Posted by Chuck on February 25, 2019
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Published on February 25th, 2019 | by Chuck

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Who Gets the Hat Tip on Doctor of Credit?

A few readers recently asked about why they didn’t get a Hat Tip in a Doctor of Credit post for something they shared. A hat tip doesn’t make you richer, but there are some bragging rights thereĀ  šŸ˜Ž . I thought to write up some insight into how that works since readers may find it interesting . I also like writing these kinds of things out so that when the topic comes up again I can quickly send this link for the reader to see a broader discussion about it.

First, there aren’t any rules about this, and we don’t spend a long time thinking about who should get the hat tip as that would take away time from working on the actual content of the site. We do try to give credit when possible, and numerous factors are at play:

  • Sometimes people send in tips to either myself (chuck@doctorofcredit.com) or Will (will@doctorofcredit.com). That’s totally fine, but we don’t see each other’s email and if the other one writes about it we won’t usually know that you sent it in. We do communicate about content on the site, but only a small amount of what’s written was first discussed. Most often, one of us sees something and just writes about it, and we’re usually not even working on the site at the same time of day. If you have a tip or deal to send in, best is probably to just add us both into the email and one of us will get to it. Some topics I cover more, others Will covers more, but it can’t really hurt to just put both email addresses there.
  • Some deals are sent in by many, many readers, often forwarding an email from a company that just went out. That’s great: we aren’t members of every company, and we don’t necessarily get those emails ourselves, so we rely on readers to send those in. But in those instances, we don’t usually hat tip anyone, or, we’ll write something like ‘hat tip to all the readers who sent this in’. Don’t hesitate to share something assuming others sent it in, we can easily scroll through the emails.
  • We get tips and ideas from numerous sources, including email tips, comments on the site, and Twitter tips. It’s sometimes difficult to trace down when multiple people sent in the same thing. If I see something in a DoC comment and subsequently see a similar thing in an email or on Reddit, I may forgot the original source and just quote the later. We do our best.
  • As far as hat tipping other blogs or forums goes, thats much trickier since often multiple blogs are writing about the same things. If it’s a public thing, e.g. a press release that one blog discovered first, I won’t usually hat tip that blog. If the blog added good analysis or if they uncovered a hard-to-find piece of information, I will hat tip them. Most hat tips to other blogs fall into the latter category of small deals that were discovered by a blogger, and we’ll give them credit for that. I’ll sometimes hat tip forums like Reddit or Slickdeals to give readers an additional place to look for discussion of a new deal.

On a related note, personally, I try replying to every email tip that gets sent my way, usually with ‘thanks’ or something of the sort. If it’s something I plan to write about, you may get a reply ‘thanks, posting soon,’ or ‘thanks, just posted.’

Some tips sent in are on topics I’m not knowledgable about or don’t enjoy writing about or I don’t have time to write about. In those instances, I’ll just reply ‘thanks’ without knowing myself whether Will will find it interesting to write about. Other times, I’ll have a specific reason why we don’t plan on covering the topic, e.g. it’s a mediocre deal or we’ve already written about it. If we already wrote about it, I’ll usually note that in response. If not, I usually just reply with a thank you. Not everything ends up getting posted for various reasons, but we do truly appreciate ALL tips and ideas people send in!

Another thing that comes up is what name to use in the hat tip. Some people sign off their email with their DoC username, in those cases we’ll use that. Some will write specifically to leave out any mention of them. Usually people just send over tips without signing off. If it’s a common name like Kevin or Jacob, I’ll put a hat tip with that name (without a last name). If the name is not so common, I’ll usually use initials in case the person doesn’t want their name public. If you see the name written the wrong way, don’t hesitate to send an email with the correct name or with your DoC username or your Twitter handle and we’ll update that.

Ideally there’d be a system where we could link to someone’s comment profile in the hat tip, but I don’t think that’s possible at the moment.

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RC
RC

Wow no hat tip on this article? šŸ˜‰

Gareth
Gareth

I got two hat-tips – yes I am bragging about it!

Dylan
Dylan
Beefer
Beefer

When do we get a high score page?

myi

Nice post!
Who gets the HT for this post above? šŸ˜‰

Theory
Theory

Sigh, I hate that you felt compelled to spend time writing such a post due to people worrying so much about receiving “credit”.

joE
joE

I shook my head in disbelief as soon as I started reading the first paragraph, sad world we live in!

JohnnyBoyJr
JohnnyBoyJr

Millennials…
“Me, me, me!!! Look at me!
Look at my participation award!!!”

Al
Al

Most of us “Millennials” were given these participation awards when we were in elementary/middle school. Do you know why??? Not because we couldn’t handle not getting some form of recognition… we were just kids for pete’s sake. It because our PARENTS couldn’t handle their kids not getting something. That PTA board was the one that decided to give out the participation ribbons for their kids, not the kids themselves. So before you go bashing on supposed “Millennials” and their “entitlements”… take a few seconds and look at the bigger picture

Jim W.
Jim W.

So, in that case, now that they are adults, many millennials should see the errors of their ways and not act the way they do, because it wasn’t their fault to begin with, right? Oh, how we can all wish. Blaming one’s parents, tsk tsk.

William Charles

Blaming one’s children isn’t much better. I really don’t understand the millenial hate.

Theory
Theory

Me either. I’m a millennial and am surprised at how quickly my original comment turned into this shit show of a thread.

Matt
Matt

It seems to me that over the past several generations in America they all seem to hate on the younger generations. The baby boomers/hippies/rock n roll generation were bashed, Gen X was the immoral generation and now it’s the millennials turn. Older millennials are getting closer to 40 years old now. It will soon be time to bash the I generation more and forget about the old millennials.

William Charles

It’s not a big deal to write a post like this and it’s fun getting hat tips, it’s one way readers are ‘rewarded’ for helping the site.

JT
JT

I love this site but (some of) the commenters definitely come off as whiny time and time again.

Celia
Celia

But, but, but… it’s all about them, right? šŸ™‚

I find it ironic that many people try so hard to gain “credit” on the internet while many (others?) will say things on the internet that they would never say to someone’s face because of the anonymity.

Steve

You mean Doctor of Credit Credit?

Orin
Orin

Where can we spend this credit?

Matty
Matty

People actually care about this? We all canā€™t be satisfied with the content you put together and share for all of our benefit? Team sport who cares who gets a hat tip?

JR
JR

Good Lord.

AP
AP

M’ladies, M’Sirs, I tip my fedora to you all regardless.

security
security

I do like the idea that you leave off the full name. I know I’ve had a few H/Ts that I sent in from the wrong email (stupid gmail app) and realized it leaves my full name in there. It’s very nice when I know you guys are conscious enough to leave those out when you post.

TL;DR thanks for being thoughtful.

TomJ
TomJ

Why didn’t I get a hat tip for this post?? I thought about this before so I should get credit for that!! :):):):)

Carlos
Carlos

Lomg time fan here but we both know you guys suck at answering emails lol.
I wish you had a spot where we could just post and you decide if its worthy or not.

Celia
Celia

I’ve gotten a reply to every email I’ve sent. As always, thanks to both Chuck and Will.

Waingro
Waingro

Wow, this is sad that it had to come to this…

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