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Can Anyone Explain How Deals make it to Popular and FP?????

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Let me start this off by saying that I have a great amount of respect for everyone who works directly for SD or is a part of the community (except for trolls). My search for some clarity is in no way directed at anyone, but rather is my own curiosity to figure out how to help myself, and others, post the most relevant kinds of deals.

I realize that every deal posted is not a deal for everyone. With that being said, I am wondering how things get moved from a Hot Deal when it is first posted to a Popular Deal and then hopefully a Front Page Deal. This is not just some random question that I have not attempted to search for an answer for prior to posting. I have read through the Site Questions & Issues Forum and have not found much in the way of any answers.

What little I have found is that there seems to be some correlation between the number of Thumbs Up to Thumbs Down, and perhaps some portion is based on what the Thumbs Down is for. There is also a bit of dialogue relating to researching posted price versus pricing on the same item in the past. That is all I could find in 3 pages worth of Forum threads. I personally don't believe that the reason for a Thumbs down could be a plausible determining factor in how deals are classified as the prompt for why you give a Thumbs Down only appears on desktop and not on mobile app.

That leads me to the meat of my inquiry. Essentially, I am wondering if there is in fact any set guidelines that SD uses to determine how deal posts are classified (regardless of the OP). There is obviously advantages to deals being listed as Front Page and Popular as they are more likely to get traffic being listed on the two main pages of deals. It is also more likely that someone like myself will see and purchase a deal if it is on one of those pages.

I realize there are numerous deal posts created every hour on this site. I am sure it is a lot of things to vet and compare. However, as someone who enjoys not only finding great deals but also trying to share great deals with others I want to make sure that I am spending time on posts that have the chance to be seen and taken advantage of by the largest audience, which would be those deals posted on Front Page and Popular Deals.

What I can't figure out no matter how much I try to find an answer is how, who, or what determines what deals make it to Popular and Front Page. What we see as members on the site is the deal score. That is a quick flash of what others rate a deal and is a factor in purchasing decisions. However, there appears to be very little rhyme or reason to the average member for how the deals are classified as Popular and Front Page.

This is not an opinion I am just pulling from thin air, but rather based on concrete observations. What follows below are just a small sample of links to various recent deal posts that illustrate the confusion that I think many feel when trying to find what is a great deal. Deals with a score of under 10 are Popular, while deals with a score over 20 and even over 100 are not Popular. There are Front Page deals with a score under 30, but other deals with scores of over 50 and over 100 never make it to Front Page.

In conclusion, I am hoping that someone is willing to offer some kind of roadmap or answers for what it is exactly that is used to determine deal classification. Why does this matter? If myself, and others, know what it is that makes a deal a SD (since it isn't the score) we can attempt to use our time posting deals on things we think will be valuable to others and not overlooked. If anyone would rather PM me a response instead of posting that is fine. Again, I respect everyone who contributes to this site and community, but a little clarity would go a long way with more than just myself. Thanks!!


Popular Deal with score under 10

https://slickdeals.net/f/9768043-diza100-ps4-gaming-headset-with-microphone-for-ps-4-xbox-one-pc-14-88-ac

https://slickdeals.net/f/9763971-hp-envy-15-6-laptop-i7-7500-12gb-ram-1tb-hd-fhd-touchscreen-usb-c-3-1-679-99-bj-s-in-store-and-online-membership-not-req

https://slickdeals.net/f/9764847-buy-100-gift-card-for-amc-dominos-or-fandango-get-10-in-best-buy-gift-card-free-or-buy-50-in-gift-cards-for-amc-fandango-or-dominos-and-get-a-5-best-buy-gift-card-free

https://slickdeals.net/f/9771555-j3-case-express-prime-case-amp-prime-case-amazon-1-99

Not Popular with score over 20

https://slickdeals.net/f/9771439-shark-navigator-nv42-deluxe-cleaner-bagless-upright-vacuum-for-99-at-lowe-s-free-shipping-less-w-a-promo-code-84?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1

https://slickdeals.net/f/9767419-lowes-gift-card-100-value-for-90-max-of-3-fs

Not Popular with score over 100

https://slickdeals.net/f/9772343-target-board-games-activity-sets-puzzles-books-all-movies-4k-uhd-disney-movies-criterion-blu-rays-included-some-pre-orders-b2g1-free-free-store-pickup-2-12-2-18



