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[admin] 3 Likes
Evening people, just wanted to give you a couple of updates.

We totally agree that the default landing page settings you pick should stick to your user account rather than redirecting you to highlights, and we'll hold our hands up on this and admit this wasn't a great update for most of you regular users. So, couple of updates-

We're working on making your preferences sticky so you don't get redirected to the highlights page. If you browse to hotukdeals.com you'll land on the page you want to land on, whether it's hot deals or all new or whatever. We hope to have it out this week

We won't be losing the Highlights tab altogether as in terms of activity and engagement, it hasn't negatively impacted the rest of the site and it's working as it should. However, as above, we'll make sure you don't have to see it if you don't want to.

We're also working on an update for competition threads (lots of you have mentioned comps being a PITA) which I think you'll like - will let you know about that as soon as we're ready to roll it out.
[mod] 1 Like
Afternoon. We've just put live the new Preference options mentioned above. So once you select your preference they'll stick even if you come to http://www.hotukdeals.com you'll land on whatever you've selected in your profile as your default landing page.

We've also added some new options as well so you can now set where you land:

http://i.imgur.com/k9HdmXG.png

To see these go to your profile settings, preferences and its the top option Default Landing Page.
35 Likes
I like the idea of highlights, but I don't think it should be the default, just an option.
30 Likes
Should go hot, new, highlighted.

Or just let us disable it.
29 Likes
magicjay1986
We listened to feedback on the HUKD Picks and introduced a hide function so members didn't have to see threads they were not interested in. I mention it because it has been brought up a couple of times but the HUKD Sim thread has been a pick for some time because it is an evergreen thread and something we've received great feedback on. If it isn't of interest as a pick, it can be hidden.
I've read the rest of the thread and noted what members are saying about how they now have to navigate HUKD to see what they'd usually look for. If members can stick with it i'm confident they'll not notice too much of a change as time goes on. Especially when they find the other ways to get to where they want to go on HUKD.
I'll be keeping an eye on other feedback being left.

There's no positive feedback from anyone.

You've chosen a product orientated approach and force-fed it to us rather than market orientated using research of what people would find useful.

I know people dislike change, but I can't see what benefit this provides to loyal users of the site.

If there was a competitor website that was as easy to use with a similar user base I would switch over, but unfortunately you've got a monopoly on deal-sharing so I'll either just grow more bitter over time with all the needless filtering and searching to get what I'm used to, or gradually use the site less as it should be a pleasure to use, never a chore.

Wish I could say something positive, but it's just been a bad decision from the user perspective and a U-turn would be about the best thing to do now, IMHO.

Edited By: escortboy on Oct 04, 2016 21:29

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[mod]#1
Will these deals interfere with the existing Hot/New/Discussed tabs?
No - this is a new and separate tab

Which threads can be included?
It’ll be a mix bag - content that might have been around for a while but that members tend to use frequently, deals that have been super hot in the past and still live, info and tips that are currently lost in Misc, trending content and threads which are moving quickly on our social media channels and any other threads you guys suggest by email.

This is how it'll appear:

http://i.imgur.com/tybd5XS.png


Edited By: magicjay1986 on Oct 04, 2016 11:55
4 Likes #2
A tab full of HUKD picks then.
[mod]#3
MrScotchBonnet
A tab full of HUKD picks then.

....a tab full of Highlights (which you can suggest).

As for picks, if you don't like them just hit the Hide button.
1 Like #4
magicjay1986
MrScotchBonnet
A tab full of HUKD picks then.
....a tab full of Highlights (which you can suggest).
As for picks, if you don't like them just hit the Hide button.

I posted before you updated post #1 so it was a genuine question :)

EDIT: without a question mark oOX)

Edited By: MrScotchBonnet on Oct 04, 2016 12:30
#5
magicjay1986
We’ll be introducing a new deal tab on HUKD called Highlights which will show threads gaining the most traction or those which have had their time on site but we feel they're great content which deserves to be highlighted...

