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The Raddish 2,876 January 9, 2008 at 05:32 PM
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ANNOUNCEMENT:
Come take part in the discussion thread to help make this place the most fun and informative place for all your drugstore deals!

Read through this thread and then offer us your opinions and insight as to how to make this forum your favorite forum. Smilie
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I find that sad, as I don't think I have ever been known as someone who has a clique mentality. If you have a different view of me, please PM me and tell me more about what I've done, so we can correct this.

Being one of the ones around the CVS threads on SD the longest, I understand to a degree what you're referencing, but to a degree we each have to assert ourselves where we want to be. If you had put yourself out there, for us to accept, and we had dissed you, your feelings would be much more validated. As it is, it sounds as if you chose not to make the effort.

Maybe you'd be willing to be a contributor to the CVS forums going forward?
S-momma, I've come to a realization about where all this 'clique-ish' talk is coming from. I'm convinced that newcomers who start entering into the CVS threads see all the veterans talking, laughing, and joking about stuff that they don't know anything about - and get a 'clique' vibe from that. We tease each other and poke at each other because we all know each other pretty well. We talk about stuff that was posted waaaaayy back in the threads, and maybe they have no idea what the joke is. It isn't intended that way at all, folks! I mean, I was a newcomer at one time, like everyone is - I didn't get a 'clique-ish' vibe from the veterans at all. I just joined right in and had a ball, and thought "What a fun thread!" Smilie Perhaps if some of the newcomers that complain about it being a clique would jump right in, they would see it isn't intended to exclude anyone - we just have to get to know you before we can make fun of you. laugh out loud Now, this is not in anyway denying that there may be snippiness or rudeness occasionally. But how can you NOT expect that, with all the different personalities, in addition to all the problems on the threads for the past several weeks..? Not to mention, sometimes people interpret posts here in a way that the poster wasn't meaning! I've had someone point out to me recently how it is very easy for one person to interpret a post very differently than another person. So a veteran may write something that a newbie thinks is intended to be an insult - when in fact, it wasn't meant that way AT ALL. I had that happen to me recently, and I apologized when the person misinterpreted what I had posted. We all have to try to give each other the benefit of the doubt on some of this stuff..
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One of the reasons why we opened up this forum was to have a different ruleset in here vs Hot Deals. We've been treating the CVS/Walgreens/RiteAid threads like those threads in HD and applying the same rules. It was obvious that the rules such as not merging deals into master threads don't work as well here. Also, you all kind of outgrew the HD forum and needed your own place to grow.

For now, we have decided to move Target out of this forum as it does not fit in the Drugstore category. Reps have also been enabled temporarily until we figure out a better solution. Please don't abuse reps while it is enabled. Smilie

This thread has been helpful for us to know what we're dealing with and understand the issues so that we can address it. Thank you for the suggestions and keep them coming.
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Reps have also been enabled temporarily until we figure out a better solution. Please don't abuse reps while it is enabled. Smilie
Could you please give us guidelines on what is worthy of a rep? I've read the rules several times, but I am obviously still confused.

Do they have to type an ad? Create a deal? Is finding one good coupon enough?
I thought I gave my reps to people who deserved them and I certainly want to believe that I deserve mine. I've never given a rep to someone who wasn't helpful and certainly never gave one to someone because they repped me. I used them whenever I wanted to thank someone for something. Sometimes it was humor, but it was usually deal-related.

It's been admitted that the Admins and Mods don't know that much about these deals -- well, they're complicated. If you buy the wrong size item, accidentally buy a clearance item, buy the wrong variety... the deal doesn't work. I've been at this since April and I still have a lot of questions every week.

I asked what exactly I did wrong when I was told before that I "rep trading," but didn't get an answer. All I know is that I was getting a lot of help on here and hopefully was giving a lot too.
I'm really sick of hearing about abuse. I'm also not thrilled with mods complaining about the CVSers in the lounge. If they need to vent, they should do it in private.
The smash and grab mentality drove me to only post in the BS and FAQ threads, but it's the attitude of the leadership that is making me feel completely unwelcome.
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I realize my idea is yet another CVS thread laugh out loud, but maybe what the coupon thread needs is a Coupon BS thread. Alot of people are asking and answering what they think are coupon questions and then not understanding when someone tells them to move it elsewhere. They are discussing coupons but not directly giving printable information. I think that may be part of the issue.

Maybe strict guidelines for CVS printable coupons information only in the regular thread, and then discussion of coupons in the other thread.

