[maemo-developers] Mails about ratings from "Downloads"

From: Cornelius Hald hald at icandy.de
Date: Wed Nov 18 10:07:35 EET 2009
On Wed, 2009-11-18 at 00:12 +0000, Valerio Valerio wrote:

> seems that is still possible to vote trough Maemo-select without
> login, I'm still getting a lot of rating from anonymous, most of the
> times a bunch of them as described by Conny.

It's also possible to vote anonymously via maemo.org Downloads.

I was looking into why the votes come in batches of 5-10 votes at a time
and it probably has to do with the (super) slow response times of the
web interface + that the backend does not check whether or not someone
already voted. This check seems to be only implemented on the frontend

So what happens it this:

1) User clicks on Vote
2) Browser sends data to server inserts it into the database sends out
email etc...
3) Server needs several minutes to prepare and send back updated html
(or js) to the client.

Between 2) and 3) the user clicks the Vote button again because nothing
happened for 10 seconds or so. Again the vote data is sent to the
server, inserted in the DB etc...

Then still nothing happens and the user clicks Vote again and again and
again. You get lots and lots of votes, all with the same rating from the
same person :)

I actually tried that and gave my app 3 anonymous votes in a row without

The result is, that, for example, Conboy for Fremantle now has 74 votes
with 284 downloads. Wow that's user participation ;) In reality I think
Conboy got around 7 unique votes.


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