questionsdeal hunter games - win bag of crap hand-curated…

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Wow....Amazon isn't included?

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@prettywootprincess: this sounds like so much fun!!! I am not very good at picking out deals but will be trying!

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Interesting list of retailers. It's a nice range, and there are places I actually would give money to. I love World Market, and Nordstrom's, and Chocolate.com. Who knew there was a site devoted to chocolate?

I may be forced to participate.

@prettywootprincess, does Nordstrom's Rack count as part of Nordstrom's?

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Trying to bring some fun back here? Sounds good to me!

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Hooray! Bad month for me to participate since I will be out of state at yet another conference for much of the time (Washington, D.C. this time around), but it definitely sounds like fun. I do ok at finding moderately interesting deals, but I rarely post one that makes it as top deal of the day. Ah, well. The search is on!

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For those that are just now starting to follow along:

http://deals.woot.com/deals/tagged/hunter?sort=mostrecent

To gain up votes, may I suggest that you make the effort to provide a useful description. Remember that you need to put the price (even just a price range) to catch attention, and state any special rules about shipping. It's great if you can post how much the shipping will be, but sometimes it's too variable.

It's early in the game. Let us all undauntedly approach this mission, either as contributors or contestants. I think my best talent is voting, rather than deal finding, but I may try my hand a bit further on.

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1. How do you figure out the most purchased deal? Do we keep a tally?
2. Do "free" deals count? Technically they are still deals, right?
3. Is the highest vote an "overall vote" including negative votes?

Just a few off the top of the head...

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@prettywootprincess: Undauntable is a word, despite what spellcheck says. However, undaunted would pretty much work in almost every circumstance where you would use undauntable; this circumstance included. If one were truly undauntable, one would never be daunted by anything(i.e. ne'er scurd).

P.S. Undauntably is not a word.

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Few more...

4. Could people simply create additional accounts in order to gain additional votes? (yes I know you have to make at least one purchase...)
5.Could this promote more "negative" voting to stop people from winning, or boycotting certain items.

The mentioned prize seems to be quite impressive but it will likely be difficult to come up with reasonable amounts of votes for how shattered the community deals side is. Good deals are going to simply get lost in the garbage sold by all the other vendors that hourly post their stuff on the site.

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Well this inspired me to post my very first deals! :)

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@prettywootprincess, I have more questions (you are unsurprised, I'm sure). In the wootbot post on the blog, I see the official list of stores:

http://www.woot.com/forums/viewpost.aspx?postid=5600402

Walmart is listed, but I'm not sure whether that encompasses the walmart subdomain that the most recent contestant posted from (i.e. instoresnow). I'm hoping to hear that it does, but recognize that it may not. I don't really expect answers until Monday, and am hoping you are off somewhere, having an excellent weekend.

BTW, can we (or should we) tattle when someone uses the #hunter tag on a store that isn't on the list? I've seen a couple of Amazon deals show up, for example. It'll make it easier if the tag is removed, so that when I'm looking for deserving items to vote up, I only see things that match the rules.

Thanks for the fun!

{I recommend "undauntedly" as a replacement word; I think it is closest to what you wanted.}

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@shrdlu: I keep getting a server error on Nordstrom Rack. Let me ask our devs on Monday.

The items must be an online deal. Free stuff does not count.

Feel free to tattle on deals that are not from stores that are eligible but I can still filter them out pretty easily.

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@studerc: Great questions!

1. I have tracking abilities to be able to see what is purchased.
2. Free deals do not count as they do not require a purchase. BOGO however does count.
3. Highest up-voted deal wins.
4. Technically people can create multiple accounts but it would end up costing more than the win. I
5. Yes but I am putting faith in the community.

I am not afraid to call people out either :)

If the votes are close I will pull the top ones and have the community decide by posting them in this thread before the time is up.

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@k3nd0: Thank you! I don't write these things our awesome writers do.

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Hey, @lavikinga, come help me vote up the good stuff. You could even try posting a deal or two...

