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    MSE Martin
    PLEASE READ - Posts by the MSE Team and BG's - merged
    • #1
    • 30th Jan 05, 11:58 PM
    PLEASE READ - Posts by the MSE Team and BG's - merged 30th Jan 05 at 11:58 PM
    Welcome to the new forum. The aim is to list all the free competitions that are around, after all if it's free and you win it - then it's good MoneySaving.

    Competitions can be found anywhere and everywhere. Online, in shops, magazines on the TV. Providing they're open to everyone (ie not invite only) then do post them here.

    So do scan the web and report a contest. Hopefully a MoneySaver will win. If you're entering online contests, then its worth using a separate e-mail address, it'll stop the risk of spam emails. Just set up a Hotmail, Yahoo or MSN address.

    1. Competitions must be open to all If you are invited specially to do a competition with a code, and the competition isn't open to all. Please do not post the codes here, that is breaking terms and conditions of a competition runner and could be seen as incitement to breach contract. (something neither I nor the poster want).

    2. Free Competitions Only. This is a not a place to advertise competitions you have to pay to enter. I will accept limited cost text message type competitons (though frankly they're usually naff apart from in special circumstances) where they cost up to 1.50 to text to enter, but generally I would say make sure they are free.

    MSE UPDATE OCT 2013: Many paid-to-enter competitions now cost more to enter. We've asked Competitions Board users the limit they feel is appropriate in this poll and have increased the maximum cost to 2.10. Please remember we don't encourage forum users to spend money on competitions but if you still feel you absolutely must enter these competitions then that's fine.

    3. No Pyramid Selling. Pyramids where - if you join a list - you may get a X, Y, Z are absolutely no part of this board, or any board on the site. I don't want them here please report them if you spot them.


    4. Where did you spot the competition? If you spot a competition it'd be helpful for everyone to know where you got it from. It helps them know how legitimate it is for them to enter.

    5. Report your winnings. If you win, we want to know. It's fun - so please use the I WON I WON board to report your winnings.

    6. Include the closing date in the title. Please include the closing date of the competition in the title of the thread you are starting. This way once it is closed it can be moved to the 'Game over' board

    7. No Vote For Me Competitions. Please do not post vote for me competitions, they are not allowed on this forum.

    8. No Bumping Of Posts. Please do not just bump posts for the sake of it. This disrupts the boards.

    9. No Advertising Of Own Websites. This site is free from advertising. Posts on any board considered to be advertising goods, services and/or companies will be removed. This includes the posting of a competition from your own site or from a site that you are employed by. We also do not allow advertising via PM. Examples of this can include anything from a specific sales post or a link to your own website in which you attempt to sell something to someone offering their holiday home to forum members. Unfortunately we cannot allow any advertising of any description no matter how honourable the intention.


    And as always please be nice to other MoneySavers.....

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  • Flickering Ember
    if it's not too complicated, the ideal would be tick for done, skip for something you want to go back on later (perhaps ie comp not loading) and X for not interested in
    Originally posted by cornishpasty1
    I agree as it's time consuming to subscribe and to unsubscribe and email notifications don't work anyway!
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  • fnc63
    if it's not too complicated, the ideal would be tick for done, skip for something you want to go back on later (perhaps ie comp not loading) and X for not interested in
    Originally posted by cornishpasty1
    I agree its a good idea
    Originally posted by djl
    I agree as it's time consuming to subscribe and to unsubscribe and email notifications don't work anyway!
    Originally posted by Flickering Ember
    i disagree
    there ya go 2 against 1, almost evened it out for bringing up 5 month old posts again

    there is a tick to show its done
    the X is for not interested/skipping
    and if you want to go back to something, bookmark it

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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 13th Aug 13, 9:50 AM
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    MSE Andrea
    Expired button
    Hi all

    There's some confusion over when to use the expired button and some compers have asked for clarification.

    It's to be used to move expired competitions only.

