This is one of those things I wish I never had to write, but due to the jerky-ness out there of some it’s apparent that it needs to be said. People are cheating Rafflecopter and it’s really grinding my bindings.
Here’s the run down on the Rafflecopter Cheat:
You know how “Tweet Daily” is often an option on most entry forms? Ok, well that’s the contest holders way of A: giving you the opportunity to earn more entries while B: Promoting their blog in the process.
Bloggers are a “word of mouth” kind of business. We don’t have commercials, billboards or hire airplanes to fly around the city with our web address flailing in the tail wind. We network. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and e-mail. These things are just as important to us being successful as the content on our blogs. When we offer you the opportunity to tweet daily, it’s a win/win – extra word of mouth for us, and you get another chance at something we are giving away.
Well hundreds of people have decided that tweeting daily if far too much work for them, so they use over and over again the initial URL from that first tweet they sent to enter….It actually baffles me as to why. Doing it this way is no more time consuming that tweeting a new tweet each day. You still either have to favorite that tweet of yours and go back for the URL, or copy and paste it someone where to retrieve. In fact, it seems like MORE work?
You may say “well I don’t want to clog my feed with tweets about contests”, hey that’s fine. I have an answer for that…don’t use that option to enter! We are giving you things we own, have bought, and/or accumulated (and no matter what you think, the ARC’s bloggers get don’t always come easy…) we are then using OUR MONEY to ship it to you, and if following one simple contest rule is too much for you, please do me the favor of not entering my contests.
How can bloggers make sure the winner they pull didn’t do this?
Oh this is simple, so simple! A friend of mine told me how she did this, and I switched it up to suit my needs. I am going to pass on to you, our combined wisdom and promise you that the 3 minutes it will take to do this when you pull a winner, will be worth it.
1. Go to the Giveaway and pull your winner
2. Once you have the winners name, scroll down on that same MODERATE page of that giveaway ‘til you see MODERATE ENTRIES.
3. Click the little green button that reads SHOW LIST
4. Type in the name of your winner in the box where it says NAME
5. All the entries for that person will then come up. All you have to do is scan the TWEET ULRs they used and make sure they don’t match. I usually look at the last 4 characters in the URL, if they match THEN I’ll compare the rest. I’ve never found 2 or more with the same last 4, that were not exact in their entirety.
Is it really that big of a deal if they “cheat”?
I’m all about honesty and respect folks. I like to give things to people and do nice things for others. I follow rules, sometimes to a fault and I just can’t wrap my head around why anyone would do this. So yes, to me it is. I can’t control everyone, but I can control who the items on my giveaways go to, and the honest ones will prevail here at MMSAI.
What’s more is, once I did this this method for checking I had to throw out 5-8 winners in a row (minimum!!!) from them doing this cheat. It’s not just one person ruining the fun for everyone…..
I really hope that bloggers will take the few moments to check their winners from now on. And maybe now, since this is going to be out there for all to see, for all those cheaters out there to read and know that we are checking THEY WILL STOP.
I’m actually compiling a BAN LIST for MMSAI, from this day one anyone caught trying to cheat Rafflecopter (or any of my contests not using it) will be added to it and should I pull their name in a contest they will simple be overlooked. And if you think that’s stupid and time consuming for me, you obviously don’t have Ecxel, it’s actually very simple and takes 30 seconds.
Also, this world has enough disrespect and cheating in it, why ruin the fun of book giveaways and the generosity of others with it here in this community?
Will you check your winners from now on? Have you noticed this before? Do you think I’m half cracked and need mood stabilizers? Weigh in below!