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Contest & Sweepstakes Forum Guide - Please Read

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COPY & PASTE is our FRIEND
Thanks, javaflower
  • start with searches of key words in the new sweeps name to be sure the sweeps/contest isn't already posted
  • THREAD TITLE: enter sponsor, sweep's official name as the thread title, then the age requirement (examples 6-16 YOs or 18+ ) followed by end date (this makes searches more efficient and the end date allows us to see when bumping of the thread is most likely about the offer because it is still active or about the prizing because the sweeps has ended)
  • include in the title if there is some extra requirement like a photo, essay, limited age range, limited states and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)...this allows us to not even have to open the thread if it won't pertain to us
  • in the MESSAGE include:
    1. link to entry page
    2. link to Official Rules (this has saved me many times when after the sweeps is over the entry page takes away the rules link - we still have it posted here for reference) many Official Rules are in pop-ups - to find a pop-ps URL, right click on it and then scroll down to "view page info" copy and paste page URL listed in the page info box
    3. beginning and end dates and times
    4. eligibility requirements: age, country, states, and for contests: essays, photos, social media such as Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, etc too - again this allows us to see at a glance if I am old enough to enter, live in a country that is allowed to enter etc.)
    5. Limit to entries from the original rules - (even though the new flags show us this info in a basic form - some sweeps only allow one entry per household, etc...it helps to have that info in the basic info page)
    6. PRIZES and limitation to how many can be won, if that applies (IWGs especially)
    7. any other information that may be helpful to know
  • if after submitting, the alert shows up that this may be a repost, please, check it out to be sure it is NOT a repost, before hitting post it anyway.

THANK YOU for considering this when posting new sweeps/contests!

Referrals/Self Promotion

Referrals are not allowed. This includes posting of referral links, asking for a referral, PMing referrals, having a referral link in your signature, or linking to any & all sites that contain referrals.
If you think it's a referral, get a Mods OK first!

Reposts
A repost is a duplicate post of an offer that has already be posted here within the last 6 months!
* if the same poster reposts the same exact with in or to the day of 6 months, the Moderators can merge those posts together!
* if the Moderators notice a post has been edited the same day/time that a similar post was made in order to still be the OP, the Moderators will not merge the offers!

There are 3 different ways to make sure that your post/offer hasn't been mentioned before:
1) The Global Search.
This search function searches the entire site.

2) The Contest & Sweepstakes Search button.

3) The URL Checker.
Mr. SlickDeals was nice enough to make a program that checks the URL of each link in a new post, before it's posted.
-The URL checker works in Freebies, Magazines, and Contests & Sweepstakes.
- It will not work if the original post (OP) has more than 1 link in the post!
A message will appear when the URL checker has detected the same link in another post:
It is possible that this freebie/deal is a repost. The URL in your post has already been posted in the following Insert Thread Title Here abroad thread. Please verify that your deal is not a repost. If it is not, please submit again.

If you see that warning, please DO NOT ignore it! It's there for a reason.

Personal Contests
A personal contest in our definition is a contest where you are giving away an item that you have in your possession at the time of the post. A personal blog-run contest is not "personal contest" and should not be promoted via SlickDeals.net.
Please make sure any contest that you plan to run has been OK'ed by the Moderators, and mention the approval in the post. Any contests that have not be OK'ed by a Contest & Sweepstakes Mod will be deleted.

-Contests requiring any monetary transactions what so ever (charity, paypal, referral, etc.) is not allowed!
-Contests requiring rep points and/or certain number of posts is also not allowed. If post count is a restriction, then screen at your own discretion. No not do it publicly.

Cross Posting

Cross posting a offer between 2 forums is allowed here. If there is a Freebie that has a separate Contest/Sweepstakes, it can be posted in both forums. If the free sample requires an entry into a Contest/Sweepstakes, it should be posted in the Contest & Sweepstakes forum

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The Moderating Team

Mod Alerting Reposts
  1. Find the original post
  2. Go back to the repost and click on the "Mod Alert" icon
  3. In the text box, please write something to the effect of "Repost� followed by a copy of the original thread URL
  4. Submit the report and move to the next post
Do not Reply to the thread:
"REPOST" or posting the link to the original post.
That doesn't help the Mods, and it makes you look very lazy.

