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[SIZE="4"]FAQ[/SIZE]

How do I contact an Admin/Moderator?
Click on ‘forum’, then the online user list is displayed at the bottom of the screen. Moderators/Admin are displayed in bold, just click one of their names, and in their profile page, under ‘contact info’ click ‘send a private message’
Or, click on ‘user cp’ within the forum pages, (top left) then click ‘send new message’ and enter their name. i.e. ‘Admin’
The current list of Admin/moderators is:
Admin
Rayman
Emmajk42
Duckmagicuk2
Millarcat
MikeT
Fordy
Edi


Are Voucher codes guaranteed to work?
NO! is the simple answer. Most of the times they will, but keep the following in mind:
First, make sure they have not expired! Even then they could be rejected for various reasons, some of which are:
Voucher codes can be issued to individual users (then posted on this site), this means they may not work for everybody.
Some vouchers can only be used once, some can be used again if applied to different credit cards, it can vary.
Sometimes a voucher stops working, then starts again. This is down to the retailer.

Should Deals include postage? (Answered by emmajk42)
In most cases, we encourage people to always include the postage costs, either in the total price shown, or shown in the post somewhere.
The only time where the total price is not shown with postage is where collect-at-store is available.

Why is reputation left for me grey and not green?
This means the reputation was left by a user who themselves have a low reputation, so it shows a grey box and you do not receive any reputation points from them. See 'Reputation - What Is It?' in the previous post for more info.

How can I search using 'Tags'?
If you want to display all products that have a certain tag associated with them, enter the tag into the URL. For example, http://www.hotukdeals.com/?tag=tft will search for all deals with the word 'tft' as a tag. Just enter /?tag= to the end of [url]www.hotukdeals.com[/url]
Tip-this is also a useful way to search for items of less than 4 characters, as the search engine only accepts 4 or more characters for a search.

What is Quidco?
Quidco is a cashback site that pays you for shopping via it's site, so you can make savings on everday purchases.
'Quidco is the web's cashback cooperative. Quidco collects referral commissions from online merchants and passes them all on to our members. The Quidco cooperative is a cashback revolution where members keep their full earnings in exchange for giving Quidco £5 out of their earnings once a year.'
Visit http://www.quidco.co.uk for more information.
Or visit the Quidco help thread: http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14501&highlight=quidco

Where did my 'Hot Deal' thread go?
There are several reasons a thread could be removed, in most cases a mod/Admin should message you with the reason (they are busy, so be patient!). Here are some examples:
1) The post was for an item on eBay or Amazon Marketplace, these are not allowed on HotUKDeals (or any other auction/marketplace site where someone could list their item for sale and then list it as a 'Hot Deal' on this site)
2) The item has already been listed by another member. Before posting a deal, do a search to check it's not already posted, and if your post is removed without an explanation, search for the same item as it may have been listed at almost the same time as yours.
3) The deal may be moved to a 'private' forum soon after posting if a mod feels it needs to be checked out. Be patient as it is then likely to be put back for public viewing.
4) If it looks like the original poster is self promoting an item/merchant the post is likely to be removed.
5) If the deal is regarded as 'spam' the deal will be removed.

Why are some deals posted as 'MISPRICE' ?
Sometimes a deal is seen to be 'too good' which means the poster thinks the item has been mispriced on the website, so they will include the word 'misprice' in the title or you will see it mentioned in the comments people make.
Check out millarcat's post for more detailed info on misprices:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=310275&posted=1#post310275

How do I set up RSS fedds ?
For more info on RSS feeds, see below post by edi:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20618&highlight=feeds

Can I post links to eBay items ?
You can't post links directly to eBay items. Posts for 'Deals' can not be eBay items at all (see above FAQ 'Where did my Hot Deal thread go?').
Replies to 'Deal Requests' can be eBay items, but a link to the item must not be posted, just put the item number in your reply.

Why do my posts not show up straight away? I get a message about needing moderating
Some posts are moderated when a new poster arrives here. It depends on what you're including in your post. Hyperlinks for example will need to be approved by a moderator for 'new users'






[SIZE="4"]TIPS[/SIZE]

Filtering deals
If you want to display all deals on the main front page, not just ones that have reached 'Hot', then on the filter section, just click 'Filter Deals' without changing any search criteria. This will show all deals on main page so you can view pictures too.

