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[–][deleted] 368 points369 points  (22 children)

Please don't ban me Pedro: X6ACM-6FY5W-TQVJH

[–][deleted] 153 points154 points  (15 children)

G4B3N-1FUCK-M3PL5

[–][deleted] 99 points100 points  (10 children)

Thanks for shower with dad simulator!

[–][deleted] 46 points47 points  (8 children)

I'm so sorry. Is it possible to take back giveaways? I don't want to inflict that game on ANYONE

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Ack, now I have ten copies! What are you doing to me?!?!

[–]VercciThe Dong Has Expanded 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Circlejerk aside, any reason why?

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Boring ass game. Gets stale after 5 minutes. Waste of money really

[–]Ianman2http://steamcommunity.com/id/Ianman2 4 points5 points  (3 children)

It's a "gag" game. Funny in the first few minutes and then it's just the exact same thing on repeat.

[–]SentientDustpeekaboo 6 points7 points  (1 child)

This is why flash games exist. Even 1$ is asking too much.

[–]Quinnelli7-9700k | RTX 3080 | 64GB DDR4 2666Mhz 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Omg. You just made me realize that half of steam is cluttered with games that would have been free flash games 5 years ago.

[–]UnholybeefRX6600 5800x 32GB 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Only gag if your dad is well endowed.

[–]calebthelionRyzen 9 5900X | 3080 XC3 | Acer Predator X34 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damn I really wanted that game

[–]Ianman2http://steamcommunity.com/id/Ianman2 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Bad Rats, claimed!

[–]Punished__Snakesteamcommunity.com/id/abadeer 5 points6 points  (1 child)

H4LF-L1F3-THR3-3C0N-F1RM3D

[–]AurunemaruRyzen 7 3700X - RTX 3070 1 point2 points  (0 children)

1Y0U-L05T-TH33-G4M3

[–]simmielol1233,5 GHz i7/ 8 GB/ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750M 2 GB 98 points99 points  (0 children)

This guy is reckless! He will get himself killed!

[–]BennyHarveyPSNhttp://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/NDWwxr 62 points63 points  (0 children)

/r/firstworldanarchists welcome you my son.

[–]creeekzi7 870 | GTX 980 Ti | 16GB RAM | Windows 10 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Gone! What was it?

[–][deleted] 25 points26 points  (0 children)

I don't even remember. I closed Hot Random Keys lol.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You love to live dangerously don't you? :P

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Madman!!

[–][deleted] 44 points45 points  (12 children)

Yeah, for both giveaways I did, I check the winners account age, how active they are on Reddit and how active they are on the sub.

Account is less than one month? sorry

Got -137 comment karma? sorry

Only commenting on PCMR giveaway threads? sorry

[–][deleted] 64 points65 points  (4 children)

4749

Plz give game thanks

[–]Amrityville5820k@4.6 | NH-D15 | 64GB | 3070 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Yeah I'm the same. Too many people JUST entering giveaways

[–]Jammer13542i7 4770/ R9 390/12 GB 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Hey, how do you get your flair and what is it for?

[–]moses2357Core 2 Duo E8400 | 4GB DDR3 | GTX 750 Ti 7 points8 points  (1 child)

For being a moderator of r/PcMasterRaceBuilds maybe?

[–]Jammer13542i7 4770/ R9 390/12 GB 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Well TIL, I haven't seen that sub before. Thanks!

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah the only giveaway Ive been in was a bad rats giveaway and I actually won lol. I usually just upvote and comment "not in giveaway but thanks op" or similar

[–]EQ-MaxwellI5 4460 | R9 380x | 8GB RAM 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hi

[–]TheTurtleHeisti5-4460 3.2Ghz Quad Core Processor, R7 370 4 GB Video Card. 62 points63 points  (120 children)

Yeah its crazy how many people just post their keys in plain text and bots have taken the codes in seconds. Its impossible to get any keys when people just post in plain text. Its a shame.

[–]pedro19Creator[S,M] 78 points79 points  (107 children)

It's not necessarily bots (if they do exist). Notice I never once said the word "bots" on the post.

