You mean an overview of vendors? Lorna Morgan is working on a site for this, http://payco.in/
It's still a bit in its early stages but it also allows ranking and posting reviews, which can be very important as trust is still an issue, and it's better structured than another forum subforum.
Thanks for mentioning it here John
site allows users to set up their own group of sites that they keep up to date, plus as John said users can rate and review the sites.
I can also add new administrators as the site gets "heavier" to help out. At the moment it's just me. [and I've got 2 day jobs too
I can offer anyone that can add 20 or more new links to the site the opportunity to help administer the site if that's incentive enough ...http://payco.in/account.php?r=register
Any other comments, issues, ideas, etc?
This looks great. I think that when completed, you site should be given a primary focus on this forum. However, my concern is still that there are still too many broad categories to really catch a customer's attention.
When you walk into a mall, you want to buy products. If you don't know your way around the mall, you stop at one of those mall directories and see the shops listed under each product category. Your site, while also needed, is still a bit more in depth, and I think that maybe some of the categories overlap. For example "health products," " gadgets," and "adults" could all be included under the "retail and shops (web)" category.
When I want to spend my BTC, I want to window shop from store to store as if I were strolling along, walking past each one. When I'm in the mall, I also know which stores are the most exclusive and which ones offer the bargains. What I am saying is, while your site's overall depth of coverage is needed and that everyone on this forum should be directed to it upon its completion, I think that a subforum focusing specifically on products and products only would gather immediate attention. Maybe there is a way where the coding on this subforum only could be written such that poll results automatically rank and reorganize vendor threads? I'm not sure. I just know this forum seems like the main hub for Bitcoin users, and having a 'virtual mall' as close to the hub (e.g. a metropolitan city) as possible seems like it would get the most attention.
Edit: Think of the "goods" section in marketplace but filtered so that individual offers are filtered out and the remaining businesses are ranked under specific product categories.