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    • VelvetGlove
    • By VelvetGlove 4th Jul 08, 8:53 PM
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    Comping Guide - Getting Started & Other FAQs
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    • 4th Jul 08, 8:53 PM
    Comping Guide - Getting Started & Other FAQs 4th Jul 08 at 8:53 PM
    General message to all compers:

    Questions are answered more quickly in the
    The Compers Chat Corner Board which is a sub board of the Competitions Time Forum.

    This thread is best used for alerting compers to new tips/hints - also means I can throw them into the main Guide at the start of this thread if they aren't already in there. Thanks





    Introduction

    The following Guide has been put together by shamelessly stealing good ideas posted in this forum by MSE Compers. To all those who have contributed (unknowingly) to this Guide, by sharing their hints, tips & great ideas within various threads, I hope your Comping Kharma is increased & may the Comping Fairy sprinkle winning dust over you!

    If you are after general information about how the forum software works & how to do things then there is an excellent guide here Beginner's Guide to the forums

    If you are looking for tips on how best to search this forum please refer to How do I search to see if a comp has been posted? below

    Before you go any further can I please direct you to READ the Basic Rules About the Competitions Forum. This will help you to understand & give you a better idea of what can & can’t be done in this Forum.

    WARNING: Comping can become extremely addictive!


    How to use this Guide
    You can either read through the whole Guide at your leisure or if you see a question in the list below that you would like the answer to, simply click on the section title for that question & you will be taken directly to that section of the Guide. (I was hoping to be able to take you to the question itself but unfortunately this forum has HTML off which means I can't use HTML anchors, sorry!)

    This Guide focuses on different topics & will suggest ways to achieve a particular result. As with most things there are multiple ways of, For Example, adding a signature, etc. I have mainly focused on one particular way.


    Initial Information

    1 How do you win all this stuff?
    2 How many comps do you enter a day? / How long do you spend entering comps?
    3 How much can I expect to win?
    4 Do you only enter comps from this site? / What about comping mags that you pay for?
    5 How long did you have to wait for your first win?
    6 Do you keep a list of what you enter?
    7 Do you keep a list of what you win?
    8 I'm worried about identity theft from giving out my personal details to enter comps, what do you suggest?
    9 How do you stop loads of spam in your email inbox?
    10 How do you stop loads of spam coming via post to your door?
    11 If you opt in or out of their mailing / 3rd party mailings, does it affect your chances?


    Getting Started (I)

    1 I want to enter comps, what should I do first? / Where do I start?!
    2 Why can't I search for comps that are ending on a certain date?
    3 Does the email address I use affect my chances of winning a comp?
    4 How many times do you enter a comp?
    5 How do you enter so many? / Is there a way to save me having to type in all my info time after time?
    6 Should I put my home number?
    7 A comp site wants me to register before I can enter, what should I do?


    Getting Started (II)

    1 Does it matter what sex you are for entering comps?
    2 How do I keep track of which comps I've entered and what are the green ticks and red crosses for?
    3 When I closed that comp window, there was another window behind it advertising another comp! Shall I enter?
    4 How do I solve the puzzle or answer the question?
    5 I've found a comp I'd like to enter, what should I be aware of?
    6 What tips are there for when I enter an email comp?
    7 What tips are there for when I enter a postcard entry comp?
    8 Are there any comps that can be entered regularly?
    9 Can I enter the radio station / newspaper comps on more than one of the radio station / newspaper websites?
    10 What does it mean when someone posts on a thread 'Check your thanks'?


    More Advanced

    1 What do I do if I see a comp which has already expired / been posted on here? / How do I send a merge request to a Board Guide?
    2 There is a closed comp on the main board, should I do anything?
    3 There is a spam post on the main board, should I do anything?
    4 Sometimes there seems to be the same comp & question on lots of different sites, can I enter them all?
    5 Do you have any tips for entering Rafflecopter comps?
    6 Do you have any tips for the multiple entry comps (Like Real Deal or Golden Balls, etc)?
    7 Do you have any tips for the multiple answer comps (Like Radio Times, Take a Break, Pick Me Up Magazine, Chat Puzzles, etc)
    8 I don't understand the Puzzler thread, there are lots of comps in there but how I do enter them?
    9 Is there an easier way to enter the daily magazine comps that you have 5 or so questions to answer 'No Thanks' to?


