Competitions on Freebies

Evening everyone, hope you've been enjoying the sunshine!

This is just a short update on posting competitions on the freebies board.

Since we launched our WOW deals forum feed we've noticed many of the "freebies" that appear in it seem to be competitions rather than definite freebies so we're going to ask that here on the freebies board we keep to genuine freebies from now on and that competitions go on the Competitions Board.

The exceptions would just be where
  • everyone that enters a competition is guaranteed to receive something
  • at least 1,000 prizes are available on a first come first served basis

Thanks everyone!

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  • sarah1972sarah1972 Forumite, Ambassador
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    Thanks Andrea

    So if there are 3000 available for example it goes on the comp board unless its first come first served, is that right?

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  • Former_MSE_AndreaFormer_MSE_Andrea Former MSE
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    If it's a competition yes :)
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  • SilkSilk Forumite
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    Hi Andrea,
    Can't say I'm too keen on that idea.

    I don't read the Competitions Board that much and in the past I've had good results from many that would now be relegated to that section.
    Your own book giveaways would be a prime example of that ;)

    In my case it's down to time management ... I log on a number of times a day and have a quick scan of sections of the Forum I like or participate in and then move on. This would mean I would have to scan yet another section when I remember and if I forget or don't have time would miss out :(

    I don't know about others but it's starting to become very time consuming keeping track ...the Forum is starting to lose it's simplicity these days
    It's not just about the money
  • albionwarrioralbionwarrior Forumite
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    I don't read the Competitions Board that much and in the past I've had good results from many that would now be relegated to that section.
    Your own book giveaways would be a prime example of that

    This section is called freebies no spend board and that is why I come to this section.
    If I wanted to look for competitions then I would look at the comps board seems very simple to me and very lodigcal.
    The books give away are posted on every section of this site so you wouldn't miss that one anyway.
  • SilkSilk Forumite
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    This section is called freebies no spend board and that is why I come to this section.
    If I wanted to look for competitions then I would look at the comps board seems very simple to me and very lodigcal.
    The books give away are posted on every section of this site so you wouldn't miss that one anyway.
    I've never seen the books giveaway anywhere else than here ...for example the last one posted here in freebies
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=3951419
    Where else is that posted then ???

    I've always thought that competitions were just that "competitions" where you have to give a correct answer to a question to "win" a prize something etc
    Whereas a "freebie" was something for nothing and all you had to do was "ask" etc
    I have always been happy to accept if more people asked than there were items available then it becomes a lottery or similar.

    I don't enter competitions and so don't bother reading the competition section
    It's not just about the money
  • KxMxKxMx Forumite
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    The competition section tends to be manic and very fast moving, really not keen on this :(

    Can't you just recruit a few more Board Guides to police Freebies and let them sort it out?
  • sarah1972sarah1972 Forumite, Ambassador
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    KxMx wrote: »
    The competition section tends to be manic and very fast moving, really not keen on this :(

    Can't you just recruit a few more Board Guides to police Freebies and let them sort it out?

    the bg's do sort them out already, this just means moving all comps to the comps board which in my opinion makes total sense.
    I’m a Forum Ambassador and I support the Forum Team on Competitions Time, Shopping & Freebies boards, Employment, Jobseeking & Training boards If you need any help on these boards, do let me know. Please note that Ambassadors are not moderators. Any posts you spot in breach of the Forum Rules should be reported via the report button, or by emailing [email protected] All views are my own and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.
  • i'm getting bored with mse - and I can't believe I've just written that. The forums worked marvellously for me till recently when the attempt to control became much more obvious & (imho), disruptive & intrusive. i don't look at competitions. 10000 samples very probably means everyone will get one. Yes, put it on the comps board as well, but not instead.
  • hermannihermanni Forumite
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by KxMx viewpost.gif
    The competition section tends to be manic and very fast moving, really not keen on this :(

    Can't you just recruit a few more Board Guides to police Freebies and let them sort it out?


    reply from Sarah1972: the bg's do sort them out already, this just means moving all comps to the comps board which in my opinion makes total sense.


    Unfortunately this is not happening as you suggest, I have had post's moved to comps, one with 10000 samples, then in comps put to game over, yet others are being left, as you can clearly see as of today's date, and have been there for a few days.
    i'm getting bored with mse - and I can't believe I've just written that. The forums worked marvellously for me till recently when the attempt to control became much more obvious & (imho), disruptive & intrusive. i don't look at competitions. 10000 samples very probably means everyone will get one. Yes, put it on the comps board as well, but not instead.

    Could not agree more, 5000 is a realistic figure. Anything under can go to comps, but not just dumped there, communication with the comps BG's to ensure the title is amended for a comp, or the post is merged if the comp is already posted.

    If there is a first come first served figure, it should not matter how many there are, be it 200 or 10000.
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  • sarah1972sarah1972 Forumite, Ambassador
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    hermanni wrote: »
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by KxMx viewpost.gif
    The competition section tends to be manic and very fast moving, really not keen on this :(

    Can't you just recruit a few more Board Guides to police Freebies and let them sort it out?

    reply from Sarah1972: the bg's do sort them out already, this just means moving all comps to the comps board which in my opinion makes total sense.

    Unfortunately this is not happening as you suggest, I have had post's moved to comps, one with 10000 samples, then in comps put to game over, yet others are being left, as you can clearly see as of today's date, and have been there for a few days.



    Could not agree more, 5000 is a realistic figure. Anything under can go to comps, but not just dumped there, communication with the comps BG's to ensure the title is amended for a comp, or the post is merged if the comp is already posted.

    If there is a first come first served figure, it should not matter how many there are, be it 200 or 10000.


    The only ones that I can see that have stayed on the freebies board is Walkers and Tropicana and that is because everyone gets a prize. Please send me a p,m if there are more that have been missed by the bg's.

    If everyone gets something then its a freebie but if there are a limited number whether its 100 or 10,000 and its not on a first come first serve then its a comp.

    Hope that helps

    Sarah xx
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