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Cheating – A Community Responds

I don’t have to write the first of today’s blog posts…because you guys wrote it for me.

In TELive yesterday I spoke about how one of the key elements in a gamified system is for its members to set acceptable level of behavior and to police that system themselves.

The responses to yesterday’s CTP Teams blog post on this very issue is about as a good an example of seeing that in action as it is possible to get.

Here are just a short selection of the many responses you guys submitted:

“It is not fair to those of us that spend hours surfing at several different TE’s per day for one bad egg to ruin it for the rest of us.”

“This is a wake up call to all the cheaters: Sooner or later you’ll be caught!”

“It makes me sad to find out we had a cheater on our great team. I am happy to hear that members of my team took action fast. Great job.”

“I totally agree with the decision to suspend this cheat member. I don’t want to be a fellow of anyone to try cheat.”

“My first reaction, when I heard it happened on our team, was proxy embarrassment and next a disbelief that TE owner could do something like that. In my book it’s like shooting oneself in the foot.”

“What this individual hopefully is learning is that this is not just a community but is a family and as such, we will take action as a family and protect one another. To cheat the family is to in essence say that you are not one of the family and you are not one of the community. So I have no qualms about banning that individual at each of my sites as well.”

“Cheaters doesn’t belong anywhere, especially not in the CTP teams.This is a team effort and it’s a fun way to network with others and help and motivate another. ”

“Since joining CTP not only am I apart of a great team, “Kore4″ all the way baby! But I am learning so much. It is sad for someone to cheat it hurts the team they are on and I hope that anyone else who feels they need to cheat will see this as a lesson.”

“We, the Lucky 13 team were offended by this action.
Hats off to our alert team members for noticing this, and having the integrity to report it.”

“I know that sometimes cheaters get away with it but why bother? Nobody wants to have a cheater on their team. It takes away the enjoyment of honestly winning and truly claiming the top prize as a group.”

And just to be totally fair, it is only right that I also print a representative selection of the comments which were in support of the cheater.

So here goes.

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Hmmm. There aren’t any. Funny thing that.

24 responses to “Cheating – A Community Responds”

  1. Raj G says:

    One bad Apple cannot spoil a Cart full of Good Apples….

    Cheers to all for extending wholehearted support…

    Thanks ~ Raj
    .

  2. The cheater was a TE OWNER as well (that’s what it says in one of the comments)????

    That’s even more disheartening, when someone in a position of leadership in the community at large stoops to such levels.

    If he/she is willing to take advantage in a “game”, the question becomes would he/she be willing to take advantage of his/her members as well…?

  3. Neil says:

    Who was it?

  4. Charlotte Ericson says:

    Great post ! Nice to hear that nobody defends someone who doesn’t play buy the rules.

  5. Lynn M says:

    Great post, and the best part of this post was the end (the fair representation of those in support of the cheater)!

  6. Sig says:

    To bad I couldnt make the call yesterday, but Its interesting what comes up here.

    There will allways be cheaters, that is the sad truth, even when i do some time of and do Gaming, there is many cheaters.

    How I look at it is this: Isnt it much better feeling to know you play the real way and win, and know your doing it coz your good at it!?

    The cheaters dont get it, they will allways loose at the end.

    Keep up the good work all teams. Lets Rock it!

    Cheat off

    Sig

  7. Nana Carreras says:

    Im happy for the comunity response. We are honest people, and all of we heat the cheat.
    CTP is a perfect site to learn and fun. All of we must to protect the integrity of CTP.

  8. Patricia Hedge says:

    It is always unfortunate when these things happen!
    However the responses clearly indicate that the majority of our community are straight shooters.
    The minority who find it necessary to bend the rules or cheat will probably always exist but at least now have been forewarned!

  9. Frank says:

    Great Post!

  10. Great job all -to get the cheater 🙂 …what a loss he/she have had now lmao

  11. Virginia Herron says:

    I love the selection of supporters for the cheater. That should be a good lesson for the next one wanting to try something.

  12. John Brewer says:

    The sound of silence can be very loud. Wonderful post. It is refreshing to see that we all stand as one on this matter.

  13. Stephen Whittle says:

    Great post! Glad the situation was resolved so quickly!

  14. richard says:

    Patrick, can you give us names? We can’t be supporting this cheater. I don’t want to give my money to support cheaters, and I’m sure no one else wants to either.

    We need names!

  15. Glenn Witmer says:

    How strange no one in support of cheating, that’s great

  16. soph142 says:

    Whoever the cheater was I bet its gone to sites anew
    I hope it lost a load of $$$ in the process. If we knew who it was it would lose reputation too.
    Bot user??

    Thanks Patrick for your posts. Heads up!

  17. Myra P says:

    Cheaters just makes it harder for the honest folks; disappointing and annoying.

  18. There are two kinds of cheaters. the ones who cheat for their own betterment and the ones who help others cheat. Either way, it is wrong. I have seen students give someone else answers to problems or on a test and when they get caught, they are shocked. I think we all have learned the hard way in different times in our lives. I hope that whoever cheated learned from their mistake.

  19. Karen Kuty says:

    Great post, Patrick.

  20. Sunny Suggs! says:

    I think it’s fantastic that Lucky 13 is (as I write this) in the #1 spot – after losing those points from the cheater! Way to go Lucky 13!!

  21. Hear yea! Hear yea! Hear yea!

    All cheaters will be be shamed and shunned.

    What a way to kill an online career, reputation, and potentially a future, over a game!

    Luckily the community discovered this person’s true nature in something minor before anyone got hurt in a big way.

  22. Anton Parvov says:

    Cheaters just makes it harder for the honest folks, and yes – it is annoying and disappointing…

  23. I do not understand cheaters, the few times i have cheated say at a video game and got something for nothing… it feels like the game is over, whats the point any more

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