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So you've arrived at the frontpage and logged in, first things first. The new look site is kinda like a 'design your pizza' when it comes to navigation. What you see is governed by 3 things. Topics, Forums and the main Tabs. For example when you arrive at the frontpage it is set for Topics: All, Forums: Deals and they are displayed via the Hot Tab. This means you are currently looking at all the deals, none of the vouchers or freebies that are hot and no cold ones which may suit you but isnt displayed because its minus 3.

http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/9827/arrival1sd0.jpg

If we click the Forum button from Deals to All we have all the latest hot Deals, Freebies and Vouchers though.

I like to look at the deals, all the deals, hot and cold. For this we hit the customise link over on the right which will allow us to set what we want in the custom screen.

http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/2580/customlinksd3.jpg

Setup your page like I have below and you'll be able to click the custom tab and have all the latest Deals, Vouchers and Freebies, hot and cold. Remember to have your threshold at -1000, why so low? Why not? It works. If you dont want the deals to have pictures select Simple View instead of Detailed View.

http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/5316/config1tz1.jpg

Now when you click the custom tab your main page shows all the latest deals.

As for the rest of the site, you can just hit discussed tab and have the same settings I have below here. This will allow you to move between the forums that are remaining with ease. Note the View Options. Just click between Competitions to Feedback

http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/8840/restofsiteod2.jpg

Now this leaves you with only 3 main buttons for navigation.

Custom tab, allowing you to see all the latest deals, vouchers and freebies with one click.

Hot Tab, allowing you to see all the latest hot only deals.

Discussed Tab, allowing you to view the other categories as the old forum.

Now if you want to get carried away you can make your own combination pizza up from Topics, Forums and tabs. I do not recommend the new tab though, I think it has spoiled.


Searching:


Ah yes, searching is such fun now. Clicking the advanced link and going through like is shown below will yield the results you desire and by date.

http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/4892/searchxa1.jpg
#2
Text Size When Replying to a Thread:


Some people have complained about the text size when replying to threads, fear not, there is a solution. Hit the Switch Editor Mode Button and it springs into life after a few seconds.

http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/990/switcheditormodefs4.jpg


Submitting a Thread:


Simply Hit the Submit Tab found on every page and pick your category. When posting in feedback you still need a Topic, just pick any, I put all mine in nonsense because it applies best to my state of mind. This seems to apply to Deal Requests, For Sale/Trade and Misc too, For Sale/Trade wants a cash amount, put in something crazy or 0.01 because you are going to be discussing your details anyway unless you have an absolute amount in your head that your sticking by. Usual rules apply to the rest of posting, pick your category etc. relevant to your post.


http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/8189/postingfeedbackcr4.jpg


Well this took a long time ... but hey ... who wants to bet I missed out things since Ive been battling with the kids to make em go to bed.

Now I had to cut it in two to fit it in cus of image count lol.
#3
Hey -does that mean when you put a wanted in the sale/trade ad you dont have to put in a price- it tried to ignore that as its something i want and it kept asking for a price ?
1 Like #4
Thanks Cackles, rep added for your efforts :-D
#5
Yeah cheers dude you've really cleared the mist up there cheers - my rambles are back to size now thanks :-D
#6
catwoman;1357231
Hey -does that mean when you put a wanted in the sale/trade ad you dont have to put in a price- it tried to ignore that as its something i want and it kept asking for a price ?



Just fire any price in but state what your wanting in the thread. Price shouldnt show, it hasnt in any others anyway. Maybe put in 0.01p because no ones going to expect that to be the right price anyway, in case it does show up.

But no, none of the current threads show a price and its like how the Feedback category doesnt show a Topic even though you buy one.

Thanks for the reps.
#7
Thanks. It seems to get better/easier each day. Still can't get an avator to work though.
1 Like #8
Excellent stuff Cackles !

Really clear and simple to understand.

Posts like these really need to get through to ALL the members ASAP.

Rep to you Cackles :):):)
[mod] 1 Like #9
Excellent thread Cackles! Explains it perfectly :)
#10
Can somone advise. I would like to see the deals posted in time sequence as the are posted one after another. At the momen they are scatered. First posted 5 hours ago second posted 3minutes ago. Is this how it is? Or I am still doing something wrong. Any ideas? Thank you
1 Like #11
irkapirka
Can somone advise. I would like to see the deals posted in time sequence as the are posted one after another. At the momen they are scatered. First posted 5 hours ago second posted 3minutes ago. Is this how it is? Or I am still doing something wrong. Any ideas? Thank you


Use the "new" tab. The times which you are looking at is the time of the last comment on that deal.

