Several recent forum posts by Admin/moderators and users have given useful information on several aspects of the site. Rather than having people search through various threads trying to find the information they require, I decided to post all the useful information I have seen recently I one place.
This should also give newcomers an idea as to what the site is, and how to use it.
Please add any suggestion/corrections that are needed by replying to this thread.
[U What is HotUKDeals?
Exactly what it says, Hot deals for products/services and of course aimed at the UK.
Anybody can post information about what they think is a Hot Deal, as long as you are registered with the site (free to register, and only takes a minute) you can post deals, be it something available online, only available for purchase in store, or both.
The idea is to create a community sharing deals with one another, so we can all grab a bargain :)
[U How is the site laid out?
The main page ( http://www.hotukdeals.co.ukhttp://www.hotukdeals.co.uk
) displays all the latest Hot deals. Only deals that have been voted hot by users, and reach a certain temperature rating (more on this later) will be displayed on the main page.
To see all other deals that have been posted, but not made it hot, click on the Forum link at the top of the screen http://www.nil.clan-hosts.net/hduk/forum.jpg
, then click on Hot Deals sub-forum:http://www.nil.clan-hosts.net/hduk/deals.jpg
This is where all the deals are posted, and clicking on a deal will give the posters information on it, allow you to vote the deal hot or cold, and post comments.
The forum has several sub-forums, including Hot Deals (as above), Deal Requests, For Sale Or Trade, Free Free Freebies, Odds Are, Miscellaneous Musings and Random Nonsense, Comments And Suggestions.
You are welcome to post in any of these forums.
[U Posting a new Deal
Clicking on http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/images/custom_buttons/newthread.gif
within the Hot Deals or Freebies forum will give you the screen to post your own Hot Deal.
Follow this post by rayman on how to correctly post your deal:http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25646http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25646
You can also post a new deal from the main front page by clicking:http://www.hotukdeals.com/images/hotukdeals_05.gif
at the top right of the screen.
[U Voucher Codes:
Clicking on http://www.nil.clan-hosts.net/hduk/vouchers.jpg
at the top of the main front page will give you a list of all voucher codes that have been submitted. These can vary from a % off the price, x amount of pounds off or free delivery.
Click a voucher under details and this will give you additional information, such as how to use the voucher, expiry date (if known) and a 'use this voucher' link to the merchant:http://www.hotukdeals.com/images/voucher_usebutton.gif
Vouchers can be submitted in the same way as Deals see above.
[U Filtering the Deals
On the main front page, you also have the option to filter deals. You can filter deals by merchant, category and type. This can be a useful way to find the types of deals you are looking for.
An example filter screen is shown below:http://www.nil.clan-hosts.net/hduk/filter.jpg
Clicking 'Filter Deals' will display all deals matching the above criteria.
For more detailed information on searching and using the filters, check Emma's guide below:http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43646http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43646
[U Deal Alerts
on the main front page gives you the option to set up RSS feeds on deals. This will allow you to receive RSS feeds on the deals you have requested, as these can be filtered by Category, Merchant and Tags.
[U The Temperature Gage (Hot Deals) What is it? http://www.nil.clan-hosts.net/hduk/temp.jpg
The temperature gage is used to judge how hot a deal is, and if it should make it to the main front page. Once a deal reaches a certain temperature it is added to the main page of HotUKDeals. Anybody registered can click hot or cold on a particular deal, and this will increase or decrease the gage. There are several factors on how much impact your vote will have, as explained by Admin below:
The voting rep is based on the temperature of deals you have submitted, the time registered, number of posts, and forum rep. The first is by far the largest and the other factors are there to balance it out and give some voting rep to people who spend their time helping others etc in the forum.
So if you want to have a larger impact voting for deals, your best bet is to start posting your own hot deals, and the hotter they are voted, the more impact you will have when voting.
[U Tags What are they for?
Tags are entered against a deal, as single words or multiple words. Tags allow deals to be linked. For example, if a Dell PC is listed, tags entered could be Dell, PC or Computer for example. Clicking on the tag Computer would bring up all other deals with the tag Computer. This is another way to search for the deals you are interested in.
Tags are entered when a deal is originally posted, but anybody can add additional tags to an existing post. On a deal listing, at the end of the tags list, just click add a tag http://www.nil.clan-hosts.net/hduk/tags.jpg
to add your own to that deal.
On the next screen you will see the 'Edit Deal' screen, the image below shows where to add your own tags:http://www.nil.clan-hosts.net/hduk/add_tags.jpg
Having added your tags, click 'submit changes'
For a complete guide on Tags, please see the below post by Admin:http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40892&highlight=tagshttp://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40892&highlight=tags
[U Expired Button: Reporting an expired deal (as explained by Admin)
One of the most important things you can do as a member is help keep offers and voucher codes up to date by clicking the EXPIRED button when an offer has ended or when a voucher code no longer works:http://www.nil.clan-hosts.net/hduk/expired.jpg
When you click the button it counts as a vote and when enough members vote EXPIRED then the deal is marked as expired. EXPIRED will then automatically show in its title and it will drop out of the active deals list. Also, if it is a voucher it will no longer appear in the vouchers list.
So as you can see, particularly with vouchers, this is a very important thing! You can find the button on the bottom right side of the deal, along with the Edit button.
[U Reporting Abusive Forum Posts
If you want to report a thread on HUKD that is offensive or spam, please click the abuse button - http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/images/custom_buttons/report.gif
This contacts all available mods online at that time.
If you are in any doubt about a post, click the abuse button and let a Moderator check it out.
Please try and avoid posting a reply having reported it, as this can cause issues if a moderator is removing the post at the time you are writing a reply.
[U Reputation What is it? (the little green bar) Described by duckmagicuk2http://www.nil.clan-hosts.net/hduk/reputation.jpg
You click on the http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/images/custom_buttons/reputation.gif
button underneath somebody's username if you find their post helpful. You are encouraged to spread it around as much as you like. When you click on the button you can leave positive rep (for helpful deals and things which have helped)
You can also leave a comment. Reputation is anonymous, however the recipient of the reputation will be able to see the comment and which post was made.
You can view your reputation points and comments people have left for you >>http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/usercp.php
HERE <<, the page can also be accessed by clicking on "User CP" near the top-left of the forum. The most recent 5 comments are available for view, and the points are in the top right of the page.
What the different coloured boxes mean: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. http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/images/reputation/reputation_neg.gif
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 :)
More info on reputation in this thread:http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22550&highlight=reputationhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22550&highlight=reputation