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#1 theDevilman

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 03:53 AM

As of 8/25/2013, rather than posting my own giveaways in the Code Drop topics, i'll now create a new topic for each giveaway that i do and link to it here!  Sorry, i have missed posting links to some of my giveaways.  I'll try to remember to do it in the future.
 
 
Alternate Free Giveaway Methods (Anti-Lurker AND Anti-Stalker Methods... and Anti-Hoarder Methods)
(For giving away free Digital Codes of Virtual Goods or anything else for that matter.)
 
I occasionally give away codes here and there and thought i would share my model for how i do it.  If you are looking for your giveaways to be a little more fair and hope to give more people a chance, I hope you find it helpful.  I hope that this will not just be something that clutters the forums.
 
After re-reading the whole thing before submission, i also hope that this does not come off as smug.  Reading it again, it does seem to have a hint of that kind of tone.  I assure you, this is not my intent and i only offer it as an alternative for those that are also looking for additional good giveaway methods.
 
Of course, when you give your stuff away you should be able to give it away however you want.  Absolutely!  And if you don't have the time to set up something that is a bit more elaborate and only have time to just drop your codes in the public forums for the fastest to grab them, i'm just happy with anyone generous enough to share with others in any way!  Thank you to everyone who has ever given your free goods to others!
 
However, if you're sick of the same people always getting the codes that you are giving back to the community... AND have just a little bit of extra time to put into the process...  There are some methods that i personally use when i give things away that might also help you.  These are methods that help get your freebies to a few more people than just the usual code hoarding stalkers.  And to people that might actually appreciate it a bit more in many cases.
 
The reason i use these methods and why i am creating this topic?
 
Basically, because "Stalkers" are as bad as "Lurkers".  Maybe worse and often times the same people are both and both suck.  When i give away free stuff no matter how valuable, invaluable, common or uncommon... the idea that the same people that always get the free stuff will likely get MY free gifts as well, makes me a little sick.
 
(More Of My Soapbox Reasoning) lol
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So over time i have come up with some methods of giving away my codes that opens up the pool of potential recipients a lot more.  Here are the basic general guidelines i use for this more Anti-Lurker AND Anti-Stalker based approach.
 
Anti-Lurker AND Anti-Stalker Giveaway Methods: (And Anti-Hoarding further down.)
 
  1. 1. Offering Free Codes: If you have a digital code or codes, note what they are for. Also, post their region if it matters (US, UK, etc.) and their type if applicable. (For example if it is for a digital movie, specify if it is for UV, iTunes, etc.)
  2. 2. Time Limit: Set a time limit for how long you will allow entries to win the codes you are offering. (15 mins, 1 hr, 24 hrs, etc.) (This will help combat stalking.)
  3. 3. Contest Methods: Offer a contest that is NOT based on the "First Come First Serve" method. (This will also help combat stalking.) There are two primary ways of doing this. The "Random" method and the "Best in Show" method.
    • "Random" Method Examples:
      • "If you want said code, PM me the reason you want it. All qualifying entrants that enter within the allowed time frame will be assigned a number and i will use random.org to pick the winner."
      • "If you want said code, quote my post and add your favorite 'insert-thing-here' to your response. All qualifying entrants that enter within the allowed time frame will be assigned a number and i will use random.org to pick the winner."
    • "Best in Show" Method Examples:
      • "If you want said code, PM me the reason you want it. All qualifying entrants that enter within the allowed time frame will have their responses reviewed and i will pick my favorite." (Remember essay contests in school? It's like that.  This forces people to actually take some time and put some thought in.)
      • "If you want said code, quote my post and add a funny picture of 'insert-thing-here' to your response. All qualifying entrants that enter within the allowed time frame will have their responses reviewed and i will pick my favorite."
    • Anti-Hoarding Additions to Consider: (These can be used in case stalking is getting bad, to keep hoarders at bay or just because you want to)
      • "Anyone that has won a code in this topic (or from me) in the past reasonable x amount of time does not qualify. (i.e. 1 day, 2 days, 1 week, etc.)  I will go back and verify each participant."
      • "Only people that have given codes away themselves in the past reasonable x amount of time qualify. (i.e. 1 month, 1 year, ever, etc.)  You must provide a link to at least one of your own giveaways."
      • "Only one code per person" (In cases where you are giving away multiple codes.)
      • Etc...
    • Get Creative:

