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|Founded in 1999, Slickdeals.net is a free, user-driven deal sharing site with a mission to provide consumers an avenue to collaborate and share information in order to make the best shopping decisions. Slickdeals achieves this by providing its users a forum for communication and various shopping tools. Slickdeals.net prides itself on being user and community focused, never allowing paid placement for frontpage deal listings.|
|Tips on searching & preventing reposts|
|The best way to search whether an identical item has been posted, is by using an item SKU. For example, for amazon, that would be the ASIN number (such as B000NJO3TC for example. For newegg it would be the NE number, (such as N82E16814130086) and for Dell it would be the A-number for electronics and accessories (such as a0973889) or configuration id for systems (such as brpc2fe for example). Those are all real items recently posted, search for them, and see what I mean. The coolest thing is that search picks it all up from links, so even if a previous poster was challenged with making up a good title, or adding any additional information, but included the link, it will still be picked up. Do NOT use "-" in your searches. Same goes for keyword such as "NOT" or "not". They are understood as negation modifiers, and will exclude the items. So if you are searching for say "Toshiba HD-A2", you should search for "toshiba hd a2" and not "toshiba hd-a2", because if you do - you will get results only for threads which contain "toshiba hd" and at the same time NOT contain "a2" in them (which kind of defeats the purpose of the search).|
|Guide to Front Page Features|
|Deal Alerts FAQ|
Q: I just set up an alert, and got an e-mail with more than one thread in it within 5 minutes.
Q: Are Deal Alerts CaSe SenSITive?
Q: I want to be notified via PM. Can I do it now?
Q: Can I choose any other type of notification rather than instant?
Q: Do I have to maintain my PM Inbox if I want to get alerts as PMs?
Q: Can I edit an existing alert?
Q: I added an alert, but didn't get any notifications yet... Why is that?
Remember, that if someone had an identical alert setup before you and thread has already been processed and alerts sent out, you will not get a notification about that thread for your alert. But you will for all threads in the future.
If you are absolutely certain you didn't get an alert about something you should have, let us know by posting a new thread here, stating your keyword, rating level and forum.
Q: Can I set an alert up for a "parent forum" such as "The Deals"?
Q: I made a thread with a keyword matching a Deal Alert I have set up. I didn't get notified about it.... Why is that?
Q: Can I set up alerts looking for keywords in title only?
Q: I am looking for "cup" or "cups" should I add one or both?
Q: Can I use complex logical statements?
N.B. A few important things to remember with complex logical alerts:
Q: Can I get alerts via cell phone text message (SMS)?
Q: How can I access it without using a direct link?
Q: If the thread author misspelled something, who should I blame for not getting an alert?
Q: How does expiration work? Will my alerts just vanish after they expire?
Q: How can I renew an expiring alert?
Here are a few more additional details about Deal Alerts
Your Deal Alert is a combination of the following parameters:
Deal Alerts should conform to the following rules:
You will only receive an alert if all of the following are true:
Advanced Deal Alerts options
You may create advanced logical alers, using the following capabilities:
Why you may still not receive an alert
Certain things are beyond our control, and you may not receive an alert because of various reasons, including but not limited to:
Even though we make every effort to achieve reliability, Deal Alert delivery is not guaranteed.
|Why do certain links lead to a "Page not found" webpage?|
If you installed an adblocker or Kazaa Lite, it will block certain links that this site uses. You can fix it by using the adblocker's settings to unblock the domains listed below.
Almost all ad blockers use the hosts file so if your ad blocker doesn't have the option to unblock certain domains, you can fix it manually by editing the hosts file. Depending on your operating system the file will be located in different directories.
Once you locate the hosts file, open it up with your favorite text editor such as notepad and remove any lines with that contains items in the list above.
After that, save and close your browsers. The links should work now. If the links still don't work, make sure you are editing the hosts file located in the specific directory mentioned above.
If that does not work, try disabling your software firewall and any ad blocking programs.
|What are warning points?|
Warning points are given to users when they break the rules. The amount of
points will depend on the type of infraction and points will double if it is a
repeated offense. If you reach the maximum of 10 points, you will be banned from
the forums, for 7 days. Bans may be permanent if it is warranted.
|What information should I include when I post a deal?|
Try to include as much essential detail as possible in the title. Then expand on it in your post. General info to provide: expiration date of the coupon, minimum purchase requirements, site link, shipping and handling costs, and the coupon code. The more information you include, the better. Follow up if possible, so you can edit your post to include new developments.
|What should be done when a deal is reposted?|
If you spot a repost, please click on the button and include the link to the repost. Please do not bump the thread by saying it is a repost.
|What are reputation points and what are those green boxes under my username?|
Accumulating reputation points
Every user starts with 10 reputation points. You can give other users rep points if you feel that the post has been helpful. Reputation points can only be given in the deal, freebie or help forums. The best way to accumulate rep points is by posting a good deal.
You can view the last 5 reputation points you have received in your usercp. The ones with green boxes count towards your score, while the gray ones are not. The points that count usually come from seasoned users.
If you have less then 50 posts you can rep others but it will not count towards their reputation points. Instead of showing up green under their user CP function, it will be grey.
Negative rep points are not allowed due to abuse but certain privileged users are able to give negative rep.
Regarding reputation abuse
Rep points are a way of saying thank you, gain a rank and maybe get recognition. There's no tangible value for reps and never will be. However, it is a metric that can be used to determine how helpful the user is to the community. Thusly, to keep the reputation points meaningful, we have general guidelines on how how reps should be handed out. The premise is, if it is used as a form of "thank you" for a user who did something helpful to the community, it's ok.
The following kinds of comments/usage are generally not allowed:
Threads/post where the user offers rep points for help or favors (not disguised as trading or trivial questions) are ok. However, rep points given for contests/games or trading for value items are not allowed since it doesn't follow the "thank you" premise. Examples:
|What are the thumbs up & thumbs down for?|
It is a deal rating system. If you like the deal rate it , if not . If you want to retract your vote, click on .
Please use the rating system in a responsible manner since it helps identify the good deals from the bad ones.
|What do all the abbreviations (YMMV, PM, B&M etc) stand for?|
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|Does Slickdeals employ bots to post deals?|
|No, Slickdeals counts on the strength of the community to find all of our deals! Slickdeals has not, and never will, use automated scripts or robots (bots) to post deals. All threads in our forums are 100% user posted!|
|Does Slickdeals pay any users to post deals?|
|No, Slickdeals does not pay, reimburse, or provide any other form of monetary compensation for any deals posted. Slickdeals.net is a community driven deal sharing website and we believe in it.|
|How do I change my Username?|
|Users may request a username change through their User Control Panel. Click the link titled "Request Username Change" located in the left menu under Settings and Options. You will be taken to an area where you can enter the new username you would like to change to. This will be sent to our staff for approval. You will be notified if this change is approved or not.|