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so.. i quietly made it to the level X (ten). site stats show only 351 steamgifts member have level ten, so now i'm one of them :)
it took me couple of years, as i was not in a hurry to get there, 1400+ something games given away and 104 blacklists honestly earned :) yeah, most of them were years ago, when i was stupid and made a giveaway of Dead Island Epidemic open beta :)) I didn't read the rules, but lets be honest, who ever read the rules?
I got several bans for dublicate keys (i didn't follow, and steamgifts was simpler and had no functions it has nowadays) so it took another effort to correct these mistakes; for not activating keys in time (though being several countries away from my steamgifts account was the easiest mistake to correct), even for "abusing the system" - though it was not intentional, and this is the very place to say thanks to steamgifts support team and moderators, who really help a lot, and helped me a lot - just imagine - once i had a winner that was changing the won game from "received" to "not received" couple of times! without proper help of site support, i think, i would have just been banned forever somewhere on level 2 ))))
But, finally, every step of that way was worth it! I won 300+ great games, met great people, i can boast i have 200+ whitelists and a proud membership in couple of closed groups, and i had lots of fun all these years - making giveaways, winning games, solving (or, finally, not solving) insane puzzles, getting the freshest gaming news, giveaways, and this is the very place to say thank you to the community - you all are making this site great. thank you. after all, it were you to win all these games to add to my cv :)))
so, as a part of this celebration, i'm cleaning my black list, accepting invites for friendship (not from spam bots), until the current steam's limit, and invites to groups, even the ratio based ones - i swear i'm not the person to take a key and ran away, i will always find something sweet to give back.
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Congrats on the final level-up, andy! 👍
Congrats Andy. Sounds like you've had a great time on the site.
and still having! thank you
nice celebration gift and congrats on your awesome achievement!
Congrats. It sounds like you've had quite the journey getting there. :)
the journey still continues :)
I'm always a 9
Added you.... not.
Have fun in your retirement!
9 to 10 is the most difficult - but you will make it!
wow mate you're the best!! so few level 10s? didn't know the stat!! I hope to get there sooner or later =P
congrats and thanks a lot for sharing all these great games, and so many copies!! =)
you will definitely get there! thank you!
Congrats! Seems it was a bit of a roller coaster to get there.
thank you! oh - just a little... from time to time :)
Congratulations on reaching level 10!
you are now X-man :)
Congrats on the huge milestone and I followed your page.
Congratulations, and thank you for your years of generosity! 🧡
Congrats and thanks.
Congrats and you scared me for a sec there. I thought my acc got hacked and made a discussion 😅
so now get scared even moe as your acc replies to your acc :D
AAAAAAAAAA, hahaha 😂😂
Bump and congrats on level 10 ;)
Wow, I thought level ten was just a myth (just kidding)
when i was 9 i thought it was just a myth too :) it was the hardest to get
Congrats on your level 10
Grats on 10 :)
My first thought was about the anime/OVA "X" but then the "(Ten)" made sense of it all.
And you seem like a nice guy to boot, cheers.
Congrats on going from being banned several times to the highest level contributor, that's really cool.
Congrats on the level 10 and thanks for sticking and coming back from the bans!
(Now that you talked about them, is this the same as posting the bans? 😝 If so, Super-congrats!)
Thanks for a nice giveaway!
What is "posting the bans"?
Sorry. It was supposed to be a play on words on the old term "posting the banns"
"The banns of marriage, commonly known simply as the "banns" or "bans" /bænz/ (from a Middle English word meaning "proclamation", rooted in Frankish and from there to Old French), are the public announcement in a Christian parish church or in the town council of an impending marriage between two specified persons. ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banns_of_marriage
It is six weeks to the day; we were wed without even posting the banns!
~Penman, Sharon HERE BE DRAGONS (2001)
Basically, I was jokingly congratulating you on your engagement (unless, of course, you are engaged, in which case...CONGRATS!
nothing to be sorry for!
as english is not my native, i swear i did not know anything about "the banns" - but it was fun to know it :)
thank you for your congratulations!
Congratulations upon reaching level 10! D
Everyone makes mistakes, but people who keep trying to do the right thing are good people.
exactly! everyone should just not lose hope to correct the mistakes!