DCT Giveaways: Important Announcement – please read!

*UPDATE (2nd October, 2012):

After further consideration it has been decided to continue notifying winners by email. However, instead of sending out individual emails to each winner we shall be sending just one generic notification email to all winners. Winners will still be required to fill out and submit the contact form in order to claim their licenses.


Hi Guys and Gals,

We have been experiencing issues with our current system for distributing licenses won through DCT Giveaways. Even though we publish a list of all winning usernames plus send out individual notification emails to winners at email addresses supplied, we are not receiving responses from many of those concerned. This is creating unnecessary work, as follow up emails need to be sent out and winning names often need to be re-drawn – which, of course, means we then have to go through the notification process all over again. Plus, we would prefer if all original winners received their due licenses – to this end we have decided to trial a new system:

A list of the winners’ names will still be appended to the original giveaway article after the draw has been made (as per usual) but, from here on in, a contact form will also be included:

Winners will now be required to fill out that form and then click on the Send button in order to claim their licenses. So, you will need to keep an eye on the original DCT Giveaway article and check back to see if your name comes out in the draw.

Information relating to the new system will be included under the ‘Competition Rules’ and, for the next few giveaways, a link to this Important Announcement will also be included.

Unlike most sites, we have refrained totally from insisting on interaction with social sites such as Facebook and Twitter as a condition of entry for our Giveaways, and we plan to maintain that stance. However, if the situation continues where winners are not claiming their licenses, we may need to reconsider. We are hopeful this new system for claiming licenses will achieve the desired result and help simplify things all round – the trial period is set to continue until further notice.

We thank you all for your continued support.

About the Author

Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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