Some of you have noticed an addition to the Rafflecopter forms when you enter a giveaway I am organizing and hosting. If you've missed it:
I've banned Sweeps/Giveaway Accounts.
**EDITED**: It's come to my attention that people seem to think I am targeting ALL sweeps/giveaway accounts in this post, and I apologize that this post is worded as such. If this is your hobby, something you do to relieve stress, I am not judging you! This post is meant to explain how a group of rude accounts made your life more difficult, and even offers some options on how to work around it.
Please see the last 2 sections of this post to help you understand what we're watching for and how to avoid it.
This kind of change warrants an explanation and that this what this post will do. It will also give you, my readers, the opportunity to weigh in and get additional questions answered. Understand I will not change this new policy. I may remove the entry option on the giveaway forms but the base line of them being banned will ALWAYS be in my Terms and Conditions.
The rogue sweeps/giveaway accounts have been an irritant for most bloggers for quite awhile. There's not a few days that go by where someone isn't complaining about them in some fashion. If you check closely on things you will notice that I'm not the only one with these kinds of rules, and chances are even if they aren't listed directly, most bloggers follow similar personal rules when pulling winners.
I'm not the only one who dislikes this, I'm just the one being vocal about it at this moment.
Let's start with the definition, as Me, My Shelf and I sees it, of a Sweeps/Giveaway account.
I view them as an account that is used only or mostly for entering giveaway. Where 75% of the tweets/posts shared on a daily basis are for giveaways that that person is NOT hosting, but has entered and is hoping to win.