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Feb
10

Some adjustments on the cohmpetition

Unfortunately we’re being obliged by the circumstances to cancel our cohmpetition’s “public’s choice” award. It has been a while since we started to suspect that some vote cheating was going on – at first we were unable to be sure – but now things are very clear. We can’t prove who has done it, but we’re now technically sure that more than one did it. The WordPress/Polldaddy widget we’ve been using protects from repeated votes using two methods simultaneously: a browser cookie and IP blocking. But of course it’s technically possible to cheat it, the same way it’s technically possible to enter in a bank’s internal system and steal thousands of credit card numbers. Or putting a trojan horse in some people’s computers and than steal their Paypal accounts. It’s technically possible to do a lot of things, and we have no choice: life must go on and we must assume that most people are honest, that’s why we dared to set up an online public vote. We could have thought on something like obliging voters to create an account first, what would surely make it harder for cheaters, but would be pointless and no fun after all. Asking you guys to create a SoundCloud account is already (more than) enough. (…) Show also must go on:  the award is now officially transformed on “Ohm Force’s Honorable Mention”, we’re gonna choose here at the Ohm headquarter who’s gonna get these nice prizes from Novation and Future Publishing. Regarding the 3 main awards, nothing changes, it’s still Derek himself who’ll be choosing the three who’ll be in the podium. (…) It’s kinda awkward as situation, but we’re convinced that those who have made a nice remix and who were not cheating will realize that they have much more chances now. And that’s definitively for these ones who we work for.

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6 Responses to “Some adjustments on the cohmpetition”


  1. February 15, 2010 at 10:48

    Seems fair and perfectly correct I must add.
    Let the show go on and may the best ones win!
    Germ,

  2. 2 me
    February 16, 2010 at 13:48

    i knew this would happen and i could see it happening, its pretty rubbish that people cant do things in a fair manner anymore. but on the plus side glad you have seen it and done something about it
    if you have to hack and vote for youself to get some votes then obviously your music is pretty rubbish too.

  3. 3 FrankieP
    February 18, 2010 at 21:26

    Seems like the prices for “honorable mention” are better than the prices for 2nd or 3rd IMO.

  4. 4 Mark Schmidt
    February 19, 2010 at 17:09

    You’re saying that because you know that you just can’t pirate hardware? 😉 Ohm Force plug-ins are just great, and I’m not telling that just because they’re running the contest; and Camel Audio synths are some of the best out there. The pleasure of using registered versions of these? You can’t imagine..

    • 5 FrankieP
      February 19, 2010 at 20:17

      Piracy always creeps up on every software conversation. Why bring it up? I’m just making an observation on the packaged prizes. The Novation is worth $399.00. That alone is worth if not more than the 2nd and 3rd prizes. I already got the Camel Audio plug-ins (legit and registered) and I own 2 of the OhmForce stuff (Ohmboyz and Frohmage). The Sample Magic book is sort of like a rehash of the Future Music tutorials which are aimed at beginners. The book comes with a DVD of samples that are “licensed to you as demos”. Dunno what they mean by that but that sounds fishy to me. So, yeh, IMHO the prizes for “honorable mention” is well worth more than the 2nd and 3rd.

      And btw, yes, I can imagine “the pleasure of using registered versions” coz I pretty much pay and purchase for all the software I use.

  5. February 20, 2010 at 09:52

    It’s sort of inevitable, sadly.


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