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Deal voting and etiquette

submitted on October 9, 2008 by Solstice in "Buxr Website / Contests"
First let me say thank you for this discussion board, as it has long been needed.

However, to the point, I've noticed something in recent days that concerns me. Many of the recent referrals and new members to this site have had some peculiar voting habits.

For those who do not yet know, I feel they should be aware of a few things on how the site works, what is considered good Buxr voting etiquette, and how voting works for the contests.

1. All voting is disclosed in the open, and other members can see how you are voting. Other members can also see which members you referred, as well as how they are voting. The great thing about this site is that everything is out in the open and viewable by all.

2. Consistently voting positive for a single member is not considered good voting etiquette. This creates an unfair advantage in the daily contests, and could cause people to stop voting for that person's deals or those posted by the other voters out of protest. The mods have been known to revoke voting privileges in these cases, and in extreme cases even close accounts. Its fine for members you refer to vote for you, but not just strictly for you, and not on every single deal you post. It just starts looking real shady over time.

3. If you want to vote on an item, preferably vote on it within the first 24 hours of posting so it counts towards the daily contest results. Votes given after daily contest closures don't count much in the end.

Please, lets keep the contests fun and fair for all members.

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    Posted by YanBz on October 9, 2008 [reply] 0 0
    Thanks for bringing this up, Solstice. We take our contests very seriously and any attempt to game them will result in the member account banned or their voting rights revoked.

    Let me elaborate a bit more on the subject. We don't have the resources to police daily Buxr activities and this is why we have made the contests as transparent as possible.

    If you are biased towards any particular member, if you have several friends who vote up solely your deals - any such activity can be easily spotted by others and will ultimately backfire to you - you will lose votes because others will see your unfair advantage.

    Please be objective with your deal votes! Help us move the contests forward and Buxr visitors find the true hot deals!!!
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    Posted by Solstice on October 10, 2008
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    I want to throw something else out there on the same subject.

    I kind of think of this voting system as a "scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" system to some degree.

    At least with me, if I notice that you're posting but not voting for other people much, then I might eventually stop voting for you all together.

    Its a simple help each other scenario. However, if you've posted something like 50 deals and only cast 5 votes, thats just plain sad. It's like saying "I'm here for the goods but forget all you other people."
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      Posted by LadyZaxxon on October 10, 2008 [reply] 0 0
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on October 10, 2008
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      They already have the ability to pick one daily deal with the "editor's choice" award. At some point the people have to speak for themselves. If we all think 99-Cent rubber dog poop is the greatest post ever, then that is the power of the people.

      I give it 24 hours before someone tries to find that post now. Smile
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    • Tarun
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on January 3, 2009
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      Ah yes, but its not 99-cents! Wink
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    Posted by MrCheap on October 10, 2008 [reply] 0 0
    Interesting comparison. Never looked at it that way. Maybe because I don't submit deals that much. What I would like is more rewards for deal voters. I understand you guys spend time digging out these deals but the contests will simply not work without others voting up these deals.

    It is pretty obvious that if you don't submit you have no chance to win the monthly contest. I wish those who spend time on Buxr and contribute with votes and comments are rewarded as well, not just the submitters. Just my two cents
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    Posted by steve_05 on October 13, 2008 [reply] 0 0
    Solstice this question is for you. I'm just a bit curious on something, I noticed that your one of few that rarely ever vote on the things I post. Now, I'm not to good on posting a HOT laptop, or a HOT electronic fot that matter. But when it comes to coupons and saving a few bucks, I know a good deal when I see one. Is there certain coupons you look for? I know you only win half when you post a coupon or a freebie, but to me I think people now could really use all the freebies and coupons they can get their hands on. Just a friendly question for you.
    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on October 14, 2008
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      Firstly, the fates of fortune are fickle at our fair Buxr (Say that five time fast!)

      Heres what I mean, the real snag of things is that what works one day does not the next, and what should have worked does not sometimes. Here is a real good example of two posts posted 24 hours apart that are exactly the same deal, just two different stores. (Only 3 people cared) (7 People cared and "Deal of the Day")

      That and to be honest every person is looking for different things. The truth is that I'm not that big on coupons. I vote them up now and then if its really good, but usually I just don't care. For me unless I can see how and on what its going to be applied then its often not worth the effort.

      As for freebies, we have all seen a lot of those, and I've seen a lot of them never show up. So for freebies it has to be special in some way in my viewpoint, such as a unique or really good freebie. A free sample of Lactaid not so much, but a free umbrella from Environmental Defense Fund is unique and worth more. (Shameless Protest) That and lately a lot of older freebies have begun to resurface since they have aged over 30 days, which means if I already have one they won't send me another. Lastly, on that same note, I don't personally come here for a "freebie site", as we all know there are plenty of those out there. I'm looking more for physical item deals. That does not mean I won't ever vote up a freebie, or even post them myself occasionally, just that they are not always the breadwinner with me.

      Outside of that I don't know what to tell you, as you seem to vote for other people and run a decent Votes Cast vs. Deals Posted ratio(About 2:1 which is the minimum I like to see from people) Additionally, as far as I know your not cheating either nor have you ever. (I have caught a few people in the past, and this turns people against you, and me fairly quickly.) Therefore, the only conclusion I can draw is that people have just liked other people's deals better, that those you posted were perhaps not as great as others, or its just not what people are looking for at this point and time.

      I don't know if that helps at all, but I tried Smile
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    Posted by Solstice on January 2, 2009
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    Bumping this thread back to the top, as I think it has become relevant again.
    This issue bothered me three months ago, it still does, and its still here.

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