What annoys you in a contest? {Feedback}

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I have been hosting and entering giveaways for a bit now. There are some things that completely annoy me when I enter a contest and I am sure there are things that annoy you from mine.

While I am gone, would you mind helping me improve my giveaway entry system, please?

I just need to know what annoys anything from having to follow through GFC to one too many extra entries for following on twitter or FB.

I dunno…it’d be really helpful.

Thank you all in advance!!

UPDATE: thank you all for your feedback!! I will take not from all you said and make my giveaways entries easier and faster!

THANKS!

23 Comments
  • frompdxwithlove
    November 20, 2010

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  • Becky Horn
    November 20, 2010

    My opinion when entering blog contests, what annoys me most is the captcha. I have satellite internet so when they have captcha I have to load the page atleast 3 times to finalize the entry to each entry I submit. takes up alot of my internet and time. Or when some have multiple other bloggers to add and follow and they give you 10+ entries each. LOL we have to post each individual entry.

    • Sofia
      November 23, 2010

      CAPTCHAS drive me crazy too!

  • Melissa Vaught
    November 20, 2010

    I agree with the CAPTCHA. Hate them! They are very time consuming. I do like being able to tweet daily, but think it should be between 1 to 3 times a day at the most. Oh, I also don’t really like when after u like somebody on FB, that its required to write on their wall. The reason I don’t like that is because I don’t want all my FB friends to have to read all my notes I wrote on business’s walls, etc. since it shows up on the feed. Another thing that I dont like is when I see cheaters entering the giveaways, and it doesn’t get caught by the blogger. I know its hard to catch them all, but its not fair for us that aren’t cheating. Too bad there’s not a way to run them through a program of some sort to check them. I’ve seen people do the main entries, and then like a week later, do them all over again like that hadn’t already done them. Plus the ones that create several “identities” and enter using them all. Ugh… Other than that, I really like how most giveaways are ran!

    • Sofia
      November 23, 2010

      I don’t like it when they ask you to spam on the sponsor’s FB page. Up to what I know it is not allowed by FB to do so. I promise never to add such thing to my extra entries!

  • Lisa L
    November 20, 2010

    What annoys me if when the ending time for a giveaway isnt stated…it just says ends on 11/21 for example. Does that mean end of the day on 11/20 or 11/21? Stating the time zone is also helpful. I find that some sites state the time zone but the actual timestamp on the contest is wrong…they say it ends at PST but then the timestamp has EST time for example. Another thing is if they end the contest early for no reason.

    Another thing is when comments are moderated so I cant see what I already commented. Sometimes I get distracted by my son, etc and the contest has like 15 ways you can enter and then I’m like what the heck did i just do? I understand it’s to block spam though which must be more annoying.

    • Sofia
      November 23, 2010

      I had to end one just a few days back but only because the company did not like my review that contained my most honest opinion of their product…either way, nobody had entered. Otherwise I have never and will never do such thing…and if I do I will let people know and grant them extra entries for another giveaway.

      The moderation is for spammers…they send you all kinds of things! Drives me crazy!

  • Liza Vladyka
    November 20, 2010

    i reallly hate the spam things ugh they bother me

    • Sofia
      November 23, 2010

      It bothers me too! I will never ask my readers to do such thing! Promise! πŸ™‚

  • R Hicks
    November 20, 2010

    I really hate it when I get the message that I am posting too fast.

    • Sofia
      November 23, 2010

      That is a WordPress thing…I will ask my husband if there is a way to change this. Thanks!

  • Laura
    November 21, 2010

    I don’t like when the mandatory requirement is to Like on Facebook. I don’t have Facebook so I can’t enter πŸ™

    • Sofia
      November 23, 2010

      I never thought about this one! From now on I promise to add it as an extra entry. πŸ˜‰

  • Judy B.
    November 21, 2010

    I really enjoy entering your giveaways. The entry procedure is pretty clean and organized and easy to follow. I like extra entries too. I was sorry to see the voting entries go. The only thing that sometimes annoys me is that after clicking submit, I get flipped to the top of the page and have to scroll back down to continue entering (rather than getting flipped back to the entry form). But, I’ve even got kink of used to it.
    Thanks. In my opinion, yours is one of the best entry sites.

    • Judy B.
      November 21, 2010

      OK now I’m with the program (just read the other comments LOL). Yes the CAPTCHA…It really interrupts my train of thought when I’m trying to keep track of numbered entries. And the entering too fast does annoy me (I notice it is only with wordpress I think). Also with wordpress, I’ll be rolling along with my entries and suddenly after submitting one, it zips me up to the top and when I scroll back down, my entry is just not there. It’s gone. So I’ll do it again and it will say “duplicate comment”. Since I don’t know where the original went, and don’t take the time to check back days later, I reword it so it will take it. I also hate it when the end date is missing entirely or the time/time zone is not given. Oh Boy, I’m on a roll! Ok, it confuses me when a bonus entry states something like “One entry – Subscribe by email or rss”. Some hosts will specifically say “1 entry each” but if they do not, can we assume that? Don’t get me wrong, I love giveaway host (almost all anyway) but I kind of wish that there were some standards or something of what has to be in a giveaway post. I guess that’s what separates the women from the girls?

    • Sofia
      November 23, 2010

      Thanks a lot Judy!! πŸ™‚ Your comment made me blush! Hehehe

      OK…so about the comment entry and being sent to the top, I am not sure if this can be changed somehow, I will have to ask my husband about this one too.

      Comments: I have noticed this one too in other WordPress blogs…I usually write down what I’ve already done…this one is totally WordPress’s fault! πŸ™‚ hehehe

      Extra entries…noted. I am actually reducing the number of extra entries to one each, except when noted…easier and faster

  • Lilac
    November 21, 2010

    I really dislike it when the contest does not disclose if it’s open to Canada & US
    Or on your list of giveaways it would be nice if it said…open to US only or open to Canada & US, or Worldwide. I really really really hate having to click into a contest and scroll down only to find it open to US only. Such a waste of time.
    I don’t like the Captcha
    I agree with the other gals that l don’t like having to leave a message on someone’s FB wall.
    I love extra entries.

    • Sofia
      November 23, 2010

      From Now on I will make sure to state the eligibility (US, CANADA, worldwide) in my giveaway list. Promise!

  • Jennifer Rowe
    November 21, 2010

    I agree with the captchas. I don’t have a lot of time anymore to enter and it takes a lot of time to fight them.

    I get annoyed by lists of 15+ ways to enter. It just makes entering seem daunting.

    I don’t mind sharing to my wall or posting on a business’ wall, there are ways I can control who sees what – but since my FB profile is not public, I always wonder if the person “checking” entries can see what I’ve shared.

    Also, I think it just depends on my mood as to what annoys me lol! Thanks for the chance to vent πŸ™‚

    • Sofia
      November 23, 2010

      Thank you for your venting! It is important to me to know from my readers what they don’t and do like from my blog…I want to make your visit pleasant.
      I am definitely changing the extra entries amounts…
      πŸ™‚

  • Lisa L
    November 23, 2010

    FYI: I just entered two of your giveaways and realized your timestamp is wrong. I’m in EST and you’re in PST (-3 hrs) but your timestamp is on MST time (-2 hrs).

    • Sofia
      November 23, 2010

      Oops! Just fixed that!

  • Gianna
    December 1, 2010

    I’m annoyed if using facebook or twitter is the main entry in a contest. Not everyone has facebook or twitter. I don’t mind them being extras entries though.