mean, WTF!?

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    Jrrl - it is a FAQ but understandable and frequently asked again and again.

    Merchants go offline when they don't have enough $ in their account to maintain the program. If you see "low funds" it's a warning that they will go off line shortly if they don't replenish funds. When a merchant does go off line, it causes havoc for all of us with links on our pages.

    I and many others stay away from low fund merchants for this reason.
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    Jrrl,

    Unless Brian's new RSS feed (don't use it) tells how long a merchant has been offline I don't think you can tell. If you view your merchants in the activity center at least once per day you'll stay on top of offliners.

    I also won't sign on with a merchant unless they use auto-deposit. I'm tired of the offline BS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexanne
    Jrrl - it is a FAQ but understandable and frequently asked again and again.

    Merchants go offline when they don't have enough $ in their account to maintain the program. If you see "low funds" it's a warning that they will go off line shortly if they don't replenish funds. When a merchant does go off line, it causes havoc for all of us with links on our pages.

    I and many others stay away from low fund merchants for this reason.
    Thanks, Rexanne, although I knew that part. I was more trying to find out how long I'd been sending people to an SaS error page.

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelin Man
    Unless Brian's new RSS feed (don't use it) tells how long a merchant has been offline I don't think you can tell. If you view your merchants in the activity center at least once per day you'll stay on top of offliners.
    Yeah, I just got lazy lately. I was hoping there was a nice "been offline since ***" somewhere that I was missing...

    Hey Brian! Want to implement a new feature for us? It would be wonderful to have it in the merchant status page... or even be able to get a nice graph off their historical online/offline status... just a thought.

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    If this is a consistant problem with one merchant and you have an alternative through another network, set up a redirect using the 'Custom Error Redirect' option under 'Edit My Account'.
    Unless Brian has changed this, the field is too short to stick, say, a CJ link in there so you can set up a page on your site with a meta refresh, set the SAS redirect to that page and that page to the merchant on another network. Is this cookie stuffing? Maybe, but as long as you are sending them to a relevant merchant I say go for it.


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    It probably isn't going to give you exactly what you are looking for and there is probably an easier way to get this info BUT.....go to join new programs and seach for your merchant -- then view the details of the program -- up top where it says join program, preview banners, contact merchant etc. you will see program uptime history. Click on that for some info.

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    I've started to use the offline/online RSS feed.. I set mine up as email (I use thunderbird)
    everytime i check my email, if a merchant adds funds, gets low in funds, or goes offline I'm notified I just do a quick glance at the merchant names to see if one of my merchants is listed...

    As I develope a sense of who is doing what... I'll know who to change and who to avoid..

    it's not a perfect plan, but its better then what i was doing which was nothing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by porkchop
    It probably isn't going to give you exactly what you are looking for and there is probably an easier way to get this info BUT.....go to join new programs and seach for your merchant -- then view the details of the program -- up top where it says join program, preview banners, contact merchant etc. you will see program uptime history. Click on that for some info.
    Awesome! Thanks! The merchant I was wondering about has no data since 7/17 (when this feature started, apparently), so I've been sending people to oblivion for like 6 weeks. Ouch. But at least I know what "temporarily" means in their case. It means "bye bye!"

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