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#1 happydish

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 06:21 PM

So something I've noticed recently, is that some of the 'Tweets' for the stablebit giveaway seem to be from people with multiple accounts.  Most of the tweets are from accounts with 0 followers, 0 following, and only tweet once a week for the contest.

Exhibit AKz9Sv4T.png

 

3 Accounts, named @555Helo, @helo3212 and @123helo2.  All have 0 following and 0 followers, and no tweets other than entering the contest each week every week, within a few minutes of eachother, along with a dozen other accounts.  I wouldn't be suprised if they are all the same person or bot, but the 3 helo's are obviously tied together.

 

Exhibit B

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These same 3 accounts, all created and starting tweeting on the same day.  

 

 

If you look at the tweet 'spread' It's pretty evenly spaced though-out the week, normally 4-6 tweets a day spread out.  But taking a look at the tweets from this morning show a different story, 14 tweets, between 9:14AM and 9:20AM, all from 'suspicious' accounts, only two of these have accounts have any following or followers (@A_steelbourne with 1 follower and @pittsa with 1 follower and 3 following).  Obviously someone is trying to game the system, I wouldn't be that surprised if it is just one person with 14 accounts given the proximity of the tweeting times.  Is there any verification with the giveaway that the accounts are real?  I think the giveaway is a fantastic Idea, to get exposure for stablebit while letting people have a chance to receive keys, but this abuse seems pretty bad.

 

Thanks for reading this!

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#2 Christopher (Drashna)

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 11:14 PM

The cheating and other attempts to game the system is something that we are aware of.

 

Such as accounts that have no followers and follow no one have a significantly lower chance of winning.  

This was implemented specifically because we did have problems with people creating a bunch of accounts to do this.  

 

 

However, I will pass this along to Alex, just to make sure. 

And thank you for your concern!


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#3 happydish

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 11:23 PM

Thanks for the response! It sounds like you guys have it handled.  I tweeted this week, I need another licence to run on the NAS I'm going to be building this week! I hope I win it, If not I'll probably just buy it again.

Thanks again for your help,

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:17 PM

You are very welcome!  

 

And yeah, we've had some issues with people trying to game the system in the past, so we have taken some steps to preemptively deal with this. :)

 

And good luck! :)


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Posted 05 September 2016 - 08:39 AM

No Tweet compo for CLoudDrive?? :(



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Posted 06 September 2016 - 04:39 PM

No Tweet compo for CLoudDrive?? :(

 

It's not out of beta yet, so no.


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#7 Methanoid

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Posted 06 September 2016 - 04:57 PM

:( :(   I'd tweet away regularly for a chance to even get the beta ;)



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Posted 06 September 2016 - 05:13 PM

Well, once we have a release version, it will be available to do so. 


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#9 Methanoid

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Posted 06 September 2016 - 05:14 PM

Get on with it then :D    I think I have access now to an unlimited Google Drive so I'm just about ready for it !!



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Posted 07 September 2016 - 08:35 PM

That's the idea. :)


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Posted 14 October 2016 - 01:22 PM

Well, once we have a release version, it will be available to do so. 

 

cop out.. its for general sale.. so there should be the same compos... surely the Twitter promotion helps sales?



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Posted 14 October 2016 - 09:59 PM

cop out.. its for general sale.. so there should be the same compos... surely the Twitter promotion helps sales?

 

Kind of, yeah. 

 

I'll bug Alex (the owner) about this.


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Posted 14 December 2016 - 02:14 PM

Kind of, yeah. 

 

I'll bug Alex (the owner) about this.

 

Any result on that "bugging"? 



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Posted 21 December 2016 - 04:01 AM

Any result on that "bugging"? 

 

Nope, sorry. 


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Posted 15 February 2017 - 12:16 PM

Slightly off topic, but the giveaways haven't been happening anymore for a few weeks, is that intended?



#16 Christopher (Drashna)

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:54 AM

It does look like it's still working, but let me flag this anyways. 


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