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What is the purpose of pausing auctions and removing bidding interface to chat?

Am I the only one seeing this? But it would be really annoying to be bid on the site because of the constant pausing.

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Welcome to Ask Patents. Although you were most likely led here from a "discuss this patent" link from google patents, this site is not for open ended discussion and is also not a way to directly communicate with the inventors. We are set up to post and answer questions about looking for prior art and about the U.S. patent system.

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Thanks George..I am the inventor of a very similar system link. So I know my application is prior art to this. – Social Shopping Network Dec 29 '13 at 18:12

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