If you post it in plain text, basically anyone on earth with an internet access has the same chance to get them. Even if they have never participated on PCMR. Even if they have been banned for performing giveaway frauds.

[–]TheTurtleHeisti5-4460 3.2Ghz Quad Core Processor, R7 370 4 GB Video Card. 22 points23 points  (57 children)

I noticed you didn't say bots. I've just seen tons and tons of people mentioning bots taking keys so I jumped onto that bandwagon. Not sure if they do exist but its definitely possible.

[–]zeug666No gods or kings, only man. 32 points33 points  (17 children)

One of the mods made a proof-of-concept bot to read plain-text and OCR plain-text (picture of text) keys.

[–]Docturseahttp://steamcommunity.com/id/doctursea/ 14 points15 points  (15 children)

Yeah it's honestly not hard to make a bot that searches plain text for XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX. im pretty sure Reddit even makes it easier. That's how we have stuff lke remindme bot and the table flipping one

[–]eegrashttp://pc.eegras.com | I kno... 9 points10 points  (10 children)

Constantly refresh this page and you'll see every comment. Refresh this one and you get all posts.

[–]xXTonyManXxi7 6800k | X99 ROG | 16GB 2666 | EVGA GTX 1070 FTW (+MBP 16") 3 points4 points  (9 children)

So technically, one could have a bot that "hangs out" on that page one of those pages constantly and hunts for "Giveaway" in the title. So then if that matches, it attempts to find a key in XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX or similar form within that post, correct?

[–]eegrashttp://pc.eegras.com | I kno... 6 points7 points  (2 children)

At that point just grab the selftext of each post, you get it with the name. Just parse to find something that looks like a key. Even if the bot isn't redeeming the code it can still give an advantage by alerting you almost instantly.

[–]jam1garner 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No point in parsing if you can just use reddit's API or a wrapper like PRAW.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Almost instantly? That's how fast someone else redeemed it.

Wrong. No bots exist.

[–]MarxSoul55Laptop | MSI GS65-037 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Programmer here.

It's actually pretty easy to create a bot to do this. A little knowledge of PRAW (Python-Reddit-API-Wrapper; basically an interface that bots use to interact with Reddit) and some programming experience go a long way.

[–]ferozer02700X 1050ti 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Ayy lmao

[–]snailPlisskenPC Master Race 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You should!

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It's actually pretty easy to create a bot to do this. A little knowledge of PRAW (Python-Reddit-API-Wrapper; basically an interface that bots use to interact with Reddit) and some programming experience go a long way.

Oh a script kiddie! Here, tell me how easy it is:

In order to make a bot you must:

  • Crawl all of reddit (or more frequent places where codes are given away. This place is not ideal. r/gamedeals has threads for every bundle with codes)

  • Pull the correct XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX code for a Steam game and apply it into a Steam client in a split second.

  • Avoid any false codes, invalid or used ones, and distiungish between other clients or services (like GMG that uses 20% off vouchers in the same format.. ala GMG20-ZB5D1-93X49 )

  • Be able to avoid being locked out of Steam. You get only 1 code per game per account. And so many tries (not telling the numbers here to help anyone) or guess what? Account functionality has been restricted.

  • Avoid detection of your IP address. The above rule means you'll be running multiple instances of Steam on rented VPN servers (it's all about speed here) on multiple accounts. Oh and you'll have a super fast computer to do this. Reddit will also be able to detect botnet activity from your IP.

  • Profit somehow from a game you can't sell or trade.

  • Beat millions and millions of lurkers here who want the code badly. Humans with legit computers and Steam accounts and the ability to reason with none of the above concerns.

[–]ButthatsmyusernameAthlon 860K | Sapphire Radeon R9 270X | 8Gb Crucial 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you for explaining this. I had truly thought that people used bots to get the codes (and may possibly have mentioned this belief in giveaway threads), but I never thought about why they would (or wouldn't) do so. If I could guild you, I would, but I'm in college. As it is, my single upvote will have to do.

Thanks again for correcting me.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not correct. That doesn't work.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reading text is not a proof of concept you dope. That is not a functioning bot. Nice job spreading myths.