I would also like to suggest that a strict guideline be made for naming the files that are uploaded and added to the thread. If you use the paperclip method to find coupons, it can be overwhelming. When several people name their coupons things like:

CVS coupon 1
CVS coupon 2
CVS coupon 3

It can make it a little crazy to try and find what you are looking for. Maybe something like amount first, then the coupon number, then the expiration date. And if they are specialty coupons that needs to be first. For example:

5Off30.4-8117.Exp.1.13.07 Would be a great way uniform for it to be posted.
Lumene3Off10.Exp.1.13.07 For a specialty coupon.

Someone who has been here longer may actually have a better idea on an exact guideline for naming files when they are uploaded and added to the wiki. I think a guideline would be a good idea though. Smilie
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This thread has been helpful for us to know what we're dealing with and understand the issues so that we can address it. Thank you for the suggestions and keep them coming.
Thanks for offering us a forum to share our position.

Quote from miranda View Post :
Could you please give us guidelines on what is worthy of a rep? I've read the rules several times, but I am obviously still confused.
I agree, I too am not certain what is ok. Sometimes, my rep is to thank a person for offering a logical viewpoint when the rest of the posters are starting to get illogical.

Personally, I have never asked for reps, encouraged someone to give someone else a rep just because they are about to hit a milestone or publicly singled out a particular poster for giving me a rep. I have; however, encouraged others to give posters a rep when something has been particularly helpful to the community and I don't see their rep count changing as a result.

Sometimes, too, the purpose behind the rep may not be apparent to a mod who might be reading it (if ya'll actually have time to do that). I realize there are some people on SD who are not adult enough to take on this responsibility, but I would offer the argument that many of them are over on the Hot Deals threads now, bashing one another instead of offering reps to OPs who are trying to find great deals.

Quote from hawaiiandawn View Post :
I realize my idea is yet another CVS thread laugh out loud, but maybe what the coupon thread needs is a Coupon BS thread.
This might seem like a good idea, but take a look at the current ad threads, and how much 'junk' discussion goes on in them. When we first started the two thread per week process, I worked hard to keep them on target, but over the last few months, I've pretty much given up, few of us seem to care and our efforts have fallen on deaf ears.

Quote from hawaiiandawn View Post :
I would also like to suggest that a strict guideline be made for naming the files that are uploaded and added to the thread. If you use the paperclip method to find coupons, it can be overwhelming. )
This is a good idea, and yes, it can be daunting to find a coupon, agreed! If you read the wiki, though, there IS a naming convention already outlined. When we had some trying to keep the wiki up to date, they would change them when they cleaned up the wiki, but the amount of effort they went to was not appreciated. Few people get paid to do all that is done here, and many of us have full time jobs.

Another point to be considered is there are many here who are not computer savvy enough to understand how to do what you're suggesting.
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I am flattered by the people that will PM me "Hey, I read your posts, yada yada". BUT then I am asked how to commit fraud in CVS. This is happening more and more. I don't commit fruad, I have a store with loose stacking policies and they will pre-sell me items. I know some people are jealous/angry that my store is as nice as it is. BUT they are following CVS corp policy.

I will NOT help roll ECB's into gift cards, it's against CVS policy. If there is a question in regards to how to use a coupon I will do my best to help.

I think some where there should be a statement that PM'ing people on how to break rules shouldn't be allowed. I don't break rules so I'm sure as heck not going to help someone even if I know *how* to do it.
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Smash and grab shake head
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Smash and grab shake head
Exactly.
I just wonder how bad the battery coupon was abused by people.

But that's one of the unfortunate situations that should be better now that there is a seperate forum. In HotDeals it would attract everyone, here it seems like you need to be "invested" in CVS to make it worth your while. Like the monitors. The Nova Max got out of hand. The Breeze 2 and Contour seem to be doing better.
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9.99ECB is not worth peoples time, 10.00ECB now thats a different story laugh out loud
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Quote from miranda View Post :
Could you please give us guidelines on what is worthy of a rep? I've read the rules several times, but I am obviously still confused.

Do they have to type an ad? Create a deal? Is finding one good coupon enough?
I thought I gave my reps to people who deserved them and I certainly want to believe that I deserve mine. I've never given a rep to someone who wasn't helpful and certainly never gave one to someone because they repped me. I used them whenever I wanted to thank someone for something. Sometimes it was humor, but it was usually deal-related.

It's been admitted that the Admins and Mods don't know that much about these deals -- well, they're complicated. If you buy the wrong size item, accidentally buy a clearance item, buy the wrong variety... the deal doesn't work. I've been at this since April and I still have a lot of questions every week.

