Questions and Answers

Rules

  • Q: What does "Be nice" mean?
    • - Follow the rules.
    • - Leave a comment on a giveaway when you are the winner.
    • - Be polite to each other on the site, forum and chat.
    • - Don't beg for games, items or invites.
    • - Don't spam the group.
    • - Don't blacklist other members.
    • - Don't post referral links, spam or trade requests.
  • Q: What does "Be generous" mean?
    • - Keep a good ratio.
    • - Make plenty of giveaways.
    • - Be quick to send a gift after the giveaway has ended.
    • - Be quick to mark a won giveaway on SteamGifts as received.
    • - Don't try to abuse the system (like only making cheap DLC giveaways to inflate your ratio).
    • - Don't resubmit won keys.
  • Q: What does "Be fun" mean?
    • - Be active in the Bundle Quest group.
    • - Interact with your fellow group members.
    • - Don't throw a fit or lose your temper.
    • - Be part of the gaming events (optional).
  • Q: What happens if I don't follow the rules?
    A: You will be given a warning. If things don't improve you could get kicked from the group.
  • Q: What happens if I get suspended by Steam or SteamGifts?
    A: You get kicked immediately from Bundle Quest as well.
  • Q: What if there is a special circumstance to blacklist someone?
    A: If there is a very serious reason to blacklist someone it might be allowed to get an exception to blacklist this person. You need to present your case to an officer first who will decided if this is indeed so special that an exception is possible. Only when the officer gives you permission will it be allowed to blacklist a group member. The officer will always ask you to try to work it out and restore a good relation between the two of you first, as blacklisting really has no place in a closed and friendly group like Bundle Quest.

Giveaways

  • Q: How do I post a giveaway?

    A: Go to SteamGifts and create your giveaway.

    • -  Post it as a group giveaway for Bundle Quest.
    • -  Set the duration of the giveaway between two and seven days.
    • -  Set the start date of the giveaway to [now].
    • -  Don't use Contributor Level or place other rules on your giveaway.

    After doing this go to the Bundle Quest website and post your giveaway here as well.
  • Q: Why do I have to post it also on the Bundle Quest website?
    A: We use a ratio to keep track of giveaways and wins. Since SteamGifts doesn't provide that functionality, we keep track of the ratio on our own website.
  • Q: How do I post a giveaway on the Bundle Quest website?
    A: Choose the menu option Post a Giveaway (only available for members).
    This option is found under the Giveaways menu.
  • Q: Can I post only giveaways for bundle games?
    A: It's OK to give any kind of game. Bundle, non-bundle or DLC are all allowed.
    The main focus of this group will be on bundle games though.
    For now there is no system in place to reward non-bundle games with extra points.
  • Q: What 'Gift type' do I choose?
    Bundle game:
    A game that was sold in a bundle or given for free.
    Non-bundle game:
    A game that was never part of a bundle.
    DLC:
    A key for downloadable content or add-on.
  • Q: What other games are bundle games?
    • -  A game that was in a greenlight bundle.
    • -  A game that was given for free.
    • -  A bundle game that is combined with DLC content.
  • Q: What about GOTY games?
    A: For GOTY games or Complete packs it is ok to post them as non-bundle, if they've not been in a bundle before.
  • Q: What is the definition of a non-bundle game?
    A: We use the same list as SteamGifts. A game that has been bought by you, never been in a bundle before and never been given out for free is seen as a non-bundle game.
    Note: Sometimes SteamGifts are incorrectly listing a game as non-bundle while it's clearly been in a bundle before or given out for free. Also in those cases we consider it to be a bundle game.
  • Q: Can I have my whitelisted friends join the giveaway as well?
    A: No. Please make the giveaway exclusive to the Bundle Quest group.
  • Q: Can I blacklist someone in the group that has wronged me?
    A: No. It's not allowed to put any limitations on your giveaway. This includes adding a group member to your blacklist. Everyone in the group should be able to join all the giveaways. If you have a problem with someone, please contact one of the officers.
  • Q: What do I do when the giveaway has ended?
    • -  Check if the winner is still a member of the group.
    • -  Be quick to send the gift to the winner.
    • -  Mark the winner also on the Bundle Quest website.
  • Q: How do I mark the winner on the Bundle Quest website?
    Choose the button .
    This function is found on your Created Giveaways page (only available for members).
  • Q: What if the winner is no longer part of the group?
    A: Before sending the gift you are required to check the member list if the winner is still a member of Bundle Quest. If the member was kicked, please do a reroll on the giveaway.
  • Q: What if the winner doesn't mark the giveaway as received?
    A: First try to contact the winner by yourself.
    If after 7 days the winner has not marked the giveaway as received, please let one of the officers of Bundle Quest know.
  • Q: What if nobody joined my giveaway?
    A: Most members already have a lot of bundle games on their account, so it's very possible nobody was interested in the game you offered. If nobody joined, the giveaway does not get counted as a successful giveaway.
  • Q: How do I complete a giveaway without entries?
    A: Please mark the giveaway as completed on the Bundle Quest website.
    You can use the same function for this.
    This function is found on your Created Giveaways page (only available for members).
    This time choose the option "No entries".
  • Q: How often do I have to make a giveaway?
    A: To keep the group active, we require members to make a minimum of 3 giveaways over the last 3 calender months. This ensures us that we have active members in the group. The giveaways are counted from the first day of the month. Example: Today is 5 december. The giveaways are counted from the 1st of october.
  • Q: Do free giveaways also count for the minimum requirement?
    A: Yes, a free giveaway counts for 0.5 points. As long as you create a value of 3 points over a 3 month period, the requirements are met. Also creating a premium giveaway is a good choice, as they can count for 4 points.
  • Q: What happens if I don't make enough giveaways for 3 months?
    A: You will get a warning at the end of each month to become active again.
    If no giveaways worth of 3 points are created within a week you will get kicked from the group.
  • Q: What if I want to take a leave of absence from the group?
    A: Please contact the officers of the group. If your ratio is good and if discussed in advance with an officer, it is possible to become inactive for 3 months and stay in the group. An other option is to leave the group and return on a later date.
    During your inactive period it is not allowed to enter a giveaway!

