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Got hay? The USDA helps you sell hay in Tennessee and buy hay in Minnesota.
posted by NickDouglas (22 comments total)

 
Hay? Yeah!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 1:52 PM on January 13, 2005


Interesting. It's like craigslist personals but more boring.

Confusing. I 'need hay' and was treated to a list of others who need hay. Seems backwards to me.
posted by OpinioNate at 1:59 PM on January 13, 2005


No thanks; I'd rather play Pit.
posted by jimmycurN at 2:08 PM on January 13, 2005


Thanks for this. This site is actually useful to me; just found some 800lb bales nearby for a good price.
posted by Tenuki at 2:08 PM on January 13, 2005


Hay is for horses.
posted by santiagogo at 2:27 PM on January 13, 2005


I keep seeing this site in the blogs and manifestos of user-oriented web-whatevers. "So simple! Have hay, need hay."
Just this morning, I was thinking, "What if I was looking for people who 'have hay,' or who 'need hay?' Then I'd get it backwards!"

I don't have a lot to think about.
posted by dougunderscorenelso at 2:36 PM on January 13, 2005


This site was mentioned in Adaptive Path's Nine Resolutions for 2005 column (scroll to 6. Ask the basic questions.) Dunno if I'd call it the 'best website I've ever seen,' though, especially considering OpinioNate's observation...

On preview: what dougunderscorenelso said.
posted by expialidocious at 2:40 PM on January 13, 2005


Wait.
I actually DID get it backwards.

DAMN YOU, ADAPTIVE PATH
posted by dougunderscorenelso at 2:42 PM on January 13, 2005


This really made me laugh--thanks.

Alternative name: HAY NOW.
posted by ParisParamus at 3:00 PM on January 13, 2005


Have: stone, 2 sheep. Want: hay, brick.
posted by fleacircus at 3:01 PM on January 13, 2005


I've bookmarked this site. It's therapeutic. Thanks, Nick.
posted by ParisParamus at 3:08 PM on January 13, 2005


Have: stone, 2 sheep. Want: hay, brick.


oh, ignore that chump. I got wood.
posted by norm at 3:12 PM on January 13, 2005


or, eHAY.
posted by ParisParamus at 3:12 PM on January 13, 2005


HAY GUYS WHAT'S GOING ON?
posted by ruddhist at 3:13 PM on January 13, 2005


Have: stone, 2 sheep. Want: hay, brick.
HA! I need my brick for the longest road though...[bad joke about sheep port redacted]
posted by freebird at 3:19 PM on January 13, 2005


the site is down. Now we will all starve.
posted by ParisParamus at 3:28 PM on January 13, 2005


I've bookmarked this site. It's therapeutic. Thanks, Nick.
posted by ParisParamus at 3:08 PM PST on January 13


Maybe that's where the WM-... eh, nevermind ;).
posted by basicchannel at 3:34 PM on January 13, 2005


Paris, that should be the last line of a Scary Go Round episode. Perhaps Shelly could imagine a poor farmer saying it.
posted by NickDouglas at 3:47 PM on January 13, 2005


I could have used that site a couple weeks ago, seriously! Thanks for nothin'. ;)
posted by iguanapolitico at 4:04 PM on January 13, 2005


Flea: Classic. *applauds*
posted by dougunderscorenelso at 8:08 PM on January 13, 2005


the site is down. Now we will all starve.
posted by ParisParamus at 3:28 PM PST on January 13


Guess that's why your left your real life and came back here to enlighten us all with your observations.
posted by rough ashlar at 8:37 PM on January 13, 2005


Looking again, I sort of figured it out, and it's not that simple or great at all.

If you NEED hay, you click "Need hay," and place an ad saying you need hay. Then, you go back out, and you click "Have hay," to see a listing of people who have hay.

If you HAVE hay, you click "Have hay" to post an ad indicating such, then you go back out and go into "Need hay" to find people who need it.

Sure, it has two front page links, but you have to click on both of them no matter who you are. That's useless simplicity. Imagine a product site that had links saying "Customers" and "Dealers." When you click on Dealers, thinking "I'm a dealer," you got a list of dealers willing to sell. That's not what you wanted. When you click on customers, you get a list of potential customers, but you also get an option to post an ad AS a customer, which isn't what you wanted either. So, two simple links, and both disappoint and confuse whoever click on them.

I suppose this post guarantees I will never be hired by Adaptive Path.
posted by dougunderscorenelso at 8:21 AM on January 14, 2005


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