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  1. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Soon as I have to "Follow" or "Like" or whatever for a contest - I'm out. I simply refuse.

    Unfortunately that seems to be the only way to get into ANY contests for Windows Central anymore.

    Sad that you have to be a Social Media junky to get any swag around here. Why is participation at THIS site not the criteria? I have a long standing dislike for the social media craze. I find it annoying and invasive. Yet my lack of accounts at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. wherever... make me feel like a discounted member of this site due to every contest now requiring participation somewhere else as a means of entry.

    I thought this was Windows Central, not Social Media Central.

    Please reconsider this recent and growing trend.
    11-06-2014 12:18 PM
  2. Michelle Haag's Avatar
    While we do mix things up and include Twitter/Facebook/etc as entry options, we always include an option to leave a comment or something else that isn't social media as a way to enter. We always strive to include as many people as possible in all of our contests, on all of our sites, but it's just not always feasible. Just like some contests are US only, and some are International... sometimes we'll ask those wishing to enter to do so in a different way, and if that way doesn't apply to you, just keep an eye out for the next contest. :)
    11-06-2014 01:54 PM
  3. peachy001's Avatar
    I too am not a Facebook or Twitter user, so I miss some. Same with Twitch or that other one recently, think it was Rotor....something or other. Although I did put that last one down to that particular company being the likely sponsor of the prize, so forgivable.

    I like the ones where just a single comment will allow me to enter. The undiscovered gems giveaway was good, as you actually had to leave a constructive review.

    Major Nelson is guilty too, he always requires a Twitter response, or something similar. And the whole "like" and "follow" business drives me nuts, reminds me of the needy kids from school/work. The company I work for has encouraged us to like them on sites, or join Yammer. Drives me potty.

    However, I realise that I am in the minority.
    Guytronic, RumoredNow and aximtreo like this.
    11-06-2014 02:38 PM
  4. P1ng0fDeath's Avatar
    Suggest something then
    11-06-2014 02:47 PM
  5. ReconVirus's Avatar
    Not everyone uses facebook or twitter....

    I agree with this guy
    RumoredNow likes this.
    11-06-2014 02:58 PM
  6. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I've seen less of the leave a comment lately and way more of the Social Media component, with the exception of the weekly Photo Contest.

    One recent contest that had leave a comment as an option earned one entry out of 11... The other 10 entries were all tied to Social Media.

    Or look at this one: Win $5 of Microsoft account credit in our Dream of Pixels contest [Winners announced] | Windows Central where a comment entry is invalid without a Twitter AND a Twitch username inserted, plus you have to Follow the author of the piece.

    I think the real contest is among the Blog writers to see who gets the most followers/likes/etc...
    xandros9 likes this.
    11-06-2014 05:21 PM
  7. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Suggest something then
    ​I did. I suggested that to level the playing field, contest entries be linked solely to participation at this site.
    11-06-2014 05:22 PM
  8. ohgood's Avatar
    Soon as I have to "Follow" or "Like" or whatever for a contest - I'm out. I simply refuse.

    Unfortunately that seems to be the only way to get into ANY contests for Windows Central anymore.

    Sad that you have to be a Social Media junky to get any swag around here. Why is participation at THIS site not the criteria? I have a long standing dislike for the social media craze. I find it annoying and invasive. Yet my lack of accounts at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. wherever... make me feel like a discounted member of this site due to every contest now requiring participation somewhere else as a means of entry.

    I thought this was Windows Central, not Social Media Central.

    Please reconsider this recent and growing trend.
    agreed



    the forum does not exist to promote wpc as a product, or monetize its users data. ... it exists to allow people to communicate around a common interest.

    sometimes these things are forgotten.
    RumoredNow likes this.
    11-06-2014 05:36 PM
  9. xandros9's Avatar
    You raise a good point, but I just wanted to point out that having an account does not mean you're automatically a social media junkie. I have a twitter account, do I pop in often? hardly.
    RumoredNow likes this.
    11-06-2014 05:38 PM
  10. P1ng0fDeath's Avatar
    I think things were clarified on the second post...
    Guytronic likes this.
    11-06-2014 05:42 PM
  11. Bobvfr's Avatar
    We have competitions.......



