So I just got home from my ultrasound and a trip to Cleveland, and I start checking out everyone’s posts and started asking for votes and messaging friends. I come across another competitor in this blog competition to win a trip to NYC for my whole family.
After reading through her blog posts where she tries to get people to vote, I come across a reader of hers calling me a skank and the sorts. She allows it to stay and keep on commenting. But then I also come across her promoting people to use proxies and other readers talking about how they are going around their work and using computers to vote for her.
So, whats the big deal right? Who cares if people find ways to game a contest? Who cares about fairness or integrity? I do. I dont feel right cheating to promoting people to cheat. I dont promote name calling and insulting others, regardless even if they hate me. Its not me.
So when I see that it seems someone is cheating, then I come to see the stats, things click. Lets see, the top 3 people are even in votes, yet they vary in reach. Here I am with a huge strong network, and my numbers are catching up. I started a week late on votes because I was out of town. But the other thing is I know one of the bloggers and know her reach. Its not high, yet she is tied on votes.
So, I start to think, would it best to not pass the top person if you were in fact gaming the contest? I would think their top numbers would vary greatly, but it seems they continue to keep in line with each other. They dont know each other, yet keep the numbers similar. So I though, if someone were to cheat, would it be best to just jump ahead greatly or do it on low. I guess what will be interesting is the last days. Will votes all of a sudden spike and differ?
I never insisted she cheated, but that she seems to be promoting it. She gets offended and insults my husband who asked why she said the things she did. Anyways, my problem is with the allowing of name calling of me, and not discouraging people to cheat. And changing responses to fit her side, is not going to cut since, since there is a written record on her blog stating the opposite. I know under my ONE ip address I cant vote 25 times and so on, but I could go to computer labs and work centers to use multiple computers by myself, its not me.
I think and I feel manipulating votes is wrong especially when it says its not allowed but then contestants letting their readers to joke call me a skank because of my breast size. I honestly would never allow anyone to say such things joking or not. I want no part in this contest that was supposed to bring Chrysler good publicity.
Its doing the opposite. I don’t want any part in their contest. I do thank you all for supporting me. I had bloggers with 30,000 Twitter followers tweeting and Facebooking for me yesterday. I had success in the whole 2 days that I tried, but gave up after the name calling and seeing people bragging about using places with multiple computers to vote. I know my reach and know my network and honestly can say I am disappointed in Chrysler for allowing a voting system that allows for using multiple computers and devices, when their rules clearly stated that that was not legal or accepted.
I will never enter a contest again. Ever.
Why must people cheat and be nasty?
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Even to the last day her readers are still bragging about their access to business centers in Hotels while traveling and using them to garner votes. Just like their other reader bragging about access to college computer labs and voting from each machine. To me this seems manipulating votes, but maybe next time they can create a rule list of different ways to gain votes…
Chrysler just contacted me via phone and stated that this blogger has been removed from the contest due to the fact that she encouraged her readers to vote from multiple devices. As the rules state one vote per person per day. She will be removed from the contest and all votes from the other contestants will be gone through before a winner is chosen.
I am still in the running so if you’d like to throw my name in to vote you can.
Reason she was disqualified:
She clearly states –
1. You can vote once (per IP address) every 24 hours. And it’s SUPER FAST and easy. Just a click. No registration or signing in, or any of that LABORIOUS crap.
2. If you work in a place with a server, you can probably get around the IP block and vote many times, AND IF SO WHY AM I NOT AHEAD BY A MILLION YET. (I’ll forgive you if you get on it. Then I’ll mail you cookies. No joke. Maybe even cash. Ahem.)“
And also states –
“Here’s what you do:
1. Vote for me by selecting my name on the Chrysler Blogger Face-Off page.
2. Repeat this process from as many computers as you can find.
3. Repeat steps #1 and #2 every day this week. If you work in a computer lab? I WILL MAIL YOU COOKIES.”
So was this part of the rules or ways to get votes? Its gets unclear when reading the rules because it says “Votes garnered by using multiple email addresses or any other device or artifice to vote multiple times will be disqualified. In the event of a tie, a random drawing will be conducted from the tied Entries. ”
Lesson to learn:
Read all rules and follow them!!!