Well butter my pooper
It would be more newsworthy if an internet ballot didn't get stuffed.
Internet ballot-stuffing has existed for as long as Rickrolling, if not longer, but it used to be a serious endeavour requiring a certain level of commitment, however misguided. Yesterday a Reddit community sprung up dedicated to the proposition that it's worth the trouble to use bots to skew a Radio Times poll. Yes, the TV …
Tims had nothing against O'Brien. The Tims rallied to vote for Doctor Brady Haran in an earlier round of the poll when he was up against Steve Allen, who tweeted asking for his fans to vote, and that he was up against 'another person I've never heard of '. Allen had in the previous round of voting knocked Dr. Haran's Hello Internet podcast co-host CGP Grey out of the running. This tweet by Allen was taken as a slight by the Tims, who rallied to defend their beloved podcast host's honour. The momentum they generated simply carried their efforts forward to the end of the polls.
With regards to Mr. O'Brien, the Tims actually found his positions to be largely in line with many of their values, and there was a general encouragement in the Hello Internet community to give Mr. O'Brien's content a try to see if it was to their liking.
if the rules explicitly allow multiple votes from the same person.
"Why this particular bunch of Redditors dislike O'Brien is a doctrine of faith, not really explained, and frankly, who cares?"
Also, despite the best attempts of the author to stir up controversy, it wasn't about being against O'Brien, it was about being *for* Brady Haran.
You could've figured this out with about 10 seconds of detective work; your own article links to /r/HelloInternet, the subreddit of the podcast Hello Internet (http://www.hellointernet.fm/), aka the podcast Brady Haran co-hosts and thus was his qualification for being part of the radio/podcast competition to begin with.
In other words, you were on a fanpage for Brady Haran, watching Brady Haran fans organize a voting initiative for Brady Haran, and you didn't figure out why they were voting for Brady Haran.
The first rickroll occurred only ten years ago.
I would imagine that internet ballot-stuffing has been around for as long as internet opinion polls, which themselves have likely been around for almost as long as the internet itself.
The entire point of the vote was to vote as many times as you wanted. We just wanted to vote more often than they did.
Secondly, they were stuffing the ballots too in response, as did all prior opponents we fought against alongside the much respected Dr. Brady Haran & the posh as cushions CGP Grey.
Again, that's Dr. Brady Haran.
Thirdly, we Tims as a whole have no problem with old whatshisname nor did we have a problem with any others. Though that Steve fellow did invoke great wrath when he dared to suggest that Dr. Brady Haran was a small time unknown podcaster who wouldn't stand a chance against the likes of him.
Fourthly, CAPTCHAs to stop the bots were put up at around the 2017-07-24 17:30 mark on this graph https://goo.gl/SAZVZH. We actually shot up at around that time suggesting that yes, there were bots on both sides and the moment CAPTCHA came up, we shot up above 60% suggesting we had more manual voters. The Linux script wasn't in use yet then and we don't even know if it did get through the CAPTCHA.
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