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submitted on August 7, 2009 by phunkeey in "Buxr Website / Contests", last updated on August 12, 2009
What happened to the free dog sleeping bag deal?

If a member submits a fake deal they should suffer a points loss as a consequence.

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    Posted by MrCheap on August 7, 2009 [reply] 0 0
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    Posted by YanBz on August 7, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    We don't want to keep spam offers on Buxr not a minute longer than we have to. This is why I rejected the deal. As to the 'points loss', let me discuss this with Mike. We are thinking of revamping our monthly contests for the next month and your suggestion could probably fit well the new plan.
    • redsoxrokk
      Posted by redsoxrokk on August 7, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      What if the user doesn't know if it is spam or not? This might be another reason to put your deal in the contest or not.
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    • phunkeey
      Posted by phunkeey on August 10, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      While the user can't always verify all deals the whole point of buxr is that the deals here are user verified.

      It's cliche, but if it sounds too good to be true. . .
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    Posted by YanBz on September 20, 2009
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    I don't have a solution for this.

    On one hand you are right - deals are verified and voted on by the community. Bad deals (including fraudulent offers) should be voted down and completely disappear when they reach certain threshold. On the other hand, I want to avoid advertising spam/fraud/etc on Buxr at any cost and waiting for the community to take the action is too unpredictable and too long for this purpose.

    There is a big different between a pricey/low value deal and a fraudulent deal. The former can stay on the site and everyone is free to check it out and discuss it. The later must be gone as soon as possible before anyone is hurt. I think in this case we need to forget about the points and the contests and just do what is best for everyone - get rid of dangerous deals
    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on September 20, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      Yan, are you trying to say we should set aside self-interest and do what is best for the community? Where do you get such crazy altruistic notions? (Yes, I'm being facetious.) Big Grin
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    • HouTex
      Posted by HouTex on September 21, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      Can you please tell us more about how to identify these fraudulent offers to avoid submitting them? Are they usually freebies? Do they have pop-ups? Have the experienced users seen them before?
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    Posted by YanBz on September 21, 2009
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    Here are some tips from an earlier blog post (link at the bottom). All of this applies to freebies as well as normal deals

    4. What are some signs of scam freebie offers?

    For me the biggest sign of a scam offer is site design. If the site design looks very simple and basic, almost like it was a template and somebody filled in the blanks, that is a major vote of no confidence. The second big indicator is advertising next to the freebie offer. Legitimate freebies are given away usually because they want you as a future customer or subscriber. Scammer sites are just trying to make a quick buck, hoping you’ll click on one of their ads. Finally, I think an “about page” and contact information are extremely important. If they want your information, and will not disclose their own… run for the hills. If you are pro-freebie hunter, you can always check the domain name registration using a service like whois. If they just registered the domain name for the site the day before, hit the back button on your browser.

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