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New Features - Thread Wiki and Post History

redsolar 9,119 June 3, 2007 at 07:48 PM in Mail In Rebate (4)
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<strong>What is Thread Wiki?</strong>
Many of you have undoubtedly heard of <a rel="nofollow" href="http://slickdeals.net/?sduid=1&amp;sdtid=530283&amp;sdfid=2&amp;u2=http://wikipedia.org" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a> - free web based encyclopedia where all content is contributed by its members. Thread Wiki is a post in a thread right after the first post for better visibility by another thread viewer, where all content is contributed by more than one SlickDeals.net user.

<strong>How does it work?</strong>
Pretty simple, really. Members have complete freedom to <strong>Create</strong>, <strong>Contribute</strong>, <strong>Control</strong>.

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<strong>Create</strong>
When a new thread is created, the first post of the thread will contain a <a href="http://i.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40585&amp;stc=1&amp;d=1180922275" target="_blank"><img style="visibility: visible;" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40585&amp;stc=1&amp;d=1180922275" border="0" alt="" /></a> button, which you click on to create a wiki - on demand. Once a wiki is created, the second post in the thread appears, listed under the "helper" user <a href="http://forums.slickdeals.net/member.php?u=210146" target="_blank">wikipost</a> (<a href="http://forums.slickdeals.net/member.php?u=181398" target="_blank">slickalerts</a>' sister). The post will contain a pre-set brief information.

<strong>Contribute</strong>
Right after creation, the user who just clicked the button is taken to Edit mode - just as you would with a new post, and adds the information he or she believes is important for a thread. This information can be anything... information about the thread (Cliff Notes anybody?), a new price, a better price, a new rebate, a fillable rebate, a coupon... push your imagination.

<strong>Control</strong>
Okay, so someone added something, and you don't think it's valid, or you think you can do better? Do it. It's controlled by users, and as long as it's within forums rules - it can contain anything, really.

A few more things bound to be asked, a.k.a. <strong>The FAQ</strong>:

<strong>Q: Can I see previous contributions to Thread Wiki?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: Absolutely. Just like with real Wiki, you can see every edit. Just click the <a href="http://i.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40586&amp;stc=1&amp;d=1180922801" target="_blank"><img style="visibility: visible;" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40586&amp;stc=1&amp;d=1180922801" border="0" alt="" /></a> button.

<strong>Q: Can I restore to a previous revision?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: Yep, you sure can. When in Revisions mode, use <a href="http://i.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40587&amp;stc=1&amp;d=1180922943" target="_blank"><img style="visibility: visible;" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40587&amp;stc=1&amp;d=1180922943" border="0" alt="" /></a> button to restore to a previous version. While at it, you might as well contribute if you need it, as everything is done using a standard Edit dialog. One catch - you can't restore a current version, marked by a slightly different color and <a href="http://forums.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40588&amp;d=1180923107" target="_blank"><img style="visibility: visible;" src="http://forums.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40588&amp;d=1180923107" border="0" alt="" /></a> button.

<strong>Q: Can I delete a revision I <span style="text-decoration: underline;">really</span> don't like?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: Yes.... if you are a moderator <img class="inlineimg" title="Harhar" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies2/harhar.gif" border="0" alt="" />. You can still Mod Alert a revision if you believe it's in violation of forum guidelines, just remember to mention who made it. Remember, use Mod Alert button on a Wiki Post, as you can not modalert the actual revision from the Revisions screen.

<strong>Q: Can I rep the contributor?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: Yes, just like with any post in forums where it is enabled, you can give reputation to a contributor. One per post (regardless of how many contribution that user has made), as usual <img class="inlineimg" title="Smilie" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" />. Although you can rep 2 or more different users who contributed to Thread Wiki.

<strong>Q: What if someone tries to add/edit a Thread Wiki when I am doing it?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: Not to worry, since all revisions are tracked separately, the information you or ther other person adds will not vanish. So if an edit happens simultaneously, you can still add it by copying it. Once a Thread Wiki is added the button will no longer be there to add, but one can Edit the Wiki Post.

<strong>Q: Can there be more than one Thread Wiki?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: One per thread, sorry <img class="inlineimg" title="Smilie" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" />. You are free to post under your own name, however <img class="inlineimg" title="Wink" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" />.

<strong>Q: Can I easily see what has been updated when looking at Revisions?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: Absolutely. The new text between <span style="text-decoration: underline;">2 subsequent revisions</span> is higlighted with <em><span style="color: green;">green color and italics</span></em>. Text that has been removed is crossed out. Changes are tracked line by line. So if a line is changed, the changes will reflect that.

<strong>Q: Can anyone Create, Contribute and Control?</strong>
A: Yes, as long as you have a valid SlickDeals.net account (what? you don't have one yet? <img class="inlineimg" title="OMG" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/emot-eek.gif" border="0" alt="" />), which is in good standing and is not under moderation. Anyone (including anonymous users) can view the post, however, just like with any other post in the forum.

<strong>Q: What about vandalism?</strong>
A: As with real wikis, vandalism can be an issue. And just with any wikis, members can fix it without having to wait for a moderator. If you see anyone posting anything inappropriate, anything in violation of forum rules, offensive, etc - feel free to edit it out, modalert the Thread Wiki post, and mention who made the offensive edit. The moderation team will be happy to assist with this. Thanks in advance. Wannabe vandals - beware, a new warning has been added for wiki abuse. Excessive abuse will result in the removal of wiki privileges.

