After yesterday’s successful prize reveal thread, I am pleased to say that entry to this year’s Drownedinsound Community Hardship Fund Winter Raffle is now open for the draw on Friday 22nd November
Please read the following information very carefully
Raffle entry will be via a paypal moneypool, same as last year. If this is a problem for you please contact me and I’ll see if I can sort out an alternative for you. Also, if you have a regular donation to the fund or have donated a one off recently you do not have to pay again to get your ticket, please contact @anon26275971 so he can confirm for me that you have already donated.
Things will be working slightly different from last year. Entry is by purchasing a single ticket, which will be given to you in the form of a unique alphanumeric code (reasons for this will be explained below). You can buy a ticket for £2, but donations above this amount are welcome, with a suggested donation of £10
Here is how to enter:
- Send me, @Flashinglight a DM with the title of “[your username] raffle ticket” (please include your username as it’ll make it easier for me to find the message in the awkward inbox) requesting to purchase a ticket.
- I will send you a link to the paypal pool to donate to and give you your unique ticket number, please enter this number in the message field when donating so I know you have paid.
- Once I have seen your code on the paypal thing (I will check several times a day) I will DM you with a link to the prize preferences form. Please fill out this form (more instructions on that below) and make sure to put in your raffle ticket number and not your username to identify yourself.
- Congratulations, you have entered this year’s raffle!
The reasons for using the ticket codes this year are as follows:
-it was an option which means the amount a user donates is anonymous, so nobody has to feel self conscious about their donation amount being judged.
-this year I bought some nice new tickets to use, but they have a few different pictures on and I didn’t see this flaw in the plan when I bought them, using the codes means there is no way I could possibly remember what name is on a ticket, so no one can acuse me of any cheating or bias (during the draw last year there were a couple of [I think] joking suggestions of this, which still hurt a little as I was trying so hard to do everything honestly and fairly)
-lastly, @ynot who will have access to all the prize preferences submissions was wary of similar and going to exclude himself from entering, but this way, as their will be no names to those entries, I can’t possibly see how he could be accused of any impropriety as I will be the only person who has the list matching names to codes (though he is a proper GBOL anyway and trustworthy and conscientious so wouldn’t do anything dishonest with his access).
Also, @anon26275971 would like me to note that the fund is actually currently at surplus level. The implications of this being the likely a good deal of the fundraising money may go to other good charitable causes. Also I hope this will encourage people to use the fund if they are in need coming up to the end of the year because it is in a healthy state so please no one should feel like their need isn’t important enough.
There is a thread discussing how to handle a surplus here:
This post is already incredibly long so I will start another to talk more about how this year’s system for entering your prize preferences works and why it is important for the draw.
Good luck, and happy raffling