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[color=darkblue]Well... the freebies in most newspapers are for a CD or DVD. If they're posted the week/day before the promotion or on the day, I feel they should be left on their own, as it's handy to glance at the topic + see the free item's title. It is then up to the reader whether to rush out + buy the promotional paper/magazine.

If the free CD requires you to buy the Sunday/Next Week's paper to complete the collection, that should be kept within the same thread + noted in the title.

So personally, I'd prefer them left as they are. Most people buy a paper anyway, which does make the other paper's promotion, a chance to try their paper along with a free gift. A fair choice for money you'd be spending anyway [I think].

Also, once the deal is gone, the topic floats down the page anyway, so shouldn't be a problem?

To me, the paper/magazine gifts are freebies, although I do see your point of not totally free. Another section for "sort of free" would be a bit pointless [I think].

Freebies should be a "loose" term [I think :lol:] It sometimes slips into Hot Deals categories because it is fairly loose now, which is good if it's the right kind of free [or part free] hot deal.[/color]

After giving this one a little thought, I would have to choose option number 2 as being best in my case...

My reasoning is that, it would be handy for all in one weekly place, but even more handy is the fact that if my option is set to be 'notified of any replies to this thread' were chosen, I would get emailed everytime someone adds a new promo to the list...
by rights, I shouldn't be able to miss even one or find the post from amongst other, too late (which is often the case with me) :wink:

If they were all to be kept separate like they currently are, I cannot possibly have that advantage :wink:

on the opposite side of the coin, if I didn't want to know whats in the papers, I wouldn't have to look...
atm I have opened up some threads when checking out some free offers to apply for, only to find out that were newspaper one's which wasn't clearly titled... this does get a little thrustrating at times when I am finding access to some threads are often very slow, sometimes I think I am still on a dialup service, when I am used to 1mb access...

That's my penny worth over who is next...

Not sure how I add my 'vote' to the chart - but I'm quite happy to leave them as they are - basically for the same reasons as Rayman so I won't repeat his comments.

MissPiggy

I was wondering if it was time to do something constructive with the … I was wondering if it was time to do something constructive with the current growing number of newspaper/magazine promo posts, these often comprise of only half a sentence & can easily be missed


I think it's useful to be able to look at the freebies board and see at a glance what the posts are. Having to click on a thread to find out what new freebie's been added makes it more complicated than necessary rather than being able to tell from the title of a separate post what the freebie is.

You also could find that someone is just making a comment on a previous freebie in the thread, which could be useful if you're interested in that freebie or very annoying if you're not. You could also miss info on a freebie you're interested in if it's lost in a long thread.

Having one thread would also make it much more inconvenient for posting new freebies. The big advantage of having them listed seperately is it's easy to look down the board and see if they've been posted before. Having them all on one long thread means having to check through maybe several pages.

I don't see that there is a problem, anyway. It was different when all the competition posts were disrupting the freebie board. It made sense to add a new board. The newspaper freebies aren't causing any problem, imho that's what the boards there for.

MissPiggy

Should consideration be made for a separate section, being that that are … Should consideration be made for a separate section, being that that are a promo that requires you to obtain a copy of a particular paper or magazine from your newsagents before you can participate, that makes it slightly different from a freebie


If you start having too many different boards, you end up with something like MSE. Too many boards to check, so you end up not looking at any. I think people generally realise that a freebie is often given away free with something you buy, like a newspaper. If you start saying freebies can only be things that you can get free, then you'd have to remove a lot of posts from the freebie board, not just newspaper freebies, and you'd have some cinema tickets on a "free" freebie board and some on a "you have to buy something as well" board. So you end up with something much more complicated.

MissPiggy

Whether a combined 'weekly' thread, left floating in 'freebies' so that … Whether a combined 'weekly' thread, left floating in 'freebies' so that when they become expired they will float down to the bottom of the posts whilst a new current weekly one takes over hovering at the top of the posts, making it easier to find them, all in one weekly basket, easier to find, harder to miss any of them


Expired separate posts "float down" too. I use the "see latest messages" to check for new posts. If it just says there is a new post on the "newspaper freebie" thread, then I won't have a clue what it is. I'll have to click on that thread and wait for it to load. Much easier to see in the title of a separate post what the freebie is, so I can decide if I want to see more details. One long thread makes it more likely I'd miss one I might be interested in.