Ratio

  • Q: What is considered a good ratio?
    A: It's best to keep a ratio around 100%. That way you won't get in trouble if you win a couple of giveaways at once. Also a ratio of 100% is the most fair.
  • Q: I thought the required ratio was 70%?
    A: 70% is the absolute minimum. We don't want to see someone going below it.
  • Q: How is my ratio calculated?
    A: ("Successful giveaways made" + "Extra ratio") / "Giveaways won"
    Note that premium giveaways count for more value and discounted giveaways count for less value based on the chosen percentage.
  • Q: When is a giveaway counted as successful?
    A: When the winner of the giveaway has the giveaway marked as received on SteamGifts.
  • Q: What if I joined too many giveaways and my ratio is dropping?
    A: You are responsible for keeping your ratio above 70%.
    If it gets too low, leave any giveaways you have entered to prevent it dropping any further.
  • Q: What happens if my ratio falls below 70%?
    A: You are given 10 days to get your ratio back up.
    If the ratio is still too low after 10 days you could get kicked from the group.
  • Q: So if I bring my ratio back up again I'm good?
    A: We don't want to see someone with a bad ratio.
    If you get warned too many times to keep your ratio up, you could get kicked.
  • Q: What happens if my ratio falls below 50%?
    A: You get immediately kicked from the group.
  • Q: How can I get extra ratio?
    A: You can get 2 points extra ratio by organising a game event. Read the forum for more info.
    Also creating giveaways that are free to join is a good way to get extra ratio. You can create 5 of those each calender month. Read more about it below.

Premium and discounted giveaways

  • Q: What is a premium giveaway?
    A: This is a popular giveaway that is offered at a premium ratio.
    It costs double or four times the ratio when you win it. Also the creator gets rewarded more.
  • Q: Which games may be given at a premium?
    • -  A game that is x times or more wishlisted may be offered at 200% premium.
         x = "Number of members" * 10%
    • -  A game that is y times or more wishlisted may be offered at 400% premium.
         y = "Number of members" * 15%
  • Q: Anything special I need to do when creating the giveaway?
    A: Please put the following text in your giveaway description on SteamGifts:
    "This giveaway has a X% premium and is limited to full members of Bundle Quest."
  • Q: May anyone join a premium giveaway?
    A: No. Premium giveaways are for members only. Initiate members may not join them. Also members with a ratio below 70% may not join or win them.
  • Q: What is a discounted giveaway?
    A: This is an unpopular giveaway that is offered at a discounted ratio.
    It costs partial ratio when you win it. Also the creator gets rewarded partially.
  • Q: Which games may be given at a discount?
    A: A game that has ended 5 times or more without an entry may be offered at a 50% or an 80% discount.
  • Q: Anything special I need to do when creating the giveaway?
    A: Please put the following text in your giveaway description on SteamGifts:
    "This giveaway has a X% discount."
  • Q: Is it required to offer a game at premium or discount?
    A: No, it's optional. It's up to the creator to choose if he wants to use these options.
  • Q: May anyone join a discounted giveaway?
    A: Yes. Both members and initiate members may join them.
  • Q: Can the percentage be changed after creating the giveaway?
    A: The percentage can be altered freely up to 15 minutes after creating the giveaway.
    After that it can only be changed to a cheaper value. It wouldn't be fair if you could raise the cost of a giveaway half way through.
  • Q: Can it really never be altered after that?
    A: There is an exception. If the misuse of a cheap available game leads to lots of premium giveaways, the officers may change the value for this game.

