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Vote For Coop Network Members

Discussion in 'Co-op Advertising Network' started by digitalpoint, Oct 22, 2004.

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Do you want this user back in the ad network?

  1. Yes

    23 vote(s)
    26.4%
  2. No

    64 vote(s)
    73.6%
  1. #1
    The coop network would treat http://www.digitalpoint.com and http://digitalpoint.com as different URLs (since technically they are). What this means is someone could take advantage of it if their site did not redirect from one to the other by setting up coop network ads on their site, then registering for two different accounts with the slightly different URLs (one with and one without the www) and both would pass validation.

    One user realized this and setup dual accounts for all their legitimate sites to gain extra weight. But then they decided to go one step further and register an account with the URL being a different members site. In this case the legitimate site was http://www.seroundtable.com and they registered an ad network account with http://seroundtable.com which passes validation since it's a mirror of the other.

    I looked into who it was and all the accounts in question appeared to be from the same person (same email except for one or two accounts), the ads being entered on each account were identical to the "primary" account, the user was from the same IP address for all accounts and most importantly (for me anyway) all accounts had the same password.

    For me, this was cause for termination of all their ad network accounts. Now the user claims it wasn't him, it was his colleague that did it and they use the same generic password for everything (you can read about it here).

    Personally, it's not a big deal for me. They tried something, were busted and can't do it anymore. Going forward, the ability to do that is not possible any longer, so the question ultimately becomes do the other members of the coop network want this user to be able to be part of the coop network again?

    Of course, the more sites in the network, the better for everyone, but it looks (to me anyway) like this user was trying to cheat the system.
     
    digitalpoint, Oct 22, 2004 IP
  2. mopacfan

    mopacfan Peon

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    #2
    My vote is to either be locked out for x amount of time or to have the weight penalized for x amount of time. Long term, let the user back in, just reduce their value by the amount they benefited from adding both domains.
     
    mopacfan, Oct 22, 2004 IP
  3. disgust

    disgust Guest

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    #3
    sure, let him in but half half is weight randomly assigned to another member at random ;)
     
    disgust, Oct 22, 2004 IP
  4. anthonycea

    anthonycea Banned

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    #4
    Did this help you find a weak link in your program?
     
    anthonycea, Oct 22, 2004 IP
  5. Nitin M

    Nitin M White/Gray/Black Hat

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    #5
    I vote for permanent banning of all domains where they tried this.

    Harsh? Maybe. But, in my book there is no excuse or justification for something so disrespectful of all members here that are part of the network.
     
    Nitin M, Oct 22, 2004 IP
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  6. Infiniterb

    Infiniterb Peon

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    #6
    I say ban him. He got caught cheating.

    I don't think one site will make or break the network.
     
    Infiniterb, Oct 22, 2004 IP
  7. dazzlindonna

    dazzlindonna Peon

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    #7
    No room for cheaters in my book. Who knows what he'll try next...
     
    dazzlindonna, Oct 22, 2004 IP
  8. GuyFromChicago

    GuyFromChicago Permanent Peon

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    #8
    I voted no also.

    It's very easy to write about how your "partner" did it and how sorry you are. The fact of the matter is, actions speak louder than words (or posts in this case).
     
    GuyFromChicago, Oct 22, 2004 IP
  9. Help Desk

    Help Desk Well-Known Member

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    #9
    I say allow the little bizzle back in but also tell us who it is so that we may give him a proper hazing.
     
    Help Desk, Oct 22, 2004 IP
  10. rth

    rth Peon

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    #10
    I vote back in and 1/2 weight for a month. I believe in second chances.
     
    rth, Oct 23, 2004 IP
  11. schlottke

    schlottke Peon

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    #11
    Not sure if its worth the risk, but it doesn't bother me one way or the other.
     
    schlottke, Oct 23, 2004 IP
  12. SEbasic

    SEbasic Peon

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    #12
    Ban them.

    As clever as it was, They really can't take advantage of us guys like that.

    Man I bet they had a high weighting...
     
    SEbasic, Oct 23, 2004 IP
  13. Will.Spencer

    Will.Spencer NetBuilder

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    #13
    The guilty must be punished.
     
    Will.Spencer, Oct 23, 2004 IP
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  14. Fishing Forum

    Fishing Forum Active Member

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    #14
    ban , soory but if you take the piss then tuff
     
    Fishing Forum, Oct 23, 2004 IP
  15. Sven

    Sven Peon

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    #15
    [edited this reply to a new thread]

    Thanks
     
    Sven, Oct 25, 2004 IP
  16. Umbertide

    Umbertide Peon

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    #16
    after all aren't we all trying to find loopholes and backdoors? hes learnt, youve learnt and so has the community. try and keep it in perspective..
     
    Umbertide, Oct 25, 2004 IP
  17. chachi

    chachi The other Jason

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    #17
    If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck and walks like a duck...then it is most likely a duck. No room for cheaters in a "cooperative".
     
    chachi, Oct 25, 2004 IP
  18. john_loch

    john_loch Rodent Slayer

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    #18
    DO take his money, and donate it to charity.

    He can simply sign up under a different name, with another domain tomorrow if he chooses - so there's no real point to this.

    It should now be up to him to find a NEW FLAW..

    and report it to Shawn so we can all benefit. Once that happens, he can have his original domains re-included.

    I vote for continued membership - but only on the grounds above.
     
    john_loch, Oct 25, 2004 IP
  19. Sorvoja

    Sorvoja Don't hide my ads!

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    #19
    Why can't the offending sites just run ads without getting any weight for a few months. I do not like the typical american "two eyes for an eye", "let's go bomb somebody" way of thinking. If they are really sorry then they should be forgiven if they do all in their power to correct the wrong that has been done.
     
    Sorvoja, Oct 26, 2004 IP
  20. lowrider14044

    lowrider14044 Raider

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    #20
    That's about what I suggested in the other thread. Personally I don't want to poke anyone's eyes out or bomb anyone. :)
     
    lowrider14044, Oct 26, 2004 IP
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