MissPiggy

One point to remember, most newspaper promo's do only last for just the … One point to remember, most newspaper promo's do only last for just the one day, carrying a voucher. miss buying the days paper & that is your lot


Keep them separate and make sure the expiry date is in the title. Easy, simple and efficient for looking at freebies and posting them

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[color=darkblue]Interesting point LC[/color]


[color=darkblue]Thanks also for the reply, jcat, some interesting points to discuss

rayman, perhaps I can encourage more members to join in too, you never know [/color] :wink:

LoneCrusader

My reasoning is that, it would be handy for all in one weekly place, but … My reasoning is that, it would be handy for all in one weekly place, but even more handy is the fact that if my option is set to be 'notified of any replies to this thread' were chosen, I would get emailed everytime someone adds a new promo to the list... by rights, I shouldn't be able to miss even one or find the post from amongst other, too late (which is often the case with me) :wink:

MissPiggy

I was wondering if it was time to do something constructive with the … I was wondering if it was time to do something constructive with the current growing number of newspaper/magazine promo posts, these often comprise of only half a sentence & can easily be missed

jcat

Having one thread would also make it much more inconvenient for posting … Having one thread would also make it much more inconvenient for posting new freebies. The big advantage of having them listed seperately is it's easy to look down the board and see if they've been posted before. Having them all on one long thread means having to check through maybe several pages.I don't see that there is a problem, anyway.

MissPiggy

Should consideration be made for a separate section, being that that are … Should consideration be made for a separate section, being that that are a promo that requires you to obtain a copy of a particular paper or magazine from your newsagents before you can participate, that makes it slightly different from a freebie

MissPiggy

Whether a combined 'weekly' thread, left floating in 'freebies' so that … Whether a combined 'weekly' thread, left floating in 'freebies' so that when they become expired they will float down to the bottom of the posts whilst a new current weekly one takes over hovering at the top of the posts, making it easier to find them, all in one weekly basket, easier to find, harder to miss any of them

MissPiggy

One point to remember, most newspaper promo's do only last for just the … One point to remember, most newspaper promo's do only last for just the one day, carrying a voucher. miss buying the days paper & that is your lot



[color=darkblue]Just a small pointer, I went back the last 7 days, not even one newspaper post had any replies at all, so I went back another week, still no replies, if that trend continued, it would be clear that in a combined thread any new additions would clearly be something of importance like an addition[/color] :wink:



[color=darkblue]I would just like to mention that it would be unlikely for their to be one long thread going by the current history, as their were 10 scattered paper posts this week, only 7 the week before, none with replies, surely under that cercumstance, it would be easier to check for duplicates in one short thread as opposed to scanning back several pages, it is simular to what you have mentioned but in practice it has proved dead opposite [/color]:wink:

jcat

If you start having too many different boards, you end up with something … If you start having too many different boards, you end up with something like MSE. Too many boards to check, so you end up not looking at any. I think people generally realise that a freebie is often given away free with something you buy, like a newspaper. If you start saying freebies can only be things that you can get free, then you'd have to remove a lot of posts from the freebie board, not just newspaper freebies, and you'd have some cinema tickets on a "free" freebie board and some on a "you have to buy something as well" board. So you end up with something much more complicated.



[color=darkblue]I couldn't agree more, I don't think a separate section is warranted but I added it to the options as it was put forward to me earlier by another member [/color] :wink:

jcat

Expired separate posts "float down" too. I use the "see latest messages" … Expired separate posts "float down" too. I use the "see latest messages" to check for new posts. If it just says there is a new post on the "newspaper freebie" thread, then I won't have a clue what it is. I'll have to click on that thread and wait for it to load. Much easier to see in the title of a separate post what the freebie is, so I can decide if I want to see more details. One long thread makes it more likely I'd miss one I might be interested in.



[color=darkblue]As already mentioned above, there hasn't been enough to miss a post in amongst a thread of 10, with no replies in last 2 weeks, it would be extremely likely it would be an addition, bering in mind that you are a major contributor when it comes to finding newspaper offers, if we had been using a common weekly thread, I would have thought that you would always be aware of its contents[/color] :wink:

jcat

Keep them separate and make sure the expiry date is in the title. Easy, … Keep them separate and make sure the expiry date is in the title. Easy, simple and efficient for looking at freebies and posting them


[color=darkblue]In practice, it isn't the case, the mention of a paper or any expiry date is not always contained in the titles [/color] :wink:

[color=darkblue]Just for curiosity, jcat, when the majority of the offer posts happen to be yours anyway, couldn't you have led a weekly paper/mag/comic thread rather than posting them all separately, ungrouped[/color] :wink:

MissPiggy

I would just like to mention that it would be unlikely for their to be … I would just like to mention that it would be unlikely for their to be one long thread going by the current history, as their were 10 scattered paper posts this week, only 7 the week before, none with replies, surely under that cercumstance, it would be easier to check for duplicates in one short thread as opposed to scanning back several pages, it is simular to what you have mentioned but in practice it has proved dead opposite


If there have just been 10 this week and only 7 the week before, why is it a problem?

MissPiggy

bering in mind that you are a major contributor when it comes to finding … bering in mind that you are a major contributor when it comes to finding newspaper offers, if we had been using a common weekly thread, I would have thought that you would always be aware of its contents.


