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*

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bump

2 months ago
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Have a bump!

2 months ago
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https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/DlVpy/out-there-somewhere

Exclusive giveaway of mine for https://steamcommunity.com/groups/DansSealOfApproval

No rules, no requirements, hopefully you like seals ᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ

2 months ago
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This was meant to be a public giveaway, but I somehow made it invite only. Guess it's now a no bots giveaway.

Cities: Skylines - Level 4 - Ends at 29/12/2019 11:00 GMT+1 GIVEAWAY OVER

https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/*****/cities-skylines

Z - 2
j - 1
O - 4
U - 5
z - 3

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Well thanks for the accidental private giveaway :)

1 month ago
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Bumping, less than half an hour left

1 month ago
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Aegyptus

7 Wonders MMT

AGON

AIM2 Clan Wars

A Shawn story

Askutron

7 Wonders II

Aurion Legacy

Angvik

7 Wonders AAM

• 19 hours remaining, level 3+

1 month ago
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Bump!

1 month ago
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Bumpity bump!

1 month ago
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Bump.

1 month ago
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Bump!

1 month ago
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• lil' moar for level 5+, 19 hours remaining

Deep Sky Derelicts

Puddle

LBA 2

Ceville

Distrust

Take On Helicopters

Dex

Highrise Heroes

The Last Express

Shadwen

1 month ago
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Bumpy. :3

1 month ago
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(Bumped!)
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1 month ago
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Bump :)

1 month ago
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ba-ba-ba-bump!

1 month ago
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Felice anno nuovo, ICaio!
It's like ICarly,
but better.

1 month ago
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Happy-New-Year beump

1 month ago
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Bump with a hearty thanks :).

1 month ago
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Well, if you insist.

Thank you. :)

1 month ago
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Bumpy :)

1 month ago
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lil' bumpo

1 month ago
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bump

1 month ago
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1 month ago
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game looks good, thx!

1 month ago
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thanks!

1 month ago
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Bump!

1 month ago
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Make mistake GA to invite-only, so I throw in here. lvl 1+ needed to enter.
Its very old keys, I hope still work. Good Luck!
The Link: https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/uc7Cz/arma-cold-war-assault

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1 month ago
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

1 month ago
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Great choice. :) Been thinking about rereading it, have had an itch to read a Neil Gaiman book.

1 month ago
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My fav. are Good Omens and Coraline by far.

1 month ago
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I need to read Good Omens and American Gods still! The Graveyard Book is probably tied with Ocean for my favourite, but Norse Mythology is up there as well. I normally try to read his books in audiobook form, since he's such a fantastic narrator.

1 month ago
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Already have the game but Congratz for your new job =)

1 month ago
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Thanks :3

1 month ago
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My personal favorite is A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny.

1 month ago
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I'd recommend for reads: Maus by Elie Weisel also congrats on the new job :)
Edit: sorry, Night is by Elie Weissel and Maus us by Art Spiegelman. Got those 2 mixed up :(

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I came here to suggest book but this one may be interesting. When it was published (and where)? I can’t find it by author and title.

1 month ago
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maus
but this book is from Art Spiegelman and perhaps not the one suggested...

1 month ago
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Yeah, Spiegelman‘s Maus was my first idea too, but let’s see if it was mistake or a book we don’t know.

1 month ago
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I think, this should sort out the confusion, though it's still unclear, if Alvin meant Maus or Night, but both seem worth reading.

Btw, I have not read any of them, because in Poland we have so many of those books published originally in Polish, and rarely translated into English. Two of the best, that have been translated into English, are Conversations with an Executioner by Kazimierz Moczarski and This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski. Highly recommended, if you are interested in Nazi atrocities... and if you have really strong nerves.

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Great choices! I had read most of them during seminar and trip to Birkenau. Shame there are no official digital copies in English. From my point of view those books are much more valuable than Maus (as historical document). And as I remember Moczarski exposes dark side of German totalitarianism but also Russian regime (after war). Really worth searching and reading time.

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Thanks for the clarification! :D

1 month ago
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Ooh shoot, sorry about that I was wrong in that last comment. I got those 2 authors mixed up. Yes, Maus is by Art Spiegelman, not Elie Weissel. I literally read those 2 books at the same time.

1 month ago
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It is alright. I was afraid I missed something during my studies. Have a nice day!

1 month ago
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Sadly I am not reading much lately, but Neil Gaiman is always a good choice. ;)

1 month ago
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bump

1 month ago
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View attached image.
1 month ago
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Tnx :-)

1 month ago
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I'm running a silly little puzzle for five invite-only giveaways in my current public giveaway.

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3 weeks ago
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I think this one should have gone more at the puzzles thread, but double bump for solved and thanks!

3 weeks ago
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Yeah maybe it should have. I kind of had the idea of burying the puzzle in the public giveaways instead of starting a new thread like I usually do, but I suppose I lost track of that when I bumped this thread anyway. Oh well.

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3 weeks ago
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Thank you! Good luck with your games! :)

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Bump for not letting the thread die. There should be more GAs here, and I thank you for yours!

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Gg0B2+3

1 week ago
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Thanks for the anti-bot GA!
(Already have it, so not entering, but bump nonetheless.)

1 week ago
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Nice Idea :) Ty :)

1 week ago
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Bump!

1 week ago
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Here is secret GA: \m34rS\ backwards (include the slashes).

1 week ago
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Nice Thanks :)

6 days ago
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! sknahT

6 days ago
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eciN

6 days ago
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I put a small train of some cheaper games behind Sgtools. Lasts a little under 2 days.

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I am not sure if you made the rules you wanted because right now it is set to "you need to gift 2,5x the ammount of what you won".
Looks a bit high in combination with your words about "cheaper games" ;o)

5 days ago
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I meant for the opposite. Shoot. I think I fixed it to what I was going for now.

5 days ago
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Anna's Quest - Level 3+, 12 hours remaining
3jlL7

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Thanks =)

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Messed up my A-Z mystery train cart, so here we go!
HDxMj

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