Posting on Forum
Before posting a question on the forum, check if the question has already been answered! Read the whole thread before jumping in with your question, it may take a bit of time but will save you from receiving abuse from other members for not reading first. Remember you can also use the 'search this thread' tool to help.

Searching
If you would like an excellent guide on how to use the search features of the site, check out Emma's post. Click the link below:
[COLOR="Blue"]http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43646[/COLOR]
#2
[SIZE="4"]Selling and Trading Forum[/SIZE]

This forum allows you to trade with other members of HUKD. There are some strict guidelines to follow, please read all of the information on here before posting or offering to buy anything:
All information on trading is provided by Admin.


(1)No eBay or external links to an item listed elsewhere. People will find your item on eBay if they're looking, that's how eBay works...honestly.

(2)No businesses or bulk sales. This is for personal trading/selling only. No linking to an external business/eBay store/Amazon store. This applies to other forums too, items are not to be advertised elsewhere.

(3)List an asking price in your listing. Yup this is now a rule. Trust me it's for the better; it encourages offers, sales and discourages low balls. Every item you list should have a legitimate asking price. Obviously you can still haggle over this.

(4)If advertising a ticket sale it should be at cost price and not an inflated price.

(5) No thread spoiling. If you think a price is too high then don't buy the item. Low ball offers should be made by pm and suggestions on a lower price can be pm'd also. HUKD members are pretty savvy and know to check out prices elsewhere (i.e. eBay) before buying.

Guidelines:

The biggest problem with online trading is checking the honesty of the other party. I strongly recommend people use http://www.heatware.com to leave evaluations on trades and sales. Heatware is a third party site so the reputation you build on there can be used on any forum you sell/buy on. If there are enough HUKD members using it I can request to have HUKD added instead of just using "Other".

Outside of this you can use the poster's eBay feedback to establish some kind of trust level. If you do so make sure you contact the user through eBay to make sure the account they state as theirs is indeed theirs.

Use PayPal. PayPal is far from perfect but at least it gives you the chance of recourse if things go pear shaped.

Leaving Feedback on items bought/sold from buyers/sellers: Please read details posted here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=276068



The following message will be posted in every thread made in the 'For Sale or Trade' forum. This is to provide vital information to anyone who wishes to trade.

[COLOR=#0000ff]Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that either party is genuine by providing the following via PM to each other, as well as to Admin or Moderator:

1]Landline[/COLOR][COLOR=#8b0000] telephone number Make a CALL to check out the area code and number are correct too!
[/COLOR][COLOR=blue]2][/COLOR][COLOR=blue]Name and address[/COLOR][COLOR=#8b0000] including postcode
[/COLOR][COLOR=blue]3][/COLOR][COLOR=blue]Valid e-mail[/COLOR][COLOR=#8b0000] address [no disposable addressessuch as @gmail or @yahoo for example].
[/COLOR][COLOR=blue]4][/COLOR][COLOR=blue]Using PayPal[/COLOR][COLOR=#8b0000] then check out eBay feedback if there is any and make a small payment to and from each other to validate the PayPal e-mail address.
[/COLOR][COLOR=blue]5][/COLOR][COLOR=blue]If possible[/COLOR][COLOR=#8b0000], [/COLOR][COLOR=#8b0000]collect and pay for items in person
[/COLOR][COLOR=blue]6][/COLOR][COLOR=blue]Only buy[/COLOR][COLOR=#8b0000] from Verified PayPal Members[/COLOR][COLOR=#8b0000].

Do NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It's in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

[/COLOR][COLOR=blue]NOTE[/COLOR][COLOR=#8b0000]: [/COLOR][COLOR=blue]Please post images of the actual items for sale[/COLOR][COLOR=blue]. This helps your sale or trade by showing the condition and also that you have the product in your possession. Thanks![/COLOR]


[SIZE="4"]Feedback System[/SIZE]

We have a new feedback area for sales/trades that have happened in the HUKD forum. The idea of this area is for members to leave feedback on another member for a trade they did on the HUKD FS/FT forum.

The system is not perfect of course, just as eBay feedback is not but it gives the opportunity for legitimate traders to build up a trading reputation on the forum.

We recommend using this feedback as another tool to gauge the trustworthiness of a seller/buyer. Recommended use would be to look up a trader and check their feedback, check the threads they have been involved in and check which users have left them feedback. If all their feedback comes from unknown members it may not be reputable feedback.

