As some of you might know, votebots have become something of a problem in the past. Chatting on the CB, tye said "if you can figure out a better way of dealing with votebots, post and I'll ++ it!". Always on the lookout for extra XP, I saw a clear chance for whoring and put my mind to the task.
Unfortunately, I'm not very clever, so I could only come up with two potential ideas. However, on the off chance that tye will actually consider them to be "better", I thought I'd post them anyway to see if I get that experience point.
The first thing I thought of was making votes not count against XP until 24 hours has passed. Some kind of trigger could be set so that if a post or person gains or loses over a certain amount of XP in any 24 hours period, some kind of alarm would go off and the admins can have a look for themselves to see if the situation needs tending to or not. If it's obvious that something dodgy is going on, the votes could be declared null and void and we all get to start over - something like a rollback feature.
The second thing I thought of was to change the XP algorithm slightly, so that votes made by monks of a higher level have a higher chance of affecting XP. This would mean that effective votebots would be much harder to create - simply registering lots of accounts and waiting until they're level 2 wouldn't make much difference, as level 2 votes wouldn't affect XP too much.
caveat emptor (not entirely sure what that means, but I think it's something like "disclaimer"): Neither of these suggestions will get rid of votebots entirely, and neither are fleshed out very much. But I want that experience point, so I'm posting anyway.