I got another report this evening about amember winning a lot of games but not gifting back...and I just wanted to post my personal philosophy - obviously, the moderators of this group are paying attention but allow me to state my view - it may put a different spin on things for some members, especially for those in wealthier parts of the world where a cheap bundle purchase really isn't a big deal.
Frankly, this group is semi-public and for many members it's a place to easily contribute extra bundle keys in an easy but relatively fair manner - especially to the poorer members of GOG. Personally, I am glad to help out less fortunate members - but that's just me. Not every gog gift club member feels that way. And yeah, bundles are so freaking cheap, you'd think most people could pick up one once in a while - that or sell some cards to gift a cheap game. But OTOH, not everyone in the world has the luxury to be able to purchase enough (even $5 worth of Steam games) to activate the Steam Market. And even one US dollar may constitute a huge portion of another person's income relative to other economies. And lastly, easy access to payment types that many of us take for granted aren't easy elsewhere.
Anyway,my personal philosophy is to not demand a lot of answers that 1) I don't really want to know how bad it is for others ALL the time and 2) for me it's just an easy mechanism to gift games I am never going to play.
So if you have an issue with what may appear to be scammers in this group, you can do a couple of things - 1) report them to LiquidSnake, me and AdamBiser - we keep a watchlist of reports and with enough reports we may take action. 2) Don't gift more than you feel comfortable with - yeah, some members with limited means may win one of your gifts and even the occasional leecher... it's just part of gifting to relative strangers.
Lastly, one of the best things about the GOG forum and this group, is the level of generosity and the desire to have a truly friendly place on the internet that is about something we all collectively love - games. This place attracts gamers from all over the world - many of them from economically challenged corners of the globe - we, who are relatively wealthy can accept and welcome and gift as we each personally feel comfortable with. We, who are less wealthy, can each individually decide to accept or not accept the bounty that is the GOG forum - there are MANY ways to contribute and not all of them include gifting - in fact most of them don't, right?
So that's my message - contribution comes in many forms - let's accept that here in a way that allows everyone to participate - ultimately that is what makes the GOG forum a special place.
Post edited August 28, 2014 by Momo1991