    To help prevent people accidentally entering a competition twice please continue to send merge requests for duplicated competitions to board guides.

    Thanks

    Andrea

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  • Luckyone
    Thanks Andrea

    (sneeks back in & say's it's a shame we can't use the expired button to get the self promotion posts off the forum & the dupes, as it is so quick. What we did last night was when a dupe is posted we got the link from the original post, put the link in the thread like we do now saying dupe original here, please click expired, so like that people can click the link to check it is a dupe then click expired. This worked really well with a self promotion comp last night, posted it was a self promotion obvious as the persons username was the blogs name, asked everyone to click expired, it went into game over & I brought it back onto the comp board as I am not linked to the site re listed it & all that was done within 5 mins)

    xxx
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    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 13th Aug 13, 11:46 AM
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    thank you MSE Andrea
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  • Barnabysue
    This worked really well with a self promotion comp last night, posted it was a self promotion obvious as the persons username was the blogs name, asked everyone to click expired, it went into game over & I brought it back onto the comp board as I am not linked to the site re listed it & all that was done within 5 mins)

    xxx
    Originally posted by Luckyone
    Isn't that just going to encourage people to post their own comps? If they know somebody will simply repost it they might as well be allowed to post it themselves surely? Just a thought.
    Luck is believing youre lucky Tennessee Williams

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  • Moneybot
    Thanks Andrea

    (sneeks back in & say's it's a shame we can't use the expired button to get the self promotion posts off the forum & the dupes, as it is so quick. What we did last night was when a dupe is posted we got the link from the original post, put the link in the thread like we do now saying dupe original here, please click expired, so like that people can click the link to check it is a dupe then click expired. This worked really well with a self promotion comp last night, posted it was a self promotion obvious as the persons username was the blogs name, asked everyone to click expired, it went into game over & I brought it back onto the comp board as I am not linked to the site re listed it & all that was done within 5 mins)

    xxx
    Originally posted by Luckyone
    Isn't that just going to encourage people to post their own comps? If they know somebody will simply repost it they might as well be allowed to post it themselves surely? Just a thought.
    Originally posted by Barnabysue
    Depends are we trying not to allow self promotion or make sure the self promoter doesn't get the thanks for posting the comp?
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  • Luckyone
    Isn't that just going to encourage people to post their own comps? If they know somebody will simply repost it they might as well be allowed to post it themselves surely? Just a thought.
    Originally posted by Barnabysue
    No because they would be told on the thread like now that self promotion is not allowed. It then goes to game over.Then they see their comp posted by someone on the forum & not connected to the company, so they would be more likely to Pm someone on the comp board to post their comp for them which is a win win situation

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  • Barnabysue
    Which we have been asked in the past not to do if I recall.
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  • Luckyone
    Depends are we trying not to allow self promotion or make sure the self promoter doesn't get the thanks for posting the comp?
    Originally posted by Moneybot
    We are not allowing self promotion as the board rules say.

    As for the thanks anyone can go into the game over section & post the comp on the main board as long as they are not connected to the company AND like I did link back to the first comp that was self promotion & ask people to check their thanks, which also gives the chance to click thanks on the bottom of the original posters comp so the self promotion person who first listed the comp also get the thanks

    It's nothing to do with taking the thanks away from the first person, it's about getting good comps listed back on the boards for everyone to enter

    Same as comps that are posted with the wrong title lay out, we all explain the correct way to post it but more than likely they don't do it so it goes into game over. Anyone can go in their re list the comp with correct details with a link to the original comp that was listed wrong to check their thanks & thank the original poster

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  • Luckyone
    Which we have been asked in the past not to do if I recall.
    Originally posted by Barnabysue
    Really? I have not seen that. Was their a reason why not to?

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  • Moneybot
    We are not allowing self promotion as the board rules say.

