A couple signed up for the contest on July 6th, and our system logged a total of 3709 requests to vote for his application. Interesting thing is that they just picked up just 3 votes, between the 9th and 10th of July. The balance came in on the last 4 days 14-17th. On the 14th there were 63 vote requests, on 15th they shot up to 614, on the last two days we logged over 2800. Now prepare for this - All the emails on the last 3 days come from ONE domain space.net.in
A quick search on Google brings up a listing of TRAI authorized ISP providers and lists Space Online Pvt. Ltd. A confirmation from Just Dial returns same result.
So our applicant is not just running an ISP business on space.net.in,. but it looks like has also access to thousands of friends on his own ISP, who all decide to come in and vote for their favorite couple all in the last few days, in one sweeping home run - when the organizers are least likely to keep a watch.
But this starry couple not content with just the votes, decide to ‘step it up; on the testimonials as well. They are sure reading my ‘Tips’ on how to qualify. However in their rush for time, they discover they do not have time to create their own testimonials;so they go out and grab a few from their neighboring applicants, and in the process of cut&paste, forget to change the names.
If you are unable to see the above, let me help you: “Good Luck Amit & Jace” reads a testimonial to a couple with a completely different set of names. I decide to grab the testimonial and throw it in to Google to find if there is a match and BINGO - the same testimonial appears for Amit Singh and Jasleen Chopra
This has certainly been the most challenging moment for Team GDC. As a policy we have decided to continue to feature people, irrespective of their suspect voting patterns and testimonials, as we have done in the past.
The evidence is before the Jury who will take their final decision; but we need your verdict on this one!
Waah ustaad waah!!!
it’s definitely one of those Kodak moments!!! Embarrassingly so…. well i sure hope they can rise above all this and carry on with life this sort of a public exposure can really break people…. then again thick skinned ones might not be affected…..
Posted by Imtiaz on 07/18 at 02:54 PM
they just dont have the spirit. even if for some reason they make it further they cannot win the contest.
Posted by shaishav singh on 07/18 at 03:32 PM
People literally forgot to enjoy the journey in their dash to top the vote list. But the most used phrase was ‘’ its the journey which matters….’‘.
Let me say the contest is not flawed , its because of some bad apples that we have a situation here.
If you want our verdict, let us just say ‘the answer is obvious….’‘
Anand & Nischala
Posted by Ananda & Nischala on 07/18 at 03:46 PM
Keeping the spirit of the game in mind, we would request the jury to not give weightage to this kind of vote gathering technique. We would rather lose honourably than win by deceit. Takes the whole fun out of this game!
Posted by Giridhar & Roopa on 07/18 at 04:11 PM
I am sure there are many sham contestants like these. On a lighter note, the only good thing it may have done is nudge us to campaign stronger seeing those crazy digits.
Posted by Tirthankar Basu on 07/18 at 04:15 PM
this is shocking and embaraissing at the same time.guess the spirit got lost somwhere to just get the votes,by hook or crook.
it is never a GREAT VOTE ON MY BLOG COMPETITON any which ways.
we got through on the last day ,16 july and were able to gather meagre 117 votes.but we are content and satisfied with the effort.
though we did try GET 2 GIVE 1 VOTE scheme in desperation and got 1 vote ;]
i believe the TGDC concept of voting is much deeper than the no of votes.
and would be glad if we are proven correct.
Posted by jagdeep and smita on 07/18 at 04:17 PM
This is appalling!! How can a couple steep so low for a contest!! I voted for my friends Amit and Jace, and watching this couple steal their testimonial is sheerly disgusting!
I appreciate you choosing to expose them and wish that “this starry couple” learns its lesson and issues a public apology to TGDC , Amit and Jace and also the rest of contestants for such misdemeanor.
Posted by Shailee on 07/18 at 04:21 PM
Agree on the comment above ^
I do agree that this should not happen. I feel getting more and more votes should not be the only criteria for selection of the finalists. This way the IT related people will only be shortlisted.
Aaaah I see you guys toned down the post and removed the picture of (aaa & bbb)...... also it’s a lot less flamboyant…..
I can understand the initial tone and the new tone phenomenon quite a bit. I work with security incidents quite frequently (like handling/investigating/fixing a hacked server every day types) and the sudden exhilaration upon discovering the rascals who did it and then flogging them publicly is pure adrenalin. Then as things settle down you figure it could destroy the life of a poor kid who discovered a security hole and poked his finger in, might end up broken for life if you publish his details to the net. So you tone down the report remove names and make it a little less obvious. I mean for people who want to they can still figure out (..) but then why make it blatantly “in your face”.
I like the voice of sanity in the group whoever it is who suggested and in fact proved that this could hurt the guys more than TGDC would care to….. good job and hey I’m sure you guys discovered more such incidents do post it’s interesting read till the results come out on monday…. for instance look into my application and tell me which of my friends voted more than once…. Ahmad I know did vote 4 times, then prbly Ajinkya…. aaah well there should’ve been a way to allow us to look at the email addresses and clean the list…. anyways… lemme know if you guys need a hand with the forensics I would love to swing by and join the fun…. can actually picture you guys huddled over spread sheets and then the collective cry of “saal&@#@# c*@#$” when you observe a pattern and connect the dots on a contestants voting scam :D…. truly priceless.
Posted by Imtiaz on 07/18 at 05:34 PM
those who dont belive on own strengths, take support of these cruches
I am sure TGDC team would have by now realized that this couple is not alone. With all your systems for logging and analysing, you would have by now seen that many more couples have adopted similar means to ‘rise above the rest.’