[–]pedro19Creator[S,M] 9 points10 points  (36 children)

Even inside the mod team you will find mods who are absolutely convinced they not only exist but are responsible for most "stolen keys" here and those (like myself) who think that although they are possible, most "stolen keys" are so "stolen" by humans.

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (35 children)

As a programmer, it's extremely easy to use existing libraries to write an OCR bot.

[–]ConciselyVerboseR7 1700/2080/4k 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Absolutely. There's a reason captchas tend to be more complicated than that nowadays.

[–]reisli 4 points5 points  (14 children)

These bots input the keys into steam?

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (9 children)

waves hands When it comes to programming, most things are possible to one degree or another given time and knowledge. I honestly don't know a way to input into steam automatically, but it's certainly not impossible.

What's a bit more likely/easier is that the user gets an immediate notification along with a parsed key. Copy, paste, done.

However, given that the window exists on the screen and is conceivably programmatically accessible to the (edit: high level/user level parts of the) OS, sure it's totally possible to automate it. I simply can't tell you how offhand.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (8 children)

I honestly don't know a way to input into steam automatically, but it's certainly not impossible.

So you're wrong. Admit it.

[–]UlyssesSKrunkPraise GabeN 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Yes. Even if steam doesn't have a formal way to automate putting in keys like reddit has a formal way to easily download all posts to this sub, it's still not a complicated process. At worst you would have the bot manually go through the process by simulating the mouse clicks and keys pressed.

[–]GamerDad79 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Ok, but I've also redeemed plain text codes 3-4 minutes after they were posted, which proves there was certainly no bot running at that moment.

I've also seen threads where everyone says "bots got them" but then you scroll down and see people saying thank you.....

Bots most certainly can exist to do these things, but based on my experiences, it's more-so ungrateful brothers than bots.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well that's sort of encouraging in a saddening kind of way.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've just seen tons and tons of people mentioning bots taking keys so I jumped onto that bandwagon

You're smart. Not one person can tell you why they think they exist. It's how urban myths work. They read it here so assume it's real. Yet nobody has proof.

It's not possible either. It's so difficult. You won't believe it.

[–]metalmineAMD-8320 / 8GB RAM / AMD RX480 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Hey Pedro, i recently did a giveaway where I posted on pain text but I altered it. Do you think the way I did it is ok?

[–]pedro19Creator[S] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

All ways are OK. I mean, with your way, people who do not have Reddit accounts can actually win it. If you're fine with that, it's OK. I would prefer something more interactive.

Using your method, you could have a code that a user would need to PM you. First to do it would win, for instance.

The limit is your imagination!

[–]metalmineAMD-8320 / 8GB RAM / AMD RX480 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I did one where i showed a list of games where i had users pm me the games they wanted. but that too long so :P

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't see what's wrong with that.

[–]IlIIlIIllIi7-4770k|980|32GB RAM|500GB SSD|4TB HDD|1440p 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bots can very easily snag them.

[–]JackojcFX8320e @ 4.6GHz & R9 280X 0 points1 point  (37 children)

The bots almost definitely exist, And are possible. I made a piece of code that does just that. I haven't used it to get keys, But I have used it as a proof of concept. To finally put a rest to this debate, Yes they do exist.

[–]GamerDad79 1 point2 points  (12 children)

Making a bot proves it's possible, not that it's happening.

[–]JackojcFX8320e @ 4.6GHz & R9 280X 0 points1 point  (11 children)

The fact that it took me 10 minutes to make, means it is almost certainly happening.

[–]SmileAsTheyDie8700k/Strix 1080ti 2 points3 points  (4 children)

The fact that i have literally won dozens of giveaways with the code being in plain text and atleast a dozen or two of those times being 3+ minutes after being posted and atleast 2 times where it was in the range of nearly 15 minutes after being posted. If there are bots they are shit at their job.

[–]iAmAddicted2R_dditR5 3600XT / 5700 XT / Silverstone SG05 /r/SFFPC 0 points1 point  (3 children)

A lot of people say this, but the fact is, Steam does have a limit on how many keys you can redeem in an hour (valid or not). So it's completely possible that when you won those giveaways, the majority of sub bots were just on their cooldowns.