    Bob (Sorry force of habit, but if you don't like it don't read it).
    11-06-2014 08:09 PM
  12. Michelle Haag's Avatar
    To me, it kind of boils down to this: We give away a LOT of free stuff to our readers, on all of our sites. If you want to enter, you have the option to. If you don't want to enter, because you don't like the entry methods, no one is forcing you to. Many people create twitter accounts solely for the purpose of entering contests, and the same for Facebook and Instagram and whatever else. But again, we're not forcing you to enter anything. The options are there and they are there for everyone, if you choose to not take them all then that's your decision. :)

    That said, I will try to take your comments into consideration for future contests, however please understand that social media isn't going anywhere, and neither are those options for contest entry.
    11-06-2014 08:56 PM
  13. RumoredNow's Avatar
    To me, it kind of boils down to this: We give away a LOT of free stuff to our readers, on all of our sites. If you want to enter, you have the option to. If you don't want to enter, because you don't like the entry methods, no one is forcing you to. Many people create twitter accounts solely for the purpose of entering contests, and the same for Facebook and Instagram and whatever else. But again, we're not forcing you to enter anything. The options are there and they are there for everyone, if you choose to not take them all then that's your decision. :)

    That said, I will try to take your comments into consideration for future contests, however please understand that social media isn't going anywhere, and neither are those options for contest entry.
    Right... I could create a Twitface account, but that supports something I don't believe in and feel is actually detrimental to society.

    So I guess I'm just cut out from the contest aspect for most instances on a site I do care about and believe in because I don't want to be hypocritical and inflate the usage statistics of something I am diametrically opposed to. Thanks for listening.
    ronharding likes this.
    11-06-2014 10:26 PM
  14. P1ng0fDeath's Avatar
    "detrimental", "hypocrital" wth? It's just a website. If you REALLY wanna participate get out of the confort zone and just create the damn account. Don't expect everything to adjust to you.
    11-07-2014 04:15 AM
  15. nicfromwales's Avatar
    We have competitions.......



    Bob (Sorry force of habit, but if you don't like it don't read it).
    You try not reading it.

    Bob
    11-07-2014 04:22 AM
  16. RumoredNow's Avatar
    "detrimental", "hypocrital" wth? It's just a website. If you REALLY wanna participate get out of the confort zone and just create the damn account. Don't expect everything to adjust to you.
    This is a website... One dedicated to Windows. Participation at Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, Instagram, etc. has nothing to do with it. Or shouldn't.

    I got my answer from a member of the Admin Team. Thank you for your input as well, but no, I won't be creating any such accounts.
    ronharding likes this.
    11-07-2014 06:02 AM
  17. P1ng0fDeath's Avatar
    I'm glad you finally understood then... Well kind of
    Last edited by P1ng0fDeath; 11-07-2014 at 10:40 AM.
    11-07-2014 07:41 AM
  18. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Please don't confuse lack of support for lack of comprehension. I'm sure you quite understand my point even though you obviously don't support it.
    11-07-2014 08:34 AM
  19. peachy001's Avatar
    I can cope with Facebook, Twitter et al, I just don't use them, and won't sign up to them to enter any competition. I just prefer the single meaningful comment route. Anything that does not require me to sign up to anything else or give my email out. I get enough spam as it is.
    Last edited by peachy001; 11-07-2014 at 05:49 PM.
    RumoredNow likes this.
    11-07-2014 04:22 PM
  20. anon9169769's Avatar
    I agree.... It seems like we are forced to create a twitter account just to get in with a chance to win....if I didn't create an account back then, then I wouldn't now. Fair enough you may think... Then I don't deserve to enter.... But to me its like keeping junk mail and replying to it just to win a comp. Personally no comp will ever be good enough to create a twitter account. This is not a moan and yes..... I am gutted I miss out on a Comp... But just be nice for wcentral to consider ALL readers to have A fair chance to enter a comp
    RumoredNow likes this.
    11-07-2014 04:45 PM
  21. peachy001's Avatar
    Oh, and just for the record, I do love WP, I enter those competitions that I can, or am interested in. I get why they do what they do, even the "leave 11 comments" one.

    Spread the love.
    11-07-2014 05:52 PM

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