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Deal alerts email subject no longer showing my seleced short name

Crabba 666 121 May 2, 2016 at 10:03 PM
I'm suddenly getting tons of slickdeals deal alerts in my inbox instead of my slickdeal email folders, and noticed that it's because for some reason suddenly today 5/2/16 slickdeal alerts are no longer including my selected short name in the subject line, which is what I'm filtering by.

Please add this info back to deal alerts, since this is extremely important to be able to sort all incoming deal alerts!

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Thanks for this feedback, will definitely circle back with the team and consider it. We tried maximizing the use of both subject line and preview text given other feedback from other users to make them more useful and less redundant. It enabled us to put the full title in the subject and the deal alert title in the preview text/body. Seemingly users would prefer to see the thread title match first versus the actual deal alert title. For your purposes would it still work if we simply moved the deal alert title to the end of the subject line after the thread title?
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Thanks for this feedback, will definitely circle back with the team and consider it. We tried maximizing the use of both subject line and preview text given other feedback from other users to make them more useful and less redundant. It enabled us to put the full title in the subject and the deal alert title in the preview text/body. Seemingly users would prefer to see the thread title match first versus the actual deal alert title. For your purposes would it still work if we simply moved the deal alert title to the end of the subject line after the thread title?
I think deal alert name is definitely needed. I have 2 ratings only alerts and right now I can't tell which one is which because there is nothing in the subject and the body only says something like a "rating alert" and no sign of the given alert name even in the email body.

I think you should put back the given alert name back at the beginning of the subject of the alert email. Some of the titles are too long and if you put it in the end, it will end up being truncated. Also most of the given alert names are not that long to begin with.

Please fix this soon, it is playing havoc with my inbox and I cant even tell which alert is which. The given alert name has historcially always been in the email subject.
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I concur. My email filters no longer work, since the deal alert isn't in the subject.
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I need to have the Short Name at the FRONT of the subject line. That's how I filter our my alerts and I can scan through them at a glance and see if I have any hits from specific alerts.

For people who don't want it, just make it so if you don't set a short name, that it then doesn't show up at all.
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Here's what my email used to look like and how it looks now.

Before I could just glance down the subject lines and see which alerts had triggered which emails. If I was really waiting for certain things, I knew which emails to go for.

Now I can't tell anything about why I got a certain email and it's a complete mess.

Simple set it up so that if someone specifies a Short Name, then that name goes at the Front of the subject line. If someone does not specify a short name, then they can just have the thread title as the subject. Everyone wins and can choose what they want.

But please fix it soon as this is a mess right now.
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+1

Without the shortname, this completely breaks the filtering I use to forward important alerts to my phone.
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Here's what my email used to look like and how it looks now.

Before I could just glance down the subject lines and see which alerts had triggered which emails. If I was really waiting for certain things, I knew which emails to go for.

Now I can't tell anything about why I got a certain email and it's a complete mess.

Simple set it up so that if someone specifies a Short Name, then that name goes at the Front of the subject line. If someone does not specify a short name, then they can just have the thread title as the subject. Everyone wins and can choose what they want.

But please fix it soon as this is a mess right now.
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Without the shortname, this completely breaks the filtering I use to forward important alerts to my phone.
I mod alerted this thread, may be someone will take a look and fix this fiasco. Do they even put any thought into this?
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Agreed with all above - having the short name somewhere (I don't think I'd care where) was very helpful and I'd like to see it back if possible.
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Quote from JWPeters24 View Post :
I concur. My email filters no longer work, since the deal alert isn't in the subject.
Quote from kelemvor View Post :
I need to have the Short Name at the FRONT of the subject line. That's how I filter our my alerts and I can scan through them at a glance and see if I have any hits from specific alerts.

For people who don't want it, just make it so if you don't set a short name, that it then doesn't show up at all.
Quote from kelemvor View Post :
Here's what my email used to look like and how it looks now.

Before I could just glance down the subject lines and see which alerts had triggered which emails. If I was really waiting for certain things, I knew which emails to go for.

Now I can't tell anything about why I got a certain email and it's a complete mess.

Simple set it up so that if someone specifies a Short Name, then that name goes at the Front of the subject line. If someone does not specify a short name, then they can just have the thread title as the subject. Everyone wins and can choose what they want.