FP with score under 30

https://slickdeals.net/f/9767831-dead-or-alive-5-last-round-ps4-11-43-walmart

https://slickdeals.net/f/9756516-shark-professional-steam-pocket-stick-steam-cleaner-manufacturer-refurbished-42-ac-free-shipping?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1

Not FP with score of 50-99

https://slickdeals.net/f/9763135-fitbit-charge-hr-black-38-98-target-clearance-ymmv

https://slickdeals.net/f/9765063-at-t-gophone-galaxy-express-3-19-99-target-bestbuy-pm

https://slickdeals.net/f/9721088-samsung-128gb-microsd-evo-memory-card-with-adapter-25-or-less-walmart-ymmv

Not FP with score of 100+

https://slickdeals.net/f/9767671-jaybird-x2-clearance-for-35-at-walmart-ymmv?src=rcm_category

https://slickdeals.net/f/9364179-xbox-live-black-friday-digital-deals-11-18-11-28-gold-membership-required?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1

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Wave I'm not a deal editor, but I can answer part of your question. I noticed some of the non FP links you mentioned are noted as YMMV. Limited quantity or limited availability can affect in YMMV deals can often affect whether they are chosen for FP. We like for our deals to be as widely accessible to as many members as possible Smilie
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in addition to what finzz said, i think this guide answers most of your questions Smilie
https://slickdeals.net/article/news/slickdeals-101-frontpage-deals-and-popular-deals/
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I'm not a deal editor, but I can answer part of your question. I noticed some of the non FP links you mentioned are noted as YMMV. Limited quantity or limited availability can affect in YMMV deals can often affect whether they are chosen for FP. We like for our deals to be as widely accessible to as many members as possible
I would be happy to point out numerous other examples if necessary, that was just a quick glance
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I would be happy to point out numerous other examples if necessary, that was just a quick glance

I'm sure there are more Smilie Like I said, I'm not a DE, but I could provide a partial answer, at least regarding YMMV deals.

Aces ^^ has posted further helpful info.
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in addition to what finzz said, i think this guide answers most of your questions
https://slickdeals.net/article/news/slickdeals-101-frontpage-deals-and-popula
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in addition to what finzz said, i think this guide answers most of your questions
https://slickdeals.net/article/news/slickdeals-101-frontpage-deals-and-popular-deals/
I appreciate you responding. Was hoping for something more legitimate as it is not hard to recognize the threshold by vendor to make Popular deals. Was more interested in the ad hoc system of moving to FP but again, thanks for the PC answer
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First let me say that was a well thought out question and long lol no it wasn't that bad. I too have wondered this because I've posted deals that had a lot more thumbs up than some of the FP deals before it finally did make it to FP. I don't see any real factor that determines which ones they put there I'm sure that whoever runs this site has their reasons for it but it's not just the number of TU that determines I know that. It seems there are times when maybe nobody is around to move them to FP.
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I'm not a deal editor either but I might be able to shed a bit of light on some things since I see a bunch of deals every day while QAing.
Not Popular with score over 20

https://slickdeals.net/f/9771439-shark-navigator-nv42-deluxe-cleaner-bagless-upright-vacuum-for-99-at-lowe-s-free-shipping-less-w-a-promo-code-84?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1 - was on FP before expiring

https://slickdeals.net/f/9767419-lowes-gift-card-100-value-for-90-max-of-3-fs - also on FP before expiring

Not Popular with score over 100

https://slickdeals.net/f/9772343-target-board-games-activity-sets-puzzles-books-all-movies-4k-uhd-disney-movies-criterion-blu-rays-included-some-pre-orders-b2g1-free-free-store-pickup-2-12-2-18 - currently on FP

When a deal gets to the front page, it has definitely become a popular deal at some point. I know because that means it went through the QA process which is my job. My understanding of the system is that once it moves to the front page, it is no longer a popular deal but is considered a front page deal until it becomes expired and is then moved to deal talk.

FP with score under 30

https://slickdeals.net/f/9767831-dead-or-alive-5-last-round-ps4-11-43-walmart - this didn't last long before it went out of stock. Deal editors probably put it on front page because the votes were increasing at a steady rate and they thought it was a good deal for the game (based on their price research). If it had stayed in stock for longer, the votes probably would have increased by a lot.

https://slickdeals.net/f/9756516-shark-professional-steam-pocket-stick-steam-cleaner-manufacturer-refurbished-42-ac-free-shipping?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1 - this is probably because Shark products are usually quite popular and this was a lower price than a recent FP deal for a similar product that was $8 more. That one got a score of 57 so it's reasonable for the deal editors to assume a similar product at a lower price point would get there as well, right? The votes were probably pouring in early on and they put it on the front page because it seemed like the trend would continue but it didn't. Sometimes deals flop and there's no rhyme or reason for that, it just happens.

