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I was sent an email by a giveaway creator (I think) 1 hour after I won that pressed me to activate. Ignoring the pushy behaviour for now, Are giveaways creator able to see emails of winners or other users? If so, Is there a way to block this?
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gifters do see winners emails.
very rare for us to actually email you though.
Yes, if you look at the winners page for any of the giveaways you created, you will see the email address of the giveaway winner. The only users that can see your email address are the ones you win a giveaway from.
I have never emailed anyone on this site and don't think I have ever received an email from anyone either. I don't feel like we need to see other users email addresses. The site already sends an email to notify the winner that they won and a Steam account is required to create an account here, so private communication can go through Steam if it is needed. People should be activate on the site and see that they won, there should be no reason for me to track them down to try and get them to activate their game. If they don't care enough about their win to activate it within 7 days or accept a friend request on Steam so someone can send them the game, I would prefer to just request a new winner after 7 days and let the game go to someone who might appreciate it more.
If you want to change your email address to something different, you can do that from this page.
It probably made more sense when steam let people send gifts via email, rather than having to add them as a friend first.
If the only reason it's still here is to chase up activations or if a winner rejected the friend request on steam; it would probably be preferable to have a "resend notification" button that allowed a short message.
Have had no issues with winners having my e-mail but can see how it could become an issue.
I forgot that you could send games like that. I don't think I have ever emailed anyone a game through Steam, but I did have someone complain once because I added them on Steam to send the game from my inventory and they didn't understand why I didn't just email it to them.
If I remember correctly, in the early days Steamgifts didn't have a way to provide the key on the site. The only way for winners to get the key was for the gifters to email it to them.
i have only emailed someone once but that was a week or 8 days after he/her won and still no reply so eventually rerolled the winner to someone else (and that user that didnt reply is also now suspended from steamgifts lol)
really really hope they don't fix this breach. it's the only reason why i create gibs.
Building a database of all users' emails, one giveaway at a time.
Mass copy giveaways of Rune II were actually done to do that...
Such a dick move, but they did deliver the keys tho.
If you took time to create a discussion about this why not just activate the win? It's probably less effort to activate and click received.
TIP: You can always change your email address and have it go to a "junk" email address so you will never be bothered.
You seem to be that kind of person I hope will never win one of my giveaways.
While I do see your point about being "pressed to activate", your probably not aware that Godfall (your latest win and I assume the giveaway in question) is part of JingleJam, in which all keys MUST be redeemed before December 31st, otherwise they expire and are made invalid.
The giveaway creator was likely just trying to convey the urgency in which you should activate it before the headline.
Although a fair assumption I have a feeling not the case in this particular ga
.... my faith has been shaken!
Very small percentage of SG users are actually civil, polite people.
Still a bit too much since it's the 7th... However I don't bother the pushy side of the creator. I replyed to them, and explained
No there is no way to 'block' this. If you only use 1 email address create a secondary one for irrelevant matters. Keep that as the SG email address.
I think you are absolutely justified in your skepticism, while having never received a personal email like that nor having done that myself. It is a good option to have. I would only consider emailing someone if im familiar with them on SG or Steam and they are inactive on the usual mediums.
I would absolutely not care that much to actually contact some stranger via email! Id rather have the GA rerolled.
But as AllTracTurbo pointed out, we can change the set email address. So if someone (as in your case) decides to email the winner. It would be alright to have your secondary email in there.
Thank you all for the answers and sorry for asking something that could be actually very easily verified on my end (I did try, but I was on a rush, on mobile, it was late night and I had a early wakeup today. I must have missed the right pages). I think steagifts should at least give the choice of showing or not.
I've emailed users often enough over the years for failing to activate their games after seven days. In the past when I've asked for re-rolls for this reason, I've been asked by Support to furnish copies of emails or Steam messages demonstrating that I've tried to make contact. I'd MUCH rather have the giveaway re-rolled if the winner can't be bothered to activate the game in the course of seven days, rather than contacting them at all, but that hasn't been a choice in the past.
I advise against leaving a message on Steam profile as the algorithm might interpret it as scam attempt. So you're left with commenting on an old GA or email realistically.
Besides, OP seems completely ignorant to why GA creator wants a "received" asap.
Good advice, though I know a little about what words not to use on Steam profiles - and also more accurately I should have said that I add and message them, I rarely actually post on their profiles, which I find a little intrusive. Email is usually easier. And I always leave the full seven days that they're entitled to have, though I'd prefer that people either just go ahead and activate the damn thing or don't enter for it in the first place.
Many delays can be explained by members using autojoin scripts. Those persons won't check their account(s) every day usually.
I think the seven day grace period for activation is too long. Even if connected over a network of carrier pigeons one could expect a faster response.
It's interesting that both parties posted threads about this giveaway. I tend to feel for the winner on this one.
If you aren't winning, nobody sees your mail.
Emailing someone is always the last solution to me, after waiting for 7 days and posting in one of the winners giveaway and still no reply. Luckily this happend only 2 times to me (of nearly 400 giveaways). Don't even read the email address of the winner when I don't need to email. 😁
Sometimes people make a bunch of short GAs hoping to get bumped up a level so they can enter a GA they are unable to reach so they can get a little... antsy for winners to activate.
This being said, I have been in your situation before, as I travel out of the country and end up on my mobile with limited internet connection for a few days at a time so I get it. I usually reply in the GA to explain it'll take a few days for me to activate.
However, yes, it seems odd that emails are still available to gifters in these days of data privacy.
I've never had this problem, but I created another email for here because I didn't want to leak my main email.
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