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too much spam in the forum contest

Post by djpinc19 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:26 pm

i was looking at the rig pictures too before the rules got changed
now i have a terrible feeling that a bunch of entries are spam accounts

had to get my two cents out because i want fairness

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by skier » Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:44 pm

different accounts-same ip don't worry about it, there actually arent as many applicants that are eligible as normal
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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by dicecca112 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:13 pm

Don't worry us admins are on it. Spam posts are deleted on site and real spammers are banned with great malicious :)
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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by XstollieX » Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:18 pm

dicecca112 wrote: real spammers are banned with great malicious :)
That comment makes it look like you enjoy it a little to much!

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by dicecca112 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:52 pm

XstollieX wrote:
dicecca112 wrote: real spammers are banned with great malicious :)
That comment makes it look like you enjoy it a little to much!
I almost posted when I banned my first spammer on my iPad :mrgreen:
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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by djpinc19 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:22 pm

dicecca112 wrote:
XstollieX wrote:
dicecca112 wrote: real spammers are banned with great malicious :)
That comment makes it look like you enjoy it a little to much!
I almost posted when I banned my first spammer on my iPad :mrgreen:
i like how the DMV is no-nonsense. the banhammer is for great justice too.

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by NAiLs » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:46 pm

Bah, yea, that provides for more spam and people to fake their IP and e-mail, and make multiple entries. :( The other way makes people take time to be sure they're entered properly. Ah well.... rules are rules! :partyman:
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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by Sparky » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:12 pm

dicecca112 wrote:Don't worry us admins are on it. Spam posts are deleted on site and real spammers are banned with great malicious :)
Which is another reason I love this site so much!
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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by XstollieX » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:16 pm

dicecca112 wrote:
XstollieX wrote:
dicecca112 wrote: real spammers are banned with great malicious :)
That comment makes it look like you enjoy it a little to much!
I almost posted when I banned my first spammer on my iPad :mrgreen:
LMAO!!

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by hark » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:23 am

I was thinking this, too. The number of entries pretty much doubled after the rules were relaxed. There is the problem of spammers, however I also think it's important to note that most of these newer entries are effortless. At least with older entries, people contributed to the rig topic and the forums in general. Then they might have contributed to the [email protected]me team and maybe spread the word with twitter and facebook. Now there are these accounts that were clearly registered just to post once in that topic for a chance to win. Someone like that will probably never return again after the contest is over.

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by RBIEZE » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:32 am

Ohh nooos ,dont ban me. :axe:

I often check the forums and lurk here without logging in .

I know that others and myself included just dont post unless we have something worthy to add to a thread.

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by DMB2000uk » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:54 am

Unless you've got multiple forum accounts in the competition you wont get banned rbieze.

I don't have any official insider information about the competition rules, but I'm guessing the reason the rules were relaxed, is that the competition entries didn't reach critical mass fast enough with the slightly stricter rules in place. It's sad that people can't be bothered to take a picture and make 3 other posts to have a chance at winning a $3000 system, but if LR wants to keep doing competitions like this, it needs to be able show the sponsors that it's reaching enough people to warrant these kinds of prizes, and sadly the main factor of proof is the number of entrants. I know it doesn't feel fair to the regulars (or even those that took the time to make all 5 posts), but if LR doesn't get enough entries, they won't be able to do competitions like this full stop so everyone loses.

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by eunoia » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:38 pm

Still great odds.

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by djpinc19 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:21 pm

admins could also weed out spam entries by looking when the account was created. as was already stated, the spam accounts are of no real long term benefit to LR Forums apart from increased visits

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by hark » Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:25 pm

Ah, I understand now. Though it's very interesting to see the contest entries have now tripled within only two days. Could the picture requirement have been that much of a burden for some of these people? :lol:

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by stev » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:35 pm

I for one didn't join the contest because it was already showing a dozen pages. My son who shares the same home IP wireless didn't join either.

When the rules relaxed, it was amazing to see how fast that thread climbed. :mrgreen:

Well with the admins keeping watch, I'm looking forward to see how the winner comes out on this one.
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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by stunts7058 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:40 pm

i hadnt created an account on here till i saw the contest but this is the site i check almost everyday fer my tech news. sadly enough ive never been much to do a lot of talking on most forums which usually hurts my odds on most things and in a lot of games because people think im inactive when in actually i get on a lot. as fer the picture problem i dont have a camera and my lappy is just that a lappy and the desktop is so unremarkably out of date its nothing impressive

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by Nobahar » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:52 am

It's tough to do contests of this magnitude, maybe next time it's a big prize have something more EVGA-esque? Make it a form entry rather than a forum post so it's a private submission, and then have a little scavenger hunt on the forums for answers that you need to get an entry in the contest. The answers can be information found in reviews or the forum posts.

Takes some involvement and effort, and would switch things up a bit :) But good luck for those in the contest, really hope someone with more than 10 posts wins :)

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by Cairtorm » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:34 am

djpinc19 wrote:i was looking at the rig pictures too before the rules got changed
now i have a terrible feeling that a bunch of entries are spam accounts

had to get my two cents out because i want fairness
Worse is, most of the people don't read the instructions... It says that you need to be active on the forum... And I see a lots of people with 1 post... (I'm not that over, but.... I'm here posting and active)

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Re: too much spam in the forum contest

Post by Apoptosis » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:43 am

hark wrote:Ah, I understand now. Though it's very interesting to see the contest entries have now tripled within only two days. Could the picture requirement have been that much of a burden for some of these people? :lol:
people are lazy...

The resason I removed the restriction is because the companies that provide the prizes want to see return on investment and I have to show them how many people entered. Last week the entries were under 70, which is pretty small for a $3000 prize. I asked ibuypower for help promoting the contest and they didn't mention it on their facebook or twitter, which is a shame if you ask me. Intel doesn't promote things like that, which is why they let review sites give hardware away. By removing the restrictions on the contest it nearly tripled the entries, which lowers the odds of winning, but I did it for the community so we can get prizes to give away next time.

Sites like HardOCP did a drawing like this and got... 1568 comments in their thread... We are only at 250 for the same system.... sucks, but what else can I do? I e-mailed it out to the 6,100 forum members twice, posted it on the front page three times, made an article out of it, e-mailed our e-mail list of ~5,000 people, put it on twitter where we have 550+ followers a few times, facebooked it on my personal page of ~500 followers and the LR fan page with ~300 followers... I find it crazy that out of all that less than 250 people entered... I'm trying to give something away and it seems like people don't want it!
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