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If you spot something you may regard as a duplicate, please report it, and mods will make a judgement on it.

We have no hard and fast rules on this kind of thing though

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emmajk42;1718268

If you spot something you may regard as a duplicate, please report it, … If you spot something you may regard as a duplicate, please report it, and mods will make a judgement on it. We have no hard and fast rules on this kind of thing though



OK, that's fair enough, thanks for the quick answer Emma.

The other situation is when someone reposts b/c the price has dropped. Again it's a bit of a judgement call because if it's like 1p it's not worth reposting but if it's substantial then it may be.

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Admin;1718472

The other situation is when someone reposts b/c the price has dropped. … The other situation is when someone reposts b/c the price has dropped. Again it's a bit of a judgement call because if it's like 1p it's not worth reposting but if it's substantial then it may be.



Yeah, I can see why that situation would have to be a judgement call. I'd just spotted a couple things recently that made me wonder, so for furture reference I thought I'd ask if there were any guidelines in place, as I wouldn't want to be taking up your Mods' time (nor mine) with any unnecessary reports. :oops:

Admin;1718472

The other situation is when someone reposts b/c the price has dropped. … The other situation is when someone reposts b/c the price has dropped. Again it's a bit of a judgement call because if it's like 1p it's not worth reposting but if it's substantial then it may be.



I usually leave a post on the original thread saying price has been reduced to £x (if it's worth it) and a suggestion the Op edits the original post.

Do you agree that this also meshes with the vast increase in posting separately for each item in a sale? We used to have a section just for sales e.g. M&S household goods - now we have loads of separate post - knife in one, chopping board in another etc. - not an actual example, just to make the point.
They're not actually duplicates but would all be much better posted in one. It takes an age to go through all the deals posts now. Couldn't the mods amalgamate them??

I'm kind of split on the sale issue. I think a thread should be made for a good sale but also if there are (a) popular items or (b) hugely discounted items it is useful to see them separately. Its like the sale notification gets people looking and then the best of the best can appear by themselves for people who didn't look through the sale.

True but what we don't get hardly anything of now is the sale notification at the start.
Posters seem to have become excessively protective of their posts - icecream springs to mind - and what IMHO would be best would be - sale section as "before the change" that makes it clear that the OP can be edited to add any particularly good finds.

I've had a few 'discussions' about these issues with people recently (you may have noticed, *coughcough*) Anyway, here's my stance, for what it's worth:

It's a tough call with duplicates sometimes. The forum moves so fast, that something under the 'new' tab might be on the second page within a matter of hours, and if people log on and don't look past page one, they don't see it and so assume it hasn't been posted. I reckon 2 or 3 weeks back is a fair enough timeframe to point out a duplicate. People argue in duplicate threads that they hadn't seen the offer before, so it was a good post - but you can't ensure everyone sees everything, otherwise we'd just have a constant rota of deals being repeated. It's up to the user to browse, not for the site to repeat things in the hope they see them.

It doesn't seem to me that there is a culture of taking time to search, people just run in, post a deal, and run off again. Lots of people assume they're the first to spot it, and although it's positive that they share their info, a lot of folks need to remember that there are some really on-the-ball bargain hunters here who get to lots of things first.

What does aggravate me, as happened today with a thread I started, is that someone posted extra information in my thread, and as a result of that I amended the thread title to say there was more info inside, and added the extra info to my original post. Then lo and behold the person who posted the info started their own separate deal with the same info. That kind of thing, I feel, is clutter, and really isn't necessary.

I agree about the sales vs individual items threads - if it's a really good bargain, I'd say at least 50% cheaper than anywhere else, then it deserves its own thread. But as happened with the Play sale this week, there were things which were a quid cheaper than almost everywhere else getting their own threads - clutter time! To be honest, I'm growing weary of the glut of £2.99 DVD threads we seem to be getting. They're just not that special anymore. DVDs are cheap these days, and I don't think a film that is 13 years old, has been on DVD for 7 years and on TV for the past 4 years is a particularly spectacular item. It would be nice to have a 'cheap DVD' thread, but the trouble is, because the forum can have so many settings, not everyone sees "bumped" threads and the thread would just get lost.

I'm getting off track now...um...yeah.
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