Please understand that having feedback does not mean you can trust a member 100%, it is a tool to help you make your decision. Please use it wisely and fairly. Any abuse will result in a permanent ban from the site.

[COLOR=#0000ff][COLOR=darkslateblue][U][B]
[COLOR=darkslateblue]For details on leaving feedback, Please look here
[/COLOR][/COLOR][/B][/U][/COLOR]
#3
Reserved for page 4 (well you just never know!)

Sorry for all replies that have had to be deleted :-(
#4
[COLOR=navy]Previous replies that were here, are now in this [COLOR=blue]Miscellaneous Forum Thread[/COLOR][/COLOR]

[SIZE=3][COLOR=navy]If you have any suggestions, or questions, they can once again be posted below :)[/COLOR][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][COLOR=#000080]Thanks...[/COLOR][/SIZE]
#5
rayman
They're in the Miscellaneous forum :) I'll link to them now you've reserved the posts above.

Replies can be left here again now if anyone wants to add anything.


You have been most helpful rayman :thumbsup:
#6
No problem, you're doing all the hard work :) Thanks very much!
#7
Can we add something like this to the rep bit please:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/images/reputation/reputation_pos.gif Green lights in your rep mean that you have received positive reputation from someone with a positive reputation score. This will have increased your points.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/images/reputation/reputation_balance.gif Grey lights are also positive rep, but have been given by someone with no reputation, and therefore does not have the ability to affect your reputation score. This will have had no effect on your points.

If you see a red box, this was a negative reputation, meaning someone reduced your points. However, we have now removed the power to negative rep from the forum, so you shuoldn't see any more of these :)
#8
emmajk42
Can we add something like this to the rep bit please:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/images/reputation/reputation_pos.gif Green lights in your rep mean that you have received positive reputation from someone with a positive reputation score. This will have increased your points.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/images/reputation/reputation_balance.gif Grey lights are also positive rep, but have been given by someone with no reputation, and therefore does not have the ability to affect your reputation score. This will have had no effect on your points.

If you see a red box, this was a negative reputation, meaning someone reduced your points. However, we have now removed the power to negative rep from the forum, so you shuoldn't see any more of these :)


Done, and added the reporting abusive posts you asked for yesterday.
#9
Cheers matey :-D
#10
I've created a help thread on searching. Fancy adding the link in somewhere richie?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43646

Thanks :-D
#11
emmajk42
I've created a help thread on searching. Fancy adding the link in somewhere richie?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43646

Thanks :-D


Great post Emma :thumbsup: added to Filtering and tips sections....
#12
Many thanks :) I didn't want to add it in, as it's your brainchild :lol:
#13
every time i try to post a deal i get invalid on screen with no explanation why...can anyone help...thx
:oops:
#14
Does it say invalid further down next to one of the fields as well as at the top? Possibly you've forgotten to add the price?
#15
Very helpful thread, only problem is, I didnt come to comments and suggestions until last week, so wouldnt of seen this as a newcomer. Maybe it would be better somewhere else??
#16
Maybe it should be in Miscellaneous, we'll move it there and see if it attracts more views :)
#17
kelly_o_fanatic
Very helpful thread, only problem is, I didnt come to comments and suggestions until last week, so wouldnt of seen this as a newcomer. Maybe it would be better somewhere else??


Well if you cut down on your posting you would have got around to it sooner!! LOL
#18
I started a thread,asking this,before i saw this,if you get my drift :?

I,ve had to log in on hubbies name,as i requested a reset password a few times now,about 2hrs ago,does it take long to get password email?,as mines got deleted when my pc went for repair ( i know,i should have written it down), i lost everything,folders,pictures,the lot I seem to be getting my emails ok

Thanks in advance guys. Hotscot.
#19
Hi

I'm new to HotUK Deals - freinds have suggested it might help satisfy my shopping habits! I'm useless with technology but just wanted to say that this info is really useful. Many thanks.
#20
Welcome here Lv2shop :)
#21
What temperature do posts have to be before they are shown on the main page?
#22
Animons
What temperature do posts have to be before they are shown on the main page?

I think it's around 60 degrees.
#23
thanks. that's handy to know
#24
History of violence is currently at 46.4 degrees and is on the main page so maybe not as high as that.

