@bramby2 That’s fucking magical the way the toilet paper just hangs there without falling. (On a side note, it seems taking the picture in landscape mode seems to help with the rotation issue when uploading.)
The Lime iBook had a broken screen. The iBook G4 was hit by lightning. The classic Mac mini’s power supply became super flakey and would shut down the unit randomly. The MacBook Air’s RAM suddenly stopped working.
Not pictured because it is in my basement and is rather heavy: my Mac Portable that doesn’t work because its near-impossible to replace lead-acid battery is completely depleted, and unlike modern computers, it can’t run off of wall power alone - it ran exclusively off the battery which would charge when plugged in.
I promise that despite all these forlorn units, there are many more working, much loved ones all over my home.
I bought this on an Amazon warehouse deal when they had like a 20% off sale. They said like new, it wasn’t and was missing accessories. It also had broken wires to the heated bed that are a result of a design flaw.
I got some more credit back from Amazon for the damage, rewired the bed and tried but haven’t gotten it to work right yet. I haven’t had time for it much the past couple of months, so it’s sitting here kind of sad and that sample filament is probably soaking up humidity.
On the positive side, the SD card came with a bunch of models on it from the previous owner who ran it long enough to break it and return it to Amazon.
Seeing as how it was advertised up front that it was going to be a “shitty prize” I hadn’t really thought of the likelihood of cheating. I’m doing this because it’s tremendously fun. (Thanks @Seeds!) If someone is cheating, it’s on them.
A quick thought -
Hopefully, the number of suspect voters is very small. Maybe the Meh staff could glean enough info from the accounts to see if it’s a likely cheat?
In the final analysis, though, this is @Seeds game and @Seeds prize, so the decision lays (goat blame or not) on @Seeds.
I really wanted to drop a “/giphy cheaters suck” here, but thought better of it. Use your imagination.
@Kawa I’m all for sharing the bad apple list. Thieving bastards can really suck the joy out of games. I trust meh to uncover twisted fuckheads trying to spoil the amateur games here. And @Seeds, part of the competition joy is night terrors from dreading the win. Keep the prize. 'Scuse me, I do believe it’s time for my medicine.
@mehcuda67@PlacidPenguin@Seeds Hmm. Let’s discuss the mysterious JakeJake with the disabled profile that suddenly got a tying star in there at the very end. I hope there’s no shenanigans and no one is using another account to vote for themselves.
@bramby2@mehcuda67@PlacidPenguin@Seeds Exactly. Which makes an account with virtually no history here extremely questionable and annoying. I’d hope for some absolute honesty. Hell, I could ask all the friends I have with an account here to hop on and star my submission but to me that’s simply cheating. So, if that account belongs to someone else already here I’d hope they step up and admit it and play fairly.
@Seeds crap… I have been cheating since day 1… @mfladd … you were beautiful then, are now, so quit your bitchin’ – use it as a lesson for your kids, what is posted on the internet stays on the internet!
@bramby2@mehcuda67@PlacidPenguin@Seeds Personally, I say go forward without a prize. Let’s just do the hunt for the simple fun of seeing how everyone interprets that day’s request. No stars to worry about, no prize to cheat for.
@Seeds Past activity can be a little difficult to determine, especially when someone’s account is hidden. In this case I didn’t recognize the name at all and a Google search didn’t show any posts or comments by them either.
@cinoclav I mean it can be, but I just went through this whole thread and jakejake was the only voter whose name I didn’t recognize. If it’s only a couple randoms showing up I can chase em down.
I’d hate to tell someone who just happens to join meh now that their vote doesn’t count, but if people are going to cheat I don’t see another way so you can blame me if that happens. If I do disallow a vote I’ll tag the person in the post after closed.
Of course, new (as in just joined or have no past activity on the site at all) people are still encouraged to participate in the scavenger scramble.
If my voting on my posts makes you uncomfortable then I won’t do it anymore.
And you have no reason to feel bad. If I was hosting a contest and somebody whose name I did not recognize (and could not track down) starting voting, possibly altering the vote, I would probably also be suspicious.
It’s just, if lurkers are participating, then wouldn’t it be a disservice to not count them?
I’m truly sorry that this turned into a thing though.
@cinoclav@JakeJake@Seeds I don’t care about the prize, I just think the daily photo posts are fun. In other forums I’ve been a member of, they make rules like “only votes from unhidden accounts older than XYZ months”, etc. But that’s annoying to police.
Really…I think the stakes are so low it probably doesn’t matter.
@Seeds I’d personally rather run the risk that someone is cheating than run the risk that someone legit is being discounted. At the same time, I’m participating because it’s a fun little distraction and not for any particular desire to win, so the hypothetical threat of cheating really doesn’t affect me anyway. So, however much weight it should get, my vote is to let suspicious actors act freely.
@Seeds Like the others I don’t really care about a prize. Actually the prospect of winning has probably kept me from posting as often as I could (of course being on vacation without super reliable internet also has been a factor). Cheating (if/when it occurs) sucks. Whatever you decide will be fine with me though.
ETA: We all know who’s to blame anyway if there has been cheating.
@Seeds I would guess that most of us are in it for the challenge not the possible prize so you do what feels right to you. I’m one of those who rarely has commented/ participated in the past but your scavenger scramble spoke to me. So thank you no matter what your decision is.
@Seeds Chiming in since I was tagged but I think whatever you decide is fine. Like I whispered to you when I screwed up and posted late once, I’m not in it to win it, just posting for fun at times. It’s your contest, so I think if you choose to take the votes at face-value because that’s easier and less time-consuming, then that’s okay.