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Comping Guide - Getting Started & Other FAQs

edited 10 April 2016 at 6:28PM in Compers Chat Corner
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  • ThinkingOfLinkingThinkingOfLinking Forumite
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    I search for the URL, eg ones I just posted today, I searched for them, and also key words, so now making this up, if there was a "Win a case of Bulmers cider with HMV" comp, I'd do "Bulmers", see what came up, "HMV" and see what came up as well, and also "cider". I search in the little box at the top RH corner and click the forums button so it does not search the main site, and also on the search tab under the welcome bit...and some come up which is why I don't post them but all the comps I post, they come up as not being there already...
  • ThinkingOfLinkingThinkingOfLinking Forumite
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    Josie, I don't even know what an advanced search is so I am sure I am not doing them!! I don't think this is the place to go into all the rest of it, only focus on the matter in hand...I just think some people can be insensitive and tactless and it can be very upsetting, offputting and intimidating. I shan't say more as there is no point and I don't want to get ill again.
  • ThinkingOfLinkingThinkingOfLinking Forumite
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    I do search that way, to the letter. And it does not always work, as is admitted in the post itself. This is not a place to start the personal attacks again.
  • toniqtoniq Forumite
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    No one wants to attack u FE, just help u too to use the forum in a way that we all do xxx why not spend some time going through all the buttons like i did when i first started i literally clicked on each one to see what it done!, familiarise yourself with everything and practice, soon it will be second nature. Dont make yourself ill over this its just a learning curve xxxx
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  • VelvetGloveVelvetGlove Forumite
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    lilias wrote: »
    Could you add Craftmatic Beds to the list of spammy sites, please?

    Have read the links & yeps they are added - what awful practices the salemen have! Scum! Thanks for alerting us to them lilias :)
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  • VelvetGloveVelvetGlove Forumite
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    I don't even know what an advanced search is so I am sure I am not doing them!!

    FE - the Comping Guide takes you step by step through the Advanced Search with screen shots to help you along the way. You may be doing them without realising as you say you've read & followed the Guide :confused:

    The only thing I can add to what has been mentioned by other members is perhaps try the search just using the domain name. So in non techie ;) that is:

    I've just grabbed a random comp from the forum list. The link for the competition is: http://www.toyhound.co.uk/comp.php?source=NUK for £100 worth of ELC Vouchers.

    When searching I would try an Advanced Search for: toyhound.co.uk - that brings back quite a few comps so I'd either scan down the list or search for toyhound.co.uk voucher (8 results) & also toyhound.co.uk £100 (2 results) to narrow it down. (If you want to try that search to see if you get the same results?)

    I'm hoping this has helped a little? As Toni says, this is meant to be fun, not something to get worked up over or ill. If I'm online (little green light under my name) then feel free to pm me with a comp & I'll help with a second search if you want, so you can feel better about posting it? Not saying that any of us are perfect but sometimes another pair of eyes can help :o
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  • I do search that way, to the letter. And it does not always work, as is admitted in the post itself. This is not a place to start the personal attacks again.

    I don't know how you can say that you're being personally attacked. You create these scenarios by asking why the search doesn't work for you. The search works fine for most of us and people have posted helpful advice to guide you but you always say 'thats how I already do it'.
    If you've read the guide and other peoples advice and the search still doesn't work for you then I really don't know what else to suggest. :confused:

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  • Hello there

    We run a website and we want to post our own competition! Although I can't see it in the rules, I understand that this is frowned upon in MSE-land (i'm looking at this post specifically - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1114973). We're not evil spammers, and it's a genuine competition... any ideas about what we can do?.. Please feel free to delete/move this post if I'm unwittingly breaking any more rules!
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    Cath
  • Cheeky_ChickenCheeky_Chicken Forumite
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    Hello there

    We run a website and we want to post our own competition! Although I can't see it in the rules, I understand that this is frowned upon in MSE-land (i'm looking at this post specifically - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1114973). We're not evil spammers, and it's a genuine competition... any ideas about what we can do?.. Please feel free to delete/move this post if I'm unwittingly breaking any more rules!
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    Cath
    Hi, it's not in this guide because it's not a comp-specific rule, but a general MSE one (no promoting your own site/services)

    I think you'll find the comp from your site has been posted recently though ;)

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    The Guide has been updated with some new smilies which Cheeky Chicken created for us to use. Hopefully this will help the forum come together more with less misunderstandings when just plain words are used :)

    Thanks CC! :)
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