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Re: All your Votebots are belong to us

by John M. Dlugosz (Monsignor)
on Aug 09, 2001 at 03:17 UTC ( [id://103282] : note . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to All your Votebots are belong to us

re "abusing the system": does that mean any form of casting votes that are not in line with the post's content and social context, or just the use of an automated system to do so?

It's really easy to just find a long thread and click on everything to use up the day's votes for the bonus, without really reading the post. So, should you make the voter system test you for reading comprehension before accepting the vote?


(wondering if this satire will be punctuated by the irony of being massivly downvoted)

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Re: Re: All your Votebots are belong to us
by lemming (Priest) on Aug 09, 2001 at 03:37 UTC

    Hmmm. I think the biggest abuse by votebots are targeting specific users though the behaviour you mention could trigger a false positive. Not knowing how fearless leader is monitoring the situation, I'm not sure.

    update: jepri: yes

      False positive? You mean someone using non-mechanical means to frivilously spend votes could make vroom think it's a votebot?

      I don't know. How often do you read a thread, then click on a bunch of (presumably worthy) nodes and hit VOTE? This submits the whole thread in one form, and is typical behavior.


      And I doubt that we will ever know the search criteria. Which is good, because Perl is flexible enough to beat almost any search criterium.

      I didn't believe in evil until I dated it.

        A dead giveaway: UserAgent: VoteBot/1.0 (UNIX; Perl 5.6.1)