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
x.x.x.x 577 (see below)
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..