Another thing to consider is that sometimes there's not a lot of vote action on a given day. Sometimes even a fantastic deal will only get to a score of 40 or 50 when it would have hit 100+ on a really busy day.

Not FP with score of 50-99

https://slickdeals.net/f/9763135-fitbit-charge-hr-black-38-98-target-clearance-ymmv - YMMV deal

https://slickdeals.net/f/9765063-at-t-gophone-galaxy-express-3-19-99-target-bestbuy-pm - price match deal which is also YMMV because it depends on stock and also sometimes on store management

https://slickdeals.net/f/9721088-samsung-128gb-microsd-evo-memory-card-with-adapter-25-or-less-walmart-ymmv - another YMMV deal

Not FP with score of 100+

https://slickdeals.net/f/9767671-jaybird-x2-clearance-for-35-at-walmart-ymmv?src=rcm_category - YMMV deal with very limited stock (I know because I checked a whole bunch of zip codes when I QAed the thread, haha)

https://slickdeals.net/f/9364179-xbox-live-black-friday-digital-deals-11-18-11-28-gold-membership-required?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1 - was on front page but is now expired

As for making sure your deals get noticed, I do have a few tips!
  1. Write good titles. A bad title is vague and doesn't give much detail but a great title tells you exactly what you need to know before you even click through to the thread. Study the titles that deal editors write for the front page and you'll see what a good title is. Make sure you include what the item is. You wouldn't believe how many people post a deal for a TV without even including the word TV! If there is free shipping, make sure to mention that.
  2. Write good descriptions. Add specs for computers, phones, tablets and other technology. Include dimensions of furniture. If you would want to know it before buying, add it to the description. You can copy from the product description or you can write it in your own words, as long as it's accurate information. If the product description is too "salesy" (buzz words, overly wordy descriptions that feel like keyword stuffing), it's probably best to rewrite in your own words. Also, if your deal is complicated, try to explain it in a simplified way. If the website is weird in some way such as the coupon code box is on the last page of checkout or you have to add everything to your cart in a specific order, mention it. Frustrated users will downvote or just not vote at all.
  3. Put a link to the product in both the deal URL and the body of the post. The deal URL just adds the link to the "see deal" button, it doesn't add it to the post. Some users are still on the classic view so they don't even see that button, they need that link.
  4. Avoid setting off deal alerts unnecessarily. Unless you know for sure it's a bona fide price mistake, make sure you don't include that in the title or body of your post. If you set off a deal alert for a price mistake and it's not actually a mistake, you'll be downvoted. We don't like that people do that but it happens. The same goes for mentioning very popular products like LEGOs or the Nintendo Switch. If you're posting a coupon that excludes a popular product, put the exclusions in the wiki just below your post so it won't set off any alerts.
  5. Add good product images. Slickdeals usually gives you the option to choose from a few product images when you submit a deal but sometimes that doesn't work or they're not large enough (or massively huge). Try to get at least 1 good image of the product that's a decent size. I like images around 500x500 pixels but as long as it's not microscopic or large enough to span across 3 monitors, it's probably fine.
  6. Don't post things no one wants. Well, still post it, just don't expect it to get to the front page. WinkSome products just never go over well with Slickdealers. I posted a deal awhile back for plus size clothing that I thought was pretty good - jeans for $10, shirts for $5, etc. It got a score of 2, I believe. Some products are just not what SDers are looking for even if the price is good. Also, unless it's free (and even then it's iffy depending on where it's coming from), most Slickdealers don't like random/generic branded stuff sold by 3rd party sellers they've never heard of. They want Apple, Sony, Samsung, Microsoft, Nintendo, Lego, etc. Even newer popular brands like Anker and Aukey don't always go over well unless the price is right. Yes, plenty of new brands get to the front page but that means the price is very good for the product and a comparable name brand version is far more expensive.
A few other things that help are adding reference links to product reviews and/or prices elsewhere and adding a link to a previous popular or FP deal. I hope that helps. Smilie
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I'm not a deal editor either but I might be able to shed a bit of light on some things since I see a bunch of deals every day while QAing.
Not Popular with score over 20

https://slickdeals.net/f/9771439-shark-navigator-nv42-deluxe-cleaner-bagless-upright-vacuum-for-99-at-lowe-s-free-shipping-less-w-a-promo-code-84?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1 - was on FP before expiring

https://slickdeals.net/f/9767419-lowes-gift-card-100-value-for-90-max-of-3-fs - also on FP before expiring

