71 out of 80 deals for www. tifili .com were posted by moderators - UPDATED
Please correct my counting. Thanks
Counting needs updating as it has recently been revealed that user "SeeBell" is a mod multi used to plant deals and add extra heat (registered by moderator AndyWedge).
This makes 100% of deals posted for tifili posted by moderators or helpers.
Why is this merchant being promoted by the site staff ? Whose interests are being served?
"Our generous affiliate scheme offers affiliates a commission between 3- 6% of the order value, and our cookie length is a massive 999 days. That's right the customers you send to us will hopefully shop with us on a regular basis over those 999 days and we will pay you everytime they do."
Moderators are allocated merchants to push on certain days. These are affiliate paying merchants. There is also a practice whereby merchants request that their deals are posted and collude with HUKD in order to create acceptable deals (n.b rarely these are hot deals).
It has also been confirmed that for some merchants at some times of the year, the moderation team receive incentives from certain merchants. I am unsure if this is one of them.
Do we care where deals come from? Yes. This is a site for honest deals and it is very hard to compete with moderator spam.
Hotukdeals claims to have "member submitted deals" "No spam", "no nonsense". The people behind hotukdeals are exploiting the good will of the community and basically lying.
If you dont care where deals come from, do you think that voting works to get rid of this spam?
1) People are scared to vote moderator deals cold for fear of infractions and account restrictions (andywedgegate)
2) Moderators vote their own deals hot.
3) Moderators are known to vote each others deals hot even when they know it is not a good deal as indicated by private comments.
4) Moderators use multis such as SeeBell and Chun Li for voting to further distort the voting (check the badges of these users).
5) Moderators use multis in tandem with their main accounts to add supportive comments and bump up dead thread
5) How do you know the voting isn't further rigged? Remember the power of deal ninjas from the christmas lights competition? Was this a general feature.
Finally, is this merchant an isolated incident? The answer is no. There are plenty of examples of moderators acting dishonestly when posting deals.
Hotukdeals does seem to be a massive pisstake when it could have been so good. Trust has evaporated because HUKD have been caught lying with regard to multis, deal planting, astroturfing and voting abuse by a whistle blower. It would appear to be authorised as there is no denial and the moderators and site manager whom engage in this practice currently continue in their roles.
Lots of vocal members have been gagged or banned (including myself) for trying to keep Hotukdeals honest and defend the interests of the community. Unfortunately commercial interests are exploiting and destroying the community. As a result many people have left on their own accord.
UPDATE: 14/02/13 Please note that there has been censorship of comments by an anonymous moderator or admin both in the op and within the thread.
There are also insults being thrown at banned members in this thread. This is in breach of the code of conduct. However, this is tolerated presumably due the agenda of HUKD staff.
UPDATE: 15/02/13 Unfortunately, this thread is being taken over by trolls who have never had any interest in deals or feedback but seek an audience. They continue to assassinate the character of banned members who cannot reply on this forum.
I understand that the mods will censor my latest update but hope they will also remove the content that breaks the code of conduct at the same time. It is grossly unfair.. and no I cannot report individual comments because I am gagged.
Hi Admin, I have contacted you through "contact us" as unable to PM. Hope you can reply and continue discussion. ( plus Reply emailed to admin on 17/02/13)