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We need a better way to prevent dupes

submitted on January 9, 2010 by phunkeey in "Buxr Website / Contests"
Why is this deal expired it works fine?

  • 48690
    Posted by phunkeey on January 9, 2010
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    To download your free The Biggest L**** and SUBWAY® Workout Mix, please enter a valid email address below.

    Your download will begin after you press the Submit Email button.
  • 48692
    Posted by phunkeey on January 9, 2010
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    The deal works. The dupe didn't show up in my search because it had been expired.

    So here's the original:****

    We need a better way to prevent dupes. It wastes everybody's time.
  • 48709
    Posted by YanBz on January 9, 2010
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    "better way to prevent dupes" is easier to say than to actually do. Digg has struggled with it for a long time, and still do
  • 48753
    11 8 1
    Posted by equipurple on January 10, 2010
    [reply] 6 0
    Unfortunately, I think human capacity is the best way to avoid dupes, specifically when submitting deals. Buxr compares URLs of submitted deals nd kicks out dupes in submissions, as it does with duplicated coupon codes.
    The Bigest L**** was the same product from two different sites. Searching for "biggest" or "l****" or "subway" when (or prior to) submitting the second deal would likely have shown the duplicate offering, assuming the deal search algorithms are in tip top shape.
    My first thought is a required check box on the first submission page that says "I have checked and this deal is not already submitted." But I fear that would significantly reduce submissions by more causal users by increasing the difficulty of submitting.
    Perhaps then a gentle reminder that is displayed regularly to newer users and occasionally to seasoned users that tells us to search for key words in our deals prior to submission?
    Finally, while Biggest L**** was a very noticeable example, is dupe deals a big problem in the larger scheme?
    • HouTex
      Posted by HouTex on January 10, 2010
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      In this particular case, the original deal was expired in error. (It actually may have been dead for a brief period until they posted an alternate download link, which didn't even require a code anymore.) So the search would have to have included the "show expired" option, and the other deal tested to see if it was really dead. I think that's a very unique situation. Usually when I search for duplicates, I find an old deal still listed as active without expiration date but really no longer available, and have to flag it so before submitting the new one.
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    10 8 1
    Posted by steve_05 on January 10, 2010
    [reply] 7 0
    Here's a solution: Check before posting. Common sense isn't common anymore Eeek

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