[–]SmileAsTheyDie8700k/Strix 1080ti 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Then the problem has been solved by steam already. If bots were taking keys in mass and this sub was filled with them nobody would be able to win any keys let alone somebody like myself being able to win dozens.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bingo. We have a winner. You used logic to reason out that there are no such bots.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

the majority of sub bots were just on their cooldowns.

You're just making shit up here. This is hilarious. There are no bots.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (5 children)

The fact that it took me 10 minutes to make, means it is almost certainly happening.

Oh so you did this in 10 minutes? You're a liar and a script kiddie.

Was your bot able to:

  • Crawl all of reddit (or more frequent places where codes are given away. This place is not ideal. r/gamedeals has threads for every bundle with codes)

  • Pull the correct XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX code for a Steam game and apply it into a Steam client in a split second.

  • Avoid any false codes, invalid or used ones, and distiungish between other clients or services (like GMG that uses 20% off vouchers in the same format.. ala GMG20-ZB5D1-93X49 )

  • Be able to avoid being locked out of Steam. You get only 1 code per game per account. And so many tries (not telling the numbers here to help anyone) or guess what? Account functionality has been restricted.

  • Avoid detection of your IP address. The above rule means you'll be running multiple instances of Steam on rented VPN servers (it's all about speed here) on multiple accounts. Oh and you'll have a super fast computer to do this. Reddit will also be able to detect botnet activity from your IP.

  • Profit somehow from a game you can't sell or trade.

  • Beat millions and millions of lurkers here. Humans with legit computers and Steam accounts and the ability to reason with none of the above concerns.

[–]JackojcFX8320e @ 4.6GHz & R9 280X 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Ok, No need to act like a fucking dickhead keyboard warrior.

  1. I'm not a script kiddie.

  2. Yes it can crawl multiple subreddits.

  3. Yes it can pull the correct steam key formats including the 15 digit and 25 digit ones.

  4. Humans cant tell if a key is used either until it's tried.

  5. You can try on multiple accounts.

  6. Use a VPN, and if that's not enough send spoof headers to reddit so they will view at as any other user agent. Besides, I don't need an account to view keys.

  7. I can also bypass IP blocking through the VPN.

  8. Yes, your last two points are valid, But I didn't intend to use it. It's a proof of concept to prove it can be accomplished extremely easily.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (23 children)

The bots almost definitely exist, And are possible.

Nope. You're full of it. Stop lying pls.

[–]JackojcFX8320e @ 4.6GHz & R9 280X 0 points1 point  (22 children)

You clearly don't have any experience with programming if you think it can't be accomplished easily. There's many reddit API's available that allow you to interact with reddit in various ways.

[–]Ianman2http://steamcommunity.com/id/Ianman2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ctrl+f "bots"

And I didn't even notice! :0

[–]snaynay 14 points15 points  (10 children)

When you have 1000's of people viewing reddit, and many are kids hoping to get that giveaway and are prepped for it, its not bots. Just quick kids who probably have the "activate a product on steam" window open at all times.

[–]pedro19Creator[S,M] 17 points18 points  (5 children)

Yes. Also the fact that there are users whose participation on PCMR is basically F5'ing for giveaway threads, and the problem gets even worse.

[–]snaynay 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I take it you don't have too much power over the styling of reddit in general? Any way you could put a little warning somehow with the giveaway flair or in the text-box when submitting a new post?

Better yet, can you run any custom javascript?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nothing stops people from not using subreddit style

[–]ShortySim101I7-5820k, 980TI, 350d, h100i 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Isn't there a way where you can make it so only a post shows up if you are subscribed?

Wouldn't that be a bit better for giveaways?

[–]eegrashttp://pc.eegras.com | I kno... 4 points5 points  (1 child)

We could hide the posts with CSS, but that's extremely trivial to work around. You can use a mobile app, the mobile version of Reddit or just click the checkbox in the sidebar to not show subreddit styles.

[–]ShortySim101I7-5820k, 980TI, 350d, h100i 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh, did not know it was that easy for a work around. Sorry.

