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DP MM Guidelines (via DP email)

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Email Received from DP, Some MM's say they didn't receive it,so here it is for everyone.Vital and important guidelines for us ALL to use. To Our Most Valued Users,

As you know, you are a vital part of dealsplus.com as a top contributor and we’re very grateful to have a dedicated group of users like you.

As our site grows and we have more coupons/deals added daily, we’re realizing the need for posting guidelines to make our site more uniform and appealing for all users. We hope you will find these tips and guidelines helpful, and also note that we’ve found these formatting guidelines to optimize clicks (which means more money!).

Posting Deals:

  • Titles:
    • Titles should be as short as possible - try to fit in one line
    • Capitalize words like a book title, e.g. “Up to 50% Off Sale”
    • Computer titles should only have 3 features in the title (Processor, Memory, Hard Drive Space) and use the “|” character to separate
      • e.g. Lenovo Y480 14.0" LED Laptop - Intel Core i7 | 8GB RAM | 1TB HDD

    • When making sales or roundups, put the store name first, then the offer
      • e.g. Target | Up to 50% Off Furniture + Extra 5% Off

  • Categories:
    • Find the most accurate category for your deal. This include sub-categories. Your deal will get greater exposure, so it is to your advantage

  • Post more round-ups rather than individual deals
    • Items with several colors/variations should all be posted in the same deal, not separately. eg. don’t post a red camera, then the same one just in black
    • Use the “!” sign sparingly
    • Use HTML to title links, don’t use raw links
    • Bullets and Indenting for roundups or features on items
    • Try to eliminate asterisks “*” in deal titles, only use under special circumstances
      • e.g. *New Customers Only, *Starts [future date], etc.
      • Don’t use to mention Free Shipping, Ends on [date], Other offers

  • Only bold what needs to stand out, don’t bold the entire post.
    • eg. Use Code: DP1234 or Today Only get the...

  • Deal Price:
    • Always use a $ for prices
    • For prices starting at a low price, use a “+” e.g. $1.99+
    • For sales, use “Sale” not “SALE” or “-upto85%” or “50%OFF”
    • Other Acceptable Terms: News, Coupons, PreOrders, Download, Free W/P (free with purchase)

  • Shipping:
    • Free* = Free shipping with special requirements, this includes free shipping to store or pickup
    • Free = Free Shipping (Avoid: FREE, $, Free/$, Varies)
    • $X.XX = if fixed amount, $X is okay if it is a whole dollar amount (e.g. $5), but don’t round up to whole dollar amount (e.g. $4.99 is not $5)
      • Note: Free, Free* or $X.XX should be the only three options if shipping information is posted. Omit shipping if it’s a downloadable deal.

Posting Coupons:
  • “Certain stores have specific rules for what can and can’t be posted, user generated content is subject to deletion/edits at any time by moderators of dealsplus.com”
  • Avoid special characters. No “**” or “!!!!” or “ALL CAPS” or “**Discount reflected at checkout, included in price, price as is etc.)
  • Don’t use exclusive codes from competitor sites, especially coupons that are obviously competitor codes (Ex: SHOPATHOME, RMN10, DEALNEWS or COUPONALBUM15).
  • NO 30% off codes on Kohls (and other specific requests)
    • If someone has posted a duplicate coupon, include the link to the original coupon.

  • Provide link to original post if flagging a duplicate (be polite within comments, until we add an anonymous feature)
  • Use “Alive Again” only on really good deals that are active again or restocked.

Other Notes:
  • Edit expired deals rather than “Continue Anyway” - Mods will un-expire them during screening process, and it keeps our site less cluttered with duplicates
  • Clean Up HTML Links in Coupon Posts + Deals, Format: TITLE (better formatting options coming soon)
  • Many stores have strict guidelines on what we can and cannot share on dealsplus.com and how it can be shared. This may result in ANY user-generated content being removed, expired, or not promoted at anytime.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email - we know there’s a lot of information! With your cooperation, our site will benefit as a whole. If you have any issues or questions regarding these guidelines, please feel free to share them!
xptrish (L5) posted Oct 04, 2012

Your not thumbing me down..your thumbing down DP,I don't make the rules.Geez people,Seriously?

xptrish (L5) posted Oct 04, 2012


^ I know....it is getting bad.
Worse is how people aren't thumbing up anymore either....

encorez (L0) posted Oct 04, 2012


I Give thumbs up and click through deals I plus,mainly because I am interested but also because I want to make sure the poster gets credit for a good deal,I'm not sure if the click credit is just for viewing the post or if it's not unless you click thruogh using the SEE IT button.
I mean you can get 50 plusses and have only 5 people actually follow through to the actual deal page.
Either way If I like it to plus it I click through.I would want the same done for my deals too.

xptrish (L5) posted Oct 04, 2012