Does slickdeals run bot accounts?
Check out these accounts all created in Feb of this year (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, etc...) for an example of the type of posts and activity.
A few threads to observe this strange behavior are:
Page 2 of the today'sfront-paged levi's deal. There are 4 sketchy posts in a row to start page 2.
Four of these posts in this Olay thread.
Page two of this deal, almost the entire page appears to be bots.
Again on page 2 (sensing a theme here), there are four more on this HDMI deal. In this case, three of the bots claim to have given reps (though it doesn't appear so from their account pages) and two of the bots thumb-up'd the deal.
If you dig into the accounts, there are many more of these examples. They appear to be focused on frontpage deals, inflating both the post count (always in with positive impressions of the deal) and the number of thumbs up. This diminishes the integrity of the peer-reviewed process most users think they are getting when they see deals in the forums or on the front page. They also post deals (see account details for any of the bots above for examples), which seems to me the only positive contribution of bots on this site. However, a quick sample of the deals posted revealed none with more than two thumbs up or with any substantive user feedback - more like spam than meaningful contributions.
Does slickdeals run bot accounts that conduct the activities mentioned? Perhaps this was made clear to users at some point and I missed the memo? It would certainly explain the common refrain from users about the increase in terrible deals on the front page.