Merry Christmas. :santa:
Duck.
#12
Thank you
Merry Christmas to you too!!:santa::whistling::stocking::stocking::stocking:
#13
good guide thanks for doing that, one quick question for you I have managed to do some of the custom part but one thing sticks out like a sore thumb and I cant seem to figure it out and just wondering if you can point me in right direction please.

After selecting what I am wanting to see in the custom section I would like to have it in order of when last post was i.e. like forums were in old site. Somehow at moment when I go into custom I can have a post that was posted a week ago apear before a post of 5 minutes ago or a few hours ago.
How do I fix this so that I am able to see things in custom choices and sorted by last post to that topic whilst not seeing things like for sale private adds or something else that is not on my custom list please?
Thanks in advance.
#14
Not quite following you gandalf...

I think what you might want to do is add "deals" and "vouchers" in your custom settings. Then make sure you select sort by "discussed". Then you'll see them in reverse chronological order of the last reply. I think this would then show you it in the exact same say as the old "hot deals" forum was.

Of course, you can choose the "expired" and online offline options to suit yourself in there as well.
#15
Hi Emma, thanks for replying, sorry about my post not being clear I will try to ask again,

I currently went into customise then chose the voucher and deals in the first drop down and left all other sections / drop downs from the top blank.
I then went filtering preferences and chose view active
view preferences detailed view and discussed
Now when I do that and then go to the custom tab out of the 4 tabs on screen it displays posts from people who have replied to posts last time over a week ago and various other times as well in no order.
I am struggling here on how to get the forum to display posts by last time someone replied like it was in the old forum but at same time only display posts that is of deals or vouchers and not from people looking to sell private or anything other than hot deals.
Any idea how I fix this again thanks in advance.
#16
Can you try making sure the "available online", "available offline" are ticked as well? Also, perhaps set the temp threshold to minus 2000 or something. Here is a screenshot of how I view the forums:

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/127/screenag1.jpg

So I think the only thing you want different to me, would be the "discussed" option (well, maybe not the freebies?).

Do you want to try that and see how it looks?
#17
Hi Emma,

Thanks once again for your help with this, I think I may have found out where the problem lies. I am hesitant to call this a bug in the forum so will let those with more knowledge judge that for themselfs.
If I set everything to the way you have got in your options and I then go to the forum option of custom. I get the pictures and everything is in date and time order however if I chose the option I prefer which is the way it was on the old forum and change the preference to simple view I get everything the way I want layed out but not in any time order for some reason.
I will try and attach some files here but not being very good at this not sure if it will work to show you my screen shots.
tried to upload pics but when you click on the insert image a pop up box opens but no option to upload and box opens up is small and cany mximise it.
sorry hope this information helps.

So question I have is now can I get the custom tab option to display in simple view mode and still keep the date order or am I stuck with having to have custom tab option with detail view and everything in date order.

Thanks in advance
#18
Ok, I have changed mine to see what it looks like.

When I keep all my above settings, except change the detailed view to simple view, I see all the new posts in reverse chronological order, according to the date they were started. The date I see of the last posts show in random order (those dates shown on the right), as the replies may be at any time. E.g. Simple view, and new.



http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/3596/39821807yz9.jpg

I then changed it to simple view and discussed - and this shows it exactly the way the old forum was:

http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/6441/41871322ns6.jpg

I don't think there's a bug?
#19
Hi Emma,

Many thanks for your help it is much appreciated, hope you have a happy new year.

Aly
#20
Do you think it's working ok then? Happy new year to you too :)
#21
argghhh... I know I must be stupid but... I used to have it set up / sorted by merchant so I could browse the offers etc. I can't get my head around or use this new site at all... I WISH i could work out how to set it up like that again!
Yours, uselessly....
[admin]#22
Hi swann, if you post what you used to do and would like to do I bet someone here can help you out :)
#23
I am new to this website and have things i would like to post. what do you have to do?
#24
grumbles123
I am new to this website and have things i would like to post. what do you have to do?

Emma has a step by step guide here.
#25
Thanks T_J. Welcome to grumbles and Swan. Please post any problems you are having, there's always someone willing to help :)
#26
Hello again '(been a bit busy....)
Thanks for the offer of help!
The way it worked for me in the old forum was...
all deals were just sorted by merchant, so there was just a long list of the different stores / merchants, and if you clicked on the name you got all the posts with relevant offers.
Easy peasy for an eejit like me...
But now I am a bit lost!
Any suggestions? I've tried customising it as per the instructions here but it is still all over the place...
#27
If you want to see deals for a particular merchant, just type some of the merchant name in the "merchant" box on the front page of the forums. CLick the mercant name when it appears. This will show you all deals for that merchant. Remember that the "new" or "hot" tab you are in, or even the forum up at the top, will affect the results that you see.

