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Three Ways to Avoid Duplicates and Rejections with Submissions

submitted on June 14, 2010 by Solstice in "Buxr Website / Contests", last updated on January 6, 2012 by YanBz
Tip#1:
When searching for duplicates, you can use the "Search older deals" function located on the right hand side of the screen. this option comes up after your initial search.

Remember, freebies can never be re-submitted on Buxr, and sometimes they can linger for a long time on the Internet. This means a freebie could have posted a long time ago, but you need to use the "Search older deals" to find it.

If you find one that is still available but older, just flag it as "Alive Again".

Tip#2:
Try to use unique words to narrow down your search results, and/or combine two or three words to further narrow the results.

Example: Searching for "algebra", and then initiating the "Search older deals" function, only produces a mere 3 results to look at.
http://www.buxr.com/search/ind.....l/days/365

Example: Searching for "math", and then initiating the "Search older deals" function, produces 31 results. A difference of ten times as many results!
http://www.buxr.com/search/ind.....l/days/365

Tip#3:

Make sure your "customize the view" box has these selections: "Expired: Show" and "Area: All Deals". This will guarantee you don't miss deals available in select cities, or expired deals. More info about customizing your deals view can be found on this wiki page:
http://www.buxr.com/wiki/getti.....deals_page
 

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  • 66355
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on June 15, 2010
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    Thanks, Solstice, these are good tips. I just re-designed the "Search older deals" feature today so the link is now placed more prominently on the page. You can now find it on the right hand side of your deal and coupon search results - circled in the screenshot below (the link used to be at the bottom of the search results page).

  • 66361
    tammy987
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    Posted by tammy987 on June 15, 2010
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    Great tips. Thanks. I think I tend to be too specific when searching. Sounds like I should be more generic in terms.
  • 66378
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on June 15, 2010
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    I usually search fairly well but wasn't aware of the "search older deals" feature. Hmmm, makes me wonder if Solstice was thinking about me during this discussion....LOL
  • 66418
    acidreign
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    Posted by acidreign on June 15, 2010
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    oh no! I'm using Google Chrome for the first time and when I clicked "Positive" on the vote, it registered as "Negative"! I guess on the discussion it doesn't have a pop up window to ask you to comment on why you're voting it down. SO SORRY! I actually thought this was a really helpful topic! Red Face
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on June 15, 2010
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      Alright, good news! the voting issues on Chrome should be a thing in the past. A few hours of digging around, a couple beers and everything seems to be working now! Give it a run and tell me that I didn't waste all that beer for nothing Smile
    • 66452
    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on June 15, 2010
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      Well it doesn't look like you wasted the beer. Seems to be working great for me now.
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    • YanBz
      admin
      Posted by YanBz on June 15, 2010
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      All that beer by the way was there to relieve the stress I had after several hours of not being able to find anything that works.

      If you don't mind the technical details, the issue turned out to be really tricky. It appears Google Chrome sets the clickable (hot) area of a link based on the default font size that link has and this area can go over the size of the link itself. The trick is that the voting links are images (up and down arrows) and have no visible font. What happens then, by coincidence the default font size turned out to be much larger than the arrow height and the up and down clickable areas have overlapped. Now, since the down arrow paints itself after the up arrow, it overshadows the up-arrow's clickable area and takes over control even if you click above and outside it (within the up arrow's image boundaries). This doesn't happen with IE or Firefox that probably truncate the clickable area down to the size of the link (image in this case).