Not Popular with score over 100

https://slickdeals.net/f/9772343-target-board-games-activity-sets-puzzles-books-all-movies-4k-uhd-disney-movies-criterion-blu-rays-included-some-pre-orders-b2g1-free-free-store-pickup-2-12-2-18 - currently on FP

When a deal gets to the front page, it has definitely become a popular deal at some point. I know because that means it went through the QA process which is my job. My understanding of the system is that once it moves to the front page, it is no longer a popular deal but is considered a front page deal until it becomes expired and is then moved to deal talk.

FP with score under 30

https://slickdeals.net/f/9767831-dead-or-alive-5-last-round-ps4-11-43-walmart - this didn't last long before it went out of stock. Deal editors probably put it on front page because the votes were increasing at a steady rate and they thought it was a good deal for the game (based on their price research). If it had stayed in stock for longer, the votes probably would have increased by a lot.

https://slickdeals.net/f/9756516-shark-professional-steam-pocket-stick-steam-cleaner-manufacturer-refurbished-42-ac-free-shipping?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1 - this is probably because Shark products are usually quite popular and this was a lower price than a recent FP deal for a similar product that was $8 more. That one got a score of 57 so it's reasonable for the deal editors to assume a similar product at a lower price point would get there as well, right? The votes were probably pouring in early on and they put it on the front page because it seemed like the trend would continue but it didn't. Sometimes deals flop and there's no rhyme or reason for that, it just happens.

Another thing to consider is that sometimes there's not a lot of vote action on a given day. Sometimes even a fantastic deal will only get to a score of 40 or 50 when it would have hit 100+ on a really busy day.

Not FP with score of 50-99

https://slickdeals.net/f/9763135-fitbit-charge-hr-black-38-98-target-clearance-ymmv - YMMV deal

https://slickdeals.net/f/9765063-at-t-gophone-galaxy-express-3-19-99-target-bestbuy-pm - price match deal which is also YMMV because it depends on stock and also sometimes on store management

https://slickdeals.net/f/9721088-samsung-128gb-microsd-evo-memory-card-with-adapter-25-or-less-walmart-ymmv - another YMMV deal

Not FP with score of 100+

https://slickdeals.net/f/9767671-jaybird-x2-clearance-for-35-at-walmart-ymmv?src=rcm_category - YMMV deal with very limited stock (I know because I checked a whole bunch of zip codes when I QAed the thread, haha)

https://slickdeals.net/f/9364179-xbox-live-black-friday-digital-deals-11-18-11-28-gold-membership-required?src=SiteSearchV2_SearchBarV2Algo1 - was on front page but is now expired

As for making sure your deals get noticed, I do have a few tips!
  1. Write good titles. A bad title is vague and doesn't give much detail but a great title tells you exactly what you need to know before you even click through to the thread. Study the titles that deal editors write for the front page and you'll see what a good title is. Make sure you include what the item is. You wouldn't believe how many people post a deal for a TV without even including the word TV! If there is free shipping, make sure to mention that.
  2. Write good descriptions. Add specs for computers, phones, tablets and other technology. Include dimensions of furniture. If you would want to know it before buying, add it to the description. You can copy from the product description or you can write it in your own words, as long as it's accurate information. If the product description is too "salesy" (buzz words, overly wordy descriptions that feel like keyword stuffing), it's probably best to rewrite in your own words. Also, if your deal is complicated, try to explain it in a simplified way. If the website is weird in some way such as the coupon code box is on the last page of checkout or you have to add everything to your cart in a specific order, mention it. Frustrated users will downvote or just not vote at all.
  3. Put a link to the product in both the deal URL and the body of the post. The deal URL just adds the link to the "see deal" button, it doesn't add it to the post. Some users are still on the classic view so they don't even see that button, they need that link.
  4. Avoid setting off deal alerts unnecessarily. Unless you know for sure it's a bona fide price mistake, make sure you don't include that in the title or body of your post. If you set off a deal alert for a price mistake and it's not actually a mistake, you'll be downvoted. We don't like that people do that but it happens. The same goes for mentioning very popular products like LEGOs or the Nintendo Switch. If you're posting a coupon that excludes a popular product, put the exclusions in the wiki just below your post so it won't set off any alerts.
  5. Add good product images. Slickdeals usually gives you the option to choose from a few product images when you submit a deal but sometimes that doesn't work or they're not large enough (or massively huge). Try to get at least 1 good image of the product that's a decent size. I like images around 500x500 pixels but as long as it's not microscopic or large enough to span across 3 monitors, it's probably fine.
  6. Don't post things no one wants. Well, still post it, just don't expect it to get to the front page. WinkSome products just never go over well with Slickdealers. I posted a deal awhile back for plus size clothing that I thought was pretty good - jeans for $10, shirts for $5, etc. It got a score of 2, I believe. Some products are just not what SDers are looking for even if the price is good. Also, unless it's free (and even then it's iffy depending on where it's coming from), most Slickdealers don't like random/generic branded stuff sold by 3rd party sellers they've never heard of. They want Apple, Sony, Samsung, Microsoft, Nintendo, Lego, etc. Even newer popular brands like Anker and Aukey don't always go over well unless the price is right. Yes, plenty of new brands get to the front page but that means the price is very good for the product and a comparable name brand version is far more expensive.
A few other things that help are adding reference links to product reviews and/or prices elsewhere and adding a link to a previous popular or FP deal. I hope that helps. Smilie

