Unusually High Number of Entries (+16,312.7%) in the Final Hours — March 2023 Giveaway — Legion 7 Slim

I took screenshots to record my entries.  By doing that, I also captured the total entries for the giveaway.  Over 7 days, the average hourly entries were +46.58.

But, over the final 15 hoursthe average hourly entries jumped to +7,644.35a +16,312.7% increase (164×"Normal").

Can anyone explain this, please?

Here are my data and calculations:

UID Date-Time Screenshot Total Entries ΔEntries ΔTime Avg Entries/Hour
1 2023-04-01 18:06:29  37,901 0 00:00:00 N/A
2 2023-04-02 05:35:37  38,617 +716 +11:29:08 +62.26
3 2023-04-03 21:27:42  40,710 +2,093 +39:52:05 +52.50
4 2023-04-05 10:43:49  42,739 +2,029 +37:16:07 +54.44
5 2023-04-06 02:18:14  43,755 +1,016 +15:34:25 +65.27
6 2023-04-07 12:47:41  45,448 +1,693 +34:29:27 +40.07
7 2023-04-08 03:55:54  46,227 +779 +15:08:13 +51.49
8 2023-04-09 13:29:43  47,989 +1,762 +33:33:49 +52.49
9 2023-04-10 04:28:35  162,824 +114,835 +14:58:52 +7,644.35
  • Hey M0rn!

    I can help your concerns a bit here, bear with me Slight smile

    You're right, we did see a spike in entrants in the last bit leading up to the contest close for the March sweepstakes - it looks like someone was trying to flood entries in at the last second with multiple accounts. However! Rest assured that these attempts were blocked by a few protection mechanisms:

    1) Gleam automatically detects frequent entries from the same IP and disqualifies suspected spam entries as invalid:

    2) I manually draw the contest winner, and thoroughly vet the winner before notifying/awarding the prize. I make sure that each entry they submitted was valid and, in the case of comments, of high enough effort. In this case, you can see that the winner  posted some great comments on dozens of content pieces in the community Slight smile

    We can't completely stop people from attempting to "game the system," but we have plenty of safety levers to make sure that no one cheeses their way to win. Especially with the hardware contests!

  • You wouldn't lie to me, would you?  In your reply to this discussion topic, is every statement you made factual and accurate?

    I have developed transaction and reporting systems for Fortune 100 companies, since 1997.  I'm sure you can imagine my concern with a system which tallies and reports erroneous totals.

    Imagine each entry is a financial instrument — like a share of stock in Lenovo.  The issued shares in the March 2023 Giveaway appear to be diluted in the final hours.

    My stake went from 0.156% to 0.046% in half a day.  If I were a Wall Street investment bank, I'd drop a BRINKS truck on whomever is responsible.

    Unfortunately, I'm fresh out of BRINKS trucks. Money mouth

  • You know how to fix something "odd"?  Get even. Skull

  • That's really interesting data! I have seen that happen sometimes, but I didn't have the screenshots to report. 

  • Whoa. This is very interesting to see someone post detailed data of how many people submit for sweepstakes. I would never have thought the numbers would have spiked during those last 15 hours. I was wondering if you would also keep an eye out for the April sweepstakes. 

  • Oh no!  After an earlier upvote (+1), it seems my reply to  has garnered some negative attention: 2 downvotes (+1-2=-1).

    I guess those readers found Ben's explanation satisfactory.  Especially the image of repeated "Invalid" statements — absent any details — what is invalid?  Is it important to protect the privacy of those whom attempt to exploit the entries system, for a Giveaway???

    Perhaps I am being Irrationally suspicious.

    I didn't think to look at Derek T.'s profile, until Ben brought it to my attention.  While viewing his profile, I noticed Derek T. has only 3 friends:

    1. Ben G. — with 46,393 friends
    2. Daniel Cox — with 46,316 friends
    3. postato — with 46,325 friends

    Derek T. certainly has a type, when choosing friends.

    I thought to myself, "Maybe Ben G. would like to be my friend, too."  After all, he was quick to reply to my topic.  It was only up for 11 minutes.  He was the first to reply.  And so helpfully.

    I sent a "Connect" request in 30 minutes (or less... like Domino's).

    That was 7.5 hours ago.  Ben G. still hasn't accepted my request.

    I guess I'm no Derek T.

  • Well... now you know to take screenshots.

    They say that, "knowing is half the battle." (in 1980s, G.I. Joe cartoons' public service announcements... "Yo, Joe!")

  • We'll see.

    I don't know whether to count the minutes — the hours — or the days — before my account gets suspended, banned, or shadow-banned.

    If I or my posts "disappear"... remember me.  But, have the sense of self-preservation.  Don't follow me down. Zipper mouth

  • Interesting. I'm guessing this is pretty common occurrence with on-line contests.