      • The examples of these methods that i've show are just that... examples.  Get creative.  Even something as simple as, "The 5th person to quote me wins", gives more people a chance and is fast and simple.  This is not ideal against stalkers but certainly gives at least a few more people a chance since there is at least a little more time to alert people.
    • "First Come First Serve" Methods to AVOID:
      • Posting codes in public open forums for anyone to lurk.
      • "First to quote or PM me gets it."
      • "First to quote or PM me 'parameters-here', gets it."
  4. 4. Awarding Codes: Private Message the winners with their codes to keep lurkers from poaching them.

 

I had originally thought about starting a new thread for giveaways using only Anti-Lurker, Anti-Stalker and Anti-Hoarder methods.  But there are already so many specific types of giveaway topics that i thought this would hopefully just serve to offer more giveaway methods rather than to confuse things further.

 

Of course you can give your stuff away however you want.  I just thought i would share some of my methodology for all the reasons i've stated.  What do you think?  How do you combat lurkers and stalkers?  I know some people don't even care about that.  This topic is for those who do.

 

Thank you to everyone for sharing with the community and giving back regardless of how you do it!

-theDevilman

 

 

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List of members blacklisted from my contests for various reasons.  It could be because of any of the following reasons: Cheating, Trolling, Thankless Hoarding, Just Being an Ass, etc.

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Edited by theDevilman, 31 July 2014 - 01:31 AM.

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#2 stovetrain96

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 05:50 AM

Impressive amount of thought has gone into this. Hope people try some of those methods you discussed. Great job :)


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#3 theDevilman

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 05:59 AM

Thank you. :)


Wanted: Xbox Game, DLC & Avatar codes, UV/iTunes movies! And possibly just about anything else. (MyCokeRewards, Kellogg's Family Rewards, etc.)  ...Most of which i redistribute to family.

Halopalooza Code Trading!


List of all FREE Xbox Live Marketplace content (2.0) My all NEW International version!
My Coke Rewards: Maximum Bonus Points & Contests Guide

GameMiner Invitation Code: 82ee922164ab54fff3db6cae8d225ed9 (Easily WIN FREE Steam games!)
Giveaway Methods & My Giveaways! ("When i share codes in sharing threads, i NEVER use the "first person to..." approach! Stalkers and hoarders are worse than lurkers. It means that "first come" shares usually go to the same small % of those trying and luck has very little to do with it.")

#4 Tanelorn

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 02:56 PM

Indeed, some people seem to have a lot of free time and are able to snatch lots of codes for movies/games on here and twitter. It's a great idea to have these small contests to give the chance to as many as possible.



#5 Fool.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 09:19 PM

Great post! Well thought out. The method I might start using is the one where you must have given away a code in order to qualify.
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#6 ShawnSig

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 12:05 AM

I know this isn't related but I wanted to vent a little.  I won some random giveaway on someone's youtube channel. The name of the winner announced in the user's next video, I check it today and I won, but some idiot changed his name and profile pic to impersonate me and got the prize.  I was so pissed I had to leave a comment and send a message to the channel owner, but it's probably too late.



#7 theDevilman

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 12:08 AM

I know this isn't related but I wanted to vent a little.  I won some random giveaway on someone's youtube channel. The name of the winner announced in the user's next video, I check it today and I won, but some idiot changed his name and profile pic to impersonate me and got the prize.  I was so pissed I had to leave a comment and send a message to the channel owner, but it's probably too late.

 

That is damn dirty. Wow.


Wanted: Xbox Game, DLC & Avatar codes, UV/iTunes movies! And possibly just about anything else. (MyCokeRewards, Kellogg's Family Rewards, etc.)  ...Most of which i redistribute to family.

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My Coke Rewards: Maximum Bonus Points & Contests Guide

GameMiner Invitation Code: 82ee922164ab54fff3db6cae8d225ed9 (Easily WIN FREE Steam games!)
Giveaway Methods & My Giveaways! ("When i share codes in sharing threads, i NEVER use the "first person to..." approach! Stalkers and hoarders are worse than lurkers. It means that "first come" shares usually go to the same small % of those trying and luck has very little to do with it.")

