So you want to create public GAs, but you don't want bots and auto-join scripts to enter? Good. Just post a comment in this thread with a link to an invite-only giveaway. The idea is very simple and is really not different from many (most?) of the other threads in the forum, except that you don't need to invest much time or thought into it. Just post the link in a comment, and you're done :-)

A few additional guidelines:

  • Feel free to obfuscate the link to make it more difficult for bots/scripts to enter. This is completely optional and may not make much of a difference, because the forums are probably not as infested with bots and auto-join scripts as public giveaways (see example).
  • You may use itstoohard.com, sgtools.info or other sites as filters to the link, but do try to keep things easy (for humans) to enter.
  • Don't feel obligated to write anything to accompany the giveaway link. If you have stuff to share beyond just the link, you probably should create a dedicated thread for it. Needless to say, you can also write it here, but it's not required.
  • Cross-posting giveaways your posted in other threads is fine, as long as they are your giveaways.
  • If you want to add a dynamic signature showing the game name, giveaway end date and current number of entries, but without revealing the URL to bots, you can use this tool created by Reforced. It takes the signature created by SG and provides you with a new URL that hides the original giveaway address. Just add it to your comment using the regular format for posting images: ![](URL)
  • Just like public GAs typically have a lot of entries, there's no need to maintain a low number of entries in GAs posted here. If you want to give especially good odds to people who enter and still get CV, you may want to instead consider posting the link here (and then remove it when you have your 5 entries). This is not needed here in this thread. The more (humans) the merrier :-)
  • The best way to bump this thread is by posting a link to your own invite-only giveaway. With that said, if the thread drops from the first page a regular "Bump" would also be appreciated.

I'm trying to find how serious the issue with bots really is. So far the results don't really prove things one way or another. Here are some stats from my latest experiment:

Game: Space Trader: Merchant Marine
Number of giveaways: 5
Period: 3 days

Giveaway # Level Type Number of entries Winner's Sent:Won Reroll needed?
1 Level 0+ Public 891 0:82 No
2 Level 0+ Invite only, direct link 55 4:47 No
3 Level 0+ Invite only, SGTools (no restrictions) 48 6:71 No
4 Level 0+ Invite only, shortened URL, captcha-free 50 1:205 No
5 Level 0+ Invite only, shortened URL with "I'm not a robot" captcha 54 162:86 No

Yet some more stats:

Giveaway game Period Level Type Number of entries Winner's Sent:Won Reroll needed?
Tales from the Void 5 days Level 0+ Public 755 0:37 No
Tales from the Void 5 days Level 0+ Invite only, obfuscated link 183 42:514 No
Hyper Box 4 days Level 0+ Public 554 0:32 No
Hyper Box 4 days Level 0+ Invite only, obfuscated link 193 178:188 No
Ace Combat Assault Horizon 3 days Level 0+ Public 1596 0:28 Yes
Ace Combat Assault Horizon 3 days Level 0+ Invite only, obfuscated link 234 88:107 No
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what ?!?
I swear I'm not a bot

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I can't figure this out. I think the 3rd character is giving me trouble. I tried everything I can think of (multiple times), but nothing works. The first 2 and last 2 look pretty straight forward.

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It's actually one of the other ones that's misleading. Not sure if I can give away more than that without spoiling it.

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I think the middle one is what it looks like. The first one on the other hand, I can see one would get it wrong...

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I finally got it, it was the first. I don't think I have ever seen it that way.

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That was cool. )

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nice

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The Norwood Suite for lvl4+
Don't forget to bump Positive thread! :)

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Plantera (for those who have the game wishlisted)

To enter you need to meet either of these two sets of requirements:

  • Have the game on your wishlist, have a wishlist that's up to 600 games long, and either have no wins or have wins but with ratio that's not terrible (up to 10 times more wins).
    or
  • Give more than you win, and have the majority of those giveaways accessible to everyone (either as public GA or in the forum)
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Did you really mean this: [...] real_sent_private/real_sent_cv > 0.10 [...]?

Or did you mean 'less than'?

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I did. Percentage of private GAs (aka invite-only or forum GAs) should be at least 10%.

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Ok, my bad. Sorry for the interruption.

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Snake Pass lvl4+

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ended

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Little train

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Weeklong ga for Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!
after5aftercAfterUAfterSafterd

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I might be stupider than a bot but I can't figure out the code you're trying to give... any chance for a hint?

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looks like a loop, try rotating sequence 🤷🏼‍♂️

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Tried rotating all combinations in both directions, didn't help (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

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I gather that means also doing so in reverse order, so me stumped 😔
edit: 42 entries though... which explains everything :D

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Wait, so you're actually in there? Based on your comments I assume you were stuck too. I already said your hint didn't work, are you able to help me in any other way? (It's probably better that I wait for MiniTaurus to answer though since I don't want to get you in trouble)

EDIT: Found the correct solution now, I guess you were trying to help me but I interpreted your hint wrongly. Thanks for trying! 😄 (Or you were trying to troll me, but benefit of the doubt and all that.)

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Same here

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A few spaces at the right places should help. Don't think too complicated just take it literally :)

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Still don't get it... maybe one of you would be able to post the solution after the giveaway has ended, because I'm getting really curious as to what I'm doing wrong.

EDIT: Never mind, I figured it out now.

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Any hint for me?

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Not sure how I should hint further without spoiling the answer, but something that would've helped me:
View each of the characters individually when interpreting the text. Each of them are completely independent from the rest, and they have no relative influence on each other. Once you figure out the pattern, simply repeat it for the remaining characters.

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Sorry for late reply, it's pretty straight forward, maybe divide the long words first into 5 by line break ^^

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I figured it out now after interpreting the words differently than I originally had. Thanks for the hint anyway! 😄

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still not sure what I should do

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Ends in 12 hrs.

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