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Hi Slickdealers,

In response to requests from new and returning members to make it easier, faster, more educational, and more welcoming to post a deal, we released a new feature on Redesign that allows members to post a deal in as little as one step: the submission of the URL of the deal. Our platform will process the deal to conduct price research, give it a title, description, price, photo and other relevant elements. When the deal goes live (currently in under 8 minutes on average) our platform emails the member who submitted the deal with a link to the live submission. If the submission does not meet our platform's rules we will share feedback with the poster.

We've put together an FAQ below to answer some questions you may have. Feel free to comment below if we didn't address your concerns/questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I don't understand why deals are now sitting in a queue. Waiting more than 5 minutes will make the content irrelevant. Why are you doing this?
From the research we've conducted with members and using our data, we learned that posting deals is not an easy task, especially for contributors who are newer to the site. It is a time-consuming process that requires people to do research, compare historical deals, check prices at other retailers in order to validate whether it is something they should be posting. We are trying to alleviate this work for the user and get their deals formatted and posted just as fast, if not faster than the time it would take them to post the deal.

Additionally, when their deals are submitted sometimes community members leave harsh and negative feedback about the formatting of the post and/or missing critical information that should have been included. With a good intention to share a deal with the community and feeling discouraged from the feedback, people have started to shy away from posting deals. The new process strives to address these issues.

2. What is Slickdeals trying to accomplish?

With this new experience, we are trying to accomplish two goals: 1) make it simpler and easier for all contributors to post deals, especially for newer contributors 2) better educate and teach new members about deal posting.

3. Does this mean that newer members won't need to learn the posting rules?

If the submission violates our platform's rules/policies we will use this as an opportunity to educate the user about what we allow and don't allow so that they can learn for next time.

4. Does this mean that we cannot submit deals the old way where they appear instantly on the site? Where can I opt out?

The legacy form is still available for any member who wishes to fill in all the details. Look for the link on the page that says "Do you want to fill in all the details? Does this deal need to go live to the site ASAP? Use this multi-step form."

5. Is Slickdeals going to decide what gets published or not and censor content if it's not the best deal? Why aren't you letting the community decide what's good or not?

The new simple deal posting platform does not determine if the submission is a good or bad deal before the platform publishes the deal to the site. If the member is new, and the platform anticipates that the member might face harsh criticism, the platform might use the submission as a teaching moment and share constructive criticism. If the platform rejects the deal because it violates our rules/policies, we will communicate this with the member.

6. I can't find the new feature. Did you disable it?

We are testing this new feature on Redesign during select hours on weekdays.
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will it weed out the spam and 'paid for' so-called deals???
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This is a great feature addition or say change in the feature
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Wait a second. You mean no new deals will be posted for around 8 minutes? This sounds like a terrible move. The really good deals, price mistakes, limited quantity, and others, tend to sell out in under 30 minutes. Yes I get people can say they want to skip this but it requires more effort and really will limit first time posters from using it.

If you are afraid of people being discouraged for deals you need to find a way to incentive people to be more polite, not silence them. This is a terrible move and I really think its going to hurt the site in the long run.

Suggestions:

NEW POSTERS

If someone is posting on the site and they either have a new account or low submission score give them tips.

- Make sure to include the following.
- Sometimes a deal seems to be great but isnt, it happens to us all and just remember someone commenting on the deal not being great isnt attacking you but trying to help others find great deals.
- Let them know if someone is being rude to report them via buttons.
- Also find a way to really explain your appreciation for people posting.

PISSY POSTERS

- Punish people quicker. That is all you need to do.
- Tell them they are muted for x days for being annoying and their downvotes count for less.
- Also tell them if they do it again they will be banned.
- Its easy to create new accounts but someone who is attacking others because they are on a high thrown of "Elite deal finder" status isnt fully helping the site.

AWESOME POSTERS

- Helpfulness should be rewarded. Not the random 5 dollars gift card I received for just being a long term member.
- Everyone with x helpful posts every month should be entered in a contest for a great prize.
- You dont want to do it yearly as it doesnt encourage things enough. Maybe even weekly would be good.
- I know if I have a chance to win a 40in tv every week just for helping others its going to go a long ways towards me being a good poster.
- Plus you can use these prizes in conjunction with a company to do a promotion so for example Dell (since you really work with them alot). Can do a promotion this week saying all people with 5 helpfulness ratings this week or month are entered to win a free TV.
- It costs you a fraction of your companies budget and brings out so much good will towards the site.
- Also you can do another one where people who get x upvotes on their posts are entered to win a prize too.


Currently you are the world's largest site when it comes to finding deals, but if the move from Digg.com to Reddit.com taught us anything, its that large sites can die if they do things that punish the current membership in hopes of gaining a new one.
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Wait a second. You mean no new deals will be posted for around 8 minutes? This sounds like a terrible move. The really good deals, price mistakes, limited quantity, and others, tend to sell out in under 30 minutes.

I am a pretty active visitor of the site and I enjoy refreshing the new posts. If this means there is a 8 minute delay on posts I will be looking for an alternative site that is hopefully as active as this one because it really kills the fun of finding great deals.

If you are afraid of people being discouraged for deals you need to find a way to incentive people to be more polite, not silence them. This is a terrible move and I really think its going to hurt the site in the long run.

Currently you are the world's largest site when it comes to finding deals, but if the move from Digg.com to Reddit.com taught us anything, its that large sites can die if they do things that punish the current membership in hopes of gaining a new one.
Literally answers your question in the text, no it does not mean new deals can not be posted instantly, you just fill out a longer form.
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4. Does this mean that we cannot submit deals the old way where they appear instantly on the site? Where can I opt out?

The legacy form is still available for any member who wishes to fill in all the details. Look for the link on the page that says "Do you want to fill in all the details? Does this deal need to go live to the site ASAP? Use this multi-step form."
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Literally answers your question in the text, no it does not mean new deals can not be posted instantly, you just fill out a longer form.
Yea so its an extra step to post something quicker and new users are not likely going to be using this. I offered in my opinion better suggestions.
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Welcome to the Deal Mill.
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AI is here!
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Wait a second. You mean no new deals will be posted for around 8 minutes? This sounds like a terrible move. The really good deals, price mistakes, limited quantity, and others, tend to sell out in under 30 minutes. Yes I get people can say they want to skip this but it requires more effort and really will limit first time posters from using it.

If you are afraid of people being discouraged for deals you need to find a way to incentive people to be more polite, not silence them. This is a terrible move and I really think its going to hurt the site in the long run.
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Since there is a que will it combine reposts automatically?
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