Thanks for ruining a good thing, or TRYING to!

As some members of the community pointed out, last Saturday, we saw a sudden surge in voting percentage for one of the logos up for public vote (see comments here). After some investigation, turns out some people had written scripts to register a large number of votes on the same IP addresses. As one of the readers Aestros said: “Who ever is that [person] is, he is so stupid. I mean, what’s the purpose ? […] [The point] wasn’t to beat the previous entry, it was to contribute to the community effort”.

The culprits are

IP                                #Votes
66.232.100.247         1365
66.232.107.140          1155
x.x.x.x                          577 (see below)
87.106.215.227          435
204.128.27.8             167

One of the ip addresses not shown was for OSHW advocate Bill Porter. Concerned about the spike in voting, he tested the security of the voting system and reported the issue to Open Hardware Summit personally.

Since then, we’ve enabled security checks, and multiple voting is no longer possible. But that still leaves us with 3,122 faulty votes, which micropoll.com refuses to disqualify.

So we are going to do this manually on closing day (April 5th), and adjust for the surge due to cheating. In the meantime, if you are one of these IP addresses, and had good intentions, please comment below, and tell us who you voted for (we can see your IP in the comments). If you were ill-intentioned, and subsequently, will not fess up, SHAME ON YOU. It’s people like you that make the work of a hard working community so difficult, and frustrating. But the community is stronger than you, and this is not going to stop everyone’s good efforts.

So go play bully somewhere else…

others, VOTING STILL OPEN TILL APRIL 5th: CAST YOUR VOTE HERE

Thanks everyone for helping out..

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22 Responses to Thanks for ruining a good thing, or TRYING to!

  1. Bill Porter says:

    If those people don’t fess up, I’d be interested to see the big blogs (Hack-a-day, make, etc) search for those ip’s in there post and comment databases. I bet we could find a match somewhere.

    • Frank says:

      What would that accomplish? Shame?

    • Stevie says:

      Bill, hackers will be hackers. Welcome to the community. 1) Don’t use a cheap, spammy, free 3rd party hosted poll. 2) Have some sense and turn on security in the first place.

      Hackaday.com etc should NOT give up anyone’s IP addresses.

      To sum it up, you’re a complete retard with nothing better to do. Go kill yourself.

      • Jake says:

        IP addresses have already been given up (above). And anyway, turns out the person used a proxy!

        Maybe next time do a little reading before you troll?

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  3. Davechr says:

    Those IPs belong to kproxy. Port 80 is open on both of them. (http colon slash slash ip) Getting “big sites” to find the users will only yield inaccurate results.

  4. o says:

    @Bill Porter:

    Isn’t that a violation of peoples’ privacy?

    What if some of those IPs are dynamic? You’re not necessarily going to find the correct person that way.

    But I do agree: why would anyone game the system just to spam votes on a logo contest? That’s lame.

    • Bill Porter says:

      “Isn’t that a violation of peoples’ privacy?”

      Legally, courts have decided both ways on that. Personally, I don’t believe it is.

      If you called and left a message on a stranger’s answering machine, (if they have it) caller ID would log your phone number. If the person asked around to see if someone else got a call from the same number, would you consider that violation of people’s privacy?

  5. I honestly have to say that the aggressive and derisive attitude of this post, along with the suggestion that the guilty parties be hunted down via their records on other sites, makes me lose quite a bit of respect for the open hardware summit.

  6. ashvagan says:

    I voted for 16-Golden Orb or something like that.

  7. eagleapex says:

    Maybe a contest is not so great an idea? I see 11 entries. That makes for one validated winner and 10 wastes of time diluting the value of good graphic design.

  8. AdamOutler says:

    I am now going to perform some testing on those IP addresses. If you would like my scan information, just send me an email.

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  10. Joe says:

    What if the person admitted that they did it? What do you do then? Sounds like a waste of time. I can imagine much better uses of talent. Who cares if somebody hacked a voting system. Who cares if somebody finds the person who did it. Sounds like somebody wants to pick a fight because they’ve been had.

  11. SP says:

    Well… until a system exists there will be an hacker (or a lamer) that tries to force that system.
    This is in the spirit of hacking since the beginning of our technological history and this spirit (bad or good that it is) is the source of open source community and open hardware projects.
    We are all hackers (or lamers).

    Now… I really don’t understand why someone would be so stupid to cheat a voting machine just to have it’s logo selected!
    I understand instead that if the system for voting you are using is hackable you cannot complain about what other people do with your system 🙂

    Go and fix it! Computers don’t need morality!
    I know the voting system is not your system … cancel the votation and do it again with another system that is supposed to be bug free 😉

  12. wopot says:

    one ip can only vote every 6 hour.
    what is so difficult to use a CAPTCHA.

    there are tousend of good vote scripts out there
    but why use this shitty one?

    dont blame the ppl the fuck with the vote
    blame the admin how made this posible

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