Top 100 voters problem.

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How can your so called "top 1000" voters logically give an episode of a great tv show a vote of 1? That is obviously not an unbiased vote. And due to the fact the the system is weighted, these votes of 1 and 2 drop the overall average of said episode from 9.3 to 8.6. That is a travesty and i hope you review your voting system and attribute a little less weight to the votes of the "top 1000" voters. Thank you.
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Phalen Ivan Roark Gauthier

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  • frustrated and disappointed in imdb

Posted 6 years ago

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Emperor, Champion

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Yep, its a problem. Here is my suggestion with links to previous discussion:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...
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Peter, Champion

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The Top 1000 voters are the users who have voted for most titles, nothing more. There is no particular reason to expect them to be logical or sensible.
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The fact that a cohort of TOP 1000 voters are voting every film and TV show a 1 (out of 10) is a clear sign that this is automated voting using the same piece of Bot software. If this voting was originating without collusion from multiple independent voters who wanted to achieve TOP 1000 voter status, then some people would be rating everything a 5 or a 6 or a 7 (which would certainly be less conspicuous) rather than ranking everything a 1.

So, the problem with the voting on IMDB is not just a group of independent voters all trying to achieve TOP 1000 Voter status. There is an element of cooperation or collusion in what is occurring. That is considerably more . . . sinister,

This type of malware voting should be easily delectable by IMDB staff in many ways, and the offending voters should be tagged or badged such that their votes are given zero weight in any average votes that are posted by IMDB.

It is not appropriate to ignore this problem because "TOP 1000 Voters are not weighed more heavily than any other voters." First of all, IMDB posts the average vote of TOP 1000 voters. If IMDB does not think the average vote of TOP 1000 Voters is important enough to fix, then it is not important enough to post in the first place. Basic business rule: no organization should post information that they believe to be corrupted by malware.

Secondly, many large sites, including video game sites, have on-going staff efforts to detect and prevent instances of automated software (BOTS) interacting with their sites. It has become a standard practice, and if IMDB has not already adopted some anti-BOT strategy then you need to consider doing it. The trust and respect of your user community is a priceless asset, and you should guard it zealously.

I apologize for sounding preachy, and hope IMDB is already on top of this problem.

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