    As for the thanks anyone can go into the game over section & post the comp on the main board as long as they are not connected to the company AND like I did link back to the first comp that was self promotion & ask people to check their thanks, which also gives the chance to click thanks on the bottom of the original posters comp so the self promotion person who first listed the comp also get the thanks

    It's nothing to do with taking the thanks away from the first person, it's about getting good comps listed back on the boards for everyone to enter

    Same as comps that are posted with the wrong title lay out, we all explain the correct way to post it but more than likely they don't do it so it goes into game over. Anyone can go in their re list the comp with correct details with a link to the original comp that was listed wrong to check their thanks & thank the original poster

    xxx
    Originally posted by Luckyone
    But you are allowing self promotion!

    It would encourage people to post self promotions competitions if they knew they would only get moved to GO and re posted!
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  • Luckyone
    But it would not be self promotion. Self promotion is if the person them self posts it

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  • lilias
    MSE really don't want us to collude with self promoters.


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    Posting Comps for Companies
    Hi Folks

    It has come to our attention that some companies are attempting to sidestep our Forum Rules on vested interest posting by agreeing certain members post competitions on their behalf. Let's be clear, we absolutely will not tolerate this, and if we find out this is still happening we have the option of banning not only the company from our forum, but also the user account in question.

    Please don't do it.
  • Luckyone
    MSE really don't want us to collude with self promoters.


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    Posting Comps for Companies
    Hi Folks

    It has come to our attention that some companies are attempting to sidestep our Forum Rules on vested interest posting by agreeing certain members post competitions on their behalf. Let's be clear, we absolutely will not tolerate this, and if we find out this is still happening we have the option of banning not only the company from our forum, but also the user account in question.

    Please don't do it.
    Originally posted by lilias

    Thanks Lilias,

    I really did not see this before.

    So Scrap that then

    So back to using the expired button to get the self promotions off the forum would be even more appropriate now then gets them off faster

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  • Moneybot
    Thanks Lilias,

    I really did not see this before.

    So Scrap that then

    So back to using the expired button to get the self promotions off the forum would be even more appropriate now then gets them off faster

    xxx
    Originally posted by Luckyone
    No using the expired button only moves them to a different board. Self promotion should be reported to get deleted off the forum.
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    • Glad
    • By Glad 13th Aug 13, 2:28 PM
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    Glad

    Same as comps that are posted with the wrong title lay out, we all explain the correct way to post it but more than likely they don't do it so it goes into game over. Anyone can go in their re list the comp with correct details with a link to the original comp that was listed wrong to check their thanks & thank the original poster

    xxx
    Originally posted by Luckyone
    pm a BG with the correct end date to edit and move it back as other people do, if you repost it people will report it as a dupe


    Thanks Lilias,

    I really did not see this before.

    So Scrap that then

    So back to using the expired button to get the self promotions off the forum would be even more appropriate now then gets them off faster

    xxx
    Originally posted by Luckyone
    no, report self promotion as other people do and the team will remove it, (sending it to GO is not getting it off the forums, only off the main comps board) the expire button is for expired comps

    edit to add: sorry moneybot cross posted with you
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  • Luckyone
    Thanks Moneybot & Glad,

    Pleased I brought it up now because I had no idea you could PM a BG to get the comp out of game over & back listed on the main comp board with the correct title

    When you report a post as self promotion do you just write posted as self promotion? sounds daft but there are so many title options I was not sure

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  • mjm3346

    When you report a post as self promotion do you just write posted as self promotion? sounds daft but there are so many title options I was not sure

    xxx
    Originally posted by Luckyone
    Yes I just put posted as self-promotion (I also point out if the user name is self-promotion), one last night was removed quite quickly.
    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 13th Aug 13, 2:53 PM
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    fire**fly
    what do we do about the daily mags that are duped then please?
    Cornish pasty always asks we press expired to send them to GO
    & it's been working well, but if we're not to expire dupes now what do we do about the daily dupes
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