TDI photo competition: of course we cheated – because we can

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20 Dollars difference in just a few lines?

The voting started for the TDI photo competition. We submitted in a picture as well (, and of course you are alowed to vote for it ;). As a computer geek (running the german computer portal I found the whole system somewhat funny in first place. Therefore I started to snoop around a little bit.

Normally everybody should be able to vote only once. If you vote you don’t have the possibility anymore to vote – for now. You should think that the application stores the facebook user id to block any second votings. That would be the technical clean solution. But unfortunately that is not the case and you can vote as often as you want. How? Very simple because the application looks for either session, cookie or ip-address.

As soon as I delete all cookies, restart router and browser I’m allowed to vote again. But that doesn’t matter anyway because according to the official rules votes don’t count at all. TDI will pick the winner and it’s their judgement who will win. So the winner will be TDI wants to be the winner.

Anyway it is a great feeling to see your own picture as number 1.To be frank it has a bitter taste if you had to cheat it up there. But the battle with another picture was quite funny. Whenever I cheated myself with hard work up to number 1 half an hour later the other picture had about five to ten votes up front again. This is an outrage! I have to sleep as well and it was getting quite late now. So the cheating had to be automated. 45 more votes should do the trick for now – take this other picture, hah!

After two days I checked again. WHAT?! The other picture is at 131 votes now? It really starts to piss me off now. Right – time for Scriptman again. This time I put a 150 on top – just to make sure. Had to go out and do something different but “You there! Autovoter do your job!”.

I really like TDI and am TDI certified myself. But this competition was not planned quite well. Especially I heard so many TDI instructors preaching (about deeper diving to be fair) “If you want to do it – do it right!” … maybe the TDI facebook coordinator should stick to their dive slogans as well.

Furthermore it’s quite funny that the price of the winners jaket changed from 99,95 to 120 US in less then 20 sentences (click upper picture).

Of course we don’t expect to win as we revealed this. But it had to be done. Actually we should be disqualified but we did not break the rules, did we? The official rules do not state that you are not allowed to vote more then once. Our favorite picture is anyway the black and white one with the freediver and the dolphin.

Lessons learned:

  • Don’t give the nerds the ability to cheat – because they will
  • Facebook is massively overrated anyway. There are some really brilliant pitures and nobody does notice them! Really?
  • Test your applications first and ask somebody who knows some stuff. It’s the same in diving – oh hold on now it’s getting too PADI ;)

So sorry again but I could not resist … TDI is great – did I mention this already?

P.S: No, the autovoting script is not for sale! You know how to cheat now – so do it manually (-;

P.P.S: Excuse some funny English but I’m from ze country zatt sunk ze Zizzelgoam – NO zis is not funny! We don’t have any sense of humor!

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published on May 7, 2011 by jdo
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