The first thread does not seem to fit either case:

http://i.imgur.com/tybd5XS.png
#6
Does the Highlights tab list the same deals as in Hukd home page?.
35 Likes #7
I like the idea of highlights, but I don't think it should be the default, just an option.
#8
I love this idea! Finally remove them from the Hot thread into a separate tab. Such a good idea!
[admin]#9
@fanpages the screen cap was from beta test, not live version - random threads were used just to ensure the "pick" "pin" functionality worked
#10
But the hot pick phone thread has gone now page doesn't look the same any more. :(

darthvader666uk
I love this idea! Finally remove them from the Hot thread into a separate tab. Such a good idea!
5 Likes #11
It's a good idea to put them on their own page but can we not keep the "hot" deals as the default and without all the competitions mixed in as well. Just as it was before please but with the picks in their own tab.
1 Like #12
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[admin]#13
jimmyw566
It's a good idea to put them on their own page but can we not keep the "hot" deals as the default and without all the competitions mixed in as well. Just as it was before please but with the picks in their own tab.

If you're just using the deals category then highlights tab won't even show. It'll only pop if you're browsing "all"

@eslick - yeah the push out disabled some of our older resource thread picks. Sorry about that, think it should be sorted now
#14
mine now defaults to the "highlights" section... bookmarked the "hot" page again so back to how I like it.
#15
juliet_bravo
jimmyw566
It's a good idea to put them on their own page but can we not keep the "hot" deals as the default and without all the competitions mixed in as well. Just as it was before please but with the picks in their own tab.
If you're just using the deals category then highlights tab won't even show. It'll only pop if you're browsing "all"
@eslick - yeah the push out disabled some of our older resource thread picks. Sorry about that, think it should be sorted now
Ok fair enough, thanks. Is there any way of selecting which category and tab you want as the default?
2 Likes #16
Apogee00
mine now defaults to the "highlights" section... bookmarked the "hot" page again so back to how I like it.
I click the hukd logo to get back to hot, but I can't do this anymore because it takes me to the wrong page.
Surely this should be inbetween new and discussed instead of the landing page?
It's just going to be the same stuff over and over which would warrant being in a different location. It's gratuitous having it as the main page, how many times do I need to see the sim deal in a day? I'm not interested in buying I sim but there it is all the flipping time!
#17
I've tried changing with the cog tab but no joy sadly.
30 Likes #18
Should go hot, new, highlighted.

Or just let us disable it.
3 Likes #19
£££
5 Likes #20
Also there's competitions on the hot deal tab now.
Literally broken website now it's usability has been nerfed. Wish they had a separate website with the way it was before and then they can do whatever they want to an experiment site.
What made HUKD fun has faded. :(
4 Likes #21
escortboy
Apogee00
mine now defaults to the "highlights" section... bookmarked the "hot" page again so back to how I like it.
I click the hukd logo to get back to hot, but I can't do this anymore because it takes me to the wrong page.
Surely this should be inbetween new and discussed instead of the landing page?
It's just going to be the same stuff over and over which would warrant being in a different location. It's gratuitous having it as the main page, how many times do I need to see the sim deal in a day? I'm not interested in buying I sim but there it is all the flipping time!

Hard to believe, but it's now even worse. This unwanted highlights tab is the default and that bloody SIM deal is still there at the top of the hot tab.

Edited By: superspod on Oct 04, 2016 19:47
2 Likes #22
This idea has been really poorly implemented.

I mean HUKD Picks are a contentious issue for some, personally I don't have a problem with them, but this just seems like duplication. The picks are meant to be exactly the same things you describe highlights to be.

So just have HUKD Picks show on Highlights and not elsewhere, job done.

Also I don't want to see Highlights every time I first go to the site and it defaulting to Highlights after clicking the logo to go home is extremely annoying.

It is all well and good saying if you're in the Deals section this won't happen, but 'All' is now the default.
5 Likes #23
Pain that it's the default tab as just spent a good 5 minutes trying to figure out why a load of random hot deals were suddenly on my home page of the site. Take bens advice.

5 minutes is a bit of an exaggeration but it was a good 20 seconds.
[mod]#24
We listened to feedback on the HUKD Picks and introduced a hide function so members didn't have to see threads they were not interested in. I mention it because it has been brought up a couple of times but the HUKD Sim thread has been a pick for some time because it is an evergreen thread and something we've received great feedback on. If it isn't of interest as a pick, it can be hidden.