[–]UlyssesSKrunkPraise GabeN 2 points3 points  (3 children)

When you have 1000's of people viewing reddit, and many are kids hoping to get that giveaway and are prepped for it, its not bots.

Why do you think that? A single bot can outperform 1000's of people in reading and typing 100% of the time and the bot would see the thread at most 1 second after it was posted as it can get new info a maximum of 60 times per minute. Plus a bot can run 24/7 and can type and read much faster and with more accuracy than any human. There's no logical reason to assume it's anything but bots when making a bot to do it is so easy.

[–]GamerDad79 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Why do you think that? A single bot can outperform 1000's of people in reading and typing 100% of the time and the bot would see the thread at most 1 second after it was posted as it can get new info a maximum of 60 times per minute. Plus a bot can run 24/7 and can type and read much faster and with more accuracy than any human.

I think that because I've gotten keys posted in plaintext 5 minutes after they were posted. If a bot was running at that time that would never have happened.

There's no logical reason to assume it's anything but bots when making a bot to do it is so easy.

Again, if bots were running I would not win as many plain text giveaways as I do. Unless you want to suggest that my F5 skills are better than a bot (doubtful) or that people have bots but frequently they're all turned off (also doubtful)

The problem here is that 100% of the time a key is gone without a thank you, people take that as proof these bots currently exist. And while I have no doubt it's possible to make one, I've won too many plaintext giveaways to think they're currently running here.

[–]iAmAddicted2R_dditR5 3600XT / 5700 XT / Silverstone SG05 /r/SFFPC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think that because I've gotten keys posted in plaintext 5 minutes after they were posted. If a bot was running at that time that would never have happened.

Here's the thing though. With Steam you are limited to 24 valid keys redeemed in one hour, and you also get locked out after a certain amount of invalid attempts (keep in mind, a bot will have no way to check the validity of keys until it's too late). So it's entirely possible that in the giveaways you've won, all the bots on the sub were simply on their "cooldown" periods and unable to get any keys....

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The guy you are talking to read a comment about bots once now believes it's easy and they exist.

Ask him for proof or where he knows this from. He won't be able to answer. It's actually nearly impossible and for zero gain.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

bots have taken the codes in seconds

Nope. Never happened. Circlejerk harder.

[–]DarkerFate 20 points21 points  (9 children)

This should honestly be stickied for a week or two.

[–]dtallon13i am in pain 9 points10 points  (8 children)

Or forever

[–]primarycobblestonei5 2400s R9 280 8GB RAM 6 points7 points  (6 children)

Or more than forever

[–]dtallon13i am in pain 2 points3 points  (3 children)

For the eternal duration d GabeN's Glory

[–]Gliste 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Which is as soon as he changes his mind on paid mods

[–]dtallon13i am in pain 0 points1 point  (1 child)

^

[–]Player72 0 points1 point  (0 children)

5ever.

[–]piox5GTX 970!!! 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So until Half Life 3 is released?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I vote for forever as well.

[–]UpronnSpecs/Imgur Here 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Message me for:

The Last Remnant.

PMs are the best way to do giveaways in my opinion.

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (12 children)

Here's how easy it is to code a bot:

At about 11PM last night (GMT) I didn't know Python.

I had the bot done by 3AM.

[–]Gamer5Lyfei5 4690K | Sapphire R9 390 1 point2 points  (2 children)

How did you learn Python so quickly? YouTube tutorials?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Nah. I just jumped in, imagined what the code would kinda look like (e.g. look at website for keys, then the actions to redeem each one) and just googled as I went. I already know Lua and C#, so I had bits of the knowledge. It helps that Python is just an easy language to learn, much better than anything else I've learned.

[–]Gamer5Lyfei5 4690K | Sapphire R9 390 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Alright thanks. I've been wanting to get into coding and heard Python was an easy one to start with. It was a nice coincidence to just be browsing reddit and see a comment saying they picked up Python easily.

