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Poll: Replying "Thanks" (etc.) in Contest Threads

Should users be allowed to reply "thanks" or "good luck" or "entered" (or similar) simply for the purpose of marking whether or not they've viewed the contest post?

Should replies be restricted to substantive matters, such as specific contest discussions, posting of codes, asking for help, etc.?

Both sides have ardent followers. Only one side can rule. Which way is best? You decide! Yes... you! If you don't vote, don't be surprised or angry when your preferred option isn't chosen!

Let's see if we can get at least 100 votes, and at least a 70% majority. This isn't a scientific poll, nor a mandatory poll, nor a poll with prizes for the voters (rats!)... so the 100/70% is purely arbitrary and may be modified depending on how substantial the turn-out and how close the results are. Hopefully the turn-out will be sufficient to wrap up the poll in a week or two.

Please also post your comments. Try to sway others to your preferred option.

It's a secret ballot, one vote per person, airfare not included.
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Newbie
Dec 20, 2009
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Scarborough
restrict to substantive matters .It should be assumed by its use that everyone appreciates the postings
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I have stickied the thread so it doesn't get buried.
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It would take me too long to re-list all my arguments for why I think contest thread replies should only be for substantive matters, so here it is in a nutshell:

http://forums.redflagdeals.com/contest- ... st14192999

Thanks to gbamber for doing the poll again. It's been over two years since the last one, so it's due.

And thanks to vilmark for stickying it.
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Nov 8, 2009
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Voted!...... I mean thanks!....... I mean good luck! oh, I'm going back to work :D
2011 TOTAL = $9307 :D , 2012 TOTAL = $3716.48
2013 TOTAL = $3451.50, 2014 TOTAL = $8274.49
2015 TOTAL = $3969, 2016 TOTAL = $355.... so far
Jr. Member
Aug 22, 2012
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Oshawa
I vote for substantive only in the threads. There is a thanks button for saying thanks so that should be used. Whether or not someone has entered is only of interest to that individual.
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Feb 16, 2012
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Weird, as someone fairly new-ish to the site I merely thought it was good etiquette to thank the poster. I guess if someone really wants to police this...enjoy :)
Contesting highlights: Resort accommodation & lift passes (2013); Case of Toblerone (2012); Listerine prize pack (2014); Custom chalk art poster (2014); Jac Out of the Box Jewelry ring (2014); George's Lotion gift set (2012); Zax's Cream gift set (2012), Hamilton Beach Blender (2014).
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sweetirina wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2013 3:09 pm
Weird, as someone fairly new-ish to the site I merely thought it was good etiquette to thank the poster. I guess if someone really wants to police this...enjoy :)
If you want to do that, as has been mentioned the "Thanks" button will do the same thing.

Most people post "thanks" or "good luck" as a reply just so they can mark that they've already viewed the thread.
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Good luck. Thanks

Its a good piece of karma to give back, and it helps many keep track of their contests and what they have entered.

What is the harm?

Plus I have brought many threads that were buried and someone entered them and won, and without doing that they wouldnt of even know of the contest
http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/thin ... on-166920/
2001 - $1040/ 2002 - $32,504/ 2003 - $215/ 2004 - $75/ 2005 - $1415/ 2006 - $18508/ 2007 - $3360/ 2008 - $7197/ 2009 - $13085/ 2010 - $3827/ 2011 - $6270/ 2012 -$337/ 2013 - $10401/ 2014 - $642/ 2015 - $308/ 2016 - $230 (so far) = $99,719.87
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Spidey wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2013 3:12 pm
Good luck. Thanks

Its a good piece of karma to give back, and it helps many keep track of their contests and what they have entered.

What is the harm?
What are you giving back except thread bumps?
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ronin1701 wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2013 3:13 pm
What are you giving back except thread bumps?
Its all matter of opinion. Why fix something on here that many do and use for tracking. Have a quicker solution for the many of us, please let us know.
http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/thin ... on-166920/
2001 - $1040/ 2002 - $32,504/ 2003 - $215/ 2004 - $75/ 2005 - $1415/ 2006 - $18508/ 2007 - $3360/ 2008 - $7197/ 2009 - $13085/ 2010 - $3827/ 2011 - $6270/ 2012 -$337/ 2013 - $10401/ 2014 - $642/ 2015 - $308/ 2016 - $230 (so far) = $99,719.87
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ronin1701 wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2013 3:10 pm
Most people post "thanks" or "good luck" as a reply just so they can mark that they've already viewed the thread.
This !!


Unless they can have code that when we Click on THANKS in the OP... we can actually see it in the main thread.

Other than that I will keep saying Thanks so I know which contest I entered/seen. If you prevent that..I can't see how we can keep track other than looking at the OP all the time.... Such a time waster - as we have to click every single contest every time.


If ppl don't want to see bumped contest...just tell them to sort by "Title" that was the whole purpose of having the expiry date in the front..
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sweetirina wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2013 3:09 pm
Weird, as someone fairly new-ish to the site I merely thought it was good etiquette to thank the poster. I guess if someone really wants to police this...enjoy :)
yup not sure how the policing is going to work. but i know i dont have the time or desire to be policing it. so hopefully it will become self policed
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belfour wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2013 3:18 pm
This !!


Unless they can have code that when we Click on THANKS in the OP... we can actually see it in the main thread. Other than that I will keep saying Thanks so I know which contest I entered/seen
Funny you should mention that - when was the last time you actually clicked thanks on the OP? Doing one is not mutually exclusive with the other, you know.

And if you worked through the contests in the order in which they're posted, it's not that hard to keep track of what you've looked at.
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belfour wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2013 3:18 pm
This !!


Unless they can have code that when we Click on THANKS in the OP... we can actually see it in the main thread. Other than that I will keep saying Thanks so I know which contest I entered/seen
100 percent agree. I have asked over the years to make it easier, I dont give a crap about thread count, etc. But they havent so this is what I do. There is no other easier way to keep track of ones I have already entered or been to
http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/thin ... on-166920/
2001 - $1040/ 2002 - $32,504/ 2003 - $215/ 2004 - $75/ 2005 - $1415/ 2006 - $18508/ 2007 - $3360/ 2008 - $7197/ 2009 - $13085/ 2010 - $3827/ 2011 - $6270/ 2012 -$337/ 2013 - $10401/ 2014 - $642/ 2015 - $308/ 2016 - $230 (so far) = $99,719.87
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