And the next winner (Prize to the best suggestion) is:
F) Before advertising a giveaway in the thread, perhaps CHECK THAT IT HAS NOT ALREADY BEED ADDED!
Ideally, the giveaway creator would add it to the thread, but this does not always happen. It is great that other users add them, but there have been several duplicate listings. This is not that big a deal, but I am a bit OCD about these things...
As happened to me once (I didn't update the giveaways listing thread before linking and I was ninja'ed by the contest author himself), this suggestion I found very appealing...
Congrats, Rodzaju! It seems that crime (err. .. OCD) pays! :D
Contact me by PM to choose your prize!
There have been many excellent suggestions and would like to explain why I haven't chosen some of them (and thus their champions will have better arguments to hate me until my dying day). First of all, I want to make clear that my opinion has neither more nor less value than the opinion of any other forum member. Also, this is my point of view and ZPavelZ it may not agree with it.
That said, my prime directive ;) when considering the suggestions offered was to the feasibility and desirability of them. Therefore:
- GOG making the thread sticky: Because the GOG staff have given this treatment to just two threads in the general discussion forum, I see it unlikely (although I would love that to happen).
- GOG changing the thread color or automatically adding it to favorites: See above.
- Using templates / updating to reflect closed giveaways: I think it's important to keep things simple for people to get used to linking giveaways, more demanding requirements will drive away some who would otherwise contribute and would require the others to be aware of any changes in the giveaway (and this isn't always possible: being offline or just forgetfulness). I prefer to leave to the discretion of each one...
Instead, I would like to offer a suggestion of my own: always linking the first post (OP) of the giveaway. Since the author writes there the rules, says the prizes, and sometimes write that the giveaway is closed (and you can raise his/her reputation there, too). It costs no extra work and people only have to click the link to find out the same information that would have on the template (please note that some people may have the settings to open the last page of a thread rather than the first).
It would be even better if you mention it on the giveaway itself, linking to your post in the listing thread, so that the author of the contest and those participating in it know of its existence and can use it in the future.
- Placing the giveaways in the OP: This would represent a heavy workload for the author of the listing thread (it would be different if multiple forum members have permission to edit the same post, but I haven't seen that this is possible). If the author of the thread can't be online for hours or days (or even if he eventually leave the forum), the thread would be orphaned and not updated.
In addition, placing giveaways in new posts serves two additional functions: bumping the listing thread (absolutely necessary if not sticky) and turns it into a giveaways archive for the community.
- Splitting the thread into several ones: See above.
And that's it for now. Thanks to all for reading another wall of text. ;)