Also, if you see a particular deal, you will see something like "More: amazon deals" , you can click that too.
#28
Hi, how do I add a new post?
#29
Sorry... Ive found it !! ...having one of those days!
#30
How do i add heat to a post ?
#31
Click on the little red arrow to the left of the title in the OP - check out Emma's help thread for more info.
#32
I can never find the posts that I make?

I goto advanced search and type in my username - but a load of random threads come up that I have never ever posted on

What am I doing wrong?

BTW - I am writing this now knowing that I won't be able to find it again!!!! Arrgh!!!

If someone could PM me that would be great!!
#33
Click your username or avatar to go into your profile... and click "find posts by this user " or subscribe to threads in your contral panel, see my sig links for newcomers for help on this.
#34
stphnstevey
I can never find the posts that I make?

I goto advanced search and type in my username - but a load of random threads come up that I have never ever posted on

What am I doing wrong?

BTW - I am writing this now knowing that I won't be able to find it again!!!! Arrgh!!!

If someone could PM me that would be great!!

Just type stp into the 'By Member' box in the advanced search, and a list of names starting with those letters will appear. Click on your name then 'Search now' and the posts that come up will be yours.

The new 'Recent Activity' in the right hand panel of the thread list pages also shows the latest threads you've posted in.

emmajk42
Click your username or avatar to go into your profile... and click "find posts by this user " or subscribe to threads in your contral panel, see my sig links for newcomers for help on this.

But how does he find one of his posts in order to click on his username/avatar? :-D
#35
Thanks for your help

Something funny happens when I use the advanced search:
- If I type in my full username without selecting it from the list of members it finds it comes up with this
http://www.hotukdeals.com/search?keywords=&search_type=title_only&merchant_id=&merchant_search=&user_id=&user_search=stphnstevey&user_search_type=posts&threads_with=minimum&threads_with_number=&posts_from=6months&posts_from_option=newer&sort_results_by=Last+Posting+Date&sort_results_option=DESC&temp_min=&temp_max=&advanced_search=Search+Now
- Where as if I start typing the first few letters and then select me from the drop down list, it finds my posts ok

Also - in MSE if I goto advanced search and type in username, it brings the THREADS I have posted in, not just my posts and it also organises them by those that have had a recent post. Therefore I can see if anybody has posted after me (to answer my question or give more info for example). How do I do this in HUKD?

EDIT - Right, just seen in another post how to make all my posts into subscribed posts - posted and they are now in my Control Panel

Also tried using the customised tab - added deals, vouchers and Freebies and search by Hot. I noticed though that they are not in Temperature order like I asked it - it goes from 275 to 168 to 190 to 91 to 99 to 254???
#36
stphnstevey;1648915

Something funny happens when I use the advanced search:
- If I type in my full username without selecting it from the list of members it finds it comes up with this
http://www.hotukdeals.com/search?keywords=&search_type=title_only&merchant_id=&merchant_search=&user_id=&user_search=stphnstevey&user_search_type=posts&threads_with=minimum&threads_with_number=&posts_from=6months&posts_from_option=newer&sort_results_by=Last+Posting+Date&sort_results_option=DESC&temp_min=&temp_max=&advanced_search=Search+Now
- Where as if I start typing the first few letters and then select me from the drop down list, it finds my posts ok


That's how it is supposed to work.
#37
emmajk42
That's how it is supposed to work.

Emma, is there anything that can be done about the problem with searching my username? Having only two letters separated by hyphens seems to throw it because when I search for my username, it can't be found.
#38
emmajk42
That's how it is supposed to work.


Don't think you quite understood

-When I type in my username - it comes up with lists of posts I have never seen before
- When I type the first few letters and then select me from the list, it finds my posts

Got it now through control panel anyway

Can't quite fathom the custom and default searches - my custom is for deals, vouchers and freebies by whether their hot. I expect some difference from the default, but there are loads of differences
#39
You can't just type in your usename and click enter. You have to click it when it appears on the drop down box - that's how it works.

And there is no search in the "custom" tab..... if you search while in custom, it doesn't filter with your custom setup, that's not how it works either. But it would be handy.
#40
Search was probably the wrong word - the list of deals then. It's different in my custom to the default list (and not just including vouchers and freebies - I just compared them and no deals in either are the same!)

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