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gomike 1,729 433 December 10, 2015 at 06:20 PM
I have a deal alert for "AT&T" I get a ton of alerts without that text in the post. Can this be fixed.

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I have a deal alert for "AT&T" I get a ton of alerts without that text in the post. Can this be fixed.
hi gomike,

can you give some examples of threads being triggered by your da that do not seem to match?
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hi gomike,

can you give some examples of threads being triggered by your da that do not seem to match?
Do a simple search for AT&T and you will see, I get an alert for every result.

http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?q=at%26t&searcharea=deals&searchin=first
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Many of those listed in your search have AT&T in the body of the OP.

You could try limiting the searches to just in the title by using
@title then the deal alert
http://slickdeals.net/f/8338129-deal-alert-based-on-title-only
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Many of those listed in your search have AT&T in the body of the OP.

You could try limiting the searches to just in the title by using
@title then the deal alert
http://slickdeals.net/f/8338129-deal-alert-based-on-title-only
most do not
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Devs will need to look into that and reply I was just trying to help weed out some of the ones with AT&T in the OPs.

I mentioned this to one of the devs working on some DA updating. He will mention this to the others also workign on the product.
I do think it has something to do with the ampersand... but I am not a dev.
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I have a deal alert for "AT&T" I get a ton of alerts without that text in the post. Can this be fixed.
Hi, I would suggest using exact word search with ".

"AT&T"|"ATT"

http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?searchin=first&forumchoice%5B%5D=9&q=%22AT%26T%22%7C%22ATT%22

This should get you closer to what you are looking for. Also if you only want it alerting if in title and not entire OP use @title like Schooby mentioned. HTH
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AT&T and "AT&T" show different results. "AT&T" with quotes seems to work better.

Without quotes, you get results like:
http://slickdeals.net/f/8364885-xbox-ps4-pc-combining-multiple-post-deals-and-several-new-ones?v=1&src=SiteSearch
http://slickdeals.net/f/8364135-stalwart-75-35664-portable-air-compressor-kit-with-light-19-99-at-sears-free-ship-over-35-no-store-pickup?v=1&src=SiteSearch

Maybe the ampersand (&) without the word in quotes modifies the query somehow.
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Hi, I would suggest using exact word search with ".

"AT&T"|"ATT"

http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?searchin=first&forumchoice%5B%5D=9&q=%22AT%26T%22%7C%22ATT%22

This should get you closer to what you are looking for. Also if you only want it alerting if in title and not entire OP use @title like Schooby mentioned. HTH

Thanks for the suggestion on ATT that does help
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AT&T and "AT&T" show different results. "AT&T" with quotes seems to work better.

Without quotes, you get results like:
http://slickdeals.net/f/8364885-xbox-ps4-pc-combining-multiple-post-deals-and-several-new-ones?v=1&src=SiteSearch
http://slickdeals.net/f/8364135-stalwart-75-35664-portable-air-compressor-kit-with-light-19-99-at-sears-free-ship-over-35-no-store-pickup?v=1&src=SiteSearch

Maybe the ampersand (&) without the word in quotes modifies the query somehow.
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Thanks for the suggestion on ATT that does help
Yeah for words with & or - best to use quotes. Not sure exactly what causes it, just know it acts funky sometimes..lol

The quotes act as an exact phrase search, so it's helpful when something is pulling too many results. And also in cases like this where some users put just ATT you can use the pipe symbol | for OR so you get both variations.

Here's a good unofficial "guide" one of our QA Staff made awhile back. It's pretty helpful. And I do know they are working on a new official guide when they can get some time.
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=67718300&postcount=540 Smilie
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I have a deal alert for "AT&T" I get a ton of alerts without that text in the post. Can this be fixed.
Just wanted to add to what BG has already suggested since this piqued my interest and I always like a good challenge. Wink
I don't think I've ever experimented with the ampersand before, or if I did, I can see why I gave up on it. When testing keywords for DA use, I often throw an equal sign in front of each word to get more accurate results since from what I've seen, search will return words like "batteries" for a keyword of "battery" whereas the DA system will not. That being said, a search for @title =AT&T seems to be spot on. Scratchchin Not sure why that seems good but your original DA was sending back false positives. When you wrap quotation marks around it, it seems to treat the ampersand like a space (as is the case with a few other special characters including periods). This means it will trigger on things like "Free appetizer at T.G.I.Fridays" or "99% Off at T.J.Maxx" etc.

So what I would try to do if I were to set this up would be something like this:
"at&t"|att -"t g i" -"t j"

And then watch for other false positives that are like the examples above and add them as additional exclusions.

Note that this will likely still generate a ton of alerts since there are quite a few deals posted that mention AT&T in somewhere. Depending on what you're looking for, it might be advisable to fine tune things a bit with something similar to the following:
"at&t"|att wireless|service|plan|bill|rate -"t g i" -"t j"
- or -
"at&t"|att phone|phones|smartphone|smartphones -"t g i" -"t j"

Hope this helps! Happy
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