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 bought a game from Fanatical and it came with a redeem code for an extra game, here you are :-)
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Please let me know if it works.

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already used not by me sorry I don't know what is it :s

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you know what to do

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Why are you guys including puzzles? This is supposed to be the anti-bot thread, not the anti-human thread.

2 months ago
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It's just a sgtools.info link.

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.

2 months ago
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facepalm

I know what it is. I just over-reacted to orTe's post and started seeing everything in base64. Carry on.

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Why are you guys including puzzles?

[Edit: Nevermind.]

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2 months ago
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Ok, this is confusing. Nothing in HTML also.

2 months ago
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And here I thought this was the "avoid bots" thread, not the puzzle sub-forum.

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Puzzles are used to "avoid bots", so not mutually exclusive...

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You could also avoid bots by restricting the giveaway to level 10 only. The point is that you are keeping out more than just "bots." We have a sub-forum dedicated to Puzzles precisely because there are people who seek them and people who avoid them. If the sole reason for adding a puzzle was to avoid bots, there would an explanation/solution included for those non-bots who wish to skip the puzzle.

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Look closer at the image

2 months ago
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I see nothing

2 months ago
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And there I thought I already saw everything. What a clever trick. Thanks!

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Well, that was dark.

2 months ago
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badum-tss :D

2 months ago
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If you want to gate your giveaways with a puzzle, we have an entire sub-forum for that, here. This thread is dedicated to avoiding bots, not people.

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I didn't want to create separate discussion for one small game. I hope it's okay to post small puzzles here from time to time.

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You did great, to minimize bots. Some people just cant be bothered to try the simplest of tricks.

2 months ago
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It is not "wrong" per se, but keep in mind you are blocking participation from non-bots. I elaborated a bit up above.

2 months ago
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Okay, i got the code by making the picture brighter with Photoshop but i'm pretty sure it's useless without the game name to use on the link.

Excuse my language but if the game you're making us "hunt" is not Red Dead Redemption 2 or something, the sh*t is not worth the detective work.

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You don't need to add the name of the game to the address.

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No, you just need the code (followed by /). The name of the game is not needed

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Some (includes me) like this type of riddles (even for a mystery giveaway) and would prefer to not getting the solution revealed in the comments. ;-)

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Not really...

Proof: https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/NTYnN/red-dead-redemption-2 (this is is a public GA, not by me):

You can even omit the name if you want

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Due to the nature of this thread, I do not feel you should be penalized for "spoiling" this puzzle. If you end up reported for doing so, quote this post of mine in your defense.

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I appreciate the thematic consistency between the puzzle and the game. :)

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Thanks!
(Not entering, I already have it, it's a nice game)

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bump

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Thanks!

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Great game! Already completed.

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thanks

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Thank you very much!

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No worries! Enjoy my man and best of luck!

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this deserves a bump ;)

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Thanks a lot!

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Why when I press on it's links I see "Page not found"?

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Delete "TofuGGPlayers" in the links

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Oy. thank you))

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you're welcome :)

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Thanks!

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Some great giveaways! Thank you very much :)

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Thanks :)

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Thank you! :)

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Invite only giveaway to celebrate something special =) Cyberpunk 2077, hope you all enjoy!

https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/gj9VSTofuGGPlayers/cyberpunk-2077

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Thanks a lot for this one and for the ones above, too! =)

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You're welcome! Enjoy!

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Thanks for all the great GA's 😃

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Bump.

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shocked bump °o°

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Excited bump, thank you

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Bump!

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Cyberthanks and punk 2077 bump!

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Not lvl 3, but thanks for the great giveaway!

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Thank you! :)

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Bump

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how can you be giving away cyperpunk ? when you only have a week to send the game after the giveaway ends and the game isn't even out yet?

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Perhaps it's Pre-order Key

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You can buy a pre-order on Steam as a gift. Don't know about keys though.

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well i am not even interested in it tbh - not my sort of thing - thanks though

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Hey! How's it going! You can actually send the pre order copy as a gift through Steam =)

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oh cool - thanks

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Random gib, if people read this: https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/tWFbD/

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boop :3

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Thank you!

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Thank you :3

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Thanks!

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thank you

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Thanks!!!

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https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/x&?%!/chronicles-of-magic-divided-kingdoms

& - GTFO bots
? - How many fingers does one have on a hand?
% - Who have a big PP here?
! - Have you watched X files?

Edit:

  • Game: Chronicles of Magic: Divided Kingdoms (lvl 1+)
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Thanks for the chance!

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i have small brain

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thanks first entry

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bump!

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Yay! A game from my wishlist. Thanks!

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Sorry to ask,

how can i know if a user hasnt activated any previous wins on sgtools?

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You can use the activated wins checker

3 weeks ago
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Wow, thank you for that link. I was always wondering how could be possible to do that without being checking game by game.

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ThanksīŧđŸ˜€

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Thank you :)

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Level 1 - Override: Mech City Brawl
https://www.sgtools.info/g1veaways/6921d033-09f0-11eb-a71e-fa163e96784d

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