I appreciate the lengthy and thoughtful response. I picked out examples quickly but there are many that are not YMMV in the same boat.

I was hoping to know the criteria, but it appears there really isn't any set criteria. Deals go front page well under 20 and others at 30 or more never do.

I have done my own analysis and Popular deals seem to be formulaic and vendor specific. Newegg goes popular at a score of 4. Amazon at 6. I won't list them all but there are clearly preferred vendors. This makes sense when you consider that SD has a business development team of some sort which you can decipher from career postings. So ok, it's not JUST about a deal but also what vendor has the deal (business development alludes to vendors spending money with SD, so if they spend I guess they will have a quicker road to being a Popular deal). That being said there is no rhyme or reason to FP other than what a Mod or QA picks out. My belief is that this is most likely also tied into business development agreements where those vendors with whom SD has business may be looking to push certain items and therefore pay a fee to get it to FP even with a low score in order to increase visibility and most likely increase sales. Sure some deals are genuine and get to a score where they need to be FP to attempt to maintain status quo. But that being said it's pretty obvious some products are given preferential treatment when they reappear as new, top of the list, even though they were posted over a day ago. That would only make sense if it was vendor initiated wanting to push the item or the business development team reaching out to the vendor to see if they'd like it pushed for more exposure. It's ok that the system and deals aren't purely organic, I just wish someone would actually admit it...
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I appreciate the lengthy and thoughtful response. I picked out examples quickly but there are many that are not YMMV in the same boat.

I was hoping to know the criteria, but it appears there really isn't any set criteria. Deals go front page well under 20 and others at 30 or more never do.

I have done my own analysis and Popular deals seem to be formulaic and vendor specific. Newest goes popular at a score of 4. Amazon at 6. I won't list them all but there are clearly preferred vendors. This makes sense when you consider that SD has a business development team of some sort which you can decipher from career postings. So ok, it's not JUST about a deal but also what vendor has the deal (business development alludes to vendors spending money with SD, so if they spend I guess they will have a quicker road to being a Popular deal). That being said there is no rhyme or reason to FP other than what a Mod or QA picks out. My belief is that this is most likely also tied into business development agreements where those vendors with whom SD has business may be looking to push certain items and therefore pay a fee to get it to FP even with a low score in order to increase visibility and most likely increase sales. Sure some deals are genuine and get to a score where they need to be FP to attempt to maintain status quo. But that being said it's pretty Inhofe some products are given preferential treatment when they reappear as new, top of the list, even though they were posted over a day ago. That would only make sense of it was vendor initiated wanting to push the item or the business development team reaching out to the vendor to see if they'd like it pushed for more exposure. It's ok that the system and deals aren't purely organic, I just wish someone would actually admit it...
haha :tears:
Just curious, did you start this thread with the intention of coming around to this?
Your last paragraph is the conclusion that most members come to after being on SD for a while.
Don't worry about it too much. Your good work has been noticed.
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Just curious, did you start this thread with the intention of coming around to this?
Your last paragraph is the conclusion that most members come to after being on SD for a while.
Don't worry about it too much. Your good work has been noticed.
I guess I am kind of like George RR Martin - started writing and didn't really ever think I needed a conclusion to my writing but sometimes the pressure builds and you have no choice but to finish your work...at least in my case it didn't take years, just days!! Big Grinbounce
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I appreciate the lengthy and thoughtful response. I picked out examples quickly but there are many that are not YMMV in the same boat.

