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
2 years ago*

Comment has been collapsed.

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

G0 + UPPER + aa = Unite Cell

ENDs: Feb 19, 21:40

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Beholder (Level 1+)
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/e5vnh/
Open until March 8.

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Early train this one...

Have a bump!

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

2 months ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

So long story short I made a super long post only a few people read, then added a giveaway that even fewer people saw. So, for those of you quick enough, you have ~ 30 minutes to enter for I Am Not A Monster /Fksoe/

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Happy Cakeday! :D

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Thanks! I've been too busy to make a post to celebrate but I probably will in a week or so ¯\(ツ)

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Hello! How can I enter this giveaway?
The link leads to different website that I don't know :(

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

SGTools is well known (some people like it, some don't), there's a thread here in the discussion forums with some more info.

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Sign in to SGTools with Steam and click to check if you fulfill the requirements, which are very easy to fulfill. As far as I can tell, you do meet them. So, good luck if you decide to enter!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump and huge thanks for this one!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump for a generous giveaway!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Thanks for the thread Yirg! 😁
 
Mordheim: City of the Damned :: 40P :: Lvl 2+ :: SGTools :: Ends 16 Apr @ 12:00 UTC+1

View attached image.
1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Hey,
how did you "all" make that dynamic images/links from your GA's ?

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Go to the giveaway page, on the left options click dinamic signature and there it is

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Thanks.
A easy thing when you know where it is :-D

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

As urbanus mentioned, be careful using SG's dynamic signature option, as it will "leak" the giveaway link 😉

1 month ago*
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Welp, checking image link might help. :P
https://www.reforced.nl/giveaway/

And they are using this site because signature generated directly at steamgifts contains giveaway link (so sgtool gate is pointless).

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Great, thanks :o)

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Thank you!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Looks like a weird little game. I'll give it a shot! :)

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump! And thank you

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bumpity bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump! ^^

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump thx

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

thanks!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

AkriQ
Level 1 GA for Paradigm
Please bump if you enter. Thank you and enjoy.

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Have a bump and thank you!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Thanks & bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

This one looks super cool thanks:D!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump.

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump!!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Deleted

This comment was deleted 1 month ago.

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bumpete

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

beump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bumperio!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump! :)

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump ^_^

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump 🙂

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Thanks and bump.

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

dope game, here's a bump and my appreciation

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

View attached image.
1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bumb

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bimp

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Thankful bump!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

🤜🤛

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bomp

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

BUMP!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump!!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Up

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump ! , thanks

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Here's one more bump! :)

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

pump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump!

4 weeks ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump!

4 weeks ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bumpo!

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

ended

1 month ago*
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Thank you and bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Well, now I know you blacklisted me, bump.

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

ty

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Thanks =]

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Just wanted to say thanks here because apparently I got blacklisted by you...still thanks and have a good day.

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Removed from the list. I add people who win, activate but don't thank. Obviously too fast this time!
Congrats on the win. Hope u enjoy it.

1 month ago*
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Another blacklist bump :)

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

(bump!)

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

bumps

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Bump

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

W(2-2+2x2x2)VM(9-3-3)-IGRG(2x2x2-2-2-2)-HREJQ = GooCubelets

1 month ago
Permalink

Comment has been collapsed.

Sign in through Steam to add a comment.