      I didn't find any documentation on this and at the end just guessed my way through. Smile
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on June 16, 2010
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      That's the way it always ends up for me. There's no guide or anything so I just wing it. It gives you a better sense of satisfaction though knowing you did it all by yourself though. Big Grin
  • 66472
    deby32953
    professor
    Posted by deby32953 on June 15, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    I do search the older deals. One problem I have is the deals that have been rejected in the past that I'm not aware of that you then again reject from me, then I lose a credit & my rejection % soars. Wouldn't it be easier if all submitters put the store or title of the product 1st? I have used every word possible in searching for past deals & do look at older deals and they still don't pop until I submit them. I still need more tips I guess.
  • 66473
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on June 15, 2010
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    Don't fret, advanced search is in the works. With it you will be able to search inactive/rejected deals and narrow your search by store. It just takes time but eventually I will get it done.
  • 66577
    acidreign
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    Posted by acidreign on June 16, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Thanks YanBz for all the efforts (and beers) that you put in fixing the Chrome issue! Much appreciated! Smile
  • 66579
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on June 16, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    I found out before the issue was worked on that with Chrome, you had to click above the positive arrow to get it to work. Thankfully, I don't have to do that, anymore.
  • 114330
    CouponNut
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    Posted by CouponNut on May 14, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Seems to me the first three words are important when searching for duplicate deals, but it doesn't help if you start with a dollar sign $.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on May 14, 2011
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      I think you'd probably get better results with a keyword or part of the product name.
      Adding a dollar value or long string of words may narrow your search too much.
  • 114351
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on May 15, 2011
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    One more tip needs to be added to this topic: make sure your "customize the view" box has these selections: "Expired: Show" and "Area: All Deals". This will guarantee you don't miss deals available in select cities, or expired deals. More info about customizing your deals view can be found on this wiki page: http://www.buxr.com/wiki/getti.....deals_page
  • 138675
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on January 6, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Bumping up this very valuable topic. I am also going to move some of these tips to our wiki
  • 138678
    sandyshore
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    Posted by sandyshore on January 6, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    I have a question since I see it mentioned in the comments to this post. Is it possible to search rejected deals? I had wondered about a submission a while back that I thought may have been a duplicate to something that was rejected. I couldn't find any way to search rejected deals.
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on January 6, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      No, search is not available for rejected deals
  • 138690
    ramadass
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    Posted by ramadass on January 6, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Thanks!
  • 160483
    Goofy_Girl
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    Posted by Goofy_Girl on September 26, 2012, merged on September 26, 2012 by sandyshore
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    OK, this has happened to me SEVERAL times already.

    I do a quick search for a code, nothing comes up, so I figure it's OK to go ahead and submit a deal without worrying about submitting a duplicate, right?

    WRONG!

    I recently did a search for: AV121064 and nothing came up so I went ahead and submitted my deal. Also, during submission there was no warning.

    Then several minutes later I get an email stating my deal was rejected because someone else submitted that code: AV121064 like, 147 days ago.

    And NOW it comes up.

    WT*?

    How can I be ABSOLUTELY SURE I'm not submitting a duplicate if I do a search, it comes out clear, and there is no warning during submission?

    Am I missing something here?

    Or is it not possible to be absolutely sure at this time?


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  • 160484
    sandyshore
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    Posted by sandyshore on September 26, 2012
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    Goofy_Girl, I think this older topic thread is still very relevant and will answer many of your questions. Pay particular attention to the initial post by Solstice, especially the third section on 'customize your view'. Also, make sure after your initial search you select "search older deals" to reveal any deals that may be older and continue to be flagged alive again.

    Anymore questions, feel free to post them in this topic. Everyone will benefit from the reminders and any information shared.
  • 160501
    HouTex
    admin
    Posted by HouTex on September 26, 2012
    [reply] 1 0
    Goofy_Girl, on this particular deal that you are asking about, the last expiration date for the previous submission was 8/31/12 (less than 30 days ago). The expiration date had already been extended once before. That is the the defining factor in reactivating it, and not the date it was first posted.
  • 160510
    Goofy_Girl
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    Posted by Goofy_Girl on September 26, 2012
    [reply] 1 0
    Oh, I see. I have to search twice. First on the main board, then at the right where it says "Search Older Deals."

    Okie Dokie Smile
  • 169080
    sandyshore
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    Posted by sandyshore on February 15, 2013
    [reply] 1 0
    Bumping to the top for newer users.
  • 171257
    YanBz
    admin
    Posted by YanBz on March 16, 2013 [reply] 0 0
    Bumping up again. This discussion has so many useful tips it has to be in everyone's "favorite list"! Smile
  • 184581
    HouTex
    admin
    Posted by HouTex on October 28, 2013 [reply] 0 0
    Giving this topic another bump to share all the good searching tips with new members.
    Click the "+" to add to your "favorites" list.

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