Originally Posted by Davy
The 'Megathreads' are used for the likes of Argos, Tesco etc that have many different items on sale/ bargains and rather than posting a new thread for every single item those threads can be used.
The reason they were created in the fist place was from user feedback giving out about having 10 Argos threads on the first page for small little bargains.
The mega-threads do not have to be used by rule, if you think a bargain needs a thread of its own that is perfectly acceptable to post a new thread as it might have many questions about the item or that the saving is very large.
This way its a best of both. Getting rid of the chat and repeated questions in the threads totally, may help the megathreads like the Argos no chat thread.
Many thanks for the quick reply.
I agree that superthreads may have come about as a result of user feedback but it would seem that they have exceeded their intended purpose.
I also agree with your suggestion that it is perfectly acceptable to post a new thread if it is felt to be appropriate/necessary. I have no problem with the superthreads for supervalu/lidl/UDemy/MrPrice/Tesco(Grocery)/Aldi etc. as they are mainly smaller items. I would prefer not to have superthreads for Argos, Amazon,(Tesco Electrical/Hardware), Halfords.
I think many people including myself have this feeling of possibly missing out on bargains if they are embedded in a superthread. I rarely look into the superthreads as I find it more difficult to navigate. After opening the main forum you then have to click on the last page of the superthread and may have to go backwards through 2/3 pages to look for any bargains. Personally I would be happy to look at up to 5 pages of Bargain Alerts main listings, so as not to miss out on an offer, rather than look into superthreads. I would say that I visit the site about 50% less then I did previously because of superthreads and I now visit HotUKDeals more often. I appreciate that it would not be possible to change BA to be more like HotUKDeals as it would change the character of the forum completely and require too much to change.
I think people are pretty good at following forum rules (with the exception of chatting on threads sometimes!). As a result I think many posters feel obliged to post in a superthread, if one exists, rather than post a new thread if they think they have a good bargain that might be very popular on its own. Deciding what should have a separate thread is very subjective and many posters would fear that a separate thread could be lambasted by those thinking it was not worthy of a separate thread.
1 solution would be for bargains over a certain price/discount threshold but this would be difficult to adminster and unlikely to resolve all issues. Another would be to encourage users to create seperate threads for items in superthreads that they feel are worthy. I'm sure there are plenty of other options and I feel that while most would not be perfect that they would be better than the status quo, possibly stepping stones towards a better solution.
I believe that my views are probably representative of the majority of Bargain Alerts posters but unless we can have the discussion there, in the BA forum, then I don't think we can say for sure. The poll thread for example, while only having 100 voters, appeard to be significantly in favour of change with 77% voting NOT to have superthreads.
Can we take this discussion to the BA thread, link from there to here or prehaps reopen the Poll? There is no obligation to change, just a chance for discussion. Mods can then determine if any changes are required/appropriate/workable as they see fit.