Market or not, items (miles, points, certs etc) are traded there (which probably is the defintion of market).
If you with behind the scenes mean everything not on CC then yes. Probably 99,9999% of trading of miles and points are not done on CC.
Lots of people do trades with friends and colleagues in real life, not via web. Learning about values is a key to understand the programs.
Also I would say that a poster banned from CC due to not honoring trades should be outed to general members as s/he could take advantage of pre-90 posters, either by trading or by any other agreements.
I do not see us being more public than we currently are with Coupon Connection information.
If people are trading outside that forum, then they need to take responsibility for understanding their trading partner and appropriate valuation. There are many threads on valuations in the airline/hotel/car forums... no need for that to change.
We do our best to protect members within the CC forum... but we cannot protect everyone.
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Both of your suggestions are outside the purview of the TalkBoard - I suggest you talk to the Coupon Connection moderators via PM about your stickies suggestion and take your other concern to the Community Director.