I've read the rest of the thread and noted what members are saying about how they now have to navigate HUKD to see what they'd usually look for. If members can stick with it i'm confident they'll not notice too much of a change as time goes on. Especially when they find the other ways to get to where they want to go on HUKD.

I'll be keeping an eye on other feedback being left.
2 Likes #25
This is terrible .... spent a while trying to figure out what had happened

At first thought that 99.9% of deals posted on the site had been deleted by mistake !!,

Just dreadful
6 Likes #26
unhappybunny
This is terrible .... spent a while trying to figure out what had happened
At first thought that 99.9% of deals posted on the site had been deleted by mistake !!,
Just dreadful

Yeah, can't imagine how many people this is going to confuse. They should at least post a banner across the top of the main site explaining whats happened.
2 Likes #27
magicjay1986
We listened to feedback on the HUKD Picks and introduced a hide function so members didn't have to see threads they were not interested in. I mention it because it has been brought up a couple of times but the HUKD Sim thread has been a pick for some time because it is an evergreen thread and something we've received great feedback on. If it isn't of interest as a pick, it can be hidden.
I've read the rest of the thread and noted what members are saying about how they now have to navigate HUKD to see what they'd usually look for. If members can stick with it i'm confident they'll not notice too much of a change as time goes on. Especially when they find the other ways to get to where they want to go on HUKD.
I'll be keeping an eye on other feedback being left.
How will it change over time?

It won't ever be any easier to have to click Deals and then Hot. Or if you don't mind getting vouchers/freebies etc included then Hot every single time you browse the site and every single time you click the logo to return home.

Just so infrequent users can see some good deals?

I repeat my suggestion. Remove Picks. Have Highlighted tab. The website remembers your last selected tab. Job finished.

Infrequent users get the deals they're missing and daily users get what they're used to. Win/win. Not difficult.
#28
I hate it. Most of my purchases have come from items that have gotten hot, but not too hot - so I'd miss seeing these unless I add another step to my visit (i.e. clicking on the "hot" tab).
By making highlights the default tab, the result will be hot deals getting hotter & other deals struggling even more to get heat.
#29
Vouchers and blimmin' competitions as far as the eye can see.
29 Likes #30
magicjay1986
We listened to feedback on the HUKD Picks and introduced a hide function so members didn't have to see threads they were not interested in. I mention it because it has been brought up a couple of times but the HUKD Sim thread has been a pick for some time because it is an evergreen thread and something we've received great feedback on. If it isn't of interest as a pick, it can be hidden.
I've read the rest of the thread and noted what members are saying about how they now have to navigate HUKD to see what they'd usually look for. If members can stick with it i'm confident they'll not notice too much of a change as time goes on. Especially when they find the other ways to get to where they want to go on HUKD.
I'll be keeping an eye on other feedback being left.

There's no positive feedback from anyone.

You've chosen a product orientated approach and force-fed it to us rather than market orientated using research of what people would find useful.

I know people dislike change, but I can't see what benefit this provides to loyal users of the site.

If there was a competitor website that was as easy to use with a similar user base I would switch over, but unfortunately you've got a monopoly on deal-sharing so I'll either just grow more bitter over time with all the needless filtering and searching to get what I'm used to, or gradually use the site less as it should be a pleasure to use, never a chore.

Wish I could say something positive, but it's just been a bad decision from the user perspective and a U-turn would be about the best thing to do now, IMHO.

Edited By: escortboy on Oct 04, 2016 21:29
#31
I hate it in it's current position
1 Like #32
Not impressed to be honest, keep it simple, I say.
#33
It sucks. Today I was using the mobile site and was like "wtf?". I went onto the mobile hotukdeals site as usual and tapped "mobiles" and there was only one deal. So.... I had to change it to normal "deals" and atm I have to do that every single time because why would I go into highlights, that only has one deal? A deal that I can see in months hottest deals. But I don't care that much, it's just annoying and silly. Edit: does it just show deals I haven't clicked on before, that are hot? If so I didn't realize that.

