Voting in the 2009 contest was intentionally skewed by ModRetro members in order to claim prizes for use in their own contests, or .
On top of that, there's the little matter of the tinfoil portable that was entered for the sole purpouse of claiming more prizes:bacteria @ Modretro wrote:Make sure my portable wins the BH compo and those prizes will be used here for compos, simple. I have said before that I will do that with any prizes I win in it. We need more votes though - over to you...
Yoshilime @ MR wrote:I don't understand why lazer...his portable is utter crud...why are people voting for him?
It was clearly an intentional plan:Snowpenguin @ MR wrote:To make him win, his prizes go to MR, just vote for him guys.
http://www.forums.modretro.com/viewtopi ... 186#p15186" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;PalmerTech @ MR wrote:People are voting for it for teh lulz.
You guys missed the chatroom conversation about this, didn't you?
Yes, bacteria's post was on the 8'th and voting started on the first. However, there's an interesting pattern in the votes, even ones predating that post:basement_modder @ MR wrote:@snow-the original plan was to have Bacteria win and Lazer place second, then use the prizes in the modretro compo set to start around mid fall.
ShockSlayer wrote:1. lazer_174300
3. EVIL NOD (If I have to pick on,e I like the cake SNES :3 )
nightwheel wrote:1. Bacteria
(Whoops, didn't see the bit about not editing you post. Put back my original votes)
iamscuzzo wrote:1. Bacteria
bacteria wrote:1. Bacteria
I guess, like last year, each portablizer will vote for their own entry, so I have too!
Lazer_174300's system made me laugh so much and gave so much of an entertainment factor, that it deserves voting for IMHO!
These are all posts from 9/1/09 and 9/2/09, by the way.DNT 2.5 wrote:1.lazer_174300
I am very disappointed in you. Not in the fact that you're recycling the prizes; I couldn't care less about that. I'm disappointed in the way you abused our trust and Hailrazer's generosity. Besides, there was a good chance bacteria would have won anyway, because he made a legitimately good portable. Lazer, however... You know as well as I do that you were only voting for it to claim more of the prizes for yourselves, and thus denying other entrants who put real time and effort into their creation of any chances at a reward. You got greedy and used bribery to stuff the ballot.
If bacteria had won without this kind of persuasion and then donated the prizes, that would have been fine. At that point, they would have been his to do with as he pleased. However, by offering them up as a reward beforehand ("Vote for me and you'll get a kickback"), they became bribes. The whole mess with Laser and his chunk of aluminum foil, however, really crossed the line.
I think the very least you can all do is issue a public apology to Hailrazer and all the other contest entrants, for abusing his generosity and unfairly shutting them out of the running (respectively). Yes, I have read the posts he made on Modretro. However, I saw little reconciliation there (only one "sorry Hailrazer" from Palmer), only a bunch of you backpedalling to cover your own butts. How are we supposed to trust that you won't pull a stunt like this again next year, or on any other contests or polls we do for that matter?
Personally, if you honestly supported this plan, you've lost all respect from me.