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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Monochroma if you sent more than you receive
http://www.sgtools.info/giveaways/b2f5cedc-c24a-11e8-a57a-fa163ee2f826

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bump

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only 7 entries
bump !

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Solve my medium puzzle to get a chance to win another cool game:
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/OKdd2/balancity

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FHBJ4-6PM63-MK8?L spacecom steam key
?= 1>2>?

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Got Alien Hallway twice in a row from IG Golden Giveaway. Never got a dupe key from IG, so it should work.

LVL 2. Ends in 2 hours.

https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/L6sl0/alien-hallway

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Bump!

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Bump for entered.

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Entered. Thanks! ;)

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bump

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gratz on your almost milestones!

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thank you :3

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Not sure what i am doing wrong there.

Ah nvm, got it.

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clicking on link? xD

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That itself would just lead to a page not found. ;)

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remove this ^^

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Found it already but didn't know it was intentional so why i didn't mention it.

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Very good ^^ Good Gaming ^^

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Forged Battalion, with stupid NA region lock: http://www.sgtools.info/giveaways/fbb78240-cfe4-11e8-a57a-fa163ee2f826

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Lvl 6 and UK region because I couldn't find any region info :(

https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/F72xa/grey-goo-definitive-edition

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TTBWN-0RD8D-ZaaHD

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DarkEnd - freebe form Indiegala

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Medieval Kingdom Wars. Besides standard rules, you also need to have a sent/won ratio of at least 1.

http://www.sgtools.info/giveaways/fdcacd99-d558-11e8-a57a-fa163ee2f826

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Thanks.

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you're welcome:)

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