Well, this sucks. I tried to run a nice little competition here and people have cheated. We’re pretty much out of time to redo anything if the winner is to receive anything by Valentine’s Day as was the intention, so instead I’m stuck going through thousand of votes in the logs to try to figure out what to do and who should get the prize.

Want an example of the evidence of cheating? No problem.


Here are some votes for one of the finalists.. coming from sequential IP addresses one minute apart:


194 Guest 129.125.111 / February 2, 2013 @ 1:55 am
195 Guest 129.126.111 / February 2, 2013 @ 1:58 am
196 Guest 129.127.111 / February 2, 2013 @ 1:59 am
197 Guest 129.128.111 / February 2, 2013 @ 2:00 am
198 Guest 129.129.111 / February 2, 2013 @ 2:01 am
199 Guest 129.130.111 / February 2, 2013 @ 2:02 am
200 Guest 129.131.111 / February 2, 2013 @ 2:02 am
201 Guest 129.132.111 / February 2, 2013 @ 2:02 am
202 Guest 129.133.111 / February 2, 2013 @ 2:09 am

And here are similar votes for the other finalist.


137 Guest 192.168.106.003 / February 2, 2013 @ 12:11 am
138 Guest 192.168.106.004 / February 2, 2013 @ 12:11 am
139 Guest 192.168.106.005 / February 2, 2013 @ 12:12 am
140 Guest 192.168.106.006 / February 2, 2013 @ 12:12 am
141 Guest 192.168.106.007 / February 2, 2013 @ 12:12 am
142 Guest 192.168.106.008 / February 2, 2013 @ 12:13 am
143 Guest 192.168.106.009 / February 2, 2013 @ 12:13 am
144 Guest 192.168.107.000 / February 2, 2013 @ 12:15 am
145 Guest 192.168.107.001 / February 2, 2013 @ 12:16 am
146 Guest 192.168.107.002 / February 2, 2013 @ 12:17 am
147 Guest 192.168.107.003 / February 2, 2013 @ 12:17 am
148 Guest 192.168.107.004 / February 2, 2013 @ 12:18 am

Of course, I don’t know that the finalists were complicit with this and I like to err on the side of believing the best in people. On the the other hand, I’m not sure I should reward people who, intentionally or not, bring this sort of deceit to my site.

When I figure out who, if anyone, I think should win the corset, I will let you know. And I apologize to those who acted in good faith for my failure to adequately discourage this sort of bullshit. I am very sorry for that indeed.