    Winning

    1 How long after a comp closes are you notified?
    2 How are winners contacted? / What does the comping jargon actually mean?
    3 Do I have to check if I've won or do I get contacted?
    4 If I win & they ask for money / have to attend a presentation, have I won?
    5 How will I know if it is a genuine prize winning letter / call / email?
    6 OMG! I've won, where can I share my great news?
    7 What happens if my prize doesn't turn up?
    8 Is there anywhere to swap / sell unwanted prizes on here?
    9 How can I put what I've won into the bottom of my posts?
    10 If I win with a company does that stop me winning from them again?


    Posting Comps

    1 How can I find comps to post on here, I've entered loads & want to give some back?
    2 How do I search to see if a comp has been posted?
    3 What is an affiliate link?
    4 Do any sites not want their comps/answers posted?
    5 Why am I unable to post a link/URL for a comp?
    6 How do I post a comp on here?
    7 How can I amend my thread title if I need to?
    8 How can I delete my post if I need to?
    9 How do I do a 'clicky' instead of putting the full URL?
    10 How can I put a picture in my post?
    11 Are there any sites, from experience, which are likely to generate lots of spam?

    I have a question which hasn't been covered here, what should I do?

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    Last edited by VelvetGlove; 10-04-2016 at 6:28 PM.
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    • VelvetGlove
    • By VelvetGlove 11th Jun 15, 7:09 PM
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    VelvetGlove
    From this thread the Mail have requested that the answers to their daily questions are not posted on the forum.

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5010563
    Originally posted by mjm3346
    Hi mjm3346, unless I'm missing something, that isn't a comp thread as it's in Discount Codes 'n Vouchers. (Apologies, it's been a hard week, with long hours so I could be missing something very obvious!!)

    Can you narrow it down for me please, exactly what comp thread is posting quesions/answers so I can take a look and update the Comping Guide with the right info?

    Thanks
    Sad because you don't know what to do? Comping question? Take a look in the Comping Guide to find out
    • mjm3346
    • By mjm3346 11th Jun 15, 8:33 PM
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    mjm3346
    Hi mjm3346, unless I'm missing something, that isn't a comp thread as it's in Discount Codes 'n Vouchers. (Apologies, it's been a hard week, with long hours so I could be missing something very obvious!!)

    Can you narrow it down for me please, exactly what comp thread is posting quesions/answers so I can take a look and update the Comping Guide with the right info?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by VelvetGlove
    That isn't a comp thread it's where the info about not posting answers originates.

    Each paper has a unique code there is also a question that you can answer based on that issue of the paper in case the code is unreadable - you need codes/answers to enter some competitions/join the reward club, this thread had some answers posted

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5247721
    • VelvetGlove
    • By VelvetGlove 27th Jun 15, 11:41 AM
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    VelvetGlove
    Thanks mjm3346 - I've added Daily Mail 'answer to daily questions' to the list in the Guide
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    • VelvetGlove
    • By VelvetGlove 12th Aug 15, 7:11 AM
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    Update to Comping Guide - 'Spammy Sites'
    Thanks to a PM from weeowens, I've just added 'Vaniki' to the list of sites we've found to generate spam.

    Here's that part of the Guide, but you can always find the most up to date list on post number 7, topic 11 :
    (Note: If you bookmark the link to post 7 above, at topic 4 you'll find the list of sites that don't want their comps/answers posted, so it's a useful post to remember )


    11 Are there any sites, from experience, which are likely to generate lots of spam?
    There are a few which have come to our collective attention as sites that, when used for comps, seem to generate lots of unwanted postal, email & phone call attention. These are listed below for your information, however, please do remember this is the collective opinion of other MSE Compers & does not necessarily reflect upon the sites themselves.

