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bylo wrote:
Aug 5th, 2017 4:00 pm
So what? No one knows if there will again be a similar offer as low as $99--or even $159 for that matter. We'll only know retrospectively next time Plex has a similar promo.

None of that makes it a bad deal. It may be bad for some and good for others. There may be better alternatives for others still. But that's my point--you can't deduce any of that from the negative votes alone.

I would go a step further and say that in many cases even the future price doesn't matter. If you need an item *today*, you are looking for the best deal available in the market right now, not the best deal that was available on Boxing Day 2016 or the best deal that might become available on Black Friday in 2017. Posts which provide info about a sale that provides the best currently available price/quality option can be very useful.

My observation on the net voting scores is that they are useless for saving me money. The highest scores are usually given to silly deals like the McDonalds $0.69 cheesburgers or the McDonalds free small coffee for a week posts. There's nothing particularly wrong with those posts, but in my wildest dreams, those silly deals might only save me $5 or $10. They get a net score of 200, but are nearly worthless to me. A good post on a hot dishwasher deal might save me $300 or $400, but it'll have a score of 6 or 8 net up-votes. Same deal with posts on car purchases, financial products or furniture.

In my case, I'll happily take those unpopular threads which actually save me big bucks, and screw the silly Dollarama posts that only have the potential to save me $3 but have an astronomical thread score. The thread score is beyond useless.
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I like the thread scores, cheap or expensive. Obviously I don't rely on them, I'll read replies if I'm interested. It's better than nothing.

Case in point, I bought a power bank the other day, it was freshly posted and had 2 replies. I didn't post in it so received no notifications. I saw the thread again today and it was in negative score, so I started reading. I realized that the brand wasn't reliable and I should just spend a bit more elsewhere, well that's important to me as I have a much older power bank and it still works flawlessly, so I cancelled my Amazon order.

If the score wasn't there, I might have just skipped the thread, assumed that power banks are power banks and they're all reliable like the one I already have.
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Don't mind the up vote and down vote function. For threads, it provides feedback imo. It sometimes helps me judge whether the deal is a deal or no deal. I don't always have time to read through every single post so this function helps summarize things. As for particular posts, well, if someone posts a thought or opinion on a public forum, it will be open to scrutiny. Well no one likes down votes, but that comes along with up votes.
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Go to your Profile and click the blue upvote thumb icon at the top right. That toggles to show downvotes but, of course, without any indication of who or why.
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bylo wrote:
Aug 8th, 2017 4:25 pm
Go to your Profile and click the blue upvote thumb icon at the top right. That toggles to show downvotes but, of course, without any indication of who or why.
OH thats a button!
TRied it. WOW I got a lot of random downvotes that make NO sense.
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Aug 8th, 2017 6:48 pm
OH thats a button!
<SARCASM>
Yeah. It's some junior UI designer's idea of "clever."
</SARCASM>
TRied it. WOW I got a lot of random downvotes that make NO sense.
Q.E.D.
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Aug 8th, 2017 6:48 pm
OH thats a button!
TRied it. WOW I got a lot of random downvotes that make NO sense.
Welcome to the club :facepalm:
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We're in final internal discussions now on the removal of down votes on replies. Should hopefully have a definitive answer on its fate towards the end of next week.
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Quentin5 wrote:
Aug 8th, 2017 9:41 pm
Welcome to the club :facepalm:
kinton-ramen-do-you-like-ramen-half-pri ... #p28089906

GEt a kicker out of this... I posted a deal that gives a 50% discount @ a VERY Extremely popular Japanese restaurant.
It got downvoted just because they restaurant is so damn popular, they get line ups... LINE UPS... That is the reason people down voted...
Also the little snots saying dumb ish like "Oh hey... The Japanese food is better in Japan... I'm so special.. Because I live in MOmmy's basement. So I can afford to spend my allowance money on trips to JApan! I sleep with my mom at night because I'm a little baby that wears diapers.. Waahhh waahhh".
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 7:36 pm
GEt a kicker out of this... I posted a deal that gives a 50% discount @ a VERY Extremely popular Japanese restaurant.
It got downvoted just because they restaurant is so damn popular, they get line ups... LINE UPS... That is the reason people down voted...
You must have been downvoted by someone who used Yogi Berra logic, "Nobody goes to that restaurant anymore because it's too crowded."
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 7:36 pm
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/kinton- ... #p28089906

GEt a kicker out of this... I posted a deal that gives a 50% discount @ a VERY Extremely popular Japanese restaurant.
It got downvoted just because they restaurant is so damn popular, they get line ups... LINE UPS... That is the reason people down voted...
Also the little snots saying dumb ish like "Oh hey... The Japanese food is better in Japan... I'm so special.. Because I live in MOmmy's basement. So I can afford to spend my allowance money on trips to JApan! I sleep with my mom at night because I'm a little baby that wears diapers.. Waahhh waahhh".
LOL. I feel your pain. But the guy, Ponasa, who posted that he made his own (probably 40 cent instant noodles) got a net downvote of 30. Pretty funny.
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TomRFD wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 11:58 am
We're in final internal discussions now on the removal of down votes on replies. Should hopefully have a definitive answer on its fate towards the end of next week.
Will existing downvote counts be retained or wiped?
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AncasterRFD wrote:
Aug 13th, 2017 6:05 pm
... I was also educated about premium ramen, ....
whoa...back it up there a bit...premium ramen?

Downvoting cuz I wasn't personally invited to the learning experience.

lol., jk
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