But please fix it soon as this is a mess right now.
Quote from theST0RM View Post :
+1

Without the shortname, this completely breaks the filtering I use to forward important alerts to my phone.
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I mod alerted this thread, may be someone will take a look and fix this fiasco. Do they even put any thought into this?
Quote from figment79 View Post :
Agreed with all above - having the short name somewhere (I don't think I'd care where) was very helpful and I'd like to see it back if possible.
Thanks for the feedback. Rest assured, we're aware of your feedback and its top of mind right now for us.

Some people mentioned that they use the short title simply to scan what the alert matched for:
I'd like to ask whether or not you guys see email preview text that says something along the lines of "bryantq, this deal matches your alert for <deal alert short title>". Wouldn't that let you see which deal alert match the email is for? If you're not seeing that, can you tell me which client you're using?

Others mentioned they used the short title for filtering. Very valid usecase, but as another user commented here, they dont really care where the short title appears, so long as its there so the filter can pick it up. Would you guys also agree?

I ask because we want to maximize the space we're given. The subject line has a character limit, so does the post preview. But if a filter can pick up the short title anywhere (text body included), then it might make more sense to make sure its there. (And it is).

Just wanted to get some more feedback to help understand your individual use cases and needs.
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Quote from bryantq View Post :
Thanks for the feedback. Rest assured, we're aware of your feedback and its top of mind right now for us.

Some people mentioned that they use the short title simply to scan what the alert matched for:
I'd like to ask whether or not you guys see email preview text that says something along the lines of "bryantq, this deal matches your alert for ". Wouldn't that let you see which deal alert match the email is for? If you're not seeing that, can you tell me which client you're using?

Others mentioned they used the short title for filtering. Very valid usecase, but as another user commented here, they dont really care where the short title appears, so long as its there so the filter can pick it up. Would you guys also agree?

I ask because we want to maximize the space we're given. The subject line has a character limit, so does the post preview. But if a filter can pick up the short title anywhere (text body included), then it might make more sense to make sure its there. (And it is).

Just wanted to get some more feedback to help understand your individual use cases and needs.
See my screenshots above from Gmail. Only thing I see is the subject line. I don't want to have to go create a filter in gmail to match every deal alert I setup. That'd just be annoying. Make the Short Name in the subject line optional via a checkbox or something. That way everyone can choose if they want to see it or not.
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Like others have mentioned, I would definitely want the short name to just be like it was before, at the beginning of the subject line. I use the short name for filtering, but also like someone else mentioned in the folder to quickly scan which deal alert triggered which email. I do not see any previews in yahoo mail so that would not help, and besides, the point is being able to QUICKLY scan all emails based on the short name.

One option would be to put the short name in the From: at the end, then I would still be able to filter on it, and you would be able to show the entire subject line, so it would look like this "Slickdeals Alerts [short name]"

Most importantly just fix it as soon as possible, because right now you're spamming my inbox!
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Quote from bryantq View Post :
Some people mentioned that they use the short title simply to scan what the alert matched for:
I'd like to ask whether or not you guys see email preview text that says something along the lines of "bryantq, this deal matches your alert for <deal alert short title>". Wouldn't that let you see which deal alert match the email is for? If you're not seeing that, can you tell me which client you're using?

Others mentioned they used the short title for filtering. Very valid usecase, but as another user commented here, they dont really care where the short title appears, so long as its there so the filter can pick it up. Would you guys also agree?
For me, I don't have it send me emails when deal alerts pop up - rather I just have them go to my Slickdeals private message box. In that list, there is no way to see the short title without clicking on each individual message (unless there's a way I'm not aware of).
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Programmatically, it is more efficient to filter by e-mail subject then search through the entire body of an e-mail for the short name. Playing with my filters just now in Thunderbird, I've discovered it won't search or filter on the base64 encoded (HTML) portion of the e-mail, so I'm screwed that way. Fortunately, I see my short name in the plain text that precedes it...for now.

I don't see a problem with prepending the short name, if configured, to the subject. I've never had an issue with the subject being truncated. If someone can't convey what the deal is about in the first few words in the thread title, then it is probably not something I'm going to read anyway.
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I have rules setup that emails from slickdeals alerts get moved to the 'slickdeals' folder.

Now emails are coming in with the same slickdeals alerts but when I click on it to make a new outlook rule it says:

root@mail04.slickdeals.net vs the regular name which is causing a headache on my end. It looks sort of like the header is different? Either way my rule of move slickdeals alerts is still there but your emails have changed which is why the rule isnt working.
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