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Subject: RE: UKNM: The fundamental issue: who is the *real* "Top of the
From: Mat Morrison
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 17:17:17 +0100

Date: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 16:45:42 +0100
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Sorry, just had this wonderful mental image of Mr. Foan in full
"Untouchables" gear, and wanted to share it with everyone.

ABC: "never stop fighting till the fight is done."

News update -- MegaStar has noticed and fixed the problem (but has left the
original votes intact)

Handy Hints!
We've detected that you've tried to vote really quickly...
This isn't good for us, and it isn't good for you.

We don't mind you voting more than once for your favourite Star Bird,
but we'd appreciate it if you bore the following in mind:

1) don't just sit there hammering your mouse button,
you'll only go and wear it out!...

2) don't bother writing scripts to vote for your favourite star bird
automatically.. we're wise to it! At the moment, voting scripts/programs
will still work, but they just won't have as much effect. If people continue
to use them (and we know who you are!), we'll get our technical thug to
make the voting script *remove* votes every time you vote..

That won't impress the star-birds!!

Click on your browsers 'BACK' button to have another go...

___END QUOTE______

Forgive my planner's approach to this -- if they get their "technical thug
make the voting script *remove* votes", then why not start voting for the

This reminds me of a story that went round earlier this year:

It concerns a match played in early June this year between Barbados and
Grenada in
some cup competition. Barbados needed to win the game by two clear goals
in order to progress to the next round. Now the trouble was caused by a
daft rule in the competition which stated that in the event of a game
going to penalty kicks, the winner would be awarded a 2-0 victory. (Yes,
I'm sure you can all see what's coming....)

With 5 minutes to go, Barbados were leading 2-1, and going out of the
tournament. Then, when they realised they were probably not going to
score against Grenada's massed defence, they turned round, and
deliberately scored an own goal, to level the scores. Grenada,
themselves not being stupid, realised what was going on, and then
attempted to score an own goal themselves. However, the Barbados
players started defending their opponents goal to prevent this. In
the last five minutes, therefore, spectators were treated to the
incredible sight of a team defending their opponents goal against

attackers desperately trying to score an own goal!

Naturally, the game went to penalties, which Barbados won...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Philip Rooke [PRookeatcarltononline [dot] com (mailto:PRookeatcarltononline [dot] com)]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 1998 4:02 PM
> To: uk-netmarketingatchinwag [dot] com
> Subject: RE: UKNM: The fundamental issue: who is the *real*
> "Top of the
> Bots"?
> This sounds like an auditing problem to me! Better call in the ABC!
> Philip Rooke
> Sales Director
> Carlton Online
> 25 Knightsbridge
> SW1X 7RX
> Tel: 0171 663 6363
> Fax: 0171 895 9505
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mat Morrison [matt [dot] morrisonatbmpinteraction [dot] com (mailto:matt [dot] morrisonatbmpinteraction [dot] com)]
> Sent: 26 August 1998 13:28
> To: 'uk-netmarketingatchinwag [dot] com'
> Subject: UKNM: The fundamental issue: who is the *real* "Top of the
> Bots"?
> Jo Guest has won the Star readers' "rear of the year" competition.
> MegaStar is running a similar poll online, entitled "top of the bots"
> (http://www.megastar.co.uk/megastar-cgi/vote/vote_botty.pl)
> If only they knew how right they were...
> In a fit of unusual chivalry, an account director at a well-known
> interactive agency took pity on the daughter-in-law elect, Emma Noble
> (who
> was falling behind in the polls, err... coming bottom). He decided to
> support the Noble cause.
> A quick phone call to one of the more technically minded
> members of this
> list seemed to provide the solution, a neat little piece of code which
> voted
> mindlessly for Ms. Noble about five times every second.
> To the account director's joy, Ms. Noble began to creep up the charts.
> Quarter of an hour later, however, he was surprised to notice that Ms.
> Guest
> had more than doubled her votes.
> A quick flurry of calls later, and the issue became clear.
> Someone else
> had
> built a better bot, running off a Unix box somewhere.
> Internet diva Jo Guest is now well ahead of Ms Noble, and is set to
> become
> bottom of her class.
> But the question remains. Who was the *real* top of the bots?
> Can anyone
> shed any light on this?

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