Never prosper. I know who it is and it’s been fixed.
If you think it will help your favorite site by padding votes or hacking you are wrong. I’ll be lopping off the cheaters votes and banning addresses. I am watching the vote logs and zapping cheaters votes.
Yesterday I saw the rise in Lessig, LGF, and Scripting News and figured they were moving together. This was not exactly the case.
Scripting News rocketed up 5000 votes in short order. I combed through the Scripting News vote logs and didn’t initially see any issues. It appeared that LGF and Lessig fans tried to match the Scripting News gains illicitly. Lessig, LGF, and Kottke were all docked due to heavy vote fraud from individual address. Lessing (5K), LGF (3K), Kottke (500).
That was not the end of the story. Checking the referral logs showed where all the Scripting News votes were coming from. He benefited from some underground hacking games and did not earn the votes I though he had. He wasn’t involved, but I found the little twerps who where doing it. There were lots of other mirrors like memepool.com who were carrying similar code.
Pete Holiday was able to come up with some code to block the kind of direct link “magic” vote fraud that was happening. Things should run smoother now. Serious thanks to Pete!!!
The moral of the story is earn your votes the old fashion way: beg for them.
Update: There are 19 categories (if I remember correctly) and the voting problems have only occurred in the Best Overall Blog category and only with the sites mentioned. The illicit votes have been removed and the poll code has been modified to disable the cheating. None of the other polls were affected.
In the Best Overall Blog category all of the aforementioned sites are aware of the situation, and none of them are encouraging people to game the system. With the vote totals corrected and the polls more secure the contest will continue. It turns out that I don’t have to guess about totals when removing votes.
Some have called for the contest to end. To this I say “no”. Aside from wanting to stage a competition, I also wanted to give non A-list bloggers a chance to get some new readers at their sites. Numerous sites (even when complaining about the Weblog Awards) say that they’ve found some new blogs of interest in the Weblog Awards.