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I want to vote many times in an online photo contest

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9:49 am on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi every body,

I have a peculiar problem. It is as follows,

I have uploaded a photo for a website under "online Photo contest". It requires online website visitors to vote for any photo they wish to choose and vote. For that it is obvious that they get registered before voting in that website. Now I have voted myself 3 times from my PC from home, on two other systems from another place. ( using 3 seperate mail ids each time)

Now when I try to vote again with another new mail id, a message says everytime that I have voted already....:(

Then I have tried the following methods for bypassing that message.

1. Reghosted the system (made a fresh system)
2. Deleted cookies and cleared cache ( on another PC)

On both occassions/PCS, the result is not better but same with the message still occuring saying "Voted already".

Now can anyone suggest me how can I overcome it and vote as many times as I want. Because I guess the voting on that site is I think being manipulated already by some of the leading contestants or their kith and kin. So I too want to join the race in this way if possible.

If somebody says can help me...I will give the site address through "sticky" for them..

I would be thankful to anybody who helps and suggests me a way out.

cheers to all and advance thanks. :)


9:52 am on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I wish the webmaster who found a way to disallow phony votes would write in.
Some of us may like to know how he does it. -Larry


9:59 am on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I sincerely dont think he disallows phony votes.
Because you wont get votes at such a rate for that kind of a contest unless u and webmaster are friends or u really knows what should be done to bypass that. And there is something in the setup which is not correct because when I try to join the website as a newuser with a new mail id from a same PC, a message says "Mail id already exists you have not activated it"...

Howz that possible? coz it requires an activation and then only I get registered completely.


11:00 am on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Can somebody suggest me a way here please....?

Does the website takes into account IP adress too...?


4:11 pm on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member rocknbil is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

France why would anyone want to help you cheat? :-)


4:34 pm on Jun 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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*nods at what rocknbilly said*

Probably the best more or less trustworthy way to disable people from voting over and over again is to first make a sign up process for the voters (to prevent them from writing bots/macros), and besides not allowing people to vote more than once/account also logging voters' IP addresses and only letting a set amount of votes to be cast from one IP.

If you have the time to register new accounts though, you can still use anonymous proxy servers to pass the IP check.


11:11 pm on Jun 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The award should go to best devious computing, not best photograph.


9:54 am on Jun 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member kaled is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

If cookies are being used, you could delete all cookies and vote three more times.

If IP addresses are being used, you would have to use a new proxy server for each vote. However, the chances are that the IP addresses of many free proxies will be known and excluded.

In fact, even proxies don't always mask your location entirely. Some time ago, as a test, I tried a geolocation site - it still found me in the UK even though I was using a proxy in Texas (it found that too). I have no idea how this works - but it does.

You're probably wasting your time.



10:38 am on Jun 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Just as a side note. Depending on server configuration they can have different settings for passing the data. In some cases they replace the senders data in the header with their own (anonymous proxies), but most just forward all the data the way they got it (transparent proxies) so using a transparent proxy is most likely the reason you could trace the route back to your location. Also, it's worth of mentioning that most of the public servers are transparent ones (but there is quite a noticible amount of misconfigured "private" anonymous ones around though, which allow just about anyone to send data through them). If you want to test your servers anonymity there are tons of scripts available on the 'net. Just google it for more info.

Also, sometimes target servers try connecting to different ports on your comp than from what you usually use and if you don't have all of them set up to use the same proxy server, then they'll have a "direct" connection to you and won't have any problems recovering your IP or location. Some proxies have quite peculiar ways of acting when it comes to some particular requests, so it might be a good idea to chain a few anonymous proxies to gain more or less full anonymity. ;)


9:44 pm on Jun 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You could also submit a better photo. -Larry

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