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The C&S Forum Guide is long past due for an important rule clarification.

For years, most experienced OPs in the forum have been including the name of the sponsor as the first item in each thread title, even though this is not specifically mentioned in the forum rules. There are a couple of very important reasons for doing this other than just reader convenience.

Personal Information
Some people are only comfortable entering promotions sponsored by well known companies. If the thread title reads "Huge Amazon $1,000 Gift Card Giveaway" users might click through to the entry form on the assumption they will be giving their personal info to Amazon. But what if those people knew that the full sweeps title with sponsor was "Joe Blow's Huge Amazon $1,000 Gift Card Giveaway." They might not be comfortable giving their info to Joe Blow.

Avoiding Reposts
Think back to the holiday season when every sponsor and his brother had a "Thanksgiving Giveaway" or a "12 Days of _____ Sweepstakes" going on. Without the sponsors in thread titles, OPs would've had a helluva time figuring out if a specific sweeps was already posted.

Real Examples
Here are 14 actual sweepstakes that have been posted over the last 3 days. I've dropped the sponsor names, leaving just the official giveaway titles, as per the existing forum rules. Chaos!

2016 Valentine's Day Sweepstakes
Valentine's Day Sweepstakes
Valentine's Day Sweepstakes
Valentine's Day Giveaway
A Valentine's Surprise
February 2016 Drawing
Promotion
Giveaway
Sweepstakes
Sweepstakes
Sweepstakes
Kitchen Sweepstakes
Bakery Sweepstakes
The Sweepstakes

In conclusion, I suggest updating the Thread Title rule from the current "Enter sweep's official name as the thread title..." to "Enter sponsor's name, followed by sweep's official name..."

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Okay, thank you for the responses! I was just curious because I had read this, "Personal Contests
A personal contest in our definition is a contest where you are giving away an item that you have in your possession at the time of the post. A personal blog-run contest is not "personal contest" and should not be promoted via SlickDeals.net.
Please make sure any contest that you plan to run has been OK'ed by the Moderators, and mention the approval in the post. Any contests that have not be OK'ed by a Contest & Sweepstakes Mod will be deleted.

-Contests requiring any monetary transactions what so ever (charity, paypal, referral, etc.) is not allowed!
-Contests requiring rep points and/or certain number of posts is also not allowed. If post count is a restriction, then screen at your own discretion. No not do it publicly."

..but was not sure if it falls in the same category. The business does have the prizes in-hand currently. It does not require any purchasing & no one is getting paid for the "Likes" on FB.

Other Facebook businesses are doing sweepstakes as well, only difference is this is not a sweepstakes because we don't have people giving up their personal information. *shrugs*

Kind of a complex issue.. Lolz.
I say go for it. I don't see this as being a "personal" contest and no different than others who post sweeps that are on their own sites. It's a sweeps and I personally see no problem with it. If in doubt PM one of the moderators.
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Thank you all for your time! Much appreciated. I will hold off for now as I have not received any okays from the moderators. =) Been a member here for a long time. Don't want to change that. =p
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Thank you all for your time! Much appreciated. I will hold off for now as I have not received any okays from the moderators. =) Been a member here for a long time. Don't want to change that. =p
Earlier this year, or last year I mentioned to one of the guys from CampingGearTV (on their Facebook page) about our forum and he came over and posted one of their giveaways. They were banned, when I inquired it was pretty much any form of self-promotion wasn't allowed. I was welcome to post it as long as I had absolutely NO affiliation whatsoever with them, other than being a fan.

There have been a few self-promotion giveaways on here over the past couple months, but I don't think it was so much acceptable as none of the mods noticed and no one bothered to flag them. I think like most rules, they just err on a zero tolerance policy so they don't have to judge them on an individual basis. With that, I'd definitely wait for approval before posting.

