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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I joined this place to find new, loving homes for my extra games, so why haven't I been doing that? (Answer: Because I'm lazy.) So here you go--just in time for the mid-week doldrums, a tiny train!

edit: My sister just adopted a puppy, so this is now officially a puppy celebration train! Please disregard the total lack of dogs.

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<3

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B🐶mp for Kre8'v St🤵le

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Bump and thank you :)

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Thank you for the chance :D

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Thanks!

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Thank you!

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Bump :)

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Bump !

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sorry I do not know any poems in English :(

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Bumpo

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Bumperino

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invisibump

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I saw it, can't hide anything from me xD

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Oh no! D:

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beep beep boop bump

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Boom

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I am really puzzled what is "boom"?

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Its just a bump. A bump is a meaning less comment that brings the page to the top of the list

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I was expecting "bump" to be bumps and under posts.Thank you for the reply

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Happy cake/factory day

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Happy cake day!

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Happy cake day =)

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:D

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bumpity bump bumpin

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Sláinte

Enjoy ^^

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Bump! 😊 👍

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Didn't enter but Bump! And thanks for making an actual anti-bot url. Most attempts at anti-bot urls do nothing to actually stop bots and just create more hassle for actual people.

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No prob ^^
Have a nice day, pal

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You too!

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Bump. Sorry, no poems from me.

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Bump✌

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I'm not good at poetry, so here's a bump for you.

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Le bump

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Gift copy of Don't Starve Together up for grabs, thanks to the folks who answered my question thread.
Hint: Whatever you do, do not divide by #!

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Cell division!

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thanks!

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Thanks!

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Can't enter, blacklist message. Anyway, have a bump ^_^

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Jumper Tree

Runs until July 21st; contains a link to a multiple easy Jigidi event.

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Thank you :D

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Bumpy. :)

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Thanks :)

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Thank you aonrao! :) This one looks very interesting to me as a fan of Alan Watts.

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Good luck!

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https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/~LINKREMOVED~/bendy-and-the-ink-machine

Bendy And The Inky Machine.

GL WHO MANAGED TO GET IN

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Knights and merchants keydrop

!YRRY-MT&FC-JIBQX

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& = Last digit in the meaning of life, universe and everything

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I got it. thanks

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5 Days Important vice president
L1+ for Unexplored

Edit: 5 days is not length of GA. It's till Aug 23.

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Nice one ! Your post might fit in the puzzle section.

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Bump. Was going to put some GAs here, but then I remembered what happened last time so I put them in the puzzle forum instead. Shameless link

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What happened last time? :O

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Damn yeah.. we want to know..

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Happy cakeday :P

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I didn't even think the bot-obfuscation would count as a puzzle, but it was over 24 hours before anyone managed to solve it and it took hints to get them there. You can see the whole (slightly self-indulgent) thing in this thread.

Also, putting the new GAs in their own puzzle thread lets me tell a silly little story, so bonus!

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Rusty Lake Paradise - https://www.sgtools.info/giveaways/0533b6ba-b456-11e9-b50b-fa163e96784d
SGTools: Any Rusty Lake game owned or wishlisted.

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Thank you for the wishlisted game!

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3 hours left for oxidized iron in dihydrogen monoxide.

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http://www.sgtools.info/go-give-aways-bots/fdb0b4a7-b493-11e9-b50b-fa163e96784d this is my first sgtools GA. if i did it wrong, please let me know. never tried sgtools and would appreciate some guidance. the game is https://store.steampowered.com/app/946170/Papper_Balls/
X 2. thanks and good luck

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The rules are secret... so none can know if you done something wrong... :-D

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so if i do another sgtools ga, don't keep rules secret? don't know why i checked that box :P sgtools seems easy to use but complicated to a noob like me

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If you want that someone say something to the rules it would be very helpful that other ones know the rules too ^^
I was able to enter but i don't know if it was because you closed out a lower level, a special number of GA's made was needed, or cv or real cv or only VAC & trade banned people aren't able to enter your GA's.
I would bet you clicked the hooks at no VAC banned, no one with not activated wins and none with multiple wins of the same game can enter your GA. But i don't know for sure

It isn't easy to use as you do more as the stuff at the top that you can easily handle :o) You can set as example that people can't enter if they have game X or they must have game X at the whitelist and a lot more.. but only with written commands -and i don't found a good explanation to that-.
But the stuff at the top is very good too and enough for the begin and maybe later too.
And much better as only the level restrictions from sg direct.

If you have questions to sgtools feel free to question the sg community, a few people are very experienced with sgtools and can help by a lot of things.

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yes, you're right. i kept the filters as is in their default values and checked the boxes, no VAC etc...i looked in discussions for help/explanations on how to use sgtools but didn't see anything unless i missed it? anyway thanks for replying

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