Free giveaways

  • Q: What is a free giveaway?
    A: This is a giveaway that costs nothing to join.
  • Q: Do I get ratio for creating a free giveaway?
    A: Yes. A free giveaway counts for 50% value.
  • Q: How many free giveaways can be created?
    A: Each member is allowed to create five free giveaways per calender month.
  • Q: Do free giveaways count for my initate member requirements?
    A: Yes, also free giveaways count.
  • Q: May anyone join a free giveaway?
    A: Yes. Both members and initiate members may join them.

Initiate members

  • Q: What are the requirements for an initiate member?
    • -  Post a giveaway within 48 hours after being invited to join.
    • -  Post a minimum of 1 giveaway per week for the next 4 weeks.
    • -  Only join free, normal and discounted giveaways. Premium giveaways are for when you become a member.
    • -  Join no more giveaways then the number of giveaways you have created yourself.
  • Q: Why do I have to make a giveaway each week during my initiation period?
    A: From our initiate members, we like to see you prove you want to be part of this group. So every week during your initiation period we want to see you active.
  • Q: Do free giveaways count for my initate member requirements?
    A: Yes, also free giveaways count.
  • Q: Can I join all the giveaways I want?
    A: As an initiate member you can join the free, normal and discounted giveaways of the group. However there are two exceptions.
    • -  It's not allowed to join premium giveaways.
    • -  Join no more giveaways then the number of giveaways you have created yourself.
    Also be mindful of your ratio, as you need to stay above 70%!
  • Q: Why can't I join a premium giveaway?
    A: These popular giveaways are a reward for members who have completed the initiation period.
    You can join them once you are a member.
  • Q: What if I joined too many giveaways and my ratio is dropping?
    A: You are responsible for keeping your ratio above 70%. Especially as a new initiate member, your ratio can change quickly if you win even a few giveaways. So be careful of joining too many giveaways too quickly. If your ratio gets too low, leave the giveaways you have entered to prevent it dropping any further.
  • Q: Why is my ratio displayed in white?
    A: For new members the ratio only starts to count after 7 giveaways (either won or given). At first the ratio can jump up and down a lot, so this should help give initiate members a bit of space to get started.
  • Q: Can I make more giveaways when I'm an initiate member?
    A: Yes, you can make as many giveaways as you want. This helps you get a good ratio. However, remember you have to make a minimum of 1 giveaway each week.
  • Q: Can I make premium giveaways when I'm an initiate member?
    A: Yes, you can create premium giveaways. This helps you get a good ratio. However, remember that you are not allowed to join premium giveaways while you are an initiate member.
    Also know that it is perfectly alright to create only bundle giveaways to become a member, doing more is optional.
  • Q: What if I make 4 giveaways in the first week, am I done then?
    A: No, you need to make a minimum of 1 giveaway in every week, for the next 4 weeks.
  • Q: What if nobody joined my giveaway?
    A: Most members already have a lot of bundle games on their account, so it's very possible nobody was interested in the game you offered. If nobody joined, the giveaway does not get counted as a successful giveaway.
    In that case you get an extra week to make a new giveaway.
  • Q: When do I become a member?
    A: After the 4 weeks have been successfully completed the officers will evaluate if you are promoted to member.
  • Q: What do the officers look at when considering someone for promotion?
    A: You will be evaluated on your activity, your ratio, following the rules and general impression that you are a good addition to the group.
  • Q: What if I don't make the initial giveaways in time?
    A: This shows us you are not serious about willing to become a member. We will warn you one time, and if things don't improve you get kicked from the group.