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11:43 pm
January 2, 2011


Buck Inspire

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Hi all,

 

Just curious, in the giveaways the way you enter is to subscribe.  Does that mean you only get to enter one giveaway per blog?  I'm thinking once you subscribe, that's your one and only entry.  Sorry little clueless on RSS subscriptions. Embarassed

12:20 am
January 3, 2011


Squirrelers

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Buck Inspire said:

Hi all,

 

Just curious, in the giveaways the way you enter is to subscribe.  Does that mean you only get to enter one giveaway per blog?  I'm thinking once you subscribe, that's your one and only entry.  Sorry little clueless on RSS subscriptions. Embarassed


 

Really depends on the giveaway contest rules. For mine, I gave an entry for filling out an entry form (required), but then offered additional entries for other actions, including subscribing. I would read the fine print, and if that's unclear, email the blog owner and ask them. I had a few questions from people, and I quickly answered them if they asked via email.

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5:32 am
January 3, 2011


Buy Like Buffett

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Normally that is only the first option. Once you are a sibscriber, you can normallly take some other kind of action to participate in a contest.

 

 

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6:29 am
January 3, 2011


Khaleef @ KNS Financial

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I've seen some contests where all of the current subscribers are automatically entered once they complete a simple entry form or something like that.

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9:52 am
January 3, 2011


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In my giveaway, I automatically entered my current subscribers who let me know that they have already subscribed. Otherwise I have no way of finding out who has subscribed/if they are interested in winning at all. So it really depends on the giveaway. I would say as it is always one of the entry let the blog owner know that you have subscribed and they might just take you in.

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10:13 am
January 3, 2011


Jaymus (RealizedReturns)

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It's all up to you!  I like the idea of giving an automatic entry to current subscribers (assuming that is a small group) or requiring some other action of current subscribers.

3:03 pm
January 3, 2011


Jason@LiveRealNow

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I put a code in the RSS.  Anybody who wanted to enter via subscription had to mention that code in the comments.

I also made a code change to hide the code, so nobody could read it in the comments.

6:24 am
January 4, 2011


Buck Inspire

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Thanks for the advice.  Will do! Smile

 

Squirrelers said:


 
Really depends on the giveaway contest rules. For mine, I gave an entry for filling out an entry form (required), but then offered additional entries for other actions, including subscribing. I would read the fine print, and if that's unclear, email the blog owner and ask them. I had a few questions from people, and I quickly answered them if they asked via email.


6:26 am
January 4, 2011


Buck Inspire

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Thanks Mark and Khaleef! Laugh

6:27 am
January 4, 2011


Buck Inspire

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Good point, will keep this in mind. Smile

 

Suba @ Wealth Informatics said:

In my giveaway, I automatically entered my current subscribers who let me know that they have already subscribed. Otherwise I have no way of finding out who has subscribed/if they are interested in winning at all. So it really depends on the giveaway. I would say as it is always one of the entry let the blog owner know that you have subscribed and they might just take you in.


6:29 am
January 4, 2011


Buck Inspire

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Thanks Jaymus and Jason! Laugh  Hidden code in RSS?  Sounds complicated, will visit to see what you mean. Cool

7:28 am
January 4, 2011


Jason@LiveRealNow

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Buck Inspire said:

Thanks Jaymus and Jason! Laugh  Hidden code in RSS?  Sounds complicated, will visit to see what you mean. Cool


It sounds worse than it was.  I use the Better Feed plugin, so I just added 'Contest code: "See, I really entered the contest!"<br>' to my feed footer.  To prove you entered by subscribing you put the contest code in the thread comments.

Then, I went to the theme editor and added the following at the end of Theme Functions (right before the final ?>)

function contest_comment_filter($comment_text) {
  return str_replace('See, I really entered the contest!', '[code hidden]', $comment_text);
}
add_filter('get_comment_text','contest_comment_filter');

That replaces "See, I really entered the contest!" with "[code hidden]" in any comment posted anywhere on my site.

Yes, it's still possible to cheat and get the code without subscribing, but I decided I wasn't going to worry about cheaters.  Too much stress for no benefit.  Most people are basically honest.

 

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