Started by Nathvaan, March 09, 2018, 11:52:43 AM
QuoteGood Morning,We have noticed some strange numbers with regards to our historical vote counts on TMC and wanted to bring it to your attention.Usually we see good voting from our community but in this months voting it seem very excessive and out of the norm. We had issues last month with someone elevating our vote counts on Top MUD Sites. We think it is someone who may be trying to make it look like we are fraudulently elevating our counts to get punitive action from the site owners.Also we have been seeing increased player numbers do to a magazine article that was published so this could be legitimate but we are rather dubious that it is.Could you take a moment to review our voting records this month to see if there are accounts being made that look fraudulent if possible?Thanks in Advance,
QuoteThere does not appear to be anything odd that I can spot! If somebody is using a bot it is not immediately evident from the logs...
Hi, I wanted to update you about this situation.I can confirm that there was definitely bot activity involved with the vote system and thatalthough it cast most of its votes for Armageddon it did spread out some votes for othermuds already in the top of the rankings.First, everybody involved with TMC believes that the bot was done to hurt the mud ratherthan help it. I am going to post on the forums about the discovery and make it clear thatwe believe there was no wrongdoing on your part and that in fact you were the first topoint us to the problem.I have adjusted your total vote count based on confirmed bot votes, there may have beenmore but they could not be confirmed and so were not adjusted. Armageddon still leadsthe vote for this period.I made changes to the voting system to attempt to counter bot voting in the future andall forum moderators will be looking out for suspicious signup activity as that is tied tothe bot voting. This info will also be included in the post.Thank you for reporting the problem and please continue to monitor the voting, as wewill also be doing, to help us spot any new attempts.
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