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Show HN: This up votes itself

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  • 9 years ago

  • @olalonde
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Show HN: This up votes itself


@palish 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

I exploited this about 5 years ago. (I think it was called "Startup News" back then, though!)

http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27615

I think you need to set "showdead" in your profile to see this. It got killed pretty quickly, but netted me ~150 karma which was amusingly nontrivial back then. And as a byproduct, I think I became the first "public member" to get a glimpse of Arc, which was closed-source at the time. I won't disclose how (since I haven't asked for permission to share the details) but it was pretty much one of the happiest days of my life, for some stupid reason. I was young and giddy and felt like I'd just won something special.

To give you an idea of how ancient this is, check out the id of the thread -- only #27,615. Man, time flies when you're watching a community grow, eh? It's like watching a child mature over years -- into an increasingly-annoying version of themselves while slowly getting fatter and fatter over the years, of course. (I kid, I kid.)

Bonus: I just now noticed that I'd gotten into a debate with Paul B in that thread. Hah. I was too cocky back then... I should have been listening and asking questions, not talking!

Man, I miss those days so much. I never knew how rare they were until they were gone. Like, my girlfriend (now wife) and I went on vacation, during which we prototyped and launched a whole webapp in Rails 1.0! Who does that? Not me, anymore -- At least, not until I lose my day job like a bad case of music. Makes me wonder if I still have my old "hey, I'm 18 and ignorant of my own flaws!" level of productivity...

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EDIT: Oh, look. I have the attention of the majority of HN. Allow me to now exploit you:

To whomever has read upto here: you hereby implicitly agree my EULA, in which you swear to enjoy each of your scientific pursuits with intensity and to your fullest degree; and sometimes even to a dangerous degree, if the mood carries you thus. Additionally, you agree to never allow an employer, family member, or any other authority to break your intrinsic spirit; for they have no means of dominating your spirit except that which you subconsciously allow them. You shall be true to yourself and to your own principles, regardless of society (though in privacy). You shall hereby refuse to believe any scientific statement as "true", however benign, except those in which you alone have proven to yourself to be true, by your own hand and evidence. (Though it doesn't hurt to check out what other people have to say on the subject, from time to time; in fact, it turns out to often be a more valuable course of action, for the careful analysis of a close friend can often reveal subtle flaws in your process and in your logic, while occasionally forcing you to re-evaluate your core reasoning for choosing that process in the first place, which always leads to the path of learning and thus improvement and satisfaction.) You agree to eventually die with no regrets. Let no one impose themselves upon your judgement without merit. You shall endeavor to enjoy life to the fullest extent of the law (where applicable), and to realize that money is merely a means, not an end unto itself. In your spare time, you shall research that which is impossible, but intriguing, in order to always have something to strive for, thereby improving your skill and your spirit. You shall follow your curiosity wherever it leads (but keep both eyes open for signs of danger).

Most importantly: thou shalt enjoy every week, else thou shalt fix your life's situation regardless of how immutable it may seem.

Go -- build something out of passion. Right now!

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@olalonde 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

Credits to http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3742742 (GreekOphion) for finding the bug.

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@cs702 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

This looks set to become the all-time #1-ranked submission soon. Compare it to other top-ranked submissions here: http://www.hnsearch.com/search#request/all&q=+&sortb...

[EDIT: corrected link. Thanks ma2rten!]

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@numlocked 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

An interesting side effect may be to drive registrations, as it will appear to non logged-in users that they have to create an account before viewing the #1 item.

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@dustingetz 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

is OP a mod? how did he know what his postid would be before he submitted it? spraying [sequential] submissions all at once?

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@akavi 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

It's amusing watching the vote count skyrocket upward as the curious click on it. It's getting more than a vote a second.

Side Note: I've always wondered why HN doesn't let you reneg on your upvote. I imagine this would have a good deal fewer votes if people could.

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@im3w1l 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

The amount of people proposing POST as a solution, shows the need for this subject to be lifted. There are methods for auto-posting you know...

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@dsrguru 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

If allowed to continue without intervention or a bug fix, this thread will stay at the top of HN forever.

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@olalonde 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

This is officially the 2nd highest ranking post ever. http://www.hnsearch.com/search#request/all&q=+&sortb... (HN search is a bit delayed)

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@guynamedloren 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

A clever, temporary solution to this would be to change the link to downvote the article and watch it trickle back to zero. Do it, pg!

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@patrickod 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

Interesting. It's almost like a view counter for the article

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@sams99 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

so, we have 3 of these now ... on the front page ... I guess this is a side effect of the community not having anywhere to submit bugs to

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@benatkin 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

I took care to click comments.

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@donw 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

Bonus points for pointing out the bug, and not using it as a way to blast some rubbish marketing to the front page.

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@Garthex 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

I'm curious as to whether this post will ever leave the front page. If it keeps getting points at an alarming rate, is there anything in the algorithm to eventually lower the ranking?

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@dbh937 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

This is staying as #1 for a while.

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@MichaelApproved 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

Looks like it was removed from the front page by someone. Fun while it lasted...

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@liamk 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

This could become the most voted up submission of all time.

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@AndyKelley 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

I would have fixed my vote at least, but:

http://news.ycombinator.com/vote?for=3742902&dir=down...

"Can't make that vote."

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@kaybe 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

A slightly unrelated question: What's up with those non-votable non-commentable recruiting links that have been up on the front page recently? Was that another bug exploit?

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@Nattefrost 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

lawl, nice one. :)

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@zt 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

When I saw the first one of these, I thought to myself that the front-page wouldn't be overwhelmed by these posts. The whole reason most of us are here is that it is a mature community. As the first post was enough to prove the point, why did OP post it again? (S)He apologize and give credit to "http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3742742 (GreekOphion) for finding the bug", but why make the post at all? What good does it do? "I would send you the karma if I could!" just seems disingenuous.

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@Finbarr 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

I wonder if this has been manipulated in the past.

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@johndoeee 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

You can also secretly iframe it, always wondered if someone did it.

Also a good example of why you need to use POST for stuff like this :)

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@sethbannon 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

Brilliant.

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@reason 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

You are ruining the sanctity of karma.

Edit: Lotsa serious folks on tonight.

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@robertelder 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

lawl

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@minikomi 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

I wouldn't usually do this but.. so brave

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@naz 9 years

Replying to @olalonde 🎙

This is why you shouldn't allow GET for performing actions. An image tag in an article could do the same thing (e: if it didn't check the referrer).

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