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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    All,

    Based on investigations of recent member signups, their voting and viewing habits as well as thier lack of postings, I have decided to halt The Best of 2003 voting as I believe that there has been a "certain" level of ballot stuffing by certain parties who are in the running for the various awards.

    This board will not "endorse", in any way, any misguided vote result and as such will re-run the vote under ABW V4.0 where we will have more safeguards inplace and add certain criteria for voting privileges to ensure a true result.

    I apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

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    I don't see a problem with it.

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    I was very peeved at you until I read the part about abw 4.0

    Do you know how long the wait should be?

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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    Realistically ... before 1/1/04

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    TY Haiko! If you've noticed something unethical, then we should definately do a revote.

    (This feels soo Florida 2000...)

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    No problem here with that decision. Thanks for being so observant.
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    No problemo. I was hoping on write-in votes anyhow to carry the day. Never thought about bringing in stangers, as I get roasted by regulars without all the additional lurkers.

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    I did get so caught up in the voting frenzy that I actually voted more than once ina couple of categories. However, it wouldn't let me vote the second time. Good move Haiko.

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    Its disgraceful what some people will do to win the award, they be ashamed of themselves, they should also be banned from the voting process.

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    So that gives me some time to buy some nominations until then?

    Free $10 bonus for anyone who nominates me for the most devilish AF manager of 2003. Just kidding.

    Good call Haiko.

    Merry Christmas all!



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    ABW Ambassador Akiva's Avatar
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    Haiko, any hint as to what vote had the stuffing? Was it one or all? To me, the best network vote looks the most suspicious since after you posted the original results, things changed drastically. Not saying for sure, but I did notice that.

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    Well, for the record, Akiva gets my vote for best AM of the year....

    I'll be more than happy to pass on the "Crown" this year...

    I'll take it back next year Akiva, we can alternate...

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    I guess this shows how powerful ABW has become
    People must be thinking the seal of approval and the best of award is a very valuable promotional tool to help push their program

    Or it may have been someones innocent method of really, really wanting to win badly enough that overcame their better judgement.

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    Well walleye warrior,

    You may have a point and yet ...

    I am seeing Jerry Srpinger behavior! How silly can someone be to stuff a ballot on this board.

    Shame on you who ever you are!

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    I'll publicly state that although I was leading in 3 of the votes, I swear I was not involved in any stuffing. While the award(s) are definately welcome, to me the most important part is the oodles of cash everyone is earning

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    Andy, thanks for your vote! (I voted for you last year )

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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    Akiva, I don't think anyone thought you did and for the record no you didn't. I'd rather not get into pointing fingers so I will not comment anymore on this issue.

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    Oh, goody! I will look for more campaign posters!

    Mr.Merchant, if you do business in any way what-so-ever with parasites, your products will not be sold on my sites!!

    Farewell, CJ! I loved you when you were young and pure. I will try to remember you that way. Disclaimer: Comments are to be interpreted as opinion unless otherwise noted.

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    There was a way to stuff the box? Shoot, and here I was offering my affiliates money to vote for our program...

    KIDDING. KIDDING.

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    Outsourced Program Manager Chris -  AMWSO's Avatar
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    I admit it, it was me, I was busy stuffing votes for Mondera...of course it was all to obvious for Haiko to spot as we never got Nominated

    Next year we'll be back with a vengance

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    (I was leading in three categories.)

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    Akiva,

    What is the procedure for getting the trusted merchant seal ?

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Akiva:
    TY Haiko! If you've noticed something unethical, then we should definately do a revote.

    (This feels soo Florida 2000...)

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