    2minutedraw
    4FreeUK
    ABCWins
    ActiveYou
    BonAccordLife (spam calls, info here)
    Bouncing-Babies
    Cashillion
    Catalink
    Clash Club
    Clash media
    Club La Costa
    Consumer Lifestyles
    Consumer Opinions
    Craftomatic Beds (Comps appear to be just a way to get a salesman into your home, especially if vulnerable/alone)
    Emailinform
    eGENTIC (see Planet49 below)
    EZ Prize Giveaway
    Fair Exchange
    FindAPrize (questions raised if prizes awarded, slight spam, non existant company address? Info here & here)
    Foresters (pestered with calls and even salesmen turning up. See here and here for more info)
    Freeb.ie
    GetMeATicket
    GetYourBillsPaid
    GreatUKsurveys
    Guide2Win
    HelloMagazine (offers.hellomagazine.com - comps on this URL have caused spam to some compers, be aware!)
    InstantPrizeDraw
    Just-Rewards
    Lingscars
    MyConsumer
    MyFamilyUK
    MyOffers
    NoizeMakesEnemies (Care - your profile with name, address, phone number & email appear to be on show with no way to make it private!)
    Nuts (comps.nuts.co.uk - comps on this URL run by data collecting co. Data Media & Research Ltd.)
    OffersClick
    OfferX
    Opinioniser
    Optical Express (have pestered with calls, more info here and here - scroll to posts 12 Nov'12 onwards)
    Optimax
    PenicuUK.com (linked to Weatherseal below)
    PickUpThe Prizes
    Planet49 (please read here, here, here & here for more info, aka: eGENTIC )
    PlayAndWin (beware emails received, see this thread for info)
    Plum Offers
    PostcodeLottery (see here, here, here & here - don't confuse with FreePostcodeLottery who are fine)
    Premier Christian Radio (postal junk mail even when you opt out)
    Prize4U
    Prizes.UK
    PrizePunch
    PrizeStore
    RewardsToday
    Sandersons Blinds (various comp sites but prize is for blinds from this company, Thomas Sanderson - pestered very badly, read here for more info)
    ShopBe
    Simple2Win
    SoapBoxSurvey
    SoFreebies
    Space Kitchens (see thread here)
    SupremeOGlaze (linked to Weatherseal below)TheStarPrize
    Swooosh
    Tickbox
    Topfox
    Toyhound
    UKDailyDeals
    UkPrize
    UK-PrizeDraw
    Vaniki
    VoiceInACrowd
    Vouch4me
    WatchMyWallet
    Weatherseal
    Weather Wherever
    Whats On TV (now 'powered by Instant Win 4 Now')
    Willowbrook (chairs) (pestered with phone calls quite badly on some comps - see here and also here)
    Win 4 Now
    Win24
    Zenith Windows (linked to Weatherseal above)
    Ziinga (beware emails received, see this thread for info)


    Let's have fun comping and stay away from those sites which cause us spam
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    • aurion22
    • By aurion22 12th Aug 15, 9:16 PM
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    aurion22
    Is anyone else having problems signing in to the FreePostcodeLottery site? Suddenly I'm just getting sent to the signup page all the time.
    :-(
    Loretta
    • VelvetGlove
    • By VelvetGlove 10th Apr 16, 7:10 PM
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    Update to the Guide
    I was alerted to this thread in the Compers Chat Corner and have made some amendments to the Guide around helpful annotations to thread titles. This should help our newer comp posters if they need it

    The part of the Guide I updated is: the Posting Comps section, 6 How do I post a comp on here?

    Excerpt below...

    1. If the comp is entered by a specific means or there's an age / location restriction, it's helpful to put that in the title in brackets.

      Some of examples of this could be:
      Rafflecopter = (RC)
      Gleam = (GL) or (GLEAM)
      Email = (Email)
      Twitter = (TW)
      Facebook = (FB)
      Location restriction = (inside M25) or (town name) etc
      Under 16s = (U16)

      If noticed, it would be helpful to mention in the title if a particular action is needed to unlock the other entries on a GL or RC comp. For example, a FB action is needed before other entries are made available - perhaps: (GL, FB req'd) or similar.

      If a comp has a particular end time it is useful if it is posted in the thread title too.

      So a few examples to sum it up:
      E: 28/12 Win a Trip to New York (FB)
      E: 17/04 Win a Spa Break (GL)
      E: 15/09 Win Bee movie DVD (U16)
      E: 15/05 Take a Break issue 23
      E: 10/04 Win posh soap (TW)
      E: 05/03 3pm Win Indiana Jones Goody Bag (RC)
      E: 07/01 Win £50 ToysRUs vouchers (email)(Oxford)
    Last edited by VelvetGlove; 10-04-2016 at 8:30 PM. Reason: Edited a typo and a slight tweak
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    • VelvetGlove
    • By VelvetGlove 2nd Jun 16, 12:17 PM
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    Update to the Guide - Board Guides
    Fire**fly sent me a message to let me know the Board Guides have changed on our forum. (Thanks
    fire**fly!)

