Now anyone who knows me would know that there is probably no one more gung-ho and game than me when it comes to joining contests. My motto has always been "There is nothing to lose by trying,".
The Nido contest would determine the winners via the number of votes they would receive on Nido's Multiply page. The top ten entries with the most number of votes would win a year's supply of Nido Fortified. Meanwhile, the moms and kids in the top ten videos would be featured in a Nido music video. Seems fair enough -- provided each IP would only be allowed to vote once.
Alas, it wasn't long before the contestants discovered that they could stay up all night long and live like zombies just to keep voting for their own entries. Some even resorted to an automated voting program which would do the voting for them while they went about their own business -- as long as they kept their computers on, it would just generate votes and more votes.
I tried to live like a zombie, camped in front of my computer day in and day out. Later on, I even got the chance to use the automated voting program myself but decided not to go through it. Somewhere along the way, I woke up, smelled the coffee, and decided that what I was doing was really really senseless, pointless, and just way too demanding of my time, effort, and resources. The contest ran for three months. You can basically upload whatever you want and win as long as you can come up with a gazillion votes by any means possible. There was no judging whatsoever. In that span of time I could do so many other more productive things than obsessing with how many votes I had, who was on the top ten, and so forth. At the time that my life was taken over by the Nido contest, my work suffered, my family suffered, my writing suffered, and I suffered. It was just not worth it. I realized I could easily buy a year's supply of milk by devoting myself to other more profitable pursuits.
After the Nido contest, many other similar online voting contests popped up. As for me, I've had enough. Unless the voting can be conducted in a fair, rational, and all-grounds-equal manner -- I believe this is possible, I'm not touching any voting contest with a ten foot pole.
Why am I posting about this now? I received a PM on Multiply about Nido and another online voting contest, and I remembered. I want to make it clear I have nothing against Nido or any other entity who's holding an online voting contest, nor am I condemning those who choose to join these contests. It's a free country, and people can choose what they want to do. What I have expressed is simply my personal stand.
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