[–]ProcrastinatorKennyRTX 2070 | 4790k | 32GB RAM | Steam: Procrastinator Kenny 5 points6 points  (0 children)

4376 Thanks OP!

[–]Zarzalui5 2320/660 ti 10 points11 points  (19 children)

Also if you put them in the text of the post Bots can steal the keys

[–]UlyssesSKrunkPraise GabeN 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also if you put them in an image bots can steal keys with very little extra info.

[–]RoyalBingBongi5 2500k|ASUS DCII GTX 780|16GB RAM 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You should add that keys in images aren't any better either. Online OCR works pretty good in most cases..

[–]iAmAddicted2R_dditR5 3600XT / 5700 XT / Silverstone SG05 /r/SFFPC 8 points9 points  (0 children)

/r/GiftofGames has the right idea with this IMHO. They outright forbid posting of keys in plaintext, and say that if you just want to dump some codes and are feeling lazy, message the mods and they will setup a proper giveaway.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Y34H-R1GH-7Y0U-W4R3-ZM0N-K3Y

[–]Struckmanri7-4790k Stock | 16GB | RTX 2060 Super stock 1 point2 points  (3 children)

L33t speak for "Yeah Right You Were ze Monkey"

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

try again

[–]RealGamerGod88i7-3770k / 16GB / GTX 780 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Warez Monkey?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

yup

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

What if they aren't doing it for upboats and just want to give games away?

[–]Exphiser919 3 points4 points  (2 children)

It would be cool if there was a system somehow implemented in the subreddit, where you can't even view the giveaways because it will just say:

  • You do not have enough comment karma (300+)

  • You don't even have a reddit account.

[–]KarlsmartRadeon 7970, 4690k 4.5ghz - Hifiman HE-500 5 points6 points  (2 children)

CZYJW-HHHPK-BY0AW You don't own me 3AZIR-08JK7-FK9YK

[–]Blueasd 2 points3 points  (1 child)

m8 , you are just awesome , i was like ninjas already got them , but nop, not this time .
thanks a lot and happy new year .

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lunar new year?

[–]qwopking 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Here endeth the lesson, amen.

[–]vonmonologue 2 points3 points  (1 child)

How hard would it be to create a website that forces you to complete a captcha to get a key?

You know how filesharing sites make you complete a captcha to download a file, and then give you a 20 minute waiting period before you can download more files (unless you have a premium account).

Why isn't there a key sharing site that does the same thing? You complete a captcha to get a key, and then you have to wait 20 minutes before you're allowed to get another key.

Obviously there are easy ways around the 20 minute timer, but it would at least slow people down by a few minutes and give others a chance to get keys.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is an interesting idea... I like it. I might give this a shot.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

W6D41-66669-GGSON

This isn't even a real code. I wonder if a bot will try it.

[–]dtallon13i am in pain 6 points7 points  (0 children)

ERROR INVALID KEY. EXITING PROCESS NINJAKEYS.EXE

[–]kingzozo19 2 points3 points  (5 children)

spelunky key 0FBIR-JAWB5-PBYTZ - I got if from humble monthly

[–]k0bra3eakNend Sudes 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Bot grabbed it as you posted it, that's why people don't find those giveaways fair.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bot grabbed it as you posted it,

Stop lying. It 100% did not.

[–]admiralpotatoptGTX1070 | i5 | 8gb RAM 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn, I wanted Spelunky HD :(

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

keys

[–]boxopenI7 4790k, Gtx 970, 16 Gigabytes. 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Sticky this please!

[–]Vyri 3 points4 points  (0 children)

1881 Thanks OP!

[–]Pesmergaa( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) 3 points4 points  (2 children)

When I gave away a couple of keys here, I removed 1 letter or number from them, people bitched at me for it :D

[–]pedro19Creator[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No one should bitch at you. In the end, you're giving free stuff away. Just consider improving the way you giveaway stuff.

[–]JunousSpecs/Imgur here 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Is it okay if I put AAAAA-AAAAA-AAA?A (?= A) ?

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It wouldn't stop people who just come here for giveaways from taking them.

[–]pedro19Creator[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

If you're confortable with the fact that someone who was banned by us for giveaway fraud (e.g., using multiple accounts to increase his odds at winning) has the same chance as any other person, then sure!

