19 June 2012


Giveaway Update

Of all the things to help me out of this month's blogging funk . . . I got creative, too, and turned it into a open letter. Enjoy!

Dear Entrant-Who-Shall-Remain-Unidentified,

I hope this message finds you well. Thank you for your interest in my June Giveaway. I hope you understand why I had to disqualify you.

Yes, I know how much fun it is to claim entries on a Rafflecopter giveaway. That's why I have so many on mine. There are currently eight ways to earn a total of twenty-six entries (more, if you count the one task that can be done anew daily), but only the first one is a freebie. Tell me which book you want to win. Easy, yes? You can even change your mind later on. Having done that, you can get points for joining the Word & Question game, writing a Locus Focus post, becoming a Top Commenter, voting in the Westlife UK #1 Singles smackdown (We're currently on Round 2), referring someone to the same smackdown, and answering a bonus question I threw in there on the spur of the moment. This is clearly a giveaway meant to favour those who already participate in my blog events, although I'd be just as happy to give a free book to someone lucky enough to win it with only the freebie entry.

At first, I kind of wished you knew that and didn't try to take advantage of the system. But then I realised it was a good thing you did, because it would be really awful if an honest participant lost out to someone like you.

So what did you do???

You claimed all twenty-six possible entries.

Exactly one of them--the freebie--was legitimate.

Not cool, mate.

There's a Filipino word that describes what you did. Kapal. (Emphasis on the second syllable.) It's a little like the English term "cheek," which describes someone who goes a little too far when having fun, except that kapal would be the word for someone who goes way too far, to the point of taking advantage.

You started crossing the line by claiming the points for doing a Locus Focus post and for writing a W&Q poem. Hello?! I host not just the giveaway, but also the meme and the poetry game. Don't you think I would know if you had done the other two? And even if you say there is a Locus Focus post somewhere that I don't know about (because you didn't leave a verifying link), there's no way you can say there is a W&Q 22 poem that I have not deigned to notice. I divide and assign the prompts; you never sent in any.

Then you said that you were a Top Commenter. This is a task that anyone can claim to have done at any point during the giveaway and which I will verify myself when I check the Top Commenters widget on my sidebar on the last day of the giveaway. I wouldn't mind if someone currently not on the list anticipated being able to get on it and commented up a storm to achieve that goal. But you have not left a single comment on my blog since you claimed those entries on the Rafflecopter.

I was also willing to let you keep the point for answering the Bonus Question about the colours I had used in a certain post. But you couldn't even get that right. I think what you meant to say was that you believed the colours were my favourites. I'm really just guessing, though, because you are one sloppy typist. (Or is "facorites" really a word that I should know about?)

But the last straw was your claiming the Westlife points. I don't just mean the points for voting in Round 1 and Round 2 of the smackdown, but also the points for referring someone to the smackdown. (The referral task asks you to name the person you successfully convinced to cast a vote. And you named yourself! Despite never casting a single vote.) This was just too much for me, after those two weeks I humiliated myself begging for votes on Twitter. Don't you think I treasured every last ballot I was able to grovel for? I had friends laughing in my face. But I'll take their good natured amusement any day over your flippant treatment of the same. Consider yourself done with this giveaway.

And now I consider myself done with you.

Best of luck getting someone else to give you a free book!


To my real friends: I'm okay now. =) Thanks for asking.


Sullivan McPig said...

There's always one....


Belfry Bat said...

Goodness gracious!

Enbrethiliel said...


Sully -- Thanks! *HUG*

Bat -- I know, right???

Belfry Bat said...

On another note, ... how on earth am *I* "commenter #2"? It's like the actual contestants aren't even trying!

Enbrethiliel said...


Having left that last comment, you're Commenter #1 now! ;-)

Are you sure you don't want to enter the giveaway? LOL!

PS -- It's a chilled out giveaway. =) If people had to try too hard, it wouldn't be fun any longer. (Well, yes, I am completely crazy behind the scenes, but that's so that no one else has to be.)

amy said...

That may have been the most satisfying rant I've read all day. And completely deserved! Ha! I made dinner with the energy of righteous indignation.

Enbrethiliel said...


I dashed off two more posts after I did this. Righteous indignation is fuel like no other! =)

mrsdarwin said...

Take him to school! Lovely rant, even if I'm coming to it late.