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New Slickdeals Beta Feature: Follow User

oFlamingo 3,799 July 25, 2012 at 03:51 PM
In April, we posted an open invite for dedicated Slickdealers to join our beta testing group. Our beta testers work with our web developers to try out the newest Slickdeals features before we roll them out to the general public. There are a number of top secret projects our beta testers are currently working on, but we recently put a new feature on open beta that any registered user can access.

While checking the front page for new deals every 15 minutes is perfectly reasonable for some users, it is still common to miss out on certain front page deals that expire minutes after they're posted. This is not surprising given that by the time a deal reaches the front page, a few hundred other users have viewed, voted and replied to a deal's thread. Slickdeals Live would be a good option to ensure that you're always one of those influential Slickdealers, but only a portion of those deals are actually relevant to each particular user.

For that, we introduce the "Follow" feature. Think of it as partnering with a virtual Slickdeals shopper. Chances are, the deals you're buying are coming from a handful of users who have similar deal-finding interests as you do. The deals they find don't all necessarily make it to the front page, but they are always deals you happen to need. Find your ideal deal partners - the college student, the mom, the techie, the coupon coder, etc. - and be notified every time they post a deal with this new "Follow" feature.


Try this new feature out by going to beta.slickdeals.net. Click on any deal thread and hit "Follow User", which can be found below everyone's user name. Doing so refreshes the deal page with your deal partner's number of followers increasing by one. You can find a list of the users you follow and your own followers through your profile page under "Follow" on the left margin.


All Slickdealers are allowed to follow up to 1,000 users and notifications can be customized to pop-up, private message or email. The feature is still on its testing phase so please do try it out and let us know what you think.

Slickdeals has a ton of other features waiting to be tested! To be part of these beta testing parties, please register at http://slickdeals.net/beta/

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L11: Monkey's Apprentice
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Anyone try this out yet? Sounds like a good idea on paper, not sure how well it would translate to reality. Feedback is appreciated before I jump on the test wagon.
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Oh, you can change this.
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I just tried it. The number of followers doesn't appear to update (or be anything other than 0) until the page is manually refreshed.
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My # is bigger than yours
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stalkers make my ass twitch
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Oh, you can change this.
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Actually, the followers # doesn't show anything other than 0 until I click the number, see the list of followers, then refresh the original page.
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I would also say that the button looks a lot like the "Original Poster' tag. (A feature that I like as well)

I am spouting things here because I wasn't invited to the beta program.
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L6: Expert
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Thanks for the input everyone! We're having our devs look more into the issues you mentioned.

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I am spouting things here because I wasn't invited to the beta program.
It's an open invitation. You can go to slickdeals.net/beta to register Smilie
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MLV has a stalker follower already? Crazy

A certain "Community Mom" mod has three followers but it only shows two when you click on the number. Is that a stealth mode effect, a forced ignore that isn't working, mod staff or can one hide who they are following?

Kudos for providing a link that allows us to see who is crazy enough to follow me. Thumbup

Not that I'll have to worry about it but is there a mechanism to remove a follower? I'm, um, asking for a friend. Grin
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i followed selma...now when i open brisars thread and i try to follow it shows 'unfollow'? is selma and brisar the same considering im only following selma?
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Deal Editor / Global Mod
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Quote from coolnessm View Post :
i followed selma...now when i open brisars thread and i try to follow it shows 'unfollow'? is selma and brisar the same considering im only following selma?
Is it a Front Page deal of Selma's that maybe I was the Mod who FP'd it?
Maybe you accidentaly followed me instead if it was her deal? not sure if that would cause it or not
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Quote from marg_fan View Post :
MLV has a stalker follower already? Crazy

A certain "Community Mom" mod has three followers but it only shows two when you click on the number. Is that a stealth mode effect, a forced ignore that isn't working, mod staff or can one hide who they are following?

Kudos for providing a link that allows us to see who is crazy enough to follow me. Thumbup

Not that I'll have to worry about it but is there a mechanism to remove a follower? I'm, um, asking for a friend. Grin
Current you are able to disable notifications to specific users that are following you. The count for the "Community Mom" is better now.

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Actually, the followers # doesn't show anything other than 0 until I click the number, see the list of followers, then refresh the original page.
This should be fixed with auto update of follow count without refreshing the page.

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I just tried it. The number of followers doesn't appear to update (or be anything other than 0) until the page is manually refreshed.
This should be fixed with auto update of follow count without refreshing the page.

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i followed selma...now when i open brisars thread and i try to follow it shows 'unfollow'? is selma and brisar the same considering im only following selma?
It seems like you are following both brisar and selma, so I don't think this is a bug.
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Is it a Front Page deal of Selma's that maybe I was the Mod who FP'd it?
Maybe you accidentaly followed me instead if it was her deal? not sure if that would cause it or not
no it wasnt an fpd. and i followed selma ONLY and neither were fpds at that point. And i was in in original thread, so 'brisar' couldnt have appeared there to follow as it was the first post in the original thread.

At my previous login ONLY selma was showing up in my follow list.

now after ive logged on after many hours i see by default brisar is added to my follow list. if you see sequence or timing, you will see where the problem was. it was for sure a bug. I am very sure i did not add brisar though i had intended to add, but at that point (previously) the option just showed up as unfollow under brisars id (when i hadnt added)

Sequence of events was
Added selma from selmas thread (worked perfect)
Went to add brisar from brisars thread (it showed up as unfollow, this happened when i didnt click on anything)
Checked my profile and it showed only selma

Logged on few hours later
Shows brisar and selma under my follow list. This when i didnt add brisar even though i had the intent as mentioned above.
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#13
Cool! New member here & I can't wait to use this feature!
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Quote from oFlamingo View Post :

Try this new feature out by going to beta.slickdeals.net. Click on any deal thread and hit "Follow User", which can be found below everyone's user name. Doing so refreshes the deal page with your deal partner's number of followers increasing by one. You can find a list of the users you follow and your own followers through your profile page under "Follow" on the left margin.


All Slickdealers are allowed to follow up to 1,000 users and notifications can be customized to pop-up, private message or email. The feature is still on its testing phase so please do try it out and let us know what you think.
Quote from SethT View Post :
Current you are able to disable notifications to specific users that are following you. The count for the "Community Mom" is better now.

This should be fixed with auto update of follow count without refreshing the page.

This should be fixed with auto update of follow count without refreshing the page.

It seems like you are following both brisar and selma, so I don't think this is a bug.
What happened to it? I don't see the new feature on the beta site.
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#15
The "follow user" and the "unfollow user" badge/button is rather large and bright. I also think it's placement is off. When you have an OP, rep bar, & friend badge going with the follow button it overpowers everything in that area, the avatars get lost also.

Could the follow button be moved to under the stats?
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