Discussion: Free Downloads of software not allowed as deals - should this stay? - HotUKDeals
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#1
I'm not sure I fully understood, but could free games/mp3s etc go in the freebies section rather than deleting them? Or having them on the hot deals?

Unless I've mistaken, I don't have a problem with free mp3's or being presented new free material such as joost.
#2
My original example was posted in freebies.
It got deleted - (this is from emmajk42): I have removed this post as we do not allow downloads as freebies. Please post in misc if you wish.

I guess what I am saying is: shoould digital media be allowed as a freebie or not?

(and i guess i got carried away on the post! - it is late :) )
#3
Hmm, I would have thought freebies?

Its similar to a free cinema ticket?

Thats how I see it anyway :)

Also if that was a PM from emma, you should respect her privacy and not post it! Apologies if I'm wrong
#4
Sometimes it's a difficult decision, but we generally do not allow downloads/software posted as individual deals at the minute. We have a sticky at the top of the freebies forum where we ask people to post these, or alternatively, things can be discussed in misc.

The freebies section is mainly for tangible freebies (you fill out forms and get things in the post), although lately we have allowed a few intangibles, such as the Big Brother Streaming or free web space deals.

I don't know what admin has in mind for the long-term though :)
[helper]#5
wraithchild

1 - Allow deals for digital media that has been sold and is not always free (eg the above offer but not AVG antivirus free edition) --- I appreciate this could be hard to moderate though.

Wraith / Dan :)


My initial thought is that if "tangible" freebies are allowed why not digital freebies. Free downloads from MP3 sites etc would be great. But as you say it would be immensely difficult to police....eg one could argue that unrestricted shareware could come under your definition.

Maybe as an interim measure these could be posted in the Misc forum as Emma suggested.
#6
There's SO MANY free programs available though. Where would we draw the line?
[mod]#7
[SIZE=2]For this sort of stuff, this is when google would be your friend.[/SIZE]
#8
There's SO MANY free programs available though. Where would we draw the line?


at the ones you normally pay for :?
#9
I agree that programs which are normally free might not need their own thread. However, programs which you would normally pay for that are being offered free from a particular website sound like a good deal.

I posted a deal for Mcafee virus which would normally cost £40 (OK £10 from ebay!) which is being offered for FREE with 12 MONTH UPDATES from the NatWest website and it was removed. Surely there are quite a lot of people who might save money with this. It works and you don't even need to be a NatWest customer - well I'm not anyway.
[admin]#10
The thing is a lot of free programmes are always free but have "worth" £x whatever and saying that it is generally spammy crap that does that gimmick but I can see arguments with people over whether it is really "worth" whatever or not etc etc

To be honest I think your Steam deal should have stayed as that has pretty clear value...
#11
I agree with OP, I posted a deal previously for a free TomTom voice - these are normally £2-£5 to buy. I felt it was a genuine offer and would save some of the folks on here. Again it was removed. In addition a few weeks later, there was a deal to download audiobooks from BMW website for free and this hits the front page.
Guess what I'm saying is first of all, the rules should be consistent, secondly, the mods should use their judgement if the deal is potential spam.

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