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November 23, 2012


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Reasons for Giveaway Rules

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 23, 2012, 5:40 AM
Well, this is just in case you wonder about the differences between 'usual' giveaways and mine.
I have participated in several giveaways myself, and seen so many more - and I have noticed that the majority demands WATCH, LLAMA, FAVE, COMMENT, JOURNAL from the participants;
Sometimes a combination of these, but often all of them. I don't do this. And frankly, it bothers me when others do it (which is why I don't join a big amount of the giveaways available)

Here are my rules and the reasons behind them:
:bulletblack: You HAVE to fave the giveaway journal in order to participate
- and the only reason for that is because I need to know who is participating, obviously.
I could have asked for comments instead, but the reasons why I choose faves over comments are;
1) it's easier for me to keep track of everyone, as you automatically will be given a number, which I use when drawing the winners. It would be a hassle to give you them manually.
2) it's easier for you too - it only takes you a click to enter vs having to type a comment; you can keep track of the giveaway by looking in your fave-collection; once the giveaway is over, you can just unfave and move on.

When participating in my giveaways, you do not have to:
:bulletred: Watch me
- I don't want watchers who watch me only because they want points.
It's fine if you do it to be notified about future giveaways, but I primarily only want watchers because they like my art and/or are friends with me.
For me, asking for watches is a sign of insecurity towards your own art, and that you care more about popularity.
:bulletred: Create a journal
- obviously, it's a good way to get the giveaway promoted, and I don't mind if you decide to do it.
But I won't ask anyone to do it, because I hate doing it myself, and I wouldn't demand others to do what I won't do.
:bulletred: Give me a llama
- I love llamas! And I love giving them!
But they are completely optional. As simple as that.
:bulletred: Fave any of my works
- Don't! Only fave my works if you actually like them.
I dislike people who asks for this; they are plainly just pimping their own works away, to gain fake popularity rather than having people fave because they like the works.
:bulletred: You don't even have to comment
- and this one leads back to the reason why I let you fave rather than comment.
Not that I mind getting comments, I rather like it and appreciate that you show gratitude.

Finding winners happen through an online random number generator, using the number you have on the fave list once the giveaway has been closed.
I do this to ensure that the draw will be completely unbiased (you can sweet-talk me all you want, it won't have any effect) and so everyone gets as equal and fair chance as possible.
Which also means I won't listen to any complaints that may come. I give the points to the winners immediately, so it's no use to throw a tantrum anyway.

I hope that clears things up a bit~ I'm a rather lazy person, so I want to make it easy for us all. I'm not asking anything in return, I just like doing these small things from time to time, and it's not to gain popularity. Of course, giveaways do help me get pageviews and expose my works to more people, but hey - I use actual money for this, and I don't even want you bother about my gallery if you don't want to. Yes, I'm that kind of person :aww:

And no, I'm not pointing fingers at anyone - everyone has their way of doing things, and I have mine and my reasons. Fx. I get why some giveaway hosts only let their current watchers participate, as a way to show gratitude for the support. I doubt I'll do it, at least any time soon, but I do get it.

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Lexionn Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Out of all the giveaways I've seen, you have by far the most ethical rules. I'm giving you a llama just for that.

And beside coming off as insecure, asking for watchers simply doesn't work. If someone likes your art, they'll watch you for free. If they don't and watch you for the points, they'll end up ignoring your updates anyway.
CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, sent one back~ and I agree; it's just fake popularity.
JunoRainier Featured By Owner Edited Sep 22, 2014
Those rules are really nice! And I find this really generous, that you're giving real money to random people from time to time :>

Though as for me, when I give out free requests I include the watch me condition, because I felt like if I don't do that, I'll get request from random people who don't even like my art or appreciate my effort. That at least was the feeling I got, after doing about a dozen requests... (Though most are nice, those few unnice requesters really spoil the fun) also I hate turning people down, so I have to make rules beforehand

For example there's this one person, who I have seen on like every single request journal (including mine). He doesn't read the rules, he just posts his requests to as many people as possible, and probably doesn't even appreciate the time that goes into the creation of that requested artwork. (Since when you search something, you can comment directly on the search page.)

(There may be more people like this but I've noticed this specific person for some reason lol - probably because of his user icon... it's really distinct...)

Though if it's a point raffle I wouldn't require people to watch me either, since it wasn't art related... (but I don't do those anyway because I'm a poor student and mean //shotsorry)
lol sorry for my two cents
also tl;dr much orz I'll stop my rant now

Edit: edit also nvm this if you don't want to. I just felt the urge to say something lol
CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~ occasionally, it's good to do be generous without expecting anything in return :aww:

Well, with free requests you offer your service and time, rather than what I do, a quick point giveaway that no one will really remember in the long run - an art request leaves a visible 'mark', it's a gift. Although I (almost) never join anything that requires something in return, such as a watch - for me, giveaways are about giving and having fun, not expecting 'favours' in return - I do understand why, when it comes to art that you are going to spend energy on, artists demand getting something back. After all, it's weird getting requests from someone who doesn't even bother watching you, no? (I'm guilty of this, though…) Having something like "Free Requests - Watchers/Friends-only" is completely understandable and reasonable. (Personally, I don't do it; I have done open-for-all requests & art-trades & collaborations in the past, but it didn't turn out as well as I had hoped it would…) As for requesters/participants who don't even bother reading & following the rules, 'serial offenders' in particular, you should correct them the first time - it might just have been a mistake - but if they continue, ignore them and their request(s), and then ultimately block them.

I'm not sure what you wanted me to do - read your comment & reply? - but don't worry~ :peace:
JunoRainier Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
I personally like to give out requests for fun, because I know people love free art (everyone does lol) so it kind of also makes me happy, if people can appreciate it and likes the outcome :> But to each their own ^u^

I guess you're right about the serial offenders xD I for some reason really dislike blocking people. There was this one person, who bothered me repeatedly and bluntly about a request all the time, although they were closed/for a different type, but I couldn't really make myself block him either... I hope though that he has given up... *sigh* I know blocking is actually good in times like that, idk why I can't do it lol

"I'm not sure what you wanted me to do - read your comment & reply?" Not sure, what I wanted myself lol but I'm happy you replied xD
CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Then you should definitely continue doing it~ but, you also have to learn blocking people ;) For your own sake, so you don't waste time and energy, on someone who doesn't respect your boundaries and and private space; request rules fall under this category. If they don't understand repeated hints, cut them clean off. It sounds harsh, but it's for the best. Personally, I don't have a problem blocking people, and my block list is getting quite long, because once I have had enough of a person's bullshit (pardon my language), I can't be bothered about them anymore.
JunoRainier Featured By Owner Edited Sep 23, 2014
Thanks a lot for your advices! :D

I'm sure over time, I'll learn to block people haha

Maybe I just haven't met enough people to be annoyed enough to block someone yet xD

But I'll keep your words in mind for the future ^o^
CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're too nice for your own good, that's the problem ;) Good luck~
JunoRainier Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Hmm... maybe you're right OTL I guess I still have to learn some stuff xD

Thanks a lot for your answers! I'm really glad ;D
CHRISwillar Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem~ :aww:
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