2) I disagree on this point. Just because it's a public giveaway shouldn't mean that anyone can walk off the street, win, and leave. Consider a group's raffle, like a church social or an IOOF raffle or some other fraternity group raffle. If people want to JOIN your group, then of course they're welcome. but if someone is just coming in to buy a ticket stub to try to win something and leave... Well, that's another matter.
3) Agree on being anti-sock and that socks should disqualify you from winning. Agree to disagree on the notion that people who make one post and will check back to see if they've won on the 11th should even have a fair chance. The contest rules disagree with me, but that's my opinion.
And no, I'm certainly not going to rate you down for disagreeing with me. It's a forum, you're allowed to do that :) The only people I like to rate down are the people who spout off crap with no supporting belief or fact to support it.
A) "I think FFXIV should be pushed back till they can release both at the same time, because that way everyone would have an equal footing on day one, instead of being unfair to the PS3 users."
Disagree, but not going to rate that down; it's a valid point with a reason.
b) "pc sux and u should hav 2 wait till ps3 b4 u can play"
Still disagree, but rate down because it's unintelligible, has no supporting reasons, and is just flamebait.
People need to start using the rating system based on the quality of posts and not as a like/dislike system. This isn't Facebook.
But I digress...
I disagree on the point of church raffles; because if you still pay for your ticket the church still gets what it's holding the raffle for: fund-raising. They WANT to sell a bunch of tickets to ANYONE. Same thing here, only the "price" is visiting the site; not everyone will stay, but we've likely had thousands more set of eyes exposed here this week because of it, and even just 100 new members would be fantastic! I'm sure the loyal church goers are bummed their chances of winning are watered down by the contest being less exclusive; but from a selfless point it is important to be happy for others (happy for the church for making money) instead of only being happy for others when it also benefits you. (would you be happy for a friend hitting the lottery if you knew you wouldn't get a cent?)
I do agree 110% on your comments about rate-ups and rate downs! I'll generally rate up anything halfway well spoken that adds something new to the forums or expresses a thought-out and genuine opinion while rating down anything that is hateful, ESPECIALLY if it is negative and written to illicit a negative emotional response. (Trolling)
You bring up a point of being happy for others and I'd have to say that it's relative. How happy I am for someone else is proportionate to how well/how long I've known them. I'd be a lot happier for a frequent poster than I would for a one post wonder. It's not an issue of not being able to be happy for others; I'd just rather see people I know get things because then you get to share in their enjoyment.
e.g.: If you had a baby, I'd be happy for you, sure. But my sister just had her first baby four days ago and I'm thrilled for her. Certainly I'll be happier for her having a baby than you because I know her and I'm going to get to watch the baby grow up. Which is not to say that I wouldn't be happy for you or anyone else, but seeing as how I don't know you and will likely never meet your child, the maximum amount of happy I can provide is limited.
Same goes for this, it's not a matter of sefishness per se as it's not a matter of me wanting a key for me; it's a matter of me wanting people to get keys to be people who will stick around, that way when the NDA is lifted, we have more people talking about what was/is going on in the beta. Every key that goes to someone who won't be sticking around is someone who will not be posting about their experiences after the NDA is lifted.
So without respect to myself, obviously I'll be happier to see them go to people who will still be here when the NDA is gone.