drxenija: Finalizing the community's poll results and decision...
I have read your comments and have considered all suggestions and feedback. Thank you for your input! Statistics:
- 93 votes for No = 48.4%
- 72 votes for a conditional
Yes - Games Only = 37.1%
- 29 votes for unconditional Yes - Wanting all Free Postings = 14.9%
- Over 20 countries have participated in this poll!
- Total of 194 votes in a span of 72 hours - well done guys!
- Results are normally distributed (not skewed, statistically representative, no signs of cheating)
- Protected by IP Duplication Check
- None of the choices received over 50% votes so there is no absolute majority
- No has the most votes: "No" is 22 votes ahead of "Games only" and 65 votes ahead of "Everything please"
Since none of the choices exceeded 50% in votes, the winner is determined by the most votes.
The community has spoken: No has received the most votes so No has won!
To address some frequently raised questions and comments, please read the section below.
PLEASE READ THESE BEFORE ASKING FOR ANYTHING. Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Can we count both "Games Only" and "Everything please" as one Yes group?
That would be forming a coalition majority to supersede the No group. However, the two approval groups are actually very different so this is not possible. The following example will demonstrate the contradiction.
Let's say there are two groups of people in line for ice-cream:
The first group says: "I want vanilla flavoured ice-cream only! Nothing else!"
But the second group says: "I want to try all flavours! Just take my money!"
Can the ice-cream parlour serve both groups in exactly the same way? The answer is No.
If both groups are given mint flavoured ice-cream, the second group would be happy but the first group will throw it away in disgust. So it is not possible to combine both groups into one category because they each have different preferences. The second group would also be upset if they do not receive all free postings from itch.io
2. What about people who still want to be notified about itch.io's free postings?
Some comments have already suggested in creating a separate thread for folks who want to receive continuous updates for itch.io free postings and I agree with this. Although we have to respect the group who voted No, everyone else's votes will not be underrepresented. I have created a thread here, in which I will be posting itch.io free postings daily: https://www.gog.com/forum/general/updated_itchio_giveaways
I will be maintaining the thread daily with new updates. The first post is regularly revised with the complete list.
Everyone who wants to receive itch.io free postings after this development can regularly drop by there.
3. How does this solution satisfy all three groups' demands?
It goes without saying for the No group as they prefer to reduce the notifications here. For the "Games Only" group
, I will be updating the first post regularly in the new itch.io thread and listing all active free postings in their respective categories, namely games
, game assets
, books etc
If you want games only, you can regularly check the first post and click the links under "Games" to exclusively add itch.io games without game assets and etc. to your account. This heavily speeds up your process when claiming them and reduces the clutter on your accounts. If you want notifications for every update, you can also subscribe to the new thread. I will post each time I make a revision. For the "Everything please" group
, you can subscribe to the new thread. When there is a new update, I will post the changes, in which you would receive notifications for after subscribing.
Additionally, everything that is temporarily free will also be listed in the main post for you to click away and add them all.
As long as you check regularly, you can grab every itch.io free posting without missing any giveaway!
This is more work on my part because I will be maintaining the thread, the front post and categorizing all the free postings, but I am willing to do so because it will satisfy all three groups and their respective preferences.
4. What if I find a itch.io free posting that I don't see on the main page of the itch.io thread?
Spam and overflowing notifications is the reason why we are here today with this change petition.
Therefore, to reduce cluttering and turning the new thread into another spam storm, it is best to not post in that thread and to reserve posts for notifications whenever I update the list of itch.io postings. This will reduce unnecessary notifications appearing in subscribers' inboxes and will keep the thread clean from off topic posts. Therefore, please send me a PM if you want to add a listing or if you have other concerns in lieu of posting to reduce spam and redundancy in the itch.io thread!
I also regularly check itch.io postings so not to worry. What is not on there will likely soon appear. However, if you do find a free posting and I have not added it after 24 hours since its promo, you can send me a PM and I will add it to the main list and credit you.
I want to ensure the thread stays clean and fewer false positives notifications appear for those following the thread.
5. What if others continue to post itch.io postings here?
Please direct them to this post
and also the first post of this thread. It will be updated shortly to reflect the recent changes from our community's decision.
As per community's decision...
- - - - - - - - - ITCH.IO IS OFFICIALLY BANNED IN THIS THREAD.
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September 29, 2020
I'm sorry, but this is just ridiculous. We don't need separate threads, people can ignore the itch.io freebies but they act as if they're forced to download them. Besides, this isn't your thread and you're not a moderator so how can you ban those giveaways?