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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Bumpy!

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Turbo Pug, level 0+ ENDED
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/''''''/turbo-pug

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not working

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It's an evil puzzle but it does work ;)

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Nicely done! xD

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Good Idea! XD

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Could i ask for a hint? pic alone seems not enough.

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Mirrors also mirror text...

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lol, thanks for the hint ... all i did wrong was writing "q" instead of "p" xD
Too late to notice however...

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Another one creatively done! Working as intended :)

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Right about now its time to rock with another Giveaway.

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Tanku Man!

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Level 5+, not available in Japan and Korea.
http://www.sgtools.info/giveaways/?3640*4_-__9?-11?6-96#2-_#163??2_826
? = e
# = a
_ = f
* = b

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Now this is a giveaway, thank you very much.

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It's time to kill some zombies!

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Bumping with a blood bath. Just stab those links with your mouse pointer.

https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/ei551/bloodbath-kavkaz
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/TBITx/bloodbath-kavkaz-khovan-revenge
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/YkJo8/bloodbath-kavkaz-soundtrack

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more bump

https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/(seven)hYPI/

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Since they are protected with a few custom rules, I hope Yirg doesn't mind if I do a little cross-promotion. If you want any of these below, try to be positive, be in a giveback mood, or just advocate peace on these forums… either of those will lead you to the correct path.

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Cross-posted giveaways (and promotional signatures) are very welcome. Thank you! :-)

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Peace is overrated, lets all join the dark side!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4BfBruQ3N8

:p

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How do I enter these?
Any hints?

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if u do some activity at forum section, i think this one pretty easy, so i don't think i can give any clue, maybe talgaby himself will

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I'd start by searching for any of the highlighted words.

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how can I enter???

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The answer is still the same as the one you can see above your post.

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no gib bump, or is there ^_~?

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Not one that I can find...

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Thanks for Skyrim!

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weird, you were my only solver, enjoy it!

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Already did 100%!

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Russians? What could possibly go wrong?

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http://tinyurl.com/gsfl9jb

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http://ouo.press/nmW43v (click "I'm not a robot" if you're not)

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It looks serious, but I went :)

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https://goo.gl/F4JnIU

Analytics, for those curious: https://goo.gl/#analytics/goo.gl/F4JnIU/all_time

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thanks:)

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I'm not a robot

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Can you prove it? :-)

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Can you?

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Nope. But I'm not claiming not to be one ;-)

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I clicked it - doesn't work. Would click again!

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5 giveaways for the game Space Trader: Merchant Marine:

  1. Public GA. Probably not worth bothering when the giveaways below are invite-only are have much better odds, you can easily find it if you insist.

  2. Directly linked giveaway.
    https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/5tFlX/space-trader-merchant-marine

  3. SGTools. No entry restrictions, not even rule breaking checks. Just click Check Requirements (although there aren't any) to get the giveaway link, then follow it to enter.
    http://www.sgtools.info/giveaways/f1f6fa4f-0006-11e7-96a2-fa163ee2f826

  4. Shortened URL, captcha-free
    http://tinyurl.com/ze7nc2b

  5. Shortened URL with "I'm not a robot" captcha
    http://ouo.press/Jmmdj
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Normally, we want to avoid link shorteners, but this is a one-time experiment, so I don't think it'll hurt anything.

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Isn't the last one (with captcha) can be considered a form of a simple puzzle?

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The reason we do not use link shorteners is because they hide the destination URL. Puzzle or not, it's still a redirect.

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Botmp!

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what

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How do I enter this? :)

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wSYkx

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Thanks! :)

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Thanks

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I'm not a bot but I'm not a level 8 human either 😭👀

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I am happy to see that Gasai was the winner. He's a really nice and generous person here!:)

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Level 1: dS0au
Level 2: Gl0Oy
Level 3: ZxPCe
Level 4: ISb1W
Level 5: 1jbfa

New:
Level 0: dmvM0

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Thanks!

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I would also like to express my gratitude.

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Appreciated!

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Thank you for this.

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New GA added. All GA ends in ~25hours.

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Need the Light Guardians to help keep this thread on the first page.

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Cross-posted from the Humble Monthly unload thread.

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Thank you :)

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The wishlist is really a good rule! I failed but the best wishes to people who really love the games. :)

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pmub

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