Ballot stuffing in the Top 250 (Movies) for Bollywood films

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I believe that ballot stuffing is a technique widely used across IMDb in certain films that appear in the Top 250 (Movie) List.  It seems to be prominent in Indian films -- something that I believe IMDb already caught wind of in the recent past, since several Indian movies (e.g. Like Stars On Earth, A Wednesday, Munna Bhai MBBS, Rang de Basanti) suddenly dropped from the Top 250 in a span of a few days, some months ago. Gangs of Wasseypur is a particular title which I suspect has reached the Top 250 thanks to ballot stuffing -- though of course, I could be wrong.  The same might be said for Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India.

I come to this conclusion based on the abysmal ratings each film has from Top 1000 voters, and the fact that each film's weighted rating is below its arithmetic mean.  I realize that for Top 250 consideration, ALL regular voters are given weight in the voting process -- not just Top 1000 voters.  But still, based on the sudden removal of all those Indian movies earlier this year, it seems that IMDb is aware of some unorthodox voting techniques that are underway for Bollywood movies, and I want IMDb to remain aware of this so that the Top 250 can maintain its integrity for years to come. Thank you very much.
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Phil Leguichard

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bluesmanSF, Champion

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Just so you know, don't go by those Top 1,000 votes because, historically, people knowing they are top 1,000 try to, on their own, balance the voting by voting low when they think scores are too high. So, it's kind of going both ways.

One thing that constantly gets suggested is that if anyone carries extra weight it should be those who've written actual reviews rather than those who have blindly piled on votes to become top 1,000. Personally I think it's not a bad idea at all. But I think they should dump the top 1,000 because it's aiding abuse.
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Phil Leguichard

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Oh wow, I wasn't aware that a user could *know* they are a Top 1000 voter. Yes, that is cause for concern. I agree with you regarding the review-writing and the extra prestige that should come with that.
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Hi Phil -

Thanks for your report.  I just wanted to add a quick note here to assure you that our voting system has several safeguards in place and that this type of behavior is periodically detected and automatically defeated.

For more details, please see here.

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