I would like to post a link on a Facebook page where it will exit Facebook entirely and go to a client's website, where people will be on a page (client's) where they can enter their e-mail address to be entered in a temporary database file with rules and disclosures etc., for a draw once the number of entries reaches 100 for instance.

Once the number of entries reaches 100, a random winner is picked and notified via E-mail.

The functionality is as follows:

  • A link is place on a Facebook page leading to an external page
  • The page is a form to merely enter their email address for a contest
  • The email is placed in a temporary file
  • An automatic E-mail is sent to the address used for confirmation using SHAH-256 hash
  • The person receives the Email saying something to the affect "Please confirm your Email address etc. - If you did not authorize this, simply ignore this message and no further action will be taken".
  • If the person clicks on the confirmation link, the Email is then stored in the database and the person is again notified saying "Thank you for signing up etc."
  • Once others do the same process and the database reaches a certain number, the form is no longer accessible and automatically picks a random Email.
  • Once picked, an Email is automatically sent to the winner stating the instructions, and notifying me also.
  • Once that person clicks yet another confirmation link, the database is then automatically deleted.

I have built this myself and have no intentions of breaking any rules, nor jeopardize the work/time/energy I have put into this project.

Is this allowed?

  • why wouldn't it be?
    – user6901
    Jun 21 '12 at 18:27
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    @JohnConde Is this a fit for move to facebook.so? It's more policy than actually code-related, but I never go over there(or FB, for that matter), so don't know.
    – Su'
    Jun 21 '12 at 18:29
  • @Christofian That's what I was thinking, but from what I have read on Facebook as well as on other sites, seems unclear. For instance in section 4.2 In the rules of the promotion, or otherwise, you will not condition entry to the promotion upon taking any action on Facebook, for example, updating a status, posting on a profile or Page etc. It's the status thing that bewilders me. Jun 21 '12 at 18:30
  • @Fred can you post a link to the rules that make you think that this would break one?
    – user6901
    Jun 21 '12 at 18:36
  • @Christofian insidefacebook.com/2009/12/31/… Jun 21 '12 at 18:37

I just read an article about this on hubspot. http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/33589/40-Ways-to-Get-Banned-From-the-Top-5-Social-Networks.aspx

If I correctly understand what you're doing, the only problem I see is that it is not using a Facebook app for the contest.

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