The infamous Zynga message center, source of Farmville needs and frustration has been causing a lot more of the latter of late. Your Dirt Farmer Team has a guide for you to make using it easier and help you better understand how gifting works. Check out the details below and please do share with friends if you find our post helpful.
One of the most important things is to handle your envelope first. It stops auto-updating several minutes after you load the game and at that point it either won't load or the gifts will come back into the envelope on refresh. It is also important to make sure your farm is fully loaded before you click on it or the progress you make may not save.
It is also wise to avoid clicking on anything else on your farm before accepting and returning your gifts. Doing so puts you at risk of whoa farmer or out of sync, and sometimes that happens without a pop-up. If it does, anything you accept after that will be back in the envelope instead of in your gift box when you refresh.
You can only send one valid gift and accept one valid help request per friend every 6 hours (disclaimer some players report 4, some 6, some 8 - for ease here we will stick to the middle number of 6). That is why it is important to help friends with the gift envelope first. They will not be in your list to send gifts on the free gifts page and if you sent the Special Deliveries from the pop-up or anything from the free gifts page first, then they would not receive the gifts you return to them from the envelope.
Then go to help requests. Remember that it does not matter if you do help requests after gifts, because you can send one valid gift and answer one valid request every 6 hours, and click accept only. There is no point in clicking accept and send on requests. Clicking accept only gives them the item they asked for. Clicking accept and send or send on the pop-up from either requests/sends a special delivery box, which uses up your gift request for them for 6 hours - and which won't go through if you have sent them anything else within 6 hours.
Finally orders - you can x out of these or ignore them entirely. Your friend gets the item they ordered when you harvest and they claim it, you do not need to interact with these in the gift envelope at all. The pop-up from the order is - you guessed it - just another way to send a special delivery that will not go through if you sent them something within 6 hours.
Click on your gift box and wait for it to open before changing farms or refreshing to check for your gifts when you are done. If it flashes gold and won't open ,wait a few seconds and click again until it does open before taking either of the above actions. The gold means that it is still processing your gifts, if you refresh or travel before it is done, you risk the gifts returning to the envelope and needing to be accepted again. It is also wise to post something to the feed before refreshing or traveling - if you get the second pop-up you are not out of sync.
Following these tips, which while certainly not a guarantee that nothing will ever return to your envelope again, should increase your success rate of getting items to the gift box and lessen the amount of clicks that takes significantly.
REMEMBER TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR GIFT BOX IS BELOW 500 DIFFERENT ITEMS OR 83 PAGES AND THAT YOU HAVE NO MORE THAN 9,999 OF ANY ONE ITEM BEFORE SENDING GIFTS OR REQUESTING ITEMS. IF YOUR GIFT BOX IS OVER, IT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ACCEPT YOUR GIFTS OR REQUESTS AND YOU MAY LOSE THEM!
Tips and Tricks For Gifting Management,
Sending BUSHELS from friends' requests on the feed goes through the gifting system. If you have sent them something within 6 hours, the bushel will not go through. If not and you send the bushel, you cannot send or return another gift successfully for 6 hours.
Answering friends' WISHLISTS on the feed is also a basic gift, and will not go through if you have sent them something within 6 hours. If not and you send the wishlist item, you cannot send or return another gift successfully for 6 hours.
Attempting to send THANK YOU GIFTS when you collect on the feed is essentially pointless. It is one more competitor for that one gift every 6 hours, it does not allow any extras. For most players, clicking "send thank you gift" will just load your farm so you can access the free gifts page.
Why is the envelope missing at some times on some browsers? The envelope depends on COOKIES, making sure that your browser is set to accept 3rd party cookies and data, at least from Zynga, clearing cookies for fresh ones in case one has become corrupt or trying another browser in case of a browser issue may help.
For more information and directions on checking if your browser is set to accept cookies from the Zynga Support site click here.
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