Posted by Prabha Koda on 07/18 at 05:57 PM
Having been on the other side of the fence on many occasions, we have seen several competitors ‘lose’ though they were well within the framework of the contest.
Posted by Harsha Koda on 07/18 at 06:11 PM
Well obviously they need to be given the boot. Amazes me what all people are willing to do for their share of 15 minutes of fame.
Well Done TGDC!!!! These type of bad acts will be found everywhere…..the +ve and motivational part is TGDC team have kept all eye on this….and there system is just awesome…
WE TRUST YOU TGDC…..YOU WILL DEFINITELY SELECT THE DESERVING CANDIDATES….
Well I know I know….ofcourse Other than me coz i’m already in .... dreaming myself with Neha in our cedia and all set to vrooooooooooooooommmmmmmmm!!!!
Posted by Neha & Arihant on 07/18 at 06:44 PM
Good work TGDC team
Hey for Divya & myself, its been and exhilerating couple of days. She found out about this contest only several days before the close of applications. we applied and started sending out requests to all our friends in a mad frenzy. But over the few days, we did some homework too and figured if votes be the be all and end all of this contest, we stood a ‘snowballs chance in hell’. but reading the TGDC blog, we believed that votes, though a factor would only be one of them in selecting the shortlisted couples.
My hopes were pined on the fact that blogging and photography were part of our application.
So if TGDC is fair in its selection, they’ll select candidates with a application that is well rounded and balanced.
Posted by Rohit Nyss on 07/18 at 07:00 PM
Give the devil their dues. They must have really desperate but alas…..
They must’ve been really thrilled till now but now their game is up. But they should have realized that its not just numbers but also the content and quality which counts.
We too started our campaign just a week back and were able to garner about 480 votes thanks to our good friends and mostly our colleagues. Quite a few did not get registered as they didn’t realize that they had to click on the verification link.
If this couple had also set about it in the right way, they needn’t have adopted such malpractices.
As Prabha put it very eloquently “Thanks to this contest we have now such a wonderful Travel Blog which wouldn’t have happened otherwise”. Likewise friend! It’s been an exciting journey this far and I’m sure the enthusiasm will continue.
Kuddos to Team TGDC….!!!
Hey Sandeep, now I am really relaxed and happy that only fair play will rle the game of TGDC. Ask me the feeling… What this couple did hasn’t surprised me, though it has gone more than my expectation, but I did expected something like this happening and that is why I was disheartened.
I remember, Sandeep, you and Rishi encouraging me but to be very honest, I am out of job, and all my close friends finished voting for us. It was only my partner, who is working with one of the international BPOs, who was trying to gather as many votes at her workplace as she could. I stopped spamming and bothering those who did not vote for us. Instead, I started focussing on application, blogging and networking and that is why you must have observed me quite active on facebook and TGDC blog these days.
I am happy today, and now, I am beginning to feel that my faith in TGDC will bring good results. I cannot wait till Monday now, but then, I don’t have any option. Sad!!!
Anyways, I wish all the contestants, Best of Luck!!!
Vinny and Bushra!!!
Posted by Vinny K Williams on 07/18 at 07:53 PM
it is good that TGDC will be taking these cases into account. i guess this is why it is taking 2 days to release the top 100.
is it possible for you guys to send each contestant (or provide for a download from the login page) of the email id’s of people who have voted? so that one can actually drop a thank you email?
Posted by Sarin Suares on 07/18 at 10:10 PM
Firstly great work team TGDC! It restores our faith in this contest - appreciate your work, while rest of us enjoy our weekends, though nervously!
Yeah, we think, in this case the answer is fairly obvious. We have flipped through quite a few profiles in the top-100, and unfortunately, you will probably find many such profiles as you go about analysing the vote patterns. It is unfortunate, but we would encourage the jury to take a tough stance here - eliminate such profiles completely as opposed to giving them zero points only on votes, but still scoring them on other parameters.
Shifting away from “the number of votes” there is another interesting observation. A surprisingly large number of candidates have not followed the route guidelines - i.e. the start and end location, limits on daily distance limits, etc. This will again be a tough decision for the jury, I guess. What do you do with profiles with high number of votes (all in the right spirit), have made fantastic profiles otherwise, but did not follow the stipulated route guidelines?
Thanks a lot again team TGDC.
Aditi and Anupam Mathur
Posted by Aditi and Anupam Mathur on 07/18 at 10:11 PM
This is definitely a part n parcel of any such online challenge and I don’t think too much of hull-boo is required to be made over this.
As someone just mentioned, and I would also say, friends have definitely given us more than one vote and thats true in general. Everyone is having more than one email ID these days.
But true, a testimonial is a little too much I guess.
Anyways, as Prabha says above, the best thing that happened for us as well is, we completed all our logs and that was a priority thing for us. Another was good, that we spoke to so many of our old friends, that we hadn’t spoken to for ages.
And last, but not the least, we have in our own right made a fantastic drive plan now, studied it in detail that we just need time now to do it, be with TGDC or on our own.
Thanks TGDC team…must you are doing very fine tunes work
Posted by prem-shikha on 07/18 at 10:14 PM
takes the cake… i think without thinking they should be banned
kudos to the Team to for tracking this and many more like these
Posted by Monika & Naren on 07/18 at 11:26 PM
While apply for this competition I knew that there were lots of avenues for racking up fake votes. I also know that there are means for identifying these and weeding them out. The question was whether TGDC would be up to it. Glad to know that they more than are!!
Posted by Vidyasagar Puthran on 07/19 at 04:59 AM