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Help with setting up deal alert

rdilliker 353 40 December 6, 2009 at 01:20 PM
I have a deal alert setup for deals on Plasma or LCD TVs like this:

TV | television | plasma | LCD

The problem with this is that I get a lot of alerts about laptops, etc. with the word "LCD" in them. So what I would like to achieve is this:

(TV OR television) AND (plasma OR LCD)

Unfortunately I can't figure out the right syntax for this with slickdeals' weird logical operators. Can someone please help out?

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How about hdtv -laptop -desktop -notebook
Thanks for the suggestion. I can do that but there are other keywords that will still cause the alert so I would have to exclude a bunch of terms. Is there no way to do a logical AND and a logical OR in a deal alert? The syntax using " and | is very clumsy.
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I have a deal alert setup for deals on Plasma or LCD TVs like this:

TV | television | plasma | LCD

The problem with this is that I get a lot of alerts about laptops, etc. with the word "LCD" in them. So what I would like to achieve is this:

(TV OR television) AND (plasma OR LCD)

Unfortunately I can't figure out the right syntax for this with slickdeals' weird logical operators. Can someone please help out?
http://slickdeals.net/forums/faq.php?faq=sd_faq_item#faq_deal_alerts_faq

Q: Can I set up alerts looking for keywords in title only?
A: Yes, you need to use a special title only indicator in your alert. For example, you are looking for digital camera only in titles, you would add this alert:
@title "digital camera"

Q: I am looking for "cup" or "cups" should I add one or both?
A: You may use | (vertical separator, also known as "pipe") to search for items like this. So you would add an alert "cup | cups" (without quotes). On most keyboards, the pipe character shares the key with "\" (backslash)

Q: Can I use complex logical statements?
A: Sure. You have already seen the example with "cup | cups" above, let's try something else. For example, you are looking for threads with "laptop" which is not "dell". You would add an alert "laptop -dell"

N.B. A few important things to remember with complex logical alerts:
Double quotes " " effectively mean logical AND (search for this AND that). Take a look at the different results:
"notebook | laptop" will be looking for both notebook AND laptop
"notebook" | "laptop" however will be looking for either notebook OR laptop
It's recommended to enclose complex individual alerts which use pipe | with double quotes " ". It is required if individual alerts contain punctuation, such as space, comma, dot, dash, etc. For example:
flash drive | hard drive will fail and not send you any alerts
"flash drive" | "hard drive" on the other had will notify you about threads with flash drive OR hard drive in them
To combine title only search with multiple keywords, using the flash drive/hard drive example above, you would add the following alert:
@title "flash drive" | @title "hard drive"
If you are not sure you will be happy with the results of a complex logical alert, try it first with Forum Search. It will return all the threads which match your logical criteria. Also, remember, Forum Search does look through the whole thread rather than just first post + title which is what Deal Alerts does, so the actual alerts may be not identical to the Forum Search results.
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http://slickdeals.net/forums/faq.php?faq=sd_faq_item#faq_deal_alerts_faq

Q: Can I set up alerts looking for keywords in title only?
A: Yes, you need to use a special title only indicator in your alert. For example, you are looking for digital camera only in titles, you would add this alert:
@title "digital camera"

Q: I am looking for "cup" or "cups" should I add one or both?
A: You may use | (vertical separator, also known as "pipe") to search for items like this. So you would add an alert "cup | cups" (without quotes). On most keyboards, the pipe character shares the key with "\" (backslash)

Q: Can I use complex logical statements?
A: Sure. You have already seen the example with "cup | cups" above, let's try something else. For example, you are looking for threads with "laptop" which is not "dell". You would add an alert "laptop -dell"

N.B. A few important things to remember with complex logical alerts:
Double quotes " " effectively mean logical AND (search for this AND that). Take a look at the different results:
"notebook | laptop" will be looking for both notebook AND laptop
"notebook" | "laptop" however will be looking for either notebook OR laptop
It's recommended to enclose complex individual alerts which use pipe | with double quotes " ". It is required if individual alerts contain punctuation, such as space, comma, dot, dash, etc. For example:
flash drive | hard drive will fail and not send you any alerts
"flash drive" | "hard drive" on the other had will notify you about threads with flash drive OR hard drive in them
To combine title only search with multiple keywords, using the flash drive/hard drive example above, you would add the following alert:
@title "flash drive" | @title "hard drive"
If you are not sure you will be happy with the results of a complex logical alert, try it first with Forum Search. It will return all the threads which match your logical criteria. Also, remember, Forum Search does look through the whole thread rather than just first post + title which is what Deal Alerts does, so the actual alerts may be not identical to the Forum Search results.
I already read through that and hence my question. If you actually read what you pasted you will see it doesn't answer my question.
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(tv | television) (plasma | lcd) works for me
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(tv | television) (plasma | lcd) works for me
Thanks, I'll give it a try. Is that a new feature or did you just forget about that when you posted your initial reply? Might want to include that in the FAQ.

Interesting that when I entered what you suggested it showed up on the deal alerts page as tv | television | plasma | lcd without the parentheses but I just hit edit and resaved and it shows with parentheses. Let's see how it actually behaves.
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Last edited by rdilliker December 13, 2009 at 05:02 PM
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Quote from tancythor View Post :
http://slickdeals.net/forums/faq.php?faq=sd_faq_item#faq_deal_alerts_faq

Q: Can I set up alerts looking for keywords in title only?
A: Yes, you need to use a special title only indicator in your alert. For example, you are looking for digital camera only in titles, you would add this alert:
@title "digital camera"

Q: I am looking for "cup" or "cups" should I add one or both?
A: You may use | (vertical separator, also known as "pipe") to search for items like this. So you would add an alert "cup | cups" (without quotes). On most keyboards, the pipe character shares the key with "\" (backslash)

Q: Can I use complex logical statements?
A: Sure. You have already seen the example with "cup | cups" above, let's try something else. For example, you are looking for threads with "laptop" which is not "dell". You would add an alert "laptop -dell"

N.B. A few important things to remember with complex logical alerts:
Double quotes " " effectively mean logical AND (search for this AND that). Take a look at the different results:
"notebook | laptop" will be looking for both notebook AND laptop
"notebook" | "laptop" however will be looking for either notebook OR laptop
It's recommended to enclose complex individual alerts which use pipe | with double quotes " ". It is required if individual alerts contain punctuation, such as space, comma, dot, dash, etc. For example:
flash drive | hard drive will fail and not send you any alerts
"flash drive" | "hard drive" on the other had will notify you about threads with flash drive OR hard drive in them
To combine title only search with multiple keywords, using the flash drive/hard drive example above, you would add the following alert:
@title "flash drive" | @title "hard drive"
If you are not sure you will be happy with the results of a complex logical alert, try it first with Forum Search. It will return all the threads which match your logical criteria. Also, remember, Forum Search does look through the whole thread rather than just first post + title which is what Deal Alerts does, so the actual alerts may be not identical to the Forum Search results.
This is very helpful but the link above doesn't show any of the examples quoted. Probably because it's an old link. Can someone post the current link for the page that provides tips and examples like the ones above so that I can bookmark it? May I request the admins to make it easier to find it.
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This is very helpful but the link above doesn't show any of the examples quoted. Probably because it's an old link. Can someone post the current link for the page that provides tips and examples like the ones above so that I can bookmark it? May I request the admins to make it easier to find it.
hi ratibars,

try this: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=67718300&postcount=540

it's in the "tips and tricks" section of the New Users Guide. this is in the process of being updated, but in the meantime you can bookmark the above post Smilie.

i hope this helps!
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