I asked what exactly I did wrong when I was told before that I "rep trading," but didn't get an answer. All I know is that I was getting a lot of help on here and hopefully was giving a lot too.
I'm really sick of hearing about abuse. I'm also not thrilled with mods complaining about the CVSers in the lounge. If they need to vent, they should do it in private.
The smash and grab mentality drove me to only post in the BS and FAQ threads, but it's the attitude of the leadership that is making me feel completely unwelcome.
Okay, the rep thing is confusing, I agree, but woot for getting them back. I think one of the main problems is that what WE define is being helpful isn't always what the mods define is being helpful. I have repped people for making me laugh with their CVS stories, just because I needed a laugh that day - so that was helpful to me. I've repped people for posting coupons, pointing out hidden deals, telling me things that did and did not work for deals, and also telling me things that aren't printing ECBs - all which helped me. I've also repped people to bump them over a milestone number of reps - to me, it's a celebratory "Thanks for all the help and fun you've given me, congratulations!" rep. So I guess maybe we need a more strict idea of what is being helpful to rep people for, and I'll have to give virtual reps all the rest of the time. Smilie
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Quote from NeedNewShoes View Post :
I am flattered by the people that will PM me "Hey, I read your posts, yada yada". BUT then I am asked how to commit fraud in CVS. This is happening more and more. I don't commit fruad, I have a store with loose stacking policies and they will pre-sell me items. I know some people are jealous/angry that my store is as nice as it is. BUT they are following CVS corp policy.

I will NOT help roll ECB's into gift cards, it's against CVS policy. If there is a question in regards to how to use a coupon I will do my best to help.

I think some where there should be a statement that PM'ing people on how to break rules shouldn't be allowed. I don't break rules so I'm sure as heck not going to help someone even if I know *how* to do it.
I think that's a good point. Another statement which should be added perhaps to the wiki of the CVS threads. Since the stacking thing is a store decision anyway, I don't understand how anyone thinks you can give them "tips" on how to get away with it. And the ECB rule about gift cards is pretty much a blanket thing covering all stores - there are very few stories of anyone doing that, and none of us here have EVER encouraged anyone to try it. I think that's just another example of newcomers who haven't read the FAQ and don't get the overall picture. So much of CVS is YMMV DEPENDING ON YOUR STORE. I guess we need to draw attention to that statement as much as possible..
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Quote from whatalotofstuff View Post :
So much of CVS is YMMV DEPENDING ON YOUR STORE. I guess we need to draw attention to that statement as much as possible..
Absolutely!

And because I'm honest, I must clarify - when I first started CVSing, I did buy gift cards using a method recommended here. So did lots of people. Problems started ensuing - people getting confronted by managers, etc. It was more stressful than it was worth, and I stopped. CVS also changed their systems - and probably their training too - to the point where it just should not work for anyone. A couple of people report they still have done it, but we all recognize now that it is not kosher, and so should not be tried. End of my story on gift cards.

Raddish, I need your help. You asked us to start mod alerting off topic comments in the coupon thread. I did, and mod comments back to me that the post has to do with a coupon, so they left it. Key here is the fact that the thread is supposed to be for CVS printable coupons. The coupon mentioned by the poster was not a CVS printable coupon. This is where confusion and frustration will come in - if a post is allowed to be left, when it is really off topic, why should I try?
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First of all, thanks for giving us the opportunity to air out our concerns here...

Quote from whatalotofstuff View Post :
S-momma, I've come to a realization about where all this 'clique-ish' talk is coming from. I'm convinced that newcomers who start entering into the CVS threads see all the veterans talking, laughing, and joking about stuff that they don't know anything about - and get a 'clique' vibe from that. We tease each other and poke at each other because we all know each other pretty well. We talk about stuff that was posted waaaaayy back in the threads, and maybe they have no idea what the joke is. It isn't intended that way at all, folks! I mean, I was a newcomer at one time, like everyone is - I didn't get a 'clique-ish' vibe from the veterans at all. I just joined right in and had a ball, and thought "What a fun thread!" Smilie Perhaps if some of the newcomers that complain about it being a clique would jump right in, they would see it isn't intended to exclude anyone - we just have to get to know you before we can make fun of you. laugh out loud Now, this is not in anyway denying that there may be snippiness or rudeness occasionally. But how can you NOT expect that, with all the different personalities, in addition to all the problems on the threads for the past several weeks..? Not to mention, sometimes people interpret posts here in a way that the poster wasn't meaning! I've had someone point out to me recently how it is very easy for one person to interpret a post very differently than another person. So a veteran may write something that a newbie thinks is intended to be an insult - when in fact, it wasn't meant that way AT ALL. I had that happen to me recently, and I apologized when the person misinterpreted what I had posted. We all have to try to give each other the benefit of the doubt on some of this stuff..
I think that makes alot of sense. When I first started to cvs, I was embarrassed to post or ask questions in the threads. I lurked for a while until I understood the system, and then joined with a crash and a bang and haven't left since. When people pop in to page 30 and listen to our discussion. That's exactly what it is - they're coming into a discussion in the middle. If they spend an hour or 2 reading up the entire discussion, they can join in on the fun on page 31 and they WILL be accepted. ALL of us were CVS Newbies at some point. But when someone just jumps into page 32 of a discussion to ask what ExtraBucks are.. well.... wave

