The month of February 2012 GTconsult appeared on the Top SharePoint website boasting Best site of the month!
They had a fantastic new approach to a typical SharePoint UI creating a fresh look using the inspiration from Microsoft Windows 8 Metro UI. Their avg rating was just under 5 stars and going strong.
However after a few days the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation site was on top. Visit their site here. So the GTconsult team did a huge drive to get their site back on top, and by the end of the day and tapping every possible resource they had taken back the lead. I did notice however our ratings where around three and half stars at the beginning of the day which meant we had to have gotten a few 1 star votes, I put it down to jealousy and moved on …
The next day the Canadian Breast Cancer site once again was beating the GTconsult website and once again our average vote had diminished to almost 3. I see what game we are playing now, not only vote for one’s site but down vote other sites which gives it a lower average. That’s not really very scrupulous but since there are no rules other than the fact that you can only vote one time from your computer then I guess it’s allowed.
I tried an experiment and got a bunch of friends to vote up other contenders for Site of the Month, and we managed to get Fiat on top with an avg just over 4, and low and behold the site was knocked down the next day and had an avg of under 4.
Perplexed as to how this could be happening as it is only possible to vote once for each site I chatted to a buddy of mine, who is the spawn of Neo and Trinity. He managed to work out a very easy method to bypass the voting system on TopSharePoint, which he then explained to me was either already being used or the site was being manipulated on the backend in order for results to favour whoever they deemed fit.
I asked him to prove it, so he moved every single site as well as GTconsult site to the top of the charts sending the Canadian Brest Cancer Foundation site to the very bottom of the list … I apologise for that but I was fairly confident it was only going to be for a few moments.
The next day I noticed GTconsult was not only no longer on top but had been removed from the site all together! And the Canadian Breast Cancer site is back on top, even though the previous day at this time it had an average of 3.4 with 289 votes compared to the current standing of 4.06 with 320 votes
Let’s do the math shall we. Over 29 days required 11 votes a day all of which had to be 4 stars and every now and again a 5 star. The next best site with that type of average is Recovery.gov with 419 votes at 4.03 average, the difference being Recovery.gov was uploaded in December 2009. What’s the math? Well it’s not 11 votes a day, it is around 1 vote every second day ….
I really don’t want to be labelled as a hater of Canada or the Breast Cancer foundation I think it’s a fantastic organisation and it really has a great presence on social media as well as the internet. Please visit the site here and donate here https://donate.cbcf.org/become/don_online.asp
My issue is that TopSharePoint is a site that should showcase the best SharePoint site regardless of what the site is actually representing, and if the public is not in control of the outcome don’t allow them to vote. Simply state that TopSharePoint will decide which site is best, instead of lulling the site visitors into a false sense of security merely to entertain them with a vote just to throw it in the trash because the victor has already been decided.