At 12/5/04 11:59 PM, WadeFulp wrote:
However, we have been aware of some users abusing our system. They think it is fun to rack up the BLAM and SAVE points we award to our users who take the time to help filter through all the content. These people have been voting on entries without watching them in hopes of increasing their point totals. Well, we have news for you, we know who you are and are watching.
I think, perhaps, it would be advantageous to track the time between when the user opens the flash page, and votes on it. If the time is too short, then you know the person didn't actually watch the movie.
You could also re-introduce the way it used to be. You were allowed to vote on the movie only after the movie had completely loaded. The problem with that is that some movies are flawed and simply cannot load. The way to fix this is to put a timer on a flash. If it doesn't load within a certain period of time, then you should display the vote panel.
So know this, those users who we catch doing this will have ALL of their BLAM and SAVE points removed. If you continue we will take away experience points and possibly terminate your account all together.
That's definitely a good trade off. You don't watch the movie that gives you the points. You don't get any points. Fair.
If you are reading this and are ashamed of the behavior of these individuals you can help by going to the Portal, watching the under judgment entries, and casting your informed vote!
Being informed on the quality of the movie is much more powerful in deciding what vote you should cast.
The b/p point hoarders should read this because if they want points, then they need to know how to vote.
If you have done this in the past, or are doing this currently, you must stop NOW. We won't go back and punish previous offenders, we will only punish users who continue this behavior from this point forward!
The official Amnesty Day of NG. Thanks for bringing this matter up Wade.
I have seen numerous "test" flashes that fit certain criteria of a passing movie (large file-size, excellent graphics on the loading page, dramatic music that plays during the beginning of the movie), but in watching that said movie, the quality is non-existant. The movies pass because people vote blindly, and I'm glad you brought up the issue.