Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why does Bidwatcher delete my list of auctions
when I change usernames?
A: This was part of Bidwatcher's original design. According
to creator Trent McNair: "Since Bidwatcher is meant to be
used by one person, it made sense that if you were changing the username that
you were starting things over, so previous auction entries are flushed
out." We, the current maintainers, acknowledge that this is not
obvious or logical behavior to everyone.
In a future version, Bidwatcher will give you the option of clearing or
keeping the list of auctions.
Q: Will there be a version for anything other than
Linux or Microsoft Windows?
A: We are working on porting Bidwatcher to other Unix-like
operating systems (FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, etc.). We may consider porting
to other platforms depending on demand, but there are currently no such
Q: I turned off 'track bids' in the config
window, but Bidwatcher still informs me that it's getting my bids
from eBay. Why?
A: Bidwatcher needs to maintain a list of items that you
have bid on in order to properly color-code an auction. If you turn
off 'track bids' and then add an auction you have bid on manually, Bidwatcher
would have no way of knowing if you had bid on it because that infomation
is not included on an eBay auction page.
Q: Can you make Bidwatcher do (fill in the blank)?
A: It depends. Those of us working on Bidwatcher do so in our
spare time, which is limited. But feature requests and bug reports are
welcome. As we make plans to add new features, we'll announce
Last update: 6 Mar 2000
Site design based on original design by Trent McNair