I was hoping to know the criteria, but it appears there really isn't any set criteria. Deals go front page well under 20 and others at 30 or more never do.

I have done my own analysis and Popular deals seem to be formulaic and vendor specific. Newegg goes popular at a score of 4. Amazon at 6. I won't list them all but there are clearly preferred vendors. This makes sense when you consider that SD has a business development team of some sort which you can decipher from career postings. So ok, it's not JUST about a deal but also what vendor has the deal (business development alludes to vendors spending money with SD, so if they spend I guess they will have a quicker road to being a Popular deal). That being said there is no rhyme or reason to FP other than what a Mod or QA picks out. My belief is that this is most likely also tied into business development agreements where those vendors with whom SD has business may be looking to push certain items and therefore pay a fee to get it to FP even with a low score in order to increase visibility and most likely increase sales. Sure some deals are genuine and get to a score where they need to be FP to attempt to maintain status quo. But that being said it's pretty Inhofe some products are given preferential treatment when they reappear as new, top of the list, even though they were posted over a day ago. That would only make sense of it was vendor initiated wanting to push the item or the business development team reaching out to the vendor to see if they'd like it pushed for more exposure. It's ok that the system and deals aren't purely organic, I just wish someone would actually admit it...
I haven't been a mod very long, but there is no favoritism. As the article states, the deal editors are the true gatekeepers of the front page. I've seen them work and they do an incredible job at making sure the front page has genuine, good deals. I can't just go to them and get my personal favorite deals frontpaged - they take their job extremely seriously.
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I haven't been a mod very long, but there is no favoritism. As the article states, the deal editors are the true gatekeepers of the front page. I've seen them work and they do an incredible job at making sure the front page has genuine, good deals. I can't just go to them and get my personal favorite deals frontpaged - they take their job extremely seriously.
I'm sorry but that article is not true. There is no algorithm for Popular Deals. Each vendor has a certain "thumbs" number that triggers Popular Deal. While there may be some mathematics that go in to the calculation of FP deals, it is not based on length of time, page views to thumbs up, or any other factor that a regular SD member has influence over.

However, my point was not that FP or QA picks their own personal favorite posts nor the favorites of others. In fact in my OP I made a point of explaining I have nothing but respect for everyone here. My point since it seems you misinterpreted my previous response is that there is a direct correlation between vendors, the SD business development team and SOME FP deals - generally those with lower average thumbs scores than what I will call "organic" FP deals. I tried to seek out an answer and all I have received is vagaries and misinformation. I know that many things happen very quickly on SD, but if you pay attention close enough you can see what is going on...

I just want one honest complete direct answer from someone (or hire me if you don't want to share the info publicly lol) but let's be honest...there's a reason your vote as Mod can swing a score by 2 points while I can only swing it by 1...
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I have done my own analysis and Popular deals seem to be formulaic and vendor specific. Newegg goes popular at a score of 4. Amazon at 6. I won't list them all but there are clearly preferred vendors. This makes sense when you consider that SD has a business development team of some sort which you can decipher from career postings. So ok, it's not JUST about a deal but also what vendor has the deal (business development alludes to vendors spending money with SD, so if they spend I guess they will have a quicker road to being a Popular deal). That being said there is no rhyme or reason to FP other than what a Mod or QA picks out. My belief is that this is most likely also tied into business development agreements where those vendors with whom SD has business may be looking to push certain items and therefore pay a fee to get it to FP even with a low score in order to increase visibility and most likely increase sales. Sure some deals are genuine and get to a score where they need to be FP to attempt to maintain status quo. But that being said it's pretty Inhofe some products are given preferential treatment when they reappear as new, top of the list, even though they were posted over a day ago. That would only make sense of it was vendor initiated wanting to push the item or the business development team reaching out to the vendor to see if they'd like it pushed for more exposure. It's ok that the system and deals aren't purely organic, I just wish someone would actually admit it...
Nailed it.
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I'd normally say "It's all about the the money" but there's a fish tank that's been FP all day and nobody bought that thing.
And why are there always $1K+ watches on the Front Page but never any Guns? (I'm not a gun nut, just wondering.)

I agree with the others that say it's pointless to worry about what makes the FP. The majority of the best deals I've scored weren't FP or Popular, so just keep posting deals. If people have their alerts set, they'll find them.
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