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Example, i created a few giveaways today for the first time in months or so.
As soon as they ended, 3\4 of the giveaways i could see the winners were 'online' but they would usually log off steamgifts not too long after winning.
besides the blow up HAPPY SPACE CAT GIF!!!
i thought of a simple (direct) chat system a user can have with another user.
in my case i'd be reminding the winners that they won a game. (and in this case to accept my steam friend request)
this chat system would probably be super simple, very short history\memory. so not to waste\consume too many resources.
pros. lets face it. not everyone reads a giveaways description underneath. sometimes its a person spamming their group, othertimes its something worth reading. so this chat system in my case would be a reminder (and additive) for my giveaway's description + whatever else i had to say to the winner.
cons. trolls. its the damn internet after all.
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I personally don't think it's necessary. If you absolutely must get ahold of a giveaway winner, you have various ways of doing so; a comment in one of their giveaways, communication via Steam, or even their email address.
I agree. In my case I never do Steam gifts (due to bad experiences), it's always a key directly input into SG.
If I think the person is taking too long - I usually give them 24hrs, just cos they might have the SG website open, doesn't mean they're actually active (some people have lives, unlike me) - then I'll comment on one of their giveaways.
I've only ever had to do one re-roll due to a winner ditching.
24 hours when they have a full week to activate their wins? I wait at least a month before bothering with re-rolls and don't see any need to spam the winners more than SG already does if they don't want the game.
I never said that.
What did you mean with the 24h then?
i just read it, they said they usually give 24hours before they contact the winner in some way.
Which is what I questioned when the winner has a full week.
to remind em, i understand the reasoning since my dad is always complaining about us internet kids and our short amount of patience, 'everythings always gotta go fast'
Month? Well, you are patient one. I wait week, then ask staff for re-roll. Also: I add previous "winner" to blacklist for wasting my time.
When you have another channel for communication, you need moderation for that as well. Why spend extra effort on that while the winner has space cat informing of their win, a flashing icon telling them that the key is ready, and have an email through which you can contact the winner (assuming the email is still in use)?
that... yeah makes more sense.
although when i've used multiple steamgifts tabs open in the past before, had to correctly open the very first one? or so for space cat to pop up.
winners have 7 days (168 hours), despite apparant site usage
It has been suggested before, you can probably search for the threads.
yeah, its just i searched using the word 'chat' and lotsa threads year+ old that i didnt see\skim that seemed similar a suggestion
I don't like when someone write to me on steam wall "i won, i won, gimme a key fast",
And i won't like if someone will write same shit in chat,
good thing can't comment on other peoples walls usually anymore nowadays.
Ah, the one that mulls over things. mullE!
i can understand the hate against it. ive experienced a few times where people took over a week some even a month before they took it in fact had to reroll once cuz i tried contacting and still nothing after a month. steam chat could make it much easier to get in contact instead of having to go through email or adding them but i still dont think it would change much. they clearly see they won they just dont bother to activate it. ive even had people win more then once and not even activate them all like seriously! so while id be up for it I cant say it would do much or be that great as you said mainly trolls, trolls and leeches mixed together is a headache waiting to happen
ugh, headaches are the worst.
This would be great for when I need to let people know that they have won a valuable CS:GO knife and they need to log into a shady website to collect it!
I voted for "Ya" because I somehow miss a basic private message functionality on SG, but it does not necessarily have to be a live chat system.
Every website with a forum, which comes to my mind, has the ability to send and receive messages. It really would come in handy to get in touch with SG users on a discreet level instead of "abusing" giveaway commenting sections which are not entirely private.