| 22:55:27 28 January 2004
The man lacking a plan
On forum: 08/02/2003
Top Stories Ratings
I haven't followed the literary contest up to now. To be honest I've only started reading the first part of "Predator of one, Prey of another".
I've noticed on the Stalker site that the "Zone Tales" has ratings for each story. Only good trip (haven't read yet, sorry) has a good grade of 9.64 (almost 100 percent). Why don't the other stroies even have a passing mark (60 percent).
My reason for asking is that I assume that a lot more quality work could have been found in such a contest. Is it because some just read the first story that appears on the page and don't bother with the rest?
Well, basically the literary contest is fundamentally flawed.
It's very easy to use multiple I.Ds to vote other peoples' stories down, which is why even 'Loss of Innocence' which was #1 before Good Trip didn't rate even a 7. As soon as someone decides they don't like you being at number 1 there's pretty much nothing you can do to retaliate, they usually keep voting you down until you're off the top ten ( at which point, strangely enough, the voting down stops ) so you're no longer considered a threat to them.
GSC has admitted that the whole thing just doesn't work, but are keeping it open so that exposure of Stalker stays high until the game is released, it has become little more than a P.R exercise, I'm sorry to say. If you comb through all of the stories I have little doubt you'll find some that deserve a place in the top 10 but are nowhere near it, that's why GSC are now reading all the stories themselves and making the final decisions based on their own personal judgements.
It's a shame it all went pear-shaped, but just goes to show that if you give people anonymity and enough opportunity they'll just see how much they can get away with.
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| 14:06:06 30 January 2004
On forum: 01/09/2003
oh.. I had been absent for some time (quite a long time, actually). Top10 looks like a battlefield now. Over 2500 votes for some of them, from comments it seems like people were voting either 1 or 10...|
Voting should require voters being logged in. Maybe using the same account as these forums, to not overcomplicate things. Of course, its possible to use dummy accounts, but at least thats more hassle.
But hey, I should keep quiet, i made it to top10. My preciousss 15 minutes of fame... until some kid will buy 20 seats in ecafe for 5 min ..ehm.
| 10:46:56 31 January 2004
back with a vengeance
On forum: 07/31/2003
GSC have admitted that they are reading all of the stories, so the logical conclusion is that when the competition finishes.
So GSC did not actualy say they were going to judge the contest?
I say this because when you submit your story it says that it will be judged by the
votes receives by the public. No where does it say GSC is going to judge.
Debbie Does the Zone
Somehow the author is able by some means to get it into the top ten via friends, hacking or both. I think GSC would make an executive cut.
Nope. They do it by changing their IPs- just type winipcfg on "Run" in your windows and reset your IP. THat's it. Look, I know the way to do it, doen't meant I use it (well, at least after I repent..., which was about two years ago, 5 months after my first entry, I think...)
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