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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https://www.steamgifts.com/ giveaway/xWOfq/ultimate-marvel-vs-capcom-3 (Level 3+)
Gotta try the invite thingy :)

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https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/YMCAI769L/crypt-of-the-Macarena-necrodancer (Lvl 3+)
Okay, worked. So here comes another one^^

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Remember that anything past the code+slash is irrelevant. I.e. the following URLs will lead to the same page:
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/Iz7Ux/crypt-of-the-necrodancer
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/Iz7Ux/
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/Iz7Ux/cyberpunk-2077
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/Iz7Ux/yesterday-i-ate-pineapple-pizza-and_got_ALLERGIC/reaction

So if you want to obfuscate, it's better to do it in the code like the example from K4r4b4s4N just above your posts.

And thanks for the chance.

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Thanks, didn't think it through. Both Obcuscate and make a bad joke, I guess.

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1=s 2=e 3=u 4=o 5=m 6=n 7=h 8=t 9=v 0=j

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"Some bots are better than others, some bots are better than other bots mothers?"

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Congrats to the winner! I found this one 33 seconds after it ended - just missed it! Anyway, thanks for the giveaway, IronKnightAquila!

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SGTools — 1 week — Lvl 1+
Levelhead

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bump

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Can you confirm that I can't enter this GA because I won more than 300 games here? I'm just curious - I'm not sure if I read your custom rules right.

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If I did it right is:
maximum of 300 wins
minimum of 30 created GA and most of them have to be public or private.

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Thanks for your answer. It seems I understood rules right. Didn't know that you can make such combinations with sgtools but then I never really looked into it or used it. May be useful one day :-)

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All ends approximately at 28.05 7.50 am.

Subtract 10 (from all links)

Hellpoint, level 1.
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/12yigP/hellpoint

Guilty Hear X2 #Reload, level 1
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/10ZoSd/guilty-gear-x2-reload

Guilty Gear Isuka, level 0
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/HqkeS10/guilty-gear-isuka

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Good evening traveler,
It is a cold night ...
come closer to this lvl2 campfire...
the people in the village call me HAN05P but the H is silent.
What is your name?

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Django but the D is silent!

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Killer left some traces at the crime scene.
Ash4Wr remove A
JNnZEm remove Z
SrLxkH remove k

Level 4+ required HF&GL

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bump ;)

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So, a cheap game rated mostly negative. And somehow I really like it. Let the people decide who is the weirdo! (And I can play around with itstoohard for the first time^^)
(The Prism (Platformer))
http://www.itstoohard.com/puzzle/ZXRLx1Do

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Thanks!

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thx

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TY

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SGTools — 1 week — Lvl 1+
Retimed

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Hog Train!!! Choo Choo 🚂🚂🚂🚂
\mLuG(5+3)JMW\
1 week to solve it =)

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Thank you and bump!

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Can't solve it. I am smashing my head against the wall ;(

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It's too well hidden for me. But I'll try again later.

Anyway already thanks for the train!

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bump!

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nice puzzle! 😊

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Happy cakeday!

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Well Happy Cakeday then !
and thanks for all the gibs ofc 😉

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Happy cakeday and thanks for the GAs!

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Happy cakeday!

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Happy ShipCakeFactory Day! ^_^

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Thanks)

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Happy cakeday to you too! 🎂

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Happy cake day! :3

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Happy ShipCakeFactory Day! ^_^

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Happy Cakeday!

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Happy first cakeday!

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Happy cakeday Pillman

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Happy 1st Cakeday :)

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Happy first Cakeday!

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Happy first cakeday and thanks!

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Happy cakeday ;)

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Happy cakeday!

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Happy Cakeday!

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Happy first cake day!

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Anyone can explain how to enter this GA, when im trying to open links i got massege - not found.

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open any other giveaway link that works and compare what's different with the link posted above

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Hah, im blind! Got it. Thank you!

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Np :)

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Happy Cake Day, Pillman!

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Happy cake day! Thanks for the giveaways and bump

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Happy cakeday!

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Thank you.

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Hapopy cakeday! :)

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Happy cakeday! ^^

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Happy first cakeday!

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Happy Cake Day! :D

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Happy Cake Day :)

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Happy cakeday!

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Happy Cakeday!

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psst... you sent this to Yirg/topic, click "reply" to send a personal message and notify them of it 😉

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Thanks and bump!

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