#8 stovetrain96

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 09:46 AM

I know this isn't related but I wanted to vent a little.  I won some random giveaway on someone's youtube channel. The name of the winner announced in the user's next video, I check it today and I won, but some idiot changed his name and profile pic to impersonate me and got the prize.  I was so pissed I had to leave a comment and send a message to the channel owner, but it's probably too late.

I feel for you man. What a douche thing to do


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#9 Guest_ChallengeEverything_*

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 02:27 AM

I know somebody I know on either this forum or another forum used to take the time to write out trivia questions with each answer having a number or letter for the code in it. It basically meant that for a PSN code there would be 12 questions and answers and the winner of the code would be the one who found the answers the quickest and put in the code from the hints after the questions.

 

Like for example:

 

1. What is the first letter of the alphabet? A

 

But they would put in a hint like (third letter of the fourth word of the answer).

 

Albeit it's a little complex and likely no one would go through with such a method since it'd be time consuming. But it would definitely keep away the lurkers and stalkers who just want to copy/paste the codes with no hassle.



#10 theDevilman

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:13 AM

Wow, that seems excessive even to me, lol.


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Halopalooza Code Trading!


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My Coke Rewards: Maximum Bonus Points & Contests Guide

GameMiner Invitation Code: 82ee922164ab54fff3db6cae8d225ed9 (Easily WIN FREE Steam games!)
Giveaway Methods & My Giveaways! ("When i share codes in sharing threads, i NEVER use the "first person to..." approach! Stalkers and hoarders are worse than lurkers. It means that "first come" shares usually go to the same small % of those trying and luck has very little to do with it.")

#11 burritoman

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 03:21 AM

From now on, I will ask "What would you do for this item?"

 

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#12 Alejandro_404

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 04:11 AM

Great thinking.



#13 sir-fly

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 01:53 PM

people will still just drop the codes .i remember 1 time a guy dropped a few codes that had been posted by another cag member lol


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#14 theDevilman

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 08:04 PM

Oh yeah, code drops will never stop.  But if even a few people wind up using some more creative methods to open up the pool of recipients, i'm happy. :)

 

That is messed up, by the way.  I've seen the same thing, kind of.  I saw some codes on another site and then later saw someone here offering the same codes.  Pretty sure it wasn't the same person, lol.


Wanted: Xbox Game, DLC & Avatar codes, UV/iTunes movies! And possibly just about anything else. (MyCokeRewards, Kellogg's Family Rewards, etc.)  ...Most of which i redistribute to family.

Halopalooza Code Trading!


List of all FREE Xbox Live Marketplace content (2.0) My all NEW International version!
My Coke Rewards: Maximum Bonus Points & Contests Guide

GameMiner Invitation Code: 82ee922164ab54fff3db6cae8d225ed9 (Easily WIN FREE Steam games!)
Giveaway Methods & My Giveaways! ("When i share codes in sharing threads, i NEVER use the "first person to..." approach! Stalkers and hoarders are worse than lurkers. It means that "first come" shares usually go to the same small % of those trying and luck has very little to do with it.")

#15 Asmith906

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:28 PM

This is something that I've noticed when giving away games on this site. It's either the same person getting the codes or people blaming it on "lurkers". It's rather annoying and makes it hard to easily just drop codes.



#16 gamingware

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:46 AM

Great post! Well thought out. The method I might start using is the one where you must have given away a code in order to qualify.

How would you tell if someone gave away a code?



#17 theDevilman

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:28 AM

How would you tell if someone gave away a code?

You can just ask them to link to the post within the freebie topics where they gave it away.

 

You could also just look at their profile and sift through their past forum posts to find it, but just asking them to link to it would be much, much faster.


Wanted: Xbox Game, DLC & Avatar codes, UV/iTunes movies! And possibly just about anything else. (MyCokeRewards, Kellogg's Family Rewards, etc.)  ...Most of which i redistribute to family.

Halopalooza Code Trading!


