Recs now mean nothing! Change this back Motley Fool!
I was checking my blog from yesterday on another computer to see if there were new comments.
Even though I was not signed into CAPS I noticed that the “Rec” button was enabled. I pushed and to my surprise it gave me a rec. When I was not signed in as ANYONE.
I have been blogging here since January 2008 and I know for a fact it has did not work this way for the longest time… In fact I think the change was made very recently.
Have you noticed that Alstry is getting lots more recs these days?
Did you notice that this guy “Vet67to82” got 168 recs on one post without a single comment that was not his? (15 comments that he posted himself)
Did you also notice that every post he has made has had 60-168 recs even though they are very short and don’t really convey any useful information?
Let me explain what is happening here.
[One person is reccing multiple times.]
It is because of the change Motley Fool made that allows you to do this. I would surmise that it was around late March judging from this Vet67to82 character.
Sure we have had rec fraud in the past... Goodvibe with his multiple ghost accounts, That “AndrewGreenBull” guy who would pump worthless penny stocks and then get them 65 recs with his multiple accounts (GETA.OB is a 10 bagger!!!! LOL)
But this rec fraud didn’t bother me much because if you really took the time to create 30 different accounts, sign in as 30 different people and just to get 30 recs first off it would take forever, secondly you would need a lot of e-mail address and lastly it would be just sad.
Simply clearing your internet history and voting again and again is WAY too easy. As a programmer I could write a IE macro that could vote for this post 10,000 times in the next few hours (maybe more). Instead I think I will just get this post 100 recs and stop there as I think my point will be made.
If you agree this needs to change, please give me 20-30 recs. It will only take you about 5 minutes.
PS: Motley Fool can pull this post down if they like, but if you do so please at least make the change. I write these blogs and use the amount of recs I receive as a gauge of how useful my post was. If everyone can easily inflate their number of recs, good posts will be buried under utter crap. This is the only point I am trying to make here.