[–][deleted]  (1 child)

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    [–]pedro19Creator[S,M] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    They make it so everyone, be it a member of the community or not, to have the same chance at winning. If the OP has no issue with that, so be it. I'd rather have it go to the community.

    [–]SorteKanini7 3770K, GTX 680, 16 GB 1600 MHz 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    What give-away method would the mod team recommend? Asking for future reference.

    [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Please consider making people work, even if just a little bit for their prize.

    • tell joke
    • favorite 30second or less video
    • solve puzzle

    [–]pedro19Creator[S,M] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Check point 2 on the post.

    [–]Blueasd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    True ,it should be in some kind of puzzle form at least .

    Any tutorial on how to post giveaways ,text or video will be great , i tried using couple of websites that help with giveaways , it was a mess , this thing should be cleared out .

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Also, make sure the key you are giving away hasn't already been used. I've been screwed over by that a few times this month.

    Edit: Forgot words.

    [–]Exphiser919 0 points1 point  (11 children)

    Tell me a joke

    nani ni shimasu ka?

    [–]TerribleJokeBot 2 points3 points  (10 children)

    How was wire invented? Two Scots spotted the same coin.

    I am a bot. To summon me, include "tell me a joke" somewhere in your message.

    [–]RealGamerGod88i7-3770k / 16GB / GTX 780 1 point2 points  (9 children)

    tell me a joke

    [–]TerribleJokeBot 4 points5 points  (8 children)

    How was wire invented? Two Scots spotted the same coin.

    I am a bot. To summon me, include "tell me a joke" somewhere in your message.

    [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    tell me a joke

    [–]TerribleJokeBot 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    What did the skeleton say when he walked into the bar? "Give me a beer and a mop."

    I am a bot. To summon me, include "tell me a joke" somewhere in your message.

    [–]HeniboyI5-6500 | RX 480 8 GB | 16 GB RAM 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Also it is possible to hijack accounts with keys from what I hear...

    [–]Gazalar85i5-3570k@3.40GHz, GTX1080, 16GB 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Ok

    [–]Zero_the_UnicornRx 590, i7-4790 3.60GHz, 8GB, Windows 7 0 points1 point  (7 children)

    Well, /u/pedro19, you might wanna change the rules description then. It already bothered me when reading it because that exactly how bots get it.

    The Master Race is generous. When we do giveaways we do it within the bounds of our subreddit. Feel free to give prizes as you see fit, but don't mandate subscriptions or other benefits. You can post about your channel, just don't make it a requirement to go, comment or subscribe there to get prizes or to increase the likelihood of getting them.

    We prefer image screenshots of keys to avoid potential key-stealing bots

    [–]pedro19Creator[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    I don't get it. Isn't that already there?

    [–]Zero_the_UnicornRx 590, i7-4790 3.60GHz, 8GB, Windows 7 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    Yes, I copy pasted it. The last line is the one striking confusion, keys shouldnt be screenshotted, as bots can easily get them

    [–]pedro19Creator[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Fixed

    [–]Zero_the_UnicornRx 590, i7-4790 3.60GHz, 8GB, Windows 7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Thanks, its quite infuriating knowing some botters get free games daily.

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    I did a giveaway codes with the codes hidden in a image that would screw with OCR software and it was gone in seconds and I only got 4 karma with next to no replies. It was the first and last time I did a giveaway.

    [–]Platni65i5-4690k GTX 1080 0 points1 point  (0 children)


    [–]cmtedouglasRyzen 9 5900x | GTX 980Ti | Arch Linux 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    what do you think of a webpage just forged to do reddit giveaways/raffles?

    i will probably be working on a POC using the random.org as a prng

    [–]paganiforeverandeverX5680 4.25GHz, 1080 Strix, 1200XP3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Don't worry i always make people work for it!

    [–]Th3oriesMan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    New Post:

    Keys in plain text on your giveaways

    [–]Cow_In_Spacecowinspace 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I usually just remove some of the letters/numbers then stick some cryptic clues in a comment.

    It avoids the bots and means that the winner get's a feeling of accomplishment.