Edited By: titan131 on Oct 04, 2016 23:13
13 Likes #34
http://www.hotukdeals.com/all/deals/hot
bookmarked that page it gets rid of the silly HIGHLIGHTS page. Think making it the default will throw a few people.
It confused me, but one good thing I ended up in here and now know I can hide the annoying SIM deal !
5 Likes #35
https://s14.postimg.org/4qfdxi11t/sortby.png
#36
Sorry guys, but I agree that the tab is more annoying in than useful. Please give us the option not to make it the default, and let us turn off the HD picks - having to hide each one individually is a pain. If it ain't broken...
1 Like #37
Agree with most others that this tab is just annoying.

Loaded hukd a few times last night to think 'oh no new deals' and closed the tab. Think you will find a lot of members doing the same as they have become so used to having 'hot' as default. In which case people will soon become bored with the website as they aren't seeing anything new (Because its hidden for some unknown reason)

We already had the bar at the top and the side showing todays / this weeks hottest deals is that not enough.

Its all well and good saying we can hide things in out settings but not everyone is logged in all the time. You also say you listen to feedback but have just gone ahead and pushed the update regardless.
1 Like #38
magicjay1986
We listened to feedback on the HUKD Picks and introduced a hide function so members didn't have to see threads they were not interested in. I mention it because it has been brought up a couple of times but the HUKD Sim thread has been a pick for some time because it is an evergreen thread and something we've received great feedback on. If it isn't of interest as a pick, it can be hidden.

I've read the rest of the thread and noted what members are saying about how they now have to navigate HUKD to see what they'd usually look for. If members can stick with it i'm confident they'll not notice too much of a change as time goes on. Especially when they find the other ways to get to where they want to go on HUKD.

I'll be keeping an eye on other feedback being left.

Thsi part in particular baffles me "Especially when they find the other ways to get to where they want to go on HUKD"
Why make it difficult for memebrs to find where they want to go or 'find other ways'
I would assume most people that go to the first page will just want to see hot deals sorted by latest? rather than 'finding other ways'
I assume you will miss out on an awful lot of affiliated clicks because of this. I have been using hukd for a while so know my way around easily, and whilst this is annoying i can still get to where I want.
However my mum has just started using it. I assume when she types 'hot uk deals' into google and clicks the link she (Like i did initially) will think 'oh nothing new today, bye'

Also in your fist post it reads "Will these deals interfere with the existing Hot/New/Discussed tabs?
No - this is a new and separate tab"
Shouldn't the answer be "Yes this will now be the default tab for both the standard home page and the deals tab"


Edited By: lidds on Oct 05, 2016 07:02
1 Like #39
magicjay1986
We listened to feedback on the HUKD Picks and introduced a hide function so members didn't have to see threads they were not interested in. I mention it because it has been brought up a couple of times but the HUKD Sim thread has been a pick for some time because it is an evergreen thread and something we've received great feedback on. If it isn't of interest as a pick, it can be hidden.
I've read the rest of the thread and noted what members are saying about how they now have to navigate HUKD to see what they'd usually look for. If members can stick with it i'm confident they'll not notice too much of a change as time goes on. Especially when they find the other ways to get to where they want to go on HUKD.
I'll be keeping an eye on other feedback being left.
It was great you gave us that option , I would suggest maybe you do the same with the highlights tab and make it have a hide function too.
#40
lidds
Agree with most others that this tab is just annoying.
Loaded hukd a few times last night to think 'oh no new deals' and closed the tab. Think you will find a lot of members doing the same as they have become so used to having 'hot' as default. In which case people will soon become bored with the website as they aren't seeing anything new (Because its hidden for some unknown reason)
We already had the bar at the top and the side showing todays / this weeks hottest deals is that not enough.
Its all well and good saying we can hide things in out settings but not everyone is logged in all the time. You also say you listen to feedback but have just gone ahead and pushed the update regardless.

Agree. Already fed up coming to the site to see the exact same deals plastered in my face over and over again.

Getting very tiresome very quickly.

If I hadn't seen this thread (which thousands won't) I doubt I would have even been looking for the new tab and would have probably ended posting up in feedback asking why the deals page was broke.

A lot of people aren't going to realise it's all to do with what tab it's on. I suggest you send something out about this in the newsletter or even have a ''sticky'' type thread pinned to the top of the page like you do in the FS/FT section.

Edited By: MrScotchBonnet on Oct 05, 2016 08:41

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