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@prettywootprincess: My deals were free stuff :hangs head in shame: so please remove the hunter tags from them. Thank you!
and now i shall suit up and go a huntin' for an eligible big bad dealio.. :)

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@prettywootprincess: There are already many on here that have multiple accounts.
You even see them trying to game the daily top vote boards w/ all their accounts.
Not sure in a contest like this how fair that kind of stuff is.
But I guess it would have to be close and then the community could ferret it out ?

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@ceagee: I wouldn't worry too much about PWP not being able to spot that kind of behavior (the multiple account voting). She has special magic powers, inherited from JW, that allow her to see such things. I have been voting up most every hunter deal I see, with the exception of those that are honestly not deals, that don't qualify for some reason or other, or that have no description or other details. It's one thing to game the leaderboard, and although I cannot imagine why someone would want to do it (top voters have prestige? really?), the accounts that do this are a short list, and it's pretty easy for even the unwashed proletariat (that'd be us) to check the voting history.

Here's me: http://deals.woot.com/deals/users/shrdlu/votedfor

I have faith (backed up by a bit of knowledge) that PWP will toss out anyone who doesn't want to play fair. She's already said that she'll be happy to call people out.

Huh. I see an outlier snuck in on my voting up campaign (Dr Who sweater). :-D

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To paraphrase @mkentosh from another question: Duck Season? Wabbit Season? No, it's DEAL SEASON! Let's go huntin'!

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PWP: What a wonderful, fun way to bring back interest in the deals community! Both the mega-bocs and encouraging people to post deals. Deals has been pretty slim-pickins' recently. Same deals and very few of them. Superb idea!

Thanks for the incentive. Hope more people who have strayed from here will check in and join the 'hunter' game.

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@shrdlu: "Top voters prestige?" At the moment that makes much more sense than the Top Questioners. @spunkyjt has been in the top 15 for a least 2 weeks. At this moment ranked as #2. Hasn't asked a question in 7 months!! Odd that. I think there's another high ranking 'phantom' (my term, along w/fake place holder) questioner, too.

Does make one wonder how the top questioners are ranked. Note: I'm certain that once this is brought to the attention of TPTB, that will change post haste.

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@prettywootprincess: Are woot minions eligible to win prizes?

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@lichme: I'm obviously not PWP, just trying to decide what you mean by "minions." A definition of minion: a follower or underling of a powerful person, esp. a servile or unimportant one.
synonyms: underling, henchman, flunky, lackey, hanger-on, follower, servant, hireling, vassal, stooge, toady, sycophant

Maybe you're asking if "staff" is eligible? :-) 'Cause, per the above definition we (deals members), ARE the minions.

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Another phantom or odd Top Questioner on the Leaderboard:

Currently No. 7 on the Leaderboard Top Questioners. Last question asked was a "year ago" by @kidincredible. Again...odd that.

Seems there may be a glitch in the algorithm.

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@prettywootprincess: One who is affiliated with woot.com via the woot minions program, similarly to how woot is affiliated with many of the companies who are on the list of allowed retails for this contest.

http://www.woot.com/minions

Many of the contests ran by woot have a long list of qualifications to be eligible to win, and normally minions are excluded, but I didn't see a list of legalities for this contest, so I wanted some clarification.

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Sorry for the diversion, but it was indirectly brought up earlier.

How timely. @spunkyjt just now asked a question. (after a 7 month hiatus, but w/a current no. 2 ranking on the Leaderboard).

Now wondering if @kidincredible will be asking a question soon, too.

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opens sleepy eyes and yawns
What? A BRIBE IN THE FORM OF A PRIZE?
trips over her own feet while dusting off deal hunting shoes
I'm in.

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Am I the only one who keeps posting deals and completely forgetting to use the "hunter" tag? Argh! I've tattled on three of my recent deals already.

Old age is heck, folks.

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@belyndag brings up another interesting question, @prettywootprincess. If someone posts a deal meaning to have it considered in the contest, but they forget the #hunter tag entirely, it seems that they won't be part of the contest. I've seen a few deals reach popularity that were probably meant to be considered, but they lack the tag. I'm pretty sure that most people who have forgotten it really meant to use it.

