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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hand in the cookie jar

Here's something that's fun strictly from a meta perspective.

themittani.com has been banned from posting links to their articles on Reddit.  The reason?  They were rather publicly instructing their people to up-vote TMDC articles posted there in every sub-section for games they cover.  That is a blatant violation of Reddit's rules.  Even more so, I'm told by people who have knowledge of this that TMDC was doing it in the most obviously detectable way possible... a way so obvious that the evidence itself points to four TMDC accounts that got automatically banned for gaming the vote by the Reddit system that watches for this sort of thing.

The thing that makes this most amusing from a meta level is that I'm sure there's more than one Goon out there asking him- or herself "what's the problem?"  After all, Goons in EVE have been gaming votes for years now.  From giving The Mittani his 10000+ vote victory in CSM7 to taking control of the top two "true stories of EVE", Goons have never been shy about throwing their weight around in the meta-game any more than they are within the game itself.

Only this time they've been caught with their hand in the cookie jar, by someone that doesn't appreciate the practice.

The fact that it happened on Reddit, virtual home of a community-born EVE corp that opposes Goonswarm, just adds to the meta amusement.  One blog post this week even joked "Booda sends his regards."

Anyway, damage control is in full swing at TMDC, with multiple sources telling me only 2% of new visitors come to the site from Reddit.  No word on how many of those visitors are returning, nor any word about how much ad revenue may be lost through the loss of references.  Damage control might insist on calling this a minor hit.  But is a gaming "media empire" named after an EVE player going to be a go-to site for new MMOs without the ability to direct Redditors to the new sections?  I guess we'll see.

In the meantime, I have to admit I appreciate the karmic justice on display...

9 comments:

  1. it was honestly a stupid thing to do, they weren't even spamming their articles as to make it even more obvious.

    and its not like anyone cared about the source, it still beats EN24 so would automaticly get a decent number of upvotes for good articles


    senseless and badly executed vote rigging....

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  2. Why would they be running the upvote campaign if it wasn't providing them some material advantage?

    Do they just habitually game votes any time there are cores to be gamed?

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    1. I'm not TMDC staff, but I know if a post relevant to the interests of my EVE corp gets put on reddit, they'll go encourage everyone in the corp to upvote.

      We're pretty tight-knit, but I'd reply to your second question, "yes".

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  3. So far I have not seen even the slightest bit of shame or remorse from the TMDC guys. They are just angry that someone ratted them out.

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    1. What do you expect when you are dealing with sociopaths?

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  4. Some TMDC or Goon has paid for a month's time advertising TMDC on Reddit.

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  5. You should add a word about this ; http://www.reddit.com/r/Eve/comments/1mmu70/wasnt_the_mitanni_banned_how_are_they_getting/

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  6. "I'm told by people who have knowledge of this that TMDC was doing it in the most obviously detectable way possible... a way so obvious that the evidence itself points to four TMDC accounts that got automatically banned..."

    The Goons never do anything without a plan son...

    Why isn't anyone asking that if they did it in the "...MOST obviously detectable way possible..." then it was INTENTIONAL... Remember, "The Goons never do anything without a plan son..."

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  7. Your bias is showing~

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