<strong>What is Post History?</strong>
Post history is a feature, which is shared with Thread Wiki, and allows you to view your own post history using the "Revisions" button just like you would with a Thread Wiki. The only exception is that only you can view that history, unlike with Thread Wiki, which is viewed by anyone as described above. The same rules apply, there is a Revert button, the Current Version label, and the only thing absent is obviously the Thread Wiki button, since well, it's not a Wiki. We hope you put it to good use, in case something ever happens to your own post, and you need to restore changes.

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#31
Quote from wikipost View Post :
This is some new content in a Thread Wiki
dzap here: just trying it out Big Grin


Ooooh, so I can add something tooz? Yahoo!
of course you can spaghetina!! hug

..what....no one else wants to contribute? Sadwalk

sweet

This is Cool! -dchavoc

Yuck, I don't like the stupid Wiki thing. That's what I've always hated about Woot's forums.



hey - just had 2 try this Smilie

Huh?

Nice! Now FW has nothing on us Big Grin -- JP

FW never had anything on us!!!
-playa

ToddziLLa checking in and testing!
most excellent.
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#32
Thanks, Mods.

regards,
gautam
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#33
This is going to lead to a heap of monster huge threads..say like "Circuit City Sunday ads" which will always be just that one thread's wiki updated each week and endless pages of jibber-jabber piled on top of each other constantly. Is that the intent?
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#34
Also, I noticed something a little odd in this thread:

http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=28946&t=530553

I created the wiki in there to list the titles for the sale. It hasn't been replied to since the wikipost still has the latest posting.

However, after I look at both pages of the thread and go back to Hot Deals, the thread still shows to me as unread "bold".
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#35
Quote from zmarko View Post :
I'm telling you. With the SD community.........it won't work.

The wikipedia community and the SD community are two entirely different things, with entirely different levels of maturity and sophistication.
I don't know...I've seen some pretty ,ahem, creative "edits" on quite a few of the articles, expecially ones that don't seem to get reviewed frequently...

Luckily, the articles can be locked after established repeat vandalism...
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#36
I've noticed some glitches. Sometimes threads wouldn't unbold after I read them (like some other people mentioned). I haven't noticed if that has happened again. There is another glitch where, from the main forum, it appears the thread the wiki is in was started by wikipost. I just noticed this again in Hot Deals, in the Buy.com $10 magazine thread started by Brisar. First the title of the post changed to the wiki message, then later it changed back to the real title, but both times it looked like the thread was made by wikipost.

Here are screenshots:
http://img169.imageshack.us/my.ph...ostrl4.jpg
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#37
Quote from Imerson View Post :
I've noticed some glitches. Sometimes threads wouldn't unbold after I read them (like some other people mentioned). I haven't noticed if that has happened again. There is another glitch where, from the main forum, it appears the thread the wiki is in was started by wikipost. I just noticed this again in Hot Deals, in the Buy.com $10 magazine thread started by Brisar. First the title of the post changed to the wiki message, then later it changed back to the real title, but both times it looked like the thread was made by wikipost.

Here are screenshots:
http://img169.imageshack.us/my.ph...ostrl4.jpg
The first issue was a bug, which I fixed last night, it should not happen again (thread marked read bug).

The second was well my error - I was rearranging something Big Grin. That should not happen unless i go to rearrange something like that again, and has been fixed too Smilie
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#38
Quote from bairdjc View Post :
I've been waiting for this for awhile - mostly because of hotdeals. Say for instance, someone posts a deal, then further on in the thread someone posts the rebate forms, or a better deal, or coupons, or a clarification - without reading the ENTIRE thread, or having the OP or mod change the OP, someone would have to read through all 10,000 posts to be "up to date" on the deal. wiki is the way to go so long as it's not abused, which could very well happen in hotdeals or freebies (yes there are alot of wankers there that just rain on everyone's parade)

I agree... a lot of the times, i have to go through over 5 pages to find attachments, rebates, etc. With wikipost, all the amended stuff will be clearly visible right underneath the original post.
Also, many times, OP creates a thread with incorrect information and never come back to check responses. So when posters ask OP to change their post, it never gets updated.
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#39
How about establishing and making more prominent a recommended, bulleted list of Hot Deal wiki contributions, to flesh out the list provided in the announcement:
  • Rebate form
  • Rebate form in fillable format
  • Stock status (OOS, Deal alive again, etc.)
  • Product specifications (if missing from OP and appropriate, or link to product specs)
  • Product manual link
  • Product review link
  • Link to product image
  • Competitive links (other places with the same product)
  • Vendor review links (such as Reseller Ratings)
  • Related thread links (Similar or previous deal threads)
I was wondering if a template might be included when the wiki is established, to encourage people to fill in typically desired info.
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#40
Quote from redsolar View Post :
The first issue was a bug, which I fixed last night, it should not happen again (thread marked read bug).

The second was well my error - I was rearranging something Big Grin. That should not happen unless i go to rearrange something like that again, and has been fixed too Smilie
Thanks for all your hard work. I love this feature! Smilie
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#41
Awesome new tool!!!! Woot
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#42
This is great!
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#43
I personally feel that the Wiki Post is an amazing idea. Just wanted to stop in here and say Thanks and Good Job. I would almost recommend it being on by default on the Deals forum.
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#44
I don't like it. But then... there aren't many things that I do like.

SD was perfect as it was. nod

Technology keeps exceeding my ability, time, and resources to learn it.
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#45
Quote from nutter218 View Post :
Yes, wikipedia has a higher level of maturatity than some of the loungers. Stick Out Tongue
i agree... i don't like it Nono
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