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The Eddie Kieger
on-line auction site is a group effort by many people whose intent
it is to bring financial assistance to Eddie above that provided
by other agencies. All proceeds from the auction activity go directly
to the Edward F. Kieger III Charitable Trust Fund. A small amount
is used for expenses but none of the people involved are compensated
for their time and labor.
site is quite easy to join and use. A simple registration page walks
you through the steps needed to post and bid on items, and there
are several help screens and on-line assistance is available for
such things as lost passwords and reviewing closed auctions. If
you are a frequent item poster you can create your own "store front"
which provides you with a URL pointing to your auctions which you
can place in your emails and other correspondence. Comments can
be applied to buyers and sellers just as in other auction systems,
and "Star" ratings may be earned.
All items posted
to the auction are donated - the donor is not compensated. Bidding
is very similar to other auction sites and is referred to as proxy
bidding. This method allows a bidder to bid an amount equal to the
maximum they feel the item is worth while commiting only the amount
needed to achieve high-bidder status. The balance is held in reserve
and automatically bid by the auction as required to maintain high-bidder
status until the reserve is depleted or the current high-bidder
is provided to bidders and donors whenever the status of the item
changes. If a user is out-bid, an email will let them know immediately
so they can opt to up their bid. To prevent "Sniping" (sending a
winning bid at the last possible second), the bidding window extends
for 5 minutes beyond the closing time, providing an opportunity
for a counter-bid.
Once an item
closes the donor and seller exchange information for such things
as shipping expenses, addresses, etc., and the buyer forwards the
bid amount to the auction treasurer. The treasurer lets the donor
know the payment has been made and that the item can be shipped
to the buyer. The donor does not have to be a part of the payment
process and the auction is not a part of the shipping process.
software is a highly modified version of a publicly available package
written in Perl. Execution time for the auction is generally less
than 2 seconds. A transaction, including email, is generally completed
before the screens have refreshed. The system is running on a Sun
Netra server and is managed by volunteers. Bugs, should they appear,
are corrected within 2 working days.
On behalf of
the team that makes this site possible and the people who make this
site valuable to Eddie Kieger, we thank you for your support and