List of all FREE Xbox Live Marketplace content (2.0) My all NEW International version!
My Coke Rewards: Maximum Bonus Points & Contests Guide

GameMiner Invitation Code: 82ee922164ab54fff3db6cae8d225ed9 (Easily WIN FREE Steam games!)
Giveaway Methods & My Giveaways! ("When i share codes in sharing threads, i NEVER use the "first person to..." approach! Stalkers and hoarders are worse than lurkers. It means that "first come" shares usually go to the same small % of those trying and luck has very little to do with it.")

#18 gamingware

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 02:16 PM

You can just ask them to link to the post within the freebie topics where they gave it away.

 

You could also just look at their profile and sift through their past forum posts to find it, but just asking them to link to it would be much, much faster.

Cool.



#19 NoDAK

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:44 PM

You didn't list any anti-hoarder deterrents.



#20 theDevilman

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:51 PM

You didn't list any anti-hoarder deterrents.

 
Yes i did... ;)

    • Additional Rules to Occasionally Consider: (This can be used in case stalking is getting extra bad. if you have extra good codes or just because you want to.)
      • "Anyone that has won a code in this topic in the past reasonable x amount of time does not qualify. (i.e. 1 day, 2 days, 1 week, etc.)  I will go back and verify each participant."
      • "Only people that have given codes away themselves in the past reasonable x amount of time qualify. (i.e. 1 month, 1 year, ever, etc.)  You must provide a link to at least one of your own giveaways."
      • "Only one code per person"
      • Etc...

Although, i may change the language and focus of it some to specifically point out "anti-hoarding". :)  Thank you for bringing attention to that.


Wanted: Xbox Game, DLC & Avatar codes, UV/iTunes movies! And possibly just about anything else. (MyCokeRewards, Kellogg's Family Rewards, etc.)  ...Most of which i redistribute to family.

Halopalooza Code Trading!


List of all FREE Xbox Live Marketplace content (2.0) My all NEW International version!
My Coke Rewards: Maximum Bonus Points & Contests Guide

GameMiner Invitation Code: 82ee922164ab54fff3db6cae8d225ed9 (Easily WIN FREE Steam games!)
Giveaway Methods & My Giveaways! ("When i share codes in sharing threads, i NEVER use the "first person to..." approach! Stalkers and hoarders are worse than lurkers. It means that "first come" shares usually go to the same small % of those trying and luck has very little to do with it.")

#21 theDevilman

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 05:11 AM

You didn't list any anti-hoarder deterrents.

 

 
Yes i did... ;)


Although, i may change the language and focus of it some to specifically point out "anti-hoarding". :)  Thank you for bringing attention to that.

I have now drawn a little more attention to the Anti-Hoarder methods in the OP. :)


Wanted: Xbox Game, DLC & Avatar codes, UV/iTunes movies! And possibly just about anything else. (MyCokeRewards, Kellogg's Family Rewards, etc.)  ...Most of which i redistribute to family.

Halopalooza Code Trading!


List of all FREE Xbox Live Marketplace content (2.0) My all NEW International version!
My Coke Rewards: Maximum Bonus Points & Contests Guide

GameMiner Invitation Code: 82ee922164ab54fff3db6cae8d225ed9 (Easily WIN FREE Steam games!)
Giveaway Methods & My Giveaways! ("When i share codes in sharing threads, i NEVER use the "first person to..." approach! Stalkers and hoarders are worse than lurkers. It means that "first come" shares usually go to the same small % of those trying and luck has very little to do with it.")

#22 theDevilman

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 08:25 AM

As of now, (8/25/2013) rather than posting my own giveaways in the Code Drop topics, i'll now create a new topic for each giveaway that i do and link to it in the OP of this topic here!


Wanted: Xbox Game, DLC & Avatar codes, UV/iTunes movies! And possibly just about anything else. (MyCokeRewards, Kellogg's Family Rewards, etc.)  ...Most of which i redistribute to family.

Halopalooza Code Trading!


List of all FREE Xbox Live Marketplace content (2.0) My all NEW International version!
My Coke Rewards: Maximum Bonus Points & Contests Guide

GameMiner Invitation Code: 82ee922164ab54fff3db6cae8d225ed9 (Easily WIN FREE Steam games!)
Giveaway Methods & My Giveaways! ("When i share codes in sharing threads, i NEVER use the "first person to..." approach! Stalkers and hoarders are worse than lurkers. It means that "first come" shares usually go to the same small % of those trying and luck has very little to do with it.")





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