This is also a reminder: If you're posting deals and want to be noticed, remember to use the #hunter tag, and consider that a good description, and good information (price, shipping, restrictions, coupons) will all help to win you votes.

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@shrdlu: None of the deals I tattled have had the Hunter tag added, so I'm wondering if these are automatically disqualified because of my forgetfulness. Missed that in the rules, dangit! Was it there?

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@belyndag: It was listed in the blog post, but not the deals.woot post

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@lichme: Dang! Read it, but missed that part. Ah, well.

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@lichme (and @belyndag): It's up above, in the description, which is nearly word for word the same as the blog post. It states:

*How do I enter? Tag deals with the word "hunter" *

I don't know that it eliminates your #hunter-less deals, but it may be that you need to tattle to add the tag more than once. They tend to be pretty busy on Monday. I'm hoping that @prettywootprincess will show up and provide insight on this question. On the other hand, those looking specifically for deals tagged with #hunter are probably still not going to see it (since it was posted earlier).

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@shrdlu: Thanks. I just went back and read it again, and can't find anything indicating that someone will be disqualified if they fail to add that tag but later tattle the deal and ask that a mod add it. I certainly intend to be more careful in the future, but hope that the deals I tattled will be corrected for me.

As I mentioned earlier, I am leaving in a couple of days for meetings in D.C. until Sunday, and will be out of town for much of the month, so I really don't think I will have the time that I wish I had to put into this. My competitive juices are flowing and I am excited to see the excitement back here. Hopefully this is the beginning of more great things at Woot. Thanks, @prettywootprincess!

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@belyndag: Give it some time if you tattle. The quickest way is to email dealswoot@woot.com.

You can add a tag to any deal during the event. Just note that if there may be a delay if you tattled on your own deal as we have to work through tattles as they come in.

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@prettywootprincess: I've been trying to add deals both yesterday and today but i keep getting "server error" and "404 error". Is it just me? Is this occurring with anyone else?
I don't know what i'm doing wrong.

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@prettywootprincess: Nordstrom's. All my other deals seem to be posting just fine.

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@prettywootprincess: I have a few questions.
"How do I win? Three top posts will win..."
Does that mean the one top post in each of those 3 categories? For 3 total winners?
Or the top 3 posts from each category, for a total of 9?

The top voted - is that the top voted per day, then those battle it out? Or the post tagged #hunter with the highest number of votes for the entire contest period?

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@thumperchick: Three winners total. Top from each category. Top voted over the entire contest period.

@lichme Those in the Amazon Associates and the Minions program are unable to participate. Are you in either?

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@prettywootprincess: Can you tell me why the "hunter" tag was removed from this deal?

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/97127d18-da47-4c6a-83e0-997dcba048ce/nike-sphere-bomber-mens-running-jacket-original-price-90#0

Nike is on your list of eligible merchants.
Thank you!

edited to add: I just checked and it was added back on...thank you! :)

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@prettywootprincess: Yep, wish the full terms would have been posted in the original thread. I've spent many hours looking for stuff to post.

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@lichme: And your hours have not been wasted! Don't let that stop you from posting deals! I trust you and your deals always get my upvote. I know @lichme don't post no junk!

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Why are non-hunter deals being tagged? Is there a way you can delete totally unrelated deals?

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I'm seeing a few deals posted that are tagged with the #hunter tag, and they aren't on the list of sites. I've started to vote them down (partly to make it easier for me when I scan the list of recent items). I have also submitted tattles for them, but recognize it'll take a while.

I'm not voting up everyone, now (I was at first). I do vote up most, but I'm happier to vote up deals where someone has made the effort to provide a description (or at least a reason why it's cool, or a great price, or provided extra discount codes).

Thanks again, PWP. It's providing all sorts of random side entertainments for me, and I'm even making side bets (with myself) on what the third mystery category for winning is.

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I think I made my first enemy on deals.woot thanks to this game. This contest is tearing the community apart! What have you done, woot?!
I was going to insert a Nancy Kerrigan "why" video here, but it was too sad. That poor, poor girl...