To RoboForm or Not to RoboForm, That is the Question!

Posted on: March 23rd, 2013 by carolyn

RoboForm

Matthew left the following comment on How to Enter 100 Contests in an Hour blog post:

Definitely read the rules as this RBC contest https://mortgage.rbc.com/giveaway/index.asp , prohibits the use of Form filling software, and specifies manual keystrokes.

“8. Online entries must be made by the original, manual keystrokes of the individual entrant. Use of mechanical assistance, form filling software or robotic assistance is prohibited. Online entries generated by script, macro, robotic, programming, or any other automated means are prohibited and will be disqualified.”
I have read those types of clauses in many sets of rules for many years. As I track my wins, who I won from and how I entered, I know for a fact I have won contests using RoboForm with a similar clause. I also know that to add a component to a contest that tracks keystrokes or a timer on a webpage is an additional cost to running a contest. Many companies have tight budgets so adding on a component like that is just not done. What they do is add the clause in the rules hoping to scare entrants. If you ask they lawyers who write the rules, they do not know for a fact if the company has in fact tracked the entrants as it states in the clause. I think I will make this a blog post and see if others have won like I have and from where.

I have read those types of clauses in many sets of rules for many years. As I track my wins, who I won from and how I entered, I know for a fact I have won contests using RoboForm with a similar clause. I also know that to add a component to a contest that tracks keystrokes or a timer on a webpage is an additional cost to running a contest. Many companies have tight budgets so adding on a component like that is just not done. What they do is add the clause in the rules hoping to scare entrants. If you ask they lawyers who write the rules, they do not know for a fact if the company has in fact tracked the entrants as it states in the clause.

Suzanne  asked:

Many contests state that you will be disqualified if you use auto fill programmes. I know that they cannot tell if you typed the words yourself or used a progreamme. I get that but there is talk that they can tell by the speed that the form is filled out i.e.: it is just seconds between the form appearing and the submit button is hit. Do you have any comment on that ?

Many contests state that you will be disqualified if you use auto fill programmes. I know that they cannot tell if you typed the words yourself or used a programme. I get that but there is talk that they can tell by the speed that the form is filled out i.e.: it is just seconds between the form appearing and the submit button is hit. Do you have any comment on that ?

What is your experience with RoboForm, entering and winning?

GOOD LUCK!

Carolyn WilmanCarolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is the author of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter. She teaches others how to find, organize, enter and win contests, sweepstakes and giveaways. To-date others have won over $1,000,000 using her Online Contesting System. With over twenty years experience as a Marketing Consultant, Carolyn also helps companies create, and viral market, winning promotions.

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6 thoughts on “To RoboForm or Not to RoboForm, That is the Question!

  1. Christine DeGraff says:

    Hi Carolyn,

    I worked for several years at a company as a programmer and developed sweepstakes for very large clients including Maybelline, Kodak, etc. Prior to the drawings, I would “scrub” the database to remove duplicate entries and entries that did not follow the rules. If I noticed a large number of entries coming from the same referring URL or IP address, I would check it, and if it was a “RoboForm” type site, I would remove their entries prior to the drawing. I am sure that many smaller sweepstakes do not check for this, but that was my experience and I wanted to share that with your readers.

    Thanks,
    Christine DeGraff
    Websketching Web Design
    A Web Designer’s Blog

    • carolyn says:

      Here is the difference between what you were doing and RoboForm. If I am entering a contest, each day from my computer, using RoboForm to fill out each online entry form, it isn’t going to be lumped in with a mass group with the same IP address as it is an auto-filler not auto-entry. Therefore, if I followed the rules, and wasn’t using auto-entry software, I would not be disqualified, even after a data scrub (aka a de-dupe) according to your description. I worked for the largest advertising agency in Canada with clients such as Kraft and General Motors, and we were only interested in removing cheaters, not how someone filled out the online entry form.

  2. Olympia says:

    Is auto complete ok?

  3. RoboForm says:

    Thanks for posting, Carolyn! We appreciate the recommendations and advice to your users.

  4. Al Simmons says:

    I have been using RoboForm extensively for years as both a password manager and form filler for online sweepstakes entries (and similar forms), if I have ever been disqualified for using RoboForm I have not been notified of it and have had much more frequent success since adopting the software.

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