MissPiggy

Just for curiosity, jcat, when the majority of the offer posts happen to … Just for curiosity, jcat, when the majority of the offer posts happen to be yours anyway, couldn't you have led a weekly paper/mag/comic thread rather than posting them all separately, ungrouped


As it's causing you such a problem, I won't post any more of them.

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MissPiggy

I would just like to mention that it would be unlikely for their to be … I would just like to mention that it would be unlikely for their to be one long thread going by the current history, as their were 10 scattered paper posts this week, only 7 the week before, none with replies, surely under that cercumstance, it would be easier to check for duplicates in one short thread as opposed to scanning back several pages, it is simular to what you have mentioned but in practice it has proved dead opposite

MissPiggy

bering in mind that you are a major contributor when it comes to finding … bering in mind that you are a major contributor when it comes to finding newspaper offers, if we had been using a common weekly thread, I would have thought that you would always be aware of its contents.

MissPiggy

Just for curiosity, jcat, when the majority of the offer posts happen to … Just for curiosity, jcat, when the majority of the offer posts happen to be yours anyway, couldn't you have led a weekly paper/mag/comic thread rather than posting them all separately, ungrouped



[color=darkblue]Firstly, I didn't class the posts as a problem, I considered that there may have been a better way to handle them, after all, I have noticed that the idea in general works completely great in 'Hot Deals' with offers from Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl, Makros probably more too others involved in the making of those merged weekly/fortnightly threads weren't offended

I figured that an option like that could have worked with the newspaper/mag offers, grouping them, I even asked for anyone to offer any other ideas too

I had rather hoped that you would have taken the lead & done simular in our freebie section & had pride in doing so, but obviously not

This was meant to be a poll & discussion with suggestions as well as to hear any opinions, even to get people to respond, to get some talking to each other even, perhaps I was hoping too much[/color]

MissPiggy

I would just like to mention that it would be unlikely for their to be … I would just like to mention that it would be unlikely for their to be one long thread going by the current history, as their were 10 scattered paper posts this week, only 7 the week before, none with replies, surely under that cercumstance, it would be easier to check for duplicates in one short thread as opposed to scanning back several pages, it is simular to what you have mentioned but in practice it has proved dead opposite

MissPiggy

bering in mind that you are a major contributor when it comes to finding … bering in mind that you are a major contributor when it comes to finding newspaper offers, if we had been using a common weekly thread, I would have thought that you would always be aware of its contents.

MissPiggy

Just for curiosity, jcat, when the majority of the offer posts happen to … Just for curiosity, jcat, when the majority of the offer posts happen to be yours anyway, couldn't you have led a weekly paper/mag/comic thread rather than posting them all separately, ungrouped


[color=darkblue]Hmm... I think we all need to step back a bit.

MissPiggy I know you're trying to generate a discussion [which is great :)] , not an argument + jcat is feeling a little hurt for thinking she/he's posting too many newspaper offers Please don't stop posting them as I know MissPiggy didn't start the debate with that in mind!

It's good to be able to find out what other members think of all the forums in general. If there are disputes over who's posting what, where + how, it all gets sorted in the end by this method of talking to each other.

The main thing is the spirit of HUKD, which has always been upbeat + good humoured, without too much controversy. Everyone that contributes to the site has a right to have a say in the way the forums are running. When it comes to changes such as this merging thread, everyone needs put in their ideas, but really, a few posts a week on newspaper/magazine freebies, isn't important enough to get all upset over.

So... let's use the poll option + discussion/ideas to the advantage of all of us, just as intended.[/color]

If I can throw my 5p in the ring....

My view is that the value of a 'collecting' thread depends on the value of the posts. For example if the posts are all titled "Free CD in Star" I'm going to have to click on the thread just to see if there's any more details. I know there's a free CD pretty much every weekend so that's not big news...and thus it works well collected in a thread for those who like their free newspaper CD's. HOWEVER...I might be a big Bee Gees fan and while I would normally not care about free CDs I might if it was a best of Bee Gees b-sides from the later waning years of a dying career. So what I'm saying is I think it is possibly more useful if the post titles were more descriptive and left in the regular forum. If they are just general notifications than they are probably better in a single thread as it's only one click to check the single thread rather than 7 clicks to check every CD freebie thread to see if I"m interested.

My next however is I think this kind of thread is a great thing....even if some temperatures start rising Final decisions will always rest with myself and the mods and I hope we all can respect that, however on this site every user's opinion is valued and I hope you can appreciate that at least everyone has a voice in shaping this site.

And hopefully at the end of the day we all know that the formatting of a newspaper freebie thread on an internet forum isn't worth losing friendships over

And hopefully at the end of the day we all know that the formatting of a … And hopefully at the end of the day we all know that the formatting of a newspaper freebie thread on an internet forum isn't worth losing friendships over



Good point Admin.
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