Anyone who’s been checking the gigatown website over the last day or so has been finding something’s up with the scoring.
Instead of going up, as they have been, the tallies for several towns has been going down.
What’s going on?
Chorus’ Gigatown competition began with a noble aim: to showcase the benefits of Ultrafast Broadband fibre. . .
But now the Gigatown competition has opened it’s home page is … a riot. At first glance, it’s hard to work out what the hell’s going on. . .
A communications professional involved in one town’s bid tells NBR ONLINE, “I know there has been cheating. $200,000 is at stake and councils are paying people to coordinate the campaigns. Someone in both Oamuru and Porirua set up bots to rack up tweets.”
From the start we have worked with Chorus to define the rules of the competition along with the other competing towns….
At my request, Chorus set up a facebook closed group for the managers to discuss the rules and events. I could see early on the potential for abuse and the social media frenzy that would be created that would become extremely hard for Chorus to manage.
There has been a change in the rules, and Chorus is working at removing points that do not fit within these parameters across the board. Their facebook page clearly states the definition of “spam” which is definitely not what one would expect from a flippant use of the word.
Your comments show little insight into the vigor that the residents of the participating towns are displaying and their enthusiasm at promoting their communities. Yes, a monster is in the process of being created, yet the outcome, whether a town wins or not, will be increased social networking between education, business, local government and the greater community.
The Gigatown Oamaru team has stated from the start that we will play fair, and win a clean fight.
I am incredibly proud of Oamaru, given that little effort with no funding that has taken us to the top of the leaderboard from day 1. This shows a town with huge potential.
So… what does Spam looks like?
To help keep #Gigatown fair, fun and relevant we are regularly sweeping for spam.
No-one likes spam, and the social media platforms we’re using have spam rules of their own that we all need to follow.
So, just to be clear, here is a list of spam-like activity that won’t be counted. . . .
Chorus has a tiger by the tail. It’s important for the company and the integrity of the competition that rules are clear and abided by.
They must be trying to sort it out now because the scoreboard reads:
Time for a regular check under the hood.
We will be back online soon.
But don’t worry your points are still being scored.