Before Posting
We don’t want to discourage people from posting deals, but simply copying/pasting regular sales aren’t real deals. Get a feel by searching through the forum of what are good prices for the items, and only post if its cheaper than the going price.

How to Start a Thread
Once you have found a good deal and done a search to see that it hasn’t already been posted you should find the appropriate forum for the item. Most deals will fall under Hot Deals, some in Freebies and others in Free Digital Goods. Then click the New Topic button toward the upper right of the forum and follow the instructions within.

What information should I include when I post a deal?
Try to include as much detail as possible in the title. Then expand on it in your post. General info to provide: expiration date of the voucher, minimum purchase requirements, site link, delivery costs, and the voucher code. The more information you include, the better. Follow up if possible, so you can edit your post to include new developments. Be careful when using dashes in your post, they can make it seem like you are getting paid in the deal. (ie, … chair -£59)

Shortened Links
Shortened link such as the bitly links aren’t allowed as they can be used by spammers and people hiding the true nature of the page they are linking.

Crowdfunding Sites
Crowdfunding sites are not allowed.

Why is My Post Not Showing?
Threads and posts from new members go through a moderation process to protect our members from spammers. How long it take for your post to be moderated depends on how many moderators are on at the time and how busy they are.

People who are bold aren’t necessarily mods, they could be people with >Trust_Level_0.

General usage comments
Prior to posting, please use the search feature to see if your contribution has already been posted.

How to reach admin
The best way to get a hold of us is to private message us. We can also be reached by email, admin@owldeals.co.uk

Repost!
If you spot a repost, provide a link to the original post.

If your post is hailed as a repost, don’t be discouraged. Better luck next time!

Guidelines on Reposts
This is a deal site and people come here for the great deals. It is in the best interest of everyone that good deals get highlighted. Deals that get merged into giant and general threads tend to get buried where no one will find it. Therefore, deals that we (moderators and/or majority of users) think are good will be kept separate from general sales and master threads. We will also take time stamps into account when merging threads so if the original post is very old, it’s less likely we will merge.

Deal is still good!
Do not create new threads to inform that another deal is still available. Replying to the original thread will bump it up to the top of the list.

Where to post?
Deal requests and questions belong in the Help Me Find a Deal forum.
Deals that are free belong in the Freebie forum.

If you want to post something that doesn’t fit into any of the above categories try the Uncategorized.

As always, if you have any questions, problems, or suggestions please visit the Suggestions and Problems forum. This is where you should also let us know if there is a technical glitch on the site.

Self-promotion & referrals are NOT allowed.
**Referrals are not allowed. This includes posting of referral links, asking for a referral, PMing referrals, having a referral link in your signature, or linking to any & all sites that contain referrals. It doesn’t matter what kind of referral it is or whether you both get something out of it. This is a zero tolerance policy

Coupon rules
Please do not post scanned or altered manufacturer coupons.

Banned Merchants
Some sellers, brands, manufacturers, services, websites, etc are barred from being included in posts on OwlDeals. Posts for these entities will be removed upon discovery and the poster will be notified. Repeatedly posting content that includes a banned merchant even after being notified of that merchant’s disallowed status may result in the poster being warned and/or banned. In some cases, the blocked name will be automatically replaced in the post with “urlhasbeenblocked”. When this happens, Mod Alert the post to be removed by the Moderators. Removing the blocked name to bypass the filter will result in a warning.

General Ethics and Behavior
Treat other forum members with respect. Please don’t flame others. We are all here for the same purpose - to find deals and to share the deals we find. Remember you were new at one time too so please just help the new posters instead of flaming them for a mistake. They could go on to be one of the better deal posters.

** Filters are in place for a reason. purposely bypassing them is not allowed.

** Do not take private issues between mods and members public. This includes warnings, bannings, thread/post deletion questions, and posting your warnings. If you have an issue, PM a mod to get assistance. If you feel like a mod has made the wrong decision, feel free to appeal to other mods.
Please refrain from using vulgar and/or explicit language.

Manufactured votes are against the rules and are defined as any vote made that is not made in good faith based upon the merit of the deal. Examples of manufactured votes include, but are not limited to solicited, automated, fraudulent or retaliatory votes. Deal Editors may decide not to Frontpage a deal if they suspect a deal of having manufactured votes.

Repeat abuse could result in:

  • Suspension of the OP’s account.
  • Suspension of the ability of those involved in voting for that OP.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s leave our community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

Powered by You

This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the site feedback category and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.