questionswoot staff posts overrides user posts even though…

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I was going to comment about this in the specific deal. I actually tattled on the duplicate... a little later I noticed your deal was the one deleted.

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well never mind my post it looks kind of silly now.

@t8ig3r staff never informs members when a deal gets deleted. In the long run it will create less drama trust me. But you can always ask and in this case I think you are justified. Since it is clear that staff removed the wrong deal - Again.

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@dealsmod1: This is the deal I'm referring to: http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/c871a326-16c8-4c44-a32d-b8a2689c2486/life-2009-blu-ray-4-disc#1

I can't give you a link on my original post because it got deleted. But if you have records of tattling. I did tattle a duplicate on that post. Minutes after I tattled, my post got deleted instead. I posted this deal about 3-4 minutes earlier than the post above. Right after I got my ebay daily email notification I went straight here to post.

I am a very thorough person and always make sure not to post duplicates by using the search feature and click on most recent, I hope the rest of the staff will try and do the same.

Also, if I may make a suggestion, if my post gets deleted or removed for any reason, I'd like to receive some notification on why it was removed.

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I think it'd probably be OK if the staff actually looked at the deals instead of insta-deleting on a tattle.

Maybe for a duplicate tattle, require the URL of the alleged duplicate?

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is there any policy on merging truly duplicate deals? i've seen a few instances where helpful comments were also removed when the duplicate deal was removed, and thinking to myself "oh what did so-and so say about this product again?" only to find that the comments had not been moved to the official thread.

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Merging descriptions and comments: here's how. When the dupe is deleted, the copy is wrapped into a comment in the winning thread. Simple as that. "Wrapped", because there needs to be some explanatory text, such as

This deal was posted elsewhere with the following description:
[blah]
Wooters left these comments:
[blah]

Votes could be included in the [blah], with no further voting allowed.

Votes against the deleted deal itself would have to be tracked -- if the same user voted for the original and the dupe, then that vote wouldn't be added.

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I’m not sure exactly what deal you’re talking about, but I assure you it was not done on purpose. If your deal was removed, I think I speak for the deals team as a whole when I say we look to please our community first and foremost!

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@goatcrapp: people have asked for that. At least that the votes be merged to the original deal. But nothing has been doing with the idea yet. Also I think it was suggested that if the original deal didn't have any info and the second deal did that the info be added by staff too, again nothing beyond staff thinking it was maybe a good idea.

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Could the deal have some minor difference in it, such as being narrated by Oprah, or blue ray vs dvd? Or maybe a different link/retailer? These things would then justify it not being a duplicate.

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I often post 1saleaday.com deals which are then featured as sponsored deals an hour later. They delete my post almost immediately after theirs goes up. I've just gotten used to it...
@t8ig3r I agree there should be a notification system for deleting. I once had posted something negative about a product and my comment was deleted. I still don't know why...

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@goatcrapp, @hobbit: for the sake of "please keep on asking", I'll second (or eighteenth or whatever) the recommendation for deal merging.

on the other hand, I'm sure that it's not that the staff is ignoring the request as much as getting to grips how best to handle a deal merge (perhaps we can start a thread discussing this). it's probably best if there were a way to merge deals automatically (where the staff only needs to identify the relevant deals) than needing staff intervention to copy the best parts of each deal into a unified post (which might be neater, but more time consuming for the staff and result in accidental copy/paste errors or misquotes).

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@dealsmod1: Any feedback or responses or are we just going to drop it like nothing happened?

@goatcrapp: & @hobbit: I really like the merging deals idea. In my original post, I shared a lot more useful information, options and personal opinion that may help others decide whether to wait for a better deal or hop on the current deal. I feel that removing useful posts and information on a deal even if its a duplicate is a waste of effort for those who actually put time and commitment in sharing their info/feedback/etc.

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tiger you need to point out which deal it is so that @jumbowoot can look into finding out who deleted the deal.

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@goatcrapp: btw I didn't mean to sound negative in my previous post. We have asked and asked. we seem to be ignored by staff in our request for it. So please keep on asking. I think it is a good idea to at least give the orginal deal poster the votes maybe, although I am a tiny bit conflicted on that but that is because if someone is just going down the line and voting for anything then I think that vote shouldn't count, if you catch my drift and I know there are people who do that.

But I do think that if someone spends time crafting a great descrption. Then the description should be kept even if it was the second deal, because there is the chance that the reason the deal was second is because the description was being so carefully crafted.

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Seems to me its either a little bit of coding, or a little bit of extra legwork by the moderators for manual-mode... either method wouldn't be all that hard to implement (albeit the to-do list is likely miles long, so that in and of itself becomes a challenge of prioritizing)

It also seems to me that there is a very large talent pool in this community to draw volunteers from in order to get things done manually, (this, and other requests) while having the added benefit of relieving the strain on the to-do pile.

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Because the person with the highest rep wins???

Suck it up - as long as the deals get out there, we are ALL sticking it to the man.