You know, I dont really like having to bring up this topic for reasons Im gonna explain further above but I suppose at this point this will be necessary.
So as some of you may have heard already, gimme.one, a distribution platform made by the very well known community REX that specialises in hosting random key giveaways and whatsnot got hacked thus putting many peoples personal detail into danger. We all heard the story about Valve banning gleam.io links and how said site decided to cut business with people that were not devs, however that forementioned case is without a doubt a true case of unprofessional management.
on FGF subreddit, they made an announcement about those guys, which shed light on the MANY scumbag thing these guys have done, and apart the shameless "renaming games they have given away already in order to fool people its somethign else". they also have a pretty nice list of other things (taken from said subreddit post):
-Lying about the items included in the giveaway
-Constantly using the same games
-Requiring absurd amounts of work to get items
-Allegedly being one of the biggest reasons for Gleam.io to stop dealing with non devs
-Creating the new site (Gimme), having issues with numerous things in it spanning from it being broken, covered with referral links, scareware ad links, shady -links, malware links (allegedly) site owner's arguing among each other causing the site to go down (allegedly)
-The biggest issue I've seen so-long, taking over twitter accounts used to sign into the site, and following/tweeting unwanted things
With all that in mind, I believe we need to seriously reconsider whether or not we want to still allow these and basically becoming "part of the problem" or just banning each and every Rex Network giveaway altogether. And here comes the dilemma: wouldnt it be a tad hypocritical to ban those but let other giveaways slip by that may be using equally questionable practices? and how to avoid filtering out the crap without throwing out the baby with the bathwater so to say?
Im not pretending that this would suddenly fix the problem at hand altogether, as many sites and groups would more than happily spam their links regardless, lets not fool ourselves thinking otherwise. But as it stands, something needs to be done.
My personal proposal would be, if @shoppa
also agree on this is to "blacklist" Rex Network and related giveaways UNTIl they can clear their reputation. Its not a perfect solution but in my humble opinion that much is a necessary measure to make.
With that said, hearing what you guys think about this would be also very important since such changes would affect many giveaways that are currently posted in the Deals and Freebies section. Your opinion will have a deciding weight about this.
PS:Link to the mentioned reddit post:https://www.reddit.com/r/FreeGameFindings/comments/57j0cc/the_rex_networkgimmeone_issues_and_what_to_do/