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      Enhanced Reputation ("Like" and "Dislike") Functionality Here on CL   07/24/2017

      With the recent software upgrade, CL now has a slightly enhanced and more descriptive "reputation" functionality. The reputation is what CL members can click in the lower right corner of each posting (forums, blogs, calendar events, etc.) to indicate their "like' or "dislike" of that posting. This functionality, previously known as a member's "reputation", has been enhanced and is now known as a member's "reaction". Instead of having only two choices ("like" or "dislike", represented by a +1 or -1), there now are seven different "reactions" that a member can express, including the simple "Like" and "Dislike". As was the case previously with reputations, Administrators of this website cannot be given reputation/reaction, however Moderators can, just as all regular members can. Here in graphic form is the complete list of options in word and emoji form, along with the associated numeric value: The "Like" and the "Upvote" and the "Downvote" are essentially the same as the prior "like" and "dislike" reputation. Those are similar to what is available on some of the larger social media, such as Facebook. As in the past with reputation, the use of reactions is optional. Reputations (now "reactions") are not favored by everyone. Prior feedback indicates approximately 30% of CL's members prefer that "reputation" [and now "reactions"] be disabled. However, the majority of CL's members prefer having the ability to indicate their "like" or "dislike" of a posting. The new, enhanced functionality means simply that CL members have more granularity as to what they can indicate to the viewers. If anyone would like to see additional "reactions", please contact CL management, and include a short discussion of what you would like to see and perhaps an emoji to suggest that reaction. Two new reactions that have already been suggested are "I agree" and "I disagree", which might be expressed respectively with green check mark (or thumbs up) and red X-mark (or thumbs down) style emoji. The reactions functionality is currently configured to display who expressed that reaction. If there is sufficient feedback, we can hide the member's Display Name, and show only the cumulative reactions.           To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.  

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Keith Woolford    299

The new Mercado Publico in downtown Boquete has beautiful fruits and vegetables at better prices than the grocery stores. It's maintained clean and spotless, and there's also a seafood supplier upstairs.

A question for other residents. Why is it that I rarely, if ever, see any expats there?

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Marcelyn    74

My answer:  parking is a problem. I've noticed the same vehicles parked in the available spaces every day........and perhaps all day every day. Humm.......

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Keith Woolford    299

Although I agree that some spaces seem permanently occupied, I always manage to find a spot to park or I wouldn't be going there. For the first time ever, I'm seeing empty spaces in front of ROMERO

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Bonnie    393

I have found the parking in the vicinity of the mercado and Romero to have improved significantly since the opening of the new Deli Baru and onset of the rainy season. I agree with Marcelyn though about business owners taking up parking spaces that should be reserved for customers. It's the same at restaurants where parking is at a premium.

All that aside, I've observed quite a number of expats shopping at the mercado publico.  Some people may be overwhelmed by the number of vendors, however, and others prefer one-stop food shopping in the grocery stores. To me, the fruits and vegetables at the mercado appear to be much fresher and more appealing, as well as less expensive.

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JudyS    175
35 minutes ago, Marcelyn said:

My answer:  parking is a problem. I've noticed the same vehicles parked in the available spaces every day........and perhaps all day every day. Humm.......

I notice the same at Los Establos.  I think the employees take up most of the parking spaces. They don't seem to realize this discourages potential shoppers.

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JimAndNena    19

Two of the best things about mercado:

Practicing Spanish, and negotiating a price.

It is sometimes a great way to make friends and save money. Bigger purchases usually get a better break on pricing so if you go with a friend and buy double the amount, it is a deal. If you go with a Panamanian friend, you can guarantee a price between Panamanian prices and Expat prices.  Win, win, win.

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Hil    39

I always see expats at the Mercado. We shop there three or four times a week. If the parking lot if full I usually make the block and pass again and find one open at Romeros or the Mercado. I have always found what we need at the Mercado cheaper and fresher than anywhere in town. The Mercado gets our business first and Romeros and Super Baru are second. We always support the little guy in Panama first. 

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