LingQ video contest
The LingQ video contest was launched at the end of January. Voting began on March 1st and ended March 15. We thank all participants for their great videos.
Here are the top five:
Alexpatru had 976 views and 240 likes for a ratio of likes/view of 24.59%
OscarP had 1452 views and 210 likes for a ratio of likes/view of 14.46%
Adran_K had 360 views and 52 likes for a ratio of likes/view of 14.44%
Goldenspeaker 742 views and 48 likes for a ratio of likes/view of 6.47%
Peter had 517 views and 33 likes for a ratio of likes/view of 6.38%
What stands out to us is that contestant Alexpatru had a very high % of likes/views, much higher than the norm for this kind of event. We dug a little a deeper and found the following:
On March 5th, Alexpatru had 103 views and 63 likes (61% likes), and on March 15th, Alexpatru had 230 views and 106 likes (46%).In other words these two days alone account for of 34% of views, and fully 70.5 % of likes for Alexpatru.
We feel that there is a strong possibility that some form of vote garnering, beyond normal promotion, took place on those two days.
All contestants were allowed to promote their videos in order to garner support, in the form of “likes” or votes at youtube. Here is the wording of our initial announcement.
"During the voting stage of the competition, you are free to promote your video through whatever means possible.
Make sure you get all your friends to vote for and share it too!"
I don’t mind saying that in my view, Oscar’s video was the best, in terms of originality and video quality. I feel that Alexpatru’s video did not compare favourably with many other submissions.
But the issue here is only fairness based on the rules of this kind of competition, something that we did for the first time. We now know, for example, that it is possible, to purchase votes for this kind of competition. Here is an example of such a site that Alex found:
There are perhaps other ways to influence the vote that rely on means that we did not envisage when we started the competition. Are these methods of generating votes in the spirit of the competition?
What do you think we should do?