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Bots on the top 15 leader board

Just wanted to say that I think something odd is happening on the gallery tonight….. I think someone is running a bot or some program to increase views. It happened on my cake where i went from 18 to ver 100 views within 30 but I can see it very clearly on several others as well. Hundreds of views within minutes. Something is fishy. Not the first kind of “cheat” I’ve noticed but certainly strange that it’s happening to multiple peoples photos. Either this person is testing a program before they post their cakes or there is some sort of bug on the gallery.

Bliss Pastry, Deland, Florida https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bliss-Pastry/123883354373830

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Bliss Pastry ...

Btw the impacted photos have all been commented on by one particular user. Who has never posted a cake before. It’s very odd.

Benni Rienzo Radic ...

I noticed that as well.

Tina ...

i totally agree. confusing and a bit disappointing.. i wonder really .. what does it take to make it to the daily top 15???! lols!

Prima Cakes Plus ...

That is really sad that someone would go through the trouble of doing that. What does it get you? Its not like you are going to win something unless they are trying the bot out for the quarterly awards. Which is then reply really sad, because it is supposed to be a recognition of your peers enjoying your work. Just like the top 3 does. It is not le it will get you more clients because most people who would be your clients are not looking on here.

Bliss Pastry ...

Yes it was odd. I’ve seen plenty of times people post cakes and it almost looks like there are multiple fake accounts that have only ever commented on that submitters cakes. I mean it’s totally great to be on the leader board or top 3 but… Reality is its not like it gets you more orders. It’s just a ego thing and we all like the praise or we wouldn’t post. we like to see other peoples work and we like others to see ours and think its good. I guess not everyone is honest or wants honest feedback they maybe just see it as a contest. Where you don’t really win anything lol.

Ana Remígio - CUPCAKES & DREAMS Portugal ...

Hello!! I´m new here… but it seems that, that user commented my cakes, that were in the top 3, do you thing that was related??? I really don´t understand…

Bliss Pastry ...

Ana I was just throwing out theories but there is no way to prove anything. It was just something that looked odd but probably wasn’t what it seemed to be.

Ana Remígio - CUPCAKES & DREAMS Portugal ...

Ok. Thank you.

Corrie ...

Ana- Maybe you are referring to Michal, LOL! Sorry Michal you fit the description…random friendly commenter with no cakes of his own to post….fishy! Just kidding, we love you :)

Corrie ...

So after some sleuthing, I see the connection now between the cakeless commenter and the particular profile being commented on and getting ranked up very fast- way too suspicious in my opinion. And like Prima said, it’s just sad….um, but you better believe I’ll keep an eye out and be the bratty tattler and voice my opinion if this particular person does actually win anything through cheating. Not fair to the other decorators, Michal or really in the end to herself.

Corrie ...

Ok, more stalking done- this particular person may or may not be using ‘bots’ per se, but looking at her FB profile is a total “like” beggar and is someone who really pushes others to like her page/posts….still sad, I’d rather others like my work or view my cakes because they WANT to, not because I begged, pleaded, made a deal or through other dodgy means.

Ana Remígio - CUPCAKES & DREAMS Portugal ...

Hello again. No, I was not referring to Michal. And I don´t understant what that person gain by using “bots” on others people work ???

Bliss Pastry ...

Well in theory if someone had never posted cakes before but wanted to guarantee a top spot…and was savvy enough to write a program they would want to see how it works first. Keep in mind there are many times someone in top 3 has what look like fake accounts commenting and favoriting. Which is really the fastest way onto the leaderboard i stead of by view. You can tell by looking at those accounts and you will see they were likely created about the same time as the others and have only ever commented in one persons body of work. It’s all theory though. As a site grows there are going to be people trying to get around the system. And no it doesn’t make sense as to why because it’s not like you win a cash prize or something from being in the top. I’ve seen the fake account thing happen on cakers who are very talented too who would probably be in top 3 all on their own merit. So no. It makes no sense to those of us who are honest,

verjaardagstaartenbestellen.nl by Linda ...

Oh my you girls are good at this investigating!!! Secret agent Kristen and Corrie at your service!! LOL

Michal Bulla ...

As some of you mentioned already – it doesn’t make sense to boost the traffic, comments and faves by using fake accounts. It’s like buying a trophy with my own name.

Anyway – If you’ll find out that someone is doing this, just send me a private message and I will take care of that.

Since there are around 100 000 visitors each month, we are not able to find out who exactly makes all the views (you don’t have to be registered to view cakes). Because of this, we’re still reevaluating the formula – the more visitors we have, the less the weight of the view in the formula is.

I’m the biggest spammer here btw. :)