The Bowl community is growing and so are the number of posts -- and it’s getting messy! Juju doesn’t like the “Bowl Clutter” and he’s getting antsy, so…
Here’s what you can do to help the poor, overworked Slaves and make the board more efficient for everyone:
- Use A Single Post For Multiple Offers
If you have multiple offerings that deal with the same subject matter, post these in ONE single thread and in ONE single post. Do not post 10 separate contests or 10 separate jokes, for example. Group them all into the same post.
If you find more later, then reply to that thread and add your new ones (i.e. don't edit your previous post to add the new ones).
Example: Do not post Contests, and then More Contests, and then Even More Contests, etc. Instead use: Contests For Jan.18.
- Make your Titles Descriptive
Readers should know exactly what your message is about by just reading the title. This eliminates the need to click into posts to figure out what it’s about or even worse, to click into it thinking it’s something else.
Example: Do not title your message Staples. Is it a deal from Staples? Do you want advice or are providing a comment about Staples? Instead use: Staples is Having an Inventory Sale: One Day Only, Jan 18. or Staples Return Policy is Giving Me Nightmares: Any Suggestions?.
- Don't Complain About Duplicates
Posters should scan the list of messages or search before posting, but that may not always find the freebie/contest in question. So if a post is a duplicate, don't worry about it too much. There are so many posts that not everyone will see them all and that duplicate will be their first -- it's no big deal. This is especially applicable to freebies/contests that were posted a long while ago.
The moderators will either merge or delete recent duplicates & duplicates of older stuff will be left be. You as a reader don't need to notify anyone -- just skip it.
- No Thread Ownership
Threads don't belong to anyone. Just because a person started a thread does not mean you should be apprehensive about posting in that thread.
You're not stepping on anyones toes! If someone ever makes you feel like you are, please email me. We want to keep it friendly in here and there is no room for exclusive cliques.
- Weekly Freebies & Contests Threads
New Freebies and Contests should be posted as replies to the "Weekly" threads.
Freebies for May 13-19
Contests for May 13-19
The exception to this rule is if the contest would fit into one of the category threads.
Ongoing Canadian Tire Contests
Ongoing Flare Contests
- FREEBIE POSTING GUIDELINES
Exercise caution to ensure that freebies which require credit card numbers are not posted.
If possible, check the freebie link to ensure the freebie hasn't expired and that the link is still valid.
Some websites just collect email addresses and do not send out their promised Freebie. What you'll receive instead is your Email Inbox/Trashbin full of SPAM. One way to detect a possible spamming website is if the the website has the word free in it. For example, www.freemakeup.com. Another indication is many pop-ups on a website. As a courtesy, members often reply to a post and let you know that it is a possible SPAM Website, so please do not get offended by this as they are only trying to help.
To try to keep threads manageable, to reduce frustration, and to prevent disqualifying re-entries, we must delete reposts.
Please search to check if a contest/freebie has already been posted before you post it. Sometimes the search function doesn't find them because of the search terms used, so also read over the most recent thread and use common sense. If a contest started a long time ago from a major company (Kraft, P&G etc) you can be sure it has already been posted.
We realize that sometimes you can't tell because of the posting delay. To be fair we will check the times and leave the first posting.
Please do not take any deletions personally. We want to make using this forum more pleasant for everyone and really appreciate your contributions.
Juju doesn't want to waste anyone's time with freebies that don't arrive. Most non-Canadian freebies will not arrive so please make your best effort to post only Canadian Freebies.
Occasionally freebies are recieved from the US; if this is the case and you have actually received Freebies from a particular US website, you may include that site in your post, but you MUST include a note that states "I have received this US freebie" (or similar).