I was under the impression that flagging was going to cause a user to be punished in some way but I have learned this is the option for pointing out duplicate deals. I have tried to read everything I can to abide by the sites terms but I am still learning and appreciate the helpful comments:)
LokaFreeThings2 (rep: 3k) posted Nov 18, 2012
I don't think people mind if they are informed of a duplicate deal, at least i don't. I am just as guilty posting dupes occasionally even though it may not come up as such or from a quick search. I don't take it personally if someone posts a duplicate of my posts. Flagged or not its all good. Don't sweat it and hope you find some great deals to post.
And wouldn't it be funny if we can punish someone by flagging them. :)
chuckydealpl (rep: 58.8k) posted Nov 19, 2012
I have unknowingly duplicated a few posts and someone was kind enough to let me know...BUT, I just learned today how to mark my post as EXPIRED...so yes, please be patient with us Newbies!
Now I need to learn how to flag a post as a duplicate. That's new to me as well :)
minamesk (rep: 3.4k) posted Feb 17, 2013
One thing that would greatly enhance the whole process is to display a time stamp next to the last action (the system shows the last two modifiers of a deal). Right now it shows how many minutes, or how many hours, or how many days (and it uses the timestamp in the DB to display that calculation).
If the time stamp was there, showing the last modification date/time, it would lead to better precision about who did what when.
re: "updating burden on OP" ...if an expired deal can be updated, you should...un-expire, and add any new codes, expiration date etc. Many can not, because the link no longer works. Those should be flagged with a bad link left in the message box.
In the same vein, don't assume a link is still valid, and tack on a new coupon. Sites upgrade their URLs all the time...many are exclusive for only a matter of days.
Some sites have a limited quantity of an item that they have listed with different URLs...reflect that in your title, to be able to continue with what appears as a duplicate.
If you've inadvertently posted a duplicate, and need to expire, think about changing the title (if you can) to the word "Duplicate"...that will let shoppers know the item is still available via a different post...you could add the link to that post in comments.
I think the current system of flagging deals is working just fine.
I've searched, and not found, an item.
I proceed to Submit, it shows it "may" be a duplicate.
I click on that (top of Submitting page), and the possible duplicate opens as the DealsPlus page in a new tab.
Then I click on that post's "See It".
If the "See It" takes me to the item I was going to post, I update if needed, and close out the tab I was submitting on.
If the item does not show up, I click on "Flag this deal" ...you now put in why you are flagging...Link goes to main page, Error, or a different item entirely.
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