Guidelines Rules & Guidelines for Giveaways,Contests and Sweepstakes Forum

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  1. Exterminator

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    #1 Exterminator, Oct 10, 2014
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    The following is the list of Rules & Guidelines to follow when posting and or entering a Giveaway, Promo or an External Contest.All members should use these rules & guidelines as a reference when posting here and or entering a giveaway in the MalwareTips Giveaways forum.

    • Please read the Forum Rules.
    • Personal (member run) Giveaways are not allowed on MalwareTips.The only members that should be running giveaways on MalwareTips are staff members.
    • Please adhere to the following when posting a Giveaway,Promotion or External Contest
    1. Minimum 50 Licenses for External Contests- Check there are at least 50 or more winners.
    2. Security & Privacy or System Maintenance- Check that it's orientated around user security, system maintenance and privacy. Other types of software will not be approved and will be deleted without user consent.
    3. Publicly Available - No registration required in order to qualify. Exception(s); Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus are allowed.
    4. Scan URLs - Check the links are malware-free. We recommend using a tool like URLVoid to check the sites status.
    5. No Affiliated Links - Link directly to the Promo/Giveaway page, referral URLs are not allowed. Redirecting users to your personal site is not allowed.
    6. Please thoroughly read the original post of the thread for all rules that apply to a Giveaway, Contest and or Promo.
    7. When replying to a thread it should be a reply about the Giveaway and or software being offered or pertinent information pertaining to the software and or Giveaway,Promo or contest.
    8. Make use of the "Like" button as a way of thanking a member instead of actually posting "Thanks" in a reply.However asking for "Likes" is frowned upon and will not help your position on the site.
    9. Valid replies are not things such as "Thanks","Great","Thank You","Your Awesome","Your the master" or just emoticons,images or combinations of one or the other
    10. Please do not post a thread asking for a license or software.
    11. Please do not post any licenses or activation codes. If it is an activation code that is made public by the site offering the Giveaway to obtain a giveaway software or license then this can be posted but try and place it in code tags or a spoiler.
    12. Please do not post your personal information such as email addresses,passwords,account information,personal address and or phone number.
    13. Please do not post Keygens,trial reset programs,fake name and credit card generators or any links to them whether personal or public.These will be deleted and a warning sent
    14. Please do not make a post asking for an exchange of licenses. It is against Forum Policy to exchange licenses, activation codes or software in the forums.
    15. Use the Search option or manually search this thread to make sure you are not posting a duplicate Giveaway.
    16. List all links required for the Giveaway and check them to verify that they are valid before posting a new thread.
    17. Please post any and all instructions including dates & times on obtaining the Giveaway or for entering the contest with screenshots if applicable.
    18. Please provide a quick overview of the product along with system requirements and links to products homepage.
    19. If you forgot to add something then Do Not make another reply, edit your original thread.
    20. Please add an appropriate "Prefix" to the beginning of your Thread Subject when posting a Giveaway.For example Giveaway Of The Day posts should have the prefix "24 Hrs or Less" applied as in the attached screenshot
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    21. If the Giveaway or Promo is in the form of an Installer and not a license key please scan the Installer and verify that it is clean prior to posting it. Place this information somewhere in your thread.
    22. Links for software installers should be from the vendors website or other reputable download service. If it is a Personal link such as "Mediafire" or similar, please post that you have scanned it & it is clean. These links should not be from any other source other than the original posters own personal link.
    23. If posting an External Giveaway or Contest, place a reminder somewhere in your post that it is an External Giveaway and members should not post replies here but refer to the link that you provided in your thread to enter.
    24. If you are posting information from another site and copying & pasting it verbatim then please make use of Quote Tags to include the source.
    25. *Please Note: The MalwareTips Giveaways section is for MT sponsored giveaways only.Members should not post a new thread in this section.This is only open for replies by members wishing to enter a particular giveaway.Only those members wishing to enter should reply to these threads.Please make use of the like button for "Thanks".Once again there should be no threads started anywhere on the site asking for licenses to any software or program.
    26. Members must use their real IP address to enter a giveaway.If you are found to be using a proxy/VPN you will be disqualified.Registering with multiple accounts and or a proxy/VPN is a violation of the rules and you will be banned
    27. Sharing the giveaway links on social media is a requirement of the giveaway.If you do not have a social media account then you are not eligible to enter.If you are concerned about your privacy,you can share the link and then PM myself(exterminator20) or BoraMurdar with your share link so that we may verify it.A note will then be placed on your entry that you have complied.
    28. Posting incomplete,protected or links leading to somewhere else than what is clearly stated in the giveaway requirements will disqualify you.There will be no PM's sent reminding you to post and or edit these required links.
    29. The rules & requirements for every giveaway are clearly spelled out in the original first post of every giveaway.Please read the rules and follow them to enter.If you do not your name will not be entered when the drawing takes place to pick the winners.
    30. The following sites offer giveaways & some discounts.These are Giveaways that are re-branded from the original site to make them appear as though they are from their website.They require you to make an account and or enter your email address.Some give you a zip file to download the license which just contains URL to the original giveaway link.
    31. Software Discounts, Software Coupons, Software Giveaways
      Giveaways Archives -
      Software Giveaway - TopWareSale.com
      HowBigDeal - Coupons, Discounts, Deals, Offers
    32. Giveaways from these sites should not be posted here on Malwaretips and will be updated as need be.If they are posted they will be deleted on moderation.
    33. If you have any questions about the validity of a Giveaway, Contest or Promo or are unsure about a promotional Installer feel free to PM @exterminator20 or @BoraMurdar and one of us will be more than happy to assist you.
    34. No member shall start a thread and or post a reply to a thread in this section for a MalwareTips Exclusive Giveaway.If you do the thread/post will be deleted and that member warned.If it happens again that member will be banned.These giveaways are secured by staff members with certain guidelines.There is absolutely no reason to post these links in this forum other than to boost "likes".
     
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    Bumped 03/10/2015 added:

    No member shall start a thread and or post a reply to a thread in this section for a MalwareTips Exclusive Giveaway.If you do the thread/post will be deleted and that member warned.If it happens again that member will be banned.These giveaways are secured by staff members with certain guidelines.There is absolutely no reason to post these links in this forum other than to boost "likes".
     
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    #3 Exterminator, Mar 30, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2016
    Please Note: We do not allow SOS giveaways to be posted here.This includes taking a direct link from them and posting on this site.
     
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