questionswhen you tattle do you/should you add a comment…

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no, you aren't notified of tattles. I leave a comment so that my tattle was constructive, unless the OP has been a jerk about following the rules or I'm tattling to have an expired deal RIP'd. If the OP is someone I know takes care of their deals then I'll post a comment that says it was expired.

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Usually, I'll only comment if it is a duplicate so that the OP (or dOP) will know why their deal disappeared. Otherwise, nope.

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"...Is it more of a jerk move to tattle and then post a comment waving it in their face..."

I thought it was a bit weird when something like this happened to me.

Then I discovered you got rep points for being a tattle. It all made sense that that point.

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On those rare occasions when I tattle, usually on an expired deal, I always post why. That way the OP will know why their deal was RIPd or removed. I don't generally wax eloquent as the deal might be removed, but I have been annoyed when I couldn't figure out why deals of mine were removed, and we see frequent threads titled "Why was my deal deleted?" It seems only fair to let people know why.

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as our other keen community members pointed out, it's a kinda courteous thing to do and demonstrates that the tattle was meant to be constructive and isn't (SHOULDN'T BE!!) personal. i'd say there are ways to phrase it in such a way that's not, "hey, poo-poo-face, you're a nerd and i tattled on your deal."

this can help reduce the "why was my deal removed" questions, and that means less work for me, so i'm a fan.

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@pemberducky: Thanks, that makes a lot of sense, but I have always wondered which was the more respectful/expected way of approaching the issue. I certainly don't want to be a jerk, but to this point I haven't told the OP that I was tattling. Now I will try to find a non-insulting way to notify them why I tattled.

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@mcowan3: I think the system still takes 10 mins for the comment to be there before you get a notification by e-mail. Rare occasions the deal will be deleted before the notification goes out. I've been tattling a long time. I usually write some funny narrative that doesn't relate to the deal at all, but still point out the validity of the tattle. Then I comment saying: "Hey friend, I see you are busy trying to stuff live raccoons down your pants, so I will make this quick. I see this question/deal is a duplicate of "that one" found here, [url not porn], so it may be deleted. Fear not friend for stuffed pirates eating pizzas plop on purple pillows."

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I do not usually leave comments when I tattle (although on the last one I did) because usually the deals that I am tattling on are really old. Other than the deal I saw today, I typically do not tattle unless the deal is at least 30 days old and the price has changed dramatically ( I wont tattle for a .10 increase) or is no longer available.

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I generally leave a comment if I've tattled on a deal or question. Just seems less passive aggressive.

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My main tattles are on ebay deals, grab bag/mystery deals, and duplicates. In these cases I leave the following:

Please don't be upset if this deal disappears. There are several rules for posting an ebay deal-
- 10 or more available
- list by an ebay store or power seller
- "buy it now" only
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Please don't be upset if this deal disappears. GrabBag/Mystery/Random deals are no longer allowed to be posted here. If you would like to know why, head over to the ATC side and search for BK Industries.
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Deja vu -

[link to first posting of deal]

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@shophde: I do. I used to have a pet rat, it was great :-)

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I usually tattle on spammers, on items that are almost certainly counterfeit or pirated, on duplicates, and on eBay sales that don't meet the criteria for posting. I generally add a comment about duplicates, and on eBay items I generally list the requirements for posting eBay deals on this site. On the relatively infrequent expired deals I tattle I very seldom leave a comment, since they don't get deleted anyway.

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@nmchapma: Hey, I used to have pet rats, too, and they were terrific pets!

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Sadly while I like pet rats I am seriously allergic to rats.