Are Results Accurate?
The accuracy of online contest votes has those with selfish interests. In order to really know whether the accuracy of the contest should be in never really been a hot topic of discussion on the internet, yet the system seems like It can be prone to abuse by question, it is important to know exactly how the contest works. In the beginning, there is a content creator looking for traffic to increase on their site. The content creator chooses to implement a contest onto their website and let users come in and vote for whoever they want to win. The prize is chosen and people visit the site to support loved ones or people they support and traffic increases on the site as they visit to vote. Certain voters choose to stick around and see more of the site and the content creators frequent viewer base increases. The part of the plan that can be easily abused in the voting, as most of the systems will not track IPs to make sure someone isn’t voting more than once. When someone chooses to spam their votes in order to get someone to win, there isn’t much the content creator can do and the contest remains unfair.
Fixing the Issue. Is It Worth It?
The biggest problem regarding inaccuracy lies in sites whose only goal is to allow people to purchase votes for an online contest and allow them to choose to winner by themselves. This means anyone can just enter a contest or have someone they know enter the contest and purchase enough votes to make them win and reap the rewards of the prize. This sort of abuse isn’t just hurtful to the other contestants, as they never really get a chance to compete in the competition; it is also unfair to the content creator, and the skewed results discourage people from voting, or from returning after they vote. The actions of the abuser hurt everyone involved in the contest, and the results aren’t really accurate as the majority of them were placed by a bot the abuser purchased. The problem is pretty unavoidable for content creators with no experience in contest planning, and their websites will usually never see another contest on them again. For those who have experience with these things, anti-bot submission requirements will allow them to avoid at least one of these abusers. Still, the effort might not even be worth it as the results will always be tainted by those who choose to vote 2 to 3 times instead of once. Online contest votes will almost always suffer from this, so content creators have to be ready for anything and make sure they give everyone a fair chance when it comes to winning fair and square.