But higher than 40 degrees as one of my deals is over 40 deg but under 46 deg and not on main page
#25
Animons
History of violence is currently at 46.4 degrees and is on the main page so maybe not as high as that.

But higher than 40 degrees as one of my deals is over 40 deg but under 46 deg and not on main page


Post #23 in this thread:-
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60247&page=2&highlight=temperature

Admin
60 degrees voting - the final temp may be up or down from this depending on replies etc.
#26
Might seem a stupid question, but I really can't find out/work out how to rate something hot or cold, or how to give reps (not that mine will count towards anyone).
#27
cubelips
Might seem a stupid question, but I really can't find out/work out how to rate something hot or cold, or how to give reps (not that mine will count towards anyone).


See the links in my sig for help :)
#28
Cheers all :) another site im going to be addicted too!
#29
pcnutta
Cheers all :) another site im going to be addicted too!


Welcome to the forums pcnutta!!!
#30
emmajk42
See the links in my sig for help :)


I too wanted to ask how do you vote hot or cold but don't understand your answer. I feel rather stupid but can you clarify what and where your sig is please?

Also, does anyone else find most of the links in their e-mail alerts don't work? I keep getting "Page Not Found" and even if I then search the website still cannot find it !?
[mod]#31
julie777
I too wanted to ask how do you vote hot or cold but don't understand your answer. I feel rather stupid but can you clarify what and where your sig is please?

Also, does anyone else find most of the links in their e-mail alerts don't work? I keep getting "Page Not Found" and even if I then search the website still cannot find it !?


To vote you just click on the HOT or COLD button in the Original Post. :)

Here's Emma's Sigs:

[CENTER][SIZE=4][COLOR=red]:arrow:[/COLOR][/SIZE][SIZE=2][SIZE=4]Helpful links: PLEASE READ:[/SIZE]
[/SIZE]
[SIZE=1]** [/SIZE][SIZE=1][COLOR=red]Newcomer's advice on HUKD[/COLOR][/SIZE][SIZE=1] ** [/SIZE]
[SIZE=1]** [/SIZE][SIZE=1][COLOR=blue]Tips on[/COLOR][COLOR=blue] searching [/COLOR][COLOR=blue]for what you want[/COLOR][/SIZE][SIZE=1][COLOR=black] ** [/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=1][COLOR=black]**[/COLOR][COLOR=red]Advice & tips on posting deals[/COLOR][/SIZE][SIZE=1] ** [/SIZE]
[SIZE=1]** [/SIZE][SIZE=1][COLOR=blue]Quidco info[/COLOR][/SIZE][SIZE=1] **[/SIZE][/CENTER]
#32
julie777
I too wanted to ask how do you vote hot or cold but don't understand your answer. I feel rather stupid but can you clarify what and where your sig is please?

Also, does anyone else find most of the links in their e-mail alerts don't work? I keep getting "Page Not Found" and even if I then search the website still cannot find it !?

Hi Julie, welcome to HUKD. E-mail alerts are sent out automatically, so any time that anyone posts any deal, it gets sent. In general, the mods remove about 1/3 of all deals posted, as they are dupes, self-promotion, in the wrong place etc. This is why you get the page not found error. (You are clicking through to a deal that has already been removed) You would be better using the RSS feeder, as it updates things in real time.
#33
Thanks to you both for the quick answers.
#34
Thanks for the tips :-D
#35
islamisfaith
Thanks for the tips :-D


Welcome to HUKD !
#36
thanks, helpful info
#37
tahnsk a million, answered loads of questions i'd asked
banned#38
Many thanks for this post its very helpful :thumbsup:
#39
Hi, thought I'd post this here.

How do you search for deals? I look at this site everyday, but lets say I'm searching for a great deal on a lcd tv, how do I search through the deals and keep the view on the front page (like you can filter by the merchant). Whenever I search, it goes to the forum but I want to see the actual deals not the thread titles.

Anyway I can do this?
#40
Jasonz
Hi, thought I'd post this here.

How do you search for deals? I look at this site everyday, but lets say I'm searching for a great deal on a lcd tv, how do I search through the deals and keep the view on the front page (like you can filter by the merchant). Whenever I search, it goes to the forum but I want to see the actual deals not the thread titles.

Anyway I can do this?
There's a useful guide here: [SIZE=2][COLOR=blue][B]Searching on HotUKDeals – Helpful hint & tips[/COLOR][/SIZE][/B]

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