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Virily History and why we watch people that move fast now…

Around 2.5 years ago, give or take a little time, there was a cheating problem here on Virily.  People that had 2, 3 posts were suddenly rocketing up the leaderboard (Alex L reminded me to check the rankings from time to time yesterday). That was using a problem on the platform.  That is why when someone shoots up the rankings quickly, most of us that have been around Virily for a while wonder. Yesterday @Ghostwriter posted that she had encountered a problem. She reached out to the Admin team, and they informed her that it was a glitch. It sadly isn’t a glitch. One of the bugs that the cheaters exposed in the platform and one that sadly still exists was saving drafts

Initially, it appears only to be saving drafts of polls. Here is what happened (back in the dark ages of Virily). Someone would create a poll. Then they would save a draft. They would open the draft and then save it again. Some people did this 100, 200, or although I cannot verify this even more. By the time they published the quiz (or some never even published it) they were receiving 2000, 3000, and more Virils per day.  Some of the “cheaters” were earning 10,000 virils in a day, never commenting, posting, or doing anything other than creating polls, saving them, opening them, saving them again. The result was a change to the platform, and the now hated message “creating huh?” when you do that (save a quiz multiple times).

The other issue, it wasn’t really a scandal but it was a little on the edge of cheating, was the comment issue. There were a lot of people that did one of two things.

1.Posted extremely short comments (nice, beautiful)

2.Copied and pasted their comments from post to post

Those two created two other changes to the platform. The first one caused the creation of the minimum comment length rule (20 characters). The section forced the creation of the report button. In theory, comments that you find offensive or that is spam can be reported. The reality is the only ones the moderators will delete forever are the Spam comments.

Sometimes the sins of the past bite you in the future. If you see someone go from 0-60 on Virily, you have to wonder.

  • Did you know about the two previous issues here on Virily?

    • Yes
    • No
  • The community would love shorter comments, but you understand why they can’t right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you wonder when you see someone moving very fast here on Virily?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you ever reported a comment?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. For the first time, cheating hear, dear friend … I do not know what is wrong again … now I can not post …. Post’s always something … slowly I will Virily resent and regret …. I leave friends that I have found quite a few here

  2. Q: Did you know about the two previous issues here on Virily?
    Yes (5 votes) – 45%
    No (6 votes) – 55%
    Q: The community would love shorter comments, but you understand why they can’t right?
    Yes (10 votes) – 100%
    Q: Do you wonder when you see someone moving very fast here on Virily?
    Yes (7 votes) – 70%
    No (3 votes) – 30%
    Q: Have you ever reported a comment?
    Yes (3 votes) – 30%
    No (7 votes) – 70%

  3. I didn’t know these issues. I always save posts to draft, and publish them later, but I haven’t encounter any issues so far.

    I think it’s these cheaters that make the Virily team busier and not able to respond to all our questions sometimes….

  4. I didn’t know about this “cheating”, now I hear it for the first time. I never keep posts in drafts. I compose the post and send it for approval immediately. Even so, yesterday I lost the create button (even today I don’t have one). I really don’t know why I would be bitten by old sins and not my sins. I’m doing it fair (now I feel like a criminal)

  5. I do remember. Traf admitted to scamming. You called him out on it and told him how disappointed you were with him. I was too. I did think that the problem had been fixed, so this is new to me. Thanks for the heads up. Yes, I have used the report button, more in the first few years than now. I haven’t had to use it but a few times this year. Some spammers did get in as you know.

  6. Hmm.. I have faced this Cheating Huh ( not creating Huh ) thrice last week. Since posts were not getting approved I just saved them as drafts to push them out later.
    I had no clue that there was a bug.
    Nope. I have never reported anyone’s comments so far, had no need to thus far.
    I have no problems writing long comments ,but there are times I really don’t know how to respond to short comments which kind of keesp me wondering if the person really read the ;post.

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