Many of you have complained that over past 4-5 days your friends/colleagues were not getting the voting confirmation emails. We read all your posts, got your emails, calls and worked round the clock to diagnose the issue. Our tech team has gotten to the bottom of the problem and now have a fix!
As I have mentioned in one of my earlier posts, all the ‘attempts’ at voting were captured, and the IDs logged on our database; so now our system has now started re-sending the verification emails, over the past 24 hours - some of you have already called in to report that they have already got the missing emails/votes. The second batch (comprising the missing votes over past 2 days) is going out today.
A whopping 125,000+ votes have been cast in total, with the daily rate now crossing 20,000+. Several thousand votes still remain unverified on our database; so we do plan to run a second round of reminder emails, starting Monday. What is shocking is that over 10% of these mails have bounced, as people put in wrong email IDs - shame on those who tried to cheat! A much smaller percentage of emails failed to deliver, as they were trapped by corporate spam filters.
Starting today, we have duplicated our mail server, added a fatter data pipe and a 3rd server to better prepare for increasing traffic. Does this mean we have eliminated the email problem? The answer is - No. In spite of our best efforts, 2-3% of emails may still drop, but our systems will keep trying to deliver within 24 hours.
Moving forward voters will certainly get the confirmation email, unless (a) they make an error entering the ID or (b) they are using corporate email and their server does not like GDC. We got a stinker from a leading media company, stating that their servers are being spammed by GDC emails; and we could count a whopping total of 14!
Thou shalt get your votes. We will keep trying to remind your friends, even if they have forgotten - so you don’t have to bug them anymore.
Hope this puts to rest all your e-mail related anxiety pangs. Please feel free to write in, if you still have problems next week.
Good Job!! You guys must have your hands full, huh?
Yes, its true a couple of our friends’ votes have started to pop up now.
But of course, WE have a LOOOONG way to go. The “POPULAR COUPLES” are making me go green ;o)
All the best to all.
Guys whats the deal with the decision criteria?Call Centers voting en-mass will skew the balance pretty weirdly. If I were managing this I would ban multiple votes from the same IP. Then again it’s around 570 applcations so doing a qualitative analysis would not really take too much time and effort.
People getting 1025 odd votes are planning to do a “full monty” drive from “Delhi to Leh”.... driving 13-16 hours non stop…. I wonder if it’s all about the votes and people never even bothered to as much as even glance at the rules!!
Anyways can’t really say much there considering we are counting on being allowed to take our year old daughter along with us in her car seat…. as she still can’t drive am hoping it’s not violation of rules….)
Posted by Imtiaz on 07/10 at 01:18 PM
Hi friends I have started getting the confirmation mails
Posted by Jignesh on 07/10 at 02:14 PM
yes, there is improvement from today. couple of friends who complained of not getting thro the link, could vote today. keep up guys. we appreciate this is a humgonous task and it is really great to note that you guys are working to straighten kinks. i would also tend to agree with your observation that some candidates are cheating. isn’t there a way to single cheats out and debar them from contest?
anyhow, in the end most deserving is going to win so no hardfeelings any which way.
Good work team!
As it turns out that people who are getting the votes ethically and from their circle are also at least enlightened enough to not spam all their friends who are at respectable positions and statures in life.
After all, even friends do not like spam from you. :o)
So the question remains, even if some of our friends now get emails, are they really going to take the effort of voting for us, or, writing a testimonial?
We are counting on the ethical and fair practices of TGDC team!
Posted by Ram & Rakhi on 07/10 at 08:54 PM
I KNOW we are not getting lots of votes…thanks to some llazy friends who reallly can’t understand the gravity of voting here….but atleast we are now getting the names of those who sincerely tried…:) including my father…whom I kept calling and tellling how come he of all people did not vote!
Posted by Atula on 07/11 at 08:22 AM
Keep on the good work…
Posted by Praful R on 07/11 at 03:20 PM
How about the people waiting for the registration email?
Posted by Amit on 07/12 at 06:47 AM
lets hope that all the votes i’m missing come in.
i find it quite funny that people object to mails, when its so easy to delete them
Posted by Sarin Suares on 07/16 at 05:38 PM
i registered on 13th july and started collecting vote by sending mails to the my friends and colleges etc. but by 15th july we recieved only handful of vote out of no. of emails i sended!