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DoWG Dogs of War Gaming
BANNED for quietly and forcibly making their own members vote without them knowing and/or willing.
How they were caught
Spikes in traffic were noticed via analytics software to www.dowgclan.com/dowg.php dating back to July of 2012
Upon browsing to the url, was presented with a blank page
Viewing the source code revealed the randomization of SIDs in order to automatically obtain votes
Tested from multiple IP addresses.
Confirmed and BANNED.
FALLOUT: Summary of accusations & responses
Accusation: 90% of the clans are cheating
Response: 90% of the clans on top100clans don't even vote.
Accusation: Several clans at the top of the list are cheating
Response: Innocent until proven guilty. This has always been the policy and is the policy of the United States Justice Department for potential criminals. If you don't like it, delete your account.
Accusation: Page views and votes don't add up, must be cheating.
Response: Page views are determined by using the hit counts of the top100clans banner on your site. If you use a custom banner, page views will not be recorded properly.
Accusation: Top100Clans is only in the business of making money and doesn't care about clans.
Response: We are in it to make a profit, who isn't? Facebook, Twitter, your local news site, your youtube channel (seabees), they all have advertisements. EVERYONE is in it for extra money, it's how companies are built and people get jobs. We care very much about clans, this is why we ban cheaters, so others can get a fair chance. By banning a popular clan we actually lose revenue because you won't be coming to our site anymore to view ads. I'm a long time gamer and clan member. My vision was to promote clans to encourage others to play and it still holds true to this day, I do this for you and me.
Accusation: Top100Clans doesn't care about the use of proxies.
Response: Completely untrue. Lots of people don't understand proxies, and how hard it is to block them. There were methods implemented using .htaccess file to block CGI proxies and alleviate some fraudulent voting. The only issue with this was that there were legitimate users also being blocked, such as mobile users. So the decision was made to take this out. Even with this method in place, 80% of proxies would still get through. To actually block proxies, a monthly service would have to be purchased that is similar to a cloud based SPAM provider. This type of service is rare, and is therefore expensive. We don't bring in enough money to afford this. Proxy IP addresses are always changing, and there are thousands of new servers brought up every day. It's almost impossible to block them without help. We try to have our users take the high road and put integrity before cheating. Check the Help section on the site for the original verbiage on proxies.
Accusation: DoWG did not cheat, they made it easier for all their members to vote.
Response: If members don't want to vote, they don't vote. Historical vote records show a significant increase in votes from before the script, to after the script. This means that users were a) too lazy to vote or b) didn't care to vote. By forcing users to vote whether they wanted to or not is CHEATING. This goes for guests and members alike on your site.
Accusation: There are flaws in your voting system
Response: Yep, but that does not give you the right to exploit them, and since you did, you were banned.
DoWG members posted the source of their script to pastebin demanding that my site be fixed.
If they actually wanted the issue fixed so bad they would have told us about the script when it was created back in July. But they didn't, which means that they were using it purely to CHEAT. They now try to use it as a weapon to say it's our fault for not fixing the issue... Dumb asses. An abuse report was filed with pastebin for posting a blatant exploit.
DoWG members created a twitter account @Top100ClansHacks
This was created to try to impersonate @Top100Clans in order to get the word of the hack out there. They also used Top100Clans custom image without permission. An abuse report was filed with Twitter including the handles of those who were responsible for creating the account.
DoWG members created a gmail account to field questions about the exploit: firstname.lastname@example.org
This made me laugh, you guys are fucking idiots.
You cheated, you got caught, and you're angry about it. Here's some advice: Grow the fuck up.
I expect a high response rate from the 3 members of DoWG- It's people like them that are ruining the gaming community. They don't use cognition to actually look at it from all angles and realize that they are dead wrong. You, as a faithful user, should expect to see messages and tweets from these people saying top100clans.com is full of shit and to implement the auto-vote script. If you adhere to the script, you will get banned too. And I'll write a lovely summary about your clan, to be posted on the wall of shame FOREVER.
Twitter handles for unruly DoWG members:
@seabeesrock – this guy bought all 7000 of his twitter followers. Just view one of his videos on youtube, there's no way anyone would follow him.
@Duffy1293 – this kid is just dumb. He believes Facebook is in the business of bringing friends and family together rather than making money.
@Voice59200645 – this guy has a throwaway twitter account, it will probably never be used again. He also thinks that people can vote 5000 times a day using proxies.