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Could you please give us guidelines on what is worthy of a rep? I've read the rules several times, but I am obviously still confused.

Do they have to type an ad? Create a deal? Is finding one good coupon enough?
I thought I gave my reps to people who deserved them and I certainly want to believe that I deserve mine. I've never given a rep to someone who wasn't helpful and certainly never gave one to someone because they repped me. I used them whenever I wanted to thank someone for something. Sometimes it was humor, but it was usually deal-related.
Yes. I have that same question. Since none of the Mods are active cvs'ers, I don't konw if they're aware of the capacity of our deals. Mods - We go to cvs 4x a week and bring home hundreds of dollars worth of stuff weekly, for absolutely FREE, and in a legitimate way. Sometimes they pay us to take it, as hard as it sounds. Sometimes its just a post about a 'hidden' deal, sometimes its a "red hallmark wrapping paper works" and sometimes its a "confirmed, works in NY" post that'll just make it all grand for us one week. Repworthy! Then there's the "thanks for the laugh - I really needed it" and "congrats on the job, lots of luck" or the "hope you feel better, will be thinking of you" rep. After all, we're a community, we hang out daily, and post more then probably any other group. We spend the day together and were under the impression that we get 10 reps a day, and taht we should use them. wisely.

So a nice clear overview on what is or isn't allowed, will be very helpful.

Thank you.
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Quote from schnauzermomma View Post :
Raddish, I need your help. You asked us to start mod alerting off topic comments in the coupon thread. I did, and mod comments back to me that the post has to do with a coupon, so they left it. Key here is the fact that the thread is supposed to be for CVS printable coupons. The coupon mentioned by the poster was not a CVS printable coupon. This is where confusion and frustration will come in - if a post is allowed to be left, when it is really off topic, why should I try?
I went in and looked at the mod alerts, and I think I understand what is happening.

Like I have said previously, we are still trying to get a handle on the way these deals work. When mod alerting an off topic post, please be specific in your alert. For example, if someone is joking around, simply putting "off topic" in the mod alert is fine.

But, if you are alerting a post that looks legitimate to us, but in fact it doesn't belong, you really need to be specific in your mod alert to help us learn what is going on. For example, this post looks perfectly legitimate to be in a coupon thread:
Quote from chllnast View Post :
Another manuf Q that can be combined with CVS purchases.

Click here [coffee-mate.com] for a free bottle of Nestle Coffee-Mate

Frankly I am not sure if they sell this in CVS...just got this Q and thought of sharing it here.
If you simply put "off topic" in your mod alert, we don't have much to go on. Tell us why.

We're still learning the ropes here, too. Communication is key, in both directions. You guys have all got to help us help you, which means we need to know specifically why some posts don't belong even though they look perfectly legitimate.
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Quote from The Raddish View Post :
I went in and looked at the mod alerts, and I think I understand what is happening.

Like I have said previously, we are still trying to get a handle on the way these deals work. When mod alerting an off topic post, please be specific in your alert. For example, if someone is joking around, simply putting "off topic" in the mod alert is fine.

But, if you are alerting a post that looks legitimate to us, but in fact it doesn't belong, you really need to be specific in your mod alert to help us learn what is going on. For example, this post looks perfectly legitimate to be in a coupon thread:

If you simply put "off topic" in your mod alert, we don't have much to go on. Tell us why.

We're still learning the ropes here, too. Communication is key, in both directions. You guys have all got to help us help you, which means we need to know specifically why some posts don't belong even though they look perfectly legitimate.
Ok, I can try to do that. As long as you see my point - that post is good info, but for another place altogether on SD. What happens then is that someone posts something that is not applicable, someone else posts another something that is not applicable, and the problem is perpetuated.
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