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 off entrants. If you ask the 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.
Many contests state that you will be disqualified if you use autofill programs. I know that they cannot tell if you typed the words yourself or used a program. 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?
Yes, I do. I don’t worry about it. There are so many contests and so many different types of forms, that I use RoboForm for as many as I can. To me, it’s a numbers game and the more I enter, the better my odds of winning, vs manually typing out every entry in fear they may have a keystroke logger in place. Also, as social media contests are getting more popular, this is becoming less and less of an issue as companies migrate to new platforms to engage with their customers and prospects.
What is your experience with RoboForm, entering and winning?