    I've amended the guide with a new picture of the Board Guide area from the main page and also edited the text where necessary.

    It's the first item under this post in the Guide

    (I've a feeling Glad is going to be even more busy so let's try to make her life as easy as we can!)

    That's all folks!
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    • Lrsw
    • By Lrsw 3rd Oct 16, 5:08 PM
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    Lrsw
    Mobile site version
    Hi I recently (yesterday) started entering comps and after first 20 or so realised I needed a better system. I re read the help guide and your FAQs guide. As I'm using a smartphone many of the features don't seem to be available. If I give thanks and hit back to view the list it doesn't register my thanks. It doesn't register green tick at all. I can mark with a cross but they sometimes don't stay. I don't have all the various sorting threads options either.
    Any help or advice would be appreciated with where I'm going wrong.
    Thanks
    • Marg2k8
    • By Marg2k8 3rd Oct 16, 7:32 PM
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    Marg2k8
    Hi I recently (yesterday) started entering comps and after first 20 or so realised I needed a better system. I re read the help guide and your FAQs guide. As I'm using a smartphone many of the features don't seem to be available. If I give thanks and hit back to view the list it doesn't register my thanks. It doesn't register green tick at all. I can mark with a cross but they sometimes don't stay. I don't have all the various sorting threads options either.
    Any help or advice would be appreciated with where I'm going wrong.
    Thanks
    Originally posted by Lrsw
    Refreshing the page usually shows them all ok.
    Save

    • polly453
    • By polly453 16th Oct 16, 8:03 AM
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    polly453
    I apologies if this is in the wrong place but I've been searching and cant find the answer anywhere.
    My RoboForm is up for renewal but now it doesn't work on the windows edge upgrade thingy I am having to use windows explorer to make any use of RoboForm, is there any alternative as its expensive and doesn't seem to work correctly sometimes?
    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 3rd Nov 16, 9:39 PM
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    fire**fly
    hi VG, pm sent you & posting here
    seems this site doesn't want answers posted,
    could you please add it to your list,
    http://hollyandtheivy.co.uk/index.php/christmas-2016-competition/
    home
    http://hollyandtheivy.co.uk/#


    ETA..
    haven't sent to
    Sticky: Websites that don't want their competitions posted on MSE
    as the thread has never been updated despite sending information to be added & thread is now closed.
    Last edited by fire**fly; 03-11-2016 at 10:11 PM. Reason: sticky for websites not wanting comps/answers posted closed & never updated
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    • VelvetGlove
    • By VelvetGlove 8th Nov 16, 9:17 PM
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    All done and updated into the Guide

    Thanks for the pm! x
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    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 8th Nov 16, 10:39 PM
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    fire**fly
    All done and updated into the Guide

    Thanks for the pm! x
    Originally posted by VelvetGlove

    thanks VG & thanks for updating,
    glad to help & thanks for pm back x
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    • ptoner27
    • By ptoner27 11th Nov 16, 11:30 AM
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    ptoner27
    Can I repost a competition that still has a week to run? We originally posted it a week ago but now it is buried. Can I repost or duplicate it without breaking the rules?
    Thanks
    • mjm3346
    • By mjm3346 11th Nov 16, 11:34 AM
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    mjm3346
    Can I repost a competition that still has a week to run? We originally posted it a week ago but now it is buried. Can I repost or duplicate it without breaking the rules?
    Thanks
    Originally posted by ptoner27
    No and why would you want to? Maybe it's self-promotion and shouldn't be on here anyway.
    • ptoner27
    • By ptoner27 11th Nov 16, 12:48 PM
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    ptoner27
    All competitions are a form of promotion surely?
    • mjm3346
    • By mjm3346 11th Nov 16, 5:56 PM
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    mjm3346
    All competitions are a form of promotion surely?
    Originally posted by ptoner27

    Self-promotion is against the forum rules.
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