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Earlier I posted a link for one of the 100 Grand Sweepstakes sponsored by Hearst Magazines. While I knew there were multiple links, I didn't know when I'd get around to posting more/finding more and just wanted to post it. So now I'm back and ready to post more. My concern is that others who've already visited the thread, won't be aware of the new links if I post them in the OP and/or the wiki and/or the body of the thread (I'm not one to revisit posts unless I need to check them often for additional info like daily clues). I saw that heyjupiter found some additional links and kindly posted them in that thread, but, would it be better if she made a new post with those links and I made a new post with my new links? I searched and saw that other links for this same 100 Grand Sweepstakes had been posted in November, so having multiple posts of the same sweeps, under different links, isn't unheard of.
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Earlier I posted a link for one of the 100 Grand Sweepstakes sponsored by Hearst Magazines. While I knew there were multiple links, I didn't know when I'd get around to posting more/finding more and just wanted to post it. So now I'm back and ready to post more. My concern is that others who've already visited the thread, won't be aware of the new links if I post them in the OP and/or the wiki and/or the body of the thread (I'm not one to revisit posts unless I need to check them often for additional info like daily clues). I saw that heyjupiter found some additional links and kindly posted them in that thread, but, would it be better if she made a new post with those links and I made a new post with my new links? I searched and saw that other links for this same 100 Grand Sweepstakes had been posted in November, so having multiple posts of the same sweeps, under different links, isn't unheard of.
Seems to make sense to post in a new thread so that it is easier to see
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Earlier I posted a link for one of the 100 Grand Sweepstakes sponsored by Hearst Magazines. While I knew there were multiple links, I didn't know when I'd get around to posting more/finding more and just wanted to post it. So now I'm back and ready to post more. My concern is that others who've already visited the thread, won't be aware of the new links if I post them in the OP and/or the wiki and/or the body of the thread (I'm not one to revisit posts unless I need to check them often for additional info like daily clues). I saw that heyjupiter found some additional links and kindly posted them in that thread, but, would it be better if she made a new post with those links and I made a new post with my new links? I searched and saw that other links for this same 100 Grand Sweepstakes had been posted in November, so having multiple posts of the same sweeps, under different links, isn't unheard of.
I wouldn't worry about it over much. The Hearst sweeps are a creative presentation. They have about a dozen magazines that will all have sweepstakes for only one prize. I had posted all the different links to the same sweeps in one of the threads ages ago and got blasted here as everyone here says that each different entry should have it's own thread. Whatever. BTW I don't waste my time entering them. They usually last longer than a year, only have one prize, and no matter how hard you try with Hearst you end up accidentally subscribing to one of their magazines even when you know you used the non-subscriptin form.
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I am having problems getting 15 additional entries for liking SD on Facebook. It's already set to like and I am still getting the error message "You must like us before you get an entry"

It's the same no matter which browser I use Chrome or IE 9.
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I am having problems getting 15 additional entries for liking SD on Facebook. It's already set to like and I am still getting the error message "You must like us before you get an entry"

It's the same no matter which browser I use Chrome or IE 9.
Might be an obvious suggestion but try unliking and then liking again.
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Might be an obvious suggestion but try unliking and then liking again.
Yes, I tried that.
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Yes, I tried that.
Same thing happened to me. I think you now have to link your Facebook account to your SD account to get the extra entries for "liking" them on FB.
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Yes, I tried that.
Ok. I hope MLx3's suggestion works then.



Once in a while I don't get the points for Twitter. It's so random and uncommon that I don't know what the problem is.
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It's not working, I have gotten the 20 entries for linking my FB account to my SD account. It's just the recent days I can't get the 15 entries for liking SD on FB.

Another thing is I can NEVER get any bonus entries for time logged on SD. Any ideas?
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It's not working, I have gotten the 20 entries for linking my FB account to my SD account. It's just the recent days I can't get the 15 entries for liking SD on FB.

Another thing is I can NEVER get any bonus entries for time logged on SD. Any ideas?
You might try posting a thread in the Site Question, Issues or Suggestions forum. https://slickdeals.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=5
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I am having problems getting 15 additional entries for liking SD on Facebook. It's already set to like and I am still getting the error message "You must like us before you get an entry"

It's the same no matter which browser I use Chrome or IE 9.
I am wondering if this is a "today" problem. I had the same thing happen today and I've always got the 15 extra points.
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