Auction Settings - Silent Auctions

What is a Silent Auction?

Silent auctions as the name suggests are silent in nature. Conventionally, during a normal auction event, people shout their bids and one who has the highest bid wins. On the contrary, in the silent auction, all members write their bids on a sheet of paper and submit them to the auctioneer. None of them are aware of anyone's bid amount. When the auction ends, the highest-listed bidder wins the auction. 

To simulate similar behavior in our plugin, it needed to do below:

  • Users can bid on any amount. In other types of bidding each user can bid an amount exact or more than the incremental price. Thus, there isn't any concept of proxy bidding when the silent auction setting is enabled. 
  • Users cannot see other bid amounts.
  • The highest bidder will win in the end.

Plugin Settings

 As an admin navigates to WP Dashboard → Auctions → Settings and select  Auction tab as given in the below image.

Scroll down and you will find the Silent Auctions Settings.

If you see the above image, Admin has enabled both proxy bidding and silent bidding. What this means is that Admin has given an option to all auctioneer while adding their auctions, they can choose whether they want to run a proxy or silent auction. See the below image which shows that the auctioneer will get to choose one out of these two options.

If Admin checks "Enable Silent-Bid" then automatically "Enable Proxy Bidding" will vanish. See Below

Once the auction is added, you will notice below things pertaining to Silent Auctions inside Auction Detail Page 

With regards to masking username and bid amount, the user will be able to only see his bid upon login and cannot see this information for other users. The only exception is admin. 

Admin sees all information:

Tester A only sees his information:


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