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08/30/2013 02:55:41 PM · #1
Dear DPC users:

Throughout the past several months we have received many and varied reports and tickets alluding to unusual voting in several challenges. We have investigated, and our investigation thus far has resulted in a lengthy suspension of at least one confirmed "reverse voter."

We will continue to investigate and take action against anyone who violates the rules and the spirit of the site by illegally and unethically voting down images to bolster their own placement in challenges.

The relevant entries have also been disqualified. Another user is facing a ban for similar activity with a ghost account. We take this sort of cheating very seriously and remind users to play with respect and fairness toward others. Intentionally manipulating votes to influence challenge results is a blatant violation of DPC rules and will be punished.

Message edited by author 2013-08-30 14:57:33.
08/30/2013 02:58:59 PM · #2
Good!
08/30/2013 03:00:34 PM · #3
I believe the use of chemical weapons is justified in this instance. Can you PM me some addresses or coordinates?
08/30/2013 03:02:19 PM · #4
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

I believe the use of chemical weapons is justified in this instance.


Perhaps we could corner him/her in a small room and fart?
08/30/2013 03:02:54 PM · #5
THANK YOU!!!

Message edited by author 2013-08-30 15:03:36.
08/30/2013 03:05:10 PM · #6
I'm relieved to know that I wasn't imagining things...
08/30/2013 03:05:13 PM · #7
Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

I believe the use of chemical weapons is justified in this instance.


Perhaps we could corner him/her in a small room and fart?

Whatever it takes. ;-)

Kudos to the SC for their Columbo-style tenacity in tracking down the culprits. :)
08/30/2013 03:05:22 PM · #8
Yee haw!
08/30/2013 03:07:54 PM · #9
Reverse voting what a crazy thing to do.

Message edited by author 2013-08-30 15:17:05.
08/30/2013 03:12:36 PM · #10
Now. Just a thought though. Forgiveness isn't unwarranted - what was it? 5 images/challenges? That's about 1 in every 5,000 votes for the user in question.

Dunno. Not my rules, but it would be my hope that the ban is temporary and that the user will return and be welcomed. (and behave!)
08/30/2013 03:14:41 PM · #11
It was only a few, and the suspension is temporary. The important thing is to stop the offending behavior.
08/30/2013 03:15:17 PM · #12
Originally posted by Cory:

Now. Just a thought though. Forgiveness isn't unwarranted - what was it? 5 images/challenges? That's about 1 in every 5,000 votes for the user in question.

Dunno. Not my rules, but it would be my hope that the ban is temporary and that the user will return and be welcomed. (and behave!)


Seems like you figured out very quickly what challenges/users it was. It is a temporary (but significant) ban from voting and entering challenges and the images are not visible in the challenge results so that the users can return here without facing "vigilante justice" from the user base.

Message edited by author 2013-08-30 15:15:50.
08/30/2013 03:15:20 PM · #13
And hey - wow. Neat trick SC - making the images actually disappear!

Good idea though, it should help to keep the users identities a secret. (mostly) ;)

That's real punishment, not just a DQ, but a total erasure. damn. :D

ETA: Of course I figured it out quickly. ;)

Message edited by author 2013-08-30 15:19:09.
08/30/2013 03:15:54 PM · #14
Originally posted by scalvert:

It was only a few, and the suspension is temporary. The important thing is to stop the offending behavior.

I'm pretty sure my images were robbed of ribbons as a result - when will those be forthcoming?
08/30/2013 03:20:14 PM · #15
Hey, I EARNED all my sub-50% finishes! Hopefully this won't diminish those!
08/30/2013 03:28:32 PM · #16
Originally posted by Melethia:

Hey, I EARNED all my sub-50% finishes! Hopefully this won't diminish those!


yeah. me too. gimme back all my ones and some of Deb's too.
08/30/2013 03:31:40 PM · #17
I've realized one of the challenges this person was in. Curious to who it is, though I know it won't be revealed.
Honestly, I don't care if they purposely voted down other entries to boost their own.
After all, this is just a virtual challenge site... Not like winning money is involved.

Hopefully that person (or people) will learn their lesson and continue to learn and grow as a photographer.
Just remember that cheating is no way to get ahead. :)

ETA: just wanted to clarify that while I don't care that they did this, I do not condone such behavior.

Message edited by author 2013-08-30 15:32:28.
08/30/2013 03:32:31 PM · #18
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

I'm pretty sure my images were robbed of ribbons as a result - when will those be forthcoming?

The usual Site Council schedule should have those to you no later than June, 2086.
08/30/2013 03:33:16 PM · #19
I'm confused. What's a reverse voter? And why hide the wrong doing? Everyone else has been called out on the carpet for their wrong doings in years past.
08/30/2013 03:33:46 PM · #20
Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

I'm pretty sure my images were robbed of ribbons as a result - when will those be forthcoming?

The usual Site Council schedule should have those to you no later than June, 2086.


So it has been expididted... Cool!
08/30/2013 03:34:38 PM · #21
Originally posted by Kelli:

I'm confused. What's a reverse voter? And why hide the wrong doing? Everyone else has been called out on the carpet for their wrong doings in years past.


Not entirely true.

In fact, mostly the ones we know about started a thread to call out the SC and thereby self-identify.
08/30/2013 03:37:06 PM · #22
Originally posted by Kelli:

I'm confused. What's a reverse voter? And why hide the wrong doing?

Reverse voting is giving the best entries low votes and worst entries high votes, and the perpetrator's identity is [mostly] hidden to avoid lynch mobs. We want people to play nice and would rather they learn from mistakes and come back than be persecuted into leaving for good.
08/30/2013 03:39:24 PM · #23
Thats awesome I hate cheaters
08/30/2013 03:42:22 PM · #24
Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

I'm pretty sure my images were robbed of ribbons as a result - when will those be forthcoming?

The usual Site Council schedule should have those to you no later than June, 2086.

Dang! I'll be middle-aged by then. :(
08/30/2013 03:55:05 PM · #25
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

I believe the use of chemical weapons is justified in this instance. Can you PM me some addresses or coordinates?

Ghost User
House #113 (it's on the left)
Rural Street
Syria
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