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The number represents how many votes your deal has. It's the number of times it has been voted up, minus the number of times it has been voted down. The arrows are the links you click to either vote a deal/question up or down.

If the icon says RIP, then the deal is expired or sold out. Woot keeps them around anyway because they are hoarders like that.

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All of these guys are trying to trick you. It's a little more involved than that.

The number indicates how many employees within the company that is hosting the deal are members of deals.woot. Obviously bigger companies usually have a bigger number. For instance, many fast-food chains have a higher number because they have so many employees.

The up or down arrows, are there for you to vote whether or not you think the company should hire or fire employees. Once you have purchased 25 flying monkeys from woot during a woot-off, you are allowed to vote. I usually vote for the company to hire more employees, to help the economy.

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@dmaz: Why would you tell a white triangle all of those secrets which we so zealously guard? You're going to have to turn in your black triangle at the next club meeting.

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You are awarded a downvote to use for every ? number of upvotes you cast. No one knows what the magic number is, so use downvotes sparingly if you feel like you must use them. They don't expire. :)

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@jsimsace: They don't expire? Seriously? I'm RICH!!! If that's the case, I'm sitting on a pile of unused downvotes. I see an opportunity here...

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Here's a link to some more answers. These have been put together by the community, mostly @lichme.

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@lavikinga: I know that I have seen it mentioned here before, and I also believe strongly that it was @shrdlu who mentioned it. I've been wrong before, so I can handle it if I am. Much like yourself, I have a metric buttload waiting for the next "dollardeals.com-type" vendor. Have a good evening!