It was supposed to be a nice little photograph competition, not a huge event, but winning 5,000 Lindens is a lovely sum of money to buy a few pairs of good shoes and perhaps pay your rent for a few weeks. DX Exchange had kindly sponsored the competition and I looked forward to going over and voting for what I thought was the best picture. The judging had been left up to the people calling in and casting their votes, although it seems now that this can be used unfairly by some residents of SL.
When I arrived to look at the pictures, all of which were of a high standard, many of them deserving to win, I noticed that a couple of entries had a ridiculously high number of votes. On top of this the actual people who had entered seemed to have taken over the virtual Knightsbridge gallery, standing guard in front of all the photos. Of course vote rigging can’t really be proved, but one of my friends told me that when he had gone in to vote one of the crowd had asked him to give the picture they wanted to win a vote as well, which is simply out of order. As I watched I saw people teleporting straight into the display area and knowing what picture to vote for almost the second they arrived without looking at the other pictures. Ok perhaps people’s friends do go in and vote for them to show their support, but over 400 ‘friends’ willing to do that?
I’m not going to post the winners here because, in my opinion, I think the contest rules had not been complied with, as people weren’t going in and looking at all the pictures to pick the best ones. I feel sorry for the other people who entered, as their photos were very nice, but they never stood a chance against the determination of people who thought 5,000 Lindens was a fortune and worth bending the rules for. What does that work out to, well I’m not very good at maths but maybe around £10, and I can only think that the people are hard up in real life to fight so hard to win it.
If you dropped into the gallery let me know what you think. Do you think this contest was unfairly won? If you entered let me know your feelings and how you think contests should be judged in the future. What I saw happen, just to win a few pounds, was astonishing.
PS Oh and by the way I am beginning to dislike that